Should you visit Tangier or Ait Ben Haddou?
Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Tangier and Ait Ben Haddou can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.
Welcome to the gateway to Africa. Sitting on the coast of the Strait of Gibraltar, Tangier, Morocco has historically served as the meeting point of the Mediterranean and Africa.
After World War II, this city became a destination for eccentric foreigners, artists, spies and hippies. After that, the city was neglected and gained a horrible reputation for the hustlers cheating visitors left and right.
In 1999 Morocco saw the beginning of a new monarch who was more progressive with his vision for tourism. This message lit a fire under Tangier, helping the people see the amazing potential in their great city. They built a new port, a new business district and revamped the airport. The beaches and streets have been cleaned up of trash and hustlers and there's a sudden surge in cultural activities.
Ait Ben Haddou
Think of a time when you've seen Jerusalem in a movie. Chances are what you're really looking at is the traditional, mud brick city of Ait Ben Haddou, Morocco. This city on the edge of the High Atlas Mountains has been an UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987, and has also been seen in movies like Lawrence of Arabia, Orson Welles' Sodom and Gomorrah, Jesus of Nazareth, the French version of Cleopatra, Bertolucci's Sheltering Sky, Scorsese's Kundun, Gillies MacKannon's Hideous Kinky, Ridley Scott's Gladiator, Oliver Stone's Alexander the Great, and in some scenes from Game of Thrones.
Which city is cheaper, Ait Ben Haddou or Tangier?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Tangier is $54, while the average daily cost in Ait Ben Haddou is $63. 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 Tangier and Ait Ben Haddou in more detail.
Travelers usually pay around $40 for a double occupancy room in Tangier If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.
Ait Ben Haddou's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is $46. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is $23.
Tangier food costs typically run travelers around $18 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.
Ait Ben Haddou food costs typically run travelers around $21 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.
Meals for one day
Ait Ben Haddou $21
Typical Food prices in Tangier
Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Tangier:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Tangier
For Tangier, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Tangier Food Tour | Tangier Food Cultural Tour:
Tangier Cooking Lesson:
To get around in Tangier, the average visitor spends $21 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.
While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $26 per day to get around in Ait Ben Haddou.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Tangier
Also for Tangier, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
5-days Tour package from Tangier to Fes via Chefchaouen & Private transfers:
Airport transfer from Tanger to Agadir:
Chefchaouen to Tanger private transfer:
Door to door transfer from Tangier to Fes:
Ibn Battouta Airport to Tangier - One-Way Private Transfer:
Luxury transfer from Tangier to Tamuda bay or vice versa:
Marrakech Tangier transfer,taxi (one way):
One way Tangier Airport Transfers:
One way Transfer from Tangier to Tamuda Bay:
One way Transfer from Tangier to Tetouan:
One-Way Transfer from Tanger to Fez:
One-Way Transfer from Tangier to Fez:
Is it cheaper to fly into Tangier or Ait Ben Haddou?
Prices for flights to both Ait Ben Haddou and Tangier 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.
In Tangier, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $18 per person, per day.
Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $25 per person, per day in Ait Ben Haddou. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.
Tours and Activities in Tangier
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Tangier.
Virtual Cultural Tour of Tangier’s Kasbah and Medina:
Panoramic tour of Tangier:
Walking Tour Of Tangier:
Tangier Old Town Walking Tour (Minimum 4 people):
4-Hour Guided Sightseeing Tour in Tangier:
Walking Tour in Tangier Medina:
Tangier Old Town Walking Tour:
Tangier Medina & Kasbah Guided Walking Tour (4 Hours) | Tangier Walking Tour:
3 Hours driving Tour Cap Spartel and Hercules Caves:
Walking Tour of Tangier Medina:
Tangier Old Town Private Walking Tour:
Tangier City Private Walking Tour:
Tours and Activities in Ait Ben Haddou
Here are a few actual costs in Ait Ben Haddou for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
3 Days - Desert Experience Merzouga from Marrakech:
3 Days Guided tour from Marrakech to Fes via desert:
3 days Private Tour Sahara and Atlas Chegaga Desert Experience Camel Ride and Desert Camp:
3-Days Tour from Marrakech to Zagora including a trekking in imlil:
Day tour to Ouarzazate and Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou from Marrakech:
Desert Experience Tour:
Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou Half-Day Tour:
Marrakech Desert Tour To Casablanca:
Morocco Desert Tour from Marrakech 3 Days:
Morocco desert tour from Marrakech to Fes 4 days:
Overnight Desert Tour from Marrakech to Zagora:
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Tangier, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $9.45.
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Ait Ben Haddou may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $5.50 per day on alcoholic beverages.
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Tangier and Ait Ben Haddou, we can see that Ait Ben Haddou is more expensive. And not only is Tangier much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Tangier would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Tangier 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 Ait Ben Haddou would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Ait Ben Haddou than you might in Tangier.
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