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

Should you visit Nairobi or Aswan?

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 Aswan 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 Aswan?


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.


Lounging along the Nile like Egyptian royalty is a fantasy for most world travelers. If you want to do it without the hustle and bustle of Cairo, there's always Aswan. This city in the south of Egypt is the smallest of the three major cities on the Nile. Located just below the Aswan Dam and Lake Nasser, Aswan's 275,00 people include a large portion of Nubians – mostly resettled from their flooded homeland.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Safaris in Kenya, The Best Budget Safaris in Kenya, The Best 10-Day Tours in Egypt, and The Best One Week (7-Day) Tours in Egypt.

Which place is cheaper, Aswan 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 Aswan is $16. 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 Aswan in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Nairobi $12
    Aswan $6.67
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Nairobi $24
    Aswan $13
Compare Hotels in Nairobi and Aswan

Looking for a hotel in Nairobi or Aswan? 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 Aswan

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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 Aswan Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Nairobi $11
    Aswan $4.29
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:

  • NBO:Jomo Kenyatta Airport Arrivals Private Transfer: $16
  • Airport & Hotel Transfers in Nairobi: $20
  • Airport Transfers in Nairobi: $20
  • Private Airport Transfer and Service in Nairobi: $20
  • Safe and Private Airport transfer in Nairobi : $20
  • Nairobi Airport Arrival Pickup or Drop off Transfer One Way.: $20
  • Nairobi Airport Transfer, Hotel Pick up and Drop Off: $20
  • Airport Transfers In Nairobi: $20
  • Private Transfer from Airport to Accommodation: $22
  • Chauffeur, Airport Pickups And Transfers Within Nairobi: $22
  • Nairobi Airport Transfers to City Hotels or Wilson Airport: $24
  • Nairobi NBO Airport One-Way Transfers: $25

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Aswan

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Aswan:

  • luxor Airport Private Transfer: $6.00
  • VIP Aswan Airport Transfer to Luxury Retreats: $35
  • Transfer from Aswan to Hurghada : $100
  • Transfer from Aswan to Abu Simbel: $75
  • Transfer from Aswan To Luxor: $114
  • Transfer from Aswan Airport to Hotels or Nile Cruise in Aswan: $8.00
  • Shared Transfer from Aswan Airport to Hotels : $20
  • Private transfer from anywhere Aswan to Aswan Airport: $13
  • Private transfer from Aswan to Aswan Airport: $25
  • Private transfer from Aswan to Aswan Airport: $10
  • Private transfer from Aswan to Aswan Airport: $10
  • Private transfer - Aswan to Abu Simbel and return: $80

Is it cheaper to fly into Nairobi or Aswan?

Prices for flights to both Aswan 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
    Aswan $5.67
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
  • Experience the Taste of Nairobi:A Hands-On Cooking Adventure: $43
  • Local Market Tour and Traditional Meal Cooking Class: $54
  • Traditional Kenyan Cooking Class & Local Market Tour : $55
  • Nairobi Private Traditional Kenyan Cooking Class with Lunch: $55
  • Private Interactive Cooking Class and Market Tour in Kinoo: $65
  • Carnivore Restaurant Lunch or Dinner Experience: $80
  • Carnivore Dinner Experience: $80
  • Barbecue Dinner At The Carnivore Restaurant - Nairobi: $85
  • The Safari Cats Show Tickets & Buffet Dinner: $88
  • Safari Park Dinner with Safari Cats Dance Show: $91
  • Safari Cat Dancers Show And Dinner: $92

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Aswan

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

  • Private Aswan Nubian Cooking Class and Market Tour: $30
  • Nubian Dinner in Nubian Village Of Aswan: $40
  • Private Nubian Dinner at Nubian Village in Aswan: $44
  • Nubian Dinner at Nubian Village: $51
  • Dinner on board a cruise on the Nile: $59
  • Your Grandmothers Cooking Class In Aswan : $90

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Nairobi $47
    Aswan $6.04
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:

  • Nairobi City tour: $20
  • Nairobi City Walking and Historic Tours: $22
  • Half-Day Tour Giraffe Center and Sheldrick Wildlife Trust: $25
  • From Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Center Tour: $25
  • vibrant kibera slum tour: $25
  • Nairobi City;culture and historical guided tour: $25
  • Elephant orphanage, Giraffe center, kobe beads tour: $25
  • Kibera slums half day tour from nairobi: $25
  • Memorable Daily KIBERA Slums/Toi Market Tour with Locals (2 hours): $25
  • Nairobi City Tour: $25
  • Private Historical Walking Tour in Innercity Nairobi: $27
  • Guided City Tour: $27

Typical Entertainment Prices in Aswan

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Aswan are as follows:

  • Temple Kom Ombo for Two

Tours and Activities in Aswan

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

  • Abu Simbel Temples Full Day Tour From Aswan With Entry Tickets : $99
  • Aswan OR Luxor : Full Day Private Guided Tour to Kom Ombo and Edfu temples: $99
  • Exploration of Philae Temple and High Dam in Aswan Private Tour: $45
  • Full Day Tour to Abu Simbel Temples from Aswan: $22
  • Full Day Tour to Luxor from Aswan by Car: $190
  • Full-Day Private Tour to Abu Simbel Temples in Aswan With Guide : $100
  • Guided Tour of Philae Temple in Aswan Egypt: $22
  • Kalabsha Temple and Nubian Museum Tour: $89
  • Kayak Tour around the Temple of Philae & Heissa Island : $28
  • Nubian Village Day Tour In Aswan: $25
  • Philae Temple Night Experience (Sound and Light show). : $65
  • Private Day Tour to Abu Simble Temple from Aswan: $29

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Nairobi $16
    Aswan $1.23

Sample the Local Flavors in Nairobi

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Nairobi:

  • Nairobi Ultimate Bar Crawl: $60

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

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

Which is Bigger, Nairobi or Aswan?

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