A Travel Price Comparison for India Delhi vs. Cochin for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Delhi or Cochin?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Delhi or Cochin, this travel comparison, which includes costs, can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison down below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Where Should I go: Delhi or Cochin?


Delhi is the largest city in northern India and is officially the country's capital. The city has a population of 11 million with the metropolitan population reaching over 16 million. The city is similar in landscape to the rest of its surrounding area. It is very flat with the river Yamuna flowing on the eastern side of the city. The Aravalii Hills are in the western portion of the city. The city's history dates back to the 6th century BC and it has served as a capital for various kingdoms and empires.


Cochin is a large city in Kerala, India. It's a cosmopolitan commercial port city with a population of over two million and is a major tourist destination. The city has a diverse population that has migrated from elsewhere in Kerala, as well as the rest of India. The city continues to become more cosmopolitan with fashion shifting to western styles. There are also many large shopping malls as well as an enthusiasm for sports such as football (soccer) or cricket.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Luxury Tours to India, The Best Budget Tours to India, The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from New Delhi, and The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Mumbai.

Which place is cheaper, Cochin or Delhi?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Delhi is $45, while the average daily cost in Cochin is $36. 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 Delhi and Cochin in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Delhi $23
    Cochin $15
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Delhi $46
    Cochin $30
Compare Hotels in Delhi and Cochin

Looking for a hotel in Delhi or Cochin? 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 Delhi

Hotels in Cochin

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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: Delhi Hotel Prices and Cochin Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Delhi $5.28
    Cochin $9.90
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Delhi

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

  • Tuk Tuk Ride
  • Taxi to Airport
  • Subway
  • Uber Cab
  • Delhi Metro Smart Card
  • Auto-rickshaw

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Delhi

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Delhi:

  • Entrance Ticket to Historical Monuments of Delhi with Private Transfer: $74
  • 3-Day City Tour of Old and New Delhi with Airport Transfers: $180
  • 3-Days Amritsar tour from Delhi Includes Hotel,Train tickets & Transfers: $200
  • 3-Days Delhi and Varanasi Tour by Express Train.Includes,Hotel Transfers.: $275
  • 4 Hrs Private Old Delhi Tour covering Temple ,Spice Market with Transfers: $49
  • A Delectable Meal At The Great Kebab Factory with Private Transfer: $197
  • Aerial yoga class with private transfers: $31
  • Affordable transfer from Delhi to Dehradun: $37
  • Affordable transfer from Delhi to Haridwar: $35
  • Affordable transfer from Delhi to Rishikesh: $35
  • Agra Hotels Private Transfer From New Delhi Airport: $51
  • Akshardham Exhibition, Light and Water Show with Transfers: $99

Is it cheaper to fly into Delhi or Cochin?

Prices for flights to both Cochin and Delhi 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
    Delhi $12
    Cochin $12
Typical Food Prices in Delhi

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Delhi:

  • McDonalds

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Delhi

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

  • Old Delhi Street Food Tour- All Inclusive : $12
  • Appetizing virtual cooking class from Delhi: $20
  • Lunch or dinner with local family: $21
  • Food Tour Old Delhi: $31
  • Old Delhi Heritage Sightseeing | Walking Tour | Street Food Tour: $34
  • Cooking Demo + Lunch/Dinner and interaction with an Indian family @ Chez Anjali: $35
  • Old Delhi Food Tour: A Night Time Feast: $36
  • Connaught Place Street shopping & food tour in Delhi: $39
  • Discover Old 4-Hour Evening Walking Tour includes Guide & Dinner: $40
  • Old Delhi Street Food Tour: $44
  • Culinary Delights Of Delhi Half Day Food Tour: $48
  • Veg and Non veg : Private Cooking Class in Delhi: $48

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Delhi $13
    Cochin $10
Typical Entertainment Prices in Delhi

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

  • Red Fort

Tours and Activities in Delhi

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

  • Same Day Taj Mahal and Agra Fort Tour by Car : $3.43
  • Private Taj Mahal Tour from Delhi by Car: $4.00
  • Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Baby Taj Day Tour from Delhi by Car: $4.00
  • Taj Mahal Agra Same Day Tour from Delhi By Private Car: $4.90
  • Private Old and New Delhi - Best of Delhi 8 Hours Tour: $5.00
  • Private Taj Mahal Tour from Delhi by Car: $5.00
  • Taj Mahal & Agra Private Day Tour from Delhi with 5* Lunch: $5.00
  • Sunrise Taj Mahal Tour From Delhi : $5.00
  • 3-Days Private Golden Triangle Tour to Agra & Jaipur from Delhi: $5.00
  • Private Taj Mahal Day tour from Delhi by Train - All Inclusive: $5.00
  • Skip-The-Line Sunrise Taj Mahal Private Tour with Multi-Options: $5.00
  • Taj Mahal Tour From Delhi By Car: $5.00

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Delhi $8.67
    Cochin $8.79

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

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

Which is Bigger, Delhi or Cochin?

Delhi has a larger population, and is about 20 times larger than the population of Cochin. When comparing the sizes of Delhi and Cochin, 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.