A Travel Price Comparison for Morocco Merzouga vs. Meknes for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Merzouga or Meknes?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Merzouga or Meknes, 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 Meknes?


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.


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.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Budget Tours to Morocco, The Best Luxury Tours to Morocco, The Best Sightseeing Tours in Morocco, and The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Marrakesh.

Which place is cheaper, Meknes 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 Meknes is $46. 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 Meknes in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Merzouga $10
    Meknes $26
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Merzouga $20
    Meknes $52
Compare Hotels in Merzouga and Meknes

Looking for a hotel in Merzouga or Meknes? 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 Meknes

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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 Meknes Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Merzouga -
    Meknes $1.46

Is it cheaper to fly into Merzouga or Meknes?

Prices for flights to both Meknes 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 $5.92
    Meknes $14

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Merzouga

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

  • One Night in Private Camp in the Sahara Desert in Merzouga with Dinner: $65
  • Camel trek with 1 Night in Luxury camp with Dinner+ Sundbording: $87
  • Visit The Nomads, Gnawa Music, Rally In Dunes, Berber Pizza : $103
  • Overnight in Luxury Camp With camel Trek & Dinner: $108
  • From Fes: 2-Day Merzouga Desert Trip w/Luxury Tent & Dinner: $119
  • From Fes: 2-Day Merzouga Desert Trip(Luxury Tent & Dinner): $125
  • 2 Nights Private Camp in Merzouga with Dinner and Camel Ride: $200

Typical Food Prices in Meknes

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

  • Popcorn
  • Spices

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Meknes

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

  • Fes Medina :Grocery shopping & cooking Class with Fatima: $96

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Merzouga -
    Meknes $3.55

Tours and Activities in Merzouga

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

  • Berber Experience Private Sahara Desert Day Trip: $80
  • Private Adventure to Merzouga Risani from Erfoud : $141
  • Private Desert Tour and Visit to Nomadic Families: $98
  • 1 Hour Merzouga Desert Buggy Experience: $139
  • 1 Hour Merzouga Desert Quad Biking Tour: $64
  • 1 Night Camel Trekking Tour in Merzouga Desert Camp : $60
  • 2 Hours Merzouga Desert Quad Bike Adventure: $114
  • 2 hours Merzouga ATV Rental - Desert Quad Biking Tour: $125
  • 2-Day Desert Tour with Return to Marrakech: $181
  • 3 Days Private Desert Tour in Merzouga with ATV and Sandboarding : $261
  • 3 Days Tour From Marrakech To Sahara Desert Of Merzouga: $107
  • 3 Days Tour from Fes to Marrakech via Merzouga with Luxury Camp: $217

Tours and Activities in Meknes

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

  • From Fez: Volubilis, Moulay Idriss and Meknes Full Day Tour: $18
  • Fes Volubilis Tour: $46
  • From Rabat: Volubilis and Meknes Full-day Tour: $259

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Merzouga -
    Meknes $2.62

Typical Alcohol Prices in Meknes

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Meknes:

  • Bottle of Wine

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Merzouga and Meknes, we can see that Meknes 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 Meknes would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Meknes 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 Meknes Expensive?.