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

Should you visit Lucknow or Jaipur?

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

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 Lucknow and Jaipur can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Lucknow or Jaipur?


Lucknow, located in the central region of Awadh, is the capital city of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. With a very rich cultural and historical past, Lucknow has been at the heart of North Indian culture for many centuries. It thrives in areas of art, cuisine, dance, culture, music, and more.


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.

Which place is cheaper, Jaipur or Lucknow?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Lucknow is $46, 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 Lucknow and Jaipur in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Lucknow $19
    Jaipur $12
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Lucknow $38
    Jaipur $24
Compare Hotels in Lucknow and Jaipur

Looking for a hotel in Lucknow 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 Lucknow

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: Lucknow Hotel Prices and Jaipur Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Lucknow $13
    Jaipur $1.55

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Lucknow

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

  • Lucknow 3-Days Private Tour with Hotel and Transfers: $277
  • Agra to Lucknow Transfer: $100
  • Private Transfer from Lucknow to Chaudhary Charan Singh (LKO) Airport: $42
  • Private Transfer from Chaudhary Charan Singh (LKO) Airport to Lucknow: $42
  • Private Transfer from Lucknow to Kanpur: $28
  • Lucknow Airport Transfer: $28

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Jaipur

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

  • Transfer from Jaipur to New Delhi Hotel / Accommodation: $49
  • Transfer from Jaipur to Delhi with Tajmahal sight seeing: $200
  • Transfer From Jaipur To Udaipur Via Chittorgarh Fort: $85
  • Sanganer - A Visit to an Artisan Community with Private Transfer: $122
  • Samode Town Excursion- A Visit to a Unique Rajasthan town with private transfers: $231
  • Same Day Ranthambore Safari From Jaipur With Transfer To Agra Including Tickets: $227
  • Round trip airport Transfer Between Jaipur & Jaipur Airport JAI: $19
  • Ranthambore Wildlife Safari Tour From Jaipur Including Transfers: $135
  • Ranthambore Tiger Safari Tickets With Optional Transfers: $108
  • Pushkar Sightseeing on Jaipur To Jodhpur Transfer: $87
  • Professional Tie and Dye Class in Jaipur with Private Transfers: $169
  • Private transfer: Jaipur to Udaipur enroute Trip to Chittorgarh Fort with lunch: $299

Is it cheaper to fly into Lucknow or Jaipur?

Prices for flights to both Jaipur and Lucknow 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
    Lucknow $17
    Jaipur $4.78

Typical Food Prices in Jaipur

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

  • Dinner
  • Soda

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: $4.62
  • 2 Hours Private Cooking Classes of Masala Chai Tea and Pakoras: $9.34
  • Cooking Classes in Pink City: $12
  • Culture walking and food tour with guide in Jaipur.: $14
  • Dinner With Traditional Rajput Family (Its Not Just Only A Cooking Class) : $16
  • 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
  • vegetarian & non vegetarian Cooking class in Jaipur: $22

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Lucknow $15
    Jaipur $3.84

Tours and Activities in Lucknow

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

  • 2 Days Shravasti Tour From Lucknow: $109
  • 3-Days Lucknow tour for first timers - Private & guided tour : $240
  • 6-Hour Lucknow Sightseeing Tour with Hotel Pickup: $80
  • 8 Hour: Lucknow Full day City Sightseeing Trip: $62
  • A Walking Tour for Vegetarian Foodies in Lucknow: $204
  • Ayodhya Tour From Lucknow (Same Day): $284
  • Best of Lucknow (Guided Halfday Sightseeing Tour by Car): $84
  • Colonial Walk of Lucknow (2 Hours Guided Walking Tour): $13
  • Custom Private Lucknow Sightseeing Trip with Guided Trip: $62
  • Day Tour Of Lucknow: $22
  • From Ayodhya Private Tour with Lunch and Boat Ride: $133
  • Heritage & Cultural Walk of Lucknow (2 Hours Guided Walking Tour): $13

Typical Entertainment Prices in Jaipur

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

  • Palace Entry for Two

Tours and Activities in Jaipur

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

  • Day Tour from Jaipur Bird Watching in Keoladeo National Park (Bharatpur): $63
  • From Jaipur : Same Day Agra Taj Mahal Sunrise Tour: $149
  • From Ranthambore Tiger Safari Private Day Tour: $130
  • Golden Triangle Tour To Delhi Agra And Jaipur 4 Days: $212
  • 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: $6.06
  • Same Day Taj Mahal Tour from Jaipur by Car: $250
  • Taj Mahal City Tour by car or train from Jaipur: $105
  • "Discover Jaipur with Guide : A Private Day Tour": $25
  • "Same Day Ajmer-Pushkar Tour Through AC Car": $68
  • 02 Nights - 03 Days Jaipur-Agra Weekend Tours with hotel: $260

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Lucknow $7.09
    Jaipur $2.74

Sample the Local Flavors in Lucknow

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

  • Pub Crawl Lucknow: $40

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: $40

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Lucknow and Jaipur, we can see that Lucknow 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 Lucknow would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Lucknow 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 Lucknow Expensive? and Is Jaipur Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Lucknow or Jaipur?

Jaipur has a larger population, and is about 10% larger than the population of Lucknow. When comparing the sizes of Lucknow 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.