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

Should you visit Aswan or Islamabad?

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

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

Where Should I go: Aswan or Islamabad?


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 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 10-Day Tours in Egypt, The Best One Week (7-Day) Tours in Egypt, The Best Adventure Tours to Pakistan, and The Best Cultural Tours in Pakistan.

Which place 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 $16, 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 Aswan and Islamabad in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Aswan $6.75
    Islamabad $20
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Aswan $14
    Islamabad $40
Compare Hotels in Aswan and Islamabad

Looking for a hotel in Aswan 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 Aswan

Hotels in Islamabad

Kayak helps you find the best prices for hotels, flights, and rental cars for destinations around the world. Compare prices for multiple destinations when planning your next trip.

Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Aswan Hotel Prices and Islamabad Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Aswan $4.34
    Islamabad $7.68

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Aswan

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Aswan:

  • 3-Days Travel Into The History to Aswan, Abu Simbel & Luxor with all Transfers: $299
  • Private Transfer from Aswan to temple of Abu Simbel: $230
  • Hurghada: Private Transfer To/From Aswan: $200
  • Private Transfer To/From Hurghada: $200
  • Family Friendly Transfer from Aswan to Hurghada: $175
  • Private Transfer From Aswan Airport or Hotel to Hurghada: $160
  • Transfer from Aswan To Luxor: $114
  • Full Day Tour to Luxor from Aswan with Transfers and Guide: $100
  • Private Trip To Kom Ombo And Edfu Temple With Transfer From Aswan: $100
  • Private Transfer From Aswan To Hurghada: $99
  • Private Transfer from Aswan to Luxor by Private Vehicle or Retun: $95
  • Private transfer from aswan to luxor with visits: $93

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Islamabad

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

  • Islamabad International Airport Transfer: $35
  • Islamabad International Airport Transfer - ARRIVAL: $40
  • Private Chauffeur: Arrival Transfer Airport Pick up (Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore): $50
  • Islamabad International Airport Departure Drop off Transfer : $55
  • Islamabad International Airport Arrival Pick up Transfer: $55
  • Premium Services: Islamabad International Airport Transfer - Arrival: $55
  • Premium Services: Islamabad International Airport Transfer - Departures: $55
  • 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 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.

  • Food Meals for one day
    Aswan $5.73
    Islamabad $15

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Aswan

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

  • Dinner at Soleih restaurant by vehicle: $33
  • Nubian Dinner in Nubian Village Of Aswan: $40
  • Your Grandmothers Cooking Class In Aswan : $90
  • Dinner In Nile Cruise in Aswan: $150

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Aswan $6.11
    Islamabad $9.48
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

Tours and Activities in Aswan

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

  • 2-DaysTour from Aswan Philae the High Dam the Unfinished Obelisk and Abu Simbel: $90
  • Abu Simbel Day tour from Aswan: $50
  • Abu Simbel Private Tour from Aswan : $110
  • Abu Simbel Temples Full Day Tour From Aswan With Entry Tickets : $99
  • Aswan : Full Day Private Guided Tour to the Legend of Abu Simbel Temples: $125
  • Full-Day Private Tour to Abu Simbel Temples in Aswan With Guide : $100
  • Guided Tour of Philae Temple in Aswan Egypt: $22
  • Kayak Tour around the Temple of Philae & Heissa Island : $27
  • Nubian Village Tour - Animalia : $84
  • Nubian Village and Philae Temple Private Guided Tour From Aswan: $30
  • Philae Temple Night Experience (Sound and Light show). : $65
  • Philae Temple and Aswan High Dam Tour: $44

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 Drinks for one day
    Aswan $1.24
    Islamabad $2.88

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.

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

Which is Bigger, Aswan or Islamabad?

Islamabad has a larger population, and is about 2 times larger than the population of Aswan. When comparing the sizes of Aswan 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.