A Travel Price Comparison for Egypt Luxor vs. Cairo for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Luxor or Cairo?

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

Should I visit Luxor or Cairo? 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: Luxor or Cairo?

Luxor

Egypt is surely on the top of every history lover's bucket list. Nowhere is the history more engrossing than in Luxor. From amazing monuments dating back to ancient Thebes to rows of temples up the Nile, this remarkable city is full the stories of past greatness.

The East Bank – or the central part of Luxor Township – is the hotbed for tourism. This is where most of the hotels and resorts are, while the West Bank is home to the ancient ruins and archaeological wonders you'll want to explore.

Before traveling to Egypt, be sure to check on the current affairs and political climate. It could have a major effect on the amount of tourists visiting, and, if conditions are too dangerous, you may want to reschedule. Also note, ladies, to avoid any issues, dress modestly. This is a very conservative region of the world. The less skin showing, the better.

Cairo

Cairo is the chaotic capital city of Egypt. With a population of more than 16 million, it is one of the largest cities in both Africa and the Middle East. As a traveler, you're likely to arrive and leave from here and you'll get your first orientation to the area during the chaotic and congestion filled taxi ride from the airport.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Sightseeing Tours in Egypt, The Best Luxury Tours to Egypt, The Best Budget Tours to Egypt, and The Best Tours for Seniors to Egypt.


Which place is cheaper, Cairo or Luxor?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Luxor is $17, while the average daily cost in Cairo is $17. 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 Luxor and Cairo in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Luxor $7.62
    Cairo $9.36
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Luxor $15
    Cairo $19
Compare Hotels in Luxor and Cairo

Looking for a hotel in Luxor or Cairo? 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 Luxor


Hotels in Cairo


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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: Luxor Hotel Prices and Cairo Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Luxor $3.91
    Cairo $2.99
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Luxor

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


  • Taxi Ride
    $0.42

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Luxor

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Luxor:

  • Horus, Kom Ombo and Khnum Temples from Luxor with Transfers : $50
  • Hotel Transfer to Luxor International Airport: $30
  • Luxor Airport Transfer : $15
  • Luxor airport transfer : $25
  • Luxor airport transfer To any place in the East Bank: $12
  • Private Transfer : from / to Luxor Airport (any Hotel): $8.00
  • Private Transfer Luxor International Airport to Luxor Hotels: $30
  • Private Transfer from Luxor to Aswan or vice versa: $160
  • Private Transfers From Luxor to Hurghada: $65
  • Transfer from Luxor Hotel to Luxor Airport: $25
  • Transfers From Luxor To Hurghada : $140
  • 4- Hours Private Transfer With Driver In Luxor : $20

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Cairo

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


  • Metro Ride
    $0.08
  • Taxi Ride
    $0.32

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cairo

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Cairo:

  • Airport and excursion in Hurghada , Luxor or Cairo Transfer: $16
  • Cairo Airport Departure Transfer : $25
  • Cairo Airport Transfer to Hotel: $20
  • Private Tour Giza Pyramids and Great Sphinx With Transfers : $55
  • Private Tour Giza Pyramids,Sphinx With Camel Ride,Lunch and Hotels Transfers: $20
  • Private Transfer from Cairo to Sharm El Sheikh : $290
  • Private Transfer to Siwa Oasis from Cairo Going and Coming Back: $125
  • 01 way Private Transfer from your Hotel in Cairo to Cairo Airport: $10
  • 01 way Transfer from hotel in Cairo to Alexandria: $35
  • 1 Hour ATV Quad Bike Ride At Giza Pyramids With Private Transfer : $28
  • 1 Way Private transfer from Cairo Airport to Le Meridien Heliopolis: $14
  • 2 Days Private Guided Tours of Cairo and Giza with Free Cairo Airport Transfers: $200

Is it cheaper to fly into Luxor or Cairo?

Prices for flights to both Cairo and Luxor 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
  • Food Meals for one day
    Luxor $5.83
    Cairo $4.75

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Luxor

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

  • Dinner on the River Nile with Belly Dancing: $35
  • Eat Like a Local:Traditional Egyptian Food / Dinner at Local Family Home - Luxor: $36
  • Luxor Sunset Felucca Ride and Banana Island with Lunch or Dinner: $38
  • Dinner Cruise on the Nile River: $43
  • Sunset Felucca Ride and Banana Island with Lunch or Dinner Luxor: $45
  • Luxor Sunset Felucca Ride and Banana Island with Lunch or Dinner : $50
  • Private Half Day Felucca Ride and Banana Island with Lunch or Dinner From Luxor: $52
  • Luxor Nile Cruise Dinner: $60
  • Karnak Sound And Light Show With Dinner, Felucca  : $64
  • private day in west bank & dendera with dinner on boat: $86
  • Enjoy Half Day Sunset Felucca Ride and Banana Island with Lunch or Dinner: $90

Typical Food Prices in Cairo

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


  • Juice
    $0.04

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cairo

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

  • Night Dinner Cruise, Belly Dancer Show on The Nile With Pickup: $8.00
  • Dinner Cruise on the Nile River: $12
  • Super Safari Quad Bike Jeep Safari Buggy and Dinner in Hurghada: $15
  • Nile Sunset, Dinner Cruise, Show and Private Transfer: $16
  • Cairo Food Tour with Nile Felucca Ride : $18
  • VIP tour Giza pyramids ,Sphinx, Quad bike ,Camel, Dinner cruise : $19
  • Private Expert tour Giza Pyramids ,Sphinx ,Nile Dinner Cruise & Belly Dancer: $19
  • Giza Pyramids, Camel Ride, Quad Bike, Night and Dinner Cruise on Nile: $19
  • food tour private tour from cairo or giza hotel: $19
  • All inclusive Tour to Giza Pyramids, Sphinx & ATV &Dinner cruise : $20
  • Private Cairo Food Tour : $20
  • Cairo Private Food Tour and Egyptian Tea: $22

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Luxor $6.74
    Cairo $5.75
Typical Entertainment Prices in Luxor

Here are a few typical costs in Luxor for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:


  • Boat Ride (for 2)
    $0.57
  • Temple Karnak for Two
    $2.74
  • Camel Ride for Two
    $1.26

Tours and Activities in Luxor

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

  • Ramesseum Mortuary Temple of Ramses II Entry Ticket: $4.56
  • Entry Ticket To Valley of the Queens: $4.60
  • Valley Of The Kings Entry Ticket: $4.60
  • Karnak Temple Private Guided Tour: $5.00
  • Mummification Museum Entry Ticket: $5.10
  • Historical Day Tour To Luxor And Mummification Museums: $8.00
  • Luxor Museum Entry Ticket: $8.52
  • See the Valley of the Kings & More: Shared Tour (All-Inclusive): $8.80
  • Karnak Temple And Luxor Temple Private Day Tour : $8.97
  • Explore Luxor temple and City Private Tour by Flucca: $9.00
  • Temple of Queen Hatshepsut Entry Tickets : $9.20
  • Temple Of Queen Hatshepsut Entry Ticket: $9.20

Typical Entertainment Prices in Cairo

Here are a few typical costs in Cairo for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:


  • Entry to Camel Market for Two
    $0.84
  • Egyptian Museum Entry for Two
    $6.49

Tours and Activities in Cairo

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

  • Dahshur Pyramids Entry Tickets: $4.26
  • The Baron Empain Palace Entry Ticket: $4.60
  • Cairo Shopping tour Private Papyrus Perfume, Bazar Cotton Shop : $4.70
  • All Inclusive Tour to Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis, and Saqqara: $5.00
  • New Grand Egyptian Museum Tour with optional the pyramids tour..: $5.00
  • Shopping tour Private Papyrus Perfume, Bazar Cotton Shop in Cairo: $5.00
  • Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hasan Entry Ticket: $5.11
  • Entry Ticket to the Prince Mohamed Ali Palace : $5.38
  • Wonder Tour To Khufu, Khafre, Menkaure Pyramids and Great Sphinx : $5.61
  • Skip The Line To Coptic Museum of Cairo Entry Ticket: $5.83
  • Skip The Line with Memphis Museum Entry Ticket: $6.67
  • Private Tour Shopping in Cairo by Car and Guide: $7.00

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Luxor $2.26
    Cairo $1.17

Sample the Local Flavors in Cairo

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Cairo:

  • Pub Crawl and Speakeasy Bar Tour with 2 Free Drinks: $59


When comparing the travel costs between Luxor and Cairo, we can see that Cairo is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in Africa, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.

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


Which is Bigger, Luxor or Cairo?

Cairo has a larger population, and is about 20 times larger than the population of Luxor. When comparing the sizes of Luxor and Cairo, 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.


When is the best time to visit Luxor or Cairo?

Both destinations experience a warmer climate with nice weather most of the year. Instead of summer and winter seasons, they usually have a rainy season and a dry season.

Should I visit Luxor or Cairo in the Summer?

Both Cairo and Luxor are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities. The warm climate attracts visitors to Luxor throughout the year. Plenty of visitors come to Cairo because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year.

In July, Luxor usually receives less rain than Cairo. Luxor gets 0 mm (0 in) of rain, while Cairo receives 1 mm (0 in) of rain each month for the summer.

Luxor can become quite hot in the summer. In July, Luxor is generally a little warmer than Cairo. Daily temperatures in Luxor average around 33°C (91°F), and Cairo fluctuates around 28°C (82°F).


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Luxor 33°C (91°F) 
    Cairo 28°C (82°F)

Should I visit Luxor or Cairo in the Autumn?

Both Cairo and Luxor during the autumn are popular places to visit. Plenty of visitors come to Luxor because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Cairo year-round.

Luxor usually gets less rain in October than Cairo. Luxor gets 1 mm (0 in) of rain, while Cairo receives 5 mm (0.2 in) of rain this time of the year.

Luxor is around the same temperature as Cairo in the autumn. The daily temperature in Luxor averages around 25°C (77°F) in October, and Cairo fluctuates around 23°C (73°F).


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Luxor 25°C (77°F) 
    Cairo 23°C (73°F)

Should I visit Luxor or Cairo in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Luxor and Cairo. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Luxor year-round. Cairo attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate.

In January, Luxor usually receives less rain than Cairo. Luxor gets 0 mm (0 in) of rain, while Cairo receives 15 mm (0.6 in) of rain each month for the winter.

In the winter, Luxor is around the same temperature as Cairo. Typically, the winter temperatures in Luxor in January average around 14°C (57°F), and Cairo averages at about 14°C (57°F).


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Luxor 14°C (57°F) 
    Cairo 14°C (57°F)

Should I visit Luxor or Cairo in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Luxor as well as Cairo. Luxor attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate. The warm climate attracts visitors to Cairo throughout the year.

Luxor usually gets less rain in April than Cairo. Luxor gets 0 mm (0 in) of rain, while Cairo receives 7 mm (0.3 in) of rain this time of the year.

In April, Luxor is generally a little warmer than Cairo. Daily temperatures in Luxor average around 25°C (77°F), and Cairo fluctuates around 21°C (70°F).


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Luxor 25°C (77°F) 
    Cairo 21°C (70°F)

Typical Weather for Cairo and Luxor

Luxor Cairo
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 14°C (57°F) 0 mm (0 in) 14°C (57°F) 15 mm (0.6 in)
Feb 15°C (59°F) 0 mm (0 in) 14°C (57°F) 4 mm (0.2 in)
Mar 20°C (68°F) 0 mm (0 in) 17°C (63°F) 8 mm (0.3 in)
Apr 25°C (77°F) 0 mm (0 in) 21°C (70°F) 7 mm (0.3 in)
May 30°C (86°F) 0 mm (0 in) 25°C (77°F) 0 mm (0 in)
Jun 32°C (90°F) 0 mm (0 in) 27°C (81°F) 0 mm (0 in)
Jul 33°C (91°F) 0 mm (0 in) 28°C (82°F) 1 mm (0 in)
Aug 31°C (88°F) 0 mm (0 in) 28°C (82°F) 0 mm (0 in)
Sep 30°C (86°F) 0 mm (0 in) 26°C (79°F) 5 mm (0.2 in)
Oct 25°C (77°F) 1 mm (0 in) 23°C (73°F) 5 mm (0.2 in)
Nov 20°C (68°F) 0 mm (0 in) 19°C (66°F) 1 mm (0 in)
Dec 15°C (59°F) 0 mm (0 in) 15°C (59°F) 3 mm (0.1 in)