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

Should you visit Johannesburg or Casablanca?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Johannesburg and Casablanca 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: Johannesburg or Casablanca?


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.


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 Adventure Tours to South Africa, The Best Eco Tours in South Africa, The Best Hiking & Trekking Tours in Morocco, and The Best 10-Day Tours in Morocco.

Which place is cheaper, Casablanca or Johannesburg?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Johannesburg is $96, while the average daily cost in Casablanca is $72. 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 Johannesburg and Casablanca in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Johannesburg $55
    Casablanca $43
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Johannesburg $110
    Casablanca $86
Compare Hotels in Johannesburg and Casablanca

Looking for a hotel in Johannesburg 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 Johannesburg

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: Johannesburg Hotel Prices and Casablanca Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Johannesburg $16
    Casablanca $11
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Johannesburg

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

  • Taxi Ride

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Johannesburg

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Johannesburg:

  • O.R. Tambo International Airport to city transfer(JNB): $22
  • 1-3 Passenger Private Johannesburg - Airport Transfer: $35
  • Johannesburg Airport JNB to Johannesburg Hotels Arrival Transfer: $35
  • Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport (JNB) to Johannesburg - Arrival Private Transfer: $35
  • Luxury Car Johannesburg Airport Private Transfer: $39
  • OR Tambo Private Airport to Hotel and Hotel to Airport Transfers : $43
  • Apartheid Museum Private Transfers: $44
  • Johannesburg Airport Private Transfers: Departures (Hotel Pickup): $45
  • OR Tambo Airport Transfers Around Johannesburg: $45
  • OR Tambo Airport Transfer to Sandton: $46
  • OR Tambo Airport Transfer To Parktown: $46
  • OR Tambo Airport Transfer To Melrose Arch: $46

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:

  • Best Private Transfer From Casablanca Airport To All Morocco: $17
  • Transfer from Mohammed V Airport to your hotel Casablanca: $18
  • Private Transfer to Mohammed V Airport: $19
  • Mohammed V Airport to City Private Transfer: $19
  • Private Transfer From Mohammed V Airport to City: $19
  • Casablanca Private Transfer from Hotel Accommodation To Airport : $19
  • Casablanca Mohamed V Airport to Hotels Private Arrival transfer : $19
  • Private transfer from Casablanca Airport to hotels and cities: $20
  • Transfer from your hotel Casablanca to Mohammed V Airport: $20
  • Private Transfer from Casablanca Airport (CMN) to Casablanca Port: $21
  • Casablanca to Casablanca Cruise Port - Departure Private Transfer: $21
  • Casablanca Port to Mohammed V Airport (CMN) - Departure Private Transfer: $21

Is it cheaper to fly into Johannesburg or Casablanca?

Prices for flights to both Casablanca 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.

  • Food Meals for one day
    Johannesburg $17
    Casablanca $19

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Johannesburg

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

  • Unique street food tour from at least 6 different cultures!: $48
  • Maboneng Street Art and Street Food Tour: $50
  • Zulu Food Cooking & Dining Experience with a local Chef: $58
  • Johannesburg Culture and food tour: $100
  • Pan-African Cooking & Dinning Experience: $212

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.

  • Flavors of Morocco Food Tour in Casablanca: $30
  • Casablanca Night Sightseeing Tour with Andalusian Dinner Show: $39
  • Old local Market visit+Moroccan cooking class with a local family: $59
  • Street Food Tour by Night: $61
  • Casablanca City Night Tour and Traditional Moroccan Dinner: $65
  • Street private Guided Food Tour with Tastings: $68
  • Food Tour with Tastings and Lunch: $72
  • Experience Casablanca Night Tour & Authentic Moroccan Dinner: $74
  • Casablanca City Night Tour and Traditional Moroccan Dinner: $75
  • Small Group Casablanca Food Tour with a Local: $88
  • Central Market Food Tour with Tastings and Lunch: $98
  • Casablanca Food Tour - Moroccan Street Food Tour: $105

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Johannesburg $21
    Casablanca $8.96

Tours and Activities in Johannesburg

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

  • Johannesburg Self-Guided Audio Tour: $9.00
  • Hop-On Hop-Off Bus with Optional Soweto Tour: $16
  • Jo'burg Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Apartheid Museum & Soweto: $16
  • Soweto: Hector Pieterson Memorial, to Orlando Towers Tour: $24
  • Braamfontein Graffiti & Street Culture Tour: $25
  • Architectural Walking Tour: $25
  • Soweto-Running-Tour / Soweto-Runs-Ahead: $26
  • Ponte Experience: $28
  • Soweto: Bike Tour with a Local Tour Guide: $29
  • Colours of A Graffiti & Street Art Tour: $29
  • Maboneng Street Art & Culture Tour: $29
  • JHB Maboneng- Street Art Tour and the Roof Top Restaurants: $29

Tours and Activities in Casablanca

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

  • Platinum Tour - Hassan II Mosque and cathedral: $13
  • Hassan II Mosque Premium Tour with Entry Ticket: $15
  • Hassan II Mosque Skip-the-Line Guided Tour: $15
  • Skip the line Hassan 2 mosque Premium Tour entry ticket included: $15
  • Skip the line Hassan II Mosque guided Tour entry tickets included: $15
  • Private Tour the Mosque Hassan II & Notre Damme Cathedral: $17
  • The Backstage of Art: Private Guided Tour: $21
  • Historical and Cultural Casablanca Half-Day Guided Tour: $21
  • Traditional Souks Shopping Private Guided Tour: $24
  • City Tour with Hassan II Mosque Entry Ticket: $24
  • Casablanca and Morocco Shared Walking Tour with Licensed Guide: $25
  • Hassan mosque visit2 ticket included, skip the line: $26

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Johannesburg $4.76
    Casablanca -

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: $8.32
  • Wine Tasting: $11
  • Hop on Hop Off Johannesburg Pub Crawl: $12
  • Wine Tasting and Cableway Half Day Tour: $115
  • Experience Johannesburg Wine Tour Views and Luxury: $227

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 Johannesburg and Casablanca, we can see that Johannesburg is more expensive. And not only is Casablanca much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Casablanca would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Casablanca 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 Casablanca.

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

Which is Bigger, Johannesburg or Casablanca?

Casablanca has a larger population, and is about 55% larger than the population of Johannesburg. When comparing the sizes of Johannesburg 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.