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

Should you visit Aswan or Islamabad?

Should I visit Aswan or Islamabad? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

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.

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.

Which city is cheaper, Islamabad or Aswan?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Aswan is $40, while the average daily cost in Islamabad is $55. 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 Aswan and Islamabad in more detail.



Accommodation

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around $16. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Aswan the cost is $32 on average.

Travelers usually pay around $54 for a double occupancy room in Islamabad If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Aswan $16
    Islamabad $27
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Aswan $32
    Islamabad $54

Food

On average, meal and food prices in Aswan cost around $14 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 $5.60.

On average, meal and food prices in Islamabad cost around $20 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 $8.00.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Aswan $14
    Islamabad $20

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Aswan

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

  • Nubian Dinner With Enchanted Events: $35
  • Nubian Dinner at Nubian Village: $49
  • Dinner on board a cruise on the Nile: $59
  • Private 3-Hour Nubian Party with Dinner and Pickup in Aswan: $75
  • Nubian Dinner with enchanted events: $86

Local Transportation

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $10 per day to get around in Aswan.

To get around in Islamabad, the average visitor spends $10 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.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Aswan $10
    Islamabad $10

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Aswan

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Aswan:

  • Transfer from Aswan to Abu Simbel: $269
  • One Way Transfer from Aswan to Hurghada - 25 Seater: $263
  • Private transfer from aswan Airport To Marsa alam: $216
  • Transfer from Aswan to hurghada: $200
  • One Way Transfer from Aswan to Hurghada– Premium: $172
  • One Way Transfer from Aswan to Hurghada– Standard: $167
  • Transfer from Aswan to Luxor: $155
  • Aswan : 3-Days GUIDED Tours to Aswan, Abu Simbel and Luxor & All Transfers: $149
  • Private transfer From Aswan Airport To Luxor Hotel: $130
  • Private Transfer from Aswan to Marsa Alam: $125
  • Full-Day Private Tour to Abu Simbel Complex with Transfer: $125
  • Private transfer from Aswan Airport to luxor Hotel: $112

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Islamabad

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

  • Lahore Airport Transfer: $40
  • Chauffeur: Islamabad Airport Round Trip Private Transfers: $40
  • Karachi Airport Transfer: $40
  • Islamabad Airport Transfer: $40
  • Islamabad Private Airport Transfer: $41
  • Islamabad Private Airport Transfer: $41
  • Islamabad International Airport Departure Drop off Transfer: $45
  • Islamabad International Airport Arrival Pick up Transfer: $45
  • Islamabad International Airport Transfer - ARRIVAL: $50
  • Islamabad International Airport Transfer - DEPARTURE: $50
  • Airport Transfers Islamabad: $53
  • Airport Transfers Peshawar: $53

Is it cheaper to fly into Aswan or Islamabad?

Prices for flights to both Islamabad and Aswan 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.





Entertainment

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $15 per person, per day in Aswan. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.

In Islamabad, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $13 per person, per day.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Aswan $15
    Islamabad $13
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
    $3.82

Tours and Activities in Aswan

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

  • (2 nights / 3 days )Nile cruise from Luxor to aswan: $200
  • (2 nights / 3 days )Nile cruise from Luxor to aswan: $180
  • (7nights 8 days) ( nile cruise from Aswan to luxor –hurghada - Cairo): $1,090
  • 04 Days - 03 Nights Nile Cruise from Aswan to Luxor: $542
  • 04 Days - 03 Nights Nile Cruise from Aswan to Luxor: $380
  • 1 Day Tour to Abu Simbel from Aswan By Car: $120
  • 1 night/ 2 days Coptic archaeological tour from Aswan: $375
  • 13 Days,Luxury tour, Cairo, luxor,,Aswan,Sharm El Sheikh(Nile and Sea Escapade): $1,450
  • 2 Nights tours: luxor, Aswan,air balloon&abu simbel by sleeping train from Cairo: $690
  • 2 nights Nile cruise includes tours from Aswan to luxor: $230
  • 2 nights Nile cruise includes tours from Aswan to luxor: $238
  • 2 nights nile cruise from aswan to luxor,hot deal: $160

Tours and Activities in Islamabad

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

  • Islamabad City Tour: $50
  • Islamabad City Tour: Covid-19 safe & PRIVATE tour: $55
  • Hiking Adventure through Margalla Hills, north of Islamabad.: $56
  • Islamabad City Tour With Lunch at Monal: $61
  • Shopping Tour: Half Day Islamabad Markets Exploration Tour: $75
  • Half Day Private Instagram Guided City Tour: $80
  • Islamabad In & Around Full Day Customized City Tour: $80
  • Private Tour: Half Day Islamabad Saidpur Village Exploration Tour: $80
  • Shopping Tour: Full Day Islamabad Markets Exploration Tour: $85
  • Private Tour: Islamabad Full Day Customized Exploration Tour: $90
  • Private Tour: Hidden Gems of Islamabad Exploration Tour: $90
  • Best of Islamabad City Landmarks Exploration Tour (Private & Guided).: $95

Alcohol

The average person spends about $3.00 on alcoholic beverages in Aswan per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Islamabad, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $3.81.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Aswan $3.00
    Islamabad $3.81


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Aswan and Islamabad, we can see that Islamabad is more expensive. And not only is Aswan much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Aswan is in Africa 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 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 Islamabad would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Islamabad than you might in Aswan.

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