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

Should you visit Dakar or Marrakech?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Dakar or Marrakech, 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 Marrakech?


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.


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.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Adventure Tours to Senegal, The Best Luxury Tours to Senegal, The Best 10-Day Tours in Morocco, and The Best One Week (7-Day) Tours in Morocco.

Which place is cheaper, Marrakech or Dakar?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Dakar is $61, while the average daily cost in Marrakech is $69. 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 Marrakech in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Dakar $32
    Marrakech $46
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Dakar $64
    Marrakech $92
Compare Hotels in Dakar and Marrakech

Looking for a hotel in Dakar or Marrakech? 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 Marrakech

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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: Marrakech Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Dakar $5.32
    Marrakech $6.30

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dakar

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Dakar:

  • Transfer - Dakar <-> Saint-Louis (One way): $195
  • Transfer - DSS Airport <-> Saint-Louis (One way): $260
  • Transfer - DSS Airport <-> Dakar (One way): $65
  • Private Transfer DSS AIBD Airport - Dakar (two directions): $81
  • DSS Airport Transfer <-> Dakar (Return): $119
  • Blaise Diagne Int Airport (DSS): Transfer to Dakar hotels: $209
  • AIBD-DAKAR transfer: $49
  • Blaise Diagne Intl Airport (DSS) to Dakar hotels - Round-Trp Private Transfer: $72

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Marrakech

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

  • Airport Marrakech Transfer one way: $22
  • Hammam and Massage Experience with Transfers: $67
  • Marrakech Airport Private Transfer: $13
  • Private Transfer Agadir airport - Marrakech: $163
  • Private Transfer From Marrakech To Fez: $206
  • private transfer to or from Marrakech and Taroudant one trip: $98
  • transfer from Marrakech city to Agadir city (AGA) one-way: $81
  • "Marrakech to Chefchaouen: Your Exclusive Private Transfer": $250
  • 2h Buggy Adventure in the Marrakech Desert with Transfer and Tea Break: $49
  • Agadir private transfer from Imouzzer Ida Ou Tanane to Agadir airport (AGA): $104
  • Airport Transfer Ride : $20
  • Airport Transfert: $22

Is it cheaper to fly into Dakar or Marrakech?

Prices for flights to both Marrakech 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 Meals for one day
    Dakar $19
    Marrakech $13
Typical Food Prices in Dakar

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

  • Breakfast

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 Marrakech

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

  • Orange Juice on the Square
  • Breakfast
  • Dates
  • Olives
  • Sandwich
  • Souvenir Spices

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Marrakech

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

  • Online Moroccan Cooking Class: $17
  • Cooking Lesson at the Ouirgane Ecolodge with Lunch: $18
  • Magical dinner in agafay desert with camel ride: $19
  • Marrakech desert: Agafay Desert Sunset Dinner Show: $20
  • Restaurant Dinner Experience with Hotel Pickup: $21
  • Sunset in Agafay: Dinner, Camel, Quad-Book Adventure with Viator: $22
  • Desert Dinner, Camel Ride, Sunset & Show: $23
  • Dinner in Desert Marrakech and Camel ride at Sunset: $23
  • Moroccan Cooking Class with a Local Chef: $24
  • From Agafay Desert Sunset Dinner with Live Show: $25
  • Dinner Magic in Agafay desert with transport from Marrakech: $26
  • Desert Agafay Dinner at Nomad Camp and Camel Ride: $26

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Dakar $13
    Marrakech $7.01

Tours and Activities in Dakar

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

  • Mamelles Lighthouse and Ngor Island (Walking Tour): $130
  • 2-day tour Lac rose- desert of Lompoul: $287
  • Accro Baobab Adventure Ticket Entry: $38
  • Dakar City Tour and Goree Island: $162
  • Pink Lake and Turtle Village Half-Day Tour: $200
  • Private City Tour: $108
  • Private custom tour with a local guide: $30
  • Day trip Goree island and Dakar city tour : $157
  • From Dakar or Saly: Half-Day Tour to Pink Lake: $136
  • From Dakar/Saly: Half-Day Bandia Wildlife Reserve Tour: $244
  • Full Day Goree Island And Dakar City Tour(Minimum 2 Participants): $142
  • Full Day Private Tour in move, eat, act like a local: $108

Typical Entertainment Prices in Marrakech

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Marrakech's activities, tours, and tickets:

  • Palace 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:

  • 3-Hour Colorful Souks Tour: $5.00
  • 3-Hour Colorful Souks Tour experience: $5.00
  • 3-Hour Colorful Souks Tour with Tour guide: $5.00
  • Marrakesh: Cactus Thiemann Entry Ticket: $8.20
  • Ourika Valley, Atlas Mountain and Waterfalls Tour from Marrakech: $10
  • Camel ride experience at the palm grove of Marrakech: $12
  • 1/2 day Guided Medina Walking Tour & Souks : $13
  • Marrakech:Quad Tour in Palmeraie: $14
  • Historical Marrakech Walking Tour: $15
  • Full Day Hiking Tour to Atlas Mountains from Marrakech: $15
  • Marrakech activities: Camel ride tour Marrakech: $15
  • Marrakech Sightseeing Tour: $15

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Dakar $8.92
    Marrakech $15

Sample the Local Flavors in Marrakech

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

  • Bar Crawl with Local Guide: $28
  • Moroccan wine tasting workshop in Marrakech: $70

When comparing the travel costs between Dakar and Marrakech, we can see that Marrakech 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 Marrakech Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Dakar or Marrakech?

Dakar has a larger population, and is about 3 times larger than the population of Marrakech. When comparing the sizes of Dakar and Marrakech, 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.