A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Lagos vs. Essaouira for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Lagos or Essaouira?

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the prices of travel for Lagos and Essaouira. We’ll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget. So, let's dig into it.

Lagos

A coastal town in the south of Portugal, Lagos is known for its old world charm, plummeting cliffs, and Atlantic beaches. Many come to enjoy a full range of activities from beach-going and watersports to exploring cobbled streets lined with options for shopping and dining. Historic churches and castles add to the charm, as well as a clifftop lighthouse showing the way to Lagos for ships at sea.

Essaouira

Essaouira is a beautiful beach town on the Atlantic coast of Morocco. The city has a pleasant medina that has been named a UNESCO World Heritage site and is interesting to explore. It's an 18th century fortified town with a lot of character and charm. The city is rich and culture and you'll find a handful of art galleries throughout the town. The city is also a gathering place for artists and musicians, particularly during the Gnaoua Festival of World Music, which takes place the last week of June. This event attracts about 450,000 visitors yearly.

Which city is cheaper, Essaouira or Lagos?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Lagos is €94, while the average daily cost in Essaouira is €35. 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 Lagos and Essaouira in more detail.



Accommodation

Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about €98 for a double occupancy room in Lagos.

Double occupancy rooms typically run around €40 in Essaouira For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Lagos 49
    Essaouira 20
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Lagos 98
    Essaouira 40

Food

Lagos food costs typically run travelers around €27 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.

Essaouira food costs typically run travelers around €10 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Lagos 27
    Essaouira 10

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Lagos

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

  • Dinner + Jazz At The Metaphor in Lagos: $80
  • Classic Food Tour - Lagos: $93

Typical Food prices in Essaouira

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


  • Baklava
    1.34
  • Breakfast Crepes
    0.48
  • Fish for Lunch
    14

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Essaouira

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

  • Cous Cous party and Show Cooking: $37
  • Essaouira Cooking Class: $50
  • Moroccan Cooking Class in Marrakech: $78
  • Berber Cooking Class at a Farm in the Countryside & shopping at a rural Souk.: $109

Local Transportation

The cost of a taxi ride in Lagos is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent €25 per person, per day, on local transportation in Lagos.

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Essaouira than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend €1.53 on transportation in Essaouira on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Lagos 25
    Essaouira 1.53

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Lagos

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Lagos:

  • Private Transfer: Lagos to Murtala Muhammed International Airport (LOS): $622
  • Private Transfer: Murtala Muhammed International Airport (LOS) to Lagos: $622
  • Private Transfer Lisbon - Western Algarve: $460
  • Private Transfer Western Algarve - Lisbon: $460
  • Transfer From Lagos Algarve To Lisboa: $249
  • Private Transfer from Murtala Muhammed Airport-Lagos (LOS) to Lagos City: $133
  • Private Transfer from Lagos City to Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos (LOS): $133
  • Private Faro Airport Transfer to Lagos(5 to 8 passangers): $118
  • Private Transfer from Lagos to Faro (FAO) Airport: $117
  • Private Transfer from Gil Eannes Square to Faro (FAO) Airport: $117
  • Private Transfer from Santa Maria (Lagos) to Faro (FAO) Airport: $117
  • Private Transfer Lagos - Faro Airport: $114

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Essaouira

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

  • Airport Transfer Essaouira - Marrakech: $398
  • Airport Transfer From Essaouira Airport To Medina: $25
  • Airport transfer from Essaouira to Agadir: $129
  • Airport transfer from Essaouira to Marrakesh: $92
  • Airport transfer, Departure : Essaouira, Arrival : Agadir: $129
  • Essaouira Airport To city Transfer: $17
  • Essaouira private transfer from Essaouira city to Agadir airport (AGA): $158
  • Essaouira to Agadir airport transfer: $202
  • Essaouira to Casablanca: Private Transfer (English Speaking Driver): $459
  • Essaouira to Marrakesh airport transfer: $202
  • One-Way Transfer from Essaouira Fez: $337
  • Private Airport Round-Trip Transfer: Essaouira Airport to Essaouira City: $30

Is it cheaper to fly into Lagos or Essaouira?

Prices for flights to both Essaouira and Lagos 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

Entertainment and activities in Lagos typically cost an average of €21 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

Sightseeing expenses in Essaouira, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of €9.24 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Lagos 21
    Essaouira 9.24

Tours and Activities in Lagos

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

  • 2 Hour Lagos Historical Tour: $14
  • 2-Day Lagos Adventures(Nature Park,Beach,Afrika Shrine,Malls,Museum,Club,& More): $500
  • 2-Day Private Tour of the Suspended Lake of Ado Awaye from Lagos: $412
  • 2-hour Kayak Tour of Ponta da Piedade Caves and Beaches: $44
  • 4-Day Ikogosi Warmspring Tour from Lagos: $978
  • ALGARVE from Lisbon PRIVATE Tour - Lagos, Benagil and Marinha beach: $311
  • Abeokuta 2 Days Private Tour from Lagos: $390
  • Adventure to Olumo Rock: $154
  • Adventurous Lagos Tour By Bus: $557
  • Algarve Coastline Walking Tour: The Path of Dona Ana: $49
  • All Inclusive Nigeria Historical & Cultural Tour: $2,077
  • Benin City Day Tour, Nigeria: $1,630

Tours and Activities in Essaouira

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

  • Full-Day Tour to Essaouira from Marrakech with Hotel Pick Up: $27
  • PhotoShoot Tour in Essaouira: $30
  • Kite Surfing and Surfing Experience in Essaouira: $31
  • Marrakech day tour to Essaouira: $37
  • Experience Food and Art Walking Tour of the Medina and Ramparts: $51
  • Essaouira Guided Tour: 3 on 1 - Nightlife tour, Live like a local & Street food: $51
  • Big dunes and atlantic coast tour 2 HOURS: $57
  • Essaouira Tour - Half day visit to berber market: $64
  • ATV Quad biking in Essaouira Beach, Big Dunes & Atlantic Coast tour: $64
  • Experience Morocco: Essaouira Gnawa Music and Dance Performances: $80
  • Morocco day tours from Marrakech to Essaouira, Full day trip: $96
  • Full-Day Quad bike Adventure from Essaouira to Sidi Kaouki: $114

Alcohol

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Lagos may vary from person to person, on average a person spends €5.43 per day on alcoholic beverages.

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Essaouira, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is €7.03.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Lagos 5.43
    Essaouira 7.03

Sample the Local Flavors in Lagos

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Lagos:

  • Algarve Wine Tour in a VW T2 Van: $57
  • Small-Group Day Tour of Silves and Monchique with Wine Tasting: $69


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

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