A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Alexandria vs. Xi'an for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Alexandria or Xi'an?

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 Alexandria and Xi'an can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Alexandria or Xi'an?


There are few cities in the world with a history as rich, deep, tragic and fascinating than Alexandria, Egypt. Founded by Alexander the Great in 331 BC, Egypt's second largest city has seen the most extreme ups and extreme downs. The city watched the beautiful and iconic Alexandria Lighthouse crumble to the ground after several natural disasters. The Alexandria Library housed their most sacred and historical documents only to be burned to the ground. These structures may be physically gone, but the history remains. Alexandria is a city with an ancient allure that draws in visitors from all over the world. Alexandria is a survivor city ready for a comeback.


Xi'an is an ancient city in the Shaanxi Province in China. Today it is most notable as the location of the Terracotta Warriors, but for visitors who choose to linger, there is so much more to see and do in the area. The city itself is more than 3,000 years old and for about one thousand years, through 13 dynasties and 73 emperors, it was the capital. Because of its rich history there are many historical ruins and a strong culture in the city. Today the city is a pleasant place to visit, although much of it's influence and power has dwindled. The city has both cosmopolitan and modern areas as well as historic and culturally rich areas. The neighborhoods are diverse and by exploring the city in depth you can learn a little more about what China really has to offer.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Luxury Tours to Egypt, The Best Budget Tours to Egypt, The Best 10-Day Tours in China, and The Best One Week (7-Day) Tours in China.

Which place is cheaper, Xi'an or Alexandria?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Alexandria is $17, while the average daily cost in Xi'an is $94. 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 Alexandria and Xi'an in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Alexandria $7.96
    Xi'an $60
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Alexandria $16
    Xi'an $120
Compare Hotels in Alexandria and Xi'an

Looking for a hotel in Alexandria or Xi'an? 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 Alexandria

Hotels in Xian

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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: Alexandria Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Alexandria $2.48
    Xi'an $12
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Alexandria

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

  • Taxi to Train Station

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Alexandria

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Alexandria:

  • Alexandria Airport Arrival Transfer: $24
  • Borg El Arab Arrival & Departure Transfers: $40
  • From Private One-Way Transfer to Cairo: $75
  • From Private Transfer to Luxor: $252
  • Private Airport Transfer in Alexandria: $22
  • Private One Way Transfer from Alexandria Hotels to Cairo and Giza Hotels: $68
  • Private Pick Up Transfers From Alexandria To Cairo: $130
  • Private Pickup Transfer From A Hotel In Alexandria To Borg Al Arab Airport: $50
  • Private Transfer around El Nouzha Airport (ALY) in Alexandria: $63
  • Private Transfer from Alexandria Airport (HBE) to Alexandria: $26
  • Private Transfer from Alexandria Airport (HBE) to Alexandria Port: $16
  • Private Transfer from Alexandria Port to Alexandria Airport (HBE): $16

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Xi'an

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Xi'an:

  • 1-Day Xi'an Layover Tour: Terracotta Army with Round Airport transfers(XIY): $100
  • 1-way Private Transfer: Xi'an City Hotel to Airport/Train Station: $55
  • 2-Day Customized Private Tour With Transfer in Historical Xi'an: $231
  • Airport Transfer] Xi'an Airport Xi'an City Transfer High reputation for service! : $27
  • Bullet Train Station Transfer Service: $31
  • Essential Xian Tour with Airport Train Station or Hotel Transfer: $197
  • From Xian: Terracotta Army and City Wall Tour with Airport Transfer: $194
  • Full-Day Layover Private Tour: Essence of Xi'an With Airport Transfer: $197
  • Mt. Hua Entrance Ticket w/ Shuttle Bus&Cable Car&Private Transfer: $224
  • One Day Private Xian Tour to Terracotta Warriors with Airport Transfers: $149
  • One-Way Airport Transfer From Xi'an Xianyang International Airport to Xi'an Hotel: $75
  • Private 1-way Transfer: Xi'an North Station/Airport to City Hotel: $58

Is it cheaper to fly into Alexandria or Xi'an?

Prices for flights to both Xi'an and Alexandria 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
    Alexandria $6.43
    Xi'an $12

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Alexandria

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

  • Half-Day Food Tour in Alexandria, Egypt: $35
  • Alexandria Food Tour: $50

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Xi'an

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Xi'an.

  • Skip the Line: Xi'an Tang Dynasty Show Ticket & Dumpling Dinner or Royal Banquet: $32
  • Xian Muslim Quarter: 2-Hour Small Group Walking Food Tour : $36
  • Private Home Cooking Class:Dumpling Cooking Class Tour in Xi'an: $50
  • Tang Dynasty Show with Optional Dinner: $51
  • Tang Dynasty Dinner Show with Private transfer: $55
  • Xi'an Vegetarian Food Tour: $60
  • Half-day Xi'an Biang Biang Noodles Cooking Class with Spice Market Visit: $65
  • Private Xi'an Food Tour: $65
  • Private Old Xi'an Authentic Local Beer Dinner Tour: $68
  • Xi'an Evening Food Tour by TukTuk: $69
  • 3-Hour Biang Biang Noodles Cooking Class in Xi'an: $75
  • Authentic Muslim Alley Food Tour in Xi'an: $75

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Alexandria $3.48
    Xi'an $35

Tours and Activities in Alexandria

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

  • Citadel of Qaitbay Entry Ticket : $3.80
  • Alexandria Library Entry Ticket: $3.80
  • Alexandria Library Entry Tickets With Pickup and Drop Off: $3.80
  • Pompey's Pillar Entry Ticket: $3.80
  • The Ancient Roman Theater Entry Ticket: $3.80
  • Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa Entry Tickets: $4.37
  • Skip The Line Entry Ticket to Pompey's Pillar in Alexandria: $4.37
  • Entry Ticket To The Citadel of Qaitbay: $4.37
  • Catacomb Of Kom El-Shoqafa Entry Ticket: $5.70
  • Alexandria Library Entry Ticket: $5.70
  • Qaitbay Citadel Entry Ticket: $5.70
  • Skip the Line Tickets for The Roman Theater in Alexandria: $6.37

Tours and Activities in Xi'an

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

  • 6 Hour Bus Tour: From Xi'an to Terra Cotta Warriors Museum Round Trip (8:30am): $13
  • Terracotta Warriors 5-Hour Private Tour w/ Optional Pickup Point: $26
  • Terra-cotta Warriors Entrance Ticket with Optional Guided Service: $26
  • Terracotta Army Ticket Booking: $28
  • Terracotta Warriors Tickets Booking: $28
  • Terracotta Army Tickets Booking: $28
  • Terracotta Army Ticket: $28
  • Terracotta Army Ticket Booking: $28
  • Terracotta Army Tickets: $28
  • Group Bus Tour to Terracotta Warriors with Hotel Pickup & Lunch: $35
  • Tang Dynasty Palace Show Tickets Booking: $37
  • Xi'an City Wall: Guided Tour with Cycling Option: $43

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Alexandria $1.34
    Xi'an $7.22

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

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Alexandria Expensive? and Is Xi'an Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Alexandria or Xi'an?

Alexandria has a larger population, and is about 18% larger than the population of Xi'an. When comparing the sizes of Alexandria and Xi'an, 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.