A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Dubai vs. Lisbon for Attractions, Food, Nightlife, and Music

Should you visit Dubai or Lisbon?

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 Lisbon can help you decide which place is right for you.

Dubai

Dubai is a opulent, modern, and glamorous city. Visitors will also find so much to do here because it's a large city with many sights and attractions. With stunning beauty, it attracts visitors from all around. It's also popular because of the food, scuba diving and snorkeling, and beaches.

Lisbon

Lisbon is a picturesque, colorful, and vibrant city. Visitors will also find so much to do here because it's a large city with many sights and attractions. Many visitors also come because of it's amazing beauty. It's also popular because of the shopping, museums, and nightlife.

Dubai and Lisbon: Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Popular museums and historical sights
  • Good music scene
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Big city activities
  • Impressive beauty
Cons
  • Less popular with backpackers
  • Public transit not as usable
  • Less walkable
Pros
  • Popular museums and historical sights
  • Good music scene
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Good public transit
  • Very walkable
  • Big city activities
  • Impressive beauty


How is Dubai different from Lisbon?

Which is Better for a Holiday?

Let's take a look at the differences and similarities between Lisbon and Dubai. Then, you can decide for yourself which place is better for your next trip.

Is Dubai or Lisbon Better for Museums and Historical Sights?

Dubai
Lisbon

You'll find a number of museums and attractions in both Lisbon and Dubai.

Many visitors head to Dubai specifically to visit some of its top-rated museums and other sights. The city's most famous landmark is the Burj Khalifa, which is the tallest building in the world. Head to the observation deck for stunning views.

Visitors will find world class museums and historical sights in Lisbon that are not to be missed. World renowned landmarks include St. George's Castle, Jerónimos monastery, the Belém Tower, Santa Justa Lift, and countless world class museums.


Is Dubai or Lisbon Better for Food?

Dubai
Lisbon

Foodies will find both Dubai and Lisbon both to be unique destinations.

Dubai has a number of nationally recognized food spots and restaurants. The national dish in the area is khuzi, or ghuzi, which is a meal of roasted lamb or mutton, prepared with rice vegetables and nuts.

Known for it's food and restaurant scene, Lisbon is always at the top of any foodie's travel list. There are many local restaurants as well as food tours and cooking classes that you can enjoy. Make sure you try the local favorites like bacalhau à brás, frango no churrasco, and pastel de nata.

Is Dubai or Lisbon Better for Nightlife?

Dubai
Lisbon

If the nightlife is your priority, you'll find comparable options between Dubai and Lisbon.

People head to Dubai just to party. Frequented by the wealthy and opulent, the city has world class night clubs and DJs that travel from around to world to perform.

The nightlife in Lisbon is well established with world renowned clubs and venues. It is a bustling city with a lot of energy late into the night. There are countless bars, clubs, and music venues that cater to every personality type and style.

Is Dubai or Lisbon Better for Music?

Dubai
Lisbon

Dubai and Lisbon are both destinations where visitors can find live music.

Dubai has become a mecca for musicians from around the world. The city attracts world famous international DJs and musicians giving it one of the world's best music scenes.

Lisbon is a world class music destination. The local folk music, fado, is popular here, but there are also venues that host almost any other style of music as well.

Is Dubai or Lisbon Better for Shopping?

Dubai
Lisbon

If you're looking to go shopping, Dubai and Lisbon both offer plenty of spots.

Many people travel to Dubai specifically to go shopping. With its many malls, souks, and shopping areas, this is the place to go for luxury shopping. Popular items to purchase include gold and diamond jewelry, shawls, and Persian rugs.

Lisbon is a famous shopping destination with plenty of stores. For high end shopping, head to The Avenida da Liberdade. It's lined with designer brands and luxury boutiques.


Is Dubai or Lisbon Better for Families?

Dubai
Lisbon

You'll find kid-friendly activities in either Dubai or Lisbon.

You'll find plenty of family-friendly things to do in Dubai. This city has family-friendly resorts, skyscrapers with spectacular views, and amusement parks that are fun for the whole family. There are also plenty of fountains that the kids can splash around in.

Lisbon is a very family-friendly place to visit. Popular family-friendly activities include exploring Castelo Sao Jorge, visiting the aquarium, hanging out on the beach, and of course, taking the funiculars.

Is Dubai or Lisbon Better for Couples?

Dubai
Lisbon

Both Dubai and Lisbon are good destinations to visit as a couple.

Dubai is a good city for couples to visit. From the spectacular views to the high end resorts, couples can enjoy a romantic retreat to the city.

Lisbon is a very popular place to visit for couples. With it's colorful buildings and dramatic hills, this city offers a truly romantic setting for couples.

Is Dubai or Lisbon Better for Students?

Dubai
Lisbon

For students, both Dubai and Lisbon are fairly comparable places to visit.

Students come from all over the world to visit Dubai. Many major universities from around the world have campuses in this city, making this a top destination for international students.

Lisbon is a great city to visit as a student. It's a lively city with a lot to see and do for international students.

Is Dubai or Lisbon Better for Public Transit?

Dubai
Lisbon

Lisbon has better public transit to get you around.

With a huge network, the transit system in Lisbon can get you around easily. The metro has four lines that go around the city. There are also trams, buses, and the funiculars.

Dubai has a few public transit options. The city's public transportation system includes buses, water buses, a monorail system, and a metro.


Is Dubai or Lisbon a more walkable city?

Dubai
Lisbon

Lisbon is more walkable than Dubai.

Lisbon is a very easy city to get around on foot. There are many walkable areas that aren't too hilly like Baixa, a stretch along the Tagus River, and Belém.

Dubai is generally not very walkable. It is one of the less pedestrian-friendly cities around the world. There is lots of road work, even in the more walkable areas, so getting around on foot can be challenging.

Should I spend more time in Lisbon or Dubai?

How long in Dubai or Lisbon?

Both Dubai and Lisbon have a number of activities to choose from. You can spend a similar amount of time exploring either.

The ideal length of time for a trip to Dubai is 3-7 days, and the ideal length of time for a trip to Lisbon is 3-7 days.


  • How many days in Dubai or Lisbon? Ideal Length of Stay
    Dubai 3-7 
    Lisbon 3-7

One day in Dubai or Lisbon?

Dubai is a bustling city that offers something for everyone. You can also relax and pamper yourself at one of the resorts. But since there are so many activities, you'll likely want to spend more than one day exploring.

In Lisbon, many people enjoy the live music and food that this picturesque big city offers. Make sure you visit the old town while you're here. This city offers a variety of activities to choose from. Since there is so much to do in the area, one day is probably not enough for all of it.

A weekend in Dubai or Lisbon?

Dubai is a great place to explore. With so much to do, a weekend is probably not enough time to see everything. Your budget might influence how long you stay.

It's hard to know how much time to spend in Lisbon. Most visitors spend time around the old town while in the area. A weekend is usually not enough time for a trip here as there is plenty to do. The length of your ideal trip is an individual decision.

Five days in Dubai or Lisbon?

It's hard to know how much time to spend in Dubai. For many, it makes a great getaway for five days. People enjoy relaxing at one of the resorts. With all of its activities, you can easily fill five days here. It has many unique tourist attractions and fascinating things to do.

Lisbon is a fun place to experience. In Lisbon, many people enjoy the shopping and museums that this big city destination offers. Visiting the old town is also a must. This would be the perfect place to spend five days, as it has just the right amount of activities.


A week in Dubai or Lisbon?

Dubai is a bustling city that offers something for everyone. This city offers a variety of activities to choose from. Travelers enjoy the resorts in the area as well. If you have one week, this is a great place to go. This would be the perfect place to spend one week, as it has just the right amount of activities.

In Lisbon, many people enjoy the museums and nightlife that this stunning big city offers. Plenty of people spend one week in the area when traveling. The old town is one of the main draws for visitors. Take your pick from the many activities offered here. One week is often enough time to do most activities.

Which city is cheaper, Lisbon 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 Lisbon is $110. 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. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Dubai and Lisbon in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Dubai $136
    Lisbon $49
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Dubai $272
    Lisbon $98
Compare Hotels in Dubai and Lisbon

Looking for a hotel in Dubai or Lisbon? 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 Lisbon


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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 Lisbon Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Dubai $10
    Lisbon $20
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:

  • airport transfers/arival and departures: $28
  • Zipline Experience in Dubai Marina with Private transfers: $286
  • Wild Wadi tickets with Sharing Transfers: $87
  • Wild Wadi Without Transfer: $92
  • Wild Wadi Waterpark Experience with Private Transfers: $150
  • Wild Wadi Water Park with Transfer: $100
  • Wild Wadi Water Park in Dubai With 2 way Transfer: $125
  • Wild Wadi Water Park Dubai on Sharing Transfer: $72
  • Wild Wadi Tickets with Transfers: $110
  • Wild Wadi Dubai water park Entrance with Optional Private transfers in Dubai: $66
  • Wheelchair Accessible Airport Transfer in Dubai: $107
  • Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi with Private Transfer From Dubai for 1 to 6 people: $808

Typical Local Transportation prices in Lisbon

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


  • Taxi Ride
    $6.77

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Lisbon

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

  • Transfer To or From Paris: $1,709
  • Private Lisbon route: Transfers, city tour and full day Sintra w/ driver & guide: $1,680
  • Transfer 3 legs: Lisbon - Algarve - Porto - Lisbon: $1,443
  • Transfer Lisboa - Barcelona: $1,354
  • Transfer from Lisbon to Madrid (And Vice Versa): $1,300
  • Private ONE WAY transfer from Lisbon to Seville with private pick up & drop off: $1,151
  • Transfer from Lisbon to Sevilha (And Vice Versa): $1,013
  • Transfer To or From Barcelona: $989
  • Seville PRIVATE Transfer from Lisbon with 1 Optional stop in Évora: $886
  • Chauffeur LISBON Private Transfer to SEVILLE (5 to 8 passengers): $886
  • Lisbon to Sevile Transfer: $832
  • Full Day Transfer from Lisbon to Oporto: $809

Is it cheaper to fly into Dubai or Lisbon?

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Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Dubai $45
    Lisbon $35
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
    $5.45
  • 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

Typical Food prices in Lisbon

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


  • Coffee
    $2.60

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Lisbon

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

  • Virtual Portuguese Cooking Lesson: $31
  • Live Online Cooking Class from Pastel de Nata with Filipa: $39
  • Bohemian dinner party on a beautiful rooftop near the coast: $42
  • 2-Hour Pastel de Nata Cooking Class: $51
  • The magic of Pasteis de Nata cooking class in Lisbon: $53
  • Bitemojo Self Guided Food Tour New To Lisbon: $54
  • Withlocals Your Way: Lisbon Personalised Private Food Tour: $56
  • Pastel de Nata Cooking Class with Local Baker: $57
  • Private Groups: Pastel de Nata cooking class and tasting in Lisbon's pastry shop: $57
  • Authentic Portuguese dinner with a local chef: $58
  • Lisbon Food Tour: $62
  • Lisbon Old Town Food Tour by Sitway: $63

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Dubai $15
    Lisbon $20
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
  • 12-Minute Dubai Helicopter Tour: $176
  • 2 Days TRIO-Dubai City Tour with Desert Safari and Full Day Abu Dhabi City Tour.: $136

Tours and Activities in Lisbon

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

  • Évora and Arraiolos - 8 Hour Private Tour: $183
  • Évora and Megaliths Full-Day Tour from Lisbon: $82
  • 10 Days Private Tour in Portugal from Lisbon: $2,476
  • 10 Hour Private Tour: Lisbon, Sintra, Cascais and Estoril Highlights: $213
  • 2 Day Street Art Private Tour from Lisbon: $933
  • 2 Days Private Tour In the Algarve from Lisbon: $682
  • 3 Days Private Tour In Lisbon: $639
  • 3 Days Private Tour In the Algarve from Lisbon: $886
  • 3 Days Private Tour. Wines and Gastronomy: $980
  • 3 days Escape in Upper Alentejo, away from the crowds , experience authenticy of POrtugal: $2,053
  • 3-Night Private Tour of Lisbon, Sintra, Cascais, Estoril, Sesimbra and Arrábida: $1,086
  • 3-Night Private Tour of Lisbon, Sintra, Cascais, Estoril, Óbidos, Nazaré and Fátima: $954

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Dubai $18
    Lisbon $15
Typical Alcohol prices in Dubai

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


  • A Couple Drinks
    $25

Sample the Local Flavors in Lisbon

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

  • 1-Hour Portuguese Wine Tasting Session: $22
  • 3-Hour Portuguese History & Flavors Food & Wine Tour: $30
  • Portuguese Wine Tasting and Cheese Lunch: $56
  • Christ the King and Arrábida Small-Group Tour with Wine Tasting from Lisbon: $58
  • Craft Beer, Port & Wine Tour: $68
  • Food & Wine Tasting Walking Tour: $75
  • Santuário Cristo Rei-Sesimbra-Castle Palmela-Bacalhoa Winery with wine tasting: $81
  • Full-Day Évora Wine Tour: $84
  • Wine Tasting in Lisbon: $87
  • Private Van Tour Arrabida and Wine Tasting: $89
  • Wine tasting Private Day Tour ARRABIDA: $92
  • Van Private Tour Arrábida Wine Tour: $96


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


When is the best time to visit Dubai or Lisbon?

Lisbon has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, but Dubai experiences a tropical climate with fairly warm weather most of the year.

Should I visit Dubai or Lisbon in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Dubai and Lisbon. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Dubai throughout the year. Also, the summer months attract visitors to Lisbon because of the city activities, the music scene, and the family-friendly experiences.

It's very hot in Dubai this time of the year. Dubai is much warmer than Lisbon in the summer. The temperature in Dubai is usually 35°C (95°F) in July, and Lisbon stays around 23°C (73°F).

In July, Dubai usually receives more rain than Lisbon. Dubai gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Lisbon receives 5 mm (0.2 in) of rain each month for the summer. June to August in Dubai is the dry season.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Dubai 35°C (95°F) 
    Lisbon 23°C (73°F)

Should I visit Dubai or Lisbon in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Dubai as well as Lisbon. Plenty of visitors come to Dubai because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year. Also, the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, the music scene, and the natural beauty of the area are the main draw to Lisbon this time of year.

In the autumn, Dubai is much warmer than Lisbon. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Dubai in October are around 29°C (84°F), and Lisbon is about 19°C (66°F).

Dubai usually gets less rain in October than Lisbon. Dubai gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Lisbon receives 80 mm (3.1 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Dubai 29°C (84°F) 
    Lisbon 19°C (66°F)

Should I visit Dubai or Lisbon in the Winter?

Both Lisbon and Dubai are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities. Dubai attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate. Also, many travelers come to Lisbon for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine.

In January, Dubai is generally much warmer than Lisbon. Temperatures in Dubai average around 19°C (66°F), and Lisbon stays around 12°C (53°F).

It rains a lot this time of the year in Lisbon. In January, Dubai usually receives less rain than Lisbon. Dubai gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Lisbon receives 110 mm (4.3 in) of rain each month for the winter. The rainy season in Dubai is January to March.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Dubai 19°C (66°F) 
    Lisbon 12°C (53°F)

Should I visit Dubai or Lisbon in the Spring?

Both Lisbon and Dubai during the spring are popular places to visit. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Dubai throughout the year. Furthermore, many visitors come to Lisbon in the spring for the activities around the city and the natural beauty.

Dubai is much warmer than Lisbon in the spring. The temperature in Dubai is usually 26°C (79°F) in April, and Lisbon stays around 16°C (60°F).

Dubai usually gets less rain in April than Lisbon. Dubai gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Lisbon receives 64 mm (2.5 in) of rain this time of the year. June to August is the dry season in Dubai.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Dubai 26°C (79°F) 
    Lisbon 16°C (60°F)

Typical Weather for Lisbon and Dubai

Dubai Lisbon
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 19°C (66°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 12°C (53°F) 110 mm (4.3 in)
Feb 20°C (68°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 13°C (55°F) 111 mm (4.4 in)
Mar 23°C (73°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 14°C (58°F) 69 mm (2.7 in)
Apr 26°C (79°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 16°C (60°F) 64 mm (2.5 in)
May 31°C (88°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 18°C (64°F) 39 mm (1.5 in)
Jun 33°C (91°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 21°C (69°F) 21 mm (0.8 in)
Jul 35°C (95°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 23°C (73°F) 5 mm (0.2 in)
Aug 36°C (97°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 23°C (74°F) 6 mm (0.2 in)
Sep 33°C (91°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 22°C (72°F) 26 mm (1 in)
Oct 29°C (84°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 19°C (66°F) 80 mm (3.1 in)
Nov 25°C (77°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 15°C (59°F) 114 mm (4.5 in)
Dec 21°C (70°F) 20 mm (0.8 in) 12°C (54°F) 108 mm (4.3 in)


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