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

Should you visit Marrakech or Cape Town?

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

Should I visit Marrakech or Cape Town? 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: Marrakech or Cape Town?


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.

Cape Town

Picture your travel bucket list. Is Cape Town on it? Yes, most people dream of visiting the "Mother City" of South Africa. As one of the most iconic places in the world, Cape Town is a world-class cosmopolitan city full of bustling nightlife, historical backdrops and a large gay community.

Cape Town is the most southern city in Africa with seasons turned upside down. In the southern hemisphere they experience the summer from December to February. During these months days can be hot and dry so be sure to gather in the shade and wear plenty of sunscreen. The winter from June to August is full of rainy days and cold nights.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best 10-Day Tours in Morocco, The Best One Week (7-Day) Tours in Morocco, The Best Camping Tours in South Africa, and The Best Romantic Tours for Couples in South Africa.

Which place is cheaper, Cape Town or Marrakech?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Marrakech is $69, while the average daily cost in Cape Town is $96. 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 Marrakech and Cape Town in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Marrakech $46
    Cape Town $38
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Marrakech $92
    Cape Town $76
Compare Hotels in Marrakech and Cape Town

Looking for a hotel in Marrakech or Cape Town? 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 Marrakech

Hotels in Cape Town

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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: Marrakech Hotel Prices and Cape Town Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Marrakech $6.30
    Cape Town $17

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Marrakech

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

  • transfers from Marrakech to Fez Airport or city: $229
  • Try find your better than us!Airport transfer service in Marrakesh HTL-APT (RAK): $11
  • Transfert privé vers ou depuis RAK aéroport: $13
  • Transfert Privée Aéroport Marrakech vers Essaouira : $98
  • Transfert Departure Marrakech City to Casablanca Airport: $265
  • Transfers from Marrakech airport to the city and the medina: $16
  • Transfers Marrakech to Essaouira or Essaouira to Marrakech: $66
  • Transfer from el Jadida to Marrakech riad or hotel or Airport : $184
  • Transfer from and to Marrakech Menara airoport: $20
  • Transfer from Marrakech to Casablanca airport: $27
  • Transfer from Marrakech to Casa-Airport or Casa-Airport to Marrakech: $150
  • Transfer from Marrakech city or Marrakech airport to Casablanca city: $167

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cape Town

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

  • Whale Watching In Hermanus with Private Transfer: $242
  • Try find your better than us! Airport transfer service in Cape Town HTL-APT(CPT): $44
  • Try find your better than us! Airport transfer service in Cape Town APT-HTL(CPT): $44
  • Transport Shuttle Transfer from Constantia to Cape Town Airport: $17
  • Transfer To Safari- Aquila From Cape Town Excluding Entry Fees Full Day: $156
  • Township Tour by Lwafika Tours and Transfers in Cape Town: $32
  • Shuttle Transport Transfer from Simonstown to Cape Town Airport: $25
  • Shuttle Transport Transfer from Claremont to Cape Town Airport: $17
  • Shuttle Transport Transfer from Cape Town City Center (CBD) to Cape Town Airport: $17
  • Shopping Mall Transfers: $21
  • Shark Diving Full Day Guided Return Transfer to Gansbaai from Cape Town: $140
  • Shark Cage Diving: Full Day Tour Transfer: $84

Is it cheaper to fly into Marrakech or Cape Town?

Prices for flights to both Cape Town and Marrakech 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
    Marrakech $13
    Cape Town $41
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:

  • Online Moroccan Cooking Class: $17
  • Cooking Lesson at the Ouirgane Ecolodge with Lunch: $18
  • Magical dinner in agafay desert with camel ride: $19
  • Marrakech desert: Agafay Desert Sunset Dinner Show: $20
  • Restaurant Dinner Experience with Hotel Pickup: $21
  • Sunset in Agafay: Dinner, Camel, Quad-Book Adventure with Viator: $22
  • Desert Dinner, Camel Ride, Sunset & Show: $23
  • Dinner in Desert Marrakech and Camel ride at Sunset: $23
  • Moroccan Cooking Class with a Local Chef: $24
  • From Agafay Desert Sunset Dinner with Live Show: $25
  • Dinner Magic in Agafay desert with transport from Marrakech: $26
  • Desert Agafay Dinner at Nomad Camp and Camel Ride: $26

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cape Town

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

  • Cape Malay Cooking with a Chef Founder: $27
  • Cape Malay Cooking Class in Bo-Kaap: $39
  • 3-Hour Malay Cooking Class & Lunch in Bo-Kaap: $41
  • Authentic African Cuisine Cooking Experience: $54
  • Sunset Champagne Cruise and 3-Course Dinner: $54
  • Bo-Kapp Walking Tour and Malay Cooking Class: $57
  • African Dinner, Drumming Experience with Transfer: $58
  • Authentic African Cuisine Cooking Experience: $60
  • African Dinner Experience from Cape Town: $60
  • From CapeTown: African Dinner and Drumming Experience: $60
  • Cruise and Dine Dinner / Sunset Champagne Cruise and 3-Course Dinner: $68
  • Cape Town Food tour (Includes all food) 4hrs: $73

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Marrakech $7.01
    Cape Town $23
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:

  • 3 Day Private Desert Tour From Marrakech To Merzouga Dunes With Camel Trek: $271
  • 3 Day Sahara Desert Tour From Marrakech ending in Fez city: $249
  • Agafay Desert: Three Valley Guided Tour From Marrakech : $21
  • Atlas Mountains Horseback Ride Day Tour From Marrakech : $50
  • Atlas Mountains, Berber Villages & Waterfall Tour: $25
  • Biking Tour in atlas Mountain day trip form Marrakech : $139
  • Desert Agafay and Atlas Mountains Day Tour & Camel ride From Marrakech: $17
  • Experience Moroccan Hammam and Massage: $70
  • Food Tasting Tour in Marrakech medina : $70
  • Full-Day Tour in Atlas Mountain from Marrakech with Lunch: $21
  • Half-Day Quad Bike Experience in Marrakech: $45
  • Historical and Cultural Tour. : $24

Tours and Activities in Cape Town

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

  • 3 Wineries Private Tour in Stellenbosch, Paarl Tasting Included: $114
  • Cape Agulhas Full Day Private Tour: $187
  • Cape Point Private Tour withTable Mountain and Penguin Colony : $249
  • Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope day tour Up to 10 persons: $65
  • Day Tour in Robben Island, Bo-Kaap and Table Mountain : $161
  • Long Walk to Freedom in Robben Island including Ticket & Afrogem: $152
  • Mandela's Robben Island Museum Bo-Kaap Cape Town City Tour + Ferry ticket f/d: $162
  • Penguins Private Tour- Cape of Good Hope & Cape Point Tour from Cape Town: $111
  • Private Cape Peninsula Tour : $111
  • Private Tour Cape of Good Hope with Penguins : $109
  • Private Tour to Robben Island and Cape Point in Cape Town: $119
  • South African Traditional Braai (BBQ) Experience & Winetasting : $135

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Marrakech $15
    Cape Town $20

Sample the Local Flavors in Marrakech

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

  • Bar Crawl with Local Guide: $28
  • Moroccan wine tasting workshop in Marrakech: $70

Sample the Local Flavors in Cape Town

Also in Cape Town, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Distillery Tour, rum and gin tasting: $6.96
  • Experience South African Craft Rum tasting and distillery tour in Cape Town: $9.43
  • African drum show & wine tasting at Silvermist: $19
  • Drumstruck at Silvermist. Live African Drum Show & Wine tasting: $24
  • Wine Tasting & Storytelling with SA Tapas add-on: $28
  • Wine tasting tour : $36
  • From 3 Regions Wine Tour with 3 Estates, 15 Wines: $37
  • Wine Tour: Paarl, Franschhoek & Stellenbosch incl 3 wineries: $37
  • Cape Winelands and Wine Tasting Full Day Tour: $45
  • half day wine tour & Safaris[Morning /Afternoon]: $47
  • Fullday Wine Tour: $49
  • Stellenbosch: Half-Day Wine Tour: $50

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

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

Which is Bigger, Marrakech or Cape Town?

Cape Town has a larger population, and is about 4 times larger than the population of Marrakech. When comparing the sizes of Marrakech and Cape Town, 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.