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

Should you visit Doha or Islamabad?

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 Islamabad 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 Islamabad?


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.


Islamabad is the capital of Pakistan, specially built in the 1960's to replace the former capital, Karachi. Most of the city's population are employees of the government, though many people come from all over Pakistan to enjoy the city's peaceful atmosphere and green spaces, museums, and monuments.

Which place is cheaper, Islamabad 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 Islamabad is $41. 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 Islamabad in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Doha $119
    Islamabad $20
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Doha $238
    Islamabad $40
Compare Hotels in Doha and Islamabad

Looking for a hotel in Doha or Islamabad? 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 Islamabad

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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 Islamabad Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Doha $23
    Islamabad $7.65

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Doha

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Doha:

  • Private Transfer from Doha City to Doha (DOH) Airport: $193
  • Qatar Doha Hamad Airport (DOH): Transfer to Doha city: $178
  • Qatar Doha Airport (DOH) to Doha - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $146
  • Private Doha Airport Transfer to Doha, Qatar: $139
  • Doha Hamad Airport (DOH) to Doha - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $133
  • ONE WAY: Doha International Airport - Private Transfer From/to Hotels: $122
  • Airport Transfer: Doha to Doha Airport DOH by Luxury Van: $122
  • Private Arrival Transfer - Al Khor: $120
  • Private Transfer from Qatar Doha Airport (DOH) to Qatar Doha : $116
  • Private transfer from Qatar Doha Hamad Airport (DOH) to Doha city: $116
  • Arrival Transfer: Hamad Airport DOH to Doha by Luxury Van: $115
  • Departure Transfer: Doha to Hamad Airport DOH by Luxury Van: $115

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Islamabad

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

  • Islamabad International Airport Arrival Pick up Transfer: $55
  • Islamabad International Airport Departure Drop off Transfer : $55
  • Islamabad International Airport Transfer: $35
  • Islamabad International Airport Transfer - ARRIVAL: $40
  • Islamabad International Airport Transfer - DEPARTURE: $40
  • Islamabad Round Trip Airport Transfer & Customizable Day Trip: $95
  • Premium Services: Islamabad Day Trip & Round Trip Airport Transfers.: $170
  • Premium Services: Islamabad International Airport Transfer - Arrival: $55
  • Premium Services: Islamabad International Airport Transfer - Departures: $55
  • Private Chauffeur: Arrival Transfer Airport Pick up (Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore): $50
  • Private Transfer from Islamabad Airport to Pakistan: $61
  • Transit Trip: Islamabad City Exploration Day Tour & Round Trip Airport Transfer: $110

Is it cheaper to fly into Doha or Islamabad?

Prices for flights to both Islamabad 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 Meals for one day
    Doha $61
    Islamabad $15

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Doha

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

  • Private Dinner on Al Safliya Island: $76
  • Private Dinner on 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
  • 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 Tour: $202
  • Private Desert Safari with BBQ Lunch/Dinner at Souk Al Wakra: $202
  • Private Overnight Desert Safari, Dune bashing, dinner & Breakfast: $220

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Doha $18
    Islamabad $9.44

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 Islamabad

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

  • Full-Day Sightseeing Tour Of Islamabad: $70
  • Full Day Tour To The Ancient City Of Taxila From Islamabad: $70
  • Half Day Private Instagram Guided City Tour : $80
  • Private Tour: Half Day Islamabad Saidpur Village Exploration Tour: $80
  • Islamabad In & Around Full Day Customized City Tour: $80
  • Private Tour: Hidden Gems of Islamabad Exploration Tour: $90
  • Private Tour: Islamabad Full Day Customized Exploration Tour: $90
  • Shopping Tour: Full Day Islamabad Markets Exploration Tour: $90
  • Best of Islamabad City Landmarks Exploration Tour (Private & Guided).: $95
  • Islamabad Instagram Tour: Most Famous Spots (Private & All-Inclusive): $95
  • City Tour with Faisal Mosque and Lake View Park: $95
  • Guided Top 5 Wonders Exploration Tour: $95

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Doha $15
    Islamabad $2.87

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Doha and Islamabad, we can see that Doha is more expensive. And not only is Islamabad much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Doha is in Middle East and Islamabad is in Asia, 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 Islamabad would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Islamabad 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 Islamabad.

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

Which is Bigger, Doha or Islamabad?

Islamabad has a larger population, and is about 74% larger than the population of Doha. When comparing the sizes of Doha and Islamabad, 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.

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