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

Should you visit Chennai or Jaipur?

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

Should I visit Chennai or Jaipur? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city has activities that align with your interests along with knowing which is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the details and the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Where Should I go: Chennai or Jaipur?


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, 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.

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Which place 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 $30, while the average daily cost in Jaipur is $19. 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 Chennai and Jaipur in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Chennai $16
    Jaipur $12
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Chennai $32
    Jaipur $24
Compare Hotels in Chennai and Jaipur

Looking for a hotel in Chennai or Jaipur? 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 Chennai

Hotels in Jaipur

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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: Chennai Hotel Prices and Jaipur Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Chennai $2.63
    Jaipur $1.55

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Chennai

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

  • Full Day Tour to Kanchipuram and UNESCO's Mahabalipuram with Private Transfer: $265
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Chennai Airport (MAA) to Pondicherry Hotels: $145
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Chennai International Airport to Hotel: $40
  • Private Transfer from Chennai (MAA) Airport to Chennai City: $37
  • Private Transfer from Chennai City to Chennai (MAA) Airport: $37
  • Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Chennai International Airport: $28
  • Affordable Chennai Airport Transfer: $24
  • Chennai - Private Arrival Transfer - From Airport to Hotel: $20
  • Departure Transfer from Chennai Hotels to Chennai airport: $20
  • Chennai - Private Departure Transfer from Hotel to Airport : $19
  • Chennai Airport Transfers : Budget Sedan and SUV Cabs: $15
  • Chennai Airport to Hotel Transfer: $13

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Jaipur

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

  • Delhi Agra 4-Day Guided Tour with Private Transfers: $410
  • Private transfer - Jaipur to Udaipur via Chittorgarh Fort with lunch: $285
  • Private Transfer - Jaipur To Jodhpur Via Pushkar: $255
  • Private transfer - Jaipur to Agra via Fatehpur Sikri with lunch: $245
  • Private transfer - Jaipur to Udaipur via Chittorgarh Fort: $242
  • Private 3-Day City Tour of Amber Fort, City Palace Including Transfers: $228
  • Same Day Ranthambore Safari From Jaipur With Transfer To Agra Including Tickets: $227
  • Private transfer - Jaipur to Agra via Fatehpur Sikri: $201
  • Transfer from Jaipur to Delhi with Tajmahal sight seeing: $200
  • Leopard Wildlife Safari at Amagarh Park Including Transfers: $180
  • One Way Transfer From Jaipur To Udaipur With Optional Stop at Pushkar / Jodhpur: $173
  • Exclusive Safari at Jhalana Leopard Park Including Transfers: $162

Is it cheaper to fly into Chennai or Jaipur?

Prices for flights to both Jaipur and Chennai 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 Meals for one day
    Chennai $6.44
    Jaipur $4.78

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Chennai

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

  • 2 Hour Street Food Tour in Sowcarpet Chennai : $37
  • Private In-Home Vegetarian Cooking Class and Meal in Chennai: $46
  • Private Vegetarian South Indian Cooking Class in Chennai : $48
  • South Indian Cooking Class in Chennai with a Passionate Baker: $48
  • South Indian Vegetarian Cooking Class in Chennai with Meena: $54
  • South Indian Vegetarian Cooking Class Near the Chennai airport: $62
  • Traditional Tamil Brahmin Vegetarian Cooking Lesson with a Local in Her Home: $74
  • Private Authentic Indian Cooking Class in Chennai with a Local: $76
  • Authentic South Indian Cooking Class and Vegetarian Meal with a Local in Chennai: $122
  • Food Trail In Sowcarpet With Transport And Dinner - Chennai: $216

Typical Food Prices in Jaipur

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

  • Dinner
  • Soda

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: $4.60
  • Culture walking and food tour with guide in Jaipur.: $14
  • Food Tour and Eat like Locals : $16
  • cooking class demo with dinner: $20
  • Famous Masala Chowk Food Tour: $20
  • Cooking class demo with dinner : $21
  • Jaipur Cooking Class and home cooked dinner with Indian family: $21
  • Cooking Class in Jaipur with all Transport & Meals. : $22
  • Traditional Dinner with Family including Transfers: $22
  • Indian Home Based Cooking Class by Storyboard: $23
  • Taste of Jaipur (2 Hour Guided Street Food Tour with Local): $24
  • 3-Hour Jaipur Vegetarain Rajasthani Food Private Cooking Class with Meal: $24

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Chennai $2.79
    Jaipur $3.84

Tours and Activities in Chennai

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

  • St Thomas Mount Tour Chennai: $85
  • Agra Taj Tour from Chennai: $220
  • Auroville and Pondicherry Tour from Chennai: $44
  • Bazaar Walking tour in George Town: $35
  • Bicycle tour in Mahabalipuram with transport from Chennai,lunch & guide: $99
  • Birds & Beyond: Chennai to Pulicat Bird Sanctuary Day Tour: $135
  • British Architecture Walk in Chennai by Wonder tours: $49
  • Chennai Food Tasting Trails (2 Hour Guided Tour Experience): $26
  • Chennai Full Day Guided Tour in a Private Car: $120
  • Chennai Full Day Sightseeing in a Private Car: $70
  • Chennai Half Day Guided Tour in a Private Car: $100
  • Chennai Heritage Trails (2 Hour Guided Walking Tour): $13

Typical Entertainment Prices in Jaipur

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

  • Palace Entry for Two

Tours and Activities in Jaipur

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

  • From Jaipur : Same Day Agra Taj Mahal Sunrise Tour: $149
  • From Ranthambore Tiger Safari Private Day Tour: $130
  • Golden Triangle Tour To Delhi Agra And Jaipur 4 Days: $25
  • Guided Jaipur City Tour With Drop Off at Udaipur: $110
  • Half Day Jaipur Shopping Tour With Local Tour Guide: $35
  • Jaipur Tour by Tuk-Tuk: $10
  • Same Day Taj Mahal Tour from Jaipur by Car: $250
  • Taj Mahal City Tour by car or train from Jaipur: $230
  • 02 Nights - 03 Days Jaipur-Agra Weekend Tours with hotel: $260
  • 1 Day Jaipur Private Tour: $21
  • 1-Night Private Tour to The Taj Mahal and Agra from Jaipur by Car: $248
  • 2 Day Golden Triangle India Tour (Delhi - Agra - Jaipur): $259

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Chennai $3.10
    Jaipur $2.74

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: $33
  • Pub Crawl Walking Tour: $39
  • Pub Crawl Jaipur: $39

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.

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

Which is Bigger, Chennai or Jaipur?

Chennai has a larger population, and is about 60% larger than the population of Jaipur. When comparing the sizes of Chennai and Jaipur, 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.