A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Dahab vs. Cairo

Should you visit Dahab or Cairo?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Dahab and Cairo can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Dahab

Dahab is a small town on the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt. It is located about 85 kilometers north of Sharm el-Sheikh and sits on the Gulf of Aqaba. It's a popular destination with divers and backpackers alike, and offers some of the best snorkeling and diving that you'll find in the Red Sea. It's a great alternative to the resort driven Sharm el-Sheikh, and is popular with independent travelers who are looking for affordable accommodation. There are some upmarket options however, predominantly in the Laguna area, but budget facilities are not hard to find.

Cairo

Cairo is the chaotic capital city of Egypt. With a population of more than 16 million, it is one of the largest cities in both Africa and the Middle East. As a traveler, you're likely to arrive and leave from here and you'll get your first orientation to the area during the chaotic and congestion filled taxi ride from the airport.

Which city is cheaper, Cairo or Dahab?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Dahab is $16, while the average daily cost in Cairo is $28. 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 Dahab and Cairo in more detail.



Accommodation

Travelers usually pay around $17 for a double occupancy room in Dahab If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.

The average price for accommodation for two people in Cairo is $38. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Dahab $8.71
    Cairo $19
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Dahab $17
    Cairo $38

Food

On average, meal and food prices in Dahab cost around $4.85 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around $1.94.

Food in Cairo costs travelers about $3.62 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.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Dahab $4.85
    Cairo $3.62
Typical Food prices in Dahab

For Dahab, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Seafood Dinner (for 2)
    $6.07
  • Juice
    $0.32
  • Breakfast for Two
    $1.92

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Dahab

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

  • Beduine Dinner In Dahab: $29
  • Bedouin Dinner in the Mountains In Dahab: $36
  • Bedouin Dinner With Camel Ride In Dahab: $39
  • Stargazer+ Camel riding + Bedouin dinner from Dahab: $90

Typical Food prices in Cairo

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Cairo:


  • Juice
    $0.13

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cairo

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

  • From Dinner & Show at a Nile cruiser: $12
  • Dinner Cruise into the History: $13
  • Delicious food tour in Cairo: $15
  • From Dinner Cruise on the Nile River: $16
  • Enjoy a dinner on the boat in the River Nile.: $19
  • Enjoy a dinner on the boat in the River Nile: $19
  • Cairo 2-Hour Nile River Cruise with Dinner and Pickup: $20
  • Cairo dinner cruise includes dinner belly dancing show pickup & all transfers: $21
  • Dinner on a boat in Luxor Nile Cruise with oriental dance: $21
  • Dinner on the river nile and party: $23
  • Nile Cruise Dinner at the Nile with Oriental Show: $24
  • Dinner on the River Nile with Pick-up: $25

Local Transportation

To get around in Dahab, the average visitor spends $1.30 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.

The cost of a taxi ride in Cairo is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $6.11 per person, per day, on local transportation in Cairo.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Dahab $1.30
    Cairo $6.11

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dahab

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

  • Private Transfer from Dahab to Sharm El Sheikh (SSH) Airport: $124
  • Private transfer from your Hotel in Dahab to Sharm el sheikh airport: $64

Typical Local Transportation prices in Cairo

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Cairo are as follows:


  • Metro Ride
    $0.26
  • Taxi Ride
    $0.96

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cairo

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Cairo:

  • private transfer from Cairo Airport: $15
  • private pick up or drop off Transfer from Cairo airport to hotel in Cairo or Giza by private ac vechile: $35
  • pick up from Cairo airport transfer to your request hotel or return: $44
  • one private transfer from Cairo airport to Cairo or Giza hotel: $35
  • cairo airport transfer: $15
  • VIP Meet and Assist upon arrival at Cairo Airport- (with Hotel Private Transfer): $32
  • Ultra - Private Airport Transfer from Cairo city centre to Cairo Airport CAI: $8.73
  • Transfers from Cairo to Marsa alam Airport: $332
  • Transfers From Cairo Airport To Giza City: $30
  • Transfer your private departure from your hotel to Cairo Airport: $15
  • Transfer to Cairo Int. Airport: $21
  • Transfer from hotel in Cairo to Alexandria: $65

Entertainment

In Dahab, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $4.38 per person, per day.

Entertainment and activities in Cairo typically cost an average of $8.30 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Dahab $4.38
    Cairo $8.30

Tours and Activities in Dahab

For Dahab, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • St. Catherine Monastery & Mt. Sinai Sunrise Tour from Dahab: $30
  • Three Pools snorkeling and Quad Bike tour in Dahab: $30
  • 4x4 Jeep Adventure from Dahab: $44
  • Blue Hole - Abu Galum -Blue Lagoon Tour and Lunch From Dahab: $45
  • Mt Sinai Sunrise and St Catherine Monastery Tour from Dahab: $46
  • Camel Ride + Blue Hole Snorkel + Quad Bike Tour With Lunch From Dahab: $50
  • St. cathrine monastery tour from dahab: $51
  • Mount Moses & St. Catherine (Sunset) Tour from Dahab: $60
  • Nabq National Park Day Tour from Dahab: $92
  • Ras Mohammed by Car One Day Tour from Dahab: $100
  • St. Catherine Monastery /The White Canyon/Ain Khudra Oasis Tour from Dahab: $100
  • Private Tour Mt Sinai Sunrise and St Catherine Monastery from Dahab: $102

Typical Entertainment prices in Cairo

Here are a few typical costs in Cairo for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:


  • Entry to Camel Market for Two
    $2.55
  • Egyptian Museum Entry for Two
    $20

Tours and Activities in Cairo

Here are a few actual costs in Cairo for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • (Memphis Sakkara, Dahshur Pyramids, Imhotep Museum) Private Tour - From Cairo: $90
  • 01 Day Cairo tour Islamic and Coptic Cairo: $143
  • 01 Day Tour To Giza Pyramids Egyptian Museum And Bazaar: $217
  • 01 Day Tour to Alexandria from Cairo: $246
  • 01 Day Tour to Pyramids Of Giza Memphis And Sakkara: $86
  • 01 Day Tour to the Giza Pyramids & Great Sphinx: $69
  • 03 Days Budget tours Cairo Giza Alexandria: $290
  • 04 Days Egypt Royal Tour in Cairo: $674
  • 05 Days Egypt Budget Tour Cairo & Alexandria: $860
  • 06 Days Egypt Classic Tour Cairo and Sharm El Sheikh: $1,543
  • 06 Nights cruise on The Oberoi Philae (Aswan to Luxor): $5,965
  • 07 Days Egypt Classic Tour Cairo, Luxor, Alexandria: $1,486

Alcohol

Typically, people visiting Dahab spend on average $1.31 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Cairo may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $1.72 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Dahab $1.31
    Cairo $1.72


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

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