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

Should you visit Lucknow or Jaisalmer?

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 Jaisalmer can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Lucknow or Jaisalmer?


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.


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.

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Which place is cheaper, Jaisalmer 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 Jaisalmer is $37. 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 Jaisalmer in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Lucknow $19
    Jaisalmer $13
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Lucknow $38
    Jaisalmer $26
Compare Hotels in Lucknow and Jaisalmer

Looking for a hotel in Lucknow or Jaisalmer? 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 Jaisalmer

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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 Jaisalmer Hotel Prices.

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

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 Chaudhary Charan Singh (LKO) Airport to Lucknow: $41
  • Private Transfer from Lucknow to Chaudhary Charan Singh (LKO) Airport: $41
  • Lucknow Airport Transfer: $28

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

Is it cheaper to fly into Lucknow or Jaisalmer?

Prices for flights to both Jaisalmer 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
    Jaisalmer $13

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Lucknow

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

  • Lucknow, Delhi: Street Food Tour: $40
  • Lucknow City tour followed by Food Tour: $83
  • Dinner With A Maharaja In Lucknow: $272

Typical Food Prices in Jaisalmer

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

  • Dinner

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

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Lucknow $14
    Jaisalmer $12

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: $108
  • 6-Hour Lucknow Sightseeing Tour with Hotel Pickup: $80
  • 8 Hour: Lucknow Full day City Sightseeing Trip: $61
  • Ayodhya Tour From Lucknow (Same Day): $284
  • Best of Lucknow (Guided Halfday Sightseeing Tour by Car): $83
  • Colonial Walk of Lucknow (2 Hours Guided Walking Tour): $13
  • Custom Private Lucknow Sightseeing Trip with Guided Trip: $61
  • Day Tour Of Lucknow: $22
  • From 5 Days Lucknow Ayodhya Prayagraj Varanasi Tour: $341
  • From Ayodhya Private Tour with Lunch and Boat Ride: $132
  • From Varanasi: One Day Ayodhya Tour from Varanasi: $144

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

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

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Lucknow $7.04
    Jaisalmer $9.23

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: $39

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Lucknow and Jaisalmer, we can see that Lucknow 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 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 Jaisalmer.

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

Which is Bigger, Lucknow or Jaisalmer?

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