A Travel Price Comparison for India Jaisalmer vs. Bikaner for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Jaisalmer or Bikaner?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Should I visit Jaisalmer or Bikaner? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city has activities that align with your interests along with knowing which is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the details and the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Where Should I go: Jaisalmer or Bikaner?

Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer is located in western part of the Rajasthan state of India. The city is known as the "Golden City" for its Sonar Qila, or 'Golden Fort'. This fort is different than other forts in India in that it is a living fort, meaning that it contains many hotels, homes, and shops for locals and visitors. The city is very close to the Thar Desert, to which excursions can be made.

Bikaner

Bikaner is located in the Rajasthan state in northwest India. This city is where the headquarters of Bikaner District and Division are located. The city was founded in 1486 by Rao Bika, and has a population of about 645,000 people.

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Which place is cheaper, Bikaner or Jaisalmer?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Jaisalmer is $37, while the average daily cost in Bikaner is $48. 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 destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Jaisalmer and Bikaner in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Jaisalmer $13
    Bikaner $21
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Jaisalmer $26
    Bikaner $42
Compare Hotels in Jaisalmer and Bikaner

Looking for a hotel in Jaisalmer or Bikaner? 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 Jaisalmer


Hotels in Bikaner


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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: Jaisalmer Hotel Prices and Bikaner Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Jaisalmer $12
    Bikaner $13

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Jaisalmer

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

  • Transfer From Jaisalmer To Udaipur Via Ranakpur Jain Temple: $90
  • Private transfer from Jaisalmer to Bikaner: $120
  • Private Transfer from Jaisalmer to Jodhpur: $37
  • Private Transfer From Jaisalmer To Pushkar: $85
  • Private Transfer From Jaisalmer To Jodhpur Via Osian Temple : $45
  • Private Transfer From Jaisalmer To Bikaner : $62
  • Private Transfer From Jaisalmer To Bikaner: $65
  • Private Transfer From Jaisalmer To Ahmedabad: $117
  • Private Transfer From Jaisalmer To Agra: $181
  • Private Transfer From Jaisalmer Hotel to Jaisalmer Airport: $12
  • Private Transfer From Jaisalmer Hotel To Jaisalmer Airport: $10
  • Private Transfer From Jaisalmer Airport to Jaisalmer Hotel: $12

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Bikaner

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


  • Tuk Tuk Ride
    $0.24

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bikaner

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

  • Bikaner Heritage Walking Tour with Private Transfer: $153
  • Self Guided Bikaner City Tour With One Way Transfer To Jaipur : $108
  • Private Transfers Bikaner To Jodhpur Drop: $92
  • Private Transfers Bikaner To Mandawa Drop: $61
  • Private Transfer From Bikaner To Jaisalmer: $60
  • Private Transfers Bikaner To Jaipur Drop: $55
  • Private Transfer From Bikaner To Jodhpur: $48
  • One-Way Transfer: Jaipur/Pushker/Jodhpur/Bikaner: $36

Is it cheaper to fly into Jaisalmer or Bikaner?

Prices for flights to both Bikaner and Jaisalmer 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
    Jaisalmer $13
    Bikaner $17
Typical Food Prices in Jaisalmer

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Jaisalmer:


  • Dinner
    $4.79

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Jaisalmer

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

  • Jaisalmer Food Tour: Taste the Flavors of the Golden City!: $14
  • Jaisalmer Heritage & Cultural Walking & Street Food Tour: $23
  • Half Day SunSet Tour with Dinner: $26
  • Desert camel safari with dinner in osian hotel pick and drop: $30
  • Half Day Camel Safari Sunset with Dinner Tour (Non Touristic): $30
  • Peaceful Non -Touristic Sunset Camel Safari With Dinner : $35
  • Pleasant Sunset Safari With Dinner On Dunes (From 2:00 PM to Approx. 10:00 PM): $35
  • Sunset Safari With Dinner: $37
  • Experience Camel Safari With Folk Dance & Dinner: $37
  • 8 Hours Private Tour in Thar Desert with Dinner: $42
  • Half Day Desert Safari with Camel ride & dinner: $42
  • Sun Set Safari with Dinner: $45

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bikaner

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

  • Taste of Bikaner (2 Hour Guided Street Food Tour with Local): $24
  • Rajasthani Cooking Class in Bikaner: $172

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Jaisalmer $12
    Bikaner $14
Typical Entertainment Prices in Jaisalmer

For Jaisalmer, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:


  • Sam Sand Dunes for Two
    $3.59

Tours and Activities in Jaisalmer

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

  • Private Full-Day Tour of Jaisalmer with Guide: $33
  • 1 Night Desert Experience Sleeping Under Star Near Jodhpur: $56
  • 1 night 2 day thar desert experience & village lifestyle: $38
  • 2 Nights 3 Days Jaisalmer Tour & Non-Touristic Camel Safari: $96
  • 3 Days Jaisalmer Private Tour: $180
  • 3 Days Jaisalmer Tour From Jodhpur: $270
  • 3 days Jaisalmer Private Tour with Desert Safari, Sightseeing and Accommodation: $202
  • 4 - Days Jaisalmer Sightseeing Tour: $168
  • 4 - Days Jaisalmer Sightseeing Tour: $150
  • 4-Day Jaisalmer Sightseeing Tour: $270
  • Adventure Night With Cultural Show: $53
  • Adventure Night With Cultural Show: $45

Tours and Activities in Bikaner

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

  • 10 - Days Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Jaipur and Agra Tour: $419
  • 10 - Days Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Jaipur and Agra Tour: $419
  • 12 Days Rajasthan Fort & Places Tour: $1,317
  • 2 - Day Mandawa Tour From Jaipur With Bikaner Drop: $120
  • 6 Days Magnificent Rajasthan Tour: $467
  • 8 - Day Rajasthan Tour, Jaipur, Jaisalmer & Bikaner: $359
  • 8 - Day Rajasthan Tour, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer & Bikaner: $419
  • 8 - Days Desert Tour of Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Bikaner: $539
  • 8 - Days Desert Tour of Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Bikaner: $299
  • 8 Days Rajasthan Tour - Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer & Bikaner: $610
  • A Private Guided Tour in Bikaner: $131
  • BIKANER OLD CITY WALKING TOUR WITH LOCAL GUIDE: $18

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Jaisalmer $9.23
    Bikaner $12


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

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Jaisalmer Expensive? and Is Bikaner Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Jaisalmer or Bikaner?

Bikaner has a larger population, and is about 9 times larger than the population of Jaisalmer. When comparing the sizes of Jaisalmer and Bikaner, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.

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