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

Should you visit Aqaba or Islamabad?

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

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

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.

Islamabad

Islamabad is the capital of Pakistan, specially built in the 1960's to replace the former capital, Karachi. Most of the city's population are employees of the government, though many people come from all over Pakistan to enjoy the city's peaceful atmosphere and green spaces, museums, and monuments.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Luxury Tours to Jordan, The Best Budget Tours to Jordan, The Best Adventure Tours to Pakistan, and The Best Cultural Tours in Pakistan.


Which place is cheaper, Islamabad or Aqaba?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Aqaba is $127, while the average daily cost in Islamabad is $42. 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 Islamabad in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Aqaba $59
    Islamabad $20
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Aqaba $118
    Islamabad $40
Compare Hotels in Aqaba and Islamabad

Looking for a hotel in Aqaba or Islamabad? 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 Islamabad


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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 Islamabad Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Aqaba $24
    Islamabad $7.68

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Aqaba

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Aqaba:

  • Amman: Day Trip Petra & Wadi Rum Guided Tour with Transfer: $490
  • Sheikh Hussein Crossing Private Transfer to or from Aqaba: $250
  • Private Transfer: From Amman City To Wadi Rum: $209
  • 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: $162
  • Private Transfer Aqaba Airport 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 Wadi Rum to Amman Airport: $133
  • Private Transfer from Aqaba Airport to Amman Hotels: $133

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Islamabad

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

  • Islamabad International Airport Arrival Pick up Transfer: $55
  • Islamabad International Airport Departure Drop off Transfer : $55
  • Islamabad International Airport Transfer: $35
  • Islamabad International Airport Transfer - ARRIVAL: $40
  • Premium Services: Islamabad International Airport Transfer - Arrival: $55
  • Premium Services: Islamabad International Airport Transfer - Departures: $55
  • Private Chauffeur: Arrival Transfer Airport Pick up (Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore): $50
  • Private Transfer from Islamabad Airport to Pakistan: $61
  • Transit Trip: Islamabad City Exploration Day Tour & Round Trip Airport Transfer: $110

Is it cheaper to fly into Aqaba or Islamabad?

Prices for flights to both Islamabad 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
    Islamabad $15

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Aqaba

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

  • Suhaila (connecting through cooking): $50
  • Explore Wadi Rum: Jeep Tour, Bed and Breakfast, and Dinner: $63
  • 4 hour desert jeep tour with overnight in beduin camp including dinner&breakfast: $85
  • Wadi Rum Full Day Jeep Tour + Overnight + Dinner in Bedouin Camp: $87
  • 2 Day Wadi Rum Tour: Traditional Dinner and Starlit Cave Camp: $115
  • From Wadi Rum Full-Day Private Jeep Tour with Dinner: $169

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Aqaba $54
    Islamabad $9.48

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: $54
  • 06 Hours Jeep Tour in Wadi Rum : $84
  • 2 Days 1 Night in Wadi Rum Jeep Tour: $204
  • 2 Days private tour Petra, Wadi Rum (overnight) from Amman: $682
  • 2 Hour Jeep Tour - Wadi Rum Desert & Canyon: $35
  • 2 hours Jeep tour in Wadi Rum with Bedouin guide (incl. bottled water and tea): $100
  • 2-Hour Desert Guided Activities Tour in Wadi Rum: $50
  • 2-Hour Private Scuba Experience in Aqaba : $48
  • 2-Hour Sunset Tour Wadi Rum Desert Highlights: $35
  • 2-day Hiking Adventure and Jeep Tour from Wadi Rum: $183
  • 3 Days Wadi Rum Jebel Burdah Tour: $241

Tours and Activities in Islamabad

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

  • Islamabad In & Around Full Day Customized City Tour: $80
  • Private Tour: Half Day Islamabad Saidpur Village Exploration Tour: $80
  • Full-Day Sightseeing Tour Of Islamabad: $85
  • Private Tour: Islamabad Full Day Customized Exploration Tour: $90
  • Shopping Tour: Full Day Islamabad Markets Exploration Tour: $90
  • Islamabad Instagram Tour: Most Famous Spots (Private & All-Inclusive): $95
  • City Tour with Faisal Mosque and Lake View Park: $95
  • Best of Islamabad City Landmarks Exploration Tour (Private & Guided).: $95
  • Guided Top 5 Wonders Exploration Tour: $95
  • Full Day Private City Tour Of Islamabad: $98
  • Best of Islamabad Half Day Tour With Meal At Monal Restaurant (Morn & Eve Slots): $100
  • Islamabad City Tour With Faisal Mosque, Pakistan Monument & Lunch : $110

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Aqaba $9.07
    Islamabad $2.88


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Aqaba and Islamabad, we can see that Aqaba is more expensive. And not only is Islamabad much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Aqaba is in Middle East and Islamabad is in Asia, 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 Islamabad would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Islamabad 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 Islamabad.

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


Which is Bigger, Aqaba or Islamabad?

Islamabad has a larger population, and is about 6 times larger than the population of Aqaba. When comparing the sizes of Aqaba and Islamabad, 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 Islamabad?

Islamabad has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, but Aqaba experiences a warm climate with fairly sunny weather most of the year.

Should I visit Aqaba or Islamabad in the Summer?

Both Islamabad 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.

It's very hot in Islamabad this time of the year. Aqaba can become quite hot in the summer. In July, Aqaba is generally around the same temperature as Islamabad. Daily temperatures in Aqaba average around 33°C (91°F), and Islamabad fluctuates around 32°C (90°F).

In Islamabad, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Aqaba. In the summer, Aqaba often gets more sunshine than Islamabad. Aqaba gets 384 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Islamabad receives 247 hours of full sun.

Islamabad gets a good bit of rain this time of year. Aqaba usually gets less rain in July than Islamabad. Aqaba gets 0 mm (0 in) of rain, while Islamabad receives 237 mm (9.3 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Aqaba 33°C (91°F) 
    Islamabad 32°C (90°F)

Should I visit Aqaba or Islamabad in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Aqaba and Islamabad. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Aqaba year-round.

Aqaba is around the same temperature as Islamabad in the autumn. The daily temperature in Aqaba averages around 26°C (79°F) in October, and Islamabad fluctuates around 26°C (80°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Islamabad this time of the year. In Aqaba, it's very sunny this time of the year. Aqaba usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Islamabad during autumn. Aqaba gets 295 hours of sunny skies, while Islamabad receives 287 hours of full sun in the autumn.

In October, Aqaba usually receives less rain than Islamabad. Aqaba gets 1 mm (0 in) of rain, while Islamabad receives 12 mm (0.5 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Aqaba 26°C (79°F) 
    Islamabad 26°C (80°F)

Should I visit Aqaba or Islamabad in the Winter?

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

In the winter, Aqaba is around the same temperature as Islamabad. Typically, the winter temperatures in Aqaba in January average around 14°C (57°F), and Islamabad averages at about 14°C (57°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Islamabad. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Aqaba this time of the year. In the winter, Aqaba often gets more sunshine than Islamabad. Aqaba gets 234 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Islamabad receives 213 hours of full sun.

Aqaba usually gets less rain in January than Islamabad. Aqaba gets 3 mm (0.1 in) of rain, while Islamabad receives 34 mm (1.3 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Aqaba 14°C (57°F) 
    Islamabad 14°C (57°F)

Should I visit Aqaba or Islamabad in the Spring?

Both Islamabad and Aqaba are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities. The warm climate attracts visitors to Aqaba throughout the year.

In April, Aqaba is generally cooler than Islamabad. Daily temperatures in Aqaba average around 24°C (75°F), and Islamabad fluctuates around 27°C (80°F).

It's quite sunny in Islamabad. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Aqaba. Aqaba usually receives more sunshine than Islamabad during spring. Aqaba gets 282 hours of sunny skies, while Islamabad receives 258 hours of full sun in the spring.

In April, Aqaba usually receives less rain than Islamabad. Aqaba gets 1 mm (0 in) of rain, while Islamabad receives 37 mm (1.4 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Aqaba 24°C (75°F) 
    Islamabad 27°C (80°F)

Typical Weather for Islamabad and Aqaba

Aqaba Islamabad
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 14°C (57°F) 3 mm (0.1 in) 14°C (57°F) 34 mm (1.3 in)
Feb 16°C (61°F) 1 mm (0 in) 16°C (61°F) 50 mm (2 in)
Mar 19°C (66°F) 1 mm (0 in) 21°C (70°F) 61 mm (2.4 in)
Apr 24°C (75°F) 1 mm (0 in) 27°C (80°F) 37 mm (1.4 in)
May 27°C (81°F) 0 mm (0 in) 32°C (89°F) 32 mm (1.3 in)
Jun 31°C (88°F) 0 mm (0 in) 35°C (94°F) 52 mm (2 in)
Jul 33°C (91°F) 0 mm (0 in) 32°C (90°F) 237 mm (9.3 in)
Aug 33°C (91°F) 0 mm (0 in) 31°C (89°F) 221 mm (8.7 in)
Sep 31°C (88°F) 0 mm (0 in) 31°C (87°F) 78 mm (3.1 in)
Oct 26°C (79°F) 1 mm (0 in) 26°C (80°F) 12 mm (0.5 in)
Nov 20°C (68°F) 2 mm (0.1 in) 20°C (68°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Dec 15°C (59°F) 3 mm (0.1 in) 15°C (59°F) 30 mm (1.2 in)


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