A Travel Price Comparison for Morocco Rabat vs. Merzouga for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Rabat or Merzouga?

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 Merzouga 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 Merzouga?


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.


Let's say you want to truly get away. I don't mean putting your ear buds in on some beach with a stronger on the next chair over. I mean really get away, and find yourself deserted. Merzouga, Morocco lets you do just that. This land of sand dune after sand dune is ideal for anyone yearning to ride a camel to the ends of civilization. And you'll find plenty of options to get here with a tour, or even on your own.

Which place is cheaper, Merzouga or Rabat?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Rabat is $43, while the average daily cost in Merzouga is $17. 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 Rabat and Merzouga in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Rabat $27
    Merzouga $10
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Rabat $54
    Merzouga $20
Compare Hotels in Rabat and Merzouga

Looking for a hotel in Rabat or Merzouga? 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 Merzouga

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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 Merzouga Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Rabat $2.09
    Merzouga -
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:

  • Private Transfer from Rabat to Rabat Salé Airport: $22
  • Transfer Rabat to Rabat Airport: $22
  • Transfer Rabat to Salé: $22
  • Private Transfer from Rabat Sale Airport to Rabat Medina and Back: $25
  • Private Departure Transfer from Rabat City to Rabat Sale Airport: $26
  • Private Arrival Transfer Rabat Sale Airport to Rabat City: $26
  • 1-Way Private Transfer to or from Rabat Airport: $31
  • Private Transfer from Rabat Sale Airport to Rabat City: $42
  • Private Transfer from Rabat City to Rabat (RBA) Airport: $44
  • Private Transfer from Rabat (RBA) Airport to Rabat City: $44
  • Private Round-Trip Transfer between Rabat Sale Airport and Rabat City: $51
  • Transfer Rabat to Kenitra: $52

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Merzouga

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Merzouga:

  • Private Transfer from Merzouga to Fes (FES) Airport : $628

Is it cheaper to fly into Rabat or Merzouga?

Prices for flights to both Merzouga 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 Meals for one day
    Rabat $12
    Merzouga $5.88

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Rabat

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

  • Join Best Moroccan Cooking Class with Chef Khadija ( Over 35 years Experience ): $42
  • Cooking Class in a Family Home: $66
  • Rabat Family Cooking Class: $66
  • Walking Food Tour: $75
  • Rabat Food Tour Like a Local: $76
  • Rabat Food Tour in the Old Town: $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

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Merzouga

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

  • Camel trek with 1 Night in Luxury camp with Dinner+ Sundbording: $50
  • Dinner In Merzouga Desert With Berber Music, Transport With 4WD : $66
  • One Night in Private Camp in the Sahara Desert in Merzouga with Dinner: $72
  • Day Trip By Camels In Erg Chebbi Dunes, Lunch With Berber Pizza: $78
  • 5 Hour Sunset Tour with Camel Ride and Dinner In Desert: $84
  • Magical Dinner and Camel Trek with 1 Night In Merzouga Luxury Desert Camp: $105
  • Visit The Nomads, Gnawa Music, Rally In Dunes, Berber Pizza : $111
  • 2 Nights Private Camp in Merzouga with Dinner and Camel Ride: $200

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Rabat $2.82
    Merzouga -

Tours and Activities in Rabat

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

  • Private Cultural Walking Tour of Rabat with Licensed Tour Guide: $43
  • Private Boat Tour of the Bouregreg River, a Traditional Boat: $45
  • Rabat Shopping Tour: $55
  • Private Guided City Walking Tour: $62
  • 4WD adventure Todra Gorge to Dades Valley - Aventures Verticales Maroc: $64
  • Private Boat Exploration Tour in Rabat: $65
  • Guided Bike Tour: $72
  • Best of Rabat Tour (half-day): $78
  • Rabat's Hidden Trails: Private Cycling Adventure: $80
  • Rabat Tasting Tour in the Old Town: $80
  • Rabat Medina Walking Half Day Guided Tour: $80
  • Private Boat Exploration Tour In Rabat: $82

Tours and Activities in Merzouga

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Merzouga are as follows:

  • 2 Day KTM Adventure Tour Around Merzouga Dunes: $1,229
  • Berber Experience Private Sahara Desert Day Trip: $82
  • Overnight in Desert Camp Berber Experience in Merzouga Desert & Camel Ride: $84
  • Private Adventure to Merzouga Risani from Erfoud : $144
  • Private Desert Tour and Visit to Nomadic Families: $100
  • 1 Hour Merzouga ATV Quad Biking Tour: $64
  • 1 Night Camel Trekking Tour in Merzouga Desert Camp : $61
  • 1/2 day 4x4 tour of Erg Chebbi: $83
  • 10-Day Private Tour in Tangier, Chefchaouen, Fes, and Merzouga: $2,215
  • 2 Hours Merzouga Desert Quad Bike Adventure: $129
  • 2 hours Merzouga ATV Rental - Desert Quad Biking Tour: $127
  • 3 Days Private Desert Tour in Merzouga with ATV and Sandboarding : $266

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Rabat -
    Merzouga -

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

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Budget Your Trip is all about finding out how much everything costs so that you can travel cheaper and longer. Created by avid travelers Laurie and Bryan, our goal is to help you plan your next trip on the right budget. With average daily travel costs that are calculated from the budgets of real travelers, plus an analysis of hotel and tour prices, you can find out how much money you need to plan your next adventure. We also have plenty of travel advice, accommodation reviews, and activity suggestions.
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