Should you visit Aqaba or Dahab?
If you're trying to decide where to visit between Aqaba or Dahab, 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 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.
Dahab is a small town on the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt. It is located about 85 kilometers north of Sharm el-Sheikh and sits on the Gulf of Aqaba. It's a popular destination with divers and backpackers alike, and offers some of the best snorkeling and diving that you'll find in the Red Sea. It's a great alternative to the resort driven Sharm el-Sheikh, and is popular with independent travelers who are looking for affordable accommodation. There are some upmarket options however, predominantly in the Laguna area, but budget facilities are not hard to find.
Which city is cheaper, Dahab 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 Dahab is $16. 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 Dahab in more detail.
A hotel room in Aqaba is about $78 This assumes double occupancy and modest accommodations.
Travelers usually pay around $17 for a double occupancy room in Dahab If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.
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 Dahab cost around $4.85 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 $1.94.
Meals for one day
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):
Typical Food prices in Dahab
For Dahab, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:
Seafood Dinner (for 2)
Breakfast for Two
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Dahab
For Dahab, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Beduine Dinner In Dahab:
Bedouin Dinner in the Mountains In Dahab:
Bedouin Dinner With Camel Ride In Dahab:
Stargazer+ Camel riding + Bedouin dinner from Dahab:
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.
To get around in Dahab, the average visitor spends $1.30 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.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Aqaba
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Aqaba:
Private Transfer: Aqaba Hotels to Aqaba Airport:
Private Transfer: Aqaba Airport to Sheikh Hussein Border or vice versa:
Private Transfer: Aqaba Airport to Petra City Hotels:
Private Transfer: Aqaba Airport to Ma'in Hotel:
Private Transfer from/To (Aqaba Airport - Aqaba City):
Private Transfer from Aqaba Tala bay Hotels to Aqaba Airport:
Private Transfer from Aqaba Airport to Wadi Rum:
Private Transfer from Aqaba Airport to Tala Bay Hotels:
Private Transfer from Aqaba Airport to Dead Sea Hotels:
Private Transfer from Aqaba Airport to Aqaba City Hotels:
Private Transfer from Aqaba Airport to Amman Hotels:
Private Transfer Araba Border to Amman Queen Alia Airport:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dahab
Also for Dahab, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Private Transfer from Dahab to Sharm El Sheikh (SSH) Airport:
Private transfer from your Hotel in Dahab to Sharm el sheikh airport:
In Dahab, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $4.38 per person, per day.
Tours and Activities in Aqaba
Here are a few actual costs in Aqaba for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
1 Day Tour to Petra from Aqaba Hotels:
1 Day tours:
2 Days 1 Night in Wadi Rum Jeep Tour:
2 Days Private Tour to Wadi Rum and Petra from Eilbat:
2 Days Wadi Rum and Petra Tour from Wadi Arava Border:
2-Day Tour: Petra, Wadi Rum from Aqaba:
2-Night Jordan Private Tour: Petra, Wadi Rum from Wadi Araba Border Crossing:
3 Days Private Wadi Rum Experience with Petra from Eilat:
Aqaba Day Tour:
Aqaba Dog Shelter Conservation Experience:
Aqaba Hooh Sweets Making Experience:
Aqaba Shore Excursions - Wadi Rum Day Tour:
Tours and Activities in Dahab
For Dahab, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
St. Catherine Monastery & Mt. Sinai Sunrise Tour from Dahab:
Three Pools snorkeling and Quad Bike tour in Dahab:
4x4 Jeep Adventure from Dahab:
Blue Hole - Abu Galum -Blue Lagoon Tour and Lunch From Dahab:
Mt Sinai Sunrise and St Catherine Monastery Tour from Dahab:
Camel Ride + Blue Hole Snorkel + Quad Bike Tour With Lunch From Dahab:
St. cathrine monastery tour from dahab:
Mount Moses & St. Catherine (Sunset) Tour from Dahab:
Nabq National Park Day Tour from Dahab:
Ras Mohammed by Car One Day Tour from Dahab:
St. Catherine Monastery /The White Canyon/Ain Khudra Oasis Tour from Dahab:
Private Tour Mt Sinai Sunrise and St Catherine Monastery from Dahab:
Typically, people visiting Dahab spend on average $1.31 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Aqaba and Dahab, we can see that Aqaba is more expensive. And not only is Dahab much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Aqaba is in Middle East and Dahab 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 Dahab would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Dahab 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 Dahab.
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