A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Kampala vs. Addis Ababa for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Kampala or Addis Ababa?

Should I visit Kampala or Addis Ababa? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Kampala

Kampala is the capital of Uganda in the South part of the country near Lake Victoria. It is the largest city in Uganda, with a population of over two million people. This city is very safe and the locals are known to be very kind and approachable.

Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa is the capital city of Ethiopia and also the nation's largest when ranked by its population of over three million. There are also more than 120 international missions and embassies in Addis Ababa, making the city a hub for international diplomacy concerning Africa. Other draws include its thriving marketplaces, spicy food, and rich coffee.

Which city is cheaper, Addis Ababa or Kampala?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Kampala is $59, while the average daily cost in Addis Ababa is $66. 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 Kampala and Addis Ababa in more detail.



Accommodation

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around $50. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Kampala the cost is $100 on average.

The prices for places to stay in Addis Ababa can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is $43, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around $86.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Kampala $50
    Addis Ababa $43
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Kampala $100
    Addis Ababa $86

Food

The average traveler spends about $7.17 per day in Kampala for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.

The price of a meal in Addis Ababa can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $17 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $6.80 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Kampala $7.17
    Addis Ababa $17
Typical Food prices in Kampala

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Kampala:


  • Lunch for 2
    $1.70

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Kampala

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

  • Cooking class for typical Ugandan food: $31
  • Cooking Class With a Local (Kampala, Jinja, Entebbe - 4 Hours): $56
  • Kampala City Walking Food Tour: $77
  • Night-time Boda Boda Street Food Tour: $91
  • Fishing Village Food Tour & Luwombo Stop: $102
  • Amazing Race - Food Tour: $103
  • Kampala cooking tour: $133
  • Half-day Kampala City Tour and Traditional Dance Show with Dinner (7-Hours): $147
  • Kampala food tour: $205

Typical Food prices in Addis Ababa

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Addis Ababa:


  • Slice of Cake
    $0.15

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Addis Ababa

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

  • Traditional Ethiopian cooking class in Addis Ababa: $61
  • Local Ethiopian Food Tour Addis Ababa: $65
  • Local Ethiopian Food Tour: $75
  • Local Ethiopian Food Tour: $77
  • Ethiopian Cultural Dinner in Addis Ababa with LIVE Traditional Dance Show: $77
  • Unique Ethiopian Cooking Class and Coffee Ceremony with a Local in Addis Ababa: $90
  • HALF-DAY + dinner Addis Ababa: $95
  • HALF DAY + DINNER Addis Abeba city tour: $97
  • Ethiopian Unique Culinary Food Tours: $98
  • Local Ethiopian Food Tour: $108
  • Ethiopian Cooking Class and Food Tour, Addis Ababa and Lalibela: $124
  • Ethiopian Cooking Class and Coffee Ceremony with a Local in Addis with transfers: $129

Local Transportation

The cost of a taxi ride in Kampala is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $2.13 per person, per day, on local transportation in Kampala.

To get around in Addis Ababa, the average visitor spends $7.72 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Kampala $2.13
    Addis Ababa $7.72
Typical Local Transportation prices in Kampala

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Kampala are as follows:


  • Taxi around town
    $4.26

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Kampala

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Kampala:

  • Private Transfer from Kampala to Entebbe Airport (EBB) Uganda: $146

Typical Local Transportation prices in Addis Ababa

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Addis Ababa are as follows:


  • Short Taxi Ride
    $0.65

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Addis Ababa

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

  • Addis Ababa Private Airport-Hotel Transfer: $77
  • Bole International Airport to Addis Ababa City Transfer: $51
  • City/Airport Transfers-Addis Ababa: $32
  • Private Transfer from Addis Ababa to Bole Airport Addis Ababa (ADD): $124
  • Private Transfer from Bole Airport Addis Ababa (ADD) to Addis Ababa: $124
  • Private arrival and departure Transfer: $45
  • Private transfer: Addis Ababa Airport (ADD) to Addis Ababa: $622
  • Private transfer: Addis Ababa to Addis Ababa Airport (ADD): $622

Is it cheaper to fly into Kampala or Addis Ababa?

Prices for flights to both Addis Ababa and Kampala 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

In Addis Ababa, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $7.97 per person, per day.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Kampala -
    Addis Ababa $7.97

Tours and Activities in Kampala

Here are a few actual costs in Kampala for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • 08 days Classic Uganda Primate Tour: $3,528
  • 1 Day Art Tour: $80
  • 1 Day Greater Kampala City Tour: $308
  • 1 Day Jinja and Source of the Nile Tour: $308
  • 1 Day Jinja source of the Nile tour: $232
  • 1 Day Kampala City Boda Boda (motocycle) Tour: $100
  • 1 Day Kampala City Tour: $120
  • 1 Day Kampala City Tour: $120
  • 1 Day Kampala City Tour with Zumba and Salsa: $218
  • 1 Day Kampala city tour: $130
  • 1 Day Kampala city tour: $144
  • 1 Day Uganda Equator Tour.: $188

Tours and Activities in Addis Ababa

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

  • Hiking to Yeka | Stopover Tour: 8687' , semi-monolithic rock-hewn church: $31
  • Arba Minch Walking Tour: $32
  • Addis Ababa City - Half Day Tour: $36
  • Addis Ababa - Half Day City Tour: $36
  • Barok tour Ethiopia @aa: $40
  • Walking Tour of Addis Abeba - Discover Addis the Authentic way: $41
  • Addis Ababa City Tours: $43
  • Half Day City Tour of Addis Ababa: $47
  • Historical Tour: $50
  • Addis Ababa City Tour: $50
  • Impress Addis City Tours: $50
  • City tour of Addis, Transit in Addis by car: $51

Alcohol

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Addis Ababa, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $6.58.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Kampala -
    Addis Ababa $6.58

Sample the Local Flavors in Kampala

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Kampala:

  • Pub Crawl Kampala (6 Hours): $20
  • Kampala Pub Crawl: $60


When comparing the travel costs between Kampala and Addis Ababa, we can see that Addis Ababa is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in Africa, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.

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