A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Mombasa vs. Antsiranana for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Mombasa or Antsiranana?

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

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Mombasa and Antsiranana. We'll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Where Should I go: Mombasa or Antsiranana?


Mombasa is a beautiful, large city on the eastern coast of Kenya, bordering the Indian Ocean. The city is famous for its stunning beaches, friendly locals, and diverse marine life. Mombasa experiences a tropical climate year round, meaning temperatures rarely drop below 70° Fahrenheit. The rainiest months of the year are April and May and the driest months are January and February. Temperatures tend to be more mild from May through October, usually in the 70's and 80's. Temperatures get much warmer from November through April, with daily averages reaching the high 90's.


Antsiranana is the capital of Madagascar's northernmost province, Diana, and until 1975 it was known as Diego Suarez. The city has a port that has become a site for naval repairs and is the largest in the entire Indian Ocean. The port is mainly used for tinned fish and bottled drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic). The city has a population of a little over 100,000. The French used the city as a military base after independence from 1960 until 1973, after the socialist revolution.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Family-Friendly Tours to Kenya, Tours for Outdoor and Nature Lovers in Kenya, The Best Adventure Tours to Madagascar, and The Best Wildlife Tours to Madagascar.

Which place is cheaper, Antsiranana or Mombasa?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Mombasa is $64, while the average daily cost in Antsiranana is $90. 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 Mombasa and Antsiranana in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Mombasa $26
    Antsiranana $43
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Mombasa $52
    Antsiranana $86
Compare Hotels in Mombasa and Antsiranana

Looking for a hotel in Mombasa or Antsiranana? 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 Mombasa

Hotels in Antsiranana

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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: Mombasa Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Mombasa $18
    Antsiranana $14

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Mombasa

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

  • Private Transfer: Mombasa SGR Train Station to Nyali/Bamburi: $37
  • Private Transfer from Mombasa Moi Airport (MBA) to Mombasa Port: $33
  • Private Transfer from Mombasa City Hotels to Mombasa Cruise Port: $33
  • Private Transfer from Mombasa: $30
  • Private Transfer from Moi Airport Mombasa (MBA) to Mombasa City: $73
  • Private One-Way Mombasa Airport Transfer: $50
  • Private Departure Transfer in Mombasa: $80
  • Private Airport Transfer in Mombasa: $22
  • Guided City Sightseeing Tour With Transfers.: $33
  • City Heritage Walking Tour with Hotel Transfers.: $32
  • Mombasa Train Station Private Transfer to Kikambala/Vipingo: $59
  • Mombasa Town: Private Airport Transfer to Hotel and AirBnB: $40

Is it cheaper to fly into Mombasa or Antsiranana?

Prices for flights to both Antsiranana and Mombasa 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
    Mombasa $24
    Antsiranana $35

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Mombasa

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

  • Fort Jesus Sound and Light Show Tour With Dinner.: $45
  • Fort Jesus Mombasa Light and music Night Shows With Dinner.: $46
  • Dhow Cruise Tour And Dinner Or Lunch Tours.: $51
  • Experience Swahili Cuisine Cooking Class With a Local Host.: $80

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Mombasa $18
    Antsiranana $19

Tours and Activities in Mombasa

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

  • Mombasa Getaway with Haller Park Tours: $100
  • 1 Day Malindi day Tour (minimum 2 Pax): $194
  • Aquatic experiences at the coastal of Mombasa-Nyali.: $90
  • City Tour with Ghalib: $71
  • Day Tour To Mombasa: $145
  • Day Tour to Tsavo East National Park from Mombasa: $268
  • Day tour to Tsavo east national park from Mombasa: $279
  • Dolphin tour and snorkeling in kisite marine park / wasini island: $70
  • Fort Jesus Museum Walking Tour in Mombasa: $30
  • Full Day Mombasa City Tour with a Local Guide: $256
  • Full Day Mombasa Excursion Tour : $133
  • Full Day Private Mombasa Tour: $189

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Mombasa $8.85
    Antsiranana $9.96

Sample the Local Flavors in Mombasa

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

  • Coastal Pub Crawl - Mtwapa Drunk Tour: $90

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

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

Which is Bigger, Mombasa or Antsiranana?

Mombasa has a larger population, and is about 10 times larger than the population of Antsiranana. When comparing the sizes of Mombasa and Antsiranana, 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.