A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Aqaba vs. Abu Dhabi for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Aqaba or Abu Dhabi?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Aqaba or Abu Dhabi, this travel comparison, which includes costs, can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison down below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Where Should I go: Aqaba or Abu Dhabi?

Aqaba

Aqaba is a port city in Jordan, in fact, it is the only port city in the country. This city is located on the Gulf of Aqaba on the Red Sea, which is in the southern part of Jordan. The city is still being developed; many of its facilities and infrastructures are being improved. The population of Aqaba is about 190,000 and the city has been key in developing Jordan's economy via trade and tourism.

Abu Dhabi

It doesn't get more "lifestyles of the rich and famous" than a vacation to Abu Dhabi. The federal capital and center of government for the United Arab Emirates is arguably the most modern city in the world.

Abu Dhabi has a population of 1.5 million and provides a home to several oil companies and embassies, but this place is definitely a playground for the world's fanciest tourists. This city has several large projects underway including Yas Island's Formula 1 track and Ferrari theme park.

Note: homosexuality is still outlawed in the UAE with harsh punishments including deportation, fines, jail time or even a death sentence.

Which city is cheaper, Abu Dhabi or Aqaba?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Aqaba is $102, while the average daily cost in Abu Dhabi is $131. 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 Aqaba and Abu Dhabi in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Aqaba $47
    Abu Dhabi $78
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Aqaba $94
    Abu Dhabi $156
Compare Hotels in Aqaba and Abu Dhabi

Looking for a hotel in Aqaba or Abu Dhabi? 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 Aqaba


Hotels in Abu Dhabi


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Aqaba $19
    Abu Dhabi $16

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Aqaba

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Aqaba:

  • Private Transfer from/To (Aqaba Airport - Aqaba City): $18
  • Jordan Horizons Tours : Transfer From Aqaba Airport to Aqaba City Or TalaBay: $20
  • King Hussein Int Airport Transfers: $25
  • Private Transfer from Aqaba Airport to Aqaba City Hotels: $27
  • Private Transfer Aqaba Airport to Arava Border: $27
  • Private Transfer: Aqaba Hotels to Aqaba Airport: $27
  • Private Transfer from Aqaba Airport to Tala Bay Hotels: $33
  • Private Transfer from Aqaba Tala bay Hotels to Aqaba Airport: $33
  • Jordan Horizons Tours : Transfer From Aqaba Airport to Wadi rum: $45
  • Jordan Horizons Tours : Transfer from Aqaba City Or TalaBay to Wadi rum: $45
  • Jordan Horizons Tours : Transfer from Aqaba City Or TalaBay to Petra: $55
  • Jordan Horizons Tours : Transfer From Aqaba Airport to Petra: $55

Typical Local Transportation prices in Abu Dhabi

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Abu Dhabi are as follows:


  • Car Rental
    $31
  • Taxi to Airport
    $14

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Abu Dhabi

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Abu Dhabi:

  • Abu Dhabi (AUH) to City Center to Airport - Private Transfer: $48
  • Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH) Arrival Transfer (Airport to Abu Dhabi Hotel or Address): $58
  • Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH) to Abu Dhabi - Arrival Private Transfer: $50
  • Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH) to Abu Dhabi - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $100
  • Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH) to Dubai hotel or address - Arrival Private Transfer: $100
  • Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH) to Dubai hotel or address - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $199
  • Abu Dhabi Airport Departure Transfer (Abu Dhabi Hotels to Abu Dhabi Airport): $58
  • Abu Dhabi Airport Private Arrival Transfer to Any Hotel in UAE: $22
  • Abu Dhabi Airport Private Departure Transfer: $22
  • Abu Dhabi Airport Transfers: $30
  • Abu Dhabi Airport Transfers : Abu Dhabi Airport AUH to Dubai City in Luxury Van: $147
  • Abu Dhabi Airport Transfers : Abu Dhabi City to Airport AUH in Luxury Van: $102

Is it cheaper to fly into Aqaba or Abu Dhabi?

Prices for flights to both Abu Dhabi and Aqaba 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
    Aqaba $34
    Abu Dhabi $36

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Aqaba

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

  • Suhaila (The Authentic Cooking Experience): $50

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Abu Dhabi

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

  • Abu Dhabi 6-Hour Desert Safari With BBQ Dinner: $58
  • Abu Dhabi Afternoon Desert Safari and BBQ Dinner: $59
  • Evening Desert Safari with Dune Bashing, Camel Riding, BBQ Dinner: $62
  • Abu Dhabi Desert Tour With BBQ Dinner, Camel Ride and Belly Dance Hotel Pickup: $62
  • Evening Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner,Belly Dance,Tanura & Fire Dance,Camel Ride: $65
  • Dune Dinner Safari Abu Dhabi: $69
  • 4x4 Desert Safari Abu Dhabi with BBQ Dinner: $69
  • Abu Dhabi Desert Safari Experience Live's show's Bbq Dinner & much More: $73
  • Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner, Belly Dance & Tannura Dance: $83
  • Evening Desert Safari With BBQ Dinner, Camel Ride and Sand Boarding: $83
  • Evening Desert Safari Abu Dhabi with Dinner: $85
  • Sunset Camel Trek and BBQ Dinner with Shows: $85

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Aqaba $43
    Abu Dhabi $32

Tours and Activities in Aqaba

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

  • Aqaba Day Tour: $50
  • Henna and Kohl Drawings Experience: $52
  • Sesame Bars with Honey & Roasted Dates Cores Coffee Experience: $61
  • Discover the coral reefs in Aqaba - Scuba experience for beginners: $63
  • Mosaic Art Experience: $71
  • Bottled Sand Art Experience: $72
  • Sayiadya local food Making Experience: $72
  • Aqaba Hooh Sweets Making Experience: $72
  • Date Molasses Making Experience: $72
  • Aqaba Dog Shelter Conservation Experience: $77
  • Sea Glass Jewelry Making Experience: $80
  • Wadi Rum Day Tour: $81

Tours and Activities in Abu Dhabi

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Abu Dhabi are as follows:

  • Fast-Track Admission Ticket to Qasr Al Hosn: $8.37
  • Skip the Line: Admission Ticket Qasr Al Watan: $16
  • City Tour of Abu Dhabi Landmarks: $22
  • Louvre Abu Dhabi Mindful Museum Admission Ticket: $30
  • 90-Minute Small-Group Yas Marina Circuit Tour: $30
  • Abu Dhabi Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $31
  • Abu Dhabi city tour with Entry ticket to Louvre Museum from Abu Dhabi: $34
  • Skip the Line: Abu Dhabi Park Zoo and Resort Entrance Ticket with Options: $35
  • Abu Dhabi City Tour From Abu Dhabi: $35
  • Abu Dhabi Half Day City Tour By Bus: $37
  • 4 Hours Abu Dhabi City Tour: $40
  • Full Day Abu Dhabi City Tour: $40

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Aqaba $7.25
    Abu Dhabi $11


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


When is the best time to visit Aqaba or Abu Dhabi?

Both destinations experience a tropical climate with warm weather most of the year. Instead of summer and winter seasons, they usually have a rainy season and a dry season.

Should I visit Aqaba or Abu Dhabi in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Aqaba and Abu Dhabi. Aqaba attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate. Abu Dhabi attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate.

In July, Aqaba usually receives less rain than Abu Dhabi. At this time of the year, Aqaba gets 0 mm (0 in) of rain, while Abu Dhabi receives 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain.

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Abu Dhabi this time of the year. In Aqaba, it's very sunny this time of the year. Aqaba usually receives more sunshine than Abu Dhabi during summer. At this time of the year, Aqaba gets 384 hours of sunny skies, while Abu Dhabi receives 331 hours of full sun.

It's very hot in Abu Dhabi this time of the year. Aqaba can become quite hot in the summer. In July, Aqaba is generally around the same temperature as Abu Dhabi. Temperatures in Aqaba average around 33°C (91°F), and Abu Dhabi stays around 35°C (95°F).


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Aqaba 33°C (91°F) 
    Abu Dhabi 35°C (95°F)

Should I visit Aqaba or Abu Dhabi in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Aqaba as well as Abu Dhabi. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Aqaba throughout the year. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Abu Dhabi throughout the year.

Aqaba usually gets less rain in October than Abu Dhabi. Aqaba gets 1 mm (0 in) of rain, while Abu Dhabi receives 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain this time of the year.

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Abu Dhabi. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Aqaba this time of the year. In the autumn, Aqaba often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Abu Dhabi. Aqaba gets 295 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Abu Dhabi receives 314 hours of full sun.

Aqaba is cooler than Abu Dhabi in the autumn. The temperature in Aqaba is usually 26°C (79°F) in October, and Abu Dhabi stays around 29°C (84°F).


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Aqaba 26°C (79°F) 
    Abu Dhabi 29°C (84°F)

Should I visit Aqaba or Abu Dhabi in the Winter?

Both Abu Dhabi and Aqaba are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities. Plenty of visitors come to Aqaba because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year. Plenty of visitors come to Abu Dhabi because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year.

In January, Aqaba usually receives less rain than Abu Dhabi. At this time of the year, Aqaba gets 3 mm (0.1 in) of rain, while Abu Dhabi receives 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain.

It's quite sunny in Abu Dhabi. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Aqaba. Aqaba usually receives less sunshine than Abu Dhabi during winter. At this time of the year, Aqaba gets 234 hours of sunny skies, while Abu Dhabi receives 269 hours of full sun.

In the winter, Aqaba is cooler than Abu Dhabi. Typically, the winter temperatures in Aqaba in January are around 14°C (57°F), and Abu Dhabi is about 18°C (64°F).


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Aqaba 14°C (57°F) 
    Abu Dhabi 18°C (64°F)

Should I visit Aqaba or Abu Dhabi in the Spring?

Both Abu Dhabi and Aqaba during the spring are popular places to visit. Aqaba attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate. Abu Dhabi attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate.

Aqaba usually gets less rain in April than Abu Dhabi. Aqaba gets 1 mm (0 in) of rain, while Abu Dhabi receives 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain this time of the year.

In Abu Dhabi, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Aqaba. In the spring, Aqaba often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Abu Dhabi. Aqaba gets 282 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Abu Dhabi receives 297 hours of full sun.

In April, Aqaba is generally cooler than Abu Dhabi. Temperatures in Aqaba average around 24°C (75°F), and Abu Dhabi stays around 27°C (81°F).


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Aqaba 24°C (75°F) 
    Abu Dhabi 27°C (81°F)

Typical Weather for Abu Dhabi and Aqaba

Aqaba Abu Dhabi
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 14°C (57°F) 3 mm (0.1 in) 18°C (64°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Feb 16°C (61°F) 1 mm (0 in) 20°C (68°F) 20 mm (0.8 in)
Mar 19°C (66°F) 1 mm (0 in) 23°C (73°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Apr 24°C (75°F) 1 mm (0 in) 27°C (81°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
May 27°C (81°F) 0 mm (0 in) 31°C (88°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Jun 31°C (88°F) 0 mm (0 in) 33°C (91°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Jul 33°C (91°F) 0 mm (0 in) 35°C (95°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Aug 33°C (91°F) 0 mm (0 in) 36°C (97°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Sep 31°C (88°F) 0 mm (0 in) 33°C (91°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Oct 26°C (79°F) 1 mm (0 in) 29°C (84°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Nov 20°C (68°F) 2 mm (0.1 in) 25°C (77°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Dec 15°C (59°F) 3 mm (0.1 in) 21°C (70°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)


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