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

Should you visit Aqaba or Dubai?

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

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

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.

Dubai

Ever wonder what it would be like to see the lifestyles of the rich and famous up close. There's no more upscale destination than Dubai. It's by far and away the spot for shopping, partying, sunbathing, fine dining and the most luxurious of luxury. As the most modern and progressive of the seven emirates in the United Arab Emirates, this area has experienced an unbelievable economic boom and tourism spike. It's a desert city with an amazing infrastructure.

Which place is cheaper, Dubai 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 Dubai is $248. 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 Dubai in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Aqaba $59
    Dubai $170
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Aqaba $118
    Dubai $340
Compare Hotels in Aqaba and Dubai

Looking for a hotel in Aqaba or Dubai? 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 Dubai


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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 Dubai Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Aqaba $24
    Dubai $13

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Aqaba

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Aqaba:

  • Amman: Day Trip Petra & Wadi Rum Guided Tour with Transfer: $466
  • Sheikh Hussein Crossing Private Transfer to or from Aqaba: $250
  • Private Transfer: Aqaba Airport to Sheikh Hussein Border or vice versa: $193
  • Aqaba Or Aqaba Airport Private Transfer To Dead Sea, Jordan: $185
  • Private Transfer from Aqaba Airport to Allenby King Hussein Bridge: $173
  • Aqaba King Hussein Airport (AQJ): Transfer to Aqaba hotels: $164
  • Private Transfer from Aqaba Airport to Dead Sea Hotels: $160
  • Private Transfer Aqaba Airport to Amman Queen Alia Airport: $153
  • Private Transfer from Araba Border to Amman Queen Alia Airport: $153
  • Aqaba Border Yitzhak Rabin Terminal to Petra Private Transfer: $140
  • Wadi Araba Border (Eilat) Private Transfer To Petra: $135
  • Private Transfer from Aqaba Airport to Amman Hotels: $133

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Dubai

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Dubai:


  • Taxi Ride
    $12
  • Airport Taxi
    $12
  • Sea Taxi
    $0.54

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dubai

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

  • Banana Boat Ride Dubai With Transfer: $190
  • Dining Experience at Armani Hotel Burj Khalifa With Transfers: $185
  • Dubai Frame & La Perle Dragon Dubai (Bronze) With Transfer: $210
  • Dubai Frame With Transfers: $61
  • Ekart Zabeel Dubai With Transfer: $150
  • Global Village Dubai With Private transfer: $85
  • Inside Burj Al Arab Tour with Gold Cappuccino and Transfer: $190
  • Jet Ski Adventure in Dubai with Optional Transfers: $110
  • Wild Wadi Water Park with Round-Trip Transfers: $170
  • 1 Day 1 Park (Motiongate or Legoland) with Private Transfer: $185
  • 1-Hour Quad Biking Tour with Transfer from Dubai: $61
  • 12 Minute Helicopter Ride in Dubai with Optional Transfer: $255

Is it cheaper to fly into Aqaba or Dubai?

Prices for flights to both Dubai 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
    Dubai $56

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 hour desert jeep tour with overnight in beduin camp including dinner&breakfast: $68
  • 4 Hours Jeep Tour with Overnight in Bedouin Camp and Dinner: $70
  • Wadi Rum Full Day Jeep Tour + Overnight in Bedouin Camp & Dinner : $76
  • 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 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

Typical Food Prices in Dubai

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Dubai:


  • French bread
    $0.95
  • Sumo salad in Dubai Mall + Juice
    $10
  • Lemon Mint Tea
    $4.36
  • Coffee & Cake
    $6.53
  • Smoothie
    $5.45
  • Shawarma
    $1.91

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Dubai

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

  • Sunset Deira Dhow Cruise with Buffet Dinner and Entertainment: $12
  • Romantic Sightseeing Dhow Cruise Dinner Deira Creek: $13
  • Dhow Dinner Cruise with International Buffet: $15
  • Romantic Dhow Creek Dinner Cruise With Live Shows and International Buffet : $15
  • Romantic Sightseeing Dhow Cruise Dinner: $15
  • Dhow Cruise Tour with Dinner in Deira Creek - Dubai: $15
  • Dhow Cruise with Dinner and Live Entertainment at Dubai Creek: $15
  • 2-Hour Evening Dhow Cruise and Dinner: $15
  • Dhow Dinner Cruise with International Buffet in Dubai: $15
  • Dhow Cruise Dinner Dubai Creek with Buffet Dinner: $16
  • Dhow Cruise Dinner Dubai Creek: $17
  • Romantic Dhow Cruise Dinner in Dubai Creek: $17

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Aqaba $54
    Dubai $19

Tours and Activities in Aqaba

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

  • Day Tour in Jeep Tour with Bedouin Guide: $81
  • Discover the Depths: Aqaba's Ultimate private Dive Experience: $55
  • Full-Day Jeep Tour in Wadi Rum without Overnight Stay: $85
  • Private Lawrence of Arabia Wadi Rum Overnight Bedouin Experience from Aqaba : $248
  • Wadi Rum Safari Tours: $108
  • 02 Hrs Jeep tour in Wadi Rum : $37
  • 03 Hrs Jeep tour in Wadi Rum: $47
  • 04 Hrs Jeep tour in Wadi Rum: $63
  • 05 Hrs Jeep tour in Wadi Rum: $68
  • 06 Hours Jeep Tour in Wadi Rum : $84
  • 1 Day & 1 Night | Stay & Jeep + Camel Tour in Wadi Rum | Magic Bedouin Star: $136
  • 1 Day Camel tour with lunch: $100

Typical Entertainment Prices in Dubai

For Dubai, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:


  • Visit to the Dubai Museum
    $0.82

Tours and Activities in Dubai

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

  • Dubai Guided Old Town Tour, Abra Boat, Gold & Spice Souk: $4.63
  • Walking Tour, Old Town, Abra, Souks & Street Food: $4.90
  • A Self-Guided Tour of Dubai’s Origins in Deira: $5.99
  • Global Village Entry Ticket: $6.13
  • Burj Khalifa, Dubai Hidden Gems - Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour: $6.38
  • Souqs, Old city & Abra boat tour with guide: $7.90
  • Old Dubai with Museums, Abra Cruise, SouksŲŒTastings: $8.17
  • Pearl Merchants and Palm Trees: A Self-Guided Tour of Sharjah: $8.99
  • Dubai Self-Guided Audio Tour: $9.00
  • Old Town Tour with Museums, Souks, and Boat Trip: $9.26
  • Guided Old Town Tour with Souks, Tastings & Boat Tour: $9.39
  • Global Village Entrance Skip the Tickets Line : $9.77

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Aqaba $9.07
    Dubai $23

Typical Alcohol Prices in Dubai

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Dubai:


  • A Couple Drinks
    $25

Sample the Local Flavors in Dubai

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Dubai:

  • Pub Crawl Nightlife Tours: $66
  • Pub Crawl Nightlife Tour: $67
  • Pub Crawl Private, Birthdays & Corporate Events: $110


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Aqaba and Dubai, we can see that Dubai 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 Dubai would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Dubai than you might in Aqaba.

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


Which is Bigger, Aqaba or Dubai?

Dubai has a larger population, and is about 10 times larger than the population of Aqaba. When comparing the sizes of Aqaba and Dubai, 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.


When is the best time to visit Aqaba or Dubai?

Both destinations experience a warmer climate most of the year. Instead of summer and winter seasons, they usually have a rainy season and a dry season. Although in the rainy season, it doesn't necessarily rain every day.

Should I visit Aqaba or Dubai in the Summer?

Both Dubai and Aqaba during the summer are popular places to visit. Plenty of visitors come to Aqaba because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Dubai year-round.

June to August is the dry season in Dubai. Aqaba usually gets less rain in July than Dubai. Aqaba gets 0 mm (0 in) of rain, while Dubai receives 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain this time of the year.

Dubai can become quite hot in the summer. The heat can be very extreme in Aqaba. In the summer, Aqaba is around the same temperature as Dubai. Typically, the summer temperatures in Aqaba in July average around 33°C (91°F), and Dubai averages at about 35°C (95°F).


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

Should I visit Aqaba or Dubai in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Aqaba and Dubai. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Aqaba year-round. Dubai attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate.

In October, Aqaba usually receives less rain than Dubai. Aqaba gets 1 mm (0 in) of rain, while Dubai receives 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain each month for the autumn.

In October, Aqaba is generally cooler than Dubai. Daily temperatures in Aqaba average around 26°C (79°F), and Dubai fluctuates around 29°C (84°F).


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

Should I visit Aqaba or Dubai in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Aqaba as well as Dubai. Aqaba attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate. The warm climate attracts visitors to Dubai throughout the year.

January to March in Dubai is the rainy season. Aqaba usually gets less rain in January than Dubai. Aqaba gets 3 mm (0.1 in) of rain, while Dubai receives 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain this time of the year.

Aqaba is cooler than Dubai in the winter. The daily temperature in Aqaba averages around 14°C (57°F) in January, and Dubai fluctuates around 19°C (66°F).


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Aqaba 14°C (57°F) 
    Dubai 19°C (66°F)

Should I visit Aqaba or Dubai in the Spring?

Both Dubai and Aqaba are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities. The warm climate attracts visitors to Aqaba throughout the year. Plenty of visitors come to Dubai because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year.

The dry season in Dubai is June to August. In April, Aqaba usually receives less rain than Dubai. Aqaba gets 1 mm (0 in) of rain, while Dubai receives 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain each month for the spring.

In the spring, Aqaba is around the same temperature as Dubai. Typically, the spring temperatures in Aqaba in April average around 24°C (75°F), and Dubai averages at about 26°C (79°F).


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Aqaba 24°C (75°F) 
    Dubai 26°C (79°F)

Typical Weather for Dubai and Aqaba

Aqaba Dubai
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 14°C (57°F) 3 mm (0.1 in) 19°C (66°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Feb 16°C (61°F) 1 mm (0 in) 20°C (68°F) 40 mm (1.6 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) 26°C (79°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) 20 mm (0.8 in)