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

Should you visit Nairobi or Cairo?

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 Cairo 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 Cairo?


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.


Cairo is the chaotic capital city of Egypt. With a population of more than 16 million, it is one of the largest cities in both Africa and the Middle East. As a traveler, you're likely to arrive and leave from here and you'll get your first orientation to the area during the chaotic and congestion filled taxi ride from the airport.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Safaris in Kenya, The Best Budget Safaris in Kenya, The Best Family-Friendly Tours to Egypt, and The Best Historical Tours in Egypt.

Which place is cheaper, Cairo or Nairobi?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Nairobi is $61, while the average daily cost in Cairo is $17. 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 Cairo in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Nairobi $11
    Cairo $9.27
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Nairobi $22
    Cairo $19
Compare Hotels in Nairobi and Cairo

Looking for a hotel in Nairobi or Cairo? 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 Cairo

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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 Cairo Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Nairobi $10
    Cairo $2.96
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:

  • Airport Transfer (one Way): $75
  • Airport Transfer in Nairobi- JKIA: $35
  • Airport Transfers In Nairobi: $20
  • Airport Transfers In Nairobi City: $67
  • Airport Transfers in Nairobi: $28
  • Airport Transfers in Nairobi: $47
  • Airport and Hotels Transfers: $40
  • Airport/hotel/transfers In Van/bus/sedan Car Within Nairobi: $80
  • From 7-Day Kenya Safari Trip with Meals & Transfer: $1,800
  • Full-Day Private Transfer in Nairobi: $180
  • Jomo Kenyatta International Airport: Airport transfers: $50
  • Kibera Slums Kenya Day Guided Tour With Transfer.: $41

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Cairo

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Cairo are as follows:

  • Metro Ride
  • Taxi Ride

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cairo

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Cairo:

  • transfer from Cairo airport to the hotel in Cairo or Giza: $20
  • private transfer from or to cairo international Airport: $15
  • private transfer from Cairo to Alexandria: $70
  • one transfer from airport to Cairo Giza hotels or hotels to Cairo airport: $27
  • VIP Meet and Assist in Cairo Airport with Private Transfer to Cairo Hotels: $49
  • Two-Day Private City Tour of Cairo, Giza Pyramids and Saqqara+Airport Transfer: $220
  • Try find your better than us ! Airport transfer service in Cairo APT-HTL (CAI): $33
  • Transfer your private departure from your hotel to Cairo Airport: $20
  • Transfer to Cairo & Giza Hotels From Cairo Airport: $35
  • Transfer from Hurghada to Luxor (sharing ): $109
  • Transfer from Hurghada to Cairo by van : $235
  • Transfer from Hurghada Airport To Hotels in El Qusier: $99

Is it cheaper to fly into Nairobi or Cairo?

Prices for flights to both Cairo 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 $7.35
    Cairo $4.70
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 Restaurant: Lunch or Dinner Experience in Nairobi: $21
  • Carnivore Restaurant Dinner Experience.: $33
  • Local Market Tour and Traditional Meal Cooking Class: $54
  • Enjoy Traditional Kenyan Food Cooking Class With a Host.: $54
  • Nairobi Private Traditional Kenyan Cooking Class with Lunch: $55
  • Traditional Kenyan Cooking Class & Local Market Tour : $55
  • Cooking Lesson of Local Food $ Lunch: $68
  • Carnivore Restaurant Lunch or Dinner Experience: $80
  • Dinner Experience with Cat Show at Safari Park Hotel: $80
  • Carnivore Dinner Experience: $80
  • The Carnivore Restaurant Experience: Lunch Or Dinner: $84
  • Barbecue Dinner At The Carnivore Restaurant - Nairobi: $85

Typical Food Prices in Cairo

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Cairo:

  • Juice

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cairo

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

  • Night Dinner Cruise, Belly Dancer Show on The Nile With Pickup: $8.00
  • Cairo Dinner Cruise With Belly Dancer Show: $10
  • Dinner Cruise Tour with Transfers in Nile River: $13
  • Food Tour in Local Cairo Life with Egyptian tea: $15
  • 2-Hour Nile River Night Dinner Cruise from Cairo: $16
  • Nile Dinner Cruise in Cairo with Belly Dancing and Hotel Transfer: $19
  • Private Expert tour Giza Pyramids ,Sphinx ,Nile Dinner Cruise & Belly Dancer: $19
  • Private Cairo Food Tour : $20
  • Giza pyramids and Nile dinner cruise private tour from Cairo Giza hotels: $22
  • Private Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Quad Bike, Camel Ride, Nile Dinner Cruise: $22
  • Day Tour Giza pyramids and dinner Nile cruise with Dinner from Cairo Giza hotels: $22
  • Private Dinner Cruise on the Nile River in Cairo: $23

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Nairobi $45
    Cairo $5.69
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 Walking and Historic Tours: $19
  • Nairobi City: Walking tour, story telling and travel adv: $20
  • Nairobi;Downtown walking tour: $20
  • vibrant kibera slum tour: $24
  • From Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Center Tour: $25
  • Nairobi City Tour: $25
  • Nairobi City;culture and historical guided tour: $25
  • Elephant orphanage, Giraffe center, kobe beads tour: $25
  • Half-Day Tour Giraffe Center and Sheldrick Wildlife Trust: $25
  • Discover the vibrant soul of Nairobi ona captivating Walking Tour: $25

Typical Entertainment Prices in Cairo

Here are a few typical costs in Cairo for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:

  • Entry to Camel Market for Two
  • Egyptian Museum Entry for Two

Tours and Activities in Cairo

Here are a few actual costs in Cairo for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • 2-Day Ancient Egypt Tour with Pyramids and Museums: $219
  • 2-Day Cairo Giza Highlights Guided Tour including Camel Ride All inclusive : $40
  • 2-Day Tour Ancient Egypt and Old Cairo Highlights Tour: $290
  • 2-Days tour at Cairo & Giza: $80
  • 3-Day Tour at Cairo & Giza : $200
  • 3-Days Tour at Cairo (Customized Package): $229
  • 3-Days Tour in Siwa Oasis from Cairo : $217
  • 4-Day Tours at Cairo & Giza & Alexandria: $209
  • 8-Hour Private Tour Giza Pyramids, Egyptian Museum and local Bazaars: $26
  • 8-Hour Private Tour to Giza Pyramids, Memphis and Sakkara: $79
  • All Inclusive 2-Day Private Tour to All Pyramids and Cairo and 2 evenings: $299
  • All Inclusive Full-Day Tour to Pyramids, Museum, mosque and Felucca: $79

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Nairobi $15
    Cairo $1.16

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Nairobi and Cairo, we can see that Nairobi is more expensive. And not only is Cairo much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Cairo would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Cairo 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 Cairo.

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

Which is Bigger, Nairobi or Cairo?

Cairo has a larger population, and is about 3 times larger than the population of Nairobi. When comparing the sizes of Nairobi and Cairo, 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.