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

Should you visit Dubai or Santiago?

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

Where Should I go: Dubai or Santiago?

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.

Santiago

Santiago is the capital city of Chile. It is centrally located in the long and narrow country, making it a good jumping off point to explore everywhere else. It's convenient location means that you can go skiing in the Andes one day, and hang out at the beach the next.

Santiago has a cool semi-arid climate that is similar to Mediterranean climates. The summers, which are between November and March, are warm and dry. The temperatures climb to around 95 degrees Fahrenheit. The winters, between June and August, are humid with cold mornings. The daily highs are around 55 degrees Fahrenheit and the lows stay a few degrees above freezing. Rain is more common in the winter months and the dry season is between December and March.

Which city is cheaper, Santiago 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 Santiago is $117. 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 Santiago in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Dubai $136
    Santiago $91
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Dubai $272
    Santiago $182
Compare Hotels in Dubai and Santiago

Looking for a hotel in Dubai or Santiago? 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 Santiago


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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 Santiago Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Dubai $10
    Santiago $4.48
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:

  • Ultra - Dubai Private Airport Transfer from city centre to Dubai Airport DXB: $8.73
  • Ultra - Dubai Private Airport Transfer from Dubai Airport DXB to city centre: $8.73
  • Ultra - Dubai Private Airport Transfer from Dubai Airport DXB to Jumeirah Beach: $8.73
  • Ultra - Dubai Private Airport Transfer from Jumeirah Beach to Dubai Airport DXB: $8.73
  • Shared Transfers from Dubai Hotels to Ski Dubai/Wild Wadi: $15
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Dubai to Dubai Airport (DXB): $17
  • Private Airport Transfer: Dubai Airport (DXB) to Dubai: $17
  • Private Transfer to/from Dubai Airport (DXB): $17
  • Shared Transfers from Dubai Hotels to Dubai Frame: $18
  • Shared Transfers from Dubai Hotels to Aquaventure/Lost Chamber: $18
  • Sharing Transfers from Dubai Hotels to Dubai Mall (Burj Khalifa, VR Parks, DAUZ): $18
  • Shopping Tour with Sharing Transfers: $19

Typical Local Transportation prices in Santiago

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


  • Metro Ride
    $1.17

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Santiago

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Santiago:

  • Private transfer: Santiago to Santiago Airport (SCL): $622
  • Private Scenic Transfer from Santiago to Mendoza: $283
  • Private Transfer from Santiago or Santiago Airport to Colchagua or Santa Cruz: $259
  • Premium Ski resort transfer: $250
  • Private transfer from San Antonio or Valparaiso Port + Santiago City Tour: $240
  • Private Transfer from Santiago Airport to Valparaíso,Viña del Mar or San Antonio: $236
  • Private transfers from the airport to hotels and private homes: $213
  • Transfer from Valparaiso or San Antonio Port + Condor Watching Tour: $203
  • Airport Transfer: $200
  • Transfer Santiago Airport to Valparaiso / Viña del Mar (Exclusive & Private): $165
  • Private Transfer: Santiago Hotel to San Antonio Pier: $164
  • Maipo Valley Wine Tour, Concha y Toro, Private Transfer from Santiago: $161

Is it cheaper to fly into Dubai or Santiago?

Prices for flights to both Santiago 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
    Santiago $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
    $5.45
  • 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 Santiago

Some typical examples of dining costs in Santiago are as follows:


  • Empanada
    $1.95
  • Hamburger
    $2.59
  • Dinner
    $27

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Santiago

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

  • Dinner at a Typical Chilean Restaurant with a Traditional Dance Show in Santiago: $73
  • Chilean Dinner and Show Experience in Santiago: $77
  • ChileCooks - Food Tours: $91
  • Traditional Dinner Show in Santiago: $96
  • Bali Hai Dinner & Show Including Transport: $97
  • Traditional Chilean Show with Dinner and Private Transportation in Santiago: $107
  • Chilean Folklore Show and Dinner with Private Transport: $110
  • Small-Group Night City Tour: San Cristobal Hill and Dinner Show: $116
  • Small-Group Tour: Night City Tour with Santa Lucia Hill and Dinner Show: $116
  • Private Market Tour and Traditional Chilean Cooking Class in a Local Home: $117
  • Small group Night City Tour With dinner including wine pairing and National Food: $130
  • Bali Hai Dinner Show in Santiago de Chile: $130

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Dubai $15
    Santiago $39
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 Santiago

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Santiago are as follows:

  • "Tour Tradicional" Viña Cousiño Macul Oficial español: $18
  • "Tour Tradicional" Viña Cousiño Macul Oficial portugués: $18
  • 13-Day Tour Chile from North to South: $2,330
  • 2-Day Private Hiking Tour to La Paloma Glacier: $363
  • 2-day tour: Santiago City Tour + Viña del Mar & Valparaiso: $180
  • 3-Day Chilean Andes Experience: $864
  • 3-in-1 Discovery Combo Tour: Chipitin Waterfall, Campfire Night + Tipi Lodging: $190
  • 4-Day Classic Tour of Santiago de Chile visiting Viña, Valparaiso and 1 winery: $686
  • 4-Day Tour Best of Santiago: $686
  • 4-Days Deluxe Culinary Experience at Santiago de Chile: $910
  • 6 days tour Don´t miss: $1,227
  • 7-Day Santiago & Easter Island Tour: $1,480

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Dubai $18
    Santiago $6.96
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 Santiago

Also in Santiago, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Traditional Wine Tour in Viña Cousiño Macul Official English: $18
  • "Premium Wine Tour" Viña Cousiño Macul Oficial portugués: $30
  • Premium Wine Tour in Viña Cousiño Macul Spanish official: $30
  • "Premium Wine Tour" Viña Cousiño Macul Official english: $30
  • Half Day Trip to Undurraga Vineyard from Santiago - Wine Tasting Included: $40
  • Half Day Trip to Concha y Toro Vineyard from Santiago - Wine Tasting Included: $45
  • Concha y Toro Traditional Wine Tour from Santiago: $45
  • Half Day Trip to Santa Rita Vineyard from Santiago - Wine Tasting Included: $50
  • Half Day Trip to Cousiño Macul Vineyard from Santiago - Wine Tasting Included: $55
  • half day wine tour to concha y toro from Santiago seasonal offer: $57
  • Concha y Toro Marques Wine Tour from Santiago: $64
  • Premium Wine Tasting in Santiago de Chile: $71


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


When is the best time to visit Dubai or Santiago?

Santiago 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 Santiago in the Summer?

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


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Dubai can become quite hot in the summer. In July, Dubai is generally much warmer than Santiagoin January. Temperatures in Dubai average around 35°C (95°F), and Santiago stays around 21°C (70°F).

Dubai usually gets around the same amount of rain in July as Santiagoin January. Dubai gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Santiago receives 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain this time of the year. June to August is the dry season in Dubai.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July and January
    Dubai 35°C (95°F) 
    Santiago 21°C (70°F)

Should I visit Dubai or Santiago in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Dubai and Santiago. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Dubai throughout the year.


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Dubai is much warmer than Santiago in the autumn. The temperature in Dubai is usually 29°C (84°F) in October, and Santiago stays around 15°C (59°F)in April.

In October, Dubai usually receives around the same amount of rain as Santiagoin April. Dubai gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Santiago receives 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October and April
    Dubai 29°C (84°F) 
    Santiago 15°C (59°F)

Should I visit Dubai or Santiago in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Dubai as well as Santiago. Plenty of visitors come to Dubai because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year.


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In the winter, Dubai is much warmer than Santiago. Typically, the winter temperatures in Dubai in January are around 19°C (66°F), and Santiago is about 9°C (48°F)in July.

Dubai usually gets less rain in January than Santiagoin July. Dubai gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Santiago receives 80 mm (3.1 in) of rain this time of the year. January to March in Dubai is the rainy season.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January and July
    Dubai 19°C (66°F) 
    Santiago 9°C (48°F)

Should I visit Dubai or Santiago in the Spring?

Both Santiago and Dubai are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities. Dubai attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate.


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In April, Dubai is generally much warmer than Santiagoin October. Temperatures in Dubai average around 26°C (79°F), and Santiago stays around 15°C (59°F).

In April, Dubai usually receives around the same amount of rain as Santiagoin October. Dubai gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Santiago receives 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain each month for the spring. The dry season in Dubai is June to August.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April and October
    Dubai 26°C (79°F) 
    Santiago 15°C (59°F)

Typical Weather for Santiago and Dubai

Dubai Santiago
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 19°C (66°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 21°C (70°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Feb 20°C (68°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 20°C (68°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Mar 23°C (73°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 18°C (64°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Apr 26°C (79°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 15°C (59°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
May 31°C (88°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 12°C (54°F) 50 mm (2 in)
Jun 33°C (91°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 9°C (48°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
Jul 35°C (95°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 9°C (48°F) 80 mm (3.1 in)
Aug 36°C (97°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 10°C (50°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
Sep 33°C (91°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 12°C (54°F) 20 mm (0.8 in)
Oct 29°C (84°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 15°C (59°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Nov 25°C (77°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 17°C (63°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Dec 21°C (70°F) 20 mm (0.8 in) 20°C (68°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)


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