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

Should you visit Abu Dhabi or Tbilisi?

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

Where Should I go: Abu Dhabi or Tbilisi?

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.


Tbilisi is the capital of the country of Georgia. Its cobblestoned old town reflects a long, complicated history, with periods under Persian and Russian rule. Its diverse architecture encompasses Eastern Orthodox churches, ornate art nouveau buildings and Soviet Modernist structures. Looming over it all are Narikala, a reconstructed 4th-century fortress, and Kartlis Deda, an iconic statue of the "Mother of Georgia." Tbilisi’s eternal charms of a dramatic setting in the deep valley of the swift Mtkvari River, picturesque architecture, an ever-lively arts and cultural scene, and the welcoming Georgian lifestyle have been added a whole new 21st-century dimension of inviting cafes and restaurants serving ever better food, up-to-date lodgings from backpacker hostels to international five-stars, interesting bars and clubs, spruced-up museums, galleries, parks, plazas and whole streets, modernized transport and a sprinkling of eye-catching contemporary architecture. The mix of modern and ancient elements makes Tbilisi the beating heart of the South Caucasus and it is well worth a visit.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Budget Tours to United Arab Emirates, and The Best Tours for Seniors to United Arab Emirates.

Which place is cheaper, Tbilisi 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 Tbilisi is $29. 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 Tbilisi in more detail.

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

Looking for a hotel in Abu Dhabi or Tbilisi? 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 Tbilisi

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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.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Abu Dhabi $20
    Tbilisi $6.11
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Abu Dhabi

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Abu Dhabi are as follows:

  • Car Rental
  • Taxi to Airport

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Abu Dhabi

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Abu Dhabi:

  • Yas Waterworld General Admission with Transfers: $123
  • Warner Bros World and Ferrari World Combo Ticket with transfer from Dubai: $204
  • Warner Bros General Admission with Transfers: $150
  • Visit Ferrari World Abu Dhabi From Dubai Included Transfer and Tickets: $235
  • Try find your better than us! Airport transfer service in Abu Dhabi APT-HTL(AUH): $56
  • Transfer in private vehicle from Abu Dhabi City - Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH): $61
  • Transfer in private minivan from Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH)- Abu Dhabi City: $67
  • Roundtrip Transfer Private Minivan Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH) - Abu Dhabi City: $133
  • Private Transfer: Abu Dhabi to Dubai Airport DXB in Luxury Van: $214
  • Private Transfer: Abu Dhabi to Dubai Airport DXB in Luxury SUV: $219
  • Private Transfer: Abu Dhabi Airport AUH to Dubai in Luxury Van: $214
  • Private Transfer: Abu Dhabi Airport AUH to Dubai in Business Car: $202

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Tbilisi

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

  • Tbilisi Airport to Tbilisi city : Private Transfer: $9.81
  • Transfer from Tbilisi Airport to Tbilisi: $10
  • Transfer from Tbilisi City to Tbilisi Airport: $10
  • Kutaisi: BUS Transfer to/from Tbilisi: $10
  • Kutaisi Airport: BUS Transfer to/from Tbilisi: $10
  • 24/7 Taxi Airport Shuttle and Transfer Private Service: $14
  • Batumi airport: Bus Transfer to/from Tbilisi: $16
  • Tbilisi Private Airport Transfer: $17
  • Tbilisi Airport Shuttle And Transfer Service: $18
  • Tbilisi International Airport Departure Transfer From Tbilisi: $19
  • Tbilisi Airport Transfers: Tbilisi Airport TBS to Tbilisi City in Standard Car: $22
  • TBILISI-KUTAISI Shared Transfer: $24

Is it cheaper to fly into Abu Dhabi or Tbilisi?

Prices for flights to both Tbilisi 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 Meals for one day
    Abu Dhabi $45
    Tbilisi $7.91

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Abu Dhabi

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

  • Dubai Desert Safari with Camel Ride, Sandboard & BBQ Dinner: $27
  • Dubai: Dhow Cruise Marina Multi Cusine Dinner & Tanura Show: $35
  • Dubai Marina luxury Dhow Cruise Dinner (catamaran): $41
  • Dubai Best Dhow Cruise Dinner Marina: $44
  • Abu Dhabi Desert Safari BBQ Dinner Live Shows Pick & Drop More: $45
  • Abu Dhabi Desert Safari With BBQ Dinner & Live Shows: $49
  • Desert Safari, Camel Ride, Quad Bike & BBQ Dinner: $49
  • Desert Safari, Quad Bike, Camel Ride & BBQ Dinner: $50
  • Abu Dhabi Desert Safari With Live Shows And BBQ Buffet Dinner: $60
  • Evening Desert Safari Abu Dhabi with Hot BBQ Dinner : $65
  • 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

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Tbilisi

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

  • Natural Wine Degustation and Tasting with Georgian Dinner Option: $20
  • Small-Group Khinkali and Khachapuri Cooking Class in Tbilisi: $24
  • Georgian Cooking Class with Khinkali and Khachapuri: $25
  • Georgian traditional dumplings "Khinkali" cooking master class!!: $34
  • Georgian traditional bread "Khachapuri" master cooking class!! : $34
  • Adjarian Khachapuri Making Private Virtual Cooking Class: $40
  • Cooking Class with a Local Family: $49
  • Tbilisi Food Tour in a Local Family: $49
  • Tbilisi Street Food Tour: $70
  • Food Tour with 9 Tastings and Wine: $70
  • Tbilisi Street Food Tour: $72
  • In Georgian Cooking Masterclass by Local: $103

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Abu Dhabi $39
    Tbilisi $14

Tours and Activities in Abu Dhabi

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

  • Abu Dhabi Louvre Museum Entrance Ticket: $41
  • Abu Dhabi Tour-Sheik Zayed Mosque, Emirates Palace With Louvre Musuem: $115
  • Ferrari World Entrance ticket : $95
  • Full Day Abu Dhabi City & Louvre Museum Tour: $90
  • 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 Hour Ticket/Pass For Yas Water World In Dubai.: $103
  • 8 hours Private Tour: Ferrari World and Louvre Museum with Pickup: $270
  • Abu Dhabi 4G & 5G Data Roaming for Tourist: $11

Tours and Activities in Tbilisi

For Tbilisi, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • An audio tour of New Tiflis: From flea markets to grand theatres: $5.20
  • Rustaveli Avenue: Roam down Tbilisi's historic main street on an audio tour: $5.20
  • Private 4 days Food & Wine and Sightseeing tour to Kakheti, Kazbegi, Mtskheta.: $10
  • Virtual tour to Georgia: $10
  • Afternoon Walking tour of Old Town: $11
  • First impression of Tbilisi-3 hours walking tour: $11
  • Walking Tour in Old Tbilisi - Group Tour: $12
  • 3 Hour Walking Tour in Tbilisi: $13
  • Underground Printing House Museum Tour in Tbilisi: $14
  • City Highlights Guided Walking Tour: $14
  • Tbilisi City Tour: $14
  • Old Town Walking Tour: $14

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Abu Dhabi $13
    Tbilisi $18

Sample the Local Flavors in Tbilisi

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

  • Tbilisi Walking Tour Including Wine Tasting Cable Car and Bakery: $14
  • One-day tour of Kakheti from Tbilisi, free wine tasting: $14
  • Wine Tasting Feel the Difference of Qvevri or Classical Wine: $16
  • Full Day Wine Tour Bodbe , Sighnaghi , Telavi: $16
  • Kakheti Wine Region Tour with 8 Wine Tastings: $18
  • From Tbilisi:Kakheti-Sighnaghi&Chateau 7Wine Tasting Tour: $18
  • Pub Crawl tour with special drinks: $18
  • Kakheti Day Group Tour: Free Wine Tasting: $18
  • Kakheti, Signaghi, & Chateau Tour with Wine Tasting: $19
  • Kakheti Wine Tour, Кахетия -Винный Тур: $19
  • Full Day Bodbe Sighnaghi and Telavi Wine Tasting Tour: $20
  • Whole day Wine Tour to Kakheti from Tbilisi: $20

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

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 Tbilisi Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Abu Dhabi or Tbilisi?

Tbilisi has a larger population, and is about 74% larger than the population of Abu Dhabi. When comparing the sizes of Abu Dhabi and Tbilisi, 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.