A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Aswan vs. Luxor

Should you visit Aswan or Luxor?

Should I visit Aswan or Luxor? 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.

Luxor

Egypt is surely on the top of every history lover's bucket list. Nowhere is the history more engrossing than in Luxor. From amazing monuments dating back to ancient Thebes to rows of temples up the Nile, this remarkable city is full the stories of past greatness.

The East Bank or the central part of Luxor Township is the hotbed for tourism. This is where most of the hotels and resorts are, while the West Bank is home to the ancient ruins and archaeological wonders you'll want to explore.

Before traveling to Egypt, be sure to check on the current affairs and political climate. It could have a major effect on the amount of tourists visiting, and, if conditions are too dangerous, you may want to reschedule. Also note, ladies, to avoid any issues, dress modestly. This is a very conservative region of the world. The less skin showing, the better.

Which city is cheaper, Luxor or Aswan?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Aswan is $19, while the average daily cost in Luxor is $23. 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 Luxor in more detail.



Accommodation

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around $7.99. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Aswan the cost is $16 on average.

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around $11. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Luxor the cost is $22 on average.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Aswan $7.99
    Luxor $11
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Aswan $16
    Luxor $22

Food

On average, meal and food prices in Aswan cost around $5.87 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 $2.35.

In Luxor travelers spend around $5.79 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Aswan $5.87
    Luxor $5.79

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

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Luxor

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

  • Tourist market,local food tour,the gym and coffee in Luxor: $19
  • Eat Like a Local:Traditional Egyptian Food / Dinner at Local Family Home - Luxor: $36
  • Luxor Felucca Boat Ride and Banana Island Visit Including Lunch or Dinner: $49
  • private day in west bank & dendera with dinner on boat: $84
  • private day in east bank & dendera with dinner on boat: $84
  • Full day trip west Bank, Dandara and dinner on a boat.: $125

Local Transportation

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $6.94 per day to get around in Aswan.

The average price of local transportation around Luxor is $5.78 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Aswan $6.94
    Luxor $5.78

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Aswan

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Aswan:

  • Arrival Transfer from Aswan Airport to Hotels or Nile Cruise in Aswan: $40
  • Aswan : 3-Days GUIDED Tours to Aswan, Abu Simbel and Luxor & All Transfers: $149
  • Aswan Airport Arrival Transfer: $45
  • Aswan Airport Arrival Transfer: $16
  • Aswan Airport Arrival Transfer: $36
  • Aswan Airport Departure Transfer: $20
  • Aswan Airport Departure Transfer: $36
  • Aswan Airport Private Arrival Transfer: $28
  • Aswan Airport Private Arrival Transfer: $9.00
  • Aswan Airport Private Departure Transfer: $28
  • Aswan Airport Private Departure Transfer: $9.00
  • Aswan Airport Transfer Pick-up or Drop-off - One Way: $20

Typical Local Transportation prices in Luxor

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Luxor:


  • Taxi Ride
    $1.28

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Luxor

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Luxor:

  • Private transfer Luxor airport to the hotel (one-way): $4.77
  • Cheap trip : Private transfer from luxor railway station to your hotel: $5.13
  • Luxor station Transfer to Hotel: $5.34
  • Luxor Airport Private Departure Transfer: $6.00
  • Departure Transfer From Hotel To Luxor Airport: $7.00
  • Private Transfer from Train station or bus station in luxor: $7.14
  • Private Transfer From Luxor Airport To Hotel: $8.00
  • Luxor Airport Arrival and Departure Transfers: $8.75
  • Departure Transfer from Luxor Airport: $10
  • Transfer from Luxor airport to Luxor hotels: $11
  • Private Transfer - Luxor Airport Arrival or departure: $11
  • Luxor Railway station private arrival transfer: $11

Entertainment

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $4.36 per person, per day in Aswan. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.

Luxor's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $9.83 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Aswan $4.36
    Luxor $9.83
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
    $3.83

Tours and Activities in Aswan

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

  • Biking city tour in Aswan: $10
  • Tour to High Dam, The Obelisk & Philae Temple by Boat: $14
  • Half Day tour St Simon Monastery in Aswan: $14
  • Aswan City Tour by Horse Carriage Start from 10$: $19
  • Aswan City Tour by Horse Carriage: $20
  • Aswan City Tour By Horse And Carriage: $20
  • Aswan City Tour by Horse Carriage: $21
  • Aswan tour ( the temple of philae - high dam ): $23
  • cheap trip : Tour to Abu Simbel Temple: $24
  • cheap trip : Tour to Abu Simbel Temple: $24
  • cheap trip : Tour to Abu Simbel Temple: $24
  • cheap trip : Tour to Abu Simbel Temple: $24

Typical Entertainment prices in Luxor

Here are a few typical costs in Luxor for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:


  • Boat Ride (for 2)
    $1.73
  • Temple Karnak for Two
    $8.31
  • Camel Ride for Two
    $3.83

Tours and Activities in Luxor

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

  • Souvenir Shopping Tour, Luxor: $5.00
  • Go shopping tour in Luxor city: $6.00
  • Virtual Tour of Valley of the Kings Egypt: $10
  • Luxor City Tour with traditional Horse-drawn Carriage: $10
  • Camel Riding Tours Luxor: $10
  • Private Horse Riding Tour in Luxor West Bank: $10
  • From Full-Day Tour of the East and West Banks: $12
  • Virtual Tour of Luxor Temple: $12
  • Virtual Tour of Valley of the Kings and luxor: $12
  • Virtual Tour of Tombs of King Tut: $12
  • Luxor Bike Tour Beside Nile River and Down Town: $13
  • City Tour by Horse Carriage Luxor: $13

Alcohol

The average person spends about $3.07 on alcoholic beverages in Aswan per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Luxor may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $2.39 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Aswan $3.07
    Luxor $2.39


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

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