A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Doha vs. Dahab for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Doha or Dahab?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Doha and Dahab 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: Doha or Dahab?

Doha

Doha is the capital city of Qatar, modern and rapidly developing with much construction underway. It is home to Doha International Airport, the main point of entry for Qatar, as well as many of the country's best museums and examples of cultural heritage.

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.

Which place is cheaper, Dahab or Doha?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Doha is $200, while the average daily cost in Dahab is $21. 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 Doha and Dahab in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Doha $119
    Dahab $9.35
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Doha $238
    Dahab $19
Compare Hotels in Doha and Dahab

Looking for a hotel in Doha or Dahab? 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 Doha


Hotels in Dahab


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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: Doha Hotel Prices and Dahab Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Doha $23
    Dahab $2.95

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Doha

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Doha:

  • Sharing Arrival Transfer - West bay: $20
  • Sharing Arrival Transfer - West Bay: $20
  • Sharing Arrival Transfer - Pearl Qatar: $27
  • Sharing Arrival Transfer - Doha city: $14
  • Shared Departure Transfer in West Bay : $20
  • Shared Departure Transfer in West Bay: $20
  • Shared Departure Transfer from Doha: $14
  • Shared Departure Transfer from Doha: $14
  • Shared Departure Transfer - Pearl Qatar: $27
  • Shared Arrival Transfer - Doha City: $14
  • Qatar Doha Hamad Airport (DOH): Transfer to Doha city: $177
  • Qatar Doha Hamad Airport (DOH) to Doha - Arrival Private Transfer: $66

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

Is it cheaper to fly into Doha or Dahab?

Prices for flights to both Dahab and Doha 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
    Doha $61
    Dahab $7.41

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Doha

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

  • Private Dinner on Safliya Island: $72
  • Private Dinner on Al Safliya Island: $76
  • Private Souk Waqif with Lunch or Dinner Tour: $96
  • Food Tour in The Pearl Qatar Island: $119
  • The Pearl-Qatar Food Tour & Boat Ride: $119
  • Half Day Doha City Tour with Lunch or Dinner: $143
  • Embrace Doha's Local Food Tour | Sample Delicious Qatari Dishes: $145
  • Full-Day Desert Safari with Buffet Dinner || Inland Sea Visit: $194
  • Full Day Desert Safari with Camp Access, Buffet Dinner,Camel Ride: $195
  • Doha : Full Day Desert Safari | BBQ Dinner | Inland sea: $197
  • Private Desert Safari with BBQ Lunch/Dinner at Souk Al Wakra: $202
  • Private Desert Safari with BBQ Lunch/Dinner at Souk Al Wakra Tour: $202

Typical Food Prices in Dahab

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


  • Seafood Dinner (for 2)
    $3.08
  • Juice
    $0.16
  • Breakfast for Two
    $0.97

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

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Doha $18
    Dahab $7.07

Tours and Activities in Doha

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

  • Doha City Tour And Dhow Boat Ride (Private Tour): $88
  • Doha:Night City Tour|Souq waqif| Katara| Pearl Qatar|Lusail City: $80
  • Premium Sunset Safari Tour from Sealine, Sand Dunes, and Beach: $180
  • Private Express Doha City Tour: $165
  • Private North of Qatar Tour: $84
  • Private-Combo Full Day Tour Doha City and Desert Safari : $150
  • Transit/Layover Tours from Doha Airport – Explore Doha City : $105
  • (Private Combo Tour) Sheikh Faisal Museum And Camel Race Track : $130
  • (Private) Quickie to the Desert Safari Experience - Inland Sea Visit: $100
  • 1 Hour Camel Ride Experience in Sealine Beach: $172
  • 10 Hour Desert Safari Tour at Qatar with BBQ: $150
  • 2 Hour Tour Doha by Sea: $69

Tours and Activities in Dahab

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

  • Dahab's Kept Secrets 5 Adventures in 1 Tour: $25
  • Dahab Horseback Riding Desert and Beach Equestrian Adventure: $25
  • Saint Catherine's Monastery Half Day Tour From Dahab: $26
  • Blue Hole Snorkeling Tour with lunch from Dahab: $28
  • From Three Pools Guided Snorkeling Tour with Lunch: $29
  • Dahab Windsurfing Adventure in Red Sea Waves: $30
  • Royal seascope Semi-Submarine Cruise: $33
  • Royal Seascope Submarine Guided Boat Tour : $39
  • 4x4 Jeep Adventure from Dahab: $40
  • Astronomy and Bedouin Culture Private Tour in Dahab with Pickup: $40
  • Three Pools snorkeling and Quad Bike full-day tour in Dahab: $40
  • Blue Hole Snorkeling Adventure in Dahab: $40

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Doha $15
    Dahab $4.04


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Doha and Dahab, we can see that Doha is more expensive. And not only is Dahab much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Doha is in Middle East and Dahab is in Africa, this is one of the main reasons why the costs are so different, as different regions of the world tend to have overall different travel costs. 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 Doha would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Doha 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 Doha Expensive? and Is Dahab Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Doha or Dahab?

Doha has a larger population, and is about 40 times larger than the population of Dahab. When comparing the sizes of Doha and Dahab, 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.