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

Should you visit Chennai or Jaisalmer?

Should I visit Chennai or Jaisalmer? 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.

Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer is located in western part of the Rajasthan state of India. The city is known as the "Golden City" for its Sonar Qila, or 'Golden Fort'. This fort is different than other forts in India in that it is a living fort, meaning that it contains many hotels, homes, and shops for locals and visitors. The city is very close to the Thar Desert, to which excursions can be made.

Which city is cheaper, Jaisalmer 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 Jaisalmer is $33. 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 Jaisalmer 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.

An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $24 in Jaisalmer For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Chennai $14
    Jaisalmer $12
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Chennai $28
    Jaisalmer $24

Food

The price of a meal in Chennai can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $5.77 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $2.31 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.

The average traveler spends about $12 per day in Jaisalmer 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.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Chennai $5.77
    Jaisalmer $12

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 Jaisalmer

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


  • Dinner
    $5.39

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Jaisalmer

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

  • Complete Desert Experience- Jeep Safari, Dinner, Cultural Programs and Bonfire: $21
  • Dinner In Thar Desert: $30
  • Half Day SunSet Tour with Dinner: $30
  • Sunset Safari With Dinner: $31
  • Pleasant Sunset Safari With Dinner: $35
  • Learn Cooking in Jaislamer - A Guided Activity: $35
  • Jaisalmer Thar Camel Safari With Folk Dance & Marwari Dinner: $36
  • Half-Day City Tour of Jaisalmer Sunset by Camel Ride with Dinner: $64
  • Half-Day City Tour of Sunset at Sand Dunes with Dinner: $80
  • Sunset Camel Safari in Jaisalmer Sand Dunes & Dinner with Cultural Program: $86

Local Transportation

To get around in Chennai, the average visitor spends $2.35 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.

To get around in Jaisalmer, 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.
    Chennai $2.35
    Jaisalmer $11

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 Jaisalmer

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

  • Jaisalmer- Transfers+Hotel+Sightseeing (3 Days): $329
  • Private Transfer From Jaisalmer To Delhi: $197
  • Private Transfer From Jaisalmer To Agra: $181
  • Private Transfer From Jaisalmer To Jaipur: $117
  • Private Transfer From Jaisalmer To Ahmedabad: $117
  • Private Transfer From Jaisalmer To Jaipur: $117
  • Private One Way Transfer From Jaisalmer To Pushkar: $94
  • Private Transfer From Jaisalmer To Pushkar: $85
  • Private Transfer From Jaisalmer To Bikaner: $67
  • Jaisalmer To Bikaner Private One Way Transfer: $64
  • Private Transfer From Jaisalmer To Jodhpur Via Osian Temple: $41
  • One Way Transfer From Jaisalmer To Jodhpur: $37

Entertainment

In Chennai, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $2.50 per person, per day.

In Jaisalmer, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $11 per person, per day.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Chennai $2.50
    Jaisalmer $11

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 Jaisalmer

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


  • Sam Sand Dunes for Two
    $4.05

Tours and Activities in Jaisalmer

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

  • ( Overnight Camel Safari ) non touristic area: $25
  • 1 Night Camel Safari Tour In Jaisalmer: $77
  • 1 Night and 2 half Day Safari - Non Touristic: $35
  • 2 Days-1 Night Camel Tour: $93
  • 2-Night Desert Experience with Luxury Camp from Jaisalmer: $114
  • 3-Day Rajasthan Desert Private Cultural Tour with Camel Ride: $94
  • 6 Nights 7 Days Jaisalmer, Jodhpur & Udaipur Tour Package ( Per Couple): $1,026
  • 6-Day Private Sightseeing Tour of Udaipur Lakes and Desert: $231
  • 8 Days Private Tour Colors of Rajasthan from Jaisalmer: $280
  • Adventure Night With Cultural Show: $48
  • Adventure in Sand: Jaisalmer - Longewala - 3 days group tour: $128
  • Adventure night with cultural show: $31

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 $2.77.

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Jaisalmer, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $8.32.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Chennai $2.77
    Jaisalmer $8.32


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

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