A Travel Price Comparison for Morocco Merzouga vs. Ait Ben Haddou for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Merzouga or Ait Ben Haddou?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Merzouga or Ait Ben Haddou, 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: Merzouga or Ait Ben Haddou?


Let's say you want to truly get away. I don't mean putting your ear buds in on some beach with a stronger on the next chair over. I mean really get away, and find yourself deserted. Merzouga, Morocco lets you do just that. This land of sand dune after sand dune is ideal for anyone yearning to ride a camel to the ends of civilization. And you'll find plenty of options to get here with a tour, or even on your own.

Ait Ben Haddou

Think of a time when you've seen Jerusalem in a movie. Chances are what you're really looking at is the traditional, mud brick city of Ait Ben Haddou, Morocco. This city on the edge of the High Atlas Mountains has been an UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987, and has also been seen in movies like Lawrence of Arabia, Orson Welles' Sodom and Gomorrah, Jesus of Nazareth, the French version of Cleopatra, Bertolucci's Sheltering Sky, Scorsese's Kundun, Gillies MacKannon's Hideous Kinky, Ridley Scott's Gladiator, Oliver Stone's Alexander the Great, and in some scenes from Game of Thrones.

Which place is cheaper, Ait Ben Haddou or Merzouga?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Merzouga is $17, while the average daily cost in Ait Ben Haddou is $70. 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 Merzouga and Ait Ben Haddou in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Merzouga $10
    Ait Ben Haddou $25
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Merzouga $20
    Ait Ben Haddou $50
Compare Hotels in Merzouga and Ait Ben Haddou

Looking for a hotel in Merzouga or Ait Ben Haddou? 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 Merzouga

Hotels in Ait Ben Haddou

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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: Merzouga Hotel Prices and Ait Ben Haddou Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Merzouga -
    Ait Ben Haddou $29

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Merzouga

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Merzouga:

  • From Fes: Transfert one way To Merzouga desert: $40

Is it cheaper to fly into Merzouga or Ait Ben Haddou?

Prices for flights to both Ait Ben Haddou and Merzouga 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
    Merzouga $5.93
    Ait Ben Haddou $23

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Merzouga

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

  • Sunset With Dinner And Berber Music in Merzouga Desert With 4WD : $61
  • Day Trip By Camels In Erg Chebbi Dunes, Lunch With Berber Pizza: $77
  • 5 Hour Sunset Tour with Camel Ride and Dinner In Desert: $80
  • Merzouga Orange Dunes ATV Sandsurf Camels with 5 Stars Dinner: $88
  • Camel trek with 1 Night in Luxury camp with Dinner+ Sundbording: $88
  • Visit The Nomads, Gnawa Music, Rally In Dunes, Berber Pizza : $100
  • Magical Dinner and Camel Trek with 1 Night In Merzouga Luxury Desert Camp: $105
  • 2 Nights Private Camp in Merzouga with Dinner and Camel Ride: $200

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Merzouga -
    Ait Ben Haddou $28

Tours and Activities in Merzouga

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Merzouga are as follows:

  • Camel Ride Experience: $28
  • Merzouga Desert Quad bike Adventure with Sand boarding: $39
  • Merzouga ATV Quad Desert Tours: $43
  • Merzouga 4×4 Adventures & Camel Trek White Camp: $43
  • Merzouga 4x4 Desert Tours & Excursions: $46
  • Extreme Adventure with Harness Zorbing in Merzouga dunes: $48
  • Merzouga 4x4 Desert Excursion - Sahara 4WD Adventure: $50
  • Merzouga 4x4 tour - Excursion around dunes: $54
  • Merzouga 4X4 Half-Day Tour with Lunch: $55
  • Merzouga Experience -1.5h Quad buggy : $55
  • Merzouga 4x4 tour - Excursion around dunes: $55
  • 1 Night Camel Trekking Tour in Merzouga Desert Camp : $61

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Merzouga -
    Ait Ben Haddou $6.13

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

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