Should you visit Alice Springs or Hobart?
Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Alice Springs and Hobart can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.
Alice Springs is in the middle of Central Australia and is most famous as a base for exploring the famous rock, Uluru. Alice Springs itself has grown dramatically from what was once a small outpost. The tourist boom began in the early 1980s and the population is now somewhere around 28,000. The city now has all of the necessary facilities to cater to the influx of tourists who swing through to see Uluru. The town is 1500km from Darwin, which is the closest major city. Adelaide is just as far to the south. It's remote location means that costs can be higher than they are elsewhere in Australia. Expect to pay more for anything from fruits and vegetables to clothing and souvenirs. When making a reservation for a hotel, do note that the rating scale differs from elsewhere in Australia or in most western countries. The ratings come from the amenities available and have little to do with the actual room quality.
Hobart is the capital city of the Australian island state of Tasmania. It is small compared to the mainland's larger cities and has a cooler climate with four distinct seasons. Hobart is also the second oldest capital, behind Sydney, with remnants of its past visible in old sandstone warehouses now home to cafes and galleries, as well as a historic district with narrow lanes and colonial-era cottages.
Which city is cheaper, Hobart or Alice Springs?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Alice Springs is $90, while the average daily cost in Hobart is $116. 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. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Alice Springs and Hobart in more detail.
Travelers usually pay around $96 for a double occupancy room in Alice Springs If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.
Travelers usually pay around $146 for a double occupancy room in Hobart If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.
The average traveler spends about $23 per day in Alice Springs for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.
The price of a meal in Hobart can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $20 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $8.00 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.
Meals for one day
Alice Springs $23
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Alice Springs
For Alice Springs, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Ayers Rock Day Trip from Alice Springs Including Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Sunset BBQ Dinner:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Hobart
For Hobart, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
East Coast Splendour Gourmet Food Tour:
Highlights Of Gourmet Food Tour:
Agrarian Kitchen Eatery and Derwent Valley Gourmet Food Tour:
Alice Springs's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend $19 per person, per day on transportation in Alice Springs.
Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Hobart than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $22 on transportation in Hobart on average per day.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Alice Springs
Also for Alice Springs, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Kings Canyon to 1-Way Transfer and Stop:
Alice Springs to Uluru (Ayers Rock) Coach Transfer:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Hobart
Also for Hobart, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Hobart and Port Arthur One-Way Transfer:
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Alice Springs can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $13 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
Sightseeing expenses in Hobart, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $13 per day, per person.
Tours and Activities in Alice Springs
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Alice Springs.
3-Day Alice Springs to Uluru (Ayers Rock) via Kings Canyon Tour:
3-Day Uluru Camping Tour from Alice Springs Including Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon:
3-Day Uluru-Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon 4WD Small-Group Eco-Tour from Alice Springs:
A Town Like Alice: Half-Day Tour of Alice Springs:
Alice Springs Camel Tour:
Alice Springs Desert Park General Entry Ticket:
Alice Springs Highlights Half-Day Tour:
Alice Springs Telegraph Station Entry and Tour Ticket:
Alice Springs, Uluru Ayers Rock & Kings Canyon 8 Days Touring Package:
3-Day Camping Tour to Ayers Rock:
Best of Alice Springs Full Day Tour:
Chambers Pillar and Rainbow Valley 1 Day 4WD Tour:
Tours and Activities in Hobart
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Hobart.
2-Day Tas East Coast Escape Tour including Bay of Fires, Wineglass Bay & Devils:
2-Day: Hiking Tour: Maria Island & Mount Field:
2-Day: Hobart Hiking Tour: Cape Raoul and Mount Field - Tarn Shelf:
2-Hour Small-Group Walking Tour of Hobart:
3 Day Tasmanian Wild West Coast Tour from Hobart to Launceston:
3 Hours Guided Walking Tour in Hobart with Cafe Tasting:
3-Day Tasmania Combo: Hobart to Launceston Active Tour Including Port Arthur, Freycinet National Park and Cradle Mountain:
3-Day West Coast Tasmania Tour from Hobart Including Cradle Mountain, Montezuma Falls and Strahan:
3-Day: Hobart Nature Walking Tour: Maria Island, Cape Raoul & Mount Field:
3-Hour Hobart City Sightseeing Tour:
4-Day Fabulous Tasmania Tour: Wineglass Bay, Port Arthur, Devils & Bruny Island:
5 Day 4 Night Guided Tasmania Tour:
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Alice Springs, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $16.
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Hobart, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $9.19.
Typical Alcohol prices in Alice Springs
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Alice Springs:
Sample the Local Flavors in Hobart
Also in Hobart, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:
Old Hobart Pub Walking Tour:
Tasmania's Domaine Simha Wine Tasting Experience:
Hobart Hop-On Hop-Off Bus & Cascade Brewery Tour:
48-Hour Hobart City Loop Tour & Cascade Brewery:
Hobart Brewery Walking Tour:
Tasmanian Wine Tour:
7- 8 Hour StelaVino Guided Wine Tours From Hobart:
Tasmanian Whisky Distillery Tour:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Alice Springs and Hobart, we can see that Hobart is more expensive. And not only is Alice Springs much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Alice Springs would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Alice Springs 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 Hobart would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Hobart than you might in Alice Springs.
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