A Travel Price Comparison for South Africa Johannesburg vs. Hibiscus Coast for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Johannesburg or Hibiscus Coast?

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 Hibiscus Coast 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 Hibiscus Coast?


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.

Hibiscus Coast

The Hibiscus Coast, or KwaZulu-Natal, is located on the southeast coast of South Africa, just south of Durban. The area is rich in beautiful beaches and lush nature reserves which offer fantastic opportunities for hiking, swimming, and other outdoor adventures. The Hibiscus Coast experiences their summer from December-February, with temperatures in the 70's Fahrenheit, making these the best months to visit.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Adventure Tours to South Africa, The Best Eco Tours in South Africa, The Best Sightseeing Tours in South Africa, and The Best Vineyard & Wine Tours in South Africa.

Which place is cheaper, Hibiscus Coast or Johannesburg?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Johannesburg is $93, while the average daily cost in Hibiscus Coast is $56. 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 Hibiscus Coast in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Johannesburg $53
    Hibiscus Coast $29
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Johannesburg $106
    Hibiscus Coast $58
Compare Hotels in Johannesburg and Hibiscus Coast

Looking for a hotel in Johannesburg or Hibiscus Coast? 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 Hibiscus Coast

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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 Hibiscus Coast Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Johannesburg $16
    Hibiscus Coast $14
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:

  • 1-3 Passenger Private Johannesburg - Airport Transfer: $34
  • Airport To Suncity Transfer And Return: $401
  • Airport Transfers Johannesburg : $52
  • Airport Transfers Johannesburg-Pretoria-Sandton: $109
  • Airport Transfers from Cradle of Humankind Muldesdrift to Jo'burg: $145
  • Arrival Private Transfer: Tambo Airport JNB to Johannesburg in Business Car: $61
  • Arrival Private Transfer: Tambo Airport JNB to Johannesburg in Luxury Van: $72
  • Departure Private Transfer Johanesburg Pretoria or SunCity to JNB Airport by Van: $73
  • Departure Private Transfer: Johannesburg to Tambo Airport JNB in Luxury Van: $72
  • From Johannesburg Airport: 1-Way Transfer with Pretoria Tour: $107
  • Johannesburg Airport (JNB): Transfer to Johannesburg hotels: $196
  • Johannesburg Airport (JNB): Transfer to Pretoria hotels: $281

Is it cheaper to fly into Johannesburg or Hibiscus Coast?

Prices for flights to both Hibiscus Coast 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 $16
    Hibiscus Coast $18

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Johannesburg

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

  • Maboneng Street Art and Street Food Tour: $40
  • Taste of Africa Food Tour: $45
  • Unique street food tour from at least 6 different cultures!: $48
  • Johannesburg Culture and food tour: $98
  • Amapiano & Afrobeats Nightlife Experience with Dinner : $134
  • Pan-African Cooking & Dinning Experience: $214

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Johannesburg $20
    Hibiscus Coast $4.76

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
  • JoburgPlaces Welcome Joburg Walking Tour: $18
  • Architectural Walking Tour: $19
  • Soweto: Hector Pieterson Memorial, to Orlando Towers Tour: $24
  • Maboneng Street Art & Culture Tour: $27
  • Hidden Gems & Culture in Braamfontein Tour: $27
  • Ponte Experience: $27
  • Colours of A Graffiti & Street Art Tour: $29
  • Soweto: Bike Tour with a Local Tour Guide: $29
  • Johannesburg Maboneng- Street Art Tour and the Vibrant HOOD!: $30

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Johannesburg $4.60
    Hibiscus Coast $5.25

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: $8.20
  • Experience Johannesburg Wine Tour Views and Luxury: $225

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Johannesburg and Hibiscus Coast, we can see that Johannesburg is more expensive. And not only is Hibiscus Coast much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Hibiscus Coast would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Hibiscus Coast 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 Hibiscus Coast.

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

Which is Bigger, Johannesburg or Hibiscus Coast?

Johannesburg has a larger population, and is about 9 times larger than the population of Hibiscus Coast. When comparing the sizes of Johannesburg and Hibiscus Coast, 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.