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

Should you visit Nairobi or Rabat?

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 Rabat 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 Rabat?


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.


While not high on the tourist destination list, Rabat is a quiet gem of a city with stunning colonial architecture and palm-lined streets. This political capital is a laid-back, pleasant alternative to the more cosmopolitan Casablanca.

Located on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the river Bou Regreg, Rabat plus the city of Temera are home to a combined metropolitan population of 2.6 million.

Which place is cheaper, Rabat or Nairobi?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Nairobi is $49, while the average daily cost in Rabat is $44. 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 Rabat in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Nairobi $9.23
    Rabat $27
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Nairobi $18
    Rabat $54
Compare Hotels in Nairobi and Rabat

Looking for a hotel in Nairobi or Rabat? 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 Rabat

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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 Rabat Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Nairobi $8.52
    Rabat $2.11
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:

  • From 7-Day Kenya Safari Trip with Meals & Transfer: $1,800
  • 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 Road Transfer from Nairobi to Amboseli national park: $197
  • Private Sightseeing Tour in Lake Nakuru with Transfer Included: $189
  • Airport transfers: $180
  • Private Transfers from Nairobi Airport to Hotels: $170
  • Private Road transfer from Nairobi to Amboseli: $150
  • Airport Transfer from Nairobi to Naiavsha: $145
  • Private Transfer from Nairobi Airport or city To Maasai Mara By Road: $135
  • Return Airport Transfers in Nairobi: $120

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Rabat

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

  • Taxi to Sale

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Rabat

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

  • Transfer Rabat to Tetouan: $146
  • Transfer Rabat to Tangier: $145
  • Transfer Rabat to Salé: $22
  • Transfer Rabat to Safi: $168
  • Transfer Rabat to Rabat Airport: $22
  • Transfer Rabat to Mohammedia: $60
  • Transfer Rabat to Meknes: $103
  • Transfer Rabat to Marrakech: $196
  • Transfer Rabat to Kenitra: $52
  • Transfer Rabat to Fes: $116
  • Transfer Rabat to Essaouira: $264
  • Transfer Rabat to El Jadida: $116

Is it cheaper to fly into Nairobi or Rabat?

Prices for flights to both Rabat 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 $5.98
    Rabat $12
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 experience Lunch Or Dinner (Optional Bomas of kenya ): $40
  • Nairobi:Carnivore Restaurant Dinner and Pub Crawling.: $47
  • Enjoy Traditional Kenyan Food Cooking Class With a Host.: $54
  • Local Market Tour and Traditional Meal Cooking Class: $54
  • Traditional Kenyan Cooking Class & Local Market Tour : $54
  • Nairobi Private Traditional Kenyan Cooking Class with Lunch: $55
  • Private Traditional Kenyan Cooking Class with Lunch in Nairobi: $60
  • Private Interactive Cooking Class and Market Tour in Kinoo: $65
  • Carnivore Resturant Dinner Experience : $68
  • Cooking Lesson of Local Food $ Lunch: $68
  • Dinner/Lunch Eating Experience Carnivore Restaurant & Transport: $75

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Rabat

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

  • Small Group Cooking Classes with Tour of Rabat : $36
  • Join Best Moroccan Cooking Class with Chef Khadija ( Over 35 years Experience ): $49
  • Cooking Class in a Family Home: $66
  • Walking Food Tour: $75
  • Rabat Food Tour in the Old Town: $76
  • Rabat Family Cooking Class: $76
  • Rabat Food Tour Like a Local: $76
  • Traditional Moroccan Cooking Class in Rabat with a Local Family: $110
  • Private Market Tour and Authentic Moroccan Cooking Lesson with a Rabat Local: $120
  • Gourmet Cooking Class in Rabat: $189

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Nairobi $37
    Rabat $2.84
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:

  • 1Day Tour Nairobi Park ,Giraffe Center,karen Blixxen Guided tour: $50
  • 2 Days: Lake Naivasha, Hells Gate & Lake Nakuru Tour: $287
  • 3 Days 2 Nights in Maasai Mara Safari Tour: $220
  • Coffee Farm tour from Nairobi: $90
  • Day Tour Amboseli Park From Nairobi: $180
  • Day Tour to Amboseli National Park from Nairobi: $210
  • Elephant Orphanage & Giraffe Centre Tour: $95
  • Hells Gate Park & Lake Naivasha boat ride Day tour: $150
  • Lake Naivasha Full day Tour With Boat Rides: $156
  • Nairobi National Park Group Joining Daily Tour: $138
  • Nairobi park Tour 6.A.M-11.AM: $70
  • Private Amboseli Day tour from Nairobi: $300

Tours and Activities in Rabat

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

  • Rabat food lovers paradise walking tour: $200
  • 4WD adventure Todra Gorge to Dades Valley - Aventures Verticales Maroc: $63
  • Best of Rabat Tour (half-day): $78
  • Enchanting Rabat Walking Tour for Couples: $115
  • Fes Full Day Private Tour from Rabat: $250
  • Fes Full-Day Private Tour from Rabat with hotel pickup : $132
  • From Casablanca:9Days Unforgettable Desert Tour To Marrakesh: $1,826
  • From 4 Days 3 Nights Sahara Desert Tour: $719
  • From Tangier Guided Day Tour by High-Speed Train: $106
  • Gems of Rabat Walking Tour: $115
  • Luxury Morocco: 5-Day Private Guided Tour from Casablanca: $1,395
  • Private Boat Exploration Tour In Rabat: $83

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Nairobi $12
    Rabat -

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

Which is Bigger, Nairobi or Rabat?

Nairobi has a larger population, and is about 66% larger than the population of Rabat. When comparing the sizes of Nairobi and Rabat, 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.