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

Should you visit Dubai or Rio de Janeiro?

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 Rio de Janeiro can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Dubai or Rio de Janeiro?

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.

Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is the most popular travel destination in Brazil. It is the second largest city in Brazil and the sixth largest in the Americas. A portion of the city has been designated a World Heritage Site. The peak time to visit is during the city's famous Carnival festival, which is one of the most famous festivals in the world. However, Rio's appeal as a travel destination is apparent year around. The city has a wonderful natural harbour that is surrounded by Sugar Loaf Mountain, Corcovado Peak, and the hills of Tijuca, creating an absolutely breathtaking and awe-inspiring setting. And you can't miss the beach, either!

Which city is cheaper, Rio de Janeiro 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 Rio de Janeiro is $78. 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 Rio de Janeiro in more detail.



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

Looking for a hotel in Dubai or Rio de Janeiro? 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 Rio de Janeiro


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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 Rio de Janeiro Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Dubai $10
    Rio de Janeiro $6.03
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 Rio de Janeiro

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Rio de Janeiro:


  • Taxi Ride
    $2.77

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Rio de Janeiro

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Rio de Janeiro:

  • Private Transfer: Rio de Janeiro to Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont Airport (SDU): $622
  • Private Transfer: Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont Airport (SDU) to Rio de Janeiro: $622
  • Arrival Private Transfer: GIG or SDU Airport to Arraial do Cabo by Minivan: $481
  • Arrival Private Transfer: Rio GIG or SDU Airport to Angra dos Reis by Minivan: $458
  • Arrival Private Transfer Rio Airport to Buzios or Cabo Frio by Minivan: $428
  • ARMORED Airport Transfer - Rio de Janeiro (COVID-19 Prepared): $387
  • Buzios Day Trip from Rio de Janeiro Including Airport Transfer: $310
  • LOW COST Airport ROUNDTRIP Transfer - Paraty (COVID-19 Prepared): $255
  • Arrival Private Transfer: GIG or SDU Airport to Arraial do Cabo by Sedan Car: $242
  • Buzios Minivan Private Transfer to and from Rio de Janeiro: $240
  • Arrival Private Transfer Rio Airport to Buzios or Cabo Frio by Sedan Car: $223
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Tom Jobim International Airport to São João de Meriti City - One Way: $188

Is it cheaper to fly into Dubai or Rio de Janeiro?

Prices for flights to both Rio de Janeiro 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
    Rio de Janeiro $15
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 Rio de Janeiro

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Rio de Janeiro:


  • Popcorn
    $0.55
  • Corn on the Cob
    $0.74
  • Hamburger
    $0.92

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Rio de Janeiro

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Rio de Janeiro.

  • Food Tour Rio de Janeiro: $30
  • Cooking Class for Cacao Lovers: $51
  • Feijoada Food Tour in Rio de Janeiro with Hotel pick-up and drop-off: $55
  • Plant-based Brazilian Flavours Cooking Class: $56
  • Dinner & Rio Scenarium Nightclub Admission with Transfer: $60
  • Private Tour in Rio Scenarium with Dinner: $65
  • Skip the line: Samba Show Admission & Transfer with Dinner Option: $70
  • Dinner and Brazilian Music Show in Rio Scenarium: $70
  • Rio Scenarium Entrance, Dinner, and Open Bar: $72
  • Small-Group Boozy 7-Recipe Brazilian Cooking Class: $75
  • Food Tour Experience in Rio de Janeiro (Small Groups or Private): $80
  • Samba Show Ginga Tropical with Optional Dinner: $86

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Dubai $15
    Rio de Janeiro $16
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

Tours and Activities in Rio de Janeiro

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

  • 2 Days in Rio: Cultural & Ecologic Tours: $284
  • 2 Days in Rio: Tijuca Forest & Two Brothers Hiking Tours: $265
  • 2 Hour Vidigal Favela Tour Discovery the Most Laidback Favela: $19
  • 3 Hour Sailing Experience in Rio: $39
  • 3-Day Customizable Tour of Rio de Janeiro: $365
  • 4 horas - Tour private: Corcovado e praias: $154
  • 4 hours - Tour Private: Pão de Açúcar e Catedral Metropolitana: $154
  • 4-Day Private Guided Tour from Rio de Janeiro to São Paulo – Coastal Trip: $990
  • 4-Days Ilha Grande Experience - Unlocking Brazil's 'Garden of Eden': $1,025
  • 4-hour Rio Downtown Sites & Bites Small Group Tour: $62
  • 4-hour Sum-up Of Rio de Janeiro "Private Tour" – Optional Airport & Port Pick-up: $92
  • 6-hour Classic Rio de Janeiro "Private City Tour" – Optional For Airport Pick-up: $123

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Dubai $18
    Rio de Janeiro $9.15
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 Rio de Janeiro

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Rio de Janeiro:

  • Pub Crawl Rio de Janeiro: $11
  • Pub Crawl in Lapa: $19
  • Skip the line: Ipanema Pub Crawl: $28
  • Beautiful Imperial Petropolis City Tour Optional Lunch & Bohemia Brewery: $34
  • Rio By Night Tour: Pub Crawl Experiencing Music, Dancing, Drinks & Local Culture: $105
  • Petrópolis City and Brewery Bohemia Tour - Best of Rio's Mountains: $135
  • Rio: Sitio Burle Marx and Cachaça Distillery Private Tour: $160


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


When is the best time to visit Dubai or Rio de Janeiro?

Rio de Janeiro 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 Rio de Janeiro in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Dubai as well as Rio de Janeiro. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Dubai throughout the year.


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It's very hot in Dubai this time of the year. Dubai is a little warmer than Rio de Janeiro in the summer. The temperature in Dubai is usually 35°C (95°F) in July, and Rio de Janeiro stays around 26°C (79°F)in January.

It's quite rainy in Rio de Janeiro. Dubai usually gets less rain in July than Rio de Janeiroin January. Dubai gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Rio de Janeiro receives 114 mm (4.5 in) of rain this time of the year. Also, June to August in Dubai is the dry season.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July and January
    Dubai 35°C (95°F) 
    Rio de Janeiro 26°C (79°F)

Should I visit Dubai or Rio de Janeiro in the Autumn?

Both Rio de Janeiro and Dubai are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities. Plenty of visitors come to Dubai because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year.


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In the autumn, Dubai is a little warmer than Rio de Janeiro. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Dubai in October are around 29°C (84°F), and Rio de Janeiro is about 25°C (77°F)in April.

It rains a lot this time of the year in Rio de Janeiro. In October, Dubai usually receives less rain than Rio de Janeiroin April. Dubai gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Rio de Janeiro receives 137 mm (5.4 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October and April
    Dubai 29°C (84°F) 
    Rio de Janeiro 25°C (77°F)

Should I visit Dubai or Rio de Janeiro in the Winter?

Both Rio de Janeiro and Dubai during the winter are popular places to visit. Dubai attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate.


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In January, Dubai is generally around the same temperature as Rio de Janeiroin July. Temperatures in Dubai average around 19°C (66°F), and Rio de Janeiro stays around 21°C (70°F).

Dubai usually gets less rain in January than Rio de Janeiroin July. Dubai gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Rio de Janeiro receives 56 mm (2.2 in) of rain this time of the year. January to March is the rainy season in Dubai.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January and July
    Dubai 19°C (66°F) 
    Rio de Janeiro 21°C (70°F)

Should I visit Dubai or Rio de Janeiro in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Dubai and Rio de Janeiro. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Dubai throughout the year.


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Dubai is a little warmer than Rio de Janeiro in the spring. The temperature in Dubai is usually 26°C (79°F) in April, and Rio de Janeiro stays around 23°C (73°F)in October.

In April, Dubai usually receives less rain than Rio de Janeiroin October. Dubai gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Rio de Janeiro receives 88 mm (3.5 in) of rain each month for the spring. June to August in Dubai is the dry season.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April and October
    Dubai 26°C (79°F) 
    Rio de Janeiro 23°C (73°F)

Typical Weather for Rio de Janeiro and Dubai

Dubai Rio de Janeiro
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 19°C (66°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 26°C (79°F) 114 mm (4.5 in)
Feb 20°C (68°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 27°C (81°F) 105 mm (4.1 in)
Mar 23°C (73°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 26°C (79°F) 103 mm (4.1 in)
Apr 26°C (79°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 25°C (77°F) 137 mm (5.4 in)
May 31°C (88°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 23°C (73°F) 86 mm (3.4 in)
Jun 33°C (91°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 22°C (72°F) 80 mm (3.1 in)
Jul 35°C (95°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 21°C (70°F) 56 mm (2.2 in)
Aug 36°C (97°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 22°C (72°F) 51 mm (2 in)
Sep 33°C (91°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 22°C (72°F) 87 mm (3.4 in)
Oct 29°C (84°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 23°C (73°F) 88 mm (3.5 in)
Nov 25°C (77°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 24°C (75°F) 96 mm (3.8 in)
Dec 21°C (70°F) 20 mm (0.8 in) 25°C (77°F) 169 mm (6.7 in)


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