A Travel Price Comparison for Morocco Essaouira vs. Agadir for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Essaouira or Agadir?

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

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Essaouira and Agadir can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Essaouira or Agadir?


Essaouira is a beautiful beach town on the Atlantic coast of Morocco. The city has a pleasant medina that has been named a UNESCO World Heritage site and is interesting to explore. It's an 18th century fortified town with a lot of character and charm. The city is rich and culture and you'll find a handful of art galleries throughout the town. The city is also a gathering place for artists and musicians, particularly during the Gnaoua Festival of World Music, which takes place the last week of June. This event attracts about 450,000 visitors yearly.


Agadir is a city with a long and tragic past. In 1960 the city suffered from an earthquake, destroying the city including the ancient Kasbah. Approximately 15,000 people were killed, 12,000 were injured and around 35,000 people were left homeless. They began rebuilding the city center on a grid system, making it easy for today's visitors to navigate and get around this city. The new city is full of boulevards with cafes and a mix of 1960s and classic Moroccan architecture. Today, the city is still growing and welcomes European vacationers to its resort destinations. Visitors appreciate the clean beaches, outstanding golf courses and luxurious health and beauty spas.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best 10-Day Tours in Morocco, The Best One Week (7-Day) Tours in Morocco, The Best 2-Week Tours in Morocco, and Tours for Outdoor and Nature Lovers in Morocco.

Which place is cheaper, Agadir or Essaouira?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Essaouira is $46, while the average daily cost in Agadir is $59. 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 Essaouira and Agadir in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Essaouira $26
    Agadir $41
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Essaouira $52
    Agadir $82
Compare Hotels in Essaouira and Agadir

Looking for a hotel in Essaouira or Agadir? 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 Essaouira

Hotels in Agadir

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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: Essaouira Hotel Prices and Agadir Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Essaouira $1.99
    Agadir $4.19

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Essaouira

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

  • Marrakech : Private Transfer from or to Marrakech Airoport: $22
  • Transfer Essaouira Airport to Essaouira: $22
  • Private Transfer from or to Essaouira Airport (ESU): $22
  • Private Transfer from or to Essaouira Airport: $27
  • Hinterland Quad Bike Tour with Transfer: $35
  • Essaouira Airport To city Transfer: $38
  • From Scenic Diabat Horseback Ride with Transfer: $48
  • From Beachside Quad Bike Tour with Transfer: $69
  • Scenic Hinterland Quad Ride with Transfer: $80
  • Private transfer Marrakech airpot - Essaouira : $87
  • Transfer from Essaouira to Marrakech city or Marrakech airport: $93
  • Transfert Marrakech to Essaouira Or Essaouira to Marrakech : $95

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Agadir

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

  • CTM bus from Eassaouira to Agadir

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Agadir

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Agadir:

  • From 2-Day El Borj Desert Tour with Transfer & Meals: $410
  • Agadir private transfer from Agadir airport (AGA) to Ouirgane: $287
  • Transfer Agadir to Casablanca: $282
  • Agadir private transfer from Agadir airport (AGA) to Imlil: $269
  • Private Transfer from Taroudant to Marrakesh Menara (RAK) Airport: $253
  • Agadir private transfer from Agadir airport (AGA) to Guelmin: $249
  • Privatr Transfer Marrakech - Agadir Taghazout: $201
  • Agadir Al Massira Airport (AGA) to Marrakesh-Roundtrip Transfer: $191
  • Transfer from agadir airport to anywhere inside agadir: $190
  • Agadir private transfer from Agadir airport (AGA) to Marrakech: $163
  • Agadir private transfer from Agadir airport (AGA) to Mirleft: $156
  • Transfer from Agadir to Tarfaya: $152

Is it cheaper to fly into Essaouira or Agadir?

Prices for flights to both Agadir and Essaouira 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
    Essaouira $14
    Agadir $13
Typical Food Prices in Essaouira

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Essaouira:

  • Baklava
  • Breakfast Crepes
  • Fish for Lunch

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Essaouira

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

  • Traditional Moroccan Cooking Class: $39
  • L'Atelier Madada Moroccan Cooking Workshop in Essaouira: $54
  • Traditional Family Style Moroccan Cooking Class: $67
  • 3 hours Camel Ride in Essaouira with Dinner and Overnight in Berber Camp: $169

Typical Food Prices in Agadir

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

  • Dinner
  • Dinner

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Agadir

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

  • Camel Ride With Tea & BBQ Dinner Option: $17
  • From Sunset Camel Ride w/ Transfers, Optional Dinner: $17
  • Flamingo River Camel Ride with Optional BBQ Dinner: $18
  • Agadir Camel Ride Flamingo River & BBQ Dinner: $19
  • Camel Ride Tour with Tea and Dinner Option: $20
  • Camel Ride With Tea & BBQ Dinner Option: $20
  • From Agadir or Taghazout: Camel Ride BBQ Lunch or Dinner: $28
  • From Sunset Camel Ride with BBQ Dinner and Transfer: $29
  • Agadir Camel Trek Sunset Tour with Dinner Barbecue: $30
  • Agadir Camel Riding +Sunset and Dinner( barbecue): $32
  • Sunset Horse Ride With Dinner: $36
  • Sunset Camel Ride With Dinner: $37

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Essaouira $12
    Agadir $3.20

Tours and Activities in Essaouira

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

  • Highlights Tour with Tasting the Ocean City: $19
  • Full Day Tour From Marrakech To Essaouira Mogador: $21
  • Private City Tour: $26
  • From Marrakech: Guided tour of Essaouira the coastal city: $26
  • Friend-Guide Essaouira city tour: $31
  • 3-Hour Camel Tour: $40
  • Cultural & Historical Sightseeing Tour - half day: $40
  • Discover Essaouira Full-Day Tour: $43
  • Essaouira Adventure Full-Day Excursion from Marakech: $47
  • Guided Dromedary Riding Tour: $48
  • Half-Day Old Town Guided Tour: $48
  • Essaouira Tour - Half day visit to berber market : $56

Typical Entertainment Prices in Agadir

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

  • Show Tickets

Tours and Activities in Agadir

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

  • 1 Day tour in Essaouira from agadir & taghazoute bay ressorts: $38
  • 3 Days Desert Tours from Marrakech to Fes: $242
  • Agadir National Park & 4×4 Jeep Desert Safari Tour with Lunch: $92
  • Agadir city Tour with big Souk Elhad: $37
  • National Park Privat safari Tour from Agadir and Taghazout: $173
  • 2 Day Tour to El Borj Desert from Agadir : $175
  • 2 Hour Private Massage and Hammam Experience: $43
  • 2 Hours Agadir Camel Riding Tour: $22
  • 2 activity in some day in agadir camel Ride & city tour agadir : $49
  • 2-Hour Sunset Camel Ride Adventure in Agadir Beach: $45
  • 3 in 1 = city tour half day + camel ride 2hours + hammam massage 2hours: $80
  • 4 Days Private Tour from Agadir to Marrakech in luxury Camp: $1,875

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Essaouira $9.16
    Agadir -

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

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

Which is Bigger, Essaouira or Agadir?

Agadir has a larger population, and is about 10 times larger than the population of Essaouira. When comparing the sizes of Essaouira and Agadir, 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.