A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Lahore vs. Hanoi for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Lahore or Hanoi?

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

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Lahore and Hanoi. We'll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Where Should I go: Lahore or Hanoi?


As Pakistan's second largest city and the capital of the north-eastern Punjab province, Lahore is widely considered the country's cultural capital. Some of its best-known features include the Lahore Fort, Badshahi Mosque and Gurdwara, a mall surrounded by buildings from the British Raj, and many unique markets and neighborhoods.


Hanoi is the chaotic capital of Vietnam, and it serves as a great introduction to the country for many travelers. It's the second largest city in the country after Saigon and is an interesting combination of East meets West. There's traditional Vietnamese culture with subtle influences brought by the French. The city continues to grow and change rapidly and it's easy to get lost amidst the chaos.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Adventure Tours to Pakistan, The Best Cultural Tours in Pakistan, The Best Adventure Tours to Vietnam, and The Best Eco Tours in Vietnam.

Which place is cheaper, Hanoi or Lahore?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Lahore is $57, while the average daily cost in Hanoi 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 Lahore and Hanoi in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Lahore $37
    Hanoi $25
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Lahore $74
    Hanoi $50
Compare Hotels in Lahore and Hanoi

Looking for a hotel in Lahore or Hanoi? 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 Lahore

Hotels in Hanoi

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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: Lahore Hotel Prices and Hanoi Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Lahore $9.98
    Hanoi $6.79

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Lahore

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

  • Airport Transfer : $60
  • Chauffeur: Lahore International Airport Transfer - Arrival : $30
  • Chauffeur: Lahore International Airport Transfer - Departure: $30
  • Transit Trip: Lahore Guided Day Trip With Round Trip Airport Transfers: $140

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Hanoi

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

  • Taxi to Bus Station
  • Shuttle Bus From Airport (for Two)
  • Local Bus Ride (for Two)
  • Short Taxi Ride
  • Short Motorbike Ride (10 Minutes)

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Hanoi

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Hanoi:

  • Halong Bay: 3-Day 2-Night 4-Star Cruise with Transfer: $450
  • Luxury Halong Bay Cruise 2 Days-1 Night with 5 Star included transfer & pick up: $290
  • 3-Day Halong Bay Cruise with Round-trip Transfer From Hanoi: $285
  • 3-Day Hanoi - Ninh Binh - Halong Bay 5-Star Cruise & Transfer: $280
  • Halong Bay Cruise 3D2N - Kayaking Explorer & Round-trip transfer from Hanoi: $280
  • Private Sapa tour 3 days transfer from Hanoi by limousine overnight 3 star hotel: $264
  • Hanoi Private Transfer from Hanoi (HAN) Airport to Vinh City: $261
  • Halong Bay Seaplane Tour with Transfer from Hanoi by expressway: $255
  • Halong Bay Sightseeing With Seaplane Tour Transfer From Hanoi: $250
  • Overnight Halong Bay Cruise Including Transfer Service and Kayaking or Bamboo Boat Activities: $250
  • Peony Cruise 5* Lan Hạ Bay 2 days 1 night with 2 ways transfer: $225
  • Private Transfer One way car between Hanoi and Sapa: $217

Is it cheaper to fly into Lahore or Hanoi?

Prices for flights to both Hanoi and Lahore 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
    Lahore $14
    Hanoi $13

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Lahore

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

  • Street Food Tour of Lahore's Walled City : $85
  • Lahore's Complete Night Food Tour: Local Culinary Experience: $110

Typical Food Prices in Hanoi

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

  • High End Dinner (for Two)
  • Casual Lunch (for Two)
  • Bowl of Pho
  • Italian Dinner (for Food)

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Hanoi

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

  • Hanoi free food tour - Old Quarter food walking tour: $5.00
  • Hanoi Street Food Tour: $5.00
  • (Group/Individual) HANOI STREET FOOD TOUR : $5.13
  • Hanoi local street food tour: $20
  • Hanoi Walking Street Food Tour: $20
  • Hanoi food tour-Local street food tour (food&guide included): $22
  • Hanoi street food tour small group tour: $22
  • Street Food Tour Hanoi By Walking: $23
  • Hanoi Street Food Tour: $23
  • Ngon ngon & Authentic Hanoi Food Tour: $23
  • Best Hanoi Local Food Tour Visit Train Street Add Old Quarter: $23
  • Hanoi Street Food Tour with Local Delicacies ( 3 Hours): $24

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Lahore $5.08
    Hanoi $8.38

Tours and Activities in Lahore

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

  • Lahore Big Bus City Tour: $20
  • Lahori Food Experience: $65
  • Wahga Border Flag Ceremony & Shalimar Garden Private Tour: $70
  • Guided Walking Tour: Walled City of Lahore : $90
  • Ladies Special: Lahore Half day Guided Shopping Tour: $90
  • Lahore Half Day Private Tuk Tuk ( Trishaw ) Guided Tour : $95
  • Full Day Private Guided Lahore Sightseeing Tour : $95
  • Lahore Walled City Walking Tour: $102
  • Rangeela Rickshaw Walled City Guided Tour Lahore : $110
  • Rangeela Rikshaw Walled City Guided Tour Lahore : $110
  • Private Tour: Lahore Full Day Customized Guided Trip : $120
  • 1 Day Rohtas Fort & Khewra Salt Mines Tour: $120

Typical Entertainment Prices in Hanoi

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

  • Puppet Theater
  • The Hanoi Hilton Entrance
  • National History Museum
  • Puppet Theater Ticket

Tours and Activities in Hanoi

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

  • 1 Day Luxury Arcady Cruise Tour from Hanoi by Express Limousine: $75
  • 2 Day Oasis Bay Cruise Explore Halong Bay from Hanoi: $228
  • 2 Day Private Guided Tour in Pu Luong Nature Hanoi: $169
  • 2-day Gen Z Cruise Explore Halong Bay from Hanoi: $228
  • 4 Days 3 Nights Ha Giang Loop Tour from Hanoi by Sleeper Bus: $235
  • 4 Hours and 30 Minutes Historical Hanoi Army Jeep Tour: $58
  • All-Inclusive 2D/1N 5star Cruises: Meals-Kayak-Cave-Accommodation : $175
  • Beautiful Female Riders Vespa Red River Countryside Tour 5 Hours: $65
  • Bicycle Tours Full Day Bicycle Tours City & Countryside: $89
  • From Halong Bay by Scenic Seaplane and Luxury Day Cruise: $300
  • Full Day Tour To Trang An Complex & Bai Dinh Temple: $97
  • Group Jeep Tour Discover Hanoi : $58

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Lahore $4.89
    Hanoi $7.58

Sample the Local Flavors in Hanoi

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

  • Half-Day Guided Tour Australian Beef with Wine Tasting & Rickshaw in Hanoi: $109

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

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

Which is Bigger, Lahore or Hanoi?

Lahore has a larger population, and is about 4 times larger than the population of Hanoi. When comparing the sizes of Lahore and Hanoi, 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.

When is the best time to visit Lahore or Hanoi?

Lahore has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, but Hanoi experiences a warm climate with fairly sunny weather most of the year.

Should I visit Lahore or Hanoi in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Lahore as well as Hanoi. The warm climate attracts visitors to Hanoi throughout the year.

The heat can be very extreme in Lahore. In the summer, Lahore is a little warmer than Hanoi. Typically, the summer temperatures in Lahore in July average around 33°C (91°F), and Hanoi averages at about 29°C (84°F).

It's quite rainy in Hanoi. Lahore receives a lot of rain in the summer. Lahore usually gets around the same amount of rain in July as Hanoi. Lahore gets 202 mm (8 in) of rain, while Hanoi receives 210 mm (8.3 in) of rain this time of the year. May to September in Hanoi is the rainy season.

  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Lahore 33°C (91°F) 
    Hanoi 29°C (84°F)

Should I visit Lahore or Hanoi in the Autumn?

Both Hanoi and Lahore are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities. Plenty of visitors come to Hanoi because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year.

In October, Lahore is generally around the same temperature as Hanoi. Daily temperatures in Lahore average around 27°C (81°F), and Hanoi fluctuates around 25°C (77°F).

It rains a lot this time of the year in Hanoi. In October, Lahore usually receives less rain than Hanoi. Lahore gets 12 mm (0.5 in) of rain, while Hanoi receives 100 mm (3.9 in) of rain each month for the autumn. The dry season in Hanoi is November to April.

  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Lahore 27°C (81°F) 
    Hanoi 25°C (77°F)

Should I visit Lahore or Hanoi in the Winter?

Both Hanoi and Lahore during the winter are popular places to visit. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Hanoi year-round.

Lahore is cooler than Hanoi in the winter. The daily temperature in Lahore averages around 14°C (58°F) in January, and Hanoi fluctuates around 17°C (63°F).

Lahore usually gets more rain in January than Hanoi. Lahore gets 23 mm (0.9 in) of rain, while Hanoi receives 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain this time of the year.

  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Lahore 14°C (58°F) 
    Hanoi 17°C (63°F)

Should I visit Lahore or Hanoi in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Lahore and Hanoi. Hanoi attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate.

In the spring, Lahore is a little warmer than Hanoi. Typically, the spring temperatures in Lahore in April average around 28°C (83°F), and Hanoi averages at about 24°C (75°F).

Hanoi receives a lot of rain in the spring. In April, Lahore usually receives less rain than Hanoi. Lahore gets 20 mm (0.8 in) of rain, while Hanoi receives 100 mm (3.9 in) of rain each month for the spring. November to April in Hanoi is the dry season. Also, May to September is the rainy season in Hanoi.

  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Lahore 28°C (83°F) 
    Hanoi 24°C (75°F)

Typical Weather for Hanoi and Lahore

Lahore Hanoi
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 14°C (58°F) 23 mm (0.9 in) 17°C (63°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Feb 17°C (62°F) 29 mm (1.1 in) 17°C (63°F) 30 mm (1.2 in)
Mar 22°C (72°F) 41 mm (1.6 in) 21°C (70°F) 50 mm (2 in)
Apr 28°C (83°F) 20 mm (0.8 in) 24°C (75°F) 100 mm (3.9 in)
May 33°C (91°F) 22 mm (0.9 in) 28°C (82°F) 150 mm (5.9 in)
Jun 35°C (96°F) 36 mm (1.4 in) 29°C (84°F) 190 mm (7.5 in)
Jul 33°C (91°F) 202 mm (8 in) 29°C (84°F) 210 mm (8.3 in)
Aug 32°C (90°F) 164 mm (6.5 in) 29°C (84°F) 200 mm (7.9 in)
Sep 31°C (88°F) 61 mm (2.4 in) 28°C (82°F) 160 mm (6.3 in)
Oct 27°C (81°F) 12 mm (0.5 in) 25°C (77°F) 100 mm (3.9 in)
Nov 21°C (70°F) 4 mm (0.2 in) 22°C (72°F) 60 mm (2.4 in)
Dec 16°C (60°F) 14 mm (0.5 in) 18°C (64°F) 30 mm (1.2 in)