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

Should you visit Rabat or Merzouga?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Rabat and Merzouga can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

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.

Merzouga

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.

Which city 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 $39, while the average daily cost in Merzouga is $15. 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 Merzouga in more detail.



Accommodation

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.

A hotel room in Merzouga is about $18 This assumes double occupancy and modest accommodations.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Rabat $24
    Merzouga $8.98
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Rabat $48
    Merzouga $18

Food

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.

In Merzouga travelers spend around $5.20 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.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Rabat $11
    Merzouga $5.20

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
  • Rabat Food Tour in the Old Town: $56
  • Rabat Food Tour Like a Local: $56
  • Rabat Restaurant Cooking Class: $56
  • Moroccan Cooking Class in Marrakech: $78
  • Food Tour in Rabat: $103

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Merzouga

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

  • Walk in Merzouga desert with guide,and lunch with berber pizza 5 hours total: $44
  • 3 Hours Trip By 4x4 in Merzouga Desert,Nomads,Gnawa Music,Berber Pizza,: $47
  • Overnight Camp,Camel Ride ,Dinner,Breakfast,All included,: $56
  • Day Trip By Camels In Erg Chebbi Dunes,Lunch With Berber Pizza,All included: $56
  • Moroccan Cooking Class in Marrakech: $78

Local Transportation

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 $1.85 on transportation in Rabat on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Rabat $1.85
    Merzouga -
Typical Local Transportation prices in Rabat

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


  • Taxi to Sale
    $3.83

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Rabat

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

  • Private Airport Transfer: from Rabat to Rabat-Sale Airport (RBA): $18
  • Private Airport Transfer: Rabat-Sale Airport (RBA) to Rabat: $18
  • Rabat Airport Transfer: $18
  • Transfer Rabat to Rabat Airport: $24
  • Transfer Rabat to SalĂ©: $24
  • Private Departure Transfer from Rabat City to Rabat Sale Airport: $28
  • Private Arrival Transfer Rabat Sale Airport to Rabat City: $28
  • Private Transfer from Rabat City to Rabat (RBA) Airport: $50
  • Rabat Airport (RBA) to City Center to Airport - Private Transfer: $54
  • Transfer Rabat to Kenitra: $55
  • Private Round-Trip Transfer between Rabat Sale Airport and Rabat City: $55
  • Rabat Hotels to Casablanca Airport : Private Transfer: $59

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Merzouga

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Merzouga:

  • Private Transfer from Merzouga to Fes (FES) Airport: $705
  • Transfer from Merzouga to Fes: $250

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.





Entertainment

Sightseeing expenses in Rabat, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $2.49 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Rabat $2.49
    Merzouga -

Tours and Activities in Rabat

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

  • Rabat Shopping Tour: $56
  • Travel consultant ,scam protector and Tour guide: $60
  • Best of Rabat Tour (half-day): $63
  • Rabat Half Day City Tour: $104
  • Rabat Private Photography Tour: $149
  • Full-Day Private Photography Tour in Rabat: $149
  • Rabat Private Walking Tour: $168
  • Rabat & Casablanca Tour from Casablanca: $218
  • Fes Full Day Private Tour from Rabat: $250
  • Private Day tour from Rabat to Chefchaouen in Rif mountains: $280
  • The best of Rabat walking tour: $399
  • Romantic tour in Rabat: $399

Tours and Activities in Merzouga

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

  • 1 Night Camel Trekking Tour in Merzouga Desert Camp: $68
  • 1 night Berber camp in Merzouga Sahara Desert & Erg Chebbi Tour with Camel Ride: $67
  • 3 Days 2 nighs tour from Marrakech to Merzouga Desert: $127
  • 3 Days Marrakech Merzouga Desert Tour: $249
  • 3 Days Moroccan Desert Tour: $597
  • 3 days Desert Small group tour from Marrakech: $146
  • 3 days Private Merzouga Trip Tours From Marrakech: $564
  • 3-Days Desert Tour From Marrakech To Desert Merzouga: $373
  • 3-Days KTM-Desert Adventure in Explore the famous Road of Dakar-Ralley: $1,524
  • 4 Days 3 Nights tour from Marrakech end up in Marrakech via Merzouga Desert: $584
  • Agadir Desert Tour: $635
  • Camel Trekking Tour: $128

Alcohol

  • 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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