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

Should you visit Dubai or Sydney?

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

Where Should I go: Dubai or Sydney?

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.

Sydney

Sydney, known as the harbour city, is the most famous and frequently visited city in Australia. It is at the economical and cultural heart of the country, and is one of the most beautiful and livable cities in the world. It's situated on the water with stunning views of the famous harbour throughout the city. It's most famous landmarks include the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It is also very close wonderful beaches, parks, and nature.

Which city is cheaper, Sydney 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 Sydney is $140. 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 Sydney in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Dubai $136
    Sydney $81
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Dubai $272
    Sydney $162
Compare Hotels in Dubai and Sydney

Looking for a hotel in Dubai or Sydney? 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 Sydney


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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 Sydney Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Dubai $10
    Sydney $12
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 Sydney

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


  • Taxi Ride
    $14
  • Taxi to Airport
    $17

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Sydney

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Sydney:

  • 1-hour Sydney CBD to Sydney Airport Transfer in Party Limo: $435
  • Sydney Harbour: Private Helicopter Flight with Transfer: $433
  • Blue Mountains Limousine Transfer: $371
  • Private 24 Seat Mini Bus Sydney CBD To Penrith Stadium Transfer: $315
  • Private 13 Seat Mini Bus Sydney CBD To Penrith Stadium Transfer: $284
  • Private 24 Seat Mini Bus Sydney CBD To BankWest Stadium Transfer: $268
  • Private 13 Seat Mini Bus Sydney CBD To BankWest Stadium Transfer: $236
  • Private 24 Seat Mini Bus Sydney CBD To Taronga Zoo Transfer: $205
  • Transfer from Sydney Airport to Sydney Central Business District - ROUND TRIP: $176
  • Private 13 Seat Mini Bus Sydney CBD To Taronga Zoo Transfer: $157
  • Round trip transfer in private minivan from-to Sydney Airport in Sydney Downtown: $149
  • Sydney Transfer (Airport to Hotel in Sydney Central Business) ROUND-TRIP: $149

Is it cheaper to fly into Dubai or Sydney?

Prices for flights to both Sydney 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
    Sydney $37
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 Sydney

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Sydney:


  • Tea
    $2.70
  • Lunch Special
    $10
  • Food/Drink Coogie Beach
    $10
  • Meat Pies
    $3.38

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Sydney

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

  • Retro Dinner Cruise on Sydney Harbour: $59
  • Dinner Christmas Party! Nov&Dec: $62
  • Vivid Dinner Cruise Sydney Harbour: $63
  • Latino Dinner Cruise on Sydney Harbour: $67
  • Harbour Dinner Cruise with 3 or 6-Course Menu: $71
  • Valentine's Day Dinner Cruise with live Brazilian show on Sydney Harbour: $78
  • Sydney Harbour Sunset Dinner Cruise: $78
  • Tall Ship Harbour Twilight Dinner Cruise: $79
  • Australia Day Dinner and Fireworks Cruise on Sydney Harbour: $103
  • Harbor Cruise with 3-Course Premium Dinner: $123
  • Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise: $126
  • Sydney Harbour Gold Penfolds Dinner Cruise: $197

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Dubai $15
    Sydney $26
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 Sydney

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


  • Theatre Show
    $30
  • Sydney Tower Visit (for 2)
    $31
  • Blue Mountain Tour/Featherdale Park (for 2)
    $129
  • Powerhouse Museum
    $10

Tours and Activities in Sydney

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

  • 1 Hour Northern Beaches Trike Tour: $127
  • 10-Day Surf Adventure from Sydney to Brisbane Including Coffs Harbour, Byron Bay and Gold Coast: $2,371
  • 2 Hours Running Tour in Sydney: $170
  • 2-Day Hunter Valley Small-Group Tasting Tour: $420
  • 2hr Explorer Cruise - Sydney's best value whale watching cruise: $47
  • 3 Hour Discovery Cruise Ultimate Whale Watching Experience: $69
  • 3-Day Blue Mountains and Hunter Valley Small-Group Eco-Tour: $908
  • 3-Day Tour from Sydney to the Gold Coast Including Port Stephens and Byron Bay: $832
  • 3.5 Hours Explore Bondi Beach and Sydney Sightseeing Tour: $168
  • 4 Day Blue Mountains & the Southern Highlands Adventure: $1,367
  • 4-Hour Private Sydney Sightseeing Tour with Pickup: $427
  • 6 Hour South Coast Tour: $340

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Dubai $18
    Sydney $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

Typical Alcohol prices in Sydney

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


  • Wine
    $11

Sample the Local Flavors in Sydney

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

  • Urban Winery Wine Tasting Tour with Cheese Platter: $61
  • Brewery, Winery, and Distillery Tasting Tour: $112
  • Northern Beaches Brewery Tour and Tasting: $123
  • Small-Group Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tour from Sydney: $130
  • Hunter Valley Wine Tour from Sydney with Lunch and 3 Cellar Door Tastings: $138
  • Hunter Valley Small Group Luxury Wine Tasting Tour from Sydney: $138
  • Sip n Savour: Southern Highlands Premium Wine Tour from Sydney: $154
  • Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tour from Sydney: $157
  • Wine Tours Sydney - Southern Highlands Day Escape, Full Day Wine Tasting Tour: $217
  • Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Small Group: Cheese, Choc, Lunch, from Sydney+Hunter: $217
  • Hunter Valley Wine Tour from Sydney | Private Sydney Wine Tour: $356
  • Hunter Valley Highlights Private Wine Tour from Sydney: $387


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


When is the best time to visit Dubai or Sydney?

Sydney 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 Sydney in the Summer?

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

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

It's quite rainy in Sydney. Dubai usually gets less rain in July than Sydneyin January. Dubai gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Sydney receives 116 mm (4.6 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) 
    Sydney 23°C (73°F)

Should I visit Dubai or Sydney in the Autumn?

Both Sydney 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.

In the autumn, Dubai is much warmer than Sydney. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Dubai in October are around 29°C (84°F), and Sydney is about 19°C (65°F)in April.

It rains a lot this time of the year in Sydney. In October, Dubai usually receives less rain than Sydneyin April. Dubai gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Sydney receives 120 mm (4.7 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October and April
    Dubai 29°C (84°F) 
    Sydney 19°C (65°F)

Should I visit Dubai or Sydney in the Winter?

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

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

Dubai usually gets less rain in January than Sydneyin July. Dubai gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Sydney receives 54 mm (2.1 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) 
    Sydney 12°C (53°F)

Should I visit Dubai or Sydney in the Spring?

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

Dubai is a little warmer than Sydney in the spring. The temperature in Dubai is usually 26°C (79°F) in April, and Sydney stays around 18°C (64°F)in October.

In April, Dubai usually receives less rain than Sydneyin October. Dubai gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Sydney receives 79 mm (3.1 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) 
    Sydney 18°C (64°F)

Typical Weather for Sydney and Dubai

Dubai Sydney
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 19°C (66°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 23°C (73°F) 116 mm (4.6 in)
Feb 20°C (68°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 23°C (73°F) 113 mm (4.4 in)
Mar 23°C (73°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 21°C (70°F) 148 mm (5.8 in)
Apr 26°C (79°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 19°C (65°F) 120 mm (4.7 in)
May 31°C (88°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 15°C (60°F) 88 mm (3.5 in)
Jun 33°C (91°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 13°C (55°F) 128 mm (5 in)
Jul 35°C (95°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 12°C (53°F) 54 mm (2.1 in)
Aug 36°C (97°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 13°C (55°F) 90 mm (3.5 in)
Sep 33°C (91°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 15°C (59°F) 60 mm (2.4 in)
Oct 29°C (84°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 18°C (64°F) 79 mm (3.1 in)
Nov 25°C (77°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 20°C (67°F) 101 mm (4 in)
Dec 21°C (70°F) 20 mm (0.8 in) 22°C (71°F) 81 mm (3.2 in)


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