A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Cordoba vs. Rabat for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Cordoba or Rabat?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Cordoba and Rabat can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Cordoba or Rabat?

Cordoba

Cordoba is a Spanish city located in the southern province of Andalusia. With a culture embedded in Islamic heritage, the city is home to many architectural gems, the most significant being La Mezquita. AndalucĂ­a's major river, the Guadalquivir, flows just below the Mezquita, and the riverfront streets are bustling with lively restaurants and bars. Other popular centers of activity include the Jewish Quarter, Muslim Quarter, and the Old City.

Rabat

While not high on the tourist destination list, Rabat is a quiet gem of a city with stunning colonial architecture and palm-lined streets. This political capital is a laid-back, pleasant alternative to the more cosmopolitan Casablanca.

Located on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the river Bou Regreg, Rabat plus the city of Temera are home to a combined metropolitan population of 2.6 million.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best 10-Day Tours from Madrid, The Best 10-Day Tours from Barcelona, The Best 2-Week Tours in Morocco, and Tours for Outdoor and Nature Lovers in Morocco.


Which place is cheaper, Rabat or Cordoba?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Cordoba is €127, while the average daily cost in Rabat is €41. 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 destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Cordoba and Rabat in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Cordoba 68
    Rabat 25
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Cordoba 136
    Rabat 50
Compare Hotels in Cordoba and Rabat

Looking for a hotel in Cordoba or Rabat? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Cordoba


Hotels in Rabat


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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Cordoba Hotel Prices and Rabat Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Cordoba 28
    Rabat 1.96

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cordoba

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Cordoba:

  • Private Transfer from Córdoba to Malaga (AGP) Airport: $296
  • Cordoba to Granada Private Transfer: $242
  • Private Transfer IN or OUT in Upscale Vehicle with Professional Driver: $132
  • Private transfer in Cordoba from Airport or Train Station: $72
  • Medina Azahara Cordoba, with Transfer by Bus: $34
  • Guided tour of Medina Azahara with transfer from Córdoba: $27

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Rabat

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Rabat:


  • Taxi to Sale
    3.26

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Rabat

Also for Rabat, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Transfer Rabat to Salé: $22
  • Private Transfer from Rabat Sale Airport to Rabat Medina : $25
  • Private Transfer from or to Salé and Rabat: $27
  • Private Transfer From Rabat Airport to Rabat City: $31
  • 1-Way Private Transfer to or from Rabat Airport: $31
  • Private Transfer from Rabat Sale Airport to Rabat City: $41
  • Private Transfer from Rabat City to Rabat (RBA) Airport: $44
  • Transfer Rabat to Kenitra: $51
  • Rabat Private Airport Transfer: $53
  • Rabat Hotels to Casablanca Airport Private Transfer: $55
  • Rabat Hotels to Casablanca Airport : Private Transfer: $59
  • Private Transfer from Rabat to Casablanca Airport: $60

Is it cheaper to fly into Cordoba or Rabat?

Prices for flights to both Rabat and Cordoba 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
  • Food Meals for one day
    Cordoba 34
    Rabat 12
Typical Food Prices in Cordoba

Some typical examples of dining costs in Cordoba are as follows:


  • Ice Cream
    1.80

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cordoba

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Cordoba.

  • Paella and Salmorejo 2-Hour Cooking Class in Córdoba: $49
  • Feed the Fire Cordoba Cooking Class & Market Tour: $153

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Rabat

For Rabat, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Join Best Moroccan Cooking Class with Chef Khadija ( Over 35 years Experience ): $49
  • Cooking Class in a Family Home: $75
  • Rabat Food Tour in the Old Town: $75
  • Rabat Food Tour Like a Local: $75
  • Walking Food Tour: $76
  • Rabat Family Cooking Class: $83
  • Night Tour River Sunset Boat Ride & Moroccan Dinner: $95
  • Rabat Night Tour with River Sunset Boat Ride & Moroccan Dinner : $97
  • Traditional Moroccan Cooking Class in Rabat with a Local Family: $110
  • Private Market Tour and Authentic Moroccan Cooking Lesson with a Rabat Local: $120
  • Gourmet Cooking Class in Rabat: $189

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Cordoba 25
    Rabat 2.65
Typical Entertainment Prices in Cordoba

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Cordoba are as follows:


  • Garden Entrance Fee
    6.00

Tours and Activities in Cordoba

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Cordoba are as follows:

  • Alcazar Skip the Line Guided Tour: $20
  • Alcazar of Cordoba Small Group Tour with Skip the Line Ticket: $20
  • Arabian Baths Experience at Cordoba’s Hammam Al Ándalus: $66
  • Authentic Patios of Cordoba Guided Tour: $20
  • Best of Cordoba Guided Tour : $46
  • Bike Tour Córdoba: $32
  • Córdoba Highlight Walking Tour: $32
  • Córdoba Rooftop and Terraces Experience: $103
  • Córdoba: Medina Azahara Guided Tour : $21
  • City Sightseeing Cordoba Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour: $24
  • Classic Mosque, Synagogue & Jewish Quarter Guided Tour: $47
  • Cordoba Jewish Tour: $274

Tours and Activities in Rabat

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Rabat.

  • Private Surf Experience in Rabat: $38
  • Rabat old Medina ,Hassan Tower and Kasbah Oudaya Walking tour : $40
  • Private Cultural Walking Tour of Rabat with Licensed Tour Guide: $43
  • Rabat tour ;Small Group Guided Walking tour in the City of Light: $44
  • private Tour between the monuments of Rabat City : $44
  • Private Boat Tour of the Bouregreg River, a Traditional Boat: $45
  • Rabat Shopping Tour: $55
  • Rabat Guided Biking Tour: $60
  • Private Boat Guided Tour in Rabat: $60
  • Private Guided City Walking Tour: $62
  • 4WD adventure Todra Gorge to Dades Valley - Aventures Verticales Maroc: $63
  • Private half day Guided Tour in Rabat City: $76

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Cordoba 37
    Rabat -

Sample the Local Flavors in Cordoba

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Cordoba:

  • Evening Wine Tasting Córdoba: $26
  • Evening Local Wine Tasting in Córdoba: $39


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Cordoba and Rabat, we can see that Cordoba is more expensive. And not only is Rabat much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Cordoba is in Europe and Rabat 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 Rabat would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Rabat 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 Cordoba would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Cordoba than you might in Rabat.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Cordoba Expensive? and Is Rabat Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Cordoba or Rabat?

Rabat has a larger population, and is about 5 times larger than the population of Cordoba. When comparing the sizes of Cordoba and Rabat, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.


When is the best time to visit Cordoba or Rabat?

Cordoba has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, but Rabat experiences a warm climate with fairly sunny weather most of the year.

Should I visit Cordoba or Rabat in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Cordoba as well as Rabat. The summer months attract visitors to Cordoba because of the family-friendly experiences. The warm climate attracts visitors to Rabat throughout the year.

In July, Cordoba is generally a little warmer than Rabat. Daily temperatures in Cordoba average around 27°C (81°F), and Rabat fluctuates around 23°C (73°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Rabat. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Cordoba this time of the year. In the summer, Cordoba often gets more sunshine than Rabat. Cordoba gets 358 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Rabat receives 315 hours of full sun.

Cordoba usually gets more rain in July than Rabat. Cordoba gets 5 mm (0.2 in) of rain, while Rabat receives 1 mm (0 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Cordoba 27°C (81°F) 
    Rabat 23°C (73°F)

Should I visit Cordoba or Rabat in the Autumn?

Both Rabat and Cordoba are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities. The shopping scene and the natural beauty of the area are the main draw to Cordoba this time of year. Plenty of visitors come to Rabat because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year.

Cordoba is around the same temperature as Rabat in the autumn. The daily temperature in Cordoba averages around 19°C (66°F) in October, and Rabat fluctuates around 20°C (67°F).

It's quite sunny in Rabat. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Cordoba. Cordoba usually receives less sunshine than Rabat during autumn. Cordoba gets 202 hours of sunny skies, while Rabat receives 234 hours of full sun in the autumn.

In October, Cordoba usually receives more rain than Rabat. Cordoba gets 69 mm (2.7 in) of rain, while Rabat receives 44 mm (1.7 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Cordoba 19°C (66°F) 
    Rabat 20°C (67°F)

Should I visit Cordoba or Rabat in the Winter?

Both Rabat and Cordoba during the winter are popular places to visit. Many travelers come to Cordoba for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Rabat year-round.

In the winter, Cordoba is cooler than Rabat. Typically, the winter temperatures in Cordoba in January average around 10°C (50°F), and Rabat averages at about 13°C (56°F).

In the winter, Cordoba often gets less sunshine than Rabat. Cordoba gets 162 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Rabat receives 182 hours of full sun.

Cordoba usually gets around the same amount of rain in January as Rabat. Cordoba gets 82 mm (3.2 in) of rain, while Rabat receives 81 mm (3.2 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Cordoba 10°C (50°F) 
    Rabat 13°C (56°F)

Should I visit Cordoba or Rabat in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Cordoba and Rabat. Many visitors come to Cordoba in the spring for the natural beauty. Rabat attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate.

In April, Cordoba is generally around the same temperature as Rabat. Daily temperatures in Cordoba average around 16°C (60°F), and Rabat fluctuates around 16°C (60°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Rabat this time of the year. In Cordoba, it's very sunny this time of the year. Cordoba usually receives less sunshine than Rabat during spring. Cordoba gets 203 hours of sunny skies, while Rabat receives 255 hours of full sun in the spring.

In April, Cordoba usually receives around the same amount of rain as Rabat. Cordoba gets 64 mm (2.5 in) of rain, while Rabat receives 62 mm (2.4 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Cordoba 16°C (60°F) 
    Rabat 16°C (60°F)

Typical Weather for Rabat and Cordoba

Cordoba Rabat
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 10°C (50°F) 82 mm (3.2 in) 13°C (56°F) 81 mm (3.2 in)
Feb 12°C (53°F) 79 mm (3.1 in) 14°C (57°F) 74 mm (2.9 in)
Mar 14°C (56°F) 56 mm (2.2 in) 15°C (59°F) 61 mm (2.4 in)
Apr 16°C (60°F) 64 mm (2.5 in) 16°C (60°F) 62 mm (2.4 in)
May 20°C (67°F) 30 mm (1.2 in) 18°C (64°F) 25 mm (1 in)
Jun 24°C (74°F) 20 mm (0.8 in) 20°C (69°F) 7 mm (0.3 in)
Jul 27°C (81°F) 5 mm (0.2 in) 23°C (73°F) 1 mm (0 in)
Aug 27°C (81°F) 3 mm (0.1 in) 23°C (73°F) 1 mm (0 in)
Sep 24°C (76°F) 26 mm (1 in) 22°C (72°F) 6 mm (0.2 in)
Oct 19°C (66°F) 69 mm (2.7 in) 20°C (67°F) 44 mm (1.7 in)
Nov 13°C (56°F) 88 mm (3.5 in) 16°C (62°F) 97 mm (3.8 in)
Dec 10°C (50°F) 84 mm (3.3 in) 14°C (57°F) 102 mm (4 in)