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

Should you visit Abu Dhabi or London?

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

Where Should I go: Abu Dhabi or London?

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.

London

The capital of the United Kingdom is a thriving multicultural metropolis. Steeped in iconic landmarks, world-class museums and royal parks, London is energetic, majestic, ambitious and one of the world's greatest cities. London is a cultural and fashion capital, a great place to go out, an amazing place to eat and one of those cities that is constantly changing with new and exciting things sprouting up almost every day. History and tradition greet you at every turn in the UK's capital. London is also a city with an edgy underbelly, delighting in neon pink dive bars, cheeky graffiti and mind-blowing street food. When you need a break from the action, pop into a pub or relax in one of the city's many parks. Blow through the city on a double-decker bus, and take a pinch-me-I'm-in-London walk through the West End. As one of the most visited cities in the world, London is busy, vibrant and very tourist friendly. The only problem with London is that it's very expensive; it can eat away at your budget if you aren't careful. Luckily, there are also tons of free or cheap things to do in London that can fill your time.

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 Coach Bus Tours in United Kingdom, and The Best Adventure Tours to United Kingdom.


Which place is cheaper, London 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 London is $242. 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 London in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Abu Dhabi $98
    London $157
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Abu Dhabi $196
    London $314
Compare Hotels in Abu Dhabi and London

Looking for a hotel in Abu Dhabi or London? 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 London


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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 London Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Abu Dhabi $20
    London $33
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
  • Warner Bro's with Private Transfers from Dubai: $279
  • Private Transfer from Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH) to Talal Liwa: $277
  • Private Transfer from Talal Liwa to Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH): $277
  • Private Transfer from Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH) to Qasr Al Sarab: $277
  • IMG World of Adventure with Sharing Transfers from Abu Dhabi: $250
  • Ferrari world & Warner bros. parks with transfer from Dubai: $250
  • Private Transfer from Abu Dhabi Airport to Dubai or Vice Versa: $242
  • Visit Ferrari World Abu Dhabi From Dubai Included Transfer and Tickets: $235
  • Warner Bros World Ticket's -Abu Dhabi Without Transfer: $220
  • Private Transfer: Abu Dhabi to Dubai Airport DXB in Luxury Van: $215
  • Private Transfer: Abu Dhabi Airport AUH to Dubai in Luxury Van: $215

Typical Local Transportation Prices in London

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


  • Taxi Ride
    $19
  • Heathrow Express
    $23
  • Luggage Storage
    $10
  • London Map
    $1.65
  • Oyster Card
    $46
  • Train to Gatwick Airport (2)
    $28
  • Oyster Card
    $35

Hired Cars and Shuttles in London

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

  • Bus Transfer between Heathrow Airport & Premier Inn: $7.75
  • Bus Transfer Between Heathrow Airport & Radisson RED: $8.78
  • Transfer Heathrow Airport to/from Renaissance Hotel: $8.78
  • Gatwick Airport: Bus Transfer from/to Central London: $14
  • Gatwick Airport: Bus Transfer to/from Bristol: $15
  • Heathrow Airport to/from Central London Bus Transfer: $16
  • Heathrow Airport: Bus Transfer to/from Bristol City Center: $18
  • Luton Airport to/from Central London Bus Transfer: $18
  • Heathrow Airport: Bus Transfer to/from Birmingham: $19
  • Luton Airport: Bus Transfer to/from Birmingham: $19
  • Departure Private Transfer Argostoli to Kephalonia Airport EFL in Business Car: $20
  • Stansted Airport from/to Central London Bus Transfer: $22

Is it cheaper to fly into Abu Dhabi or London?

Prices for flights to both London 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
    London $44

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 London

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


  • Lunch at Starbucks
    $17
  • Tea
    $7.68
  • Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & Mason
    $50
  • Morning Tea
    $8.13
  • Pastry
    $6.40
  • Sushi Dinner for One
    $23

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in London

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

  • Borough Market Food Tour - Self Guided: $6.76
  • Borough Market Self-guided food tour: $7.17
  • Hard Rock Cafe with Set Menu for Lunch or Dinner: $36
  • Picadilly Circus: Hard Rock Cafe Set Menu Lunch or Dinner: $37
  • Hard Rock Cafe London Old Park Lane with Set Menu for Lunch or Dinner: $39
  • Hard Rock Cafe Piccadilly Circus with Set Menu for Lunch or Dinner: $40
  • Pizza Making Cookery Class: $54
  • Notting Hill Self-Guided Food Tour: $64
  • NO DIET CLUB - Bike and Food tour in London !: $69
  • No Diet Club - Best food Tour in East London: $69
  • Japanese Cooking Class in North London Home : $72
  • International Stand Up Comedy Showcase - Show & Dinner (Côte): $90

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Abu Dhabi $39
    London $42

Tours and Activities in Abu Dhabi

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

  • Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi Ticket: $31
  • Private Full-Day Tour in Abu Dhabi: $234
  • 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
  • 45 minutes Yas Experience: $42
  • 8 Hours Al Ain City Tour without lunch : $117
  • Abu Dhabi : Private Walking Tour with A guide (Private Tour): $44
  • Abu Dhabi City Sightseeing Tour with Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque : $260
  • Abu Dhabi City Tour & Ferrari World Ticket: $129
  • Abu Dhabi City Tour Including Ferrari World Tickets from Dubai: $135
  • Abu Dhabi City Tour With Louvre Museum Ticket: $160
  • Abu Dhabi City Tour from Abu Dhabi: $100

Typical Entertainment Prices in London

For London, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:


  • Two Tickets to a Concert
    $106
  • London Symphony Orchestra
    $44
  • London Pass
    $60
  • Comedy Show
    $10

Tours and Activities in London

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

  • London's Hidden Gems Self Guided City Tour: $1.99
  • Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & Tour: $5.22
  • Camden Town's Quirky Characters: A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $5.54
  • Secret An audio tour about the heritage of the city's Russian immigrants: $5.54
  • Self Guided Harry Potter locations of London City Audio Tour: $5.55
  • London (Central London) Scavenger Hunt and Self-Guided Tour: $5.63
  • National Gallery tour with app (TIX not included): $5.97
  • Kew Gardens, Richmond - Self-Guided Audio Tour: $6.60
  • Brixton Self-Guided Music Walking Tour - Guided By Historian: $6.60
  • Jazz Notes - Jazz Jam Ticket: $6.62
  • At Your Convenience: A Self-Guided Audio Tour of the History of London's Toilets: $6.63
  • Shoreditch Self-Guided Walking Tour: Art, Cuisine & Culture: $6.76

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Abu Dhabi $13
    London $19

Sample the Local Flavors in London

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in London:

  • Self Guided Audio Tour in London Old Pub Crawl: $7.76
  • London West End: Pub Crawl Treasure Hunt + 20% off drinks!: $13
  • Great British Pub Tour: $19
  • 2-Hour Haunted Pub Walking Tour: $21
  • The Original Shoreditch Pub Crawl: $26
  • Craft Brewery Tour with Tasting of 4 Beers: $26
  • Camden Pub Crawl in London: $26
  • Shoreditch Pub Crawl in London: $26
  • London Pub Crawl: $28
  • Pub Crawl and Nightlife Tour: $29
  • Guided Historic Pub Tour (London): $29
  • Camden Pub Crawl & Bar Tour London: $32


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Abu Dhabi and London, we can see that London is more expensive. And not only is Abu Dhabi much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Abu Dhabi is in Middle East and London is in Europe, 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 Abu Dhabi would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Abu Dhabi 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 London would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in London than you might in Abu Dhabi.

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 London Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Abu Dhabi or London?

London has a larger population, and is about 10 times larger than the population of Abu Dhabi. When comparing the sizes of Abu Dhabi and London, 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.


When is the best time to visit Abu Dhabi or London?

London has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, but Abu Dhabi experiences a warm climate with fairly sunny weather most of the year.

Should I visit Abu Dhabi or London in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Abu Dhabi as well as London. Abu Dhabi attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate. Additionally, the city activities, the music scene, and the family-friendly experiences are the main draw to London this time of year.

Abu Dhabi can become quite hot in the summer. In July, Abu Dhabi is generally much warmer than London. Daily temperatures in Abu Dhabi average around 35°C (95°F), and London fluctuates around 18°C (64°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Abu Dhabi this time of the year. In the summer, Abu Dhabi often gets more sunshine than London. Abu Dhabi gets 331 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while London receives 195 hours of full sun.

Abu Dhabi usually gets less rain in July than London. Abu Dhabi gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while London receives 46 mm (1.8 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Abu Dhabi 35°C (95°F) 
    London 18°C (64°F)

Should I visit Abu Dhabi or London in the Autumn?

Both London and Abu Dhabi are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities. The warm climate attracts visitors to Abu Dhabi throughout the year. Also, many travelers come to London for the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, the music scene, and the natural beauty of the area.

Abu Dhabi is much warmer than London in the autumn. The daily temperature in Abu Dhabi averages around 29°C (84°F) in October, and London fluctuates around 12°C (53°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi usually receives more sunshine than London during autumn. Abu Dhabi gets 314 hours of sunny skies, while London receives 107 hours of full sun in the autumn.

In October, Abu Dhabi usually receives less rain than London. Abu Dhabi gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while London receives 58 mm (2.3 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Abu Dhabi 29°C (84°F) 
    London 12°C (53°F)

Should I visit Abu Dhabi or London in the Winter?

Both London and Abu Dhabi during the winter are popular places to visit. Plenty of visitors come to Abu Dhabi because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year. Also, many visitors come to London in the winter for the museums, the Christmas ambience, the shopping scene, the theater shows, and the cuisine.

London can get quite cold in the winter. In the winter, Abu Dhabi is much warmer than London. Typically, the winter temperatures in Abu Dhabi in January average around 18°C (64°F), and London averages at about 4°C (40°F).

It's quite sunny in Abu Dhabi. In the winter, Abu Dhabi often gets more sunshine than London. Abu Dhabi gets 269 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while London receives 52 hours of full sun.

Abu Dhabi usually gets less rain in January than London. Abu Dhabi gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while London receives 52 mm (2 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Abu Dhabi 18°C (64°F) 
    London 4°C (40°F)

Should I visit Abu Dhabi or London in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Abu Dhabi and London. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Abu Dhabi year-round. Also, most visitors come to London for the activities around the city and the natural beauty during these months.

In April, Abu Dhabi is generally much warmer than London. Daily temperatures in Abu Dhabi average around 27°C (81°F), and London fluctuates around 9°C (48°F).

In Abu Dhabi, it's very sunny this time of the year. Abu Dhabi usually receives more sunshine than London during spring. Abu Dhabi gets 297 hours of sunny skies, while London receives 147 hours of full sun in the spring.

In April, Abu Dhabi usually receives less rain than London. Abu Dhabi gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while London receives 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Abu Dhabi 27°C (81°F) 
    London 9°C (48°F)

Typical Weather for London and Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi London
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 18°C (64°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 4°C (40°F) 52 mm (2 in)
Feb 20°C (68°F) 20 mm (0.8 in) 5°C (40°F) 35 mm (1.4 in)
Mar 23°C (73°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 7°C (44°F) 47 mm (1.9 in)
Apr 27°C (81°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 9°C (48°F) 45 mm (1.8 in)
May 31°C (88°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 13°C (55°F) 51 mm (2 in)
Jun 33°C (91°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 16°C (61°F) 51 mm (2 in)
Jul 35°C (95°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 18°C (64°F) 46 mm (1.8 in)
Aug 36°C (97°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 18°C (64°F) 51 mm (2 in)
Sep 33°C (91°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 15°C (59°F) 51 mm (2 in)
Oct 29°C (84°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 12°C (53°F) 58 mm (2.3 in)
Nov 25°C (77°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 7°C (45°F) 55 mm (2.2 in)
Dec 21°C (70°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 5°C (42°F) 57 mm (2.2 in)