Should you visit Meknes or Marrakech?
Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Meknes and Marrakech can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.
So you love a bustling nightlife with fine restaurants and meaningful historical buildings, but you hate all the tourists. Well, it maybe time to visit Meknes, Morocco. Since most travelers head straight to Fez, that leaves Meknes relatively untouched and remains free of the usual hassles that plague other major destinations.
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.
Which city is cheaper, Marrakech or Meknes?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Meknes is $41, while the average daily cost in Marrakech is $61. 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 Meknes and Marrakech in more detail.
Travelers usually pay around $46 for a double occupancy room in Meknes If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.
An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $82 in Marrakech For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.
While meal prices in Meknes can vary, the average travelers spends about $13 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Meknes should cost around $5.20 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Meknes is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.
In Marrakech travelers spend around $11 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.
Meals for one day
Typical Food prices in Meknes
Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Meknes:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Meknes
For Meknes, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Withlocals The 10 Tastings: Marrakech Private Food Tour:
Meknes Food Tour:
Meknes Cooking Class:
Moroccan Cooking Class in Marrakech:
Typical Food prices in Marrakech
For Marrakech, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Marrakech
For Marrakech, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Virtual Cooking Class with Moroccan Family:
Moroccan Cooking experience In Atlas Mountains Cook with a Berber family:
Cooking Class In Atlas Mountains From Marrakech Cook With A Berber Family:
Berber Life Cooking and Culture Experience:
Marrakech Food Tasting Experience Including Dinner:
Berber Life Cooking Class and Culture Experience:
Moroccan Cooking Workshops:
Cooking class with Berber family in Atlas Mountains Day trip from Marrakech:
From High Atlas Berber Cooking Class:
Cooking Class with A Berber Family From Marrakech:
Day Trip Atlas Morocco Berber Experience & Cooking Class From Marrakech:
Moroccan Cooking Class With Chef Najlae !:
Meknes'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 $1.29 per person, per day on transportation in Meknes.
Marrakech'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 $5.60 per person, per day on transportation in Marrakech.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Meknes
Also for Meknes, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Private Transfer from Meknes to Rabat (RBA) Airport:
Private Transfer from Meknes to Fes (FES) Airport:
Private Transfer from Meknes to Casablanca (CMN) Airport:
Private Transfer Marrakech - Meknes:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Marrakech
Also for Marrakech, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
3 Day Sahara Tour from Marrakech to Desert and Chefchaouen (Private transfers):
Morocco Desert Tour for 3 days with private transfers and comfortable hotel/camp:
Best of Merzouga Tour: 2 days Sahara Tour from Marrakech(private transfers only):
Private 1-Way Transfer from Marrakech to Zagora via Ait Benhaddou and Ouarzazate:
Marrakech to Fez : Private Transfer:
Private Transfer From Marrakech To Fes:
One way Transfer From Marrakech To Fes:
Transfer Marrakech to Fez:
A private transfer from Marrakech to Fez or vice versa:
Private transfer between Marrakech and Fes:
City Transfer - Marrakesh > Merzouga:
Private Premium Transfert From / To Marrakech To / From chefchaoun:
Is it cheaper to fly into Meknes or Marrakech?
Prices for flights to both Marrakech and Meknes 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.
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Meknes can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $3.15 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Marrakech can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $6.22 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
Tours and Activities in Meknes
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Meknes.
Romantic tour in Meknès:
Sahara Desert of Merzouga Morocco 3 days tour from Fez and ending in Marrakech:
The best of Meknès walking tour:
fez chefchaouen 2 days tour via meknes:
Typical Entertainment prices in Marrakech
Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Marrakech's activities, tours, and 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:
"Chefchaouen & Talassemtane Natural Park Eco Tour | Private & Luxury:
"Mogador Camel Expedition Ecotour | Private & Luxury:
04 D / 03 night desert tour from Marrakech to Fes:
04 days Private Desert tour from Marrakech.:
1 day City tour of Marrakech:
1 day City tour of Marrakech in private:
1 week around Morocco : New Year tour from Casablanca:
1-Day Trip shared-Tour to imlil valley from Marrakech:
10 days Desert and nord tour:
10-Day Private Cultural Tour of the Imperial Cities of Morocco:
10-Days Guided Quad Tour - Sahara Dunes Chigaga, Mountains & Kasbah:
10D 9N Morocco Tour From Marrakech By Imperial Cities And Merzouga Desert:
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Meknes, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $2.33.
Typically, people visiting Marrakech spend on average $13 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Typical Alcohol prices in Meknes
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Meknes:
Sample the Local Flavors in Marrakech
Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Marrakech:
Full-Day trip to Essaouira - Includes Food&Wine tasting:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Meknes and Marrakech, we can see that Marrakech is more expensive. And not only is Meknes much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Meknes would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Meknes 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 Meknes.
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