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

Should you visit Aqaba or Xi'an?

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

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


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.


Xi'an is an ancient city in the Shaanxi Province in China. Today it is most notable as the location of the Terracotta Warriors, but for visitors who choose to linger, there is so much more to see and do in the area. The city itself is more than 3,000 years old and for about one thousand years, through 13 dynasties and 73 emperors, it was the capital. Because of its rich history there are many historical ruins and a strong culture in the city. Today the city is a pleasant place to visit, although much of it's influence and power has dwindled. The city has both cosmopolitan and modern areas as well as historic and culturally rich areas. The neighborhoods are diverse and by exploring the city in depth you can learn a little more about what China really has to offer.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Luxury Tours to Jordan, The Best Budget Tours to Jordan, The Best 10-Day Tours in China, and The Best One Week (7-Day) Tours in China.

Which place is cheaper, Xi'an 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 Xi'an is $94. 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 Xi'an in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Aqaba $59
    Xi'an $60
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Aqaba $118
    Xi'an $120
Compare Hotels in Aqaba and Xi'an

Looking for a hotel in Aqaba or Xi'an? 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 Xian

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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.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Aqaba $24
    Xi'an $12

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
  • Aqaba Airport AQJ Private Transfer to Multi Destinations: $65
  • Aqaba Airport Private Transfer To Aqaba, Jordan : $35
  • Aqaba Airport transfer to Aqaba City: $25
  • Aqaba King Hussein Airport (AQJ): Transfer to Aqaba hotels: $164
  • Aqaba King Hussein Airport to Petra Round-Trip Private Transfer: $107
  • Aqaba King Hussein Intl Airport to Aqaba-Arrival Private Transfer: $33
  • Aqaba King Hussein Intl Airport to Petra-Arrival Private Transfer: $53
  • Aqaba Or Aqaba Airport Private Transfer To Dead Sea, Jordan: $185
  • Aqaba Private Transfer To Wadi Rum, Jordan: $70
  • Aqaba Private Transfer from/to Amman, Airport, Dead Sea or K.H.B: $125
  • Aqaba to Aqaba King Hussein Airport - Departure Private Transfer: $33

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Xi'an

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Xi'an:

  • 1-way Private Transfer: Xi'an City Hotel to Airport/Train Station: $55
  • Airport Transfer] Xi'an Airport Xi'an City Transfer High reputation for service! : $27
  • From Xian: Terracotta Army and City Wall Tour with Airport Transfer: $194
  • Mt. Hua Entrance Ticket w/ Shuttle Bus&Cable Car&Private Transfer: $224
  • One-Way Airport Transfer From Xi'an Xianyang International Airport to Xi'an Hotel: $75
  • Private 1-way Transfer: Xi'an North Station/Airport to City Hotel: $58
  • Private Airport Transfer: Xi'an Hotel to Xianyang International Airport: $29
  • Private Departure Transfer:Xi'an City Hotel to Any Xi'an Railway Station: $30
  • Private Guided Transfer to Terracotta Warriors, City Wall, Small Wild Pagoda: $189
  • Private High-speed Train Arrival Transfer: Xi'an Bei (North) Station to Hotel: $30
  • Private High-speed Train Departure Transfer: Hotel to Xi'an Bei (North) Station: $30
  • Private Round-trip Airport Transfer to Terracotta Army & City Wall with A Guide: $259

Is it cheaper to fly into Aqaba or Xi'an?

Prices for flights to both Xi'an 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 Meals for one day
    Aqaba $42
    Xi'an $12

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: $65
  • 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
  • Wadi Rum Full Day Jeep Tour + Overnight & Dinner in Bedouin Camp: $89
  • 2 Day Wadi Rum Tour: Traditional Dinner and Starlit Cave Camp: $115
  • From Wadi Rum Full-Day Private Jeep Tour with Dinner: $169
  • 4 Hours Jeep Tour with Overnight in Bedouin Camp and Dinner: $286

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Xi'an

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Xi'an.

  • Skip the Line: Xi'an Tang Dynasty Show Ticket & Dumpling Dinner or Royal Banquet: $32
  • Xian Muslim Quarter: 2-Hour Small Group Walking Food Tour : $36
  • Dinner and Show of Tang Dynasty Palace in Xian: $40
  • Tang Dynasty Show with Optional Dinner: $51
  • Tang Dynasty Dinner Show with Private transfer: $55
  • Half-day Xi'an Biang Biang Noodles Cooking Class with Spice Market Visit: $65
  • Private Xi'an Food Tour: $65
  • Xi'an Evening Food Tour by TukTuk: $69
  • 3-Hour Biang Biang Noodles Cooking Class in Xi'an: $75
  • Authentic Old Xi'an Back Street Food Tour : $75
  • Xi'an Tang Dynasty Show and Dumpling Dinner with Hotel Transfer: $76
  • Half-day Xi'an Steamed Buns(Baozi) Cooking Class with Market Visit: $78

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Aqaba $54
    Xi'an $35

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
  • Private Snorkeling Experience in Aqaba Red Sea: $27
  • Aqaba Local Tour : $28
  • Stargazing Adventure in Jordan: $30
  • Aqaba Walking Tour : History ,Culture & Food: $30
  • Glass-Bottom Boat 2-hours Tour and Coral-Reef Viewing from Aqaba: $30
  • 2-Hour Sunset Tour Wadi Rum Desert Highlights: $35
  • 2 Hours Morning or Sunset Jeep Tour in Wadi Rum Desert Highlights: $35
  • 2 Hour Jeep Tour - Wadi Rum Desert & Canyon: $35
  • 3 hours Jeep Tour in Wadi Rum: $35
  • 2 Hour Jeep Tour (Morning or Sunset) Wadi Rum Desert Highlights: $35

Tours and Activities in Xi'an

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

  • Xi'an Virtual Tour: Emperor Qin Shi Huang and His Terracotta Army: $15
  • Terra-cotta Warriors Entrance Ticket with Optional Guided Service: $26
  • Terracotta Warriors 5-Hour Private Tour w/ Optional Pickup Point: $26
  • Terracotta Army Ticket: $28
  • Terracotta Army Tickets: $28
  • Terracotta Army Ticket Booking: $28
  • Terracotta Warriors Tickets Booking: $32
  • Group Bus Tour to Terracotta Warriors with Hotel Pickup & Lunch: $35
  • Tang Dynasty Palace Show Tickets Booking: $37
  • Xi'an City Wall: Guided Tour with Cycling Option: $43
  • Guided Leisure Walking Tour to Muslim Quarter in Xi'an: $46
  • Xi'an City Walking Tour: $46

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Aqaba $9.07
    Xi'an $7.22

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

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

Which is Bigger, Aqaba or Xi'an?

Xi'an has a larger population, and is about 30 times larger than the population of Aqaba. When comparing the sizes of Aqaba and Xi'an, 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.