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

Should you visit Beirut or Karachi?

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the prices of travel for Beirut and Karachi. 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.

Karachi

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 city is cheaper, Karachi 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 Karachi is $36. 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 Karachi 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.

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around $15. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Karachi the cost is $30 on average.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Beirut $59
    Karachi $15
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Beirut $118
    Karachi $30

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 Karachi cost around $16 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 $6.40.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Beirut $33
    Karachi $16

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

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Karachi

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

  • Half-Day Karachi Burns Road Private Victoria Ride with Dinner: $100

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.

The cost of a taxi ride in Karachi is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $6.49 per person, per day, on local transportation in Karachi.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Beirut $21
    Karachi $6.49

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Beirut

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

  • Private Airport Transfer in Beirut: $10
  • Private Transfer from Beirut Hotels to the Beirut Airport: $10
  • Departure Transfer:From Hotel To Beirut-Rafic Hariri International Airport (BEY): $11
  • BEY Airport to Hotel: Skip-the-Line Private Arrival Transfer: $13
  • 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
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Beirut International Airport to Hotel: $18
  • Private Departure Transfer: From your hotel in Beirut to Airport: $18
  • Private Arrival Transfer: From Airport to your hotel in Beirut: $20
  • Beirut airport transfer: $23
  • Beirut to Damascus Taxi Transfer ( Syrian Border ): $50

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.

Entertainment and activities in Karachi typically cost an average of $7.18 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Beirut $12
    Karachi $7.18

Tours and Activities in Beirut

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

  • One Hour Self-guided Audio Tour of the Green Line by VoiceMap: $5.13
  • City Sightseeing Beirut Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour: $30
  • Beirut 3 museums + mini walking tour: $30
  • Beirut Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $31
  • Jeita Grotto, Harissa and Byblos with a Group Tour from Beirut: $35
  • Small-Group Adventure Tour to Jeita Grotto,Harissa&Byblos Day Trip from Beirut: $38
  • Small-Group Adventure Tour to Sidon Tyre Maghdouche - Day Trip from Beirut: $39
  • Small-Group Guided tour of Beirut: $40
  • Small-Group Beirut Historical Tour: $40
  • Beirut Full Day Walking Tour: $40
  • Small Daily Tours in Beirut City: $40
  • Beirut Small Group Historical Tour: $40

Tours and Activities in Karachi

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

  • A day tour to Village Life: Worthy Experience: $120
  • Civilization of the Indus Valley Tour- South Pakistan: $1,641
  • Cultural Heritage Tour: $22
  • Jalebi Khaana Peena Tour: $21
  • Karachi City Tour: $83
  • Karachi City of Lights - Sightseeing tour: $60
  • Karachi Half Day Private Tour - Interaction with Local Family: $132
  • Karachi To Khunjerab Pass Tour.: $3,999
  • Must Eat Tour of Karachi: $99
  • UNESCO World Heritage Tour Near Karachi: $141

Alcohol

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

The average person spends about $4.74 on alcoholic beverages in Karachi per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Beirut $11
    Karachi $4.74

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 Karachi, we can see that Beirut is more expensive. And not only is Karachi much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Beirut is in Middle East and Karachi 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 Karachi would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Karachi 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 Karachi.

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