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

Should you visit Jaisalmer or Jaipur?

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

Should I visit Jaisalmer or Jaipur? 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 Jaipur?

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.

Jaipur

Jaipur, India, famously known as the Pink City, is the capital of Rajasthan and is often a highlight for many travelers to the area. Dating back to the eighteenth century, it is part of the Indian Golden Triangle which also includes Delhi and Agra. It's also a stopping off point for travelers venturing into the desert cities of Jodhpur and Jaisalmer. The city has a population of about 6.66 million people, making it the largest city in the state of Rajasthan and the tenth largest city in the country.

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Which place is cheaper, Jaipur 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 Jaipur is $19. 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 Jaipur in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Jaisalmer $13
    Jaipur $12
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Jaisalmer $26
    Jaipur $24
Compare Hotels in Jaisalmer and Jaipur

Looking for a hotel in Jaisalmer or Jaipur? 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 Jaipur


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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 Jaipur Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Jaisalmer $12
    Jaipur $1.54

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Jaisalmer

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

  • Private Transfer From Jaisalmer To Agra: $181
  • Jaipur to Jaisalmer Transfer: $170
  • Private transfer from Jaisalmer to Bikaner: $120
  • Private Transfer From Jaisalmer To Ahmedabad: $117
  • Transfer From Jaisalmer To Udaipur Via Ranakpur Jain Temple: $90
  • Private Transfer From Jaisalmer To Pushkar: $85
  • Private Transfer From Jaisalmer To Bikaner: $65
  • Private Transfer From Jaisalmer To Bikaner : $62
  • From Bikaner : Private Transfer To Jaisalmer: $60
  • From Jaisalmer : Private Transfer To Bikaner: $55
  • Private Transfer From Jaisalmer To Jodhpur Via Osian Temple : $45
  • One Way Jaisalmer To Jodhpur Transfer: $44

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Jaipur

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

  • Private transfer: Jaipur to Udaipur enroute Trip to Chittorgarh Fort with lunch: $289
  • Private transfer - Jaipur to Udaipur via Chittorgarh Fort with lunch: $285
  • Private transfer: Jaipur to Udaipur enroute Trip to Chittorgarh Fort: $245
  • Private transfer - Jaipur to Udaipur via Chittorgarh Fort: $242
  • Samode Town Excursion- A Visit to a Unique Rajasthan town with private transfers: $231
  • Private 3-Day City Tour of Amber Fort, City Palace Including Transfers: $228
  • Same Day Ranthambore Safari From Jaipur With Transfer To Agra Including Tickets: $227
  • Private transfer - Jaipur to Agra via Fatehpur Sikri: $201
  • Transfer from Jaipur to Delhi with Tajmahal sight seeing: $200
  • Leopard Wildlife Safari at Amagarh Park Including Transfers: $180
  • One Way Transfer From Jaipur To Mount Abu With Optional Stop at Pushkar/Udaipur: $173
  • One Way Transfer From Jaipur To Udaipur With Optional Stop at Pushkar / Jodhpur: $173

Is it cheaper to fly into Jaisalmer or Jaipur?

Prices for flights to both Jaipur 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
    Jaipur $4.75
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

Typical Food Prices in Jaipur

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


  • Dinner
    $6.58
  • Soda
    $0.12

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Jaipur

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

  • Jaipur Street food tour: $4.58
  • Culture walking and food tour with guide in Jaipur.: $14
  • Food Tour and Eat like Locals : $16
  • cooking class demo with dinner: $20
  • Famous Masala Chowk Food Tour: $20
  • Cooking class demo with dinner : $21
  • Jaipur Cooking Class and home cooked dinner with Indian family: $21
  • Jaipur Full Day Tour with local family dinner: $21
  • Traditional Dinner with Family including Transfers: $22
  • Cooking Class in Jaipur with all Transport & Meals. : $22
  • Indian Home Based Cooking Class by Storyboard: $23
  • Taste of Jaipur (2 Hour Guided Street Food Tour with Local): $24

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Jaisalmer $12
    Jaipur $3.81
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

Typical Entertainment Prices in Jaipur

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


  • Palace Entry for Two
    $1.20

Tours and Activities in Jaipur

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

  • From Jaipur : Same Day Agra Taj Mahal Sunrise Tour: $149
  • Golden Triangle Tour To Delhi Agra And Jaipur 4 Days: $25
  • Guided Jaipur City Tour With Drop Off at Udaipur: $110
  • Half Day Jaipur Shopping Tour With Local Tour Guide: $35
  • Jaipur Tour by Tuk-Tuk: $10
  • Private Guided City Tour of Jaipur : $49
  • Same Day Taj Mahal Tour from Jaipur by Car: $250
  • Taj Mahal City Tour by car or train from Jaipur: $230
  • "Explore the Pink City: Jaipur Local Sightseeing Tour: $9.80
  • 02 Nights - 03 Days Jaipur-Agra Weekend Tours with hotel: $260
  • 02 Nights - 03 Days Jaipur-Agra Weekend Tours without hotel: $170
  • 1 Day Jaipur Private Tour: $20

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Jaisalmer $9.23
    Jaipur $2.72

Sample the Local Flavors in Jaipur

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

  • Pub Crawl Walking Tour: $39
  • Pub Crawl Jaipur: $39


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

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


Which is Bigger, Jaisalmer or Jaipur?

Jaipur has a larger population, and is about 40 times larger than the population of Jaisalmer. When comparing the sizes of Jaisalmer and Jaipur, 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.