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

Should you visit Chennai or Lucknow?

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

Should I visit Chennai or Lucknow? 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 Lucknow?

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.

Lucknow

Lucknow, located in the central region of Awadh, is the capital city of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. With a very rich cultural and historical past, Lucknow has been at the heart of North Indian culture for many centuries. It thrives in areas of art, cuisine, dance, culture, music, and more.

Which place is cheaper, Lucknow 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 Lucknow is $46. 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 Lucknow in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Chennai $16
    Lucknow $19
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Chennai $32
    Lucknow $38
Compare Hotels in Chennai and Lucknow

Looking for a hotel in Chennai or Lucknow? 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 Lucknow


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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 Lucknow Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Chennai $2.63
    Lucknow $13

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Chennai

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

  • Private Transfer from Chennai City to Chennai (MAA) Airport: $38
  • Private Transfer from Chennai (MAA) Airport to Chennai City: $38
  • Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Chennai International Airport: $28
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Chennai International Airport to Hotel: $40
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Chennai Airport (MAA) to Pondicherry Hotels: $145
  • Full Day Tour to Kanchipuram and UNESCO's Mahabalipuram with Private Transfer: $246
  • Departure transfer: Chennai hotels to Chennai International Airport: $19
  • Departure Transfer from Chennai Hotels to Chennai airport: $20
  • Departure Private Transfer from Chennai City to Chennai MAA Airport by car: $24
  • Chennai International Airport to Hotel-Private Arrival transfer: $25
  • Chennai Airport to Hotel Transfer: $13
  • Chennai Airport Transfers : Budget Sedan and SUV Cabs: $15

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Lucknow

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

  • Lucknow 3-Days Private Tour with Hotel and Transfers: $277
  • Agra to Lucknow Transfer: $100
  • Private Transfer from Lucknow to Chaudhary Charan Singh (LKO) Airport: $42
  • Private Transfer from Chaudhary Charan Singh (LKO) Airport to Lucknow: $42
  • Private Transfer from Lucknow to Kanpur: $28
  • Lucknow Airport Transfer: $28

Is it cheaper to fly into Chennai or Lucknow?

Prices for flights to both Lucknow 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
  • Food Meals for one day
    Chennai $6.45
    Lucknow $17

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 Menna: $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
  • Private 3-Hour Cooking Lesson and Meal in Chennai: $100
  • Authentic South Indian Cooking Class and Vegetarian Meal with a Local in Chennai: $122
  • Private South Indian Cooking Class and Market Visit in Chennai: $152
  • Food Trail In Sowcarpet With Transport And Dinner - Chennai: $220

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Chennai $2.79
    Lucknow $15

Tours and Activities in Chennai

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

  • Chennai to Temple Trail: Srikalahasti & Sri Venkateswara Tour: $89
  • 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
  • Best Of Chennai- Classic Tour on Royal Enfield Motorcycle: $160
  • 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 - Guided half day private city tour : $52
  • Chennai Cultural Walking Tour: $26
  • Chennai Delights: Exploring the Best of the City Tour: $198

Tours and Activities in Lucknow

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

  • 2 Days Shravasti Tour From Lucknow: $109
  • 3-Days Lucknow tour for first timers - Private & guided tour : $240
  • 6-Hour Lucknow Sightseeing Tour with Hotel Pickup: $80
  • 8 Hour: Lucknow Full day City Sightseeing Trip: $62
  • A Walking Tour for Vegetarian Foodies in Lucknow: $204
  • Ayodhya Tour From Lucknow (Same Day): $284
  • Best of Lucknow (Guided Halfday Sightseeing Tour by Car): $84
  • Colonial Walk of Lucknow (2 Hours Guided Walking Tour): $13
  • Custom Private Lucknow Sightseeing Trip with Guided Trip: $62
  • Day Tour Of Lucknow: $22
  • From Ayodhya Private Tour with Lunch and Boat Ride: $133
  • Heritage & Cultural Walk of Lucknow (2 Hours Guided Walking Tour): $13

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Chennai $3.10
    Lucknow $7.09

Sample the Local Flavors in Lucknow

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

  • Pub Crawl Lucknow: $40


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Chennai and Lucknow, we can see that Lucknow 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 Lucknow would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Lucknow than you might in Chennai.

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


Which is Bigger, Chennai or Lucknow?

Chennai has a larger population, and is about 75% larger than the population of Lucknow. When comparing the sizes of Chennai and Lucknow, 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.