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

Should you visit Kampala or Rabat?

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

Should I visit Kampala or Rabat? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city has activities that align with your interests along with knowing which is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the details and the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Where Should I go: Kampala or Rabat?


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.


While not high on the tourist destination list, Rabat is a quiet gem of a city with stunning colonial architecture and palm-lined streets. This political capital is a laid-back, pleasant alternative to the more cosmopolitan Casablanca.

Located on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the river Bou Regreg, Rabat plus the city of Temera are home to a combined metropolitan population of 2.6 million.

Which place is cheaper, Rabat or Kampala?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Kampala is $68, while the average daily cost in Rabat is $44. 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 Kampala and Rabat in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Kampala $57
    Rabat $27
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Kampala $114
    Rabat $54
Compare Hotels in Kampala and Rabat

Looking for a hotel in Kampala or Rabat? 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 Kampala

Hotels in Rabat

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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: Kampala Hotel Prices and Rabat Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Kampala $2.43
    Rabat $2.11
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Kampala

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

  • Taxi around town

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Kampala

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Kampala:

  • From 3-Day Murchison Falls Safari with Transfer: $2,200
  • Full-Day Kampala Trip with Lunch and Hotel Transfers: $200
  • Private Transfer from Entebbe Airport (EBB) Uganda to Kampala: $129
  • Private Transfer from Kampala to Entebbe Airport (EBB) Uganda: $129
  • Entebbe Airport Transfers: $80
  • Entebbe kampala airport transfers: $80
  • Entebbe Airport taxi. For a safe, affordable and reliable 24/7 airport transfer.: $45

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Rabat

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Rabat:

  • Taxi to Sale

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Rabat

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

  • Private Transfer From Rabat To Fez: $110
  • "Rabat to Marrakech Private Transfer: Smooth and Comfortable": $120
  • One-Way Transfer from Fez to Rabat via volubilis & meknes : $199
  • One-Way Transfer from Rabat to Fez : $156
  • One-Way Transfer from Rabat to Fez via meknes & volubilis : $199
  • Private Arrival Transfer Rabat Sale Airport to Rabat City: $26
  • Private Departure Transfer from Rabat City to Rabat Sale Airport: $26
  • Private Round-Trip Transfer between Rabat Sale Airport and Rabat City: $51
  • Private Transfer from Rabat (RBA) Airport to Asilah: $276
  • Private Transfer from Rabat (RBA) Airport to Bouznika: $88
  • Private Transfer from Rabat (RBA) Airport to Casablanca: $165
  • Private Transfer from Rabat (RBA) Airport to El Jadida: $265

Is it cheaper to fly into Kampala or Rabat?

Prices for flights to both Rabat 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.

  • Food Meals for one day
    Kampala $8.17
    Rabat $12
Typical Food Prices in Kampala

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

  • Lunch for 2

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Kampala

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

  • Like a local cooking Tours: $26
  • Momma Ida's Ugandan Cuisine Cooking Tour: $30
  • Cooking Class for Typical Ugandan Food in Kampala: $31
  • Three-Hour Food Tour: $41
  • Private Cooking Class with a Local Host: $47
  • 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
  • The Food Tour | Uganda | Half day: $123
  • Kampala cooking tour: $133

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Rabat

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

  • Small Group Cooking Classes with Tour of Rabat : $36
  • Join Best Moroccan Cooking Class with Chef Khadija ( Over 35 years Experience ): $50
  • Cooking Class in a Family Home: $66
  • Walking Food Tour: $75
  • Rabat Food Tour in the Old Town: $76
  • Rabat Food Tour Like a Local: $76
  • Rabat Family Cooking Class: $76
  • Traditional Moroccan Cooking Class in Rabat with a Local Family: $110
  • Private Market Tour and Authentic Moroccan Cooking Lesson with a Rabat Local: $120
  • Gourmet Cooking Class in Rabat: $189

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Kampala -
    Rabat $2.84

Tours and Activities in Kampala

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

  • Discover the Magic of Uganda's Equator on a 1-Day Tour: $136
  • Equator Tour: $100
  • Jinja and source of the Nile Experience : $260
  • 1 - One Day Best Of Kampala city Walking Tour: $45
  • 1 -One Day Jinja Source of River Nile Tour Experience : $150
  • 1 Day Equator Experience in Uganda: $128
  • 1 Day Jinja source of the Nile tour: $290
  • 1 Day Jinja source of the River Nile tour: $260
  • 1 Day Jinja tour special : $170
  • 1 Day Kampala City Motor Bike Tours : $45
  • 1 Day Kampala City Tour: $120
  • 1 Day Kampala City Tour: $150

Tours and Activities in Rabat

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

  • SUP Adventure Rabat (kayaking, stand up paddle , boating) VIP: $15
  • Private Cultural Walking Tour of Rabat with Licensed Tour Guide: $43
  • Rabat tour ;Small Group Guided Walking tour in the City of Light: $44
  • Private Surf Experience in Rabat: $44
  • Private Boat Tour of the Bouregreg River, a Traditional Boat: $45
  • Private Walking Guided Cultural Stroll with Licensed Tour Expert: $53
  • Rabat Shopping Tour: $55
  • Private Guided City Walking Tour: $62
  • 4WD adventure Todra Gorge to Dades Valley - Aventures Verticales Maroc: $64
  • Private Boat Exploration Tour in Rabat: $65
  • Best of Rabat Tour (half-day): $78
  • Rabat Tasting Tour in the Old Town: $80

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Kampala -
    Rabat -

Sample the Local Flavors in Kampala

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Kampala:

  • Entebbe and club,pub and bar crawl experiences: $35
  • Kampala Pub Crawl | Uganda | 4 hours: $65
  • Kampala Bar Crawl, Beer Tasting and Street Food (6 Hours): $71

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

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

Which is Bigger, Kampala or Rabat?

Rabat has a larger population, and is about 22% larger than the population of Kampala. When comparing the sizes of Kampala and Rabat, 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.

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