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

Should you visit Lisbon or Rabat?

Should I visit Lisbon or Rabat? 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.

Lisbon

Portugal's capital city of Lisbon continues to grow in popularity as a travel destination. The cultural scene has come to life in recent years and the city itself is stunningly beautiful. It sits on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean and is made up of hills that create a dramatic and scenic layout. The city has many white-bleached limestone buildings, narrow alleyways, and a laidback charm that appeals to visitors.

Rabat

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 city is cheaper, Rabat or Lisbon?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Lisbon is €103, while the average daily cost in Rabat is €33. 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 Lisbon and Rabat in more detail.



Accommodation

An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about €92 in Lisbon For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.

Travelers usually pay around €42 for a double occupancy room in Rabat If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Lisbon 46
    Rabat 21
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Lisbon 92
    Rabat 42

Food

In Lisbon travelers spend around €33 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.

In Rabat travelers spend around €9.42 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Lisbon 33
    Rabat 9.42
Typical Food prices in Lisbon

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


  • Coffee
    2.50

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Lisbon

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

  • Wine & Dine Food Tour: $22
  • History and Flavors Half-Day Food Tour: $29
  • Virtual Portuguese Cooking Lesson: $31
  • Live Online Cooking Class from Pastel de Nata with Filipa: $39
  • Live Fado & Alfama Tour with Traditional Dinner: $40
  • Bohemian dinner party on a beautiful rooftop near the coast: $42
  • 3-Hour Self-Guided Locals' Food Tour: $48
  • The magic of Pasteis de Nata cooking class in Lisbon: $53
  • Bitemojo Self Guided Food Tour New To Lisbon: $54
  • 2-Hour Pastel de Nata Cooking Class: $55
  • Zero-Waste Cooking Workshop: $56
  • Withlocals Your Way: Lisbon Personalised Private Food Tour: $56

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Rabat

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

  • Best Moroccan Cooking Class with Chef Khadija ( Over 35 years Experience ): $25
  • Rabat Family Cooking Class: $50
  • Rabat Food Tour in the Old Town: $56
  • Rabat Food Tour Like a Local: $56
  • Rabat Restaurant Cooking Class: $56
  • Moroccan Cooking Class in Marrakech: $78
  • Food Tour in Rabat: $103

Local Transportation

Lisbon's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend €19 per person, per day on transportation in Lisbon.

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Rabat than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend €1.60 on transportation in Rabat on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Lisbon 19
    Rabat 1.60
Typical Local Transportation prices in Lisbon

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


  • Taxi Ride
    6.50

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Lisbon

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

  • Transfer To or From Paris: $1,709
  • Private Lisbon route: Transfers, city tour and full day Sintra w/ driver & guide: $1,680
  • Transfer 3 legs: Lisbon - Algarve - Porto - Lisbon: $1,443
  • Transfer Lisboa - Barcelona: $1,354
  • Transfer from Lisbon to Madrid (And Vice Versa): $1,300
  • Private ONE WAY transfer from Lisbon to Seville with private pick up & drop off: $1,151
  • Transfer from Lisbon to Sevilha (And Vice Versa): $1,013
  • Transfer To or From Barcelona: $989
  • Seville PRIVATE Transfer from Lisbon with 1 Optional stop in Évora: $886
  • Chauffeur LISBON Private Transfer to SEVILLE (5 to 8 passengers): $886
  • Lisbon to Sevile Transfer: $832
  • Full Day Transfer from Lisbon to Oporto: $809

Typical Local Transportation prices in Rabat

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


  • Taxi to Sale
    3.33

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Rabat

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

  • Transfer Rabat to Tetouan: $156
  • Transfer Rabat to Tangier: $154
  • Transfer Rabat to Salé: $24
  • Transfer Rabat to Safi: $178
  • Transfer Rabat to Rabat Airport: $24
  • Transfer Rabat to Mohammedia: $63
  • Transfer Rabat to Meknes: $109
  • Transfer Rabat to Marrakech: $208
  • Transfer Rabat to Kenitra: $55
  • Transfer Rabat to Fes: $123
  • Transfer Rabat to Essaouira: $234
  • Transfer Rabat to El Jadida: $123

Is it cheaper to fly into Lisbon or Rabat?

Prices for flights to both Rabat and Lisbon 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, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Lisbon can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around €19 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.

Sightseeing expenses in Rabat, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of €2.16 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Lisbon 19
    Rabat 2.16

Tours and Activities in Lisbon

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

  • Évora Private Tour from Lisbon: $326
  • Évora and Arraiolos - 8 Hour Private Tour: $54
  • Évora and Estremoz: Private Full-Day Tour from Lisbon: $388
  • Évora and Megaliths Full-Day Private Tour from Lisbon: $315
  • Óbidos Experience: $40
  • Óbidos, Alcobaça, Batalha & Nazare Private Tour: $121
  • 10 Days Private Tour in Portugal from Lisbon: $2,476
  • 10 Hour Private Tour: Lisbon, Sintra, Cascais and Estoril Highlights: $213
  • 12-Day Portugal and Andalucia Tour from Madrid: $1,595
  • 2 Day Street Art Private Tour from Lisbon: $933
  • 2 Days Private Tour In the Algarve from Lisbon: $682
  • 2 Days Tour to Heart of Serra da Estrela from Lisbon: $398

Tours and Activities in Rabat

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

  • 3 DAYS PRIVATE TOUR FROM RABAT TO SAHARA DESERT OF MERZOUGA and Marrakech: $847
  • 3 Days Tour From Rabat To Sahara Desert Of Merzouga: $846
  • 4 Day 3 Nights Morocco Family Tour from Rabat to Sahara Desert with kids: $1,156
  • 4 Day Authentic Morocco Tour from Rabat to Sahara Desert: $1,145
  • 4 Day Best of Morocco Tour from Rabat to Marrakech via Fes and Desert: $1,120
  • 4 Day Sahara Desert Tour from Rabat (Tour Finishes in Marrakech): $1,082
  • 7 Nights 8 Days Casablanca Tour: $750
  • 7 days tour from Rabat to Marrakech via Sahara desert: $2,538
  • Best of Rabat Tour (half-day): $63
  • Fes Full Day Private Tour from Rabat: $250
  • Full-Day Private Photography Tour in Rabat: $149
  • Luxury Desert Tour from Rabat to Merzouga and Marrakech for 4 Days 3 Nights: $1,953

Alcohol

Typically, people visiting Lisbon spend on average €14 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Lisbon 14
    Rabat -

Sample the Local Flavors in Lisbon

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

  • Lisbon Pub Crawl: $17
  • Lisbon Pub Crawl with Free Drinks: $18
  • Lisbon Pub Crawl: $18
  • Lisbon 4-Hour Pub Crawl: $18
  • Alternative Pub Crawl with a Local Guide: $28
  • 3-Hour Portuguese History & Flavors Food & Wine Tour: $30
  • Portuguese Wine Tasting and Cheese Lunch: $44
  • From Half-Day Wine Tasting Tour: $50
  • Christ the King and Arrábida Small-Group Tour with Wine Tasting from Lisbon: $58
  • From Private Wine Tour with Setúbal & Arrábida: $61
  • Sintra: Full-Day Tour from Lisbon with Wine Tasting: $64
  • Private Full-Day Arrábida Park and Wine Tour: $67


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

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