A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Chennai vs. Jaipur

Should you visit Chennai or Jaipur?

Should I visit Chennai or Jaipur? 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.

Chennai

Formerly known as Madras from its colonial history, Chennai today is one of India's largest cities and capital of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is located on the Bay of Bengal in southeastern India with an extensive stretch of sandy beaches, plenty of dining and shopping, a number of historic temples, monuments, and churches, plus amusement parks and more.

Jaipur

Jaipur, India, famously known as the Pink City, is the capital of Rajasthan and is often a highlight for many travelers to the area. Dating back to the eighteenth century, it is part of the Indian Golden Triangle which also includes Delhi and Agra. It's also a stopping off point for travelers venturing into the desert cities of Jodhpur and Jaisalmer. The city has a population of about 6.66 million people, making it the largest city in the state of Rajasthan and the tenth largest city in the country.

Which city is cheaper, Jaipur or Chennai?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Chennai is $27, while the average daily cost in Jaipur is $17. 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 Chennai and Jaipur in more detail.




Accommodation

An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $28 in Chennai For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.

Travelers usually pay around $22 for a double occupancy room in Jaipur 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
    Chennai $14
    Jaipur $11
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Chennai $28
    Jaipur $22


Food

The price of a meal in Chennai can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $5.91 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $2.36 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.

In Jaipur travelers spend around $4.39 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
    Chennai $5.91
    Jaipur $4.39

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Chennai

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

  • Private In-Home Vegetarian Cooking Class and Meal in Chennai: $35
  • Private Authentic Indian Cooking Class in Chennai with a Local: $49
  • Authentic South Indian Cooking Class and Vegetarian Meal with a Local in Chennai: $50
  • Private Market Tour and South Indian Cooking Class in Chennai with Srividya: $53
  • South Indian Vegetarian Cooking Class Near the Chennai airport: $59
  • Private South Indian Cooking Class and Market Visit in Chennai: $70

Typical Food prices in Jaipur

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


  • Dinner
    $7.60
  • Soda
    $0.14

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Jaipur

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

  • Jaipur Street food tour: $5.16
  • 2 Hours Private Cooking Classes of Masala Chai Tea and Pakoras: $11
  • Samosa & Masala Chai Cooking Class: $12
  • Dinner With Traditional Rajput Family (Its Not Just Only A Cooking Class): $15
  • Authentic Indian Vegetarian Lunch / Dinner Buffet: $17
  • Cooking Classes in Jaipur: $20
  • Jaipur Cooking Class and home cooked dinner with Indian family: $21
  • Rajasthani Cooking Classes and Lunch/Dinner: $21
  • Cooking Class in Jaipur with all Transport & Meals.: $21
  • Food Tour in Jaipur: $21
  • Jaipur Full Day Tour with local family dinner: $21
  • 3-Hour Jaipur Rajasthani Food Private Cooking Class with Meal: $22


Local Transportation

To get around in Chennai, the average visitor spends $2.41 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.

Jaipur's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend $1.42 per person, per day on transportation in Jaipur.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Chennai $2.41
    Jaipur $1.42

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Chennai

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

  • Chennai to Vellore Transfer by Private Vehicle: $93
  • Private Transfer from Chennai (MAA) Airport to Chennai City: $42
  • Private Transfer from Chennai City to Chennai (MAA) Airport: $42
  • Departure Private Transfer Chennai City to Chennai MAA Airport by Sedan Car: $23
  • Chennai Airport Transfers : Budget Sedan and SUV Cabs: $15

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Jaipur

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

  • Jodhpur And Udaipur - A Four Day Excursion From Jaipur By Private Transfer: $1,000
  • A Two Night Ranthambore National Park From Jaipur By Private Transfer: $762
  • Private Transfer - Jaipur To Jodhpur Via Pushkar With Lunch: $313
  • Private transfer - Jaipur to Udaipur via Chittorgarh Fort with lunch: $279
  • Private Transfer - Jaipur To Jodhpur Via Pushkar: $274
  • From 2 Day Ranthambore Tiger Safari with Transfers: $271
  • Private transfer: Jaipur to Udaipur enroute Trip to Chittorgarh Fort with lunch: $267
  • Jaipur- Transfers+Hotel+Sightseeing (3 Days): $264
  • Private 3-Day Jaipur City Tour: Amber Fort, City Palace Including Transfers: $260
  • Private transfer - Jaipur to Udaipur via Chittorgarh Fort: $247
  • Private transfer: Jaipur to Udaipur enroute Trip to Chittorgarh Fort: $236
  • Private transfer - Jaipur to Agra via Fatehpur Sikri with lunch: $231


Entertainment

In Chennai, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $2.56 per person, per day.

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Jaipur can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $3.52 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Chennai $2.56
    Jaipur $3.52

Tours and Activities in Chennai

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

  • 10 days Tamilnadu package tour: $308
  • 14-Days Classical South India trip from Chennai by Wonder tours: $1,640
  • 2 Days Private Tour from Chennai to Puducherry via Kanchipuram: $337
  • 2 day trip to Agra from Chennai with air tickets: $1,028
  • 2-Day Tour to The Taj Mahal and Agra from Chennai with Commercial Return Flights: $568
  • 3-Day Tour to Delhi, Agra, Jaipur from Chennai with one-way Commercial Flight: $588
  • Amala Tour Guide: $69
  • Bazaar Trail Walking Tour in George Town: $25
  • Bharatnatyam Classical Dance Experience in Chennai: $355
  • Chennai Street Food Walking Tour: $19
  • Chennai to Kovalam Temple & Beach Tour: $1,608
  • Chennai to Kovalam Temple & Beach Tour: $1,608

Typical Entertainment prices in Jaipur

For Jaipur, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:


  • Palace Entry for Two
    $1.38

Tours and Activities in Jaipur

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

  • 03 Days Private Wildlife Ranthambore Tiger Tour from Jaipur: $309
  • 1 Day Jaipur Tour: $40
  • 1 Day tour for Jaipur sightseeing: $34
  • 1-Night Private Tour to Ranthambhore Tiger Safari from Jaipur: $661
  • 1-Night Private Tour to The Taj Mahal and Agra from Jaipur by Car: $248
  • 10-Days Private Tour of Rajasthan from Jaipur: $360
  • 2 D Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, Abhaneri Step Well's Tour From Jaipur: $139
  • 2 Day Golden Triangle Private Tour to Taj Mahal, Agra & Jaipur from Delhi by Car: $306
  • 2 Day Golden Triangle Tour to Agra and Delhi From Jaipur: $250
  • 2 Day Jaipur Travel Package + Entry Tickets: $154
  • 2 Days Agra Tour From Jaipur With Drop Off at New Delhi, Agra or Jaipur: $141
  • 2 Days Bundi Privete Tour from Jaipur with Pottery and Crafts (Theekarda)Village: $107


Alcohol

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Chennai, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $2.84.

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Jaipur, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $2.51.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Chennai $2.84
    Jaipur $2.51

Sample the Local Flavors in Jaipur

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Jaipur:

  • Pub Crawl Jaipur: $21
  • Pub Crawl Jaipur: $25
  • Nightlife of Jaipur - Pub Crawl: $25



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

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