A Travel Price Comparison for Australia Adelaide vs. Sydney for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Adelaide or Sydney?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Adelaide and Sydney can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Adelaide or Sydney?

Adelaide

Adelaide is the often overlooked capital city of the State of South Australia. It's also the fifth largest city in the country. Despite being skipped by most travelers, Adelaide is an interesting city to explore and has a decent amount to offer open minded travelers. It has some fascinating architecture, unique shopping, and wonderful cafes and restaurants. Part of the appeal of Adelaide is its location in the midst of Australia's wine regions, including McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley, and Clare Valley. Any of these destinations could be visited as a day trip from Adelaide.

Sydney

Sydney, known as the harbour city, is the most famous and frequently visited city in Australia. It is at the economical and cultural heart of the country, and is one of the most beautiful and livable cities in the world. It's situated on the water with stunning views of the famous harbour throughout the city. It's most famous landmarks include the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It is also very close wonderful beaches, parks, and nature.

Which city is cheaper, Sydney or Adelaide?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Adelaide is $88, while the average daily cost in Sydney is $135. 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 city. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Adelaide and Sydney in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Adelaide $52
    Sydney $78
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Adelaide $104
    Sydney $156
Compare Hotels in Adelaide and Sydney

Looking for a hotel in Adelaide or Sydney? 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 Adelaide


Hotels in Sydney


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Adelaide $15
    Sydney $12
Typical Local Transportation prices in Adelaide

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Adelaide are as follows:


  • Shuttle from the Train Station
    $3.59

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Adelaide

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

  • Adelaide Airport Departure Transfer in a Tesla Model3 EV: $44
  • Adelaide Airport Private Chauffeured Transfer: $29
  • Adelaide Airport Transfers : Adelaide City to Airport ADL in Business Car: $71
  • Adelaide Airport Transfers : Adelaide City to Airport ADL in Luxury Car: $121
  • Adelaide Airport Transfers : Adelaide City to Airport ADL in Luxury Van: $99
  • AirPort Transfers & People Mover: $169
  • Corporate transfers and wine tours: $43
  • Departure Private Transfers: Adelaide to Adelaide Airport ADL in Business Car: $67
  • Departure Private Transfers: Adelaide to Adelaide Airport ADL in Luxury Van: $99
  • One Day Kangaroo Island Sip & See tour with return ferry transfers from Adelaide: $240
  • Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Adelaide Airport: $40
  • Private Transfer: Adelaide to Adelaide Airport (ADL): $64

Typical Local Transportation prices in Sydney

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


  • Taxi Ride
    $13
  • Taxi to Airport
    $16

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Sydney

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Sydney:

  • Transfer in private vehicle from Sydney Downtown City to Airport: $55
  • Transfer in private vehicle from Sydney Airport to Sydney Downtown: $55
  • Transfer in private minivan from Sydney Airport to Sydney Downtown: $75
  • Transfer in private Minivan from Sydney City Downtown to Airport: $75
  • Transfer from Sydney Airport to Sydney Central Business District - ROUND TRIP: $176
  • Private Transfer to or from Sydney Airport: $61
  • Premium Airport Transfer with Meet and Greet: $56
  • Airport to/from City Private Transfer: $74
  • Airport Shuttle Transfer to and from CBD Hotels: $18
  • Sydney's Best Chauffeured Airport Transfers: $50
  • Sydney to Sydney Airport (SYD) - Departure Private Transfer: $42
  • Sydney Transfer (Airport to Hotel in Sydney Central Business) ROUND-TRIP: $149

Is it cheaper to fly into Adelaide or Sydney?

Prices for flights to both Sydney and Adelaide 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
    Adelaide $25
    Sydney $36

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Adelaide

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

  • The F Factor: Adelaide food tour: $36
  • Adelaide Central Market The Collaborators Dinner Tour: $154

Typical Food prices in Sydney

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Sydney:


  • Tea
    $2.61
  • Lunch Special
    $9.79
  • Food/Drink Coogie Beach
    $9.79
  • Meat Pies
    $3.26

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Sydney

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

  • Retro Dinner Cruise on Sydney Harbour: $59
  • Dinner Christmas Party! Nov&Dec: $62
  • Vivid Dinner Cruise Sydney Harbour: $63
  • Latino Dinner Cruise on Sydney Harbour: $67
  • Harbour Dinner Cruise with 3 or 6-Course Menu: $71
  • Valentine's Day Dinner Cruise with live Brazilian show on Sydney Harbour: $78
  • Sydney Harbour Sunset Dinner Cruise: $78
  • Tall Ship Harbour Twilight Dinner Cruise: $79
  • Australia Day Dinner and Fireworks Cruise on Sydney Harbour: $103
  • Harbor Cruise with 3-Course Premium Dinner: $123
  • Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise: $126
  • Sydney Harbour Gold Penfolds Dinner Cruise: $197

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Adelaide $11
    Sydney $25

Tours and Activities in Adelaide

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

  • Australian Wine Discovery Tour Ticket: $12
  • Adelaide Scavenger Hunt: Adelaide Adventure: $12
  • Adelaide Self-Guided Audio Tour: $14
  • Adelaide Self-Guided Audio Tour: $15
  • Torrens River Cruise in Adelaide: $19
  • Jimmy C Street Art Walking Tour: $20
  • Cultural Caper Adelaide Walking Tour: $24
  • Adelaide Walking Tour: East End Escapade: $24
  • Around the Square Adelaide Walking Tour: $24
  • Adelaide Gaol Adults Ghost Tour & Investigation: $28
  • Australian Wine Discovery Tour with Tastings: $32
  • Adelaide Gaol Ghost Tour and Paranormal Investigation: $32

Typical Entertainment prices in Sydney

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


  • Theatre Show
    $29
  • Sydney Tower Visit (for 2)
    $30
  • Blue Mountain Tour/Featherdale Park (for 2)
    $124
  • Powerhouse Museum
    $9.82

Tours and Activities in Sydney

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

  • 1 Hour Northern Beaches Trike Tour: $127
  • 10-Day Surf Adventure from Sydney to Brisbane Including Coffs Harbour, Byron Bay and Gold Coast: $2,371
  • 2 Hours Running Tour in Sydney: $170
  • 2-Day Hunter Valley Small-Group Tasting Tour: $420
  • 2hr Explorer Cruise - Sydney's best value whale watching cruise: $47
  • 3 Hour Discovery Cruise Ultimate Whale Watching Experience: $69
  • 3-Day Blue Mountains and Hunter Valley Small-Group Eco-Tour: $908
  • 3-Day Tour from Sydney to the Gold Coast Including Port Stephens and Byron Bay: $832
  • 3.5 Hours Explore Bondi Beach and Sydney Sightseeing Tour: $168
  • 4 Day Blue Mountains & the Southern Highlands Adventure: $1,367
  • 4-Hour Private Sydney Sightseeing Tour with Pickup: $427
  • 6 Hour South Coast Tour: $340

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Adelaide $18
    Sydney $12

Sample the Local Flavors in Adelaide

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Adelaide:

  • McLaren Vale and Glenelg Wine Tasting and Sightseeing (Half-day Afternoon): $55
  • Adelaide Highlights, Hahndorf & McLaren Vale Wine Tasting and Sightseeing Tour: $78
  • Adelaide Hills Wine Tour: $81
  • The Lane Vineyard: Panorama Private Wine Tasting Experience: $103
  • From Barossa Valley Food and Wine Tour: $107
  • Barossa Valley Wine Tours - Small Private Groups: $119
  • Barossa Valley Cellar Doors Luxury Wine Tour: $121
  • McLaren Vale Wine Tour by Bike: $126
  • Small-Group Barossa Valley Food and Wine Tour: $126
  • McLaren Vale Luxury Wine Tour: $155
  • McLaren Vale Winery Small Group Tour with Wine Tasting and Lunch: $158
  • Small-Group Full-Day Adelaide Hills and Hahndorf Wine Tour from Adelaide: $158

Typical Alcohol prices in Sydney

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Sydney:


  • Wine
    $10

Sample the Local Flavors in Sydney

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

  • Urban Winery Wine Tasting Tour with Cheese Platter: $61
  • Brewery, Winery, and Distillery Tasting Tour: $112
  • Northern Beaches Brewery Tour and Tasting: $123
  • Small-Group Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tour from Sydney: $130
  • Hunter Valley Wine Tour from Sydney with Lunch and 3 Cellar Door Tastings: $138
  • Hunter Valley Small Group Luxury Wine Tasting Tour from Sydney: $138
  • Sip n Savour: Southern Highlands Premium Wine Tour from Sydney: $154
  • Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tour from Sydney: $157
  • Wine Tours Sydney - Southern Highlands Day Escape, Full Day Wine Tasting Tour: $217
  • Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Small Group: Cheese, Choc, Lunch, from Sydney+Hunter: $217
  • Hunter Valley Wine Tour from Sydney | Private Sydney Wine Tour: $356
  • Hunter Valley Highlights Private Wine Tour from Sydney: $387


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


When is the best time to visit Adelaide or Sydney?

Both places have a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. As both cities are in the southern hemisphere, summer is in January and winter is in July.

Should I visit Adelaide or Sydney in the Summer?

Both Sydney and Adelaide during the summer are popular places to visit.

In January, Adelaide is generally around the same temperature as Sydney. Temperatures in Adelaide average around 22°C (72°F), and Sydney stays around 23°C (73°F).

In Sydney, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Adelaide. In the summer, Adelaide often gets more sunshine than Sydney. Adelaide gets 330 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Sydney receives 236 hours of full sun.

Sydney gets a good bit of rain this time of year. Adelaide usually gets less rain in January than Sydney. Adelaide gets 19 mm (0.7 in) of rain, while Sydney receives 116 mm (4.6 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures January
    Adelaide 22°C (72°F) 
    Sydney 23°C (73°F)

Should I visit Adelaide or Sydney in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Adelaide and Sydney.

Adelaide is around the same temperature as Sydney in the autumn. The temperature in Adelaide is usually 18°C (64°F) in April, and Sydney stays around 19°C (65°F).

In Adelaide, it's very sunny this time of the year. Adelaide usually receives more sunshine than Sydney during autumn. At this time of the year, Adelaide gets 215 hours of sunny skies, while Sydney receives 195 hours of full sun.

Sydney receives a lot of rain in the autumn. In April, Adelaide usually receives less rain than Sydney. At this time of the year, Adelaide gets 38 mm (1.5 in) of rain, while Sydney receives 120 mm (4.7 in) of rain.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures April
    Adelaide 18°C (64°F) 
    Sydney 19°C (65°F)

Should I visit Adelaide or Sydney in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Adelaide as well as Sydney.

In the winter, Adelaide is around the same temperature as Sydney. Typically, the winter temperatures in Adelaide in July are around 11°C (52°F), and Sydney is about 12°C (53°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Sydney. In the winter, Adelaide often gets less sunshine than Sydney. Adelaide gets 159 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Sydney receives 208 hours of full sun.

Adelaide usually gets more rain in July than Sydney. Adelaide gets 67 mm (2.6 in) of rain, while Sydney receives 54 mm (2.1 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures July
    Adelaide 11°C (52°F) 
    Sydney 12°C (53°F)

Should I visit Adelaide or Sydney in the Spring?

Both Sydney and Adelaide are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities.

In October, Adelaide is generally around the same temperature as Sydney. Temperatures in Adelaide average around 16°C (61°F), and Sydney stays around 18°C (64°F).

It's quite sunny in Sydney. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Adelaide. Adelaide usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Sydney during spring. At this time of the year, Adelaide gets 256 hours of sunny skies, while Sydney receives 240 hours of full sun.

In October, Adelaide usually receives less rain than Sydney. At this time of the year, Adelaide gets 37 mm (1.5 in) of rain, while Sydney receives 79 mm (3.1 in) of rain.


  • Spring Average Temperatures October
    Adelaide 16°C (61°F) 
    Sydney 18°C (64°F)

Typical Weather for Sydney and Adelaide

Adelaide Sydney
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 22°C (72°F) 19 mm (0.7 in) 23°C (73°F) 116 mm (4.6 in)
Feb 23°C (73°F) 20 mm (0.8 in) 23°C (73°F) 113 mm (4.4 in)
Mar 21°C (69°F) 22 mm (0.9 in) 21°C (70°F) 148 mm (5.8 in)
Apr 18°C (64°F) 38 mm (1.5 in) 19°C (65°F) 120 mm (4.7 in)
May 15°C (58°F) 57 mm (2.2 in) 15°C (60°F) 88 mm (3.5 in)
Jun 12°C (54°F) 50 mm (2 in) 13°C (55°F) 128 mm (5 in)
Jul 11°C (52°F) 67 mm (2.6 in) 12°C (53°F) 54 mm (2.1 in)
Aug 12°C (54°F) 51 mm (2 in) 13°C (55°F) 90 mm (3.5 in)
Sep 13°C (56°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 15°C (59°F) 60 mm (2.4 in)
Oct 16°C (61°F) 37 mm (1.5 in) 18°C (64°F) 79 mm (3.1 in)
Nov 18°C (65°F) 22 mm (0.9 in) 20°C (67°F) 101 mm (4 in)
Dec 21°C (69°F) 25 mm (1 in) 22°C (71°F) 81 mm (3.2 in)


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