A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Dakar vs. Casablanca for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Dakar or Casablanca?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Dakar or Casablanca, this travel comparison, which includes costs, can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison down below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Where Should I go: Dakar or Casablanca?

Dakar

Located in West Africa, Dakar is the capital city of Senegal and an Atlantic port on the Cap-Vert peninsula. Main attractions include the city's markets, the Dakar Grand Mosque, Goree Island, the IFAN Museum, the African Renaissance Monument, beaches, and the Senegal Zoo.

Casablanca

Casablanca is so much more than a classic Bogart movie with killer one-liners. It is also the largest, most cosmopolitan city in the country of Morocco. Sitting at the economic and industrial heart of this region, Casablanca has a population of approximately four million. Brush up on your high school French before visiting this lively city as it's the main language spoken by the locals. While this is the most liberal and progressive city in Morocco, remember to be cautious in this region of the world with your western views.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Adventure Tours to Senegal, The Best Luxury Tours to Senegal, The Best Hiking & Trekking Tours in Morocco, and The Best 10-Day Tours in Morocco.


Which place is cheaper, Casablanca or Dakar?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Dakar is $62, while the average daily cost in Casablanca is $71. 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 Dakar and Casablanca in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Dakar $33
    Casablanca $42
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Dakar $66
    Casablanca $84
Compare Hotels in Dakar and Casablanca

Looking for a hotel in Dakar or Casablanca? 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 Dakar


Hotels in Casablanca


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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: Casablanca Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Dakar $5.41
    Casablanca $11

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dakar

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Dakar:

  • AIBD-DAKAR transfer: $49
  • Transfer - DSS Airport <-> Dakar (One way): $66
  • DSS Airport Transfer <-> Saly (One way): $66
  • Private Transfer from Dakar to Dakar Airport DSS by Sedan, Minivan or Minibus: $80
  • Private Transfer DSS AIBD Airport - Dakar (two directions): $82
  • DSS Airport Transfer <-> Dakar (Return): $120
  • Private Transfer DSS AIBD Airport - Palmarin/Ndangane (two directions): $174
  • Private Transfer from Blaise Diagne Airport (DSS) to Dakar: $204
  • Private Transfer from Dakar to Blaise Diagne Airport (DSS): $204
  • Blaise Diagne Int Airport (DSS): Transfer to Dakar hotels: $212

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Casablanca

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


  • Train from Airport (for 2)
    $6.96
  • Taxi Ride
    $7.96

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Casablanca

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Casablanca:

  • Casablanca Tour with Round-Trip Airport Transfer: $85
  • One-Way Transfer from Casablanca to Fez via rabat : $220
  • Airport transfer from Casablanca airport to Marrakech: $102
  • Best Private Transfer From Casablanca Airport To All Morocco: $17
  • Casablanca & Marrakech Private Transfer: $176
  • Casablanca & Marrakech Private Transfer: $194
  • Casablanca & Marrakech Private Transfer: $331
  • Casablanca : Private Transfer From Fez To Casablanca: $143
  • Casablanca Airport (CMN) to Casablanca City Private Transfer (FREE SIM Card): $69
  • Casablanca Airport (CMN): Transfer to Casablanca Cruise Port: $106
  • Casablanca Airport Arrival To Chef-chaouen Private Transfer: $233
  • Casablanca Airport Arrival To Essaouira Private Transfer: $227

Is it cheaper to fly into Dakar or Casablanca?

Prices for flights to both Casablanca and Dakar 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
    Dakar $20
    Casablanca $19
Typical Food Prices in Dakar

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


  • Breakfast
    $4.14

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Dakar

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

  • Senegalese Street Food Tour in Dakar: $105

Typical Food Prices in Casablanca

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


  • Breakfast
    $2.98
  • Lunch
    $8.95
  • Dinner at Rick's Cafe (for Two)
    $32

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Casablanca

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

  • Flavors of Morocco Food Tour in Casablanca: $30
  • Couscous Cooking with a Local Family: $50
  • Old local Market visit+Moroccan cooking class with a local family: $59
  • Street Food Tour by Night: $60
  • Casablanca City Night Tour and Traditional Moroccan Dinner: $64
  • Street private Guided Food Tour with Tastings: $67
  • Food Tour with Tastings and Lunch: $71
  • Experience Casablanca Night Tour & Authentic Moroccan Dinner: $73
  • Casablanca City Night Tour and Traditional Moroccan Dinner: $75
  • Central Market Food Tour with Tastings and Lunch: $96
  • Private cooking Class in Casa by Traditional Lady +Free transport: $100
  • Casablanca Food Tour - Moroccan Street Food Tour: $105

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Dakar $14
    Casablanca $8.88

Tours and Activities in Dakar

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

  • Private custom tour with a local guide: $30
  • Private Custom Walking Tour with a Local Guide in Dakar: $31
  • Half Day Dakar City Tour: $105
  • Full Day Private Tour in move, eat, act like a local: $109
  • Mamelles Lighthouse and Ngor Island (Walking Tour): $130
  • Half-Day GOREE Island Tour:The Heritage Tour: $130
  • From Dakar or Saly: Half-Day Tour to Pink Lake: $139
  • Full-Day Private Dakar City Tour : $142
  • Full Day Goree Island And Dakar City Tour : $142
  • Day trip Goree island and Dakar city tour : $159
  • Full-Day DAKAR city / GOREE Island Tour: $160
  • Dakar City Tour and Goree Island: $162

Tours and Activities in Casablanca

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

  • Private Guided Tour to the Unveiled Casablanca with Pickup: $10
  • Platinum Tour - Hassan II Mosque and cathedral: $10
  • Skip the line Hassan II mosque Premium Tour entry ticket included: $12
  • Hassan II Mosque Premium Tour with Entry Ticket: $15
  • Hassan II Mosque : Secure your Skip The Line Tickets Now !: $15
  • Skip the line Hassan II mosque Premium Tour entry ticket included: $15
  • Private Tour the Mosque Hassan II & Sacred Heart Cathedral: $16
  • The Backstage of Art: Private Guided Tour: $20
  • Traditional Souks Shopping Private Guided Tour: $24
  • City Tour with Hassan II Mosque Entry Ticket: $24
  • casablanca Shopping Hidden Souks : Private guided Tour: $26
  • Hassan II Mosque: Fast-Track Tickets Available!: $31

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Dakar $9.07
    Casablanca -

Sample the Local Flavors in Casablanca

Also in Casablanca, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Wine Tasting and Lunch at the oldest Domaine from Casablanca: $299


When comparing the travel costs between Dakar and Casablanca, we can see that Casablanca is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in Africa, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.

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


Which is Bigger, Dakar or Casablanca?

Casablanca has a larger population, and is about 27% larger than the population of Dakar. When comparing the sizes of Dakar and Casablanca, 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 Dakar or Casablanca?

Both destinations experience a warmer climate with nice weather most of the year. Instead of summer and winter seasons, they usually have a rainy season and a dry season.

Should I visit Dakar or Casablanca in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Dakar and Casablanca. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Dakar year-round. Casablanca attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate.

In July, Dakar usually receives more rain than Casablanca. Dakar gets 50 mm (2 in) of rain, while Casablanca receives 1 mm (0 in) of rain each month for the summer.

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Casablanca this time of the year. In Dakar, it's very sunny this time of the year. Dakar usually receives less sunshine than Casablanca during summer. Dakar gets 218 hours of sunny skies, while Casablanca receives 303 hours of full sun in the summer.

In the summer, Dakar is a little warmer than Casablanca. Typically, the summer temperatures in Dakar in July average around 28°C (82°F), and Casablanca averages at about 23°C (73°F).


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Dakar 28°C (82°F) 
    Casablanca 23°C (73°F)

Should I visit Dakar or Casablanca in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Dakar as well as Casablanca. Dakar attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate. The warm climate attracts visitors to Casablanca throughout the year.

Dakar usually gets less rain in October than Casablanca. Dakar gets 20 mm (0.8 in) of rain, while Casablanca receives 31 mm (1.2 in) of rain this time of the year.

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Casablanca. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Dakar this time of the year. In the autumn, Dakar often gets more sunshine than Casablanca. Dakar gets 260 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Casablanca receives 233 hours of full sun.

In October, Dakar is generally a little warmer than Casablanca. Daily temperatures in Dakar average around 28°C (82°F), and Casablanca fluctuates around 20°C (67°F).


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Dakar 28°C (82°F) 
    Casablanca 20°C (67°F)

Should I visit Dakar or Casablanca in the Winter?

Both Casablanca and Dakar are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities. The warm climate attracts visitors to Dakar throughout the year. Plenty of visitors come to Casablanca because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year.

In January, Dakar usually receives less rain than Casablanca. Dakar gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Casablanca receives 62 mm (2.5 in) of rain each month for the winter.

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Dakar. Dakar usually receives more sunshine than Casablanca during winter. Dakar gets 232 hours of sunny skies, while Casablanca receives 190 hours of full sun in the winter.

Dakar is much warmer than Casablanca in the winter. The daily temperature in Dakar averages around 22°C (72°F) in January, and Casablanca fluctuates around 13°C (55°F).


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Dakar 22°C (72°F) 
    Casablanca 13°C (55°F)

Should I visit Dakar or Casablanca in the Spring?

Both Casablanca and Dakar during the spring are popular places to visit. Plenty of visitors come to Dakar because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Casablanca year-round.

Dakar usually gets less rain in April than Casablanca. Dakar gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Casablanca receives 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain this time of the year.

In Casablanca, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Dakar. In the spring, Dakar often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Casablanca. Dakar gets 275 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Casablanca receives 262 hours of full sun.

In the spring, Dakar is a little warmer than Casablanca. Typically, the spring temperatures in Dakar in April average around 21°C (70°F), and Casablanca averages at about 16°C (60°F).


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Dakar 21°C (70°F) 
    Casablanca 16°C (60°F)

Typical Weather for Casablanca and Dakar

Dakar Casablanca
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 22°C (72°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 13°C (55°F) 62 mm (2.5 in)
Feb 21°C (70°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 14°C (57°F) 60 mm (2.4 in)
Mar 22°C (72°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 15°C (58°F) 51 mm (2 in)
Apr 21°C (70°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 16°C (60°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
May 23°C (73°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 18°C (64°F) 19 mm (0.7 in)
Jun 26°C (79°F) 20 mm (0.8 in) 21°C (69°F) 6 mm (0.2 in)
Jul 28°C (82°F) 50 mm (2 in) 23°C (73°F) 1 mm (0 in)
Aug 28°C (82°F) 150 mm (5.9 in) 23°C (74°F) 0 mm (0 in)
Sep 28°C (82°F) 150 mm (5.9 in) 22°C (72°F) 5 mm (0.2 in)
Oct 28°C (82°F) 20 mm (0.8 in) 20°C (67°F) 31 mm (1.2 in)
Nov 26°C (79°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 16°C (62°F) 72 mm (2.9 in)
Dec 24°C (75°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 14°C (57°F) 80 mm (3.1 in)


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