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

Should you visit Nairobi or Antsiranana?

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 Antsiranana 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 Antsiranana?


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.


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 Safaris in Kenya, The Best Budget Safaris in Kenya, The Best Adventure Tours to Madagascar, and The Best Wildlife Tours to Madagascar.

Which place is cheaper, Antsiranana 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 Antsiranana is $89. 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 Antsiranana in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Nairobi $12
    Antsiranana $42
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Nairobi $24
    Antsiranana $84
Compare Hotels in Nairobi and Antsiranana

Looking for a hotel in Nairobi 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 Nairobi

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: Nairobi Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Nairobi $11
    Antsiranana $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:

  • Train tickets and transfer from Nairobi to mombasa: $67
  • Safe and Private Airport transfer in Nairobi : $20
  • Safe Airport Transfer in Nairobi: $21
  • Professional Airport Transfer Service in Nairobi: $33
  • Private Transfer from Nairobi to Jomo Kenyatta Airport (NBO): $84
  • Private Transfer from Jomo Kenyatta Airport (NBO) to Nairobi: $84
  • Private Departure Transfer in Nairobi: $115
  • Private Airport Transfers in Nairobi: $40
  • Private Airport Transfer and Service in Nairobi: $20
  • One-Way Nairobi Airport Transfers - JKIA 45 minutes waiting time: $35
  • Nairobi airport transfer: $35
  • Nairobi National Park Tour with Game Drive and Transfer: $95

Is it cheaper to fly into Nairobi or Antsiranana?

Prices for flights to both Antsiranana 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
    Antsiranana $35
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
  • Traditional Kenyan Cooking Class & Local Market Tour : $55
  • Private Traditional Kenyan Cooking Class with Lunch in Nairobi: $60
  • Nairobi Cooking and Food Tasting Activity: $60
  • Cooking Lesson of Local Food $ Lunch: $68
  • Dinner Experience with Cat Show at Safari Park Hotel: $80
  • Barbecue Dinner At The Carnivore Restaurant - Nairobi: $85
  • Safari Park Dinner with Safari Cats Dance Show: $91
  • The Carnivore Restaurant Lunch or Dinner with transport: $97
  • Barbecue Dinner & Entertainment in Nairobi : $98
  • Nairobi National Park Afternoon Game Drive/ Dinner Carnivore Restaurant: $100
  • Nairobi City Private Carnivore Restaurant Dinner Experience: $100

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Nairobi $47
    Antsiranana $18
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:

  • Elephant Orphanage & Giraffe Centre Tour: $95
  • Half day tour to Elephant orphanage & Giraffe Centre Nairobi: $95
  • Hells Gate Park & Lake Naivasha boat ride Day tour: $150
  • Lake Naivasha Full day Tour With Boat Rides: $156
  • Nairobi park Tour 6.A.M-11.AM: $70
  • Private Tour Nairobi national park & Giraffe Centre: $120
  • The 42 Stories -Kenya Culture and Walk Experience with a Local: $36
  • 1 Day Hiking Adventure At Mt Longonot From Nairobi(minimum 2 Pax): $225
  • 1 Day Tour Hiking Mt. Longonot and lake Naivasha Boat ride : $75
  • 1 Day Tour Nairobi National Park,Giraffe Center&Karen Blixen: $50
  • 12-Hour Private Tour to Amboseli National Park: $220
  • 1Day Ngong Hills Hiking ang Zip Line Adventure: $100

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Nairobi $16
    Antsiranana $9.88

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Nairobi and Antsiranana, we can see that Antsiranana 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 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 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 Antsiranana Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Nairobi or Antsiranana?

Nairobi has a larger population, and is about 30 times larger than the population of Antsiranana. When comparing the sizes of Nairobi 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.