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

Should you visit Essaouira or Casablanca?

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 Casablanca can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Essaouira or Casablanca?


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.


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 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, Casablanca or Essaouira?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Essaouira is $45, 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 Essaouira and Casablanca in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Essaouira $26
    Casablanca $42
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Essaouira $52
    Casablanca $84
Compare Hotels in Essaouira and Casablanca

Looking for a hotel in Essaouira 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 Essaouira

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: Essaouira Hotel Prices and Casablanca Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Essaouira $1.99
    Casablanca $11

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Essaouira

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

  • Transfer Essaouira Airport to Essaouira: $22
  • Marrakech : Private Transfer from or to Marrakech Airoport: $22
  • Private Transfer from or to Essaouira Airport (ESU): $22
  • Private Transfer from or to Essaouira Aéroport : $22
  • Airport Transfer From Essaouira Airport To Medina: $22
  • Guided Quad Ride in Essaouira (1 Hour). (free transfer): $36
  • Essaouira Airport To city Transfer: $39
  • Private Transfer from or to Essaouira Airport : $42
  • 2-Hour Quad Ride (free transfer): $64
  • Excursion: 1H/Quad+1H/Camels (free transfer): $66
  • 3-Hour Quad Ride (Free Transfer): $72
  • 3-hour Quad ride (free transfer).: $75

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Casablanca

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

  • Train from Airport (for 2)
  • Taxi Ride

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Casablanca

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Casablanca:

  • Transfer between Casablanca and Fez: $309
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Casablanca Airport To Tangier: $290
  • Private Transfer Casablanca - Maknes : $290
  • Private Transfer from Casablanca (CMN) Airport to Oualidia: $244
  • Private Transfer from Casablanca (CMN) Airport to Marrakech: $244
  • Transfer Casablanca to Essaouira: $241
  • One-Way Transfer from Casablanca to Fez via rabat : $221
  • Transfer Morocco from Tangier: $220
  • Casablanca to Marrakech Private Transfer and Vice Versa: $220
  • Transfer Private From Casablanca To Asilah: $220
  • Casablanca Layover Private Tour to Marrakech with Airport Round-trip Transfer: $219
  • Private VIP transfer Casablanca To Marrakech: $209

Is it cheaper to fly into Essaouira or Casablanca?

Prices for flights to both Casablanca 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
    Casablanca $19
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
  • Traditional Moroccan Cooking Class: $55
  • L'Atelier Madada Moroccan Cooking Workshop in Essaouira: $55
  • Essaouira Cooking Class: $66
  • Berber Cooking Class at a Farm in the Countryside & shopping at a rural Souk.: $98
  • 3 hours Camel Ride in Essaouira with Dinner and Overnight in Berber Camp: $173
  • 3 Hours Horse Riding with Dinner and Overnight Berber Camp: $174

Typical Food Prices in Casablanca

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

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner at Rick's Cafe (for Two)

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Casablanca

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

  • Casablanca Night Sightseeing Tour with Andalusian Dinner Show: $39
  • Private CousCous Cooking Class in a Traditional Family Home: $47
  • Old local Market visit+Moroccan cooking class with a local family: $53
  • Casablanca City Night Tour and Traditional Moroccan Dinner: $65
  • Private Moroccan Cooking Class in Casablanca with Hotel Transfers: $140
  • Casablanca Food Tour - Marché Central & Seafood Lunch: $140
  • Private Moroccan Cooking Class in Casablanca with a Local Expert: $146
  • Casablanca Food Tour: $150
  • Authentic Moroccan Cooking Class in Casablanca with Hotel Transfers: $170
  • Market Tour & Moroccan Cooking Class in Casablanca with Transfers: $190
  • Visit of the museum of the Slaoui foundation with a dinner at the red mullet of Isle: $193

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Essaouira $12
    Casablanca $8.88

Tours and Activities in Essaouira

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

  • KiteSurfing or Surfing Experience in Essaouira: $28
  • Full Day Tour To Essaouira from Marrakech: $33
  • 3-Hour Camel Tour: $41
  • Essaouira Tour - Half day visit to berber market : $56
  • Big dunes and atlantic coast tour 2 HOURS: $57
  • 2 Hour Quad & ATV Experience: $59
  • Essaouira Guided Tour: 3 on 1 - Nightlife tour, Live like a local & Street food: $66
  • Big Cap Sim dunes and forest 3 hours tour.: $70
  • full Private Day Trip to Marrakech Sightseeing: $220

Tours and Activities in Casablanca

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

  • 2-Days Private Tour of Chefchaouen and Fez, from Casablanca: $275
  • "Fes to Casablanca Tour: Discover the Fascinating Journey": $313
  • 14 Days Authentic Morocco Tour: $269
  • 2-Hour Casablanca Walking Tour : $39
  • 3-Hour Private Casablanca Authentic Home Dining Experience: $100
  • Casablanca & Rabat Full Day Cultural Private Tour: $198
  • Casablanca Airport Layover Private Tour: $200
  • Casablanca Airport Layover Tour with Return to Airport or Hotel Dropoff: $75
  • Casablanca City Tour with Hassan II mosque ticket: $65
  • Casablanca City Tour with Hassan II mosque ticket: $39
  • Casablanca City Tour with Hassan II mosque ticket, Optional lunch: $61
  • Casablanca Cruise: All-Day City Tour: $172

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Essaouira $9.13
    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 we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Essaouira and Casablanca, we can see that Casablanca 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 Casablanca would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Casablanca 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 Casablanca Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Essaouira or Casablanca?

Casablanca has a larger population, and is about 40 times larger than the population of Essaouira. When comparing the sizes of Essaouira 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.