A Travel Price Comparison for Egypt Dahab vs. Aswan for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Dahab or Aswan?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Dahab and Aswan can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Dahab

Dahab is a small town on the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt. It is located about 85 kilometers north of Sharm el-Sheikh and sits on the Gulf of Aqaba. It's a popular destination with divers and backpackers alike, and offers some of the best snorkeling and diving that you'll find in the Red Sea. It's a great alternative to the resort driven Sharm el-Sheikh, and is popular with independent travelers who are looking for affordable accommodation. There are some upmarket options however, predominantly in the Laguna area, but budget facilities are not hard to find.

Aswan

Lounging along the Nile like Egyptian royalty is a fantasy for most world travelers. If you want to do it without the hustle and bustle of Cairo, there's always Aswan. This city in the south of Egypt is the smallest of the three major cities on the Nile. Located just below the Aswan Dam and Lake Nasser, Aswan's 275,00 people include a large portion of Nubians – mostly resettled from their flooded homeland.

Which city is cheaper, Aswan or Dahab?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Dahab is $32, while the average daily cost in Aswan is $40. 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 Dahab and Aswan in more detail.



Accommodation

Travelers usually pay around $30 for a double occupancy room in Dahab If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around $16. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Aswan the cost is $32 on average.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Dahab $15
    Aswan $16
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Dahab $30
    Aswan $32

Food

On average, meal and food prices in Dahab cost around $12 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around $4.80.

On average, meal and food prices in Aswan cost around $14 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around $5.60.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Dahab $12
    Aswan $14
Typical Food prices in Dahab

For Dahab, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Seafood Dinner (for 2)
    $6.05
  • Juice
    $0.32
  • Breakfast for Two
    $1.91

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Dahab

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

  • Beduine Dinner In Dahab: $29
  • Bedouin Dinner in the Mountains In Dahab: $36
  • Bedouin Dinner With Camel Ride In Dahab: $39
  • Stargazer+ Camel riding + Bedouin dinner from Dahab: $90

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Aswan

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Aswan.

  • Nubian Dinner With Enchanted Events: $35
  • Nubian Dinner at Nubian Village: $49
  • Dinner on board a cruise on the Nile: $59
  • Private 3-Hour Nubian Party with Dinner and Pickup in Aswan: $75
  • Nubian Dinner with enchanted events: $86

Local Transportation

To get around in Dahab, the average visitor spends $4.64 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.

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $10 per day to get around in Aswan.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Dahab $4.64
    Aswan $10

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dahab

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

  • Private transfer from your Hotel in Dahab to Sharm el sheikh airport: $64
  • Private Transfer from Dahab to Sharm El Sheikh (SSH) Airport: $124

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Aswan

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Aswan:

  • transfer from aswan to luxor with visits: $75
  • transfer from aswan to luxor with visits: $75
  • Transfer from Aswan to hurghada: $200
  • Transfer from Aswan to Luxor: $155
  • Transfer from Aswan to Abu Simbel: $269
  • Transfer from Aswan airport to Aswan City: $14
  • Transfer To or From Aswan airport: $13
  • Private transfer from aswan Airport To Marsa alam: $216
  • Private transfer from Aswan to Aswan Airport: $40
  • Private transfer from Aswan Airport to luxor Hotel: $112
  • Private transfer from Aswan Airport to Hotels or Nile cruise in Aswan: $20
  • Private transfer from Aswan Airport to Aswan Hotels – Premium: $52

Is it cheaper to fly into Dahab or Aswan?

Prices for flights to both Aswan and Dahab 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.





Entertainment

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

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $15 per person, per day in Aswan. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Dahab $11
    Aswan $15

Tours and Activities in Dahab

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

  • St. Catherine Monastery & Mt. Sinai Sunrise Tour from Dahab: $30
  • Three Pools snorkeling and Quad Bike tour in Dahab: $30
  • 4x4 Jeep Adventure from Dahab: $44
  • Blue Hole - Abu Galum -Blue Lagoon Tour and Lunch From Dahab: $45
  • Mt Sinai Sunrise and St Catherine Monastery Tour from Dahab: $46
  • Camel Ride + Blue Hole Snorkel + Quad Bike Tour With Lunch From Dahab: $50
  • St. cathrine monastery tour from dahab: $51
  • Mount Moses & St. Catherine (Sunset) Tour from Dahab: $60
  • Nabq National Park Day Tour from Dahab: $92
  • Ras Mohammed by Car One Day Tour from Dahab: $100
  • St. Catherine Monastery /The White Canyon/Ain Khudra Oasis Tour from Dahab: $100
  • Private Tour Mt Sinai Sunrise and St Catherine Monastery from Dahab: $102

Typical Entertainment prices in Aswan

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Aswan are as follows:


  • Temple Kom Ombo for Two
    $3.82

Tours and Activities in Aswan

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Aswan are as follows:

  • (2 nights / 3 days )Nile cruise from Luxor to aswan: $200
  • (2 nights / 3 days )Nile cruise from Luxor to aswan: $180
  • (7nights 8 days) ( nile cruise from Aswan to luxor –hurghada - Cairo): $1,090
  • 04 Days - 03 Nights Nile Cruise from Aswan to Luxor: $542
  • 04 Days - 03 Nights Nile Cruise from Aswan to Luxor: $380
  • 1 Day Tour to Abu Simbel from Aswan By Car: $120
  • 1 night/ 2 days Coptic archaeological tour from Aswan: $375
  • 13 Days,Luxury tour, Cairo, luxor,,Aswan,Sharm El Sheikh(Nile and Sea Escapade): $1,450
  • 2 Nights tours: luxor, Aswan,air balloon&abu simbel by sleeping train from Cairo: $690
  • 2 nights Nile cruise includes tours from Aswan to luxor: $230
  • 2 nights Nile cruise includes tours from Aswan to luxor: $238
  • 2 nights nile cruise from aswan to luxor,hot deal: $160

Alcohol

Typically, people visiting Dahab spend on average $6.35 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.

The average person spends about $3.00 on alcoholic beverages in Aswan per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Dahab $6.35
    Aswan $3.00


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

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