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

Should you visit Abu Dhabi or Kathmandu?

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

Where Should I go: Abu Dhabi or Kathmandu?

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.

Kathmandu

Kathmandu is the capital and largest city in the country of Nepal. Its metropolitan area forms one large urban area that includes the area of Patan to the south. As of 2011 there were 2.5 million residents in the Kathmandu metropolis and over 3 million in the entire metropolitan area. Kathmandu is likely to be your entry point into Nepal and is a great place to pick up supplies and arrange the details for any treks you hope to do. Many travelers rush through Kathmandu, turned off by the pollution and crowds, but to skip Kathmandu is to miss a major cultural, financial, and influential part of what defines the country of Nepal. The city itself is quite fun to explore if you allow it enough time and an open mind.

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 Nepal, and The Best 10-Day Tours in Nepal.


Which place is cheaper, Kathmandu 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 Kathmandu is $57. 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 Kathmandu in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Abu Dhabi $98
    Kathmandu $40
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Abu Dhabi $196
    Kathmandu $80
Compare Hotels in Abu Dhabi and Kathmandu

Looking for a hotel in Abu Dhabi or Kathmandu? 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 Kathmandu


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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 Kathmandu Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Abu Dhabi $20
    Kathmandu $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 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 Kathmandu

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Kathmandu:


  • Taxi Ride
    $1.50

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Kathmandu

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Kathmandu:

  • Airport Transfer: International Airport Pick up and drop: $12
  • Kathmandu - Arrival transfer from airport to hotel : $12
  • Kathmandu Airport Private Transfers: $16
  • Kathmandu Airport Transfer: $16
  • Kathmandu airport transfer service: $18
  • Private Transfer: Kathmandu Hotels to Domestic Airport Vehicle: $20
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara: Luxury Sofa Bus Transfer: $22
  • Private Transfer: Hotel to Kathmandu Airport Vehicle : $25
  • Private Transfer: Kathmandu International Airport to Hotel : $25
  • One way Private Car Transfer To/From Kathmandu and Pokhara: $27
  • Kathmandu Ramechhap Airport Transfer: $28
  • Kathmandu to Ramechhap (Manthali Airport) Transfer Service: $30

Is it cheaper to fly into Abu Dhabi or Kathmandu?

Prices for flights to both Kathmandu 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
    Kathmandu $8.29

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 Kathmandu

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


  • Dessert
    $1.35
  • Dinner for Two
    $3.00

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Kathmandu

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

  • Nepali Cooking Class & Momo Making with Pickup: $7.50
  • Momo Making & Cooking class in Thamel with Pickup: $8.55
  • Half Day cooking class in Kathmandu by Local Chefs & Pickup: $9.33
  • Best Half day cooking class in Thamel Kathmandu with Pickup: $10
  • Nepali Cooking Class in Thamel, Kathmandu with Pickup: $12
  • Cultural Dinner Show with Traditional Dance: $17
  • Cooking Class in Nepal: $20
  • Nepali cooking class and Homestay experience : $22
  • Momo, Dhalbhat & Thukpa Cooking Class, Nepal: $25
  • Private Half -Day Cooking Class with Meals: $27
  • Private Nepali Cooking Class (Dal Bhat and MoMo): $27
  • Nepali Cooking Classes: $30

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Abu Dhabi $39
    Kathmandu $8.02

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 Kathmandu

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


  • Monkey Temple for Two
    $1.50
  • Patan Durbar Square Entrance for Two
    $3.75
  • Swayambhunath Stupa
    $1.50

Tours and Activities in Kathmandu

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

  • Private Tour Chandragiri Hills and Kathmandu Durbar Square : $5.00
  • 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites Private Day Tour: $7.50
  • From Nagarkot Sunrise View Private Tour: $7.77
  • City Highlights Bus Tour: $9.52
  • Privet Day Tours in Kathmandu Nepal : $10
  • Nagarkot Sunrise View Tour and Changunarayan Hike: $10
  • Private 7 UNESCO Heritage Sites Day Tour: $10
  • Luxury Tourist Bus Ticket to Pokhara: Premium VIP Bus: $10
  • Sarngkot Sunrise Himalayas Tour in Pokhara: $10
  • Kathmandu TO Gorkha Bus Ticket: $11
  • Discovering Full-Day City Highlights Bus Tour: $12
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara Tourist Bus- MNS: $12

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Abu Dhabi $13
    Kathmandu $5.76


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

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 Kathmandu Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Abu Dhabi or Kathmandu?

Kathmandu has a larger population, and is about 2 times larger than the population of Abu Dhabi. When comparing the sizes of Abu Dhabi and Kathmandu, 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.