A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Kathmandu vs. Edinburgh for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Kathmandu or Edinburgh?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Kathmandu and Edinburgh can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Kathmandu or Edinburgh?


Kathmandu is the capital and largest city in the country of Nepal. Its metropolitan area forms one large urban area that includes the area of Patan to the south. As of 2011 there were 2.5 million residents in the Kathmandu metropolis and over 3 million in the entire metropolitan area. Kathmandu is likely to be your entry point into Nepal and is a great place to pick up supplies and arrange the details for any treks you hope to do. Many travelers rush through Kathmandu, turned off by the pollution and crowds, but to skip Kathmandu is to miss a major cultural, financial, and influential part of what defines the country of Nepal. The city itself is quite fun to explore if you allow it enough time and an open mind.


Edinburgh is the moderately sized capital of Scotland. It is a medieval city that has managed to perfect the combination of Georgian architecture and medieval relics with a cosmopolitan population and avant-garde atmosphere. The city's population is quite young, in large part because of the University of Edinburgh. This youthful vibe gives this city a lot of vitality. There's a thriving nightlife, many restaurants, theatres, galleries and museums.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Hiking & Trekking Tours in Nepal, The Best 10-Day Tours in Nepal, The Best 3-Day Tours in United Kingdom, and The Best 2-Week Tours in United Kingdom.

Which place is cheaper, Edinburgh or Kathmandu?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Kathmandu is $56, while the average daily cost in Edinburgh is $180. 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 Kathmandu and Edinburgh in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Kathmandu $40
    Edinburgh $94
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Kathmandu $80
    Edinburgh $188
Compare Hotels in Kathmandu and Edinburgh

Looking for a hotel in Kathmandu or Edinburgh? 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 Kathmandu

Hotels in Edinburgh

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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: Kathmandu Hotel Prices and Edinburgh Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Kathmandu $6.94
    Edinburgh $21
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Kathmandu

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

  • Taxi Ride

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Kathmandu

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Kathmandu:

  • Yoga Experience Day Trip with Private Transfer From Kathmandu: $152
  • Thamel: Trishuli River Rafting Tour with Transfers and Lunch: $250
  • Private Transfer: Kathmandu to Chitwan Hotels: $210
  • Private Transfer: Kathmandu International Airport to Hotel : $25
  • Private Transfer: Kathmandu Hotels to Domestic Airport Vehicle: $20
  • Private Transfer to Bhaktapur from Kathmandu : $45
  • Private Sunrise or Sunset Tour of Nagarkot with return transfers from Kathmandu: $129
  • Private Day Hike from Nagarkot to Changu Narayan with Transfer: $130
  • Private Car Transfer from Kathmandu to Pokhara or Chitwan or Vv: $90
  • Private Arrival Transfer Kathmandu Airport to Kathmandu, Nepal: $45
  • Pokhara: One way transfer To or From Kathmandu: $117
  • One-Way Flight Transfer from Kathmandu to Pokhara: $130

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Edinburgh

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

  • Local Bus

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Edinburgh

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

  • Private Transfer from South Queensferry Port to Edinburgh Airport: $28
  • Private Transfer from South Queensferry Port to Edinburgh hotels: $28
  • Private Transfer from Edinburgh Hotels to Newhaven Cruise Port: $28
  • Private Transfer from Newhaven Port to Edinburgh Airport EDI: $28
  • Private One way Transfer Edinburgh Airport to Edinburgh: $41
  • Private One-Way Transfer from Edinburgh to Edinburgh Airport: $41
  • Private Transfer - South Queensferry Port to Glasgow Airport(GLA): $46
  • Private Transfer from South Queensferry Port to Glasgow Hotels: $50
  • Edinburgh Accommodation to Edinburgh Airport Departure Transfer: $59
  • Edinburgh Accommodation to Edinburgh Airport (EDI) - Departure Private Transfer: $59
  • Private Edinburgh Departure Transfer - Hotel / Accommodation to Airport: $62
  • Edinburgh Airport (EDI) to Lecht Ski Resort - Arrival Transfer: $77

Is it cheaper to fly into Kathmandu or Edinburgh?

Prices for flights to both Edinburgh and Kathmandu 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 Meals for one day
    Kathmandu $8.29
    Edinburgh $49
Typical Food Prices in Kathmandu

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

  • Dessert
  • Dinner for Two

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Kathmandu

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

  • Nepali Cooking Class & Momo Making with Pickup: $7.50
  • Momo Making & Cooking class in Thamel with Pickup: $8.56
  • Half Day cooking class in Kathmandu by Local Chefs & Pickup: $9.34
  • Best Half day cooking class in Thamel Kathmandu with Pickup: $10
  • Cultural Dinner Show with Traditional Dance: $18
  • Cultural Stay in Kathmandu and experience dinner with family: $18
  • Cooking Class in Nepal: $20
  • Nepali and Newari Cooking Class with Optional …: $22
  • Nepali cooking class and Homestay experience : $22
  • Half Day Cooking Class in Thamel with Local Market Visit: $22
  • Momo, Dhalbhat & Thukpa Cooking Class, Nepal: $25
  • Private Nepali Cooking Class (Dal Bhat and MoMo): $27

Typical Food Prices in Edinburgh

For Edinburgh, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner at Filling Station
  • Lunch for Two
  • Sandwich
  • Cheese & bread
  • Thai Restaurant Dinner (for 2)
  • 2 Coffees and Scones
  • Turkish Delight
  • Soup at the Pub

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Edinburgh

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

  • Edinburgh Holiday Donut Adventure & Walking Food Tour: $90
  • Edinburgh Food Tour with Drinks: $110
  • Edinburgh Walking Food Tour With Secret Food Tours: $123
  • Traditional Scottish Cooking Class & Dinner with Edinburgh Local: $147
  • The 10 Tastings of Edinburgh With Locals: Private Food Tour: $162
  • Edinburgh Food Tour with a Local Foodie Custom & Private: $192

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Kathmandu $8.02
    Edinburgh $25
Typical Entertainment Prices in Kathmandu

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Kathmandu are as follows:

  • Monkey Temple for Two
  • Patan Durbar Square Entrance for Two
  • Swayambhunath Stupa

Tours and Activities in Kathmandu

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

  • 1 Nights 2 Days Private Nagarkot Tour Package from Kathmandu: $150
  • 4 Days Kathmandu Nagarkot Tour : $235
  • Day tour Namo Buddha : $90
  • Kathmandu to Annapurna Base Camp Trek 7 Days Tour: $300
  • One Day Tour inside Chitwan National Park: $116
  • 1 Day Cycling Tour in Kathmandu: $311
  • 1 Day Gay Tour Nepal: $270
  • 1 Day Kathmandu Shopping Tour Experience: $100
  • 1 Day Volunteer Tour at Orphanage in Kathmandu: $272
  • 1 Night 2 Days Chitwan Jungle Safari Tour from Kathmandu: $155
  • 1 Night 2 Days Chitwan Jungle Safari Tour from Pokhara or Kathmandu: $141
  • 1 day Kathmandu World Heritage guided tour group join : $65

Typical Entertainment Prices in Edinburgh

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Edinburgh's activities, tours, and tickets:

  • Show Tickets
  • Movie Tickets for Two
  • Donation for Storytellers

Tours and Activities in Edinburgh

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

  • Self Guided Royal mile Audio Tour in Edinburgh: $5.47
  • Edinburgh City of Wizards: Quest Experience: $7.10
  • Mary Queen of Scots: Edinburgh Old Town Self-Guided Walking Tour: $7.99
  • Ghosts of Bloody Past Quest Experience: $8.20
  • Harry Potter’s A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $8.99
  • Edinburgh Mystery Adventure: The Midnight Body Snatcher: $9.71
  • Scavenger Hunt Adventure in Edinburgh by Operation City Quest: $10
  • Edinburgh Harry Potter Self-Guided Private Tour: $12
  • Edinburgh Magical Potter Walking Tour: $13
  • Explore Remarkable Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour: $14
  • Guided Walking Tour of Edinburgh Old Town: $16
  • Edinburgh : The Royal Mile Old Town Walking Tour: $17

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Kathmandu $5.76
    Edinburgh $19

Sample the Local Flavors in Kathmandu

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

  • Local Food and Wine Tasting in Kathmandu : $65

Typical Alcohol Prices in Edinburgh

Here are a few samples of the prices for alcohol and nightlife in Edinburgh from other travelers:

  • Beer & Wine
  • Half Pint at Tollbooth Tavern

Sample the Local Flavors in Edinburgh

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

  • The Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour: $26
  • The Original Edinburgh Pub Crawl: $32
  • Rosslyn Chapel, Scottish Borders & Glenkinchie Distillery from Edinburgh: $58
  • Stirling Distillery and Saint Andrews Italian Tour Guide: $76
  • Stirling, Highlands & Distillery in Spanish: $84
  • Scottish Cheese & Gin Cocktail class at Edinburgh Distillery: $97
  • Taste the Best Scottish Ales: Rose Street Private Pub Tour : $300

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

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

Which is Bigger, Kathmandu or Edinburgh?

Kathmandu has a larger population, and is about 3 times larger than the population of Edinburgh. When comparing the sizes of Kathmandu and Edinburgh, 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.