A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Alice Springs vs. Sydney

Should you visit Alice Springs or Sydney?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Alice Springs and Sydney can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Alice Springs

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.

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 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 Sydney is $154. 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 Sydney in more detail.




Accommodation

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.

A hotel room in Sydney is about $186 This assumes double occupancy and modest accommodations.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Alice Springs $48
    Sydney $93
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Alice Springs $96
    Sydney $186


Food

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.

In Sydney travelers spend around $36 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Alice Springs $23
    Sydney $36

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: $209

Typical Food prices in Sydney

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


  • Tea
    $3.08
  • Lunch Special
    $12
  • Food/Drink Coogie Beach
    $12
  • Meat Pies
    $3.86

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Sydney

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

  • Sydney Opera House Tour and Opera Bar Lunch or Dinner: $52
  • 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
  • Sydney Harbour 4-Hour Latino Dinner Cruise: $69
  • Harbour Dinner Cruise with 3 or 6-Course Menu: $70
  • Sydney Harbour Sunset Dinner Cruise: $71
  • Taste of Chinatown Food Tour: $77
  • Tall Ship Harbor Twilight Dinner Cruise: $77
  • Sydney Harbour Sunset Dinner Cruise: $78
  • Valentine's Day Dinner Cruise with live Brazilian show on Sydney Harbour: $78


Local Transportation

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.

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $14 per day to get around in Sydney.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Alice Springs $19
    Sydney $14

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Alice Springs

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

  • Alice Springs to Uluru (Ayers Rock) Coach Transfer: $118
  • Kings Canyon to 1-Way Transfer and Stop: $142

Typical Local Transportation prices in Sydney

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


  • Taxi Ride
    $15
  • Taxi to Airport
    $19

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Sydney

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Sydney:

  • 1-hour Sydney CBD to Sydney Airport Transfer in Party Limo: $435
  • Sydney Harbour: Private Helicopter Flight with Transfer: $425
  • Blue Mountains Limousine Transfer: $371
  • Private 24 Seat Mini Bus Sydney CBD To Penrith Stadium Transfer: $315
  • Private 13 Seat Mini Bus Sydney CBD To Penrith Stadium Transfer: $284
  • Private 24 Seat Mini Bus Sydney CBD To BankWest Stadium Transfer: $268
  • Private 13 Seat Mini Bus Sydney CBD To BankWest Stadium Transfer: $236
  • Private 24 Seat Mini Bus Sydney CBD To Taronga Zoo Transfer: $205
  • Transfer from Sydney Airport to Sydney Central Business District - ROUND TRIP: $176
  • Private 13 Seat Mini Bus Sydney CBD To Taronga Zoo Transfer: $157
  • Sydney Harbour & Beaches 20-Minute Helicopter + Transfers: $156
  • Round trip transfer in private minivan from-to Sydney Airport in Sydney Downtown: $149


Entertainment

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.

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $31 per person, per day in Sydney. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Alice Springs $13
    Sydney $31

Tours and Activities in Alice Springs

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Alice Springs.

  • Skip the Line: Alice Springs School of the Air Guided Tour Ticket: $9.48
  • Alice Springs Telegraph Station Entry and Tour Ticket: $12
  • Alice Springs Desert Park General Entry Ticket: $29
  • Alice Springs Camel Tour: $64
  • A Town Like Alice: Half-Day Tour of Alice Springs: $85
  • West MacDonnell Ranges Half-Day Tour from Alice Springs: $92
  • Alice Springs Highlights Half-Day Tour: $92
  • West MacDonnell Ranges Small Group Tour: $131
  • Palm Valley 4WD Day Tour: $138
  • Palm Valley 4WD Tour from Alice Springs: $141
  • Best of Alice Springs Full Day Tour: $142
  • Palm Valley Full-Day 4WD Adventure from Alice Springs: $154

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
    $35
  • Sydney Tower Visit (for 2)
    $36
  • Blue Mountain Tour/Featherdale Park (for 2)
    $147
  • Powerhouse Museum
    $12

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 Combo: Blue Mountains Experience and Sydney City Tour: $353
  • 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Pass with Cruise and Attractions: $95
  • 2-Day Hunter Valley Small-Group Tasting Tour: $420
  • 2-Hour Sydney Walking Tour along the Tank Stream: $37
  • 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


Alcohol

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.

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Sydney may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $14 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Alice Springs $16
    Sydney $14
Typical Alcohol prices in Alice Springs

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


  • Glass of Wine in Alice Springs
    $5.40

Typical Alcohol prices in Sydney

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


  • Wine
    $12

Sample the Local Flavors in Sydney

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

  • Private Wine Tour and Tasting: $25
  • Urban Winery Wine Tasting Tour with Cheese Platter: $60
  • Sydney Historic Pub Crawl Walking Tour: $61
  • Balmain Historic Pub Walking Tour with Beer or Wine: $67
  • Brewery, Winery, and Distillery Tasting Tour: $106
  • Northern Beaches Brewery Tour and Tasting: $113
  • 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
  • Hunter Valley Tour with 3 Wine Tastings & 2 Course Lunch: $141
  • Full-Day Hunter Valley Wine Tour with Gourmet Lunch: $152
  • Sip n Savour: Southern Highlands Premium Wine Tour from Sydney: $154



When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Alice Springs and Sydney, we can see that Sydney 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 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 Alice Springs.

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