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

Should you visit Abu Dhabi or Valletta?

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

Where Should I go: Abu Dhabi or Valletta?

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.

Valletta

A harbor city and the capital city of the island of Malta, Valletta dates back to the 16th-century with a preserved architectural heritage that earned the city a place on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is best known for its museums, palaces, and churches.

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 Luxury Tours to Malta, and The Best Romantic Tours for Couples in Malta.


Which place is cheaper, Valletta 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 Valletta is $125. 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 Valletta in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Abu Dhabi $98
    Valletta $70
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Abu Dhabi $196
    Valletta $140
Compare Hotels in Abu Dhabi and Valletta

Looking for a hotel in Abu Dhabi or Valletta? 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 Valletta


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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 Valletta Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Abu Dhabi $20
    Valletta $26
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:

  • Yas Waterworld General Admission with Transfers: $123
  • Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi Tickets With Meal and Transfers : $99
  • Warner Bros World Ticket's -Abu Dhabi Without Transfer: $220
  • Warner Bro's with Private Transfers from Dubai: $279
  • Try find your better than us! Airport transfer service in Abu Dhabi HTL-APT(AUH): $52
  • Transfer in private minivan from Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH)- Abu Dhabi City: $67
  • Transfer from Abu Dhabi to Dubai or Vice Versa: $242
  • Roundtrip Transfer Private Minivan Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH) - Abu Dhabi City: $133
  • Qasr al Watan Tour with Optional Private Transfers: $50
  • Private Transfer: Abu Dhabi to Dubai Airport DXB in Luxury Van: $212
  • Private Transfer: Abu Dhabi to Dubai Airport DXB in Luxury SUV: $218
  • Private Transfer: Abu Dhabi Airport(AUH) to Abu Dhabi City Center: $30

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Valletta

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

  • Private Transfer from Valletta Cruise Port to Malta Airport (MLA): $14
  • Valletta Cruise Port to Malta Intl Airport (MLA) - Departure Private Transfer : $14
  • Private Transfer from Malta Airport (MLA) to Valletta Cruise Port: $14
  • Private Transfer from Malta hotels to Valletta Cruise Port: $21
  • Malta Intl Airport (MLA) to Valletta Cruise Port - Round-Trip Private Transfer : $28
  • Private Transfer: Valletta to Malta International Airport (MLA): $31
  • Private Airport Transfer: Malta International Airport (MLA) to Valletta: $31
  • Malta Airport Transfers : $38
  • Afternoon Harbours Cruise with Guide and Roundtrip Transfers: $39
  • The Three Fortified Cities of Malta Half Day Tour Incl. Boat Trip and Transfers: $39
  • Malta Private Airport Transfer - Arrival: $44
  • Departure Transfer: Malta Island to Malta Airport MLA by Van: $47

Is it cheaper to fly into Abu Dhabi or Valletta?

Prices for flights to both Valletta 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
    Valletta $35

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 Desert Safari With Live Shows And BBQ Buffet Dinner: $60
  • 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 Desert Safari (Dune Bashing, BBQ Dinner, Camel Ride & Sand Skii): $80
  • 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
  • Abu Dhabi desert Safari with BBQ Dinner , Camel Ride , Bally Dance : $95
  • 4x4 Desert Safari Abu Dhabi with BBQ Dinner: $96
  • Abu Dhabi Desert Safari For 6-Hour Include BBQ Dinner: $100
  • Overnight Safari Abu Dhabi ,Belly Dance ,Camel Ride ,Henna Painting ,BBQ Dinner: $130

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Valletta

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

  • Valletta Food Tour - Eat like a local: $46
  • Valletta Food Tour: $49
  • Folklore Evening Dinner Show at a Traditional Maltese Restaurant Incl. Transfers: $67
  • Maltese Traditional Dinner and Folklore Show with Transfers: $71
  • Fireworks Festival Cruise Including Dinner, Drinks and Transport: $77
  • The Ultimate Valletta Evening Food Tour: $80
  • Fernandes Sunset Cruise including Dinner with Open Bar: $80
  • Christmas Tour in Gozo (afternoon) inc. Dinner: $86
  • Blue Lagoon & Sunset Quad Tour in Gozo/Dinner: $101
  • From Malta: Blue Lagoon and Gozo Tour w/Quads and Dinner: $118
  • The Valletta Food Tour Experience, a private tour: $150
  • Private Valletta Food Tour: $175

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

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
  • Falcon Hospital Tour with Transportation : $101
  • 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
  • Abu Dhabi City Tour: $186
  • Abu Dhabi City Tour: $95

Tours and Activities in Valletta

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

  • First Discovery Walk and Reading Walking Tour: $3.21
  • Escape Game and Tour: $6.42
  • 30-Minute Mdina Experience Audio-Visual Show Ticket (Open Ticket): $6.55
  • Reliving The Sacra Infermeria Augmented Reality Tour: $6.55
  • The Knights of Malta Museum Entry Ticket: $7.10
  • Valletta Scavenger Hunt and Best Landmarks Self-Guided Tour: $7.10
  • Self-Guided Historical Walking Tour (Audio Guide): $7.49
  • City Nobles App Tour + Optional Malta 5D Show Ticket: $7.64
  • Valletta Ghost Hunt: Quest Experience: $8.02
  • Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour: $8.03
  • Self-Guided Audio Tour, Map and Directions: $8.56
  • Entry Ticket for The Limestone Heritage Park and Gardens : $9.85

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Abu Dhabi $13
    Valletta $17

Sample the Local Flavors in Valletta

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

  • Valletta Pub Crawl: $22
  • Malta Pub Crawl: $22
  • The Brewery Experience & beer tasting including transport: $35
  • The Brewery Experience Self-Guided Tour with Tasting & Transport: $35
  • Malta: The Three Cities and Wine Tasting Tour: $44


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

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 Valletta Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Abu Dhabi or Valletta?

Abu Dhabi has a larger population, and is about 90 times larger than the population of Valletta. When comparing the sizes of Abu Dhabi and Valletta, 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 Valletta?

Both destinations experience a warmer climate most of the year. Instead of summer and winter seasons, they usually have a rainy season and a dry season. Although in the rainy season, it doesn't necessarily rain every day.

Should I visit Abu Dhabi or Valletta in the Summer?

Both Valletta and Abu Dhabi during the summer 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 Valletta year-round.

Abu Dhabi usually gets around the same amount of rain in July as Valletta. Abu Dhabi gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Valletta receives 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain this time of the year.

In Valletta, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Abu Dhabi. In the summer, Abu Dhabi often gets less sunshine than Valletta. Abu Dhabi gets 331 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Valletta receives 365 hours of full sun.

Abu Dhabi can become quite hot in the summer. In July, Abu Dhabi is generally a little warmer than Valletta. Daily temperatures in Abu Dhabi average around 35°C (95°F), and Valletta fluctuates around 26°C (79°F).


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Abu Dhabi 35°C (95°F) 
    Valletta 26°C (79°F)

Should I visit Abu Dhabi or Valletta in the Autumn?

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

In October, Abu Dhabi usually receives less rain than Valletta. Abu Dhabi gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Valletta receives 80 mm (3.1 in) of rain each month for the autumn.

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Valletta this time of the year. In Abu Dhabi, it's very sunny this time of the year. Abu Dhabi usually receives more sunshine than Valletta during autumn. Abu Dhabi gets 314 hours of sunny skies, while Valletta receives 221 hours of full sun in the autumn.

Abu Dhabi is a little warmer than Valletta in the autumn. The daily temperature in Abu Dhabi averages around 29°C (84°F) in October, and Valletta fluctuates around 21°C (70°F).


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Abu Dhabi 29°C (84°F) 
    Valletta 21°C (70°F)

Should I visit Abu Dhabi or Valletta in the Winter?

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

Abu Dhabi usually gets less rain in January than Valletta. Abu Dhabi gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Valletta receives 90 mm (3.5 in) of rain this time of the year.

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Abu Dhabi this time of the year. In the winter, Abu Dhabi often gets more sunshine than Valletta. Abu Dhabi gets 269 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Valletta receives 159 hours of full sun.

In the winter, Abu Dhabi is a little warmer than Valletta. Typically, the winter temperatures in Abu Dhabi in January average around 18°C (64°F), and Valletta averages at about 13°C (55°F).


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Abu Dhabi 18°C (64°F) 
    Valletta 13°C (55°F)

Should I visit Abu Dhabi or Valletta in the Spring?

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

In April, Abu Dhabi usually receives less rain than Valletta. Abu Dhabi gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Valletta receives 30 mm (1.2 in) of rain each month for the spring.

It's quite sunny in Valletta. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi usually receives more sunshine than Valletta during spring. Abu Dhabi gets 297 hours of sunny skies, while Valletta receives 247 hours of full sun in the spring.

In April, Abu Dhabi is generally much warmer than Valletta. Daily temperatures in Abu Dhabi average around 27°C (81°F), and Valletta fluctuates around 16°C (61°F).


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Abu Dhabi 27°C (81°F) 
    Valletta 16°C (61°F)

Typical Weather for Valletta and Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi Valletta
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 18°C (64°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 13°C (55°F) 90 mm (3.5 in)
Feb 20°C (68°F) 20 mm (0.8 in) 13°C (55°F) 60 mm (2.4 in)
Mar 23°C (73°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 14°C (57°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
Apr 27°C (81°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 16°C (61°F) 30 mm (1.2 in)
May 31°C (88°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 19°C (66°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Jun 33°C (91°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 23°C (73°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Jul 35°C (95°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 26°C (79°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Aug 36°C (97°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 27°C (81°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Sep 33°C (91°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 24°C (75°F) 30 mm (1.2 in)
Oct 29°C (84°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 21°C (70°F) 80 mm (3.1 in)
Nov 25°C (77°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 17°C (63°F) 90 mm (3.5 in)
Dec 21°C (70°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 14°C (57°F) 110 mm (4.3 in)