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

Should you visit Dubai or Saint Petersburg?

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 Saint Petersburg can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Dubai or Saint Petersburg?

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.

Saint Petersburg

Saint Petersburg is a beautiful city that sits on the eastern edge of the Baltic Sea. Its historical city center is threaded with canals and architecturally impressive buildings, leaving little doubt as to why this city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the second largest city in Russia, but perhaps a favorite among travelers. The metropolitan area has a population of over 5 million as well as an impressive culture with fascinating museums, restaurants, and architecture. The city has no shortage of sights and attractions, and many days can be passed while you wander its intricate streets.

Which city is cheaper, Saint Petersburg 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 Saint Petersburg 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 Saint Petersburg in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Dubai $136
    Saint Petersburg $44
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Dubai $272
    Saint Petersburg $88
Compare Hotels in Dubai and Saint Petersburg

Looking for a hotel in Dubai or Saint Petersburg? 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 Saint Petersburg


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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 Saint Petersburg Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Dubai $10
    Saint Petersburg $8.99
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 Saint Petersburg

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


  • Metro Passes
    $2.07

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Saint Petersburg

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

  • St Petersburg Airport Transfers : St Petersburg to Airport LED in Luxury Car: $103
  • St Petersburg Airport Transfers : St Petersburg to Airport LED in Luxury Van: $89
  • St Petersburg Departure Private Transfers from St Petersburg City to Airport LED: $84
  • Departure Private Transfer St Petersburg City to Pulkovo Airport LED - LuxuryCar: $80
  • St Petersburg Transfer from city hotels or Cruise port to Pulkovo Airport (LED): $68
  • St Petersburg Airport Transfers : St Petersburg to Airport LED by Business Car: $63
  • Departure Private Transfer St. Petersburg to Pulkovo Airport LED by Business Car: $61
  • Departure Private Transfer St Petersburg City to Pulkovo Airport LED - LuxuryVan: $39
  • Private Transfer from St. Petersburg City Center to Peterhof Palace: $37
  • Private Transfer from Peterhof Palace to St. Petersburg City Center: $36
  • St. Petersburg Pulkovo Airport (LED) to hotel - Arrival Private Transfer: $36
  • St. Petersburg to St.Petersburg Pulkovo Airport - Departure Private Transfer: $36

Is it cheaper to fly into Dubai or Saint Petersburg?

Prices for flights to both Saint Petersburg 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
    Saint Petersburg $23
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 Saint Petersburg

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


  • Lunch for Two
    $7.11

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Saint Petersburg

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

  • Enjoy Russian Delicacies in St Petersburg: Cooking Demo and Meal with a Local: $80
  • Private Dining: Russian dinner in a traditional St. Petersburg apartment: $91
  • Cooking Class and a Dinner with a Local Family (8 people max): $92
  • Off-the-tourist Path Food Tour: $103
  • Local Market Tour and Cooking Demo with a Homemade Russian Meal in St Petersburg: $107
  • Borscht and cabbage pie cooking class and dinner for small private groups: $109
  • FOOD TOUR. St.Petersburg: $150
  • Private Cooking Class: Learn the secrets of Borsch and Beef Stroganoff: $166
  • Private Cooking Class: Russian Blini with Red Caviar and Shchi soup: $179
  • Private Cooking Class: Russian Shchi soup and Blini with Red Caviar: $187
  • Private Cooking Class: Hands-on Siberian Pelmeni Making Workshop: $188
  • Private Cooking Class: Siberian Pelmeni, Stolichny salad and Borsch: $212

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Dubai $15
    Saint Petersburg $22
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 Saint Petersburg

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

  • 1-Day Visa-Free Tour in St Petersburg with Faberge Collection: $265
  • 1-day private Visa-Free tour in St Petersburg with Peterhof: $257
  • 1.5-Hours Saint Petersburg's Metro Tour Hidden Treasures: $25
  • 2-Day Small-Group Visa-Free Tour - Top Highlights of St Petersburg: $20
  • 3 Hour Photo Shoot Tours St. Petersburg, Russia: $564
  • Basic 2-day tour in St Petersburg for cruise passengers: $425
  • Catherine Palace and Park: Private tour to Tsarskoe Selo: $120
  • Classic 2 Day Tour of St Petersburg Russia.No hidden costs.9 years of experience: $349
  • Daily Canon Shot at Peter and Paul Fortress + Museum of Revolution Private Tour: $162
  • Essential 2-Day Visa-Free Tour for Cruise Ships in St Petersburg: $465
  • Evening River and Canal Cruise Visas Included: $86
  • Guided Tour Peter and Paul Fortress, Cathedral and Prison: $56

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Dubai $18
    Saint Petersburg $12
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 Saint Petersburg, we can see that Dubai is more expensive. And not only is Saint Petersburg much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Dubai is in Middle East and Saint Petersburg 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 Saint Petersburg would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Saint Petersburg 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 Saint Petersburg.


When is the best time to visit Dubai or Saint Petersburg?

Saint Petersburg 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 Saint Petersburg in the Summer?

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

Dubai can become quite hot in the summer. In July, Dubai is generally much warmer than Saint Petersburg. Temperatures in Dubai average around 35°C (95°F), and Saint Petersburg stays around 18°C (64°F).

In July, Dubai usually receives less rain than Saint Petersburg. Dubai gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Saint Petersburg receives 77 mm (3 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) 
    Saint Petersburg 18°C (64°F)

Should I visit Dubai or Saint Petersburg in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Dubai as well as Saint Petersburg. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Dubai throughout the year.

Dubai is much warmer than Saint Petersburg in the autumn. The temperature in Dubai is usually 29°C (84°F) in October, and Saint Petersburg stays around 6°C (42°F).

Dubai usually gets less rain in October than Saint Petersburg. Dubai gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Saint Petersburg receives 65 mm (2.6 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Dubai 29°C (84°F) 
    Saint Petersburg 6°C (42°F)

Should I visit Dubai or Saint Petersburg in the Winter?

Both Saint Petersburg and Dubai are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities. Plenty of visitors come to Dubai because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year.

Be prepared for some very cold days in Saint Petersburg. In the winter, Dubai is much warmer than Saint Petersburg. Typically, the winter temperatures in Dubai in January are around 19°C (66°F), and Saint Petersburg is about -8°C (18°F).

In January, Dubai usually receives less rain than Saint Petersburg. Dubai gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Saint Petersburg receives 38 mm (1.5 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) 
    Saint Petersburg -8°C (18°F)

Should I visit Dubai or Saint Petersburg in the Spring?

Both Saint Petersburg and Dubai during the spring are popular places to visit. Dubai attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate.

Saint Petersburg can get quite cold in the spring. In April, Dubai is generally much warmer than Saint Petersburg. Temperatures in Dubai average around 26°C (79°F), and Saint Petersburg stays around 4°C (40°F).

Dubai usually gets less rain in April than Saint Petersburg. Dubai gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Saint Petersburg receives 33 mm (1.3 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) 
    Saint Petersburg 4°C (40°F)

Typical Weather for Saint Petersburg and Dubai

Dubai Saint Petersburg
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 19°C (66°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) -8°C (18°F) 38 mm (1.5 in)
Feb 20°C (68°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) -7°C (20°F) 31 mm (1.2 in)
Mar 23°C (73°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) -2°C (28°F) 34 mm (1.3 in)
Apr 26°C (79°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 4°C (40°F) 33 mm (1.3 in)
May 31°C (88°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 11°C (52°F) 37 mm (1.5 in)
Jun 33°C (91°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 16°C (60°F) 55 mm (2.2 in)
Jul 35°C (95°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 18°C (64°F) 77 mm (3 in)
Aug 36°C (97°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 16°C (62°F) 80 mm (3.1 in)
Sep 33°C (91°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 11°C (52°F) 69 mm (2.7 in)
Oct 29°C (84°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 6°C (42°F) 65 mm (2.6 in)
Nov 25°C (77°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 0°C (32°F) 54 mm (2.1 in)
Dec 21°C (70°F) 20 mm (0.8 in) -5°C (24°F) 48 mm (1.9 in)


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