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

Should you visit Dahab or Luxor?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Dahab and Luxor can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Dahab or Luxor?


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.


Egypt is surely on the top of every history lover's bucket list. Nowhere is the history more engrossing than in Luxor. From amazing monuments dating back to ancient Thebes to rows of temples up the Nile, this remarkable city is full the stories of past greatness.

The East Bank – or the central part of Luxor Township – is the hotbed for tourism. This is where most of the hotels and resorts are, while the West Bank is home to the ancient ruins and archaeological wonders you'll want to explore.

Before traveling to Egypt, be sure to check on the current affairs and political climate. It could have a major effect on the amount of tourists visiting, and, if conditions are too dangerous, you may want to reschedule. Also note, ladies, to avoid any issues, dress modestly. This is a very conservative region of the world. The less skin showing, the better.

Which place is cheaper, Luxor or Dahab?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Dahab is $21, while the average daily cost in Luxor is $27. 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 Dahab and Luxor in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Dahab $9.35
    Luxor $12
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Dahab $19
    Luxor $24
Compare Hotels in Dahab and Luxor

Looking for a hotel in Dahab or Luxor? 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 Dahab

Hotels in Luxor

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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: Dahab Hotel Prices and Luxor Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Dahab $2.95
    Luxor $6.00

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dahab

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

  • Private Sharm El Sheikh Airport (SSH) Transfer: $75
  • Pickup transfer from Dahab To Sharm El Sheikh airport: $70
  • Private Pickup Transfer From Dahab To St. Catherine: $75
  • Private Pickup Transfers From Dahab To Cairo: $260
  • Private Pickup Transfers from Dahab to Taba: $120
  • Private Transfer From Dahab To Sharm El Sheikh - (1-8 Pax): $60
  • Private Transfer From Dahab To Taba border group from 1 to 12: $220
  • Private Transfer From Dahab To Taba border group from 1 to 4: $90
  • Private Transfer from Dahab to Sharm El Sheikh (SSH) Airport: $110
  • Private Transfer from Hotel in Dahab To Sharm el Sheikh Airport: $55
  • Sharm el-Sheikh: 1-Way or Round-Trip Transfer to Dahab: $38

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Luxor

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Luxor:

  • Taxi Ride

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Luxor

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Luxor:

  • private transfer from Luxor to Aswan by private Vehicle or Retuen: $77
  • private transfer from Luxor to Aswan And vice versa: $62
  • private Transfer from Luxor to Hurghada: $110
  • private Transfer from Luxor airport to any hotel : $35
  • private Transfer from Luxor airport : $35
  • private Transfer From Luxor Hotel To The Airport Or Vice Versa : $7.00
  • Vip Marsa Alam Private Transfer to Luxor: $100
  • VIP Luxor to Hurghada Transfer Luxury and Style: $125
  • VIP Luxor Airport Transfer: $15
  • VIP Luxor Airport Private Transfer: $25
  • Transfers from Luxor Airport to Hotels or to Nile Cruise: $11
  • Transfer to East bank Luxor From Hotel Or Airport : $47

Is it cheaper to fly into Dahab or Luxor?

Prices for flights to both Luxor 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.

  • Food Meals for one day
    Dahab $7.41
    Luxor $8.96
Typical Food Prices in Dahab

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

  • Seafood Dinner (for 2)
  • Juice
  • Breakfast for Two

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Dahab

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

  • Bedouin Dinner in the Mountains In Dahab: $30
  • Bedouin Dinner in the Mountains In Dahab: $36
  • Bedouin Dinner in the Mountains In Dahab: $39
  • Dahab Desert Safari and Bedouin Dinner: $40
  • Stargazer + Camel riding + Bedouin dinner from Dahab : $90

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Luxor

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

  • Tourist market,local food tour,the gym and coffee in Luxor: $19
  • Dinner on the River Nile with Belly Dancing: $35
  • 4 Hours Culinary Journey with Local Family Food Tour in Luxor: $35
  • Eat Like a Local:Traditional Egyptian Food / Dinner at Local Family Home - Luxor: $36
  • Luxor Sunset Felucca Ride and Banana Island with Lunch or Dinner: $38
  • Dinner Cruise on the Nile River: $43
  • Sunset Felucca Ride and Banana Island with Lunch or Dinner Luxor: $45
  • Luxor Sunset Felucca Ride and Banana Island with Lunch or Dinner : $50
  • Luxor City Private Walking and Food Tour: $50
  • Private Half Day Felucca Ride and Banana Island with Lunch or Dinner From Luxor: $52
  • Luxor Felucca Boat Ride and Banana Island Visit Including Lunch or Dinner: $52
  • Luxor Nile Cruise Dinner: $60

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Dahab $7.07
    Luxor $10

Tours and Activities in Dahab

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

  • Dahab Horseback Riding Desert and Beach Equestrian Adventure: $25
  • Dahab's Kept Secrets 5 Adventures in 1 Tour: $25
  • From Three Pools Guided Snorkeling Tour with Lunch: $26
  • Blue Hole Snorkeling Tour with lunch from Dahab: $28
  • Dahab Windsurfing Adventure in Red Sea Waves: $30
  • Royal seascope Semi-Submarine Cruise: $33
  • Royal Seascope Submarine Guided Boat Tour : $38
  • 4x4 Jeep Adventure from Dahab: $40
  • Blue Hole Snorkeling Adventure in Dahab: $40
  • Three Pools snorkeling and Quad Bike full-day tour in Dahab: $40
  • Astronomy and Bedouin Culture Private Tour in Dahab with Pickup: $40
  • Full Day Climbing and Hiking Tour in Canyon with Pickup: $40

Typical Entertainment Prices in Luxor

Here are a few typical costs in Luxor for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:

  • Boat Ride (for 2)
  • Temple Karnak for Two
  • Camel Ride for Two

Tours and Activities in Luxor

Here are a few actual costs in Luxor for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • 4 days 3 nights Aswan-luxor Nile Cruise: $150
  • 7 Hours Private Tour in Luxor with Lunch : $35
  • 7 nights Nile Cruise: $300
  • Adventure Hot Air Balloon Ride Tour in Luxor: $50
  • Daily Tour at The East & West Bank of the Nile: $193
  • Day Private Tour to Karnak and Luxor Temples: $90
  • Day Tour to East and West Banks From Luxor: $30
  • Day Tour to Hathor Temple at Dendera from Luxor by car: $90
  • Day Tour to Karnak temple and luxor temple from luxor: $77
  • Day Tour to Madinet Habu Temple & the Workers Tombs: $54
  • Day tour to Aswan from Luxo visit Edfu,Kom Ombo,Phila Temples & Aswan dam.: $276
  • Dendera Temple Half Day Tour from Luxor: $29

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Dahab $4.04
    Luxor $3.48

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

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

Which is Bigger, Dahab or Luxor?

Luxor has a larger population, and is about 50 times larger than the population of Dahab. When comparing the sizes of Dahab and Luxor, 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.