- More extensive server network than ExpressVPN
- Better for Gaming
- Servers in mainland China
- Cheaper price plans than ExpressVPN
- Overall faster speeds than CyberGhost
- Unblocks streaming services like Netflix US & UK
- Automatic obfuscation
- User-friendly and suitable for beginners
But between the two, which is better?
I tested both VPNs on their speeds, streaming, user privacy, security, VPN protocols, torrenting, leaks, and usability, among many others, to see how they performed. The results were a mixed bag of projected expectations and out-of-the-blue surprises.
If making the final decision regarding ExpressVPN vs. CyberGhost VPN is weighing down on you, then don’t worry. Let me take you through this detailed comparison to help clear your mind.
CyberGhost vs. ExpressVPN (Overview Table)
|Servers:||9,500+ servers||3,000+ servers|
|Speed:||16.73 Mbps drop||8.92 Mbps drop|
|Protocols:||OpenVPN, IKEv2, WireGuard||Lightway, OpenVPN, IKEv2|
|Streaming:||Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime, NRK, France.TV, BBC iPlayer||Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, NRK, France.TV, BBC iPlayer|
|Torrenting:||On all servers, but no seeding||On all servers. Seeding on compatible routers only|
|Gaming:||72.6 ms ping + 0% packet loss||78.0 ms ping +0% packet loss|
|Logs:||Verified no-logs policy||Verified no-logs policy|
|Security:||WiFi protection, IP Leak protection, AES 256-bit Encryption, NoSpy Servers||Automatic Obfuscation, WiFi Protection, IP Leak protection, AES 256-bit Encryption|
|Devices:||Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, Linux, Smart TVs, routers, consoles, Fire Stick, Roku, Chromebooks, Wii U||Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, Linux, Smart TVs, routers, Kindle Fire, Amazon Fire TV, Chromebook|
|Customer Support:||24/7 live chat||24/7 live chat|
CyberGhost has a vastly superior server count, with 9,500+ in 91 countries compared to ExpressVPN’s 3,000+ in 94 countries. But that’s not the only area where these two differ.
Furthermore, CyberGhost has the edge over ExpressVPN regarding African servers. CyberGhost offers 6 African servers in Egypt, Kenya, Algeria, Morocco, Nigeria, and South Africa, while ExpressVPN offers 4 in Algeria, Kenya, Egypt, and South Africa.
On top of this, both ExpressVPN and CyberGhost run on RAM-only servers.
This allows both VPNs to offer their users better privacy, and I’ll cover more on this in a later section. ExpressVPN’s TrustedServer Technology gels well with the RAM-only setup, giving it an edge over CyberGhost.
Do ExpressVPN or CyberGhost Work in China?
CyberGhost is the only contender offering servers in mainland China with 12 IP addresses. The closest you can come to China with ExpressvPN is on its Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan VPN servers.
However, using ExpressVPN from within China is safer than CyberGhost because ExpressVPN offers obfuscation. I’ll tackle that in detail in the security segment.
CyberGhost has a bigger server network with more African servers on top of providing IP addresses in China. ExpressVPN may have the much-needed obfuscation, but that alone doesn’t do much in edging out CyberGhost. So this round goes to CyberGhost VPN.
Is CyberGhost Faster Than ExpressVPN?
ExpressVPN is faster than CyberGhost, outperforming almost every comparable server and protocol.
The average speed for each VPN across 9-speed tests was 27.17 Mbps for CyberGhost and 47.92 Mbps. That difference is over 20 Mbps, and that’s too big to ignore.
To standardize the speed tests, I used base internet speeds of 60 Mbps with three identical servers and some similar protocols for each VPN:
- Lightway UDP (ExpressVPN) vs. WireGuard (CyberGhost)
- IKEv2 for both VPNs
- OpenVPN UDP for both VPNs
I tested both providers on these three servers:
- South Africa (Closest)
- United States
- New Zealand (Furthest)
CyberGhost’s fastest server was New York running on the OpenVPN UDP protocol and hitting 43.27 Mbps (shocker).
On the other hand, ExpressVPN’s fastest server and protocol were South Africa and Lightway UDP, hitting 51.08 Mbps (expected).
Speed & Performance Tests
Here’s a breakdown of all 18 tests showing the specific speed drops for each server and protocol.
|US||South Africa||New Zealand|
|CyberGhost (WireGuard)||46.66 Mbps drop||38.16 Mbps drop||28.68 Mbps drop|
|ExpressVPN (Lightway UDP)||10.11 Mbps drop||8.92 Mbps drop||9.7 Mbps drop|
|CyberGhost (IKEv2)||38.14 Mbps drop||28.33 Mbps drop||27.88 Mbps drop|
|ExpressVPN (IKEv2)||9.88 Mbps drop||9.54 Mbps drop||15.55 Mbps drop|
|CyberGhost (OpenVPN UDP)||16.73 Mbps drop||18.66 Mbps drop||52.26 Mbps drop|
|ExpressVPN (OpenVPN UDP)||14.19 Mbps drop||21.93 Mbps drop||8.93 Mbps drop|
|AVERAGE CYBERGHOST SPEEDS||27.17 Mbps|
|AVERAGE EXPRESSVPN SPEEDS||47.92 Mbps|
The most significant ExpressVPN speed drop was 21.93 Mbps on OpenVPN and a South African server. In comparison, the biggest CyberGhost speed drop was 52.26 Mbps on OpenVPN over the New Zealand server.
You can also notice the trend where servers further away are likely to perform poorly, especially when combined with the OpenVPN protocol.
ExpressVPN was faster than CyberGhost in 17 of the 18 tests. It performed better on OpenVPN UDP, IKEv2, and Lightway UDP protocols, so it won this round.
|Streaming Service||CyberGhost Access||ExpressVPN Access|
For smoother streaming across all these platforms, I chose the best-performing servers and protocols from my speed tests, and both VPNs handled 4K streaming without issues.
Furthermore, using CyberGhost was easier than ExpressVPN due to the availability of streaming servers which worked on the first attempt.
Additionally, you can find servers specific to certain streaming platforms, as demonstrated in the screenshot below.
But that’s not to say ExpressVPN underperformed. All the regular servers I tested also worked on the first attempt.
Streaming directly on my Samsung smart TV through the SmartDNS feature was also uneventful for both VPNs — more on SmartDNS in the device section.
The actual test of a VPN’s ability to unblock is on Netflix, which has many geo-restricted libraries. For example, I can’t watch my favorite anime, Gintama, on Netflix in my region. So I tested Netflix US, Netflix UK, Netflix Netherlands, Netflix France, and Netflix Japan.
Here are the results.
|Unblocks:||Netflix US?||Netflix UK?||Other Netflix Libraries?|
|CyberGhost||Yes||Yes||Netflix NL, JP, FR|
|ExpressVPN||Yes||Yes||Netflix NL, JP, FR|
Some notable shows and movies that I unblocked through both VPNs include Gomorrah (Netherlands), The Blair Witch Project (the UK), Gintama (Japan), Merci Pour Le Chocolat (France) and finally, NCIS (the US).
Here are screenshots demonstrating how I unblocked and streamed NCIS using a New York server.
While CyberGhost holds an advantage over ExpressVPN with its streaming dedicated servers, ExpressVPN didn’t lag either. It was much faster and smoother on most occasions. Both VPNs performed well in the streaming tests and could handle 4K streaming. However, CyberGhost takes the crown for having servers specific to some streaming sites.
CyberGhost and ExpressVPN offer P2P support, with CyberGhost even having torrenting servers. These specialized servers are easy to find and highly optimized for speedy downloads.
ExpressVPN, despite lacking specialized servers, is the only VPN that allows port forwarding on some routers. With this, you can seed your torrents and avoid being labeled a leecher on private torrenting sites.
However, neither of these VPN providers offers SOCKS5 Proxy.
But considering how fast they already are, that’s not a significant loss.
Note that while both VPNs have no problem keeping you safe when you browse through risky torrenting sites, they expressly prohibit using their services to participate in copyright infringement.
ExpressVPN, in its Terms of Service, prohibits uploading, downloading, reproducing, posting, and distributing any copyrighted content through its servers.
Here’s a screenshot of its uncompromising stand:
Like ExpressVPN, CyberGhost doesn’t condone VPN users downloading copyrighted materials through its services. Here’s its stand on the issue:
With the copyright policies done, it was time for me to test how fast each VPN was for torrenting; the results are in the next section.
I downloaded a 108 MB file using the Free Download Manager client to see how long each VPN took to complete the download. Since this is all about speed, I used a South African server and the fastest protocols for each:
- The Lightway UDP protocol plus a South African server for ExpressVPN.
- A South African torrenting server running on WireGuard for CyberGhost.
I started the first torrent test with ExpressVPN, and the download was completed precisely 2 minutes later while peaking at 2.2 Mbps.
The CyberGhost test was complete in just over a minute, peaking at 2.5 Mbps just before the 2-minute mark. So, it was slightly faster than ExpressVPN.
Here are the results:
|Average Download Speed||Max Download Speed||Download Completion Time|
|CyberGhost||1.3 MiB/s||2.5 MiB/s||1 minute, 35 seconds|
|ExpressVPN||1.1 MiB/s||2.2 MiB/s||2 minutes, 00 seconds|
This was where CyberGhost shone through its dedicated torrenting servers.
It completed the download fractionally faster than ExpressVPN, which also held its ground very well.
Here’s how CyberGhost performed.
And here’s how ExpressVPN fared.
Both VPNs were fast, completing the download in under two minutes.
But CyberGhost slightly had the upper hand, largely thanks to its P2P servers optimized for speeds. So it takes this round ahead of ExpressVPN.
I also ran exhaustive packet data loss tests to show you how each VPN would handle an online game. Here’s an overview of the results:
|CyberGhost||South Africa||WireGuard||72.6 ms||0%|
|ExpressVPN||South Africa||Lightway UDP||78 ms||0%|
For uniformity, I tested both VPNs with two online games; Asphalt 9: Legends and Fortnite. I used South African servers for both VPNs with their fastest protocols.
CyberGhost registered 0% packet data loss with a slightly lower ping than ExpressVPN, which also recorded 0% packet data loss.
How did this affect my gaming?
Both VPNs handled both games smoothly, with CyberGhost performing slightly better. It was hard to notice any difference, to be honest, and it would take a very keen eye to catch that. The bottom line is that I played the two games without a single frame freezing.
Here are screenshots showing the packet data loss values for each VPN.
CyberGhost had a lower ping compared to ExpressVPN. Both handled online gaming for the two games I tested, so you shouldn’t experience any issues if you have faster internet than mine. But CyberGhost won this category again as it was slightly smoother than ExpressVPN.
CyberGhost and ExpressVPN have strict anti-logging policies.
However, they store certain types of user data. This includes email addresses for opening and maintaining the account and serving as an official communication channel.
They also save payment information to renew subscriptions that roll over or send refunds when necessary. Furthermore, both VPNs share this data with third-party payment platforms like PayPal to make payments and refunds easily.
As for those who don’t like the idea of their data landing in the hands of unknowns, ExpressVPN and CyberGhost offer cryptocurrency payment options, which should ease your worries. I’ll talk more about all the crypto options in the pricing section.
You’ll also be pleased to know that both VPNs are based in countries that aren’t part of any surveillance alliances. CyberGhost is based in Romania, while ExpressVPN is based in the British Virgin Islands.
This, combined with the no-logs policy, means any online activity you undertake with active encryption will never see the light of day.
Here’s a look at the logging policies of each VPN and the type of user data covered:
|Traffic Logs?||Connection Logs?||IP Address?||Server Location?|
You don’t have to take their word for it, though.
ExpressVPN has had multiple audits for these claims, with the most recent one conducted in late 2022 by KPMG and Cure53. The audit focused on the proprietary TrustedServer Technology and the overall logging policies.
Nothing out of place was found.
On the other hand, CyberGhost’s only audit came in December 2022 by Deloitte Romania. The month-long audit of the logging policy didn’t find anything fishy either. So both VPNs hold their end of the bargain.
Additionally, of the two VPNs, only ExpressVPN has some aspects of it open-sourced. In particular, is the Lightway Protocol, whose core code is available to the public.
Finally, both VPNs don’t have any published Warrant Canary.
CyberGhost used to disclose user data requests but stopped publishing its transparency reports in 2021.
ExpressVPN and CyberGhost have verified no-logs policies, and both retain minimal user data to improve services only. But ExpressVPN has the upper hand here because it has had more audits than CyberGhost and is open-sourced, ensuring higher transparency.
Basic security features CyberGhost and ExpressVPN offer include AES 256-bit encryption, which forms the core of their primary protection mechanism.
I ran both providers through Wireshark to confirm the encryption, and all I got in return was a mix of illegible symbols, texts, and numbers.
In other words, proof that no one can see the contents of your VPN traffic.
Here’s the CyberGhost test:
And here’s the ExpressVPN test:
Besides encryption, ExpressVPN and CyberGhost are equipped with system-wide kill switches for IP and DNS leak protection. Once again, rather than leaving things to the imagination, I tested both VPNs for IP and DNS and WebRTC leaks, and the results are displayed below.
WebRTC Leak Test
Here’s the test for CyberGhost
And here’s for ExpressVPN
IP & DNS Leak Test
As long as you don’t see the IP address provided by your ISP, that’s proof of zero leaks.
Here’s the leak test for CyberGhost
And here’s how ExpressVPN panned out.
Public WiFi Protection
ExpressVPN and CyberGhost offer protection on unsecured public networks.
You can’t toggle the feature on ExpressVPN, but it’s automatically activated through military encryption, which effectively stops hackers from breaching your traffic.
However, to get the protection, you’ll have to manually connect to an ExpressVPN server while on public WiFi.
CyberGhost is different depending on the device you’re using.
The Android and Windows version have WiFi protection buttons that allow you to control how the device behaves when you encounter unsecured networks.
So, you can set the VPN to automatically trigger when your device connects to such networks.
However, the same protection is available on the macOS platform after manually connecting to a server, as it won’t automatically trigger.
You can also beat DDoS attacks with CyberGhost and ExpressVPN by connecting to a server when playing online games. Without access to your IP address, no one can bombard your device with continuous requests to slow you down.
ExpressVPN has something similar called Threat Manager that’s available on macOS and Windows (It only works with Lightway protocols), which blocks the apps on your device from communicating with online trackers or malicious websites.
However, Threat Manager isn’t an ad blocker, and that’s where CyberGhost is better than ExpressVPN.
Extra Security Features
Besides the standard security features found on both VPNs, some unique additions are unique to each VPN that deserve a special mention.
First is CyberGhost’s NoSpy servers, which feature top-of-the-line hardware offering the ultimate privacy and security without diminishing performance.
With these, you get anonymous browsing, tracker blocking, a dedicated uplink, and bigger bandwidth. But you’ll have to pay extra for the NoSpy servers.
On the other hand, ExpressVPN is the only option that offers obfuscation which makes it ideal for regions like China and Russia, where VPN usage can get you into trouble. The obfuscation provided by this VPN provider is automatic and works on all servers and protocols. It’s also the fastest compared to what other providers offer.
Furthermore, CyberGhost is the only VPN here with a Dedicated IP address.
It works with all protocols and gives you an exclusive IP address without the risks usually associated with shared ones.
Both VPNs offer military-grade encryption, DDoS protection, and anti-malware features and keep your connections safe when using unsecured public WiFi hotspots.
However, CyberGhost, despite lacking obfuscation, pulls clear as it has an ad blocker, actionable public WiFi buttons, and offers dedicated IP addresses.
Devices & Connections
You can install CyberGhost and ExpressVPN on macOS, macOS, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android, FireTV, Chrome, Firefox, and Edge.
Furthermore, both are compatible with a selection of router brands.
CyberGhost works with gaming consoles like PS3, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, Wii U, and Wii. ExpressVPN, on the other hand, works with PS4, PS3, Nintendo Switch, Xbox, Raspberry Pi, and Steam Deck, just to mention a few.
As for Linux, both VPNs are terminal-based, so you’ll need to do some serious tweaking to make them work. Some routers require manual installations for both VPNs, while others have the VPNs installed.
Notable routers compatible with CyberGhost include DD-WRT, TomatoUSB, and TomatoUSB Merlin Build. ExpressVPN has a broader selection of compatible routers that range from Asus, Linksys, and Netgear.
Those that require manual configurations include D-Link, DD-WRT, Netduma, Sabai, Tomato, TP-Link, and Xiaomi brands.
Likewise, you can connect up to seven simultaneous devices with CyberGhost, while ExpressVPN only allows a maximum of 5.
Here’s a table showing the various devices compatible with ExpressVPN and CyberGhost:
|Compatible OS?||Windows, macOS, iOS, Linux, Android, Chromebook||Windows, macOS, iOS, Linux, Android, Chromebook|
|Smart TVs?||Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon FireTV, Google Chromecast, SmartDNS (LG and Samsung), Roku TV||Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon FireTV, Google Chromecast, Nvidia Shield, Roku TV, SmartDNS (LG and Samsung)|
|Router Support?||Yes (manual and app)||Yes (manual and app)|
|Browser Extensions?||Chrome, Firefox||Chrome, Firefox|
CyberGhost and ExpressVPN offer a SmartDNS feature for smart TVs and gaming consoles that don’t support the direct installation of VPNs.
On CyberGhost, you can manually set up the SmartDNS and access Netflix US, Hulu US, and Netflix UK. Meanwhile, the SmartDNS feature on ExpressVPN is called MediaStreamer and works on US and UK content.
The SmartDNS setup process is easier on CyberGhost than on ExpressVPN, where you must register IP addresses first, giving CyberGhost an edge over ExpressVPN.
While both VPNs are compatible with almost every standard device, CyberGhost wins this round. It accommodates more simultaneous device connections, and the SmartDNS setup is much easier than MediaStreamer.
You can use split tunneling on both VPNs, but there are variations regarding availability on the different platforms.
On CyberGhost, the feature is called App Split Tunnel (Android) or App Rules (Windows), but there’s no split tunneling on its macOS app.
Furthermore, CyberGhost for Windows has something extra called Exceptions, which includes or excludes choice websites from the VPN tunnel.
However, it only works with the OpenVPN protocol.
On the other hand, ExpressVPN has split tunneling on Android, Windows, and macOS 11 and below (but none on iOS), giving it better coverage than CyberGhost.
Where it’s available, you get to choose among three split-tunneling options.
- Force all mobile apps to use the VPN.
- Exclude some apps from using the VPN.
- Only allow a few apps to use the VPN.
Split tunneling is vital if you have apps that don’t work with VPNs, and fortunately, both VPNs have this feature. However, ExpressVPN’s split tunneling is available on more platforms than CyberGhost, making it the category winner.
Both CyberGhost and ExpressVPN provide 24/7 Live Chat, Direct Email, Troubleshooting Guides, and FAQs to help users get the help they need as fast as possible.
I connected to a CyberGhost live agent within seconds, and my question was answered promptly.
ExpressVPN’s Live Chat was also super fast, and I didn’t have to go through the hoops of talking to a chatbot. Once I made my intent to speak with a live agent clear, I was immediately connected to one.
Both VPNs also offer an option to export the full transcript of your conversation to your email. This is an excellent way to preserve the chat in case you ever encounter the same issues and need to reference something quickly.
However, ExpressVPN’s support center is more detailed and has more resources than CyberGhost offers, which gives it an edge. There’s even a section for popular articles which offer help with issues like app setups and updates, among others.
The Live Chat options for both VPNs are fast and available 24/7.
The agents are also knowledgeable and always willing to go the extra mile to help.
But ExpressVPN offers more support resources than CyberGhost, and for that reason, wins this round.
Now, while you can use both VPNs on various devices, the ease of use varies from app to app and platform to platform.
For example, both VPNs’ Windows and Android versions have more functionalities than the macOS version.
On ExpressVPN for Windows, for instance, you can start the app minimized, which the macOS version lacks. The Android and Windows versions feature extra privacy and security tools like IP Address Checker, an inbuilt DNS Leak Test, WebRTC Leak Test, and a Password Generator.
CyberGhost for macOS, on the other hand, lacks a public WiFi protection toggle, has no split tunneling on macOS 11 and above, and even lacks Gaming dedicated servers, unlike CyberGhost for Windows.
There’s no kill switch button on CyberGhost for macOS, either.
Furthermore, the macOS version doesn’t have the OpenVPN protocol and only operates on WireGuard and IKEv2. Meanwhile, CyberGhost for Android doesn’t have IKEv2 and only operates with WireGuard and OpenVPN.
Only the Windows version is equipped with all three protocols.
Overall, ExpressVPN is better than CyberGhost in terms of usability because it has better uniformity of features across all platforms than CyberGhost.
Both VPNs are user-friendly with unique interfaces. Both VPNs also have some missing features on specific platforms. ExpressVPN wins this round because it offers more across all platforms than CyberGhost, which lacks some key protocols on certain apps.
Price & Value
Other add-ons that will cost you extra include a Dedicated IP and NoSpy servers.
ExpressVPN also provides three price plans: 12 months, six months, and one month. Unlike CyberGhost, there are no add-ons.
This VPN comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee, shorter than the 45-day money-back guarantee offered by CyberGhost. So, CyberGhost is better on top of being cheaper.
Regarding payment, ExpressVPN supports card payments via Discover, VISA, MasterCard, American Express, and JCB. CyberGhost allows Discover, MasterCard, VISA, and American Express.
Third-party payment options on ExpressVPN include PayPal and 12 Paymentwall options like GiroPay and Sofort. For CyberGhost, you can only use PayPal, so ExpressVPN edges out the competition here.
Finally, both VPNs support cryptocurrency payments, with Bitcoin being the only option both VPNs offer.
CyberGhost is cheaper, has a 45-day money-back guarantee policy longer than ExpressVPN by 15 days, and allows crypto payments. ExpressVPN may provide more payment options, but its price tag may be out of reach for most users, so CyberGhost wins this round.
CyberGhost vs. ExpressVPN (Overview Table)
|Servers:||9,500+ servers||3,000+ servers||CyberGhost|
|Speed:||16.73 Mbps drop||8.92 Mbps drop||ExpressVPN|
|Protocols:||OpenVPN, IKEv2, WireGuard||Lightway, OpenVPN, IKEv2||Tie|
|Streaming:||Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime, NRK, France.tv, BBC iPlayer||Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, NRK, France.tv, BBC iPlayer||CyberGhost|
|Torrenting:||On all servers, but no seeding||On all servers. Seeding on compatible routers only||CyberGhost|
|Gaming:||72.6 ms ping + 0% packet loss||78 ms ping +0% packet loss||CyberGhost|
|Logs:||Verified no-logs policy||Verified no-logs policy||ExpressVPN|
|Security:||WiFi protection, IP Leak protection, AES 256-bit Encryption, NoSpy Servers||Automatic Obfuscation, WiFi Protection, IP Leak protection, AES 256-bit Encryption||CyberGhost|
|Devices:||Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, Linux, Smart TVs, routers, consoles, Fire Stick, Roku, Wii U||Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, Linux, Smart TVs, routers, Kindle Fire, Amazon Fire TV, Chromebook||CyberGhost|
|Customer Support:||24/7 live chat||24/7 live chat||ExpressVPN|
Ready to Make a Choice?
With all the essential facts at your fingertips, are you ready to swipe your card and grab your VPN? Is it ExpressVPN or CyberGhost?
If budget isn’t an issue and you want the fastest VPN to cater to your streaming, torrenting, and gaming needs, add ExpressVPN to your cart.
If you want an affordable VPN with superior unblocking capabilities, then CyberGhost sounds like a good fit.
Protect private web traffic from snooping, interference, and censorship. All plans are covered by a no-hassle 100% money-back guarantee for your first 45 days of service.