A Travel Price Comparison for Malaysia Melaka vs. Tanah Rata for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Melaka or Tanah Rata?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Melaka or Tanah Rata, this travel comparison, which includes costs, can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison down below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Where Should I go: Melaka or Tanah Rata?

Melaka

Melaka (or Malacca) is a large city on the western coast of Malaysia about half way between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. This historical city grew up as a result of trading in the region due to its position on the namesake Straights of Malacca, a natural waterway formed from the peninsula of Malaysia and the Indonesian island of Sumatra. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tanah Rata

Tanah Rata is one of the main tourist towns in the Cameron Highlands. The Cameron Highlands are in western Malaysia and are a popular retreat for Malaysian residents and international travelers alike. The area's higher elevation offers an often much needed break from the country's oppressive heat. It also has a beautiful setting that is rich in agriculture and has rolling hills that are beautifully covered in tea plantations. Tanah Rata has many of the area's tourist amenities. ATMS, banks, and the area's main hospital are all found in town. For some, the area feels too touristy, but if you linger longer, and explore on your own, you can easily escape the mass tourism and see the area for what it is.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Family-Friendly Tours to Malaysia, The Best Hiking & Trekking Tours in Malaysia, The Best 10-Day Tours in Malaysia, and The Best 2-Week Tours in Malaysia.


Which place is cheaper, Tanah Rata or Melaka?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Melaka is $22, while the average daily cost in Tanah Rata is $139. 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 Melaka and Tanah Rata in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Melaka $8.49
    Tanah Rata $68
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Melaka $17
    Tanah Rata $136
Compare Hotels in Melaka and Tanah Rata

Looking for a hotel in Melaka or Tanah Rata? 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 Melaka


Hotels in Tanah Rata


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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: Melaka Hotel Prices and Tanah Rata Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Melaka $1.87
    Tanah Rata $30
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Melaka

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


  • Taxi
    $4.25
  • Bus Ride
    $0.32

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Melaka

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

  • Chauffeur: Malacca to Cameron Highlands Transfer [Car]: $269
  • Chauffeur: Malacca to Desaru Transfer [Van]: $84
  • Chauffeur: Malacca to Fraser's Hill Transfer [Van]: $77
  • Chauffeur: Malacca to Penang Island Transfer [Van]: $123
  • Chauffeur: Malacca to Singapore Car Transfer: $209
  • Chauffeur: Malacca to Taman Negara Transfer [Van]: $80
  • Local Transfer: Kuala Tembeling Jetty (Taman Negara) to Kuala Lumpur City Hotels: $72
  • Malacca City Hotels to Kuala Lumpur Airport 1-way Transfer: $50
  • Malacca City Hotels to Kuala Lumpur City Hotels 1-way Transfer: $50
  • Malacca City Hotels to Kuala Lumpur Hotels 1-way Transfer: $43
  • Malacca City Private Transfer to Kuala Lumpur Airport Enroute Putrajaya : $47
  • Malacca Hotel to Kuala Lumpur Hotel (Door to Door) Transfer: $54

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Tanah Rata

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Tanah Rata:

  • Departure Transfer from Cameron Highland to KLIA/KLIA2: $169
  • Cameron Highland to KUL Hotel (One Way Transfer): $153
  • Cameron Highland to Kuala Besut Jetty One Way SIC Transfer: $150
  • Shared Transfer : Cameron Highland to Taman Negara via Kuala Tembeling Jetty: $150
  • Chauffeur: Cameron Highlands to Singapore Van Transfer: $120
  • Cameron Highlands to Kuala Lumpur Airport Departure Transfer: $110
  • CameronHighland CityHotel to KualaLumpur Airport One-way Transfer: $109
  • Cameron Highlands City To Kuala Lumpur City Transfer: $94
  • Cameron Highlands Hotels to Kuala Lumpur City 1-way Transfer: $94
  • Cameron Highlands to Kuala Lumpur City 1-way Transfer: $93
  • Cameron Highlands to Kuala Lumpur City 1-way Transfer: $93
  • Cameron Highlands City to Kuala Lumpur City One-way Transfer: $92

Is it cheaper to fly into Melaka or Tanah Rata?

Prices for flights to both Tanah Rata and Melaka 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
    Melaka $10
    Tanah Rata $45
Typical Food Prices in Melaka

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


  • Sitdown Lunch (for Two)
    $6.37
  • Dinner at the Market (for Two)
    $2.76
  • Asam Pedas (Fish Curry)
    $1.27
  • Taiwanese Noodle Soup
    $1.06
  • Sitdown Dinner (for Two)
    $6.79

Typical Food Prices in Tanah Rata

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


  • Dinner for Two
    $5.73
  • Dessert
    $0.64
  • Lunch
    $4.03
  • Afternoon tea
    $3.93

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Melaka $3.60
    Tanah Rata $35
Typical Entertainment Prices in Melaka

For Melaka, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:


  • Maritime Museum Entrance
    $0.64
  • Taming Sari Revolving Tower Entrance
    $4.25
  • Trishaw Tour (One Hour)
    $9.55
  • Baba and Nyonya Peranakan Museum Entrance
    $2.12
  • Melaka Zoo Entrance
    $1.49
  • Low Cost Kite
    $0.64
  • Malacca Duck Tour
    $8.49
  • Melaka River Cruise (One Hour)
    $2.12

Tours and Activities in Melaka

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

  • Melaka Upside Down House Admission Tickets: $4.49
  • Melaka Upside Down House Admission Tickets: $12
  • A'Famosa Safari and Water Park in Melaka Ticket (Only Malaysian): $15
  • Malacca Illusion 3D Art Museum Admission Tickets: $19
  • Luxury Full Day Tour to Saqqara, Pyramids: $21
  • Malacca City To Kuala Lumpur Airport EN-ROUTE Putrajaya City Tour: $48
  • Malacca City Hotels To Kuala Lumpur Airport EN-ROUTE Putrajaya City Tour: $48
  • Malacca City To Kuala Lumpur City En-route Putrajaya Tour: $49
  • Malacca City To Kuala Lumpur City EN-ROUTE Putrajaya City Tour: $61
  • Malacca To Kuala Lumpur EN-ROUTE Putrajaya City Tour: $61
  • *13 Hrs Best of Melaka Full Day Flexible Van Tour w' Tour Guide: $80
  • #13Hrs Singapore Full Flexible Van Tour from Malacca w' TourGuide: $128

Typical Entertainment Prices in Tanah Rata

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


  • Tea Factory Visit
    $5.73
  • Tour of Orang Asli Village
    $21

Tours and Activities in Tanah Rata

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

  • Cameron Highlands Sightseing Tour: $33
  • Cameron Highlands City Hotels to Kuala Lumpur Airport EN-ROUTE Batu Caves Tour: $110
  • Cameron Highlands City to Kuala Lumpur Airport EN-ROUTE Batu Caves Tour: $109
  • Cameron Highlands Full Day Tour: $75
  • Cameron Highlands to Kuala Lumpur International Airport EN-ROUTE Batu Caves Tour: $110
  • Cameron Highlands: Agro Delight Tour: $61
  • Special Cameron Highlands ~ Day tour;Solo;Couple;Group: $292

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Melaka $7.36
    Tanah Rata $19


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

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


Which is Bigger, Melaka or Tanah Rata?

Melaka has a larger population, and is about 30 times larger than the population of Tanah Rata. When comparing the sizes of Melaka and Tanah Rata, 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.