Should you visit Cappadocia or Marrakech?
Should I visit Cappadocia or Marrakech? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.
Cappadocia is in Central Anatolia, between the mountains Erciyes, Melendiz and Hasan. It is famous for its underground cities, fairy chimneys, and caves. The landscape of the area is some of the most unique you'll ever see. The fairy chimneys are bizarrely shaped rock outcroppings that have evolved from the unique geography in the area. There are hiking trails through the series of valleys that make up the area. It's a great place to explore for outdoor enthusiasts and adventure seekers.
Marrakech is on of the most popular travel destinations in Morocco. It is the third largest city in Morocco after Casablanca and Rabat and is located near the foothills of the Atlas Mountains only a few hours from the Sahara Desert. It's a beautiful city that is often referred to as the "Pink City" because of the pale pink color of many of the city's buildings. These striking colors make the city particularly beautiful during the evening hours when the low sun creates a very dramatic lighting.
Which city is cheaper, Marrakech or Cappadocia?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Cappadocia is $19, while the average daily cost in Marrakech is $55. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Cappadocia and Marrakech in more detail.
An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $12 in Cappadocia For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.
An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $74 in Marrakech For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.
To get around in Cappadocia, the average visitor spends $6.12 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.
Marrakech's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend $5.04 per person, per day on transportation in Marrakech.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cappadocia
Also for Cappadocia, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Cappadocia Private Airport Transfers:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Marrakech
Also for Marrakech, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
3 Day Sahara Tour from Marrakech to Desert and Chefchaouen (Private transfers):
Morocco Desert Tour for 3 days with private transfers and comfortable hotel/camp:
Best of Merzouga Tour: 2 days Sahara Tour from Marrakech(private transfers only):
Private 1-Way Transfer from Marrakech to Zagora via Ait Benhaddou and Ouarzazate:
Private Transfer From Marrakech To Fes:
Marrakech to Fez : Private Transfer:
One way Transfer From Marrakech To Fes:
Transfer Marrakech to Fez:
A private transfer from Marrakech to Fez or vice versa:
Private transfer between Marrakech and Fes:
City Transfer - Marrakesh > Merzouga:
Private Premium Transfert From / To Marrakech To / From chefchaoun:
Is it cheaper to fly into Cappadocia or Marrakech?
Prices for flights to both Marrakech and Cappadocia change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.
Food in Cappadocia costs travelers about $7.33 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.
In Marrakech travelers spend around $10 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.
Meals for one day
Typical Food prices in Cappadocia
Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Cappadocia:
Typical Food prices in Marrakech
For Marrakech, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Marrakech
For Marrakech, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Virtual Cooking Class with Moroccan Family:
Moroccan Cooking experience In Atlas Mountains Cook with a Berber family:
Cooking Class In Atlas Mountains From Marrakech Cook With A Berber Family:
Berber Life Cooking and Culture Experience:
Marrakech Food Tasting Experience Including Dinner:
Berber Life Cooking Class and Culture Experience:
Moroccan Cooking Workshops:
Cooking class with Berber family in Atlas Mountains Day trip from Marrakech:
From High Atlas Berber Cooking Class:
Day Trip Atlas Morocco Berber Experience & Cooking Class From Marrakech:
Cooking Class with A Berber Family From Marrakech:
Moroccan Cooking Class With Chef Najlae !:
In Cappadocia, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $8.92 per person, per day.
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Marrakech can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $5.61 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
Typical Entertainment prices in Cappadocia
For Cappadocia, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:
Underground City Entrance for Two
Hot Air Balloon Ride for Two
Horseback Riding for Two
Cappadocia Driving Tour
Goreme Museum Entrance Fee
Whirling Dervishes Show
Hot air ballooning
Goreme open air museum
Tours and Activities in Cappadocia
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Cappadocia.
Cappadocia Day Tour:
Cappadocia Highlights Small-Group Tour by Minibus:
Cappadocia Highlights Tour with Lunch:
Cappadocia Highlights: Private Full-Day Tour with Lunch:
Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon Flight and Full-Day Tour:
Cappadocia Tour: Underground City, Caravanserai & Salt Lake:
Full-Day Highlights Tour:
Hot Air Balloon Flight and Day Tour:
Royal Queen Hot Air Balloon Tour at Sunrise:
Secrets Day Tour:
Sunset ATV Tour:
Derinkuyu Underground City and Ihlara Valley Cappadocia Tour:
Typical Entertainment prices in Marrakech
Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Marrakech's activities, tours, and tickets:
Golf at Atlas Golf
Tours and Activities in Marrakech
For Marrakech, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
"Chefchaouen & Talassemtane Natural Park Eco Tour | Private & Luxury:
"Mogador Camel Expedition Ecotour | Private & Luxury:
04 D / 03 night desert tour from Marrakech to Fes:
04 days Private Desert tour from Marrakech.:
1 day City tour of Marrakech:
1 day City tour of Marrakech in private:
1 week around Morocco : New Year tour from Casablanca:
1-Day Trip shared-Tour to imlil valley from Marrakech:
10 days Desert and nord tour:
10-Day Private Cultural Tour of the Imperial Cities of Morocco:
10-Days Guided Quad Tour - Sahara Dunes Chigaga, Mountains & Kasbah:
10D 9N Morocco Tour From Marrakech By Imperial Cities And Merzouga Desert:
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Cappadocia, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $6.71.
Typically, people visiting Marrakech spend on average $12 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Sample the Local Flavors in Marrakech
Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Marrakech:
Full-Day trip to Essaouira - Includes Food&Wine tasting:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Cappadocia and Marrakech, we can see that Marrakech is more expensive. And not only is Cappadocia much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Cappadocia is in Europe and Marrakech is in Africa, this is one of the main reasons why the costs are so different, as different regions of the world tend to have overall different travel costs. So, traveling to Cappadocia would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Cappadocia and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Marrakech would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Marrakech than you might in Cappadocia.
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