A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Johannesburg vs. Antananarivo for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Johannesburg or Antananarivo?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Johannesburg and Antananarivo can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Johannesburg

Johannesburg is the largest city in South Africa with a population of over 3 million people. Most of the population is made up of South Africa's black residents, who predominately reside in the Soweto area. There are approximately half a million white residents and 300,000 residents of other descent. Half of the population live in the Soweto area as well as the nearby suburbs.

Antananarivo

Antananarivo is the capital of Madagascar; it is also sometimes referred to as Tana. This city is the cultural and political center of Madagascar as a whole. There are multiple universities, museums, and other social venues in the city, as well as a national rugby team. This city has a very apparent French influence.

Which city is cheaper, Antananarivo or Johannesburg?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Johannesburg is $99, while the average daily cost in Antananarivo is $65. 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 city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Johannesburg and Antananarivo in more detail.



Accommodation

The average price for accommodation for two people in Johannesburg is $114. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.

The average price for accommodation for two people in Antananarivo is $54. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Johannesburg $57
    Antananarivo $27
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Johannesburg $114
    Antananarivo $54

Food

Johannesburg food costs typically run travelers around $18 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.

Antananarivo food costs typically run travelers around $26 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Johannesburg $18
    Antananarivo $26

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Johannesburg

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

  • JoburgPlaces Secret Underground Storytelling Dinner: $57
  • JoburgPlaces Migrant Cuisine Storytelling Dinner: $57
  • Johannesburg Cooking Class: $60
  • A Private Traditional Cape Malay Cooking Class, with a MKR Finalist: $95
  • 3-Day Kruger National Park Safari including Breakfast and Dinner: $672
  • 4-Day Kruger National Park Safari including Breakfast and Dinner: $850
  • 4-Day Kruger Park Safari & Panoramic Tour Combo including Breakfast and Dinner: $903
  • 5-Day Kruger National Park Safari including Breakfast and Dinner: $1,115
  • 5-Day Kruger Park Safari & Panoramic Tour Combo including Breakfast and Dinner: $1,119

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Antananarivo

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

  • Cooking And Cuisine Tasting From Tana-Malagasy Fine Foodie Madagascar Tour: $205

Local Transportation

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $17 per day to get around in Johannesburg.

The cost of a taxi ride in Antananarivo is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $13 per person, per day, on local transportation in Antananarivo.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Johannesburg $17
    Antananarivo $13
Typical Local Transportation prices in Johannesburg

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Johannesburg:


  • Taxi Ride
    $4.22

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Johannesburg

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Johannesburg:

  • Private Airport Transfer: Johannesburg to Johannesburg O. R.Tambo Airport (JNB): $14
  • Private Airport Transfer: Johannesburg O. R. Tambo Airport (JNB) to Johannesburg: $17
  • Private transfer service from OR Thambo, Lanseria and Wonderboom Airport: $33
  • Tour operator. airport and hotels transfers chauffeur and safari tours services.: $37
  • Private transfer: Johannesburg to Johannesburg Airport (JNB): $38
  • Private transfer: Johannesburg Airport (JNB) to Johannesburg: $38
  • Flexi Airport Transfer with Meet And Greet: $38
  • 1-3 Passenger Private Johannesburg Airport Transfer: $42
  • Private Johannesburg Airport Arrival Transfer: $49
  • Transfer and Shuttles: $50
  • Luxury Airport Transfer - OR Tambo to Sandton: $54
  • Business Travel - Individual Airport Transfers - Johannesburg: $54

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Antananarivo

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Antananarivo:

  • Private Departure Transfer: Madagascar Antananarivo City to Antananarivo Airport: $53
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Madagascar Antananarivo Airport to Antananarivo City: $53
  • Private Madagascar Antananarivo Airport - Antananarivo City Round-Trip Transfer: $105

Is it cheaper to fly into Johannesburg or Antananarivo?

Prices for flights to both Antananarivo and Johannesburg 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.





Entertainment

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $22 per person, per day in Johannesburg. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.

Entertainment and activities in Antananarivo typically cost an average of $22 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Johannesburg $22
    Antananarivo $22

Tours and Activities in Johannesburg

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

  • Johannesburg Free Walking tours: $3.35
  • The Windybrow Heritage Tour: $13
  • motsoaledi walking tours: $14
  • 1 or 2 Day Johannesburg Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour: $14
  • City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Johannesburg: $17
  • Maboneng Precinct Walking Tour: $19
  • City Sightseeing Johannesburg Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour: $21
  • Taste of Africa (Food & Beer tasting Experience): $23
  • East City Cycle Tour: $24
  • City Skate Tours - Exploring Cities on Skateboards: $27
  • Innercity Walking Tour: $27
  • Ponte Experience: $27

Tours and Activities in Antananarivo

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

  • Antananarivo Like a Local: Customized Guided Tour: $33
  • Half-day City Tour of Antananarivo - Overview of history and Culture: $92
  • Private Ambohimanga and Ironwork Shop Tour from Antananarivo: $98
  • BLUE HILL: Full-Day Antananarivo Discovery Private Tour with Ambohimanga: $100
  • Full-Day Antananarivo, Ambohimanga and Lemurs Park Private Tour: $112
  • Antananarivo Tour with Lemur Park and Ambohimanga Palace: $149
  • Full-Day Andasibe-ANALAMAZAOTRA Special Reserve Private Tour from Antananarivo: $162
  • 2-Day Private Tour to Mantasoa from Antananarivo: $169
  • Tulear Day Tour- The Antsokay Arboretum and Indian Ocean Ancient Relics: $179
  • Antalaha Day Tour of Antalaha and the Macolline Forest UNESCO Site: $192
  • Fort Dauphin and Berenty Reserve Day Tour: $192
  • Trekking, Hiking And Tours Madagascar: $218

Alcohol

The average person spends about $4.93 on alcoholic beverages in Johannesburg per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

The average person spends about $8.67 on alcoholic beverages in Antananarivo per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Johannesburg $4.93
    Antananarivo $8.67

Sample the Local Flavors in Johannesburg

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

  • Wine Tasting Experience in Johannesburg: $10
  • Johannesburg Pub Crawl: $57


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

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