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

Should you visit Nairobi or Kampala?

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 Kampala 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 Kampala?


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.


Kampala is the capital of Uganda in the South part of the country near Lake Victoria. It is the largest city in Uganda, with a population of over two million people. This city is very safe and the locals are known to be very kind and approachable.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Safaris in Kenya, The Best Budget Safaris in Kenya, The Best Camping Tours in Uganda, and The Best Safaris in Uganda.

Which place is cheaper, Kampala or Nairobi?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Nairobi is $62, while the average daily cost in Kampala is $71. 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 Kampala in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Nairobi $12
    Kampala $60
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Nairobi $24
    Kampala $120
Compare Hotels in Nairobi and Kampala

Looking for a hotel in Nairobi or Kampala? 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 Kampala

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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 Kampala Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Nairobi $11
    Kampala $2.53
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: $30
  • Airport Transfers In Nairobi: $20
  • Airport Transfers in Nairobi: $47
  • Airport Transfers within Nairobi: $30
  • Airport VIP Transfers - Nairobi Hotels : $55
  • Airport and Hotels Transfers: $40
  • Airport transfer; NBO to nairobi hotels: $27
  • Airport/hotel/transfers In Van/bus/sedan Car Within Nairobi: $80
  • Bush Safaris and Airport transfers: $85
  • Chauffeur, Airport Pickups And Transfers Within Nairobi: $22
  • Executive Nairobi Airport One-Way Transfer: $40

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Kampala

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

  • Taxi around town

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Kampala

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Kampala:

  • Private Transfer from Kampala to Entebbe Airport (EBB) Uganda: $128
  • Private Transfer from Entebbe Airport (EBB) Uganda to Kampala: $128
  • Full-Day Kampala Trip with Lunch and Hotel Transfers: $200
  • From 3-Day Murchison Falls Safari with Transfer: $2,200
  • Entebbe Airport taxi. For a safe, affordable and reliable 24/7 airport transfer.: $45

Is it cheaper to fly into Nairobi or Kampala?

Prices for flights to both Kampala 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 $7.51
    Kampala $8.52
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: $53
  • Enjoy Traditional Kenyan Food Cooking Class With a Host.: $53
  • Traditional Kenyan Cooking Class & Local Market Tour : $55
  • Nairobi Private Traditional Kenyan Cooking Class with Lunch: $55
  • Carnivore Resturant Dinner Experience : $68
  • Cooking Lesson of Local Food $ Lunch: $68
  • 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: $89

Typical Food Prices in Kampala

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

  • Lunch for 2

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Kampala

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

  • Like a local cooking Tours: $26
  • Cooking Class for Typical Ugandan Food in Kampala: $31
  • Three-Hour Food Tour: $41
  • Private Cooking Class with a Local Host: $47
  • Cooking Class Tour Kampala.: $48
  • Momma Ida's Ugandan Cuisine Cooking Tour: $75
  • Kampala City Walking Food Tour: $77
  • Night-time Boda Boda Street Food Tour: $91
  • Fishing Village Food Tour & Luwombo Stop: $102
  • Half-day Kampala City Tour and Traditional Dance Show with Dinner (7-Hours): $147
  • uganda fun time (bed,breakfast, lunch and dinner ) : $154

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Nairobi $46
    Kampala -
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 cultural shopping experience: $18
  • Nairobi City tour: $20
  • Nairobi City Walking and Historic Tours: $22
  • vibrant kibera slum tour: $23
  • Historic and Modern Highlights Walking Tour: $25
  • From Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Center Tour: $25
  • Elephant orphanage, Giraffe center, kobe beads tour: $25
  • Discover the vibrant soul of Nairobi ona captivating Walking Tour: $25
  • Nairobi City;culture and historical guided tour: $25
  • Kibera slums half day tour from nairobi: $25
  • Half-Day Tour Giraffe Center and Sheldrick Wildlife Trust: $25
  • Mathare Community Slum Tour: $26

Tours and Activities in Kampala

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

  • 1 - One Day Best Of Kampala city Walking Tour: $45
  • 1 Day Equator Experience in Uganda: $128
  • 1 Day Jinja & Source of the Nile River tour (female guided): $250
  • 1 Day Jinja source of the Nile tour: $290
  • 1 Day Jinja source of the River Nile tour: $260
  • 1 Day Kampala City Tour: $150
  • 1 Day Kampala city tour: $162
  • 1 Day Ngamba Island chimpanzee tour: $270
  • 1 Day Uganda Cultural & Farm Experience: $465
  • 1 day Jinja Day trip and Source of R. Nile tour: $261
  • 1 day Mabamba (Shoebill) bird watching tour - Shoebill & canoe tour: $205
  • 1-Day Uganda Rhino Trekking Tour Experience: $239

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Nairobi $16
    Kampala -

Sample the Local Flavors in Nairobi

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

  • Nairobi Bar Crawl and Matatu Experience: $28
  • Nairobi Ultimate Bar Crawl: $60

Sample the Local Flavors in Kampala

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Kampala:

  • Entebbe and club,pub and bar crawl experiences: $35
  • Kampala Pub Crawl | Uganda | 4 hours: $65

When comparing the travel costs between Nairobi and Kampala, we can see that Kampala 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 Kampala Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Nairobi or Kampala?

Nairobi has a larger population, and is about 2 times larger than the population of Kampala. When comparing the sizes of Nairobi and Kampala, 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.