A Travel Price Comparison for Morocco Zagora vs. Essaouira for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Zagora or Essaouira?

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

Should I visit Zagora or Essaouira? 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 Essaouira?


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.


Essaouira is a beautiful beach town on the Atlantic coast of Morocco. The city has a pleasant medina that has been named a UNESCO World Heritage site and is interesting to explore. It's an 18th century fortified town with a lot of character and charm. The city is rich and culture and you'll find a handful of art galleries throughout the town. The city is also a gathering place for artists and musicians, particularly during the Gnaoua Festival of World Music, which takes place the last week of June. This event attracts about 450,000 visitors yearly.

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, Essaouira 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 Essaouira is $46. 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 Essaouira in more detail.

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

Looking for a hotel in Zagora or Essaouira? 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 Essaouira

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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 Essaouira Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Zagora $1.45
    Essaouira $2.03

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Zagora

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Zagora:

  • Airport Private Transfer: $36

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Essaouira

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

  • Marrakech : Private Transfer from or to Marrakech Airoport: $22
  • Airport Transfer From Essaouira Airport To Medina: $22
  • Private Transfer from or to ESSAOUIRA MOGADOR Airport: $25
  • Private Transfer from or to Essaouira Airport: $27
  • 1 Hour Quad Bike Tour with Transfer: $36
  • Guided Quad Ride in Essaouira (1 Hour). (free transfer): $37
  • Essaouira Airport To city Transfer: $39
  • Private Transfer from or to Essaouira Airport : $42
  • Private Transfer from or to Essaouira Aéroport : $44
  • From Scenic Diabat Horseback Ride with Transfer: $49
  • Guided Quad Biking Adventure with Transfer: $61
  • 2-Hour Quad Ride (free transfer): $64

Is it cheaper to fly into Zagora or Essaouira?

Prices for flights to both Essaouira 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
    Essaouira $14

Typical Food Prices in Essaouira

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Essaouira:

  • Baklava
  • Breakfast Crepes
  • Fish for Lunch

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Essaouira

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

  • Traditional Moroccan Cooking Class: $39
  • Traditional Moroccan Cooking Class: $44
  • l'Atelier - Moroccan Cooking Workshop in Essaouira: $67
  • Essaouirra cooking class: $71
  • Traditional Family Style Moroccan Cooking Class: $72
  • Essaouira Cooking Class: $77
  • Essaouira Food Tour: $82
  • Essaouira Food Tour: $92
  • Berber Cooking Class at a Farm in the Countryside & shopping at a rural Souk.: $99
  • 3 hours Camel Ride in Essaouira with Dinner and Overnight in Berber Camp: $173

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Zagora $2.90
    Essaouira $12

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

Tours and Activities in Essaouira

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

  • Highlights Tour with Tasting the Ocean City: $16
  • From Marrakesh : Essaouira Full-Day Trip Tour: $18
  • Guided Tour On Essaouira City: $19
  • From Marrakech: Guided tour of Essaouira the coastal city: $21
  • Private City Tour: $26
  • Friend-Guide Essaouira city tour: $26
  • Essaouira 2-Hour Camel Adventure Ride: $39
  • Cultural & Historical Sightseeing Tour - half day: $42
  • 2 hours sunset Horseback Riding Tour: $42
  • From Agadir to Essaouira : Coastal Day Tour with Guide: $48
  • Guided Dromedary Riding Tour: $49
  • Half-Day Old Town Guided Tour: $49

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Zagora -
    Essaouira $9.33

When comparing the travel costs between Zagora and Essaouira, we can see that Zagora 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.

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

Which is Bigger, Zagora or Essaouira?

Essaouira has a larger population, and is about 2 times larger than the population of Zagora. When comparing the sizes of Zagora and Essaouira, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.