Should you visit Rabat or Meknes?
Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Rabat and Meknes can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.
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.
So you love a bustling nightlife with fine restaurants and meaningful historical buildings, but you hate all the tourists. Well, it maybe time to visit Meknes, Morocco. Since most travelers head straight to Fez, that leaves Meknes relatively untouched and remains free of the usual hassles that plague other major destinations.
Which city is cheaper, Meknes or Rabat?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Rabat is $39, while the average daily cost in Meknes is $41. 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. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Rabat and Meknes in more detail.
Travelers usually pay around $48 for a double occupancy room in Rabat If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.
Travelers usually pay around $46 for a double occupancy room in Meknes If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.
In Rabat travelers spend around $11 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.
While meal prices in Meknes can vary, the average travelers spends about $13 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Meknes should cost around $5.20 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Meknes is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.
Meals for one day
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 ):
Rabat Family Cooking Class:
Rabat Food Tour in the Old Town:
Rabat Food Tour Like a Local:
Rabat Restaurant Cooking Class:
Moroccan Cooking Class in Marrakech:
Food Tour in Rabat:
Typical Food prices in Meknes
Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Meknes:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Meknes
For Meknes, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Withlocals The 10 Tastings: Marrakech Private Food Tour:
Meknes Food Tour:
Meknes Cooking Class:
Moroccan Cooking Class in Marrakech:
Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Rabat than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $1.87 on transportation in Rabat on average per day.
Meknes's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend $1.29 per person, per day on transportation in Meknes.
Typical Local Transportation prices in Rabat
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Rabat:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Rabat
Also for Rabat, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Private transfer: Rabat Airport (RBA) to Rabat:
Private transfer: Rabat to Rabat Airport (RBA):
Rabat to Agadir airport transfer:
Rabat to Chefchaouen: Private Transfer (English Speaking Driver):
Private Transfer from Rabat to Tanger-Ibn Batouta (TNG) Airport:
Transfer Rabat to Agadir:
Private Transfer from Rabat-Sale Airport (RBA) to Casablanca:
Transfer Rabat to Essaouira:
Airport transfer from Rabat to Agadir:
Transfer Rabat to Marrakech:
Transfer Private From Rabat to Fes:
Transfer Private From Rabat to Tangier:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Meknes
Also for Meknes, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Private Transfer Marrakech - Meknes:
Private Transfer from Meknes to Casablanca (CMN) Airport:
Private Transfer from Meknes to Rabat (RBA) Airport:
Private Transfer from Meknes to Fes (FES) Airport:
Is it cheaper to fly into Rabat or Meknes?
Prices for flights to both Meknes 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.
Sightseeing expenses in Rabat, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $2.52 per day, per person.
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Meknes can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $3.15 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
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:
3 Days Tour From Rabat To Sahara Desert Of Merzouga:
4 Day 3 Nights Morocco Family Tour from Rabat to Sahara Desert with kids:
4 Day Authentic Morocco Tour from Rabat to Sahara Desert:
4 Day Best of Morocco Tour from Rabat to Marrakech via Fes and Desert:
4 Day Sahara Desert Tour from Rabat (Tour Finishes in Marrakech):
7 Nights 8 Days Casablanca Tour:
7 days tour from Rabat to Marrakech via Sahara desert:
Best of Rabat Tour (half-day):
Fes Full Day Private Tour from Rabat:
Full-Day Private Photography Tour in Rabat:
Luxury Desert Tour from Rabat to Merzouga and Marrakech for 4 Days 3 Nights:
Tours and Activities in Meknes
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Meknes.
Romantic tour in Meknès:
Sahara Desert of Merzouga Morocco 3 days tour from Fez and ending in Marrakech:
The best of Meknès walking tour:
fez chefchaouen 2 days tour via meknes:
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Meknes, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $2.33.
Typical Alcohol prices in Meknes
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Meknes:
When comparing the travel costs between Rabat and Meknes, we can see that Meknes 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.
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