A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Abu Dhabi vs. Aswan

Should you visit Abu Dhabi or Aswan?

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 Aswan can help you decide which place is right for you.

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.

Aswan

Lounging along the Nile like Egyptian royalty is a fantasy for most world travelers. If you want to do it without the hustle and bustle of Cairo, there's always Aswan. This city in the south of Egypt is the smallest of the three major cities on the Nile. Located just below the Aswan Dam and Lake Nasser, Aswan's 275,00 people include a large portion of Nubians mostly resettled from their flooded homeland.

Which city is cheaper, Aswan or Abu Dhabi?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Abu Dhabi is $200, while the average daily cost in Aswan is $19. 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 city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Abu Dhabi and Aswan in more detail.



Accommodation

Abu Dhabi's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is $336. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is $168.

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around $7.98. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Aswan the cost is $16 on average.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Abu Dhabi $168
    Aswan $7.98
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Abu Dhabi $336
    Aswan $16

Food

Food in Abu Dhabi costs travelers about $16 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.

On average, meal and food prices in Aswan cost around $5.86 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around $2.34.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Abu Dhabi $16
    Aswan $5.86

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Abu Dhabi

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

  • Abu Dhabi 6-Hour Desert Safari With BBQ Dinner: $58
  • Abu Dhabi Afternoon Desert Safari and BBQ Dinner: $59
  • Evening Desert Safari with Dune Bashing, Camel Riding, BBQ Dinner: $62
  • Abu Dhabi Desert Tour With BBQ Dinner, Camel Ride and Belly Dance Hotel Pickup: $62
  • Evening Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner,Belly Dance,Tanura & Fire Dance,Camel Ride: $65
  • Dune Dinner Safari Abu Dhabi: $69
  • 4x4 Desert Safari Abu Dhabi with BBQ Dinner: $69
  • Abu Dhabi Desert Safari Experience Live's show's Bbq Dinner & much More: $73
  • Evening Desert Safari With BBQ Dinner, Camel Ride and Sand Boarding: $83
  • Evening Desert Safari Abu Dhabi with Dinner: $85
  • Sunset Camel Trek and BBQ Dinner with Shows: $85
  • Buffet Dinner Cruise including Transfer from Abu Dhabi: $86

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Aswan

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

  • Nubian Dinner With Enchanted Events: $35
  • Nubian Dinner at Nubian Village: $49
  • Dinner on board a cruise on the Nile: $59
  • Private 3-Hour Nubian Party with Dinner and Pickup in Aswan: $75
  • Nubian Dinner with enchanted events: $86

Local Transportation

The cost of a taxi ride in Abu Dhabi is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $32 per person, per day, on local transportation in Abu Dhabi.

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $6.94 per day to get around in Aswan.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Abu Dhabi $32
    Aswan $6.94
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:

  • Private Airport Transfer: Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) to Abu Dhabi: $20
  • Private Airport Transfer: Abu Dhabi to Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH): $20
  • Abu Dhabi Airport Private Arrival Transfer to Any Hotel in UAE: $22
  • Abu Dhabi Airport Private Departure Transfer: $22
  • Abu Dhabi Airport Transfers: $30
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Abu Dhabi International Airport AUH to Abu Dhabi City: $30
  • Private Transfer from Ferrari world to Abu Dhabi City Center: $39
  • Private Transfer from Abu Dhabi City Center to Ferrari world: $39
  • Private Transfer from Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi to Abu Dhabi City Center: $40
  • Private Transfer from Abu Dhabi City Center to Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi: $40
  • Transfer in private vehicle from Abu Dhabi City to Abu Dhabi Airport: $40
  • Transfer in private vehicle from Abu Dhabi Airport to Abu Dhabi City: $40

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Aswan

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Aswan:

  • Aswan Airport Private Departure Transfer: $9.00
  • Aswan Airport Private Arrival Transfer: $9.00
  • Transfer To or From Aswan airport: $13
  • Transfer from Aswan airport to Aswan City: $14
  • Aswan Airport Arrival Transfer: $16
  • Private Transfer from / to aswan airport: $19
  • Aswan Railway Station Private Departure Transfer: $19
  • Aswan Airport Departure Transfer: $20
  • Aswan Airport Transfer Pick-up or Drop-off - One Way: $20
  • Private transfer from Aswan Airport to Hotels or Nile cruise in Aswan: $20
  • Aswan airport transfer: $24
  • Aswan Private Transfer To High Dam in The Aswan city: $24

Entertainment

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $4.35 per person, per day in Aswan. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Abu Dhabi -
    Aswan $4.35

Tours and Activities in Abu Dhabi

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

  • Fast-Track Admission Ticket to Qasr Al Hosn: $8.37
  • Skip the Line: Admission Ticket Qasr Al Watan: $16
  • City Tour of Abu Dhabi Landmarks: $22
  • Louvre Abu Dhabi Mindful Museum Admission Ticket: $30
  • 90-Minute Small-Group Yas Marina Circuit Tour: $30
  • Abu Dhabi Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $31
  • Abu Dhabi city tour with Entry ticket to Louvre Museum from Abu Dhabi: $34
  • Skip the Line: Abu Dhabi Park Zoo and Resort Entrance Ticket with Options: $35
  • Abu Dhabi City Tour From Abu Dhabi: $35
  • Abu Dhabi Half Day City Tour By Bus: $37
  • 4 Hours Abu Dhabi City Tour: $40
  • Full Day Abu Dhabi City Tour: $40

Typical Entertainment prices in Aswan

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Aswan are as follows:


  • Temple Kom Ombo for Two
    $3.83

Tours and Activities in Aswan

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

  • Biking city tour in Aswan: $10
  • Tour to High Dam, The Obelisk & Philae Temple by Boat: $14
  • Half Day tour St Simon Monastery in Aswan: $14
  • Aswan City Tour by Horse Carriage Start from 10$: $19
  • Aswan City Tour by Horse Carriage: $20
  • Aswan City Tour By Horse And Carriage: $20
  • Aswan City Tour by Horse Carriage: $21
  • Aswan tour ( the temple of philae - high dam ): $23
  • cheap trip : Tour to Abu Simbel Temple: $24
  • cheap trip : Tour to Abu Simbel Temple: $24
  • cheap trip : Tour to Abu Simbel Temple: $24
  • cheap trip : Tour to Abu Simbel Temple: $24

Alcohol

The average person spends about $3.07 on alcoholic beverages in Aswan per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Abu Dhabi -
    Aswan $3.07


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Abu Dhabi and Aswan, we can see that Abu Dhabi is more expensive. And not only is Aswan much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Abu Dhabi is in Middle East and Aswan 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 Aswan would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Aswan 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 Aswan.

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