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

Should you visit Dubai or Luxor?

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

Where Should I go: Dubai or Luxor?

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.

Luxor

Egypt is surely on the top of every history lover's bucket list. Nowhere is the history more engrossing than in Luxor. From amazing monuments dating back to ancient Thebes to rows of temples up the Nile, this remarkable city is full the stories of past greatness.

The East Bank – or the central part of Luxor Township – is the hotbed for tourism. This is where most of the hotels and resorts are, while the West Bank is home to the ancient ruins and archaeological wonders you'll want to explore.

Before traveling to Egypt, be sure to check on the current affairs and political climate. It could have a major effect on the amount of tourists visiting, and, if conditions are too dangerous, you may want to reschedule. Also note, ladies, to avoid any issues, dress modestly. This is a very conservative region of the world. The less skin showing, the better.

Which city is cheaper, Luxor 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 Luxor is $33. 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 Luxor in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Dubai $136
    Luxor $15
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Dubai $272
    Luxor $30
Compare Hotels in Dubai and Luxor

Looking for a hotel in Dubai or Luxor? 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 Luxor


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Dubai $10
    Luxor $7.56
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:

  • 1 Hour Dune Buggy Dubai with 2 way Private Transfers from Dubai: $195
  • 2 Hours Buggy Can Am X3 with Transfers for 2 Persons: $654
  • 2 Hours Buggy Polaris 1000cc with Transfers: $391
  • Abu Dhabi Airport Transfers : Dubai City to Abu Dhabi Airport AUH in Luxury Van: $149
  • Abu Dhabi Airport Transfers: Dubai City to Abu Dhabi Airport AUH in Business Car: $108
  • Abu Dhabi City Tour & Louvre Museum Admission With Dubai Hotel Transfers: $72
  • Abu Dhabi City Tour+Lunch with Sharing Transfers: $52
  • Abu Dhabi City tour with Private Transfers: $122
  • Abu Dhabi City tour with Sharing Transfers: $30
  • Abu Dhabi City tour+Ferrari with Sharing Transfers: $112
  • Abu Dhabi City tour+Lunch with Private Transfer: $149
  • Abu Dhabi City tour+Warner Bros ticket with Sharing Transfers: $112

Typical Local Transportation prices in Luxor

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Luxor:


  • Taxi Ride
    $1.02

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Luxor

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Luxor:

  • Nile cruise 5 days Private full board accommodation transferred guided tours: $600
  • Private Pickup Transfers From Luxor To Cairo By Bus: $512
  • Day Trip to Cairo from Luxor by plane with sightseeing lunch airport transfers: $424
  • Transfer from Luxor to CAIRO: $352
  • transfer to marsa alam from luxor: $250
  • Private Transfer From Luxor To Marsa Alam: $238
  • Luxor to Marsa Alam Private Transfer: $212
  • Transfer From Luxor To Marsa Alam: $208
  • 3-Day Guided tours to Aswan, Abu Simbel and Luxor & Train ticket and Transfers: $195
  • Private transfer - from Luxor to Hurghada and visit Dendara en route: $192
  • One Way Transfer from Luxor to Hurghada Hotels – 25 Seater: $190
  • Transfer from Luxor to Marsa alam: $189

Is it cheaper to fly into Dubai or Luxor?

Prices for flights to both Luxor 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
  • Food Meals for one day
    Dubai $45
    Luxor $11
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 Luxor

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

  • Tourist market,local food tour,the gym and coffee in Luxor: $19
  • Eat Like a Local:Traditional Egyptian Food / Dinner at Local Family Home - Luxor: $36
  • River Nile Dinner Cruise with Belly Dancing: $45
  • Luxor Felucca Boat Ride and Banana Island Visit Including Lunch or Dinner: $49
  • private day in west bank & dendera with dinner on boat: $84
  • private day in east bank & dendera with dinner on boat: $84
  • Full day trip west Bank, Dandara and dinner on a boat.: $125

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Dubai $15
    Luxor $13
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.

  • Global Village Entry Tickets: $4.11
  • Dubai Full-Day Global Village 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
  • Ethnic Emirati Dining Experience: $12
  • 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

Typical Entertainment prices in Luxor

Here are a few typical costs in Luxor for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:


  • Boat Ride (for 2)
    $1.38
  • Temple Karnak for Two
    $6.63
  • Camel Ride for Two
    $3.06

Tours and Activities in Luxor

Here are a few actual costs in Luxor for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • (2 nights / 3 days )Nile cruise from Luxor to aswan: $180
  • (2 nights / 3 days )Nile cruise from Luxor to aswan: $169
  • (2 nights / 3 days )Nile cruise from Luxor to aswan: $200
  • (2 nights / 3 days )Nile cruise from Luxor to aswan: $200
  • (2 nights / 3 days )Nile cruise from Luxor to aswan: $180
  • (2 nights / 3 days )Nile cruise from Luxor to aswan: $188
  • (2 nights / 3 days )Nile cruise from Luxor to aswan: $169
  • 04 Nights Nile Cruise From Luxor to Aswan: $210
  • 07 Days - 06 Nights (Luxor - Nile Dahabeya boat - Abo simbel Tour): $1,800
  • 07 NIGHTS LUXOR- LUXOR 5 stars Cruise including Abu Simbel tour by flight: $1,645
  • 1 Day Tour to East and West Banks of Luxor: $120
  • 1 Hour Private Tour to Banana Island with Guide: $19

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Dubai $18
    Luxor $4.38
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 Luxor, we can see that Dubai is more expensive. And not only is Luxor much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Dubai is in Middle East and Luxor 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 Luxor would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Luxor 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 Luxor.


When is the best time to visit Dubai or Luxor?

Both destinations experience a warmer tropical climate most of the year. Instead of summer and winter seasons, they usually have a rainy season and a dry season. Although in the rainy season, it doesn't necessarily rain every day.

Should I visit Dubai or Luxor in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Dubai as well as Luxor. Dubai attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate. Luxor attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate.


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Also, June to August in Dubai is the dry season. Dubai usually gets more rain in July than Luxor. Dubai gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Luxor receives 0 mm (0 in) of rain this time of the year.

It's very hot in Luxor this time of the year. Dubai can become quite hot in the summer. In July, Dubai is generally around the same temperature as Luxor. Temperatures in Dubai average around 35°C (95°F), and Luxor stays around 33°C (91°F).


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Dubai 35°C (95°F) 
    Luxor 33°C (91°F)

Should I visit Dubai or Luxor in the Autumn?

Both Luxor and Dubai are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Dubai throughout the year. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Luxor throughout the year.


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In October, Dubai usually receives more rain than Luxor. At this time of the year, Dubai gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Luxor receives 1 mm (0 in) of rain.

Dubai is a little warmer than Luxor in the autumn. The temperature in Dubai is usually 29°C (84°F) in October, and Luxor stays around 25°C (77°F).


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Dubai 29°C (84°F) 
    Luxor 25°C (77°F)

Should I visit Dubai or Luxor in the Winter?

Both Luxor and Dubai during the winter are popular places to visit. Plenty of visitors come to Dubai because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year. Plenty of visitors come to Luxor because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year.


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January to March is the rainy season in Dubai. Dubai usually gets more rain in January than Luxor. Dubai gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Luxor receives 0 mm (0 in) of rain this time of the year.

In the winter, Dubai is a little warmer than Luxor. Typically, the winter temperatures in Dubai in January are around 19°C (66°F), and Luxor is about 14°C (57°F).


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Dubai 19°C (66°F) 
    Luxor 14°C (57°F)

Should I visit Dubai or Luxor in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Dubai and Luxor. Dubai attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate. Luxor attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate.


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June to August in Dubai is the dry season. In April, Dubai usually receives more rain than Luxor. At this time of the year, Dubai gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Luxor receives 0 mm (0 in) of rain.

In April, Dubai is generally around the same temperature as Luxor. Temperatures in Dubai average around 26°C (79°F), and Luxor stays around 25°C (77°F).


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Dubai 26°C (79°F) 
    Luxor 25°C (77°F)

Typical Weather for Luxor and Dubai

Dubai Luxor
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 19°C (66°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 14°C (57°F) 0 mm (0 in)
Feb 20°C (68°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 15°C (59°F) 0 mm (0 in)
Mar 23°C (73°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 20°C (68°F) 0 mm (0 in)
Apr 26°C (79°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 25°C (77°F) 0 mm (0 in)
May 31°C (88°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 30°C (86°F) 0 mm (0 in)
Jun 33°C (91°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 32°C (90°F) 0 mm (0 in)
Jul 35°C (95°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 33°C (91°F) 0 mm (0 in)
Aug 36°C (97°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 31°C (88°F) 0 mm (0 in)
Sep 33°C (91°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 30°C (86°F) 0 mm (0 in)
Oct 29°C (84°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 25°C (77°F) 1 mm (0 in)
Nov 25°C (77°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 20°C (68°F) 0 mm (0 in)
Dec 21°C (70°F) 20 mm (0.8 in) 15°C (59°F) 0 mm (0 in)


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