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Antananarivo, Faritanin' Antananarivo, Madagascar

How much does it cost to travel to Antananarivo?

You should plan to spend around $72 (MGA316,249) per day on your vacation in Antananarivo. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $29 (MGA127,396) on meals
  • $14 (MGA62,524) on local transportation
  • $60 (MGA262,261) on hotels

A one week trip to Antananarivo for two people costs, on average, $1,005 (MGA4,427,483). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
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  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Antananarivo cost?

A one week trip to Antananarivo usually costs around $503 (MGA2,213,742) for one person and $1,005 (MGA4,427,483) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Antananarivo on average costs around $1,005 (MGA4,427,483) for one person and $2,010 (MGA8,854,966) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Antananarivo will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Antananarivo on average costs around $2,154 (MGA9,487,464) for one person and $4,307 (MGA18,974,928) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Antananarivo has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Antananarivo expensive to visit?

Antananarivo is a reasonably affordable place to visit. Located in Madagascar, which is a reasonably affordable country, visitors will appreciate the relatively low cost of this destination. It is in the top 10% of cities in the country for its affordability. If you're traveling on a budget, then this is a good destination with affordable accommodation, food, and transportation.

Within Africa, Antananarivo is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Ait Ben Haddou or Moshi.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Antananarivo Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Antananarivo?

The average Antananarivo trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Antananarivo travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

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Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) MGA262,261 ($60)
Local Transportation 1 MGA62,524 ($14)
Food 2 MGA127,396 ($29)
Entertainment 1 MGA105,843 ($24)
Alcohol 2 MGA21,252 - 63,756 ($5 - 14)
Accommodation Budget in Antananarivo
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Antananarivo is $30 (MGA131,130). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Antananarivo is $60 (MGA262,261). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Antananarivo

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Antananarivo based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $52. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Antananarivo
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Antananarivo is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $14 (MGA62,524) per person, per day, on local transportation in Antananarivo.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Food Budget in Antananarivo
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Antananarivo can vary, the average cost of food in Antananarivo is $29 (MGA127,396) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Antananarivo should cost around $12 (MGA50,958) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Antananarivo is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in Antananarivo
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Antananarivo typically cost an average of $24 (MGA105,843) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Alcohol Budget in Antananarivo
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  • The average person spends about $9.65 (MGA42,504) on alcoholic beverages in Antananarivo per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Antananarivo On a Budget
Antananarivo Antananarivo
Antananarivo is the capital of Madagascar; it is also sometimes referred to as Tana. This city is the cultural and political center of Madagascar as a whole. There are multiple universities, museums, and other social venues in the city, as well as a national rugby team. This city has a very apparent French influence.
The Musee d'art et d'archeologie is a great museum to visit in Antananarivo to learn about the history of Madagascar. Its exhibitions portray the traditions and culture of the people of Madagascar dating back to the first century.

The Queens's Palace, also known as the Rova, is another sight in the city. The Rova was built by the Merina king, Andrianjaka back in the 1600's. Although it has withstood some severe fire damage recently, it offers a great view of the entire city and some of the statues, as well as a large chapel, still stand. This is the highest point of the city and can be seen from all angles. There are usually English-speaking university students that offer tours of the palace and the grounds for a small fee.

Near the palace is the Prime Minister's Rainilaiarivony's Palace. It is uncertain whether this palace is still open for touring, however, when it is, there are tours that offer in-depth accounts of the many historical artifacts that are spread throughout the palace.

In the city center is Lake Anosy, which is shaped like a heart and the entire lake is surrounded by jacaranda trees. A great place to see this from above is from The Rova.
The city is located in the central highlands of the island of Madagascar. The neighborhoods of the city are reflective of historically religious divisions. Surrounding the city are a few National Parks that are easily accessible by bus. Andasibe-Mantadia National Park is one of them and it is a popular place for tourists to visit while in the Antananarivo area. Buses can transport you there from Gare Routieie d'lest bus station. You must travel to Moramanga and then change for Andasibe village. This journey is about four hours total.

There are a couple other parks that can be reached from Antananarivo, however, they are much further journeys. They range from eleven to twenty hours by bus. Ranomafana National Park is one of them and you can get here by catching a bus from the Farakana bus station. Ankarana National Park is much closer to Northern Madagascar, specifically Antsiranana, so this is a good option if you are planning on visiting that part of Madagascar during your travels.

There is a crocodile farm near the Ivato Airport that is a great day activity. Not only does the farm have crocodiles, turtles, lemurs, and snakes, but it also has many plants, flowers, and trees that are native to Madagascar. It is best to visit the farm during the crocodile feeding time. There is a restaurant on site as well where you can actually try a crocodile burger.

There are tons of open-air markets around town that will keep you entertained for the day. These markets sell traditional Malagasy crafts. If you prefer to shop without having to barter, then head to Lisy, which is a shopping area that sells similar products that you will find at the market. There are also rice patties all over town that are great for those looking to get some landscape photographs in Antananarivo.
Food and Dining
Antananarivo encompasses a Malagasy cuisine, which is influenced by Asian, African, Chinese, and European flavors. Usually, meals consist of meat, vegetables, and some type of sauce. To try Malagasy cuisine, visit La Table de Mariettei, which serves the traditional food of Madagascar but is a bit more on the pricey side. La Brasserie is a great place for French food that is tasty and relatively inexpensive. For breakfast, Cookie Soph is a great place that serves coffee and bagels, and the employees speak both French and English.

Ivato Airport is the international airport nearest to the city. It serves many of the large commercial airlines that provide services in that area of the world (Air France, Turkish Airlines, etc.). Every foreign visitor must have a visa to be able to enter the country, which can be obtained online before entry. If you do not have your visa prior to entry, one can be purchased at immigration, however, this is quite a long process. From the airport to the city center you can get a taxi or a bus. In the city, you can get around on foot, by bus, or by taxi. The easiest way is to get around by taxi, just be sure to negotiate a price before getting into the taxi.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.