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

Should you visit Dubai or Aswan?

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Dubai and Aswan can help you decide which place is right for you.

Dubai

Ever wonder what it would be like to see the lifestyles of the rich and famous up close. There's no more upscale destination than Dubai. It's by far and away the spot for shopping, partying, sunbathing, fine dining and the most luxurious of luxury. As the most modern and progressive of the seven emirates in the United Arab Emirates, this area has experienced an unbelievable economic boom and tourism spike. It's a desert city with an amazing infrastructure.

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 Dubai?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Dubai is $198, while the average daily cost in Aswan is $19. 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 Dubai and Aswan in more detail.




Accommodation

Double occupancy rooms typically run around $272 in Dubai For nicer amenities and a premiere location, 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 $7.98. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Aswan the cost is $16 on average.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Dubai $136
    Aswan $7.98
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Dubai $272
    Aswan $16


Food

The average traveler spends about $45 per day in Dubai for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.

On average, meal and food prices in Aswan cost around $5.86 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 $2.34.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Dubai $45
    Aswan $5.86
Typical Food prices in Dubai

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Dubai:


  • French bread
    $0.95
  • Sumo salad in Dubai Mall + Juice
    $10
  • Lemon Mint Tea
    $4.36
  • Coffee & Cake
    $6.53
  • Smoothie
    $5.44
  • Shawarma
    $1.91

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Dubai

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

  • Romantic Dhow Creek Dinner Cruise With Live Shows and International Buffet: $17
  • Sightseeing Dhow Cruise Dinner: $18
  • Dubai Deira Cruise with International Buffet Dinner with Live Shows: $19
  • Cruising with Dinner and Live Shows at Dubai Creek: $20
  • Dubai Creek Dhow Cruise Dinner: $20
  • Dhow Dinner Cruise at Dubai Creek (Without Transfers): $20
  • Sail along the Dubai Creek Dhow cruise with a delectable Dinner from AED 60: $21
  • Sightseeing Romantic Dhow Cruise Dinner: $21
  • Dhow Cruise Dinner Dubai: $22
  • Dhow Cruise Dinner on Dubai Creek: $22
  • Evening Dhow Dinner Cruise in Dubai: $22
  • Dubai Creek 2-Hour Romantic Dhow Cruise Dinner: $23

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

Dubai's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend $10 per person, per day on transportation in Dubai.

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $6.94 per day to get around in Aswan.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Dubai $10
    Aswan $6.94
Typical Local Transportation prices in Dubai

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Dubai:


  • Taxi Ride
    $12
  • Airport Taxi
    $12
  • Sea Taxi
    $0.54

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dubai

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

  • Ultra - Dubai Private Airport Transfer from Dubai Airport DXB to city centre: $8.73
  • Ultra - Dubai Private Airport Transfer from city centre to Dubai Airport DXB: $8.73
  • Ultra - Dubai Private Airport Transfer from Dubai Airport DXB to Jumeirah Beach: $8.73
  • Ultra - Dubai Private Airport Transfer from Jumeirah Beach to Dubai Airport DXB: $8.73
  • Shared Transfers from Dubai Hotels to Ski Dubai/Wild Wadi: $15
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Dubai to Dubai Airport (DXB): $17
  • Private Airport Transfer: Dubai Airport (DXB) to Dubai: $17
  • Shared Transfers from Dubai Hotels to Dubai Frame: $18
  • Sharing Transfers from Dubai Hotels to Dubai Mall (Burj Khalifa, VR Parks, DAUZ): $18
  • Shared Transfers from Dubai Hotels to Aquaventure/Lost Chamber: $18
  • Shopping Tour with Sharing Transfers: $19
  • Dubai City tour with Abra Ride on Sharing Transfers: $20

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Aswan

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Aswan:

  • Transfer from Aswan to Abu Simbel: $269
  • One Way Transfer from Aswan to Hurghada - 25 Seater: $263
  • Private transfer from aswan Airport To Marsa alam: $216
  • Transfer from Aswan to hurghada: $200
  • One Way Transfer from Aswan to Hurghada– Premium: $172
  • One Way Transfer from Aswan to Hurghada– Standard: $167
  • Transfer from Aswan to Luxor: $155
  • Aswan : 3-Days GUIDED Tours to Aswan, Abu Simbel and Luxor & All Transfers: $149
  • Private transfer From Aswan Airport To Luxor Hotel: $130
  • Private Transfer from Aswan to Marsa Alam: $125
  • Full-Day Private Tour to Abu Simbel Complex with Transfer: $125
  • Private transfer from Aswan Airport to luxor Hotel: $112


Entertainment

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Dubai can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $15 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $4.35 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.
    Dubai $15
    Aswan $4.35
Typical Entertainment prices in Dubai

For Dubai, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:


  • Visit to the Dubai Museum
    $0.82

Tours and Activities in Dubai

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

  • Dubai Full-Day Global Village Tickets: $4.11
  • Global Village Entry Tickets: $4.11
  • Global Village Entry Ticket: $4.19
  • Skip the Line: Global Village Ticket: $4.32
  • Global Village Dubai (Ticket): $4.85
  • Dubai Global Village Entrance Ticket: $5.20
  • Dubai Marina: Explore its activities & attractions on this audio walking tour: $5.50
  • Resident Marina Sightseeing Tour: $12
  • Dubai City Tour, Dubai: $12
  • Dubai Virtual City Tour With Live Video Chat Commentary: $15
  • Flying Cup Experience Ticket Dubai: $17
  • Dubai by Night City Tour: $17

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
    $3.83

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

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Dubai, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $18.

The average person spends about $3.07 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
    Dubai $18
    Aswan $3.07
Typical Alcohol prices in Dubai

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Dubai:


  • A Couple Drinks
    $25



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

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