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

Should you visit Kampala or Antsiranana?

Should I visit Kampala or Antsiranana? 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.

Antsiranana

Antsiranana is the capital of Madagascar's northernmost province, Diana, and until 1975 it was known as Diego Suarez. The city has a port that has become a site for naval repairs and is the largest in the entire Indian Ocean. The port is mainly used for tinned fish and bottled drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic). The city has a population of a little over 100,000. The French used the city as a military base after independence from 1960 until 1973, after the socialist revolution.

Which city is cheaper, Antsiranana 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 Antsiranana is $81. 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 Antsiranana 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 Antsiranana can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is $39, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around $78.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Kampala $50
    Antsiranana $39
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Kampala $100
    Antsiranana $78

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 Antsiranana can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $32 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $13 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
    Antsiranana $32
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

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.

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Antsiranana than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $13 on transportation in Antsiranana on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Kampala $2.13
    Antsiranana $13
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

Is it cheaper to fly into Kampala or Antsiranana?

Prices for flights to both Antsiranana 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

Sightseeing expenses in Antsiranana, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $17 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Kampala -
    Antsiranana $17

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

Alcohol

Typically, people visiting Antsiranana spend on average $9.03 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Kampala -
    Antsiranana $9.03

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

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