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

Should you visit Fez or Essaouira?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Fez and Essaouira can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Fez or Essaouira?


Fez is the historical capital of Morocco and has one of the country's most impressive and elaborate medinas. It's authentic and traditional atmosphere attracts travelers from all over the world. It's fun to wander the city's elaborate alleyways, sample the food, and soak up the sights and smells. In Fez's medina you'll find donkeys, carts, spices, and pottery. You'll find traditional foods, locals bartering for goods, and religious buildings that date back hundreds of years. The medina is also the world's largest car free urban zone.


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.

Which place is cheaper, Essaouira or Fez?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Fez is $53, while the average daily cost in Essaouira is $46. 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 Fez and Essaouira in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Fez $28
    Essaouira $26
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Fez $56
    Essaouira $52
Compare Hotels in Fez and Essaouira

Looking for a hotel in Fez or Essaouira? 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 Fez

Hotels in Essaouira

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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: Fez Hotel Prices and Essaouira Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Fez $4.96
    Essaouira $2.00
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Fez

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

  • Taxi Ride

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Fez

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

  • From Fez : Transfer to Tangier via chefchaouen : $298
  • Private Transfer from Fes to Casablanca: $297
  • Private Transfer from Fes (FES) Airport to Chefchaouen: $293
  • Private Transfer from Meknes to Casablanca (CMN) Airport: $293
  • Private Transfer Casablanca - Fes / Fes - Casablanca: $293
  • One-Way Transfer from Fez to Marrakech: $276
  • One-Way Private Transfer from Fes to Casablanca: $275
  • Private Transfer from Fes to Rabat (RBA) Airport: $275
  • Transfer Fes Airport to Safi: $258
  • Transfer Fes Airport to Marrakech: $258
  • Transfer Fes to Safi: $258
  • One Way Private Transfer To Marrakech: $254

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Essaouira

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

  • Transfert Marrakech to Essaouira Or Essaouira to Marrakech : $95
  • Transfer from Essaouira to your Riad or Hotel in Marrakech: $165
  • Transfer from Essaouira to Marrakech city or Marrakech airport: $94
  • Transfer from Essaouira to Marrakech city or Marrakech airport: $93
  • Transfer from Essaouira to Marrakech city or Marrakech airport: $94
  • Transfer Essaouira Airport to Essaouira: $22
  • Private transfer aéroport essaouira - Essaouira (1 up to 4 pers ): $26
  • Private transfer Marrakech to Essaouira or Essaouira toMarrakech : $103
  • Private transfer Marrakech airpot - Essaouira : $88
  • Private transfer Marrakech - airport marrakech ( 1 up to 4 pers ): $26
  • Private transfer Agadir - Essaouira city (5 UP to 7 pers): $165
  • Private transfer Agadir - Essaouira (1 up to 4 pers) : $132

Is it cheaper to fly into Fez or Essaouira?

Prices for flights to both Essaouira and Fez 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
    Fez $18
    Essaouira $14
Typical Food Prices in Fez

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

  • Yogurt
  • Dinner for 2

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Fez

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

  • Lunch/Dinner with Moroccan family : $13
  • Moroccan Romantic Dinner in Fez: $22
  • Fez Culinary Delight - Moroccan Cooking Class: $32
  • Baking Class at Fez Cooking School: $37
  • Baking Workshops at Fez Cooking School at Palais Amani: $42
  • Fez Souk 4-Hour Traditional Home Cooking: $43
  • Cooking Class - Moroccan cuisine: $44
  • Cooking Class with Bread Workshop and Pastry in Fes: $44
  • Moroccan Cuisine Fez Cooking Class : $44
  • cooking classe in fes with ouliya: $44
  • Unforgettable Cooking Class in Fez : $46
  • Moroccan Henna Party fez Lunch or Dinner: $49

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
  • Traditional Family Style Moroccan Cooking Class: $67
  • 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: $171
  • 3 Hours Horse Riding with Dinner and Overnight Berber Camp: $173

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Fez $6.22
    Essaouira $12
Typical Entertainment Prices in Fez

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

  • Granary Fee

Tours and Activities in Fez

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

  • 2 Days Desert Tour From Fes back to Fes : $187
  • 2Days Share Tour From Fes To Marrakech Via Sahara Desert Morocco: $133
  • A Unique Experience In Fes With A Guide And A Driver (Full Day): $198
  • Fes to Marrakech via Desert Tour 2 Days 1 Night : $105
  • Fez day Tour with Local Guide & driver : $72
  • Private Day Tour Fes - Meknes - Volubilis and Moulay Idriss: $55
  • Private Tour with official guide & Driver for Fez city: $132
  • Shared small a group day trip From FES to CHEFCHAOUEN BEST experience ever : $38
  • Tour in The Most Beautiful Spots: $214
  • walking Tour in the oldest part of Fez (3-4 hours): $33
  • 1 night 2 Day Tour to luxury Desert camp from Fes by Small Group: $231
  • 1 night 2 days Desert tour From Fes back to Fes: $100

Tours and Activities in Essaouira

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

  • Big Cap Sim dunes and forest 3 hours tour.: $70
  • Big dunes and atlantic coast tour 2 HOURS: $57
  • Discovery Tour around Essaouira by Electric Motorcycle: $86
  • Essaouira : 1H quad bike tour and 1H camel ride: $57
  • Essaouira : Half-day E-Experience from Mountains to Sea: $129
  • Essaouira Exclusive Dune Buggy Adventure: $165
  • Essaouira Guided Tour: 3 on 1 - Nightlife tour, Live like a local & Street food: $66
  • Essaouira Sand Dunes: Half Day Quad Bike Tour: $66
  • Essaouira Tour - Half day visit to berber market : $56
  • 3-Hour Camel Tour: $41
  • 3-Hour Quad Bike Tour: $87
  • Area Highlights 3 hours E-Bike Tour: $61

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Fez -
    Essaouira $9.17

Sample the Local Flavors in Fez

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

  • Full-Day Boutique Winery and Wine Tasting Tour from Fez: $253

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Fez and Essaouira, we can see that Fez 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 Fez would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Fez 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 Fez Expensive? and Is Essaouira Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Fez or Essaouira?

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