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

Should you visit Aswan or Karachi?

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

Should I visit Aswan or Karachi? 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 Karachi?


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.


Karachi is the capital of the Pakistani province of Sindh. It is the most populous city in Pakistan, and sixth most populous city proper in the world. Karachi, located on the coast of the Arabian Sea, is the financial and commercial center of the nation, as well as its largest port. The pace of life here is more hurried, and social attitudes are far more liberal than elsewhere in Pakistan. Locals call it the City of Lights, the City of The Quaid, and the City that Never Sleeps. The city credits its growth to the mixed populations of economic and political migrants along with refugees from different national, provincial, linguistic and religious origins, who generally come to the city to settle permanently.

Which place is cheaper, Karachi or Aswan?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Aswan is $25, while the average daily cost in Karachi is $26. 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 Karachi in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Aswan $10
    Karachi $11
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Aswan $20
    Karachi $22
Compare Hotels in Aswan and Karachi

Looking for a hotel in Aswan or Karachi? 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 Karachi

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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: Aswan Hotel Prices and Karachi Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Aswan $6.66
    Karachi $4.60

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Aswan

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Aswan:

  • Aswan Airport Transfer To Hotel: $6.00
  • Aswan Airport Private Transfer: $6.00
  • Private transfer from Aswan to Aswan Airport: $8.00
  • Transfer from Aswan Airport to Hotels or Nile Cruise in Aswan: $8.00
  • Private transfer from Aswan to Aswan Airport: $8.00
  • Station Aswan Transfer To hotel: $8.00
  • Arrival Transfer from Aswan Airport to Hotels or Nile Cruise in Aswan: $8.00
  • Private Aswan Airport Arrival/Departure One Way Transfer: $10
  • Private Airport Arrival/Departure One Way Transfer: $10
  • Airport Arrival/Departure One Way Private Transfer: $10
  • Private transfer from Aswan to Aswan Airport: $10
  • Aswan airport transfer : $11

Is it cheaper to fly into Aswan or Karachi?

Prices for flights to both Karachi 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 $8.80
    Karachi $11

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Aswan

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

  • Private Aswan Nubian Cooking Class and Market Tour: $30
  • Dinner at Soleih restaurant by vehicle: $33
  • Nubian Dinner in Nubian Village Of Aswan: $40
  • Private Nubian Dinner at Nubian Village in Aswan: $44
  • Nubian Dinner at Nubian Village: $49
  • Nubian Dinner at Nubian Village: $51
  • Dinner on board a cruise on the Nile: $59
  • Nubian lunch Or Dinner at Nubian village : $75
  • Private 3-Hour Nubian Party with Dinner and Pickup in Aswan: $77
  • Dinner In Nile Cruise in Aswan: $150

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Karachi

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

  • Private Karachi Street Food Tour: $94
  • Half-Day Karachi Burns Road Private Victoria Ride with Dinner: $100
  • Street Food Tour of Karachi: $199

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Aswan $9.39
    Karachi $5.09
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:

  • Temple Of Kalabsha Entry Tickets: $5.70
  • Kalabsha Temple Entry Tickets: $6.63
  • Unfinished Obelisk Entry Ticket: $7.35
  • Unfinished Obelisk in Aswan Entry Ticket: $8.55
  • City Tour in Aswan by Bicycle : $17
  • Philae Temple Entry Ticket: $17
  • 2 Hours Tour in Philae Temple: $19
  • Aswan City Tour by Horse Carriage: $19
  • Philae Temple Complex Skip the Line Entry Ticket: $20
  • Private Tour Sail on the Nile Aswan Felucca Ride : $20
  • Sightseeing in Aswan by Felucca Ride: $20
  • Private Horse Carriage Tour in Aswan City: $20

Tours and Activities in Karachi

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

  • Karachi City Tour : $129
  • UNESCO World Heritage Tour Near Karachi : $150
  • Karachi Sightseeing Private tour: $159
  • Full Day Private Tour in Karachi City: $163
  • Full Day Private Tour to Mohatta Palace Zainab and Burns road: $197
  • Experience local village life in Sindh: $200

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Aswan $1.91
    Karachi $3.36

When comparing the travel costs between Aswan and Karachi, we can see that Karachi is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Even though Aswan is in Africa and Karachi is in Asia, both of these destinations have relatively similar prices of travel. Generally, the levels of luxury and expenses are the same for these cities even though they are geographically far apart.

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

Which is Bigger, Aswan or Karachi?

Karachi has a larger population, and is about 50 times larger than the population of Aswan. When comparing the sizes of Aswan and Karachi, 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.