A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Hyderabad vs. Kolkata (Calcutta)

Should you visit Hyderabad or Kolkata (Calcutta)?

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 Hyderabad and Kolkata (Calcutta) can help you decide which place is right for you.

Hyderabad

Hyderabad, located in Southern India, is the capital of the state of Telangana. It is a city rich with history and tradition as well as booming in the technology industry, hosting the India headquarters for both Microsoft and Google. In addition to many upscale restaurants and shops, Hyderabad is also home to important historic sites and beautiful landmarks.

Kolkata (Calcutta)

Formerly known as Calcutta, Kolkata is the capital of West Bengal, India. Featuring colonial architecture, galleries, temples, and festivals, the city has flourished from its roots as an East India Company trading post in the 18th Century to a thriving metropolis. Today Kolkata is a diverse center of culture and bustling activity.

Which city is cheaper, Kolkata (Calcutta) or Hyderabad?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Hyderabad is $48, while the average daily cost in Kolkata (Calcutta) is $35. 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. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Hyderabad and Kolkata (Calcutta) in more detail.



Accommodation

Double occupancy rooms typically run around $44 in Hyderabad For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.

A hotel room in Kolkata (Calcutta) is about $30 This assumes double occupancy and modest accommodations.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Hyderabad $22
    Kolkata (Calcutta) $15
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Hyderabad $44
    Kolkata (Calcutta) $30

Food

The average traveler spends about $16 per day in Hyderabad for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.

Kolkata (Calcutta) food costs typically run travelers around $14 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Hyderabad $16
    Kolkata (Calcutta) $14

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Hyderabad

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

  • Private 2-Hour Lunch or Dinner in a Local Hyderabad Home: $32
  • Private Hyderabadi Cooking Class with a Local Family: $57
  • Cooking Demo & Dine of Hyderabad Culinary, Cuisine & Culture in a pvt Residence: $80
  • Cooking Demonstration of Ethnic Hyderabadi Cuisine at Private Residence (Dinner): $176
  • Golconda Fort Sound & Light Show With Dinner - Hyderabad: $182

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Kolkata (Calcutta).

  • Cooking class and home cooked Bengali meal in New Town, Kolkata: $47

Local Transportation

To get around in Hyderabad, the average visitor spends $12 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.

The average price of local transportation around Kolkata (Calcutta) is $4.78 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Hyderabad $12
    Kolkata (Calcutta) $4.78

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Hyderabad

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

  • Airport Transfer - Hyderabad Hotels to Rajiv Gandhi Intl Airport, Hyderabad: $13
  • Airport Transfer - Rajiv Gandhi Intl. Airport, Hyderabad to Hyderabad Hotels: $15
  • US$ 40 Safe Transfer Airport To City Hotels In A Private Car Upto 3pax: $43
  • Private Transfer: From Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (HYD) to Hotel in Hyderabad: $44
  • Private Arrival transfer: Hyderabad RGIA Airport to Hotel: $51
  • Private Transfer from Rajiv Gandhi (HYD) Airport to Hyderabad: $58
  • Private Transfer from Hyderabad to Rajiv Gandhi (HYD) Airport: $58
  • Pochampally Textile Tour with Private Transfer: $112
  • Hyderabad- Transfers+Hotel+Sightseeing (3 Days): $322

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Kolkata (Calcutta):

  • Private transfer: Calcutta to Calcutta Airport (CCU): $622
  • Kolkata- Transfers+Hotel+Sightseeing (3 Days): $361
  • The Second City of Empire: A Kolkata Heritage Walking Tour with Private Transfer: $124
  • Path of Knowledge: A Heritage Walking Tour of Kolkata with Private Transfer: $124
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Kolkata Airport to Hotel: $41
  • Private Departure Transfer from Kolkata Hotel to Airport: $41
  • Airport Taxi: Round Trip Transfer Between Kolkata & Kolkata Airport CCU: $35
  • Private Guided Walking Tour in Kolkata with Transfer: $35
  • Airport Transfer in Kolkata: $21
  • Kolkata to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Airport Transfer: $21
  • Airport Transfer - Private Transfer from Kolkata Airport to Hotel: $20
  • Airport Transfer - Calcutta Hotels to Netaji Subhash C.B. Intl. Airport,Calcutta: $16

Entertainment

In Hyderabad, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $15 per person, per day.

Kolkata (Calcutta)'s costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $14 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Hyderabad $15
    Kolkata (Calcutta) $14

Tours and Activities in Hyderabad

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Hyderabad.

  • Heritage & Cultural Walk of Hyderabad (2 Hours Guided Walking Tour): $6.98
  • Spiritual Trails of Hyderabad (2 Hours Guided Temples Walking Tour): $11
  • Night Walk Hyderabad (2 Hour Guided Walking Tour): $14
  • Hyderabad Street Food Crawl (2 Hours Guided Food Tasting Tour): $17
  • White Mughals Four Hours Tour: $45
  • Half day Tour to SHILPARAMAM (typical Indian village): $45
  • Hyderabad Shopping and Food Tasting Experience (Guided Halfday City Tour by Car): $49
  • Best of Hyderabad (Guided Halfday City Sightseeing Tour by Car): $49
  • Charminar Historical Walking Tour: $49
  • Hyderabad Old City Food Walking Tour: $49
  • Half Day Private Hyderabad Sightseeing Tour: $51
  • 90 Min Couple Body Massage at Meghavi Wellness Spa(Buy 2 Tickets if couple): $54

Tours and Activities in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Kolkata (Calcutta) are as follows:

  • 14 Days Private North East India Tour from Kolkata: $2,827
  • 1Night 2Days Tour of Shantiniketan from Kolkata: $210
  • 2 day trip to Agra from Kolkata with air tickets: $1,073
  • 2 day trip to Agra from Kolkata without air tickets: $503
  • 2Nights/3Days Private Guided Tours of Kolkata with Accommodation: $260
  • 9-Day Colonial Kolkata Tea Estate and Monasteries Private Tour: $1,249
  • Best of Kolkata (Guided Halfday Sightseeing Tour by Car): $56
  • Capturing the City of Joy; Full Day Kolkata Street Photography Tour: $64
  • City of Joy experience, a full day tour of Kolkata: $113
  • Darjeeling Tour Package with Guide from Kolkata - 3 Nights/4Days: $479
  • Day Trip To Agra From Kolkata With Air Tickets: $879
  • Day Trip to Santiniketan (Guided Private Sightseeing Experience from Kolkata): $98

Alcohol

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Hyderabad, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $10.

The average person spends about $7.64 on alcoholic beverages in Kolkata (Calcutta) per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Hyderabad $10
    Kolkata (Calcutta) $7.64


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Hyderabad and Kolkata (Calcutta), we can see that Hyderabad is more expensive. And not only is Kolkata (Calcutta) much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Kolkata (Calcutta) would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Kolkata (Calcutta) 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 Hyderabad would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Hyderabad than you might in Kolkata (Calcutta).

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