A Travel Price Comparison for Morocco Zagora vs. Ait Ben Haddou for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Zagora or Ait Ben Haddou?

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

Should I visit Zagora or Ait Ben Haddou? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city has activities that align with your interests along with knowing which is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the details and the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Where Should I go: Zagora or Ait Ben Haddou?


A small town in southern Morocco, Zagora is a popular base camp for excursions on foot, by camel, or four wheel drive vehicles into the surrounding desert. One of the most famous and historic treks is the ancient caravan route to Timbuktu, marked by a famous sign at the end of town - indicating a journey of "52 days" by camel.

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.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Adventure Tours to Morocco, The Best Cultural Tours in Morocco, The Best Budget Tours to Morocco, and The Best Luxury Tours to Morocco.

Which place is cheaper, Ait Ben Haddou or Zagora?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Zagora is $51, while the average daily cost in Ait Ben Haddou is $71. 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 Zagora and Ait Ben Haddou in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Zagora $36
    Ait Ben Haddou $26
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Zagora $72
    Ait Ben Haddou $52
Compare Hotels in Zagora and Ait Ben Haddou

Looking for a hotel in Zagora or Ait Ben Haddou? 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 Zagora

Hotels in Ait Ben Haddou

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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: Zagora Hotel Prices and Ait Ben Haddou Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Zagora $1.45
    Ait Ben Haddou $29

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Zagora

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Zagora:

  • Airport Private Transfer: $36

Is it cheaper to fly into Zagora or Ait Ben Haddou?

Prices for flights to both Ait Ben Haddou and Zagora 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
    Zagora $13
    Ait Ben Haddou $24

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Zagora $2.90
    Ait Ben Haddou $29

Tours and Activities in Zagora

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

  • 2 Days Tour to Zagora Desert with sunset from Marrakech: $84
  • From Marrakech: Zagora 2-Day Desert Tour with Camel Ride: $98
  • Zagora to Erg chigaga desert tour & 4x4 and camel ride : $109
  • From Marrakech: 3-Day Merzouga and Sahara Desert Tour: $130
  • 2 days tour from Zagora to Erg Chegaga: $139
  • Zagora to Erg chigaga desert tour & 4x4 (All-inclusive) 2-Days: $167
  • Private Day Camel Trekking Tour in Draa Valley from Zagora: $219
  • From 2-Day Desert Tour to Erg Chegaga: $293
  • From Agadir or Taghazout: 2-Day Sahara Desert Tour to Zagora: $359
  • From Agadir or Taghazout: 2-Day Sahara Desert Tour to Zagora: $368
  • From Agadir 4 Days 3 nights Sahara Tour to Marrakeche: $1,001

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Zagora -
    Ait Ben Haddou $6.24

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

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Zagora Expensive? and Is Ait Ben Haddou Expensive?.