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

Should you visit Dubai or Lahore?

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 Lahore 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.

Lahore

As Pakistan's second largest city and the capital of the north-eastern Punjab province, Lahore is widely considered the country's cultural capital. Some of its best-known features include the Lahore Fort, Badshahi Mosque and Gurdwara, a mall surrounded by buildings from the British Raj, and many unique markets and neighborhoods.

Which city is cheaper, Lahore 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 Lahore is $82. 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 Lahore 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.

For a normal double-occupancy room in Lahore, $106 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Lahore, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is $53, such as in a hostel.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Dubai $136
    Lahore $53
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Dubai $272
    Lahore $106

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.

While meal prices in Lahore can vary, the average travelers spends about $20 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Lahore should cost around $8.00 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Lahore is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Dubai $45
    Lahore $20
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 Lahore

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

  • Lahore's Complete Night Food Tour: Local Culinary Experience: $110

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.

To get around in Lahore, the average visitor spends $14 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Dubai $10
    Lahore $14
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:

  • Versace VIP Spa Journey- chauffeur transfer, gourmet food and champagne: $1,524
  • VIP Desert Safari Package with Stretch Limousine Transfers: $999
  • BollyWood Parks Family Package With Private Transfer for 1 to 6 people: $924
  • Ferrari World Trip with Private Transfer: $868
  • Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi with Private Transfer From Dubai for 1 to 6 people: $808
  • Dubai Wild Wadi Water Park With Private Transfers for 1 to 6 people: $685
  • 2 Hours Buggy Can Am X3 with Transfers for 2 Persons: $654
  • IMG Theme Park Dubai with 2 way Private Transfer for 1 to 5 people: $654
  • Private Night Vintage Land Rover Desert Safari & Astronomy with Dubai transfers: $622
  • Exclusive Yacht with Private Transfer: $597
  • Overnight Camping in Ras Al Khaimah- transfer from Dubai/Sharjah/Ajman: $542
  • La Perle by Dragone Dubai VIP with Transfers: $480

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Lahore

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

  • Lahore Airport Transfer: $221
  • Transit Trip: Lahore Guided Day Trip With Round Trip Airport Transfers: $120
  • Airport Transfer: $60
  • Chauffeur: Lahore Airport Round Trip Private Transfers: $40
  • Chauffeur: Lahore International Airport Transfer - Arrival: $30
  • Chauffeur: Lahore International Airport Transfer - Departure: $30

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.

In Lahore, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $7.29 per person, per day.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Dubai $15
    Lahore $7.29
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.

  • "Glimps of History"-4 Hrs Dubai city tour: $163
  • 04 Days Best of Dubai With Desert Safari, Dhow Cruise and City Tour: $305
  • 1 Day 2 Tours Combo: $76
  • 1 Hour Jet Ski Tour of Dubai Atlantis: $153
  • 1 Hour Private 800cc Buggy Tour Good for 2 persons: $220
  • 1 Hour Private Jet Ski Tour in Dubai: $195
  • 1 hour Mina Seyahi Jetski Tour: $160
  • 1.5-Hours Dubai Historic Old Town Walking Tour: Covid-19 safe & PRIVATE tour: $60
  • 1001 Adventure Tour: $71
  • 12 Hours Dubai Stopover Tour: $350
  • 2 Days TRIO-Dubai City Tour with Desert Safari and Full Day Abu Dhabi City Tour.: $136
  • 2 Hour Adventure Experience - TEPfactor Dubai: $55

Tours and Activities in Lahore

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

  • 07-Days Sikh Pilgrimage Tour - Kartarpur: $690
  • 10 Days Hunza Nagar Naltar Valley Experience: $1,500
  • 3 Days tour to Kaghan & Naran: $410
  • 3Days Sikh Yatra Religious Tour: $778
  • Derawar Fort Tour: $519
  • Excellent & Amazing Guided Tour of Lahore: $103
  • Full - Day Sightseeing Tour of Lahore City: $125
  • Guided Walking Tour: Walled City of Lahore: $80
  • Gurdwara Nankana Sahib, Kartarpur Darbar Sahib & Punja Sahib Tour: $1,494
  • Gurpurab Yatra Tour: $2,100
  • HALF Day Lahore City Tour: $120
  • Half-Day Private Tour to Explore Historical Lahore: $120

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.

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Lahore, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $7.02.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Dubai $18
    Lahore $7.02
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 Lahore, we can see that Dubai is more expensive. And not only is Lahore much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Dubai is in Middle East and Lahore 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 Lahore would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Lahore 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 Lahore.

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Dubai vs. Lahore Travel Comparison

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