A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Nairobi vs. Addis Ababa for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Nairobi or Addis Ababa?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Nairobi and Addis Ababa can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Nairobi or Addis Ababa?

Nairobi

Nairobi is Kenya's capital as well as the country's largest city. With a population of about 3 million, it is also one of the largest cities in Africa. It is a prominent city both politically and financially within the region. There are many international companies that are located in Nairobi and the Nairobi Securities and Exchange is one of the largest in Africa.

Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa is the capital city of Ethiopia and also the nation's largest when ranked by its population of over three million. There are also more than 120 international missions and embassies in Addis Ababa, making the city a hub for international diplomacy concerning Africa. Other draws include its thriving marketplaces, spicy food, and rich coffee.

Which place is cheaper, Addis Ababa or Nairobi?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Nairobi is $49, while the average daily cost in Addis Ababa is $68. 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 Nairobi and Addis Ababa in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Nairobi $9.23
    Addis Ababa $44
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Nairobi $18
    Addis Ababa $88
Compare Hotels in Nairobi and Addis Ababa

Looking for a hotel in Nairobi or Addis Ababa? 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 Nairobi


Hotels in Addis Ababa


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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: Nairobi Hotel Prices and Addis Ababa Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Nairobi $8.52
    Addis Ababa $7.87
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Nairobi

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Nairobi:


  • Taxi from Airport
    $7.39

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Nairobi

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

  • From 7-Day Kenya Safari Trip with Meals & Transfer: $1,800
  • Nairobi Airport: 1-Way Transfer to Maasai Mara Reserve: $495
  • Nairobi Airport: 1-Way Transfer to Maasai Mara Reserve: $495
  • Transport from Nairobi transfer Masai Mara gates Sekekani Talek: $250
  • Mercedes Viano Private Transfer Luxury Comfort Nairobi : $250
  • Private Road Transfer from Nairobi to Amboseli national park: $197
  • Private Sightseeing Tour in Lake Nakuru with Transfer Included: $189
  • Airport transfers: $180
  • Private Transfers from Nairobi Airport to Hotels: $170
  • Private Road transfer from Nairobi to Amboseli: $150
  • Private Transfer from Nairobi Airport or city To Maasai Mara By Road: $135
  • Return Airport Transfers in Nairobi: $120

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Addis Ababa

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Addis Ababa are as follows:


  • Short Taxi Ride
    $0.53

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Addis Ababa

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

  • Private Transfer from Bole Airport Addis Ababa (ADD) to Addis Ababa: $110
  • Private Transfer from Addis Ababa to Bole Airport Addis Ababa (ADD): $110
  • City/Airport Transfers-Addis Ababa: $19
  • City/Airport Transfer in Addis Ababa - Shuttles: $22
  • Bole International Airport to Addis Ababa City Transfer: $51
  • Addis Shuttles: On-Time & Reliable, Airport Transfers: $19
  • Addis Ababa Private Airport-Hotel Transfer: $82
  • 4 Hours Addis Airport Transfer with Ethiopian Cultural Tour: $299
  • Transfer Services Addis Abeba Airport : $23

Is it cheaper to fly into Nairobi or Addis Ababa?

Prices for flights to both Addis Ababa and Nairobi 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
    Nairobi $5.98
    Addis Ababa $18
Typical Food Prices in Nairobi

For Nairobi, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Dinner for Two
    $4.00

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Nairobi

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

  • Carnivore Restaurant: Lunch or Dinner Experience in Nairobi: $21
  • Carnivore experience Lunch Or Dinner (Optional Bomas of kenya ): $40
  • Nairobi:Carnivore Restaurant Dinner and Pub Crawling.: $48
  • Traditional Kenyan Cooking Class & Local Market Tour : $54
  • Enjoy Traditional Kenyan Food Cooking Class With a Host.: $54
  • Local Market Tour and Traditional Meal Cooking Class: $54
  • Nairobi Private Traditional Kenyan Cooking Class with Lunch: $55
  • Private Traditional Kenyan Cooking Class with Lunch in Nairobi: $60
  • Private Interactive Cooking Class and Market Tour in Kinoo: $65
  • Cooking Lesson of Local Food $ Lunch: $68
  • Carnivore Resturant Dinner Experience : $68
  • Dinner/Lunch Eating Experience Carnivore Restaurant & Transport: $75

Typical Food Prices in Addis Ababa

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


  • Slice of Cake
    $0.12

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Addis Ababa

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

  • Half Day Food Tour Addis Ababa With Airport pickUp And Drop-Off: $59
  • Local Ethiopian Food Tour Addis Ababa: $62
  • City Tour, Food Tour, Shopping in mercato: $72
  • Local Ethiopian Food Tour: $75
  • Ethiopian Cultural Dinner in Addis Ababa with LIVE Traditional Dance Show: $77
  • Culinary Class and Food Tour in Addis Ababa : $82
  • Local Ethiopian Food Tour: $108
  • Unique Ethiopian Cooking Class and Coffee Ceremony with a Local in Addis Ababa: $116
  • Food tours in Addis Ababa tastever with lunch: $120
  • Private Ethiopian Home Cooking Class in Addis Ababa with Transfer: $124
  • HALF DAY + DINNER Addis Ababa City Tour: $140
  • Half Day + Dinner Addis Ababa City Tour: $150

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Nairobi $37
    Addis Ababa $8.12
Typical Entertainment Prices in Nairobi

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Nairobi's activities, tours, and tickets:


  • Village Visit
    $12

Tours and Activities in Nairobi

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

  • 1Day Tour Nairobi Park ,Giraffe Center,karen Blixxen Guided tour: $50
  • 3 Days 2 Nights in Maasai Mara Safari Tour: $220
  • Amboseli National Park Day Tour from Nairobi: $258
  • Coffee Farm tour from Nairobi: $90
  • Day Tour Amboseli Park From Nairobi: $180
  • Elephant Orphanage & Giraffe Centre Tour: $95
  • Half day tour to Elephant orphanage & Giraffe Centre Nairobi: $94
  • Hells Gate Park & Lake Naivasha boat ride Day tour: $150
  • Lake Naivasha Full day Tour With Boat Rides: $156
  • Nairobi National Park Group Joining Daily Tour: $138
  • Nairobi park Tour 6.A.M-11.AM: $70
  • Private Amboseli Day tour from Nairobi: $300

Tours and Activities in Addis Ababa

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

  • Addis Ababa City Tours Full-Day Tours : $113
  • Airport Layover Tour | Addis highlights, National Palace, Coffee Ceremony: $200
  • “Addis Ababa City Tours”: $75
  • 1 Day Addis Ababa City Tour: $180
  • 2 Days Awash National Park Safari Tours: $280
  • 2 Days Private Tour in Addis Ababa Ethiopia: $211
  • 3 Day Private Meskel Festival, Addis Ababa City and Debre Libanos Monastery Tour: $300
  • 3 Days Meskel Festival Package-Addis Ababa City Tour/Debre Libanos Monastery: $256
  • 9 Days Omo Valley and Danakil Danakil Depression tour: $3,896
  • Addis Ababa - Half Day City Tour: $180
  • Addis Ababa - Half Day Cultural Experience : $105
  • Addis Ababa Authentic Private City Tour: $75

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Nairobi $12
    Addis Ababa $6.71

Sample the Local Flavors in Addis Ababa

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Addis Ababa:

  • Pub-crawl Tour ( locally crafted beer and wine tasting ): $58
  • The Pub Crawl Royale: A Battle of the Best Drinks: $65
  • Locally crafted beer and wine tasting and nightlife in Addis tour: $65


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

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


Which is Bigger, Nairobi or Addis Ababa?

Addis Ababa has a larger population, and is about 0% larger than the population of Nairobi. When comparing the sizes of Nairobi and Addis Ababa, 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.