A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Beirut vs. Washington for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Beirut or Washington?

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

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Beirut and Washington. 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, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Where Should I go: Beirut or Washington?

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.

Washington

Washington, DC is the capital city of the United States of America. It is also a city rich in history and culture. The city dates back to 1791 when the states of Maryland and Virginia donated the land to create the capital. In 1846, Congress returned the land that was ceded by Virginia and in 1871 it created a single municipal government with the remaining area. Today, Washington, DC has a population of over 600,000 people. The metropolitan area includes suburbs in Maryland and Virginia and has a population of about 5.8 million.

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Which place is cheaper, Washington or Beirut?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Beirut is $2.26, while the average daily cost in Washington is $198. 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 Beirut and Washington in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Beirut $1.26
    Washington $113
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Beirut $2.52
    Washington $226
Compare Hotels in Beirut and Washington

Looking for a hotel in Beirut or Washington? 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 Beirut


Hotels in Washington


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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: Beirut Hotel Prices and Washington Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Beirut $0.44
    Washington $47

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Beirut

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

  • Beirut Airport Transfer in a Limousine: $201
  • Hiking Day Trip to Chouwen Lake with Hotel Transfers: $86
  • Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Beirut International Airport: $18
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Beirut International Airport to Hotel: $18
  • Beirut Airport one Way Private Transfer to the hotel: $15
  • Beirut Arrival Airport Transfer: $13
  • Departure Transfer:From Hotel To Beirut-Rafic Hariri International Airport (BEY): $10
  • BEY Airport to Hotel, Private Arrival Transfer: $10
  • Airport Arrival Transfer to Your Beirut Hotel: $10
  • Private Transfer from Beirut Hotels to the Beirut Airport: $10
  • Beirut Arrival Airport Transfer Pickup: $9.89

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Washington

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Washington are as follows:


  • Metro Day Pass
    $9.00

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Washington

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

  • private Ronald Reagan, Washington National Airport transfer: $150
  • Washington, DC Airport Transfer Service DCA: $350
  • Washington to Washington Airport (DCA) Departure Private Transfer: $58
  • Washington to Newark Airport Departure Private Transfer: $188
  • Washington to NY Kennedy Airport(JFK)- Departure Private Transfer: $200
  • Washington to Baltimore Washington Airport (BWI) - Departure Private Transfer: $94
  • Washington R. Reagan Airport (DCA): Transfer to Washington: $173
  • Washington R. Reagan Airport (DCA) to Washington - Arrival Private Transfer: $53
  • Washington DC: Private Transfer to Airports or Baltimore: $160
  • Washington DC: DCA Private Transfer from/to Downtown: $110
  • Washington DC Metro Area :Airport Transfers: $75
  • Washington City to LaGuardia Airport Departure Private Transfer: $200

Is it cheaper to fly into Beirut or Washington?

Prices for flights to both Washington and Beirut 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
  • Food Meals for one day
    Beirut $0.71
    Washington $38

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Beirut

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

  • Authentic Lebanese Virtual Cooking Class Live from Lebanon: $30
  • Traveling Spoon Lebanese Mezze Private Online Cooking Class : $40
  • Motorbike Tour with Local Street Food Dinner: $50
  • Private, Traditional Lebanese Cooking Class with a Contemporary Twist: $72
  • Beirut Street Food Tour, Lebanon: $77
  • Beirut Street Food Tour, Lebanon: $93
  • Authentic Lebanese Cooking Lesson and Meal with Tania's Family in Beirut: $100

Typical Food Prices in Washington

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Washington:


  • Water
    $2.00
  • Snacks on Monuments Tour
    $6.15

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Washington

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

  • DC: Buffet Brunch, Lunch, or Dinner Cruise on the Spirit: $60
  • Little Ethiopia Food Tour: $67
  • Washington DC Holiday Donut Adventure & Walking Food Tour: $70
  • Adams Morgan Food Tour: $74
  • Washington D.C: Acquired Taste Food Tour in Georgetown: $85
  • DC: Gourmet Brunch, Lunch, or Dinner Cruise on the Odyssey: $85
  • Washington D.C.: Georgetown Guided Secret Food Tour: $99
  • Washington, DC: African American History Tour with Dinner: $108
  • Washington,DC: Union Market Private Food Tour: $125
  • Washington D.C.: Taste of Georgetown Walking Food Tour: $129
  • Washington DC: Christmas Eve Gourmet Brunch or Dinner Cruise: $140
  • Washington DC Premier Dinner Cruise: $144

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Beirut $0.26
    Washington $24

Tours and Activities in Beirut

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

  • 3 Hours ATV Rental Guided Tour in Nature: $130
  • 3 days tour package : Jeita grotto-Byblos-Baalbek & Beirut tour: $295
  • 3-Day Tour of Beirut with Pick Up: $250
  • ATV (2 Seat) Full Day Off-Road Tour & Scenic Adventure: $150
  • All in 1 Lebanon Local Multi day Tour, 3 days: $299
  • Baalback Roman temples tour: $128
  • Baalbek Tour: $111
  • Baalbek, Anjar & Ksara: Private Tour Through Lebanon's Treasures: $65
  • Baalbek, Anjar and Ksara Group Tour: $95
  • Baalbek, Anjar and Ksara Guided Full-Day Tour from Beirut: $90
  • Beirut 3 museums + mini walking tour: $50
  • Beirut : Must-See Attractions Walking Tour With Guide: $66

Tours and Activities in Washington

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

  • Boat Tour in Washington Harbor with Brunch Buffet: $89
  • See DC In A Day: Guided Small Group Ultimate Day Tour : $99
  • 2 For 1! DC Highlights & Arlington Cemetery Tour Bundle: $84
  • 2 Hour Guided Bike Tour of Capitol Hill: $55
  • 2 Hours Book Store Tour in Capitol Hill: $80
  • 2-Hour African American Heritage Tour in Washington DC: $25
  • 2-Hour Arlington Cemetery Guided Walking Tour : $75
  • 2-Hour Boomerang Pirate Ship Cruise : $65
  • 2-Hour National Mall Walking Tour from Washington DC: $25
  • 3 Hour Washington DC Guided Sightseeing Tour : $120
  • 3-Hour Small Group Memorial Tour in Washington, D.C.: $59
  • 4 Hours Washington Tour with Boat Cruise: $169

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Beirut $0.23
    Washington $19

Sample the Local Flavors in Beirut

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

  • Full-Day Private Wine Tasting Tour: $56
  • Private Wine Tasting Day Tour from Beirut: $60
  • Budget Wine Tasting Tour at the Bekaa Valley Wineries: $60
  • Byblos & Chateau Musar: History and Wine Tour: $65
  • Wine Tasting and Culture : $69
  • Wine Tasting and Hiking in the Cedars forest : $69
  • Half-Day Private Chateau Musar and Ixsir Wine Tour from Beirut: $81
  • Private Full-Day Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch from Beirut: $82
  • Fabulous Wine Tour in Central Bekaa Valley: $88
  • From Full Day Wine Tasting in the Bekaa Valley Tour: $90
  • Full-Day Private Wine Tasting Tour to Chateau Musar and Ixsir Winery: $100
  • Private tour to Jeita Grotto with Wine Tasting in Faqra Ruins: $110

Sample the Local Flavors in Washington

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Washington:

  • Washington DC: Ghosts Boos and Booze Haunted Pub Crawl: $30
  • DC Ghosts Boos and Booze Haunted Pub Crawl By US Ghost Adventures: $34
  • Small-Group History Tour Pub Crawl of Washington, D.C.: $59
  • Washington, D.C.: History Tour Pub Crawl: $59
  • DC: Guided Craft Brewery Tours with a Snack: $105
  • From Washington DC: Seneca Creek Region Wine Tour with Lunch: $175
  • Full-Day Private Virginia Wine Tour Experience from Washington : $244
  • Private Washington DC Virginia Winery Wine Tasting Tour -Spirited: $255


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

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


Which is Bigger, Beirut or Washington?

Beirut has a larger population, and is about 3 times larger than the population of Washington. When comparing the sizes of Beirut and Washington, 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.


When is the best time to visit Beirut or Washington?

Washington has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, but Beirut experiences a warm climate with fairly sunny weather most of the year.

Should I visit Beirut or Washington in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Beirut and Washington. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Beirut year-round. Furthermore, many visitors come to Washington in the summer for the hiking, the city activities, the music scene, and the family-friendly experiences.

In July, Beirut is generally around the same temperature as Washington. Daily temperatures in Beirut average around 27°C (81°F), and Washington fluctuates around 79°F (26°C).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Washington this time of the year. In Beirut, it's very sunny this time of the year. Beirut usually receives more sunshine than Washington during summer. Beirut gets 369 hours of sunny skies, while Washington receives 278 hours of full sun in the summer.

In July, Beirut usually receives less rain than Washington. Beirut gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Washington receives 3.5 inches (88 mm) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Beirut 27°C (81°F) 
    Washington 79°F (26°C)

Should I visit Beirut or Washington in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Beirut as well as Washington. Beirut attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate. Additionally, most visitors come to Washington for the hiking trails, the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, the music scene, and the natural beauty of the area during these months.

Beirut is much warmer than Washington in the autumn. The daily temperature in Beirut averages around 25°C (77°F) in October, and Washington fluctuates around 60°F (15°C).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Beirut this time of the year. In the autumn, Beirut often gets more sunshine than Washington. Beirut gets 254 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Washington receives 197 hours of full sun.

Beirut usually gets less rain in October than Washington. Beirut gets 60 mm (2.4 in) of rain, while Washington receives 2.9 inches (73 mm) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Beirut 25°C (77°F) 
    Washington 60°F (15°C)

Should I visit Beirut or Washington in the Winter?

Both Washington and Beirut are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities. The warm climate attracts visitors to Beirut throughout the year. Also, the winter months attract visitors to Washington because of the museums, the Christmas ambience, the shopping scene, the theater shows, and the cuisine.

The weather in Washington can be very cold. In the winter, Beirut is much warmer than Washington. Typically, the winter temperatures in Beirut in January average around 13°C (55°F), and Washington averages at about 35°F (1°C).

Beirut usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Washington during winter. Beirut gets 149 hours of sunny skies, while Washington receives 139 hours of full sun in the winter.

It's quite rainy in Beirut. In January, Beirut usually receives more rain than Washington. Beirut gets 130 mm (5.1 in) of rain, while Washington receives 2.7 inches (68 mm) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Beirut 13°C (55°F) 
    Washington 35°F (1°C)

Should I visit Beirut or Washington in the Spring?

Both Washington and Beirut during the spring are popular places to visit. Plenty of visitors come to Beirut because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year. Also, the activities around the city and the natural beauty are the main draw to Washington this time of year.

In April, Beirut is generally a little warmer than Washington. Daily temperatures in Beirut average around 17°C (63°F), and Washington fluctuates around 56°F (14°C).

In Washington, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Beirut. In the spring, Beirut often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Washington. Beirut gets 225 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Washington receives 228 hours of full sun.

Beirut usually gets less rain in April than Washington. Beirut gets 50 mm (2 in) of rain, while Washington receives 2.8 inches (72 mm) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Beirut 17°C (63°F) 
    Washington 56°F (14°C)

Typical Weather for Washington and Beirut

Beirut Washington
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 13°C (55°F) 130 mm (5.1 in) 35°F (1°C) 2.7 inches (68 mm)
Feb 13°C (55°F) 110 mm (4.3 in) 37°F (3°C) 2.7 inches (69 mm)
Mar 15°C (59°F) 60 mm (2.4 in) 47°F (8°C) 3.2 inches (82 mm)
Apr 17°C (63°F) 50 mm (2 in) 56°F (14°C) 2.8 inches (72 mm)
May 22°C (72°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 66°F (19°C) 3.5 inches (89 mm)
Jun 25°C (77°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 75°F (24°C) 3.3 inches (83 mm)
Jul 27°C (81°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 79°F (26°C) 3.5 inches (88 mm)
Aug 28°C (82°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 78°F (26°C) 3.9 inches (98 mm)
Sep 27°C (81°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 71°F (22°C) 3.3 inches (85 mm)
Oct 25°C (77°F) 60 mm (2.4 in) 60°F (15°C) 2.9 inches (73 mm)
Nov 19°C (66°F) 50 mm (2 in) 50°F (10°C) 3.2 inches (82 mm)
Dec 15°C (59°F) 130 mm (5.1 in) 39°F (4°C) 3.2 inches (82 mm)