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

Should you visit Aqaba or Aswan?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Aqaba or Aswan, 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 Aswan?

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 place 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 $126, while the average daily cost in Aswan is $25. 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 destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Aqaba and Aswan in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Aqaba $59
    Aswan $10
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Aqaba $118
    Aswan $20
Compare Hotels in Aqaba and Aswan

Looking for a hotel in Aqaba or Aswan? 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 Aswan


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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Aqaba Hotel Prices and Aswan Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Aqaba $24
    Aswan $6.66

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Aqaba

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Aqaba:

  • Transfer From Aqaba Airport to Aqaba City Or TalaBay: $25
  • King Hussein Int Airport Transfers One Way to Aqaba : $25
  • Aqaba Airport transfer to Aqaba City: $25
  • Private Transfer: Aqaba Hotels to Aqaba Airport: $27
  • Private Transfer from Aqaba Airport to Aqaba City Hotels: $27
  • Private Transfer from Aqaba Airport to Arava Border: $27
  • Snorkeling in The Red Sea With Equipment And Free Transfer: $29
  • Aqaba to Aqaba King Hussein Airport - Departure Private Transfer: $33
  • Aqaba King Hussein Intl Airport to Aqaba-Arrival Private Transfer: $33
  • Private Transfer from Aqaba Tala bay Hotels to Aqaba Airport: $33
  • Private Transfer from Aqaba Airport to Tala Bay Hotels: $33
  • Aqaba Airport Private Transfer To Aqaba, Jordan : $35

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Aswan

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Aswan:

  • Aswan to Luxor Private Car Transfer: $80
  • Private Aswan Airport Transfer To Hotel : $16
  • Private Transfer from Aswan to Luxor: $78
  • Private transfer from Aswan to Luxor: $35
  • Transfer Service to Luxor from Aswan: $55
  • VIP Aswan to Hurghada Transfer: Luxury and Comfort: $190
  • 3-Days Travel Into The History to Aswan, Abu Simbel & Luxor with all Transfers: $233
  • Abu Simbel Shared Transfer: $20
  • Abu Simbel from Aswan in Egypt - Private Tour (guide and transfers Included): $209
  • Arrival Transfer from Aswan Airport to Hotels or Nile Cruise: $12
  • Arrival Transfer from Aswan Airport to Hotels or Nile Cruise in Aswan: $8.00
  • Aswan Airport Arrival Transfer: $16

Is it cheaper to fly into Aqaba or Aswan?

Prices for flights to both Aswan 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 $42
    Aswan $8.80

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Aqaba

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

  • Explore Wadi Rum: Jeep Tour, Bed and Breakfast, and Dinner: $43
  • Suhaila (connecting through cooking): $50
  • Overnight in Bedouin Camp. Dinner and breakfast included.: $56
  • 4 Hours Jeep Tour with Overnight in Bedouin Camp and Dinner: $70
  • 4 hour desert jeep tour with overnight in beduin camp including dinner&breakfast: $74
  • Wadi Rum Full Day Jeep Tour + Overnight + Dinner in Bedouin Camp: $87
  • Wadi Rum Full Day Jeep Tour + Overnight & Dinner in Bedouin Camp: $88
  • Wadi Rum Full Day Jeep Tour + Overnight in Bedouin Camp & Dinner : $88
  • Wadi Rum New Year Eve Party (Jeep Tour + Dinner + Music + Fireworks + Overnight): $112
  • 2 Day Wadi Rum Tour: Traditional Dinner and Starlit Cave Camp: $115
  • Wadi Rum Full Day Jeep Tour + Overnight + Dinner Under the Stars: $135
  • From Wadi Rum Full-Day Private Jeep Tour with Dinner: $169

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Aswan

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

  • Private Aswan Nubian Cooking Class and Market Tour: $30
  • Dinner at Soleih restaurant by vehicle: $33
  • Nubian Dinner in Nubian Village Of Aswan: $40
  • Nubian Dinner at Nubian Village: $49
  • Nubian Dinner at Nubian Village: $51
  • Dinner on board a cruise on the Nile: $59
  • Nubian lunch Or Dinner at Nubian village : $75
  • Private 3-Hour Nubian Party with Dinner and Pickup in Aswan: $77
  • Dinner In Nile Cruise in Aswan: $150

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Aqaba $54
    Aswan $9.39

Tours and Activities in Aqaba

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

  • Sightseeing Bike Rental in Aqaba: $7.00
  • Turgut camp with tour: $15
  • Aqaba Local Tour : $28
  • Stargazing Adventure in Jordan: $30
  • Aqaba Walking Tour : History ,Culture & Food: $30
  • Private Walking Tour in Aqaba City with Free Meal: $30
  • Glass-Bottom Boat 2-hours Tour and Coral-Reef Viewing from Aqaba: $30
  • 3-Hour Shore Dive or Snorkel Experiences in Aqaba: $30
  • 2 Hours Morning or Sunset Jeep Tour in Wadi Rum Desert Highlights: $35
  • 2 Hour Jeep Tour - Wadi Rum Desert & Canyon: $35
  • 2-Hour Sunset Tour Wadi Rum Desert Highlights: $35
  • 2 Hour Jeep Tour (Morning or Sunset) Wadi Rum Desert Highlights: $35

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
    $1.94

Tours and Activities in Aswan

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

  • Temple Of Kalabsha Entry Tickets: $5.70
  • Kalabsha Temple Entry Tickets: $6.62
  • Unfinished Obelisk Entry Ticket: $7.35
  • Unfinished Obelisk in Aswan Entry Ticket: $8.53
  • City Tour in Aswan by Bicycle : $17
  • Private Day Tour to Phalie Temple, High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk: $17
  • Philae Temple Entry Ticket: $17
  • 2 Hours Tour in Philae Temple: $19
  • Aswan City Tour by Horse Carriage: $19
  • Philae Temple Complex Skip the Line Entry Ticket: $20
  • Horse Carriage Ride with a Private Tour in Aswan: $20
  • Private Tour Sail on the Nile Aswan Felucca Ride : $20

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Aqaba $9.07
    Aswan $1.91


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.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Aqaba Expensive? and Is Aswan Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Aqaba or Aswan?

Aswan has a larger population, and is about 3 times larger than the population of Aqaba. When comparing the sizes of Aqaba and Aswan, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.