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

Should you visit Rabat or Cape Town?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Rabat and Cape Town 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: Rabat or Cape Town?

Rabat

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.

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.

Which city is cheaper, Cape Town or Rabat?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Rabat is $33, while the average daily cost in Cape Town is $84. 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 city. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Rabat and Cape Town in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Rabat $20
    Cape Town $33
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Rabat $40
    Cape Town $66
Compare Hotels in Rabat and Cape Town

Looking for a hotel in Rabat 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 Rabat


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: Rabat Hotel Prices and Cape Town Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Rabat $1.58
    Cape Town $15
Typical Local Transportation prices in Rabat

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


  • Taxi to Sale
    $3.27

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Rabat

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

  • Transfer Rabat to Tetouan: $156
  • Transfer Rabat to Tangier: $154
  • Transfer Rabat to SalĂ©: $24
  • Transfer Rabat to Safi: $178
  • Transfer Rabat to Rabat Airport: $24
  • Transfer Rabat to Mohammedia: $63
  • Transfer Rabat to Meknes: $109
  • Transfer Rabat to Marrakech: $208
  • Transfer Rabat to Kenitra: $55
  • Transfer Rabat to Fes: $123
  • Transfer Rabat to Essaouira: $234
  • Transfer Rabat to El Jadida: $123

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cape Town

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

  • Cape Point Tours,Airport transfers,wine testing, garden route tours and safari: $168
  • Airport Transfers To Hermanus: $137
  • Arrival Private Transfer: Cape Town Airport CPT to Cape Town by Business Car: $114
  • Cape Town Safari Transfers: $104
  • Private Transfer to Safari Aquila from Cape Town Full Day Excluding Entry Fees: $86
  • Cape Town Airport Transfers: Cape Town to Cape Town Airport CPT in Luxury Car: $82
  • Departure Private Transfer: Cape Town to Cape Town Cruise Port by Minivan: $73
  • Arrival Private Transfer: Cape Town Cruise Port to Cape Town by Minivan: $73
  • Arrival Private Transfer: Cape Town Cruise Port to Cape Town by Business Car: $69
  • Departure Private Transfer: Cape Town to Cape Town Cruise Port by Business Car: $69
  • Franschhoek Private Transfers: $68
  • Departure Private Transfers from Cape Town City to Cape Town Airport CPT: $67

Is it cheaper to fly into Rabat or Cape Town?

Prices for flights to both Cape Town and Rabat 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
    Rabat $9.27
    Cape Town $36

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Rabat

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

  • Best Moroccan Cooking Class with Chef Khadija ( Over 35 years Experience ): $25
  • Rabat Family Cooking Class: $50
  • Cooking Class in a Family Home: $55
  • Walking Food Tour: $55
  • Rabat Food Tour in the Old Town: $56
  • Rabat Food Tour Like a Local: $56
  • Rabat Restaurant Cooking Class: $56
  • Food Tour in Rabat: $103

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:

  • Private Virtual Cooking Class Live from Cape Town: $23
  • Cape Malay Cooking with a Chef Founder: $34
  • African Cooking with a Chef Founder: $34
  • Cruise and Dine Dinner / Sunset Champagne Cruise and 3-Course Dinner: $53
  • Withlocals The 10 Tastings: Cape Town Private Food Tour: $54
  • Sunset Champagne Cruise and 3-Course Dinner: $57
  • Your Tailored Cape Town Private Food Tour: $65
  • Private Authentic Cape Malay Cooking Class in Manenberg with Locals: $67
  • The Cape Town Essentials Food Tour: $67
  • African Dinner and Drumming Experience: $70
  • African cooking experience: $91
  • Private South African Cape Malay Cooking Class: $98

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Rabat $2.13
    Cape Town $20

Tours and Activities in Rabat

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

  • 3 DAYS PRIVATE TOUR FROM RABAT TO SAHARA DESERT OF MERZOUGA and Marrakech: $847
  • 3 Days Tour From Rabat To Sahara Desert Of Merzouga: $846
  • 4 Day 3 Nights Morocco Family Tour from Rabat to Sahara Desert with kids: $1,156
  • 4 Day Authentic Morocco Tour from Rabat to Sahara Desert: $1,145
  • 4 Day Best of Morocco Tour from Rabat to Marrakech via Fes and Desert: $1,120
  • 4 Day Sahara Desert Tour from Rabat (Tour Finishes in Marrakech): $1,082
  • 7 Nights 8 Days Casablanca Tour: $750
  • 7 days tour from Rabat to Marrakech via Sahara desert: $2,538
  • Best of Rabat Tour (half-day): $63
  • Fes Full Day Private Tour from Rabat: $250
  • From Fes or Meknes: Rabat Sightseeing Private Day Trip: $228
  • From Hiking and Kayaking Adventure at Dayet Erroumi: $163

Tours and Activities in Cape Town

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

  • 1-Hour Cape Town Bo-Kaap Photo Shoot Experience: $53
  • 1-Hour Cape Town City Center Photo Shoot Experience: $53
  • 11-Day Cape Desert Safari Adventure Accommodated Tour from Cape Town: $2,540
  • 11-Day Cape Desert Safari Adventure Camping Tour from Cape Town: $1,330
  • 12 Days Cape & Namibia Accommodated Adventure: $2,799
  • 12 day - Meander to South Africa's best kept secrets and experience Lesotho: $2,890
  • 19 Days Cape to Victoria Falls Accommodated Adventure: $4,541
  • 19-Day Desert Tracker Adventure Accommodated Tour from Cape Town: $3,955
  • 19-Day Desert Tracker Adventure Camping Tour from Cape Town: $2,116
  • 25 Days Cape to Vic Falls to Johannesburg Accommodated Adventure: $6,105
  • 3 Day Adventure - Hike and Wine Pilates: $359
  • 3 Day Adventure - Hike and Wine Pilates: $359

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Rabat -
    Cape Town $18

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:

  • Experience South African Craft Rum tasting and distillery tour in Cape Town: $10
  • Cape Town's Only Craft Rum Tasting and Distillery Tour: $15
  • Wine Tasting & Storytelling with SA Tapas add-on: $34
  • The Fringe Secret Bar Crawl: $34
  • Franschhoek and Stellenbosch Wine Tour from Cape Town: $39
  • Cape Point Full Day Tour With Wine Tasting: $41
  • Cape Town Pub Crawl: $44
  • Cape Winelands and Wine Tasting Full Day Tour: $57
  • Nightlife Experience Pub Crawl: $58
  • Vintage Kombi Wine Tour & Local BBQ: $77
  • Cape Point/Boulders Beach/Wine Tasting- Best Of Cape Town In A Day: $86
  • Tour to Cape Town Peninsula with Wine Tasting: $94


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


When is the best time to visit Rabat or Cape Town?

Cape Town has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, but Rabat experiences a tropical climate with fairly warm weather most of the year.

Should I visit Rabat or Cape Town in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Rabat and Cape Town. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Rabat throughout the year.

Rabat is around the same temperature as Cape Town in the summer. The temperature in Rabat is usually 23°C (73°F) in July, and Cape Town stays around 21°C (70°F)in January.

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Cape Town this time of the year. In Rabat, it's very sunny this time of the year. Rabat usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Cape Town during summer. Rabat gets 315 hours of sunny skies, while Cape Town receives 338 hours of full sun in the summer.

In July, Rabat usually receives less rain than Cape Townin January. Rabat gets 1 mm (0 in) of rain, while Cape Town receives 14 mm (0.6 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July and January
    Rabat 23°C (73°F) 
    Cape Town 21°C (70°F)

Should I visit Rabat or Cape Town in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Rabat as well as Cape Town. Plenty of visitors come to Rabat because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year.

In the autumn, Rabat is around the same temperature as Cape Town. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Rabat in October are around 20°C (67°F), and Cape Town is about 18°C (64°F)in April.

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Cape Town. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Rabat this time of the year. In the autumn, Rabat often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Cape Townin April. Rabat gets 234 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Cape Town receives 233 hours of full sun.

Rabat usually gets around the same amount of rain in October as Cape Townin April. Rabat gets 44 mm (1.7 in) of rain, while Cape Town receives 41 mm (1.6 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October and April
    Rabat 20°C (67°F) 
    Cape Town 18°C (64°F)

Should I visit Rabat or Cape Town in the Winter?

Both Cape Town and Rabat are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities. Rabat attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate.

In January, Rabat is generally around the same temperature as Cape Townin July. Temperatures in Rabat average around 13°C (56°F), and Cape Town stays around 13°C (55°F).

Rabat usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Cape Town during winter. Rabat gets 182 hours of sunny skies, while Cape Town receives 193 hours of full sun in the winter.

In January, Rabat usually receives around the same amount of rain as Cape Townin July. Rabat gets 81 mm (3.2 in) of rain, while Cape Town receives 83 mm (3.3 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January and July
    Rabat 13°C (56°F) 
    Cape Town 13°C (55°F)

Should I visit Rabat or Cape Town in the Spring?

Both Cape Town and Rabat during the spring are popular places to visit. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Rabat throughout the year.

Rabat is around the same temperature as Cape Town in the spring. The temperature in Rabat is usually 16°C (60°F) in April, and Cape Town stays around 16°C (61°F)in October.

In Cape Town, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Rabat. In the spring, Rabat often gets less sunshine than Cape Townin October. Rabat gets 255 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Cape Town receives 278 hours of full sun.

Rabat usually gets more rain in April than Cape Townin October. Rabat gets 62 mm (2.4 in) of rain, while Cape Town receives 33 mm (1.3 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April and October
    Rabat 16°C (60°F) 
    Cape Town 16°C (61°F)

Typical Weather for Cape Town and Rabat

Rabat Cape Town
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 13°C (56°F) 81 mm (3.2 in) 21°C (70°F) 14 mm (0.6 in)
Feb 14°C (57°F) 74 mm (2.9 in) 21°C (70°F) 16 mm (0.6 in)
Mar 15°C (59°F) 61 mm (2.4 in) 20°C (68°F) 21 mm (0.8 in)
Apr 16°C (60°F) 62 mm (2.4 in) 18°C (64°F) 41 mm (1.6 in)
May 18°C (64°F) 25 mm (1 in) 15°C (59°F) 68 mm (2.7 in)
Jun 20°C (69°F) 7 mm (0.3 in) 13°C (56°F) 93 mm (3.7 in)
Jul 23°C (73°F) 1 mm (0 in) 13°C (55°F) 83 mm (3.3 in)
Aug 23°C (73°F) 1 mm (0 in) 13°C (55°F) 77 mm (3 in)
Sep 22°C (72°F) 6 mm (0.2 in) 14°C (58°F) 41 mm (1.6 in)
Oct 20°C (67°F) 44 mm (1.7 in) 16°C (61°F) 33 mm (1.3 in)
Nov 16°C (62°F) 97 mm (3.8 in) 19°C (65°F) 16 mm (0.6 in)
Dec 14°C (57°F) 102 mm (4 in) 20°C (68°F) 17 mm (0.7 in)


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