A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Aqaba vs. Aswan

Should you visit Aqaba or Aswan?

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

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.

Aswan

Lounging along the Nile like Egyptian royalty is a fantasy for most world travelers. If you want to do it without the hustle and bustle of Cairo, there's always Aswan. This city in the south of Egypt is the smallest of the three major cities on the Nile. Located just below the Aswan Dam and Lake Nasser, Aswan's 275,00 people include a large portion of Nubians mostly resettled from their flooded homeland.

Which city is cheaper, Aswan or Aqaba?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Aqaba is $57, while the average daily cost in Aswan is $19. 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 Aqaba and Aswan in more detail.



Accommodation

A hotel room in Aqaba is about $78 This assumes double occupancy and modest accommodations.

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around $7.99. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Aswan the cost is $16 on average.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Aqaba $39
    Aswan $7.99
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Aqaba $78
    Aswan $16

Food

On average, meal and food prices in Aqaba cost around $15 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 $6.00.

On average, meal and food prices in Aswan cost around $5.87 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 $2.35.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Aqaba $15
    Aswan $5.87

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 Aswan

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

  • Nubian Dinner With Enchanted Events: $35
  • Nubian Dinner at Nubian Village: $49
  • Dinner on board a cruise on the Nile: $59
  • Private 3-Hour Nubian Party with Dinner and Pickup in Aswan: $75
  • Nubian Dinner with enchanted events: $86

Local Transportation

The average price of local transportation around Aqaba is $5.08 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $6.94 per day to get around in Aswan.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Aqaba $5.08
    Aswan $6.94

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

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Aswan

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Aswan:

  • Arrival Transfer from Aswan Airport to Hotels or Nile Cruise in Aswan: $40
  • Aswan : 3-Days GUIDED Tours to Aswan, Abu Simbel and Luxor & All Transfers: $149
  • Aswan Airport Arrival Transfer: $45
  • Aswan Airport Arrival Transfer: $16
  • Aswan Airport Arrival Transfer: $36
  • Aswan Airport Departure Transfer: $20
  • Aswan Airport Departure Transfer: $36
  • Aswan Airport Private Arrival Transfer: $28
  • Aswan Airport Private Arrival Transfer: $9.00
  • Aswan Airport Private Departure Transfer: $28
  • Aswan Airport Private Departure Transfer: $9.00
  • Aswan Airport Transfer Pick-up or Drop-off - One Way: $20

Entertainment

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $4.36 per person, per day in Aswan. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Aqaba -
    Aswan $4.36

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

Typical Entertainment prices in Aswan

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Aswan are as follows:


  • Temple Kom Ombo for Two
    $3.83

Tours and Activities in Aswan

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

  • Biking city tour in Aswan: $10
  • Tour to High Dam, The Obelisk & Philae Temple by Boat: $14
  • Half Day tour St Simon Monastery in Aswan: $14
  • Aswan City Tour by Horse Carriage Start from 10$: $19
  • Aswan City Tour by Horse Carriage: $20
  • Aswan City Tour By Horse And Carriage: $20
  • Aswan City Tour by Horse Carriage: $21
  • Aswan tour ( the temple of philae - high dam ): $23
  • cheap trip : Tour to Abu Simbel Temple: $24
  • cheap trip : Tour to Abu Simbel Temple: $24
  • cheap trip : Tour to Abu Simbel Temple: $24
  • cheap trip : Tour to Abu Simbel Temple: $24

Alcohol

The average person spends about $3.07 on alcoholic beverages in Aswan per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Aqaba -
    Aswan $3.07


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

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