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

Should you visit Abu Dhabi or Cusco?

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

Where Should I go: Abu Dhabi or Cusco?

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.

Cusco

Cusco is most famous as the historic capital of the Inca Empire. It is in the southern Sierras and is one of the most popular travel destinations within Peru. The city is located at 3,400 meters above sea level so it is best to acclimate yourself slowly to avoid altitude sickness.

Cusco is the starting point for many travelers making their way to the famed Machu Picchu or other Inca sites in the surrounding area.

The city is very beautiful and has impressive architecture throughout. The history is obvious as you walk around town and there are impressive ruins nearby, with the most impressive being Sacsayhuaman. The city also has a significant indigenous population that is obvious from their traditional clothing and style.

Cusco has a subtropical highland climate with a pleasant daytime temperature year around. There are two distinct seasons with the dry season being between May and August and the wet season between December and March. During the dry season there is plenty of sun with occasional nighttime freezes. Frost is less common in the wet season.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Budget Tours to United Arab Emirates, The Best Tours for Seniors to United Arab Emirates, The Best Hiking & Trekking Tours in Peru, and The Best 10-Day Tours in Peru.


Which place is cheaper, Cusco 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 Cusco is $50. 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 Cusco in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Abu Dhabi $98
    Cusco $22
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Abu Dhabi $196
    Cusco $44
Compare Hotels in Abu Dhabi and Cusco

Looking for a hotel in Abu Dhabi or Cusco? 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 Cusco


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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 Cusco Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Abu Dhabi $20
    Cusco $9.80
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 One-way Abu Dhabi Transfer To Abu Dhabi Airport: $27
  • Private Transfer: Abu Dhabi Airport(AUH) to Abu Dhabi City Center: $30
  • Louvre Museum Abu Dhabi Ticket with Transfers Option: $33
  • Abu Dhabi Airport Private Departure Transfer: $33
  • Abu Dhabi to Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH) - Departure Private Transfer: $36
  • Private Transfer from Abu Dhabi city to Abu Dhabi Cruise Port: $39
  • Private Transfer from Abu Dhabi Port to Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH): $39
  • Abu Dhabi to Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH) - Departure Private Transfer: $40
  • Private transfer: Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH) to Abu Dhabi: $41
  • Abu Dhabi to Dubai Airport (DXB) - Departure Private Transfer: $42
  • Private Transfer from Abu Dhabi Port to Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH): $43
  • Private Transfer from Abu Dhabi hotels to Abu Dhabi Cruise Port: $43

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Cusco

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Cusco:


  • Taxi Ride
    $1.06

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cusco

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Cusco:

  • One-Way Cusco Airport Departure Transfer: $5.40
  • One-Way Cusco Airport Arrival Transfer: $5.81
  • Transfers in Cusco: $6.00
  • Private 1-Way Transfer to Velasco Astete Airport: $9.00
  • One-Way Cusco Airport Arrival Transfer: $9.00
  • Pickup from Cusco airport and transfer to your hotel in Private vehicle: $9.52
  • Private transfers from Cuzco Airport to Hotels and Sacred Valley: $10
  • Transfer Cusco Airport to your Hotel in Cusco: $10
  • Transfer Hotel to Airport in Cusco | Private Service |: $10
  • Transfer from Cusco city to the airport: $10
  • Private Shuttle Transfer from Cusco Airport (CUZ) to Hotels in Cusco: $11
  • Transfer Cusco Airport - Hotel or Train Station: $12

Is it cheaper to fly into Abu Dhabi or Cusco?

Prices for flights to both Cusco 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
    Cusco $13

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 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
  • Abu Dhabi Evening Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner and all Camp Activities : $72
  • Abu Dhabi Desert Safari 4x4, BBQ Dinner, Camel Ride: $81
  • Abu Dhabi Evening Desert Safari with Camel Ride and Dinner: $84
  • Buffet Dinner Cruise including Transfer from Abu Dhabi: $93
  • 4x4 Desert Safari Abu Dhabi with BBQ Dinner: $96
  • Overnight Safari Abu Dhabi ,Belly Dance ,Camel Ride ,Henna Painting ,BBQ Dinner: $130
  • Overnight Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner & Breakfast Abu Dhabi: $133
  • Evening Desert Safari Abu Dhabi with Dinner: $140
  • Overnight Desert Safari Abu Dhabi with BBQ Dinner & Morning Breakfast: $150

Typical Food Prices in Cusco

Some typical examples of dining costs in Cusco are as follows:


  • Sandwich
    $2.11
  • Mango
    $0.53

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cusco

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

  • Small-Group Virtual Ceviche Cooking Experience: $25
  • Small-Group Virtual Peruvian Cooking Experience: $25
  • Folkloric Andean Show & 3-Course Dinner at Tunupa: $35
  • CUSCO COOKING CLASS LUNCH - Quick Culinary Dive: $40
  • Cusco Tunupa Restaurant Folk Show with Dinner : $49
  • 3-Hour Peruvian Cooking Class: $49
  • Pete's Peruvian Cooking Class: $52
  • Fully hands-on High End Peruvian Cooking Class & San Pedro Market Guided Visit: $55
  • Cooking Class and market tour with a local chef: $56
  • Peruvian Cooking Class and Local Market in Cusco: $59
  • Peruvian Cooking Class , Cocktails, Market Tour in Cusco: $61
  • Peruvian Cooking Class & Market Tour: $65

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Abu Dhabi $39
    Cusco $29

Tours and Activities in Abu Dhabi

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

  • Qasar Al Hosn Abu Dhabi Entry Tickets: $11
  • Qasr Al Watan Museum Abu Dhabi Ticket: $17
  • Qasr Al Watan Admission Ticket: $18
  • Louvre Museum Abu Dhabi Admission Ticket: $22
  • Qasr Al Watan Abu Dhabi Entry Ticket: $22
  • Louvre Abu Dhabi Skip-the-Line Ticket: $23
  • Admission Ticket to Qasr Al Watan: $25
  • Tickets to The National Aquarium Abu Dhabi: $31
  • The National Aquarium Abu Dhabi Admission Tickets: $31
  • Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi Ticket: $31
  • Dubai Full Day Tour without Lunch from Abu Dhabi: $32
  • Private Kayak Adventure in Abu Dhabi: $33

Typical Entertainment Prices in Cusco

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


  • Salsa Class
    $2.64

Tours and Activities in Cusco

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

  • Around Free Walking Tour Cusco Historic Center: $2.00
  • Cusco Inkas Walking City Tour: $2.00
  • Free Walking Tour of Cusco: $2.00
  • Cusco Walking tour in English : $5.00
  • Cusco : Half Day City Tour: $9.00
  • Combined city tour cusco: $10
  • Cusco City Half-Day Tour: $12
  • Open-Top Bus City Tour: $12
  • Mirabus tour of the city | Panoramic view: $12
  • Sightseeing Tour of the City on an Open-Top Bus: $12
  • Explore Cuzco with a sightseeing tour by open top bus.: $12
  • Cusco's Street and San Pedro Market Walking Adventure: $13

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Abu Dhabi $13
    Cusco $9.30

Sample the Local Flavors in Cusco

Also in Cusco, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Cusco Pub Crawl - Bar Tour Cusco : $19
  • Pub Crawl with Skip-the-Line Access and Drinks: $27


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

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 Cusco Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Abu Dhabi or Cusco?

Abu Dhabi has a larger population, and is about 93% larger than the population of Cusco. When comparing the sizes of Abu Dhabi and Cusco, 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.