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

Should you visit Dubai or Aswan?

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

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.

Where Should I go: Dubai or Aswan?


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.


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 place 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 $248, while the average daily cost in Aswan is $25. 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 Dubai and Aswan in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Dubai $170
    Aswan $10
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Dubai $340
    Aswan $20
Compare Hotels in Dubai and Aswan

Looking for a hotel in Dubai or Aswan? 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 Dubai

Hotels in Aswan

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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: Dubai Hotel Prices and Aswan Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Dubai $13
    Aswan $6.66
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Dubai

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

  • Taxi Ride
  • Airport Taxi
  • Sea Taxi

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dubai

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

  • Global Village Dubai Skip the Line Tickets with Transfer Option: $9.15
  • Global Village Dubai Ticket with Optional transfer: $10
  • Global Village Dubai Tickets with Transfers Option: $11
  • Private Dubai Airport Transfer DXB to Anywhere in Dubai: $13
  • Global Village Entry Ticket with Hotel Transfer: $14
  • Shared Transfers from Dubai Hotels to Ski Dubai/Wild Wadi: $15
  • Private Transfer Arrival Dubai International Airport (DXB): $17
  • Shared Transfers from Dubai Hotels to Aquaventure/Lost Chamber: $18
  • Sharing Transfers from Dubai Hotels to Dubai Mall (Burj Khalifa, VR Parks, DAUZ): $18
  • Dubai Frame Admission Ticket with Optional Transfer: $18
  • Dubai Airport Transfers from all terminals: $19
  • Dubai Global Village All Days Ticket With Shared Transfer: $20

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Aswan

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Aswan:

  • Private Transfer Round Trip To Abu Simbel From Aswan: $300
  • Marvel 3-Days Unique Guided Tours Aswan, Abu Simbel & Luxor with all Transfers : $250
  • 3-Days Travel Into The History to Aswan, Abu Simbel & Luxor with all Transfers: $233
  • Private Transfer from Aswan to temple of Abu Simbel: $230
  • Abu Simbel from Aswan in Egypt - Private Tour (guide and transfers Included): $209
  • Private Transfer To/From Hurghada: $200
  • Hurghada: Private Transfer To/From Aswan: $200
  • VIP Aswan to Hurghada Transfer: Luxury and Comfort: $190
  • Family Friendly Transfer from Aswan to Hurghada: $175
  • Transfer from Aswan to Hurghada : $170
  • Private Transfer from Aswan to Hurghada: $170
  • Private Transfer From Aswan Airport or Hotel to Hurghada: $160

Is it cheaper to fly into Dubai or Aswan?

Prices for flights to both Aswan and Dubai 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
    Dubai $56
    Aswan $8.80
Typical Food Prices in Dubai

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

  • French bread
  • Sumo salad in Dubai Mall + Juice
  • Lemon Mint Tea
  • Coffee & Cake
  • Smoothie
  • Shawarma

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Dubai

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

  • Dhow Dinner Cruise with International Buffet: $15
  • Romantic Sightseeing Dhow Cruise Dinner: $15
  • Dhow Cruise with Dinner and Live Entertainment at Dubai Creek: $15
  • 2-Hour Evening Dhow Cruise and Dinner: $15
  • Dhow Dinner Cruise with International Buffet in Dubai: $15
  • Dhow Cruise Dinner Dubai Creek with Buffet Dinner: $16
  • Dhow Cruise Dinner Dubai Creek with Buffet Dinner: $16
  • Romantic Dhow Cruise Dinner in Dubai Creek: $17
  • 2-Hour Evening Dhow Cruise and Dinner: $17
  • Dubai Creek Dhow Cruise Dinner: $18
  • Dhow Cruise Dinner with International Buffet: $18
  • Cruising with Dinner and Live Shows at Dubai Creek: $18

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Aswan

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

  • Private Aswan Nubian Cooking Class and Market Tour: $30
  • Dinner at Soleih restaurant by vehicle: $33
  • Nubian Dinner in Nubian Village Of Aswan: $40
  • Private Nubian Dinner at Nubian Village in Aswan: $44
  • Nubian Dinner at Nubian Village: $49
  • Nubian Dinner at Nubian Village: $51
  • Dinner on board a cruise on the Nile: $59
  • Nubian lunch Or Dinner at Nubian village : $75
  • Private 3-Hour Nubian Party with Dinner and Pickup in Aswan: $77
  • Dinner In Nile Cruise in Aswan: $150

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Dubai $19
    Aswan $9.39
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

Tours and Activities in Dubai

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

  • Dubai Guided Old Town Tour, Abra Boat, Gold & Spice Souk: $4.63
  • A Self-Guided Tour of Dubai’s Origins in Deira: $5.99
  • Global Village Entry Ticket: $6.13
  • Burj Khalifa, Dubai Hidden Gems - Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour: $6.42
  • Souqs, Old city & Abra boat tour with guide: $8.17
  • Old Dubai with Museums, Abra Cruise, Souks،Tastings: $8.17
  • Pearl Merchants and Palm Trees: A Self-Guided Tour of Sharjah: $8.99
  • Dubai Self-Guided Audio Tour: $9.00
  • Old Town Tour with Museums, Souks, and Boat Trip: $9.26
  • Global Village Entrance Skip the Tickets Line : $9.77
  • Walking Tour, Old Town, Abra, Souks & Street Food: $9.80
  • Tour of old Dubai by night. Tastings and history.: $10

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

Tours and Activities in Aswan

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Aswan are as follows:

  • 2-DaysTour from Aswan Philae the High Dam the Unfinished Obelisk and Abu Simbel: $90
  • 3 Hour Private Tour, Ancient Wonders in Philae Temple Tour : $55
  • Abu Simbel Day tour from Aswan: $50
  • Abu Simbel Private Tour from Aswan : $110
  • Abu Simbel Temples Full Day Tour From Aswan With Entry Tickets : $99
  • Abu Simble Private day tour from Aswan: $160
  • Abu simbel Temple Full Day Tour in Aswan: $47
  • Aswan : Full Day Private Guided Tour to the Legend of Abu Simbel Temples: $100
  • Exploration of Philae Temple and High Dam in Aswan Private Tour: $41
  • Full-Day Private Tour of Aswan, Philae Temple and Obelisk: $95
  • Kalabsha Temple and Nubian Museum Tour: $89
  • Nubian Village Day Tour In Aswan: $25

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Dubai $23
    Aswan $1.91
Typical Alcohol Prices in Dubai

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

  • A Couple Drinks

Sample the Local Flavors in Dubai

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Dubai:

  • Pub Crawl Nightlife Tours: $66
  • Pub Crawl Nightlife Tour: $67
  • Pub Crawl Private, Birthdays & Corporate Events: $110

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.

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

Which is Bigger, Dubai or Aswan?

Dubai has a larger population, and is about 5 times larger than the population of Aswan. When comparing the sizes of Dubai and Aswan, 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.