A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Kathmandu vs. Marrakech for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Kathmandu or Marrakech?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Kathmandu and Marrakech 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: Kathmandu or Marrakech?


Kathmandu is the capital and largest city in the country of Nepal. Its metropolitan area forms one large urban area that includes the area of Patan to the south. As of 2011 there were 2.5 million residents in the Kathmandu metropolis and over 3 million in the entire metropolitan area. Kathmandu is likely to be your entry point into Nepal and is a great place to pick up supplies and arrange the details for any treks you hope to do. Many travelers rush through Kathmandu, turned off by the pollution and crowds, but to skip Kathmandu is to miss a major cultural, financial, and influential part of what defines the country of Nepal. The city itself is quite fun to explore if you allow it enough time and an open mind.


Marrakech is on of the most popular travel destinations in Morocco. It is the third largest city in Morocco after Casablanca and Rabat and is located near the foothills of the Atlas Mountains only a few hours from the Sahara Desert. It's a beautiful city that is often referred to as the "Pink City" because of the pale pink color of many of the city's buildings. These striking colors make the city particularly beautiful during the evening hours when the low sun creates a very dramatic lighting.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Hiking & Trekking Tours in Nepal, The Best 10-Day Tours in Nepal, The Best 10-Day Tours in Morocco, and The Best One Week (7-Day) Tours in Morocco.

Which place is cheaper, Marrakech or Kathmandu?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Kathmandu is $57, while the average daily cost in Marrakech is $68. 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 Kathmandu and Marrakech in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Kathmandu $40
    Marrakech $46
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Kathmandu $80
    Marrakech $92
Compare Hotels in Kathmandu and Marrakech

Looking for a hotel in Kathmandu or Marrakech? 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 Kathmandu

Hotels in Marrakech

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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: Kathmandu Hotel Prices and Marrakech Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Kathmandu $6.95
    Marrakech $6.28
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Kathmandu

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

  • Taxi Ride

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Kathmandu

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Kathmandu:

  • Private Transfer: Kathmandu to Chitwan Hotels: $210
  • Private Transfer: Kathmandu International Airport to Hotel : $25
  • Private Transfer: Kathmandu Hotels to Domestic Airport Vehicle: $20
  • Private Transfer to Bhaktapur from Kathmandu : $45
  • One-Way Flight Transfer from Kathmandu to Pokhara: $130
  • TIA Kathmandu Airport transfer: $18
  • Mount Everest Scenic Tour by Plane with Transfers: $99
  • Mount Everest Scenic Tour by Plane with Transfers: $88
  • Everest Mountain Flight with Private Transfers: $164
  • 3-Day Chitwan Safari Tour with Hotel Transfers: $166
  • Kathmandu to Ramechhap (Manthali Airport) Transfer Service: $30
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara: Luxury Sofa Bus Transfer: $23

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Marrakech

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

  • Marrakech Airport Transfer: $5.01
  • Marrakech Airport Round trip Transfers: $5.53
  • Marrakech Airport Transfer (ONE WAY pick-up OR/OU ONE WAY drop-off): $6.64
  • Marrakech Airport Transfer (ONE WAY pick-up OR/OU ONE WAY drop-off): $6.64
  • Transfer Marrakech airport pick-up & drop-off: $7.12
  • Marrakech City Center Private Airport Transfer: $8.00
  • Private Transfer: from Marrakech Airport to your hotel: $8.27
  • Marrakech Travel Services: Airport Transfers & Hotel Shuttles : $8.84
  • Private One-way Airport Transfer to/from Hotel in Marrakech: $8.85
  • Marrakech Airport Transfer : $9.41
  • Private Transfer From or To Marrakesh Menara Airport RAK: $9.96
  • Private transfer from Marrakech Hotels and Riads to Menara Airport: $11

Is it cheaper to fly into Kathmandu or Marrakech?

Prices for flights to both Marrakech and Kathmandu 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
    Kathmandu $8.30
    Marrakech $13
Typical Food Prices in Kathmandu

Some typical examples of dining costs in Kathmandu are as follows:

  • Dessert
  • Dinner for Two

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Kathmandu

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

  • Nepali Cooking Class & Momo Making with Pickup: $7.50
  • Momo Making & Cooking class in Thamel with Pickup: $8.58
  • Half Day cooking class in Kathmandu by Local Chefs & Pickup: $9.36
  • Best Half day cooking class in Thamel Kathmandu with Pickup: $10
  • Dinner with Cultural Show Kathmandu : $12
  • Half-Day Immersive Nepali Cooking Class in Thamel with pickup: $15
  • Cultural Dinner Show with Traditional Dance: $17
  • Cultural Stay in Kathmandu and experience dinner with family: $18
  • Cooking Class in Nepal: $20
  • Nepali cooking class and Homestay experience : $22
  • Food Tour In Kathmandu With Walking Local Market: $23
  • Momo, Dhalbhat & Thukpa Cooking Class, Nepal: $25

Typical Food Prices in Marrakech

For Marrakech, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:

  • Orange Juice on the Square
  • Breakfast
  • Dates
  • Olives
  • Sandwich
  • Souvenir Spices

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Marrakech

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

  • Agafay Desert Sunset, Camel Ride and Dinner from Marrakech: $15
  • Online Moroccan Cooking Class: $17
  • Cooking Lesson at the Ouirgane Ecolodge with Lunch: $19
  • Dinner at Sunset & Camel ride in Marrakech desert Agafa: $22
  • All-inclusive Dinner and camel ride experience in Agafay desert : $22
  • Dinner Show in Agafay Desert with Quad Bike & Camels: $22
  • Sunset in Agafay: Dinner, Camel, Quad-Book Adventure with Viator: $22
  • Marrakech Amazing Dinner Show in Agafay Desert, Sunset Camel Ride: $22
  • Marrakesh: Agafay desert Sunset tour with dinner show : $23
  • Marical dinner and camel ride at sunset in Desert of Marrakech: $24
  • Dinner and Sunset Camel Ride at desert Marrakech Agafay : $28
  • Magical Dinner & Sunset Experience in Agafay Desert From Marrakech: $28

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Kathmandu $8.03
    Marrakech $6.99
Typical Entertainment Prices in Kathmandu

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Kathmandu are as follows:

  • Monkey Temple for Two
  • Patan Durbar Square Entrance for Two
  • Swayambhunath Stupa

Tours and Activities in Kathmandu

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

  • 1 Nights 2 Days Private Nagarkot Tour Package from Kathmandu: $150
  • 4-Hour Private Car Sunrise tour over Mount Everest in Nagarkot: $129
  • Discover Kathmandu Valley: A Day Tour Through Time and Tradition: $96
  • Hire Tour Guide Nepal : $81
  • Kathmandu to Annapurna Base Camp Trek 7 Days Tour: $285
  • Manakamana Darshan- Day Tour: $199
  • One Day Tour inside Chitwan National Park: $110
  • Private Full Day Tour In Kathmandu City: $115
  • Private Kathmandu Day Tour: $70
  • Two Days Sightseeing in Kathmandu Tour UNESCO Heritage sites: $150
  • 1 Day Cycling Tour in Kathmandu: $312
  • 1 Day Gay Tour Nepal: $270

Typical Entertainment Prices in Marrakech

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Marrakech's activities, tours, and tickets:

  • Palace Tickets
  • Golf at Atlas Golf

Tours and Activities in Marrakech

For Marrakech, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Skip the Line: Woven History Museum Ticket - musée Histoire Tissée: $6.82
  • 7 Hours Ourika Valley Day Tour From Marrakech : $7.00
  • Atlas Mountains Tour with Camel Ride: $9.00
  • Ourika Valley Day Trip From Marrakech Private Day Tour: $9.99
  • Marrakech Airport to Hotel – Your Premium Arrival Experience: $11
  • Historical Marrakech Walking Tour: $15
  • Full Day Hiking Tour to Atlas Mountains from Marrakech: $15
  • Quad Biking Tour In agafay desert (private tour) : $15
  • Full Day Tour to Atlas Mountains in Imlil Valley: $15
  • Small Group Day Tour to Ourika Valley from Marrakech: $15
  • Marrakech Sightseeing Tour: $15
  • guided Oriental city tour marrakech 1/2 day : $15

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Kathmandu $5.77
    Marrakech $15

Sample the Local Flavors in Kathmandu

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Kathmandu:

  • Explore 4 Heritage Private Tour with Wine Tasting: $100

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Kathmandu and Marrakech, we can see that Marrakech is more expensive. And not only is Kathmandu much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Kathmandu is in Asia and Marrakech is in Africa, this is one of the main reasons why the costs are so different, as different regions of the world tend to have overall different travel costs. So, traveling to Kathmandu would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Kathmandu 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 Marrakech would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Marrakech than you might in Kathmandu.

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

Which is Bigger, Kathmandu or Marrakech?

Kathmandu has a larger population, and is about 72% larger than the population of Marrakech. When comparing the sizes of Kathmandu and Marrakech, 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.