A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Amman vs. Islamabad for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Amman or Islamabad?

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the prices of travel for Amman and Islamabad. We’ll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget. So, let's dig into it.

Amman

Amman is the largest city in of the Hashemite Kingdom of the country of Jordan. It is also the capital city of Jordan and has a population of over four million people. Many people use Amman as a base for venturing out into the rest of Jordan and other surrounding countries. There are many things to see and do in Amman.

Islamabad

Islamabad is the capital of Pakistan, specially built in the 1960's to replace the former capital, Karachi. Most of the city's population are employees of the government, though many people come from all over Pakistan to enjoy the city's peaceful atmosphere and green spaces, museums, and monuments.

Which city is cheaper, Islamabad or Amman?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Amman is $88, while the average daily cost in Islamabad is $55. 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 Amman and Islamabad in more detail.



Accommodation

For a normal double-occupancy room in Amman, $78 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Amman, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is $39, such as in a hostel.

Travelers usually pay around $54 for a double occupancy room in Islamabad If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Amman $39
    Islamabad $27
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Amman $78
    Islamabad $54

Food

In Amman travelers spend around $27 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.

On average, meal and food prices in Islamabad cost around $20 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around $8.00.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Amman $27
    Islamabad $20
Typical Food prices in Amman

For Amman, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Pastries
    $4.23
  • Tea
    $5.64

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Amman

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

  • Private Lunch or Dinner at a Local Traditional Restaurant in Amman: $51
  • Amman City Tour & Food Tour Combo: $69
  • Private Panoramic Tour of Amman with Lunch or Dinner: $71
  • Private Kan Zaman Lunch or Dinner from Amman: $76
  • Private Madaba Haret Jdoudna Restaurant Lunch or Dinner from Amman: $90
  • Half Day Cooking Class in Amman: $96
  • Downtown Amman by Night (Dinner Included): $123
  • Contemporary Amman by Night (Dinner Included): $155
  • Romantic Dinner for Two in Amman: $160

Local Transportation

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Amman than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $19 on transportation in Amman on average per day.

To get around in Islamabad, the average visitor spends $10 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Amman $19
    Islamabad $10
Typical Local Transportation prices in Amman

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Amman:


  • Bus Ride (for Two)
    $0.71
  • RIde to Airport
    $28

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Amman

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

  • Jordan Explorer Tour 4 Days Amman & Petra & Dead Sea With Hotel & Transfers Inc: $985
  • Jerash & Ajloun (Luxury transfer available): $424
  • Private Transfer from Amman Queen Alia Airport to Hotel in Aqaba: $299
  • Private Transfer from Amman to Petra, Wadi Musa: $259
  • Petra Day Tour Transfers Only from Amman: $251
  • Amman Airport to Wadi Rum Private Transfer: $213
  • Petra Transfer From/To Amman: $200
  • Private Transfer from Queen Alia Airport, Amman to Petra: $181
  • Amman or Airport or Madaba Transfer to/from Wadi Rum: $173
  • Private Transfer From Amman Airport To Petra: $160
  • Private Transfer From Amman Airport To Petra: $154
  • Private Transfer from Queen Alia Airport to Araba Border: $153

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Islamabad

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

  • Transit Trip: Murree Exploration Day Trip & Round Trip Airport Transfer: $140
  • Transit Trip: Islamabad City Exploration Day Tour & Round Trip Airport Transfer: $110
  • Private Transfer from Islamabad Airport to Pakistan: $61
  • Private Transfer Pakistan: $200
  • Premium Services: Islamabad International Airport Transfer - Departures: $70
  • Premium Services: Islamabad International Airport Transfer - Arrival: $70
  • Premium Services: Islamabad Day Trip & Round Trip Airport Transfers.: $130
  • Lahore Airport Transfer: $40
  • Karachi Airport Transfer: $40
  • Islamabad Round Trip Airport Transfer & Customizable Day Trip: $95
  • Islamabad Private Airport Transfer: $41
  • Islamabad Private Airport Transfer: $41

Is it cheaper to fly into Amman or Islamabad?

Prices for flights to both Islamabad and Amman 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.





Entertainment

Sightseeing expenses in Amman, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $25 per day, per person.

In Islamabad, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $13 per person, per day.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Amman $25
    Islamabad $13

Tours and Activities in Amman

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

  • 1-Night Private Jerusalem and Bethlehem Tour from Ammanm: $842
  • 1-Night Private Overnight Dead Sea Independent Tour from Amman: $128
  • 1-Night Private Overnight Jerash Independent Tour from Amman: $221
  • 1-Night Private Overnight Madaba Independent Tour from Amman: $141
  • 1-Night Private Overnight Wadi Mujib Independent Tour from Amman: $271
  • 10-Day Jordan and Holy Land Tour from Amman: $3,900
  • 17-Night Jordan and Egypt Highlights with Nile Cruise, Red Sea: $4,915
  • 2 Days Jordan Private Tour: Petra, Wadi Rum, and Dead Sea: $380
  • 2 Days Petra & Wadi Rum Tour from and to Amman: $275
  • 2 Days Tour Petra, Wadi Rum, Aqaba from Amman: $133
  • 2 days 1 night in wadi rum including Dead Sea And Petra tour: $398
  • 2 – Night Private Overnight Aqaba Independent Tour from Amman: $297

Tours and Activities in Islamabad

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

  • 03 Nights Islamabad to Naran Tour: $520
  • 07 Days Tour to Deosai National Park Skardu Valley Pakistan: $1,720
  • 10 Days tour to Swat, Kalam,Kilash and Chitral from April to December: $630
  • 11 Days Naran, Hunza, Murree, Pakistan Tour Package: $1,700
  • 11 Days Private Pakistan Cultural Tour from Islamabad: $1,000
  • 14 Days Trekking & Sightseeing Tour To Hunza: $2,300
  • 2-Day Tour with Naran and Lake Saif ul Malook from Islamabad: $260
  • 4 Days Culture and Sightseeing tour to Swat Kalam Valley.: $850
  • 5 Days Deluxe Tour To Swat Kalam: $1,144
  • 5-Day Private Honeymoon Tour in Naran Kaghan Shogran Valley: $800
  • 7-Days Autumn Tour to Hunza Valley: $380
  • 8 Days Tour to Skardu, Deosai Pakistan: $1,600

Alcohol

Typically, people visiting Amman spend on average $11 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Islamabad, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $3.81.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Amman $11
    Islamabad $3.81

Sample the Local Flavors in Amman

Also in Amman, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Wine Tasting Experience: $24
  • Private Wine Tasting Tour In Amman: $64


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

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