A Travel Price Comparison for South Africa Pretoria vs. Cape Town for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Pretoria or Cape Town?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Should I visit Pretoria or Cape Town? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city has activities that align with your interests along with knowing which is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the details and the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Where Should I go: Pretoria or Cape Town?

Pretoria

Located in Gauteng Province, Pretoria is the administrative capital city of South Africa, making it home to many government buildings and three universities. It is actually one of three capital cities, being home to the executive branch, with Cape Town as the legislative capital and Bloemfontein as the judicial capital. Within South Africa, Pretoria is also known as the "Jacaranda City" due to the thousands of jacaranda trees lining its streets, parks, and gardens.

Cape Town

Picture your travel bucket list. Is Cape Town on it? Yes, most people dream of visiting the "Mother City" of South Africa. As one of the most iconic places in the world, Cape Town is a world-class cosmopolitan city full of bustling nightlife, historical backdrops and a large gay community.

Cape Town is the most southern city in Africa with seasons turned upside down. In the southern hemisphere they experience the summer from December to February. During these months days can be hot and dry so be sure to gather in the shade and wear plenty of sunscreen. The winter from June to August is full of rainy days and cold nights.

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Which place is cheaper, Cape Town or Pretoria?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Pretoria is $50, while the average daily cost in Cape Town is $99. 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 Pretoria and Cape Town in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Pretoria $25
    Cape Town $39
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Pretoria $50
    Cape Town $78
Compare Hotels in Pretoria and Cape Town

Looking for a hotel in Pretoria or Cape Town? 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 Pretoria


Hotels in Cape Town


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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: Cape Town Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Pretoria $12
    Cape Town $17

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Pretoria

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

  • Shuttle Transfer from Gauteng to Greater Kruger: $61
  • Private One-way Airport Transfer(Johannesburg Airport To/From Johannesburg): $17
  • One Way Private Transfer from Airports and Hotels in Sandton: $89
  • Airport transfers,door to door shuttle: $47

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cape Town

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

  • Whale Watching In Hermanus with Private Transfer: $251
  • Try find your better than us! Airport transfer service in Cape Town HTL-APT(CPT): $44
  • Try find your better than us! Airport transfer service in Cape Town APT-HTL(CPT): $44
  • Transfer To Safari- Aquila From Cape Town Excluding Entry Fees Full Day: $162
  • Township Tour by Lwafika Tours and Transfers in Cape Town: $33
  • Shuttle Transport Transfer from Simonstown to Cape Town Airport: $26
  • Shuttle Transport Transfer from Claremont to Cape Town Airport: $17
  • Shuttle Transport Transfer from Camps Bay to Cape Town Airport: $18
  • Shopping Mall Transfers: $22
  • Shark Diving Full Day Guided Return Transfer to Gansbaai from Cape Town: $145
  • Shared Transfers to and from Safari Game Reserve (excluding entrance fees): $85
  • Shared Transfer to Cape Agulhas - Where The Two Oceans Meet From Cape Town F/Day: $184

Is it cheaper to fly into Pretoria or Cape Town?

Prices for flights to both Cape Town and Pretoria 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
  • Food Meals for one day
    Pretoria $15
    Cape Town $42

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Pretoria

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

  • Pan African Cooking Class & Organic food experience: $201

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cape Town

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

  • African Cooking with a Chef Founder: $28
  • Cape Malay Cooking Class in Bo-Kaap: $41
  • 3-Hour Malay Cooking Class & Lunch in Bo-Kaap: $44
  • Authentic African Cuisine Cooking Experience: $56
  • Sunset Champagne Cruise and 3-Course Dinner: $57
  • Bo-Kapp Walking Tour and Malay Cooking Class: $60
  • From CapeTown: African Dinner and Drumming Experience: $62
  • Authentic African Cuisine Cooking Experience: $63
  • African Dinner, Drumming Experience with Transfer: $65
  • Cruise and Dine Dinner / Sunset Champagne Cruise and 3-Course Dinner: $71
  • Private Cooking Class and Meal in Local Wynberg Cape Town Home: $80
  • Private Authentic Cape Malay Cooking Class in Manenberg with Locals: $92

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Pretoria $15
    Cape Town $23

Tours and Activities in Pretoria

For Pretoria, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Pretoria Tour - Voortrekker Monument, Union Buildings, Pretoria : $61
  • 2 Hours Bicycle Tour in Soweto(Johannesburg): $92
  • 4-Hours Pretoria Private History Tour : $84
  • 6 Hours Ultimate Pilanesberg Open Vehicle Day Tour : $195
  • Aerial Cableway Private Tour from Johannesburg : $83
  • Ann Van Dyk Cheetah Centre Half-Day Tour from Johannesburg: $200
  • Apartheid History of South Africa (Full day Experience with lunch: $103
  • Apartheid Museum Tour in Johannesburg from Pretoria, every FRIDAY afternoon: $52
  • Apartheid Museum Tour in Johannesburg, every FRIDAY afternoon: $52
  • Bicycle or Tuk Tuk Soweto Guided Experience : $78
  • Cheer on the Cheetah Run for Conservation Adventure: $195
  • City Tour of Pretoria: $139

Tours and Activities in Cape Town

For Cape Town, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • 3 Wineries Private Tour in Stellenbosch, Paarl Tasting Included: $139
  • Cape Agulhas Full Day Private Tour: $195
  • Cape Point Full Day Tour: $195
  • Cape Town Helicopter Experience : $222
  • Cape Town Woodstock Street Art Walking Tour: $31
  • Cape Winelands Tour to Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl: $98
  • Day Tour in Robben Island, Bo-Kaap and Table Mountain : $167
  • Long Walk to Freedom in Robben Island including Ticket & Afrogem: $159
  • Mandela's Robben Island Museum Bo-Kaap Cape Town City Tour + Ferry ticket f/d: $166
  • Penguins Boulders Beach and Cape Point Small Group Day Tour: $67
  • Private Cape Peninsula Tour : $115
  • Private Tour to Robben Island and Cape Point in Cape Town: $123

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Pretoria $31
    Cape Town $21

Sample the Local Flavors in Cape Town

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

  • Distillery Tour, rum and gin tasting: $7.24
  • Experience South African Craft Rum tasting and distillery tour in Cape Town: $9.75
  • Drumstruck at Silvermist. Live African Drum Show & Wine tasting: $25
  • Wine Tasting & Storytelling with SA Tapas add-on: $29
  • From 3 Regions Wine Tour with 3 Estates, 15 Wines: $37
  • Wine Tour: Paarl, Franschhoek & Stellenbosch incl 3 wineries: $39
  • half day wine tour & Safaris[Morning /Afternoon]: $40
  • Three Region Wine Tour: $45
  • Cape Winelands and Wine Tasting Full Day Tour: $47
  • Stellenbosch, Franschhoek & Paarl Wine Tasting Shared Tour: $50
  • Stellenbosch: Half-Day Wine Tour: $50
  • Fullday Wine Tour: $52


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

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


Which is Bigger, Pretoria or Cape Town?

Cape Town has a larger population, and is about 2 times larger than the population of Pretoria. When comparing the sizes of Pretoria and Cape Town, 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.