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

Should you visit Nairobi or Budapest?

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 Budapest 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 Budapest?


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.


Budapest is the capital city of Hungary. It has been called the "Paris of the East" because of its impressive architecture and general beauty. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage List in 1987 because of its cultural importance, its location on the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrassy Avenue. In addition to its rich history, Budapest still has a young vibe with a lot of energy. There's an active night life, an impressive music scene, and a good reputation with European youth.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Safaris in Kenya, The Best Budget Safaris in Kenya, The Best 10-Day Tours from Budapest, and The Best 2-Week Tours from Budapest.

Which place is cheaper, Budapest 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 Budapest 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 Budapest in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Nairobi $12
    Budapest $49
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Nairobi $24
    Budapest $98
Compare Hotels in Nairobi and Budapest

Looking for a hotel in Nairobi or Budapest? 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 Budapest

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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 Budapest Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Nairobi $11
    Budapest $10
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: 1-Way Transfer to Maasai Mara Reserve: $495
  • 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 Sightseeing Tour in Lake Nakuru with Transfer Included: $189
  • Private Transfers from Nairobi Airport to Hotels: $170
  • Private Road transfer from Nairobi to Amboseli: $150
  • Private Arrival Transfer in Nairobi: $115
  • Private Departure Transfer in Nairobi: $115
  • Nairobi National Park Tour with Game Drive and Transfer: $95
  • David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage Tour with Transfers: $90

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Budapest

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Budapest:

  • Short Taxi Ride
  • Metro Pass

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Budapest

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

  • Try find your better than us! Airport transfer service in Budapest HTL-APT (BUD): $57
  • Transfer from Vienna to Budapest: $702
  • T72 Tank Driving with Hummer Transfer: $1,571
  • Speed boat cruise on Budapest Danube river and private airport transfer package: $91
  • Private transfer from Budapest to Zagreb: $926
  • Private transfer from Budapest to Vienna: $585
  • Private transfer from Budapest to Prague: $1,054
  • Private transfer between Budapest and Vienna: $468
  • Private Transfer from Budapest to Zagreb with 2 hours for sightseeing: $268
  • Private Transfer from Budapest to Vienna, English-speaking driver: $197
  • Private Transfer from Budapest to Vienna with 2h of Sightseeing, Local Driver: $235
  • Private Transfer from Budapest to Liszt Ferenc Airport: $73

Is it cheaper to fly into Nairobi or Budapest?

Prices for flights to both Budapest 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
    Budapest $23
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
  • Traditional Kenyan Cooking Class & Local Market Tour : $54
  • Nairobi Private Traditional Kenyan Cooking Class with Lunch: $55
  • Cooking Lesson of Local Food $ Lunch: $68
  • Carnivore Resturant Dinner Experience : $68
  • The Carnivore Restaurant Experience in Lunch or Dinner: $78
  • Carnivore Restaurant Lunch or Dinner Experience: $80
  • Carnivore Dinner Experience: $80
  • The Carnivore Restaurant Experience: Lunch Or Dinner: $84

Typical Food Prices in Budapest

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

  • Lunch

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Budapest

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

  • Traveling Spoon Hungarian Goulash Private Online Cooking Class: $40
  • Downtown Budapest Cruise with Pizza and Beer: $45
  • Pizza & Beer Downtown Budapest Cruise: $46
  • Vegan Hungarian Food Tour (full meals): $51
  • Medieval Dinner Show with Drinks: $52
  • Vegan Hungarian Food Tour / Local delights: $57
  • Danube Cruise with Hungarian Dinner and Live Music: $73
  • Budapest Danube Cruise with Buffet Dinner, Performances and Music: $75
  • Evening Cruise and Dinner with Champagne: $85
  • Lángos (Hungary’s nr1 streetfood) cooking class: $87
  • Candlelit Dinner River Cruise with Live Music: $90
  • Budapest Danube River Candlelit Dinner Cruise with Live Music: $93

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Nairobi $47
    Budapest $22
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:

  • 3 Days 2 Nights in Maasai Mara Safari Tour: $220
  • 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: $95
  • Hells Gate Park & Lake Naivasha boat ride Day tour: $150
  • Private Tour Nairobi national park & Giraffe Centre: $120
  • Tour Giraffe Centre, David Shedrick, Karen Blixen & city tour.: $110
  • "Nairobi's Ultimate Wildlife & Cultural Adventure: $40
  • 1 Day Bike Tour to Hell’s Gate And Lake Naivasha : $130
  • 1 Day Hiking Adventure At Mt Longonot From Nairobi(minimum 2 Pax): $225

Typical Entertainment Prices in Budapest

For Budapest, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:

  • Entrance to the Baths for Two

Tours and Activities in Budapest

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

  • Danube Bend Private All Day Tour with Lunch, with entrance fees and cruise: $164
  • Private Budapest city tour with a daytime Danube river cruise: $240
  • 1 Hour Budapest Segway Tour - Parliament Hightails: $38
  • 1.5 Hour Budapest Segway Tour - To The Castle Area : $49
  • 2 Hour Budapest Market and Tasting Tour: $57
  • 2 Hours Buda Castle Walking Tour - Walk with a Historian: $38
  • 2 Hours Jewish Heritage Walking Tour - Walk with a Historian: $49
  • 2 Hours Private Scenic Photo Tour Around Budapest: $104
  • 22 Dog-statues in Budapest - an unusual tour: $25
  • 3 Hours Budapest Segway Grand City Tour Buda, Margaret and Pest: $93
  • 3 Hours Private Guided Tour In Budapest: $161
  • 3-Hour Budapest Tour with Russian Jeep: $208

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Nairobi $16
    Budapest $18

Sample the Local Flavors in Budapest

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

  • 5-Hour Pub Crawl through Ruin Bars: $21
  • Ultimate Budapest Pub Crawl: $23
  • Bingo Bar Crawl: $25
  • Budapest Original Ruin Pub Crawl Including 5 Shots: $28
  • Ruin Bar Pub Crawl with Entry Tickets: $29
  • Detective Pub Crawl Game by App: $38
  • Tipsy Tour Fun Bar Crawl with a Local Guide: $42
  • Drunken History Bar Crawl Tour with Local Drinks: $42
  • Drunken History Ruin Pub Walking Tour: $43
  • Hungarian Wine Tasting (with Cheese and Charcuterie) in Budapest: $50
  • Budapest - Opera Gin Distillery Tour: $51
  • Pub Crawl Through The Ruin Bars in Budapest with T-shirt Included: $53

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Nairobi and Budapest, we can see that Budapest is more expensive. And not only is Nairobi much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Nairobi is in Africa and Budapest is in Europe, this is one of the main reasons why the costs are so different, as different regions of the world tend to have overall different travel costs. 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 Budapest would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Budapest 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 Budapest Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Nairobi or Budapest?

Nairobi has a larger population, and is about 62% larger than the population of Budapest. When comparing the sizes of Nairobi and Budapest, 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.