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

Should you visit Nairobi or Antananarivo?

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 Antananarivo 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 Antananarivo?


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.


Antananarivo is the capital of Madagascar; it is also sometimes referred to as Tana. This city is the cultural and political center of Madagascar as a whole. There are multiple universities, museums, and other social venues in the city, as well as a national rugby team. This city has a very apparent French influence.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Safaris in Kenya, The Best Budget Safaris in Kenya, The Best Wildlife Tours to Madagascar, and The Best Hiking & Trekking Tours in Madagascar.

Which place is cheaper, Antananarivo or Nairobi?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Nairobi is $63, while the average daily cost in Antananarivo is $72. 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 Antananarivo in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Nairobi $12
    Antananarivo $30
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Nairobi $24
    Antananarivo $60
Compare Hotels in Nairobi and Antananarivo

Looking for a hotel in Nairobi or Antananarivo? 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 Antananarivo

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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 Antananarivo Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Nairobi $11
    Antananarivo $14
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Nairobi

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

  • Taxi from Airport

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Nairobi

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

  • Nairobi Airport Transfer, Hotel Pick up and Drop Off: $20
  • Airport Transfers in Nairobi: $20
  • Private Transfer from Airport to Accommodation: $21
  • Nairobi Airport Transfers- Arrivals & Private Transfers: $24
  • Nairobi Airport One-Way Transfers: $25
  • Nairobi NBO Airport One-Way Transfers: $25
  • Mwashi Airport Transfer & Taxi: $26
  • Private One-Way Transfer from Nairobi: $27
  • Nairobi Airport Transfer: $29
  • Nairobi Suburb Arrival Transfer: $30
  • Airport Transfers within Nairobi: $30
  • Professional Airport Transfer Service in Nairobi: $33

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Antananarivo

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Antananarivo:

  • Private Airport Transfert Ivato Antananarivo: $43

Is it cheaper to fly into Nairobi or Antananarivo?

Prices for flights to both Antananarivo 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 Meals for one day
    Nairobi $7.63
    Antananarivo $29
Typical Food Prices in Nairobi

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

  • Dinner for Two

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Nairobi

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

  • Carnivore experience Lunch Or Dinner (Optional Bomas of kenya ): $40
  • Nairobi:Carnivore Restaurant Dinner and Pub Crawling.: $47
  • Local Market Tour and Traditional Meal Cooking Class: $53
  • Enjoy Traditional Kenyan Food Cooking Class With a Host.: $53
  • Nairobi Private Traditional Kenyan Cooking Class with Lunch: $55
  • Traditional Kenyan Cooking Class & Local Market Tour : $60
  • Nairobi Cooking and Food Tasting Activity: $60
  • Private Interactive Cooking Class and Market Tour in Kinoo: $65
  • Carnivore Resturant Dinner Experience : $68
  • Carnivore Dinner Experience: $80
  • Carnivore Restaurant Lunch or Dinner Experience: $80
  • The Carnivore Restaurant Experience: Lunch Or Dinner: $84

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Antananarivo

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

  • Street food and Cooking class tour in Antananarivo: $163
  • Cooking And Cuisine Tasting From Tana-Malagasy Fine Foodie Madagascar Tour: $245

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Nairobi $47
    Antananarivo $24
Typical Entertainment Prices in Nairobi

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

  • Village Visit

Tours and Activities in Nairobi

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

  • Ebike adventure Hire Nairobi (Electric mountain bike hire): $15
  • Nairobi cultural shopping experience: $18
  • Nairobi City;culture and historical guided tour: $19
  • Nairobi City Walking and Historic Tours: $19
  • Nairobi;Downtown walking tour: $20
  • Kibera slums half day tour from nairobi: $25
  • Private Guided Nairobi City and Cultural Walking Tour: $25
  • Elephant orphanage, Giraffe center, kobe beads tour: $25
  • Half-Day Tour Giraffe Center and Sheldrick Wildlife Trust: $25
  • Nairobi City tour: $25
  • From Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Center Tour: $25
  • Nairobi city walking tour : $25

Tours and Activities in Antananarivo

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

  • 3 days -Wildlife and Lemur discovery Tour to Andasibe: $682
  • Antananarivo Like a Local: Customized Guided Tour: $25
  • Private Walking Tour with a Local Guide: $30
  • Antanavario: Private custom tour with a local guide: $23
  • Day - Tour Ampefy: $144
  • Day tour discovery Tour to Ampefy village: $272
  • From 9 days unique adventure trip to Tulear: $1,971
  • Full Day Private Tour in Antananarivo: $201
  • Half-Day Private Tour in Lemur's Park: $150
  • Lemur Day Tour at Andasibe Rainforest and Vakona Lodge Reserve: $299
  • Madagascar Adventures on Tana, West, East, North, and South: $2,550
  • Madagascar: Andasibe and Nosy Be Tour in one week: $2,240

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Nairobi $16
    Antananarivo $9.65

When comparing the travel costs between Nairobi and Antananarivo, we can see that Antananarivo is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in Africa, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.

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

Which is Bigger, Nairobi or Antananarivo?

Nairobi has a larger population, and is about 98% larger than the population of Antananarivo. When comparing the sizes of Nairobi and Antananarivo, 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.