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

Should you visit Zagora or Marrakech?

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

Should I visit Zagora or Marrakech? 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 Marrakech?

Zagora

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.

Marrakech

Marrakech is on of the most popular travel destinations in Morocco. It is the third largest city in Morocco after Casablanca and Rabat and is located near the foothills of the Atlas Mountains only a few hours from the Sahara Desert. It's a beautiful city that is often referred to as the "Pink City" because of the pale pink color of many of the city's buildings. These striking colors make the city particularly beautiful during the evening hours when the low sun creates a very dramatic lighting.

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, Marrakech 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 Marrakech is $70. 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 Marrakech in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Zagora $36
    Marrakech $47
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Zagora $72
    Marrakech $94
Compare Hotels in Zagora and Marrakech

Looking for a hotel in Zagora or Marrakech? 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 Marrakech


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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 Marrakech Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Zagora $1.45
    Marrakech $6.42

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Zagora

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Zagora:

  • Airport Private Transfer: $36

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Marrakech

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

  • Marrakech : Transfer privé vers ou depuis: $4.35
  • Marrakech Airport Transfer: $5.01
  • Marrakech : Transfer privé vers/depuis l'aéroport de Rak: $5.44
  • Transfert privé vers ou depuis RAK aéroport: $6.33
  • Transfert Aeroport Marrakech Votre Porte a marrakech: $6.33
  • Marrakech Airport Transfer ( ONE WAY pick-up OR/OU ONE WAY drop-off): $6.65
  • Marrakech Airport transfer ( ONE WAY pick-up OR/OU ONE WAY drop-off): $6.65
  • Marrakech Airport Transfer (ONE WAY pick-up OR/OU ONE WAY drop-off): $6.65
  • Transfer Marrakech airport pick-up & drop-off: $7.13
  • Marrakesh: 1-Way Private Transfer to Menara Airport: $7.62
  • Marrakech Airport Transfer ( ONE WAY pick-up OR/OU ONE WAY drop-off): $7.76
  • Marrakech Airport Transfer : $8.32

Is it cheaper to fly into Zagora or Marrakech?

Prices for flights to both Marrakech 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
  • Food Meals for one day
    Zagora $13
    Marrakech $13

Typical Food Prices in Marrakech

For Marrakech, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Orange Juice on the Square
    $0.30
  • Breakfast
    $1.22
  • Dates
    $0.61
  • Olives
    $0.91
  • Sandwich
    $1.32
  • Souvenir Spices
    $6.30

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Marrakech

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

  • Evenings Experiencing a Sunset Dinner in the Agafay Desert: $14
  • Agafay Desert Sunset, Camel Ride and Dinner from Marrakech: $15
  • Agafay Desert Package, Quad Bike, Camel Ride and Dinner Show: $16
  • Online Moroccan Cooking Class: $17
  • Cooking Lesson at the Ouirgane Ecolodge with Lunch: $19
  • Dinner in Agafay desert from Marrakech & camel riding: $19
  • Agafay Desert Sunset Dinner & Camel Ride & Show: $21
  • From Agafay Desert Sunset Camel Ride and Dinner: $21
  • Marrakech desert: Agafay Desert Sunset Dinner Show: $21
  • Marrakech Agafay Desert show with Dinner Sunset Camel Ride: $21
  • Restaurant Dinner Experience with Hotel Pickup: $21
  • Quad bike dinner & magic show agafay desert: $22

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Zagora $2.90
    Marrakech $7.14

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

Typical Entertainment Prices in Marrakech

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Marrakech's activities, tours, and tickets:


  • Palace Tickets
    $2.03
  • Golf at Atlas Golf
    $57

Tours and Activities in Marrakech

For Marrakech, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Marrakech Medina Walking Tour With Local Guide: $5.00
  • Skip the Line: Woven History Museum Ticket - musée Histoire Tissée: $6.83
  • Marrakesh: Cactus Thiemann Entry Ticket: $8.45
  • Marrakesh: Laser Games Megazone Ticket: $8.97
  • Atlas Mountains Tour with Camel Ride: $9.00
  • From Day Tour to Ourika Valley & Atlas Mountains: $10
  • High Atlas Adventure: Discover Ourika Valley and Berber Culture: $11
  • Marrakesh:Private Quad Bike Tour in palm grove: $13
  • Walking city tour of marrakech-medina, souks, sights and stories: $14
  • From Marrakesh: Ourika Valley & Atlas Mountains Day Tour: $15
  • Atlas Mountains & Ourika Valley Day Tour with Lunch: $15
  • Marrakech Pickup: Ourika Valley and Atlas Mountains Day Tour: $15

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Zagora -
    Marrakech $15


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Zagora and Marrakech, we can see that Marrakech 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 Marrakech would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Marrakech 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 Marrakech Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Zagora or Marrakech?

Marrakech has a larger population, and is about 20 times larger than the population of Zagora. When comparing the sizes of Zagora and Marrakech, 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.