A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Beirut vs. Islamabad

Should you visit Beirut or Islamabad?

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the prices of travel for Beirut and Islamabad. We’ll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget. So, let's dig into it.

Beirut

Some travelers are seeking the hustle, bustle and posh atmosphere that only comes from a big city. Those travelers should have Beirut, Lebanon at the top of their list. The capital city is jam packed with 2.1 million people that are constantly on the go. As the commercial and financial hub of Lebanon, this city is fast-paced, fashion conscious and always ready for a night on the town.

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 Beirut?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Beirut is $106, while the average daily cost in Islamabad is $59. 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 Beirut and Islamabad in more detail.



Accommodation

For a normal double-occupancy room in Beirut, $118 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Beirut, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is $59, such as in a hostel.

Travelers usually pay around $58 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
    Beirut $59
    Islamabad $29
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Beirut $118
    Islamabad $58

Food

The average traveler spends about $33 per day in Beirut for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.

On average, meal and food prices in Islamabad cost around $21 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 $8.40.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Beirut $33
    Islamabad $21

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Beirut

For Beirut, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Traveling Spoon Lebanese Mezze Private Online Cooking Class: $27
  • Seafood dinner with a sea view in Beirut: $58
  • Private, Traditional Lebanese Cooking Class with a Contemporary Twist: $72
  • Authentic Lebanese Cooking Lesson and Meal with Tania's Family in Beirut: $90
  • Private Lebanese Cooking Class in Beirut with Amal and Hotel Transfers: $113

Local Transportation

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Beirut than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $21 on transportation in Beirut on average per day.

To get around in Islamabad, the average visitor spends $11 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.
    Beirut $21
    Islamabad $11

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Beirut

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

  • Private Transfer: Beirut Airport (BEY) to Beirut: $622
  • Private Transfer: Beirut to Beirut Airport (BEY): $622
  • Private Transfer from Rafic Hariri (BEY) Airport to Beirut: $52
  • Private Transfer from Beirut to Rafic Hariri (BEY) Airport: $52
  • Beirut to Damascus Taxi Transfer ( Syrian Border ): $50
  • Beirut airport transfer: $23
  • Private Arrival Transfer: From Airport to your hotel in Beirut: $20
  • Private Departure Transfer: From your hotel in Beirut to Airport: $18
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Beirut International Airport to Hotel: $18
  • Airport Departure Transfer From Your Beirut Hotel: $15
  • Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Beirut International Airport: $15
  • Airport Arrival Transfer to Your Beirut Hotel: $15

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Islamabad

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

  • Transit Trip: Murree Exploration Day Trip & Round Trip Airport Transfer: $140
  • Transit Trip: Islamabad City Exploration Day Tour & Round Trip Airport Transfer: $110
  • Private Transfer from Islamabad Airport to Pakistan: $61
  • Private Transfer Pakistan: $200
  • Premium Services: Islamabad International Airport Transfer - Departures: $70
  • Premium Services: Islamabad International Airport Transfer - Arrival: $70
  • Premium Services: Islamabad Day Trip & Round Trip Airport Transfers.: $130
  • Lahore Airport Transfer: $40
  • Karachi Airport Transfer: $40
  • Islamabad Round Trip Airport Transfer & Customizable Day Trip: $95
  • Islamabad Private Airport Transfer: $41
  • Islamabad Private Airport Transfer: $41

Entertainment

Sightseeing expenses in Beirut, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $12 per day, per person.

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.
    Beirut $12
    Islamabad $13

Tours and Activities in Beirut

For Beirut, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • 1 to 6 riders Private tour adventure qadeesha valley cedars of god baalbek ksara: $205
  • 3-Day Tour Highlights of Lebanon from Beirut with Pickup: $280
  • 4 Days Private Highlights Tour of Lebanon with Airport Pickup: $490
  • 4-Day Tour Highlights of Lebanon from Beirut with Pickup: $310
  • 5-Day Highlights of Lebanon Tour from Beirut with Pickup: $425
  • 6-Day Highlights of Lebanon Tour from Beirut with Pickup: $545
  • 6-Day Lebanon Private Tour with Airport Pickup: $1,115
  • 7-Day Highlights of Lebanon Tour from Beirut with Pickup: $665
  • 7-Day Lebanon Private Tour with Airport Pickup: $1,445
  • Anjar baalback & Ksara tour: $144
  • Baalback Roman temples tour: $125
  • Baalbek, Anjar and Ksara Group Tour: $95

Tours and Activities in Islamabad

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

  • 03 Nights Islamabad to Naran Tour: $520
  • 07 Days Tour to Deosai National Park Skardu Valley Pakistan: $1,720
  • 10 Days tour to Swat, Kalam,Kilash and Chitral from April to December: $630
  • 11 Days Naran, Hunza, Murree, Pakistan Tour Package: $1,700
  • 11 Days Private Pakistan Cultural Tour from Islamabad: $1,000
  • 14 Days Trekking & Sightseeing Tour To Hunza: $2,300
  • 2-Day Tour with Naran and Lake Saif ul Malook from Islamabad: $260
  • 4 Days Culture and Sightseeing tour to Swat Kalam Valley.: $850
  • 5 Days Deluxe Tour To Swat Kalam: $1,144
  • 5-Day Private Honeymoon Tour in Naran Kaghan Shogran Valley: $800
  • 7-Days Autumn Tour to Hunza Valley: $380
  • 8 Days Tour to Skardu, Deosai Pakistan: $1,600

Alcohol

Typically, people visiting Beirut spend on average $11 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.

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 $4.08.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Beirut $11
    Islamabad $4.08

Sample the Local Flavors in Beirut

Also in Beirut, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Lebanon Wine Tasting Tour: $52
  • Full-Day Private Wine Tour in Bekaa Valley with Tasting: $60
  • Budget Wine Tasting Tour at the Bekaa Valley Wineries: $60
  • Private Wine Tasting Tour: $65
  • Private Wine Tasting Day Tour from Beirut: $75
  • Full-Day Private Wine Tasting Tour at Chateau Musar and Ixsir: $75
  • Full-Day Wine Tasting Tour in The Bekaa Valley: $75
  • Full-Day Private Wine Tasting Tour: $82
  • Full-Day Private Wine Tasting Trip to Chateau Musar and Ixsir from Beirut: $85
  • Full-Day Private Wine Tasting Tour: $85
  • Wine Tasting and Culture: $85
  • Half-Day Private Tour to Baalbek With Wine Tasting and Lunch Included: $100


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

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