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

Should you visit Abu Dhabi or Luxor?

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

Where Should I go: Abu Dhabi or Luxor?

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.

Luxor

Egypt is surely on the top of every history lover's bucket list. Nowhere is the history more engrossing than in Luxor. From amazing monuments dating back to ancient Thebes to rows of temples up the Nile, this remarkable city is full the stories of past greatness.

The East Bank – or the central part of Luxor Township – is the hotbed for tourism. This is where most of the hotels and resorts are, while the West Bank is home to the ancient ruins and archaeological wonders you'll want to explore.

Before traveling to Egypt, be sure to check on the current affairs and political climate. It could have a major effect on the amount of tourists visiting, and, if conditions are too dangerous, you may want to reschedule. Also note, ladies, to avoid any issues, dress modestly. This is a very conservative region of the world. The less skin showing, the better.

Which place is cheaper, Luxor 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 Luxor is $27. 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 Luxor in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Abu Dhabi $98
    Luxor $12
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Abu Dhabi $196
    Luxor $24
Compare Hotels in Abu Dhabi and Luxor

Looking for a hotel in Abu Dhabi or Luxor? 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 Luxor


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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 Luxor Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Abu Dhabi $20
    Luxor $6.00
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:

  • Abrahamic Family House Tour with Transfer: $76
  • Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH) Arrival Transfer (Airport to Abu Dhabi Hotel or Address): $133
  • Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH) to Abu Dhabi - Arrival Private Transfer: $40
  • Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH) to Abu Dhabi - Arrival Private Transfer: $35
  • Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH) to Abu Dhabi - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $71
  • Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH) to Abu Dhabi Round-Trip Private Transfer: $80
  • Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH) to Dubai - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $119
  • Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH) to Dubai hotel - Arrival Private Transfer: $60
  • Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH) to Dubai hotel or address - Arrival Private Transfer: $53
  • Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH) to Dubai hotel or address - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $106
  • Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH): Private Transfer to Abu Dhabi: $101
  • Abu Dhabi Airport Departure Transfer (Abu Dhabi Hotels to Abu Dhabi Airport): $133

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Luxor

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


  • Taxi Ride
    $0.65

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Luxor

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Luxor:

  • Luxor Airport Private Transfer: $3.90
  • Private Transfer From Luxor city or Luxor International Airport: $5.00
  • Cheap trip : Private transfer from luxor railway station to your hotel: $5.13
  • Luxor Airport Private Departure Transfer: $6.00
  • Private Transfer from & to Luxor Airport from Any Hotel in Luxor: $6.00
  • Luxor Private Transfer From East&west Banks hotels to the Airport: $6.40
  • private Transfer From Luxor Hotel To The Airport Or Vice Versa : $7.00
  • Transfers from Luxor Airport to Hotels or to Nile Cruise: $7.00
  • Private Departure Transfer from Luxor Hotels to Luxor Airport: $7.00
  • Pickup Transfers And Taxi Services From Hotel In Luxor To Luxor Airport: $7.50
  • Pick up Transfers From Luxor Airport To Luxor Hotels: $7.50
  • luxor Station Transfer To hotel : $7.50

Is it cheaper to fly into Abu Dhabi or Luxor?

Prices for flights to both Luxor 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
    Luxor $8.96

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 BBQ Dinner Live Shows Pick & Drop More: $45
  • Abu Dhabi Desert Safari With BBQ Dinner & Live Shows: $49
  • Abu Dhabi Desert Safari With Live Shows And BBQ Buffet Dinner: $60
  • Evening Desert Safari Abu Dhabi with BBQ Dinner & Shows: $70
  • Abu Dhabi Evening Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner and all Camp Activities : $72
  • 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 with BBQ Dinner & Shows: $80
  • Abu Dhabi Desert Safari (Dune Bashing, BBQ Dinner, Camel Ride & Sand Skii): $80
  • Abu Dhabi Desert Safari 4x4, BBQ Dinner, Camel Ride: $81
  • Scenic Dinner Cruise: $82
  • Abu Dhabi Evening Desert Safari with Camel Ride and Dinner: $84

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Luxor

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

  • Tourist market,local food tour,the gym and coffee in Luxor: $19
  • Dinner on the River Nile with Belly Dancing: $35
  • 4 Hours Culinary Journey with Local Family Food Tour in Luxor: $35
  • Eat Like a Local:Traditional Egyptian Food / Dinner at Local Family Home - Luxor: $36
  • Luxor Sunset Felucca Ride and Banana Island with Lunch or Dinner: $38
  • Dinner Cruise on the Nile River: $43
  • Sunset Felucca Ride and Banana Island with Lunch or Dinner Luxor: $45
  • Luxor Sunset Felucca Ride and Banana Island with Lunch or Dinner : $50
  • Luxor City Private Walking and Food Tour: $50
  • Private Half Day Felucca Ride and Banana Island with Lunch or Dinner From Luxor: $52
  • Luxor Felucca Boat Ride and Banana Island Visit Including Lunch or Dinner: $52
  • Luxor Nile Cruise Dinner: $60

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Abu Dhabi $39
    Luxor $10

Tours and Activities in Abu Dhabi

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

  • Qasr Al Hosn: Entry Tickets with 1 GB Data eSIM: $8.11
  • Sea Breeze Boat Tour: $8.17
  • Fast-Track Admission Ticket to Qasr Al Hosn: $8.37
  • Louvre Entry Tickets: $16
  • Admission Ticket to Qasr Al Watan Abu Dhabi: $17
  • Qasr Al Watan Museum Abu Dhabi Ticket: $17
  • Louvre Abu Dhabi Entry Ticket with Bonus eSIM: $17
  • Qasr Al Watan Admission Ticket: $18
  • Ticket to Louvre Museum, Abu Dhabi: $19
  • Shop & Eat in Abu Dhabi’s Markets Like a Local Walking Tour: $19
  • Abu Dhabi Tour App, Hidden Gems Game and Big UAE Quiz (1 Day Pass): $19
  • Admission Ticket To Qasr Al Hosn Abu Dhabi: $20

Typical Entertainment Prices in Luxor

Here are a few typical costs in Luxor for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:


  • Boat Ride (for 2)
    $0.87
  • Temple Karnak for Two
    $4.21
  • Camel Ride for Two
    $1.94

Tours and Activities in Luxor

Here are a few actual costs in Luxor for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Shopping Tour in Luxor: $5.00
  • Karnak Temple Private Guided Tour: $5.00
  • Souvenir Shopping Tour, Luxor: $5.13
  • Private Tour Shopping in Luxor City : $6.00
  • Entry Ticket To Valley of the Queens: $6.60
  • Private Tour Shopping in Luxor: $7.00
  • Medinet Habu Entry Ticket: $7.35
  • Karnak Temple And Luxor Temple Private Day Tour : $7.43
  • Habu Temple Entry Tickets: $7.60
  • Private Tour Shopping in Luxor Exploring Workshops and Markets: $8.00
  • Half Day East Bank Tour to Luxor and Karnak Temples: $8.00
  • Medinet Habu Entry Tickets: $8.82

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Abu Dhabi $13
    Luxor $3.48


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

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 Luxor Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Abu Dhabi or Luxor?

Abu Dhabi has a larger population, and is about 43% larger than the population of Luxor. When comparing the sizes of Abu Dhabi and Luxor, 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 Luxor?

Both destinations experience a warmer climate with nice weather most of the year. Instead of summer and winter seasons, they usually have a rainy season and a dry season.

Should I visit Abu Dhabi or Luxor in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Abu Dhabi and Luxor. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Abu Dhabi year-round. Luxor attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate.

In July, Abu Dhabi usually receives more rain than Luxor. Abu Dhabi gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Luxor receives 0 mm (0 in) of rain each month for the summer.

Luxor can become quite hot in the summer. The heat can be very extreme in Abu Dhabi. In the summer, Abu Dhabi is around the same temperature as Luxor. Typically, the summer temperatures in Abu Dhabi in July average around 35°C (95°F), and Luxor averages at about 33°C (91°F).


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Abu Dhabi 35°C (95°F) 
    Luxor 33°C (91°F)

Should I visit Abu Dhabi or Luxor in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Abu Dhabi as well as Luxor. Abu Dhabi attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate. The warm climate attracts visitors to Luxor throughout the year.

Abu Dhabi usually gets more rain in October than Luxor. Abu Dhabi gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Luxor receives 1 mm (0 in) of rain this time of the year.

In October, Abu Dhabi is generally a little warmer than Luxor. Daily temperatures in Abu Dhabi average around 29°C (84°F), and Luxor fluctuates around 25°C (77°F).


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Abu Dhabi 29°C (84°F) 
    Luxor 25°C (77°F)

Should I visit Abu Dhabi or Luxor in the Winter?

Both Luxor and Abu Dhabi are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities. The warm climate attracts visitors to Abu Dhabi throughout the year. Plenty of visitors come to Luxor because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year.

In January, Abu Dhabi usually receives more rain than Luxor. Abu Dhabi gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Luxor receives 0 mm (0 in) of rain each month for the winter.

Abu Dhabi is a little warmer than Luxor in the winter. The daily temperature in Abu Dhabi averages around 18°C (64°F) in January, and Luxor fluctuates around 14°C (57°F).


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Abu Dhabi 18°C (64°F) 
    Luxor 14°C (57°F)

Should I visit Abu Dhabi or Luxor in the Spring?

Both Luxor and Abu Dhabi during the spring are popular places to visit. Plenty of visitors come to Abu Dhabi because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Luxor year-round.

Abu Dhabi usually gets more rain in April than Luxor. Abu Dhabi gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Luxor receives 0 mm (0 in) of rain this time of the year.

In the spring, Abu Dhabi is around the same temperature as Luxor. Typically, the spring temperatures in Abu Dhabi in April average around 27°C (81°F), and Luxor averages at about 25°C (77°F).


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Abu Dhabi 27°C (81°F) 
    Luxor 25°C (77°F)

Typical Weather for Luxor and Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi Luxor
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 18°C (64°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 14°C (57°F) 0 mm (0 in)
Feb 20°C (68°F) 20 mm (0.8 in) 15°C (59°F) 0 mm (0 in)
Mar 23°C (73°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 20°C (68°F) 0 mm (0 in)
Apr 27°C (81°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 25°C (77°F) 0 mm (0 in)
May 31°C (88°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 30°C (86°F) 0 mm (0 in)
Jun 33°C (91°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 32°C (90°F) 0 mm (0 in)
Jul 35°C (95°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 33°C (91°F) 0 mm (0 in)
Aug 36°C (97°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 31°C (88°F) 0 mm (0 in)
Sep 33°C (91°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 30°C (86°F) 0 mm (0 in)
Oct 29°C (84°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 25°C (77°F) 1 mm (0 in)
Nov 25°C (77°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 20°C (68°F) 0 mm (0 in)
Dec 21°C (70°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 15°C (59°F) 0 mm (0 in)