A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Abu Dhabi vs. Addis Ababa for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Abu Dhabi or Addis Ababa?

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

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Abu Dhabi and Addis Ababa can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Abu Dhabi or Addis Ababa?

Abu Dhabi

It doesn't get more "lifestyles of the rich and famous" than a vacation to Abu Dhabi. The federal capital and center of government for the United Arab Emirates is arguably the most modern city in the world.

Abu Dhabi has a population of 1.5 million and provides a home to several oil companies and embassies, but this place is definitely a playground for the world's fanciest tourists. This city has several large projects underway including Yas Island's Formula 1 track and Ferrari theme park.

Note: homosexuality is still outlawed in the UAE with harsh punishments including deportation, fines, jail time or even a death sentence.

Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa is the capital city of Ethiopia and also the nation's largest when ranked by its population of over three million. There are also more than 120 international missions and embassies in Addis Ababa, making the city a hub for international diplomacy concerning Africa. Other draws include its thriving marketplaces, spicy food, and rich coffee.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Budget Tours to United Arab Emirates, and The Best Tours for Seniors to United Arab Emirates.


Which place is cheaper, Addis Ababa or Abu Dhabi?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Abu Dhabi is $164, while the average daily cost in Addis Ababa is $67. 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 Abu Dhabi and Addis Ababa in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Abu Dhabi $98
    Addis Ababa $43
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Abu Dhabi $196
    Addis Ababa $86
Compare Hotels in Abu Dhabi and Addis Ababa

Looking for a hotel in Abu Dhabi or Addis Ababa? 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 Abu Dhabi


Hotels in Addis Ababa


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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: Abu Dhabi Hotel Prices and Addis Ababa Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Abu Dhabi $20
    Addis Ababa $7.81
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Abu Dhabi

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Abu Dhabi are as follows:


  • Car Rental
    $31
  • Taxi to Airport
    $14

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Abu Dhabi

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Abu Dhabi:

  • Ferrari World Abu Dhabi Tickets with Private Transfers: $289
  • Sea World with Private Transfers from Dubai: $279
  • Private Transfer from Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH) to Sharjah: $273
  • Private Transfer from Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH) to Qasr Al Sarab: $273
  • Private Transfer from Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH) to Fujairah: $273
  • Private Transfer from Talal Liwa to Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH): $273
  • Private Transfer from Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH) to Jebel Dhanna Resort: $273
  • IMG World of Adventure with Sharing Transfers from Abu Dhabi: $250
  • Ferrari world & Warner bros. parks with transfer from Dubai: $250
  • Visit Ferrari World Abu Dhabi From Dubai Included Transfer and Tickets: $235
  • Abu Dhabi Helicopter Ride with optional Private Transfers: $222
  • Private Transfer: Abu Dhabi to Dubai Airport DXB in Luxury SUV: $217

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Addis Ababa

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Addis Ababa are as follows:


  • Short Taxi Ride
    $0.53

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Addis Ababa

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

  • Addis Shuttles: On-Time & Reliable, Airport Transfers: $19
  • City/Airport Transfer in Addis Ababa - Shuttles: $21
  • Addis Ababa Airport in/out transfer: $49
  • Addis Ababa Private Airport-Hotel Transfer: $82
  • Lalibela Full Day Tour with Guide and Transfer: $130

Is it cheaper to fly into Abu Dhabi or Addis Ababa?

Prices for flights to both Addis Ababa and Abu Dhabi 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
    Abu Dhabi $45
    Addis Ababa $17

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Abu Dhabi

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Abu Dhabi.

  • Dhow cruise with Buffet dinner & Burj Khalifa view in Canal: $24
  • Dubai: Dhow Cruise Marina Multi Cusine Dinner & Tanura Show: $35
  • Dubai Marina luxury Dhow Cruise Dinner (catamaran): $45
  • Abu Dhabi Desert Safari With BBQ Dinner & Live Shows: $49
  • Abu Dhabi Evening Desert Safari Tour with Shows and BBQ Dinner: $60
  • Abu Dhabi Desert Safari With Live Shows And BBQ Buffet Dinner: $60
  • Desert Safari Abu Dhabi w/ Sand Boarding, Camel Ride & BBQ Dinner: $75
  • Abu Dhabi Evening Desert Safari & Dinner Under the Stars: $77
  • Abu Dhabi Desert Safari (Dune Bashing, BBQ Dinner, Camel Ride & Sand Skii): $80
  • Abu Dhabi Desert Safari 4x4, BBQ Dinner, Camel Ride: $81
  • Abu Dhabi Evening Desert Safari with Camel Ride and Dinner: $84
  • Abu Dhabi Afternoon Desert Safari and BBQ Dinner: $90

Typical Food Prices in Addis Ababa

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


  • Slice of Cake
    $0.12

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Addis Ababa

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

  • Local Ethiopian Food Tour: $75
  • Cooking class in Addis Ababa: $76
  • Ethiopian cooking class: $95
  • Food tours in Addis Ababa tastever with lunch: $114
  • Unique Ethiopian Cooking Class and Coffee Ceremony with a Local in Addis Ababa: $116
  • Private Ethiopian Home Cooking Class in Addis Ababa with Transfer: $124
  • Food Tour & cooking Authentic Flavours Of Ethiopia: $150
  • Half Day + Dinner Addis Ababa City Tour: $150
  • Ethiopian Cooking Class and Coffee Ceremony with a Local in Addis with transfers: $154
  • Market Tour and Cooking Class with a Coffee Ceremony at a Home in Addis Ababa: $168
  • Food tours in Addis Ababa Ethiopia: $240

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Abu Dhabi $39
    Addis Ababa $8.06

Tours and Activities in Abu Dhabi

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

  • Abu Dhabi Louvre Museum Entrance Ticket: $41
  • Abu Dhabi Tour-Sheik Zayed Mosque, Emirates Palace With Louvre Musuem: $115
  • Falcon Hospital Tour with Transportation : $101
  • Ferrari World Entrance ticket : $95
  • Full Day Abu Dhabi City & Louvre Museum Tour: $90
  • Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi Ticket: $31
  • Private Full-Day Tour in Abu Dhabi: $234
  • Ticket to Louvre Museum, Abu Dhabi: $19
  • 2 Days 2 Park- Ferrari World +Yas Waterworld Or Warner Bros World Combo Tickets: $155
  • 4 Hour Cultural Tour of Abu Dhabi - Private Tour: $160
  • ABU DHABI CITY TOUR WITH SHEIKH ZAYED GRAND MOSQUE: $54
  • Abu Dhabi 4G & 5G Data Roaming for Tourist: $7.49

Tours and Activities in Addis Ababa

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

  • Pup crawl and nightlife tour in Addis Ababa.: $40
  • Addis Ababa city tour.: $49
  • Addis Ababa Tour: $53
  • Addis Ababa City - Half Day Tour: $55
  • Addis Ababa highlight city tour: $56
  • Guided City Tour: $59
  • Addis Food Tasting Tour : $59
  • Half Day City Tour of Addis Ababa : $60
  • Addis Ababa city Tour: $60
  • Addis Ababa Guided City Tours: $62
  • Guided City Tour / Addis Ababa Guided City Tour: $62
  • Addis Ababa highlights of the city tour: $62

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Abu Dhabi $13
    Addis Ababa $6.66

Sample the Local Flavors in Addis Ababa

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Addis Ababa:

  • Pub-crawl Tour ( locally crafted beer and wine tasting ): $58
  • Night Tour Addis Ababa beer and wine tasting: $65
  • Pub crawl Addis Ababa: $69


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Abu Dhabi and Addis Ababa, we can see that Abu Dhabi is more expensive. And not only is Addis Ababa much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Abu Dhabi is in Middle East and Addis Ababa is in Africa, this is one of the main reasons why the costs are so different, as different regions of the world tend to have overall different travel costs. So, traveling to Addis Ababa would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Addis Ababa 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 Abu Dhabi would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Abu Dhabi than you might in Addis Ababa.

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


Which is Bigger, Abu Dhabi or Addis Ababa?

Addis Ababa has a larger population, and is about 5 times larger than the population of Abu Dhabi. When comparing the sizes of Abu Dhabi and Addis Ababa, 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.