A Travel Price Comparison for India Mysore vs. Chennai for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Mysore or Chennai?

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 Mysore and Chennai. 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: Mysore or Chennai?

Mysore

Also known as Mysuru, Mysore is the state of Karnataka's second biggest city behind Bangalore (also called Bengaluru) in southern India. Its landmark attraction is the Mysore Palace, though it also features memorable temples, markets, and a renowned annual festival in September-October.

Chennai

Formerly known as Madras from its colonial history, Chennai today is one of India's largest cities and capital of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is located on the Bay of Bengal in southeastern India with an extensive stretch of sandy beaches, plenty of dining and shopping, a number of historic temples, monuments, and churches, plus amusement parks and more.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Hiking & Trekking Tours in India, The Best One Week (7-Day) Tours in India, The Best 2-Week Tours in India, and The Best 4-Week (1-Month) Tours in India.


Which place is cheaper, Chennai or Mysore?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Mysore is $34, while the average daily cost in Chennai is $29. 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 Mysore and Chennai in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Mysore $15
    Chennai $15
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Mysore $30
    Chennai $30
Compare Hotels in Mysore and Chennai

Looking for a hotel in Mysore or Chennai? 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 Mysore


Hotels in Chennai


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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: Mysore Hotel Prices and Chennai Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Mysore $7.99
    Chennai $2.61

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Mysore

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

  • Private Transfer from Mysore to Bangalore Airport: $39

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Chennai

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

  • Private Transfer from Chennai City to Chennai (MAA) Airport: $37
  • Private Transfer from Chennai (MAA) Airport to Chennai City: $37
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Chennai International Airport to Hotel: $40
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Chennai Airport (MAA) to Pondicherry Hotels: $145
  • Departure transfer: Chennai hotels to Chennai International Airport: $19
  • Departure Transfer from Chennai Hotels to Chennai airport: $20
  • Chennai International Airport to Hotel-Private Arrival transfer: $25
  • Chennai Airport to Hotel Transfer: $13
  • Chennai Airport Transfers : Budget Sedan and SUV Cabs: $15
  • Chennai - Private Departure Transfer from Hotel to Airport : $19
  • Chennai - Private Arrival Transfer - From Airport to Hotel: $20
  • Affordable Chennai Airport Transfer: $24

Is it cheaper to fly into Mysore or Chennai?

Prices for flights to both Chennai and Mysore 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
    Mysore $12
    Chennai $6.40

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Chennai

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

  • 2 Hour Street Food Tour in Sowcarpet Chennai : $37
  • Private In-Home Vegetarian Cooking Class and Meal in Chennai: $46
  • Private Vegetarian South Indian Cooking Class in Chennai : $48
  • South Indian Cooking Class in Chennai with a Passionate Baker: $48
  • South Indian Vegetarian Cooking Class in Chennai with Menna: $54
  • South Indian Vegetarian Cooking Class Near the Chennai airport: $62
  • Traditional Tamil Brahmin Vegetarian Cooking Lesson with a Local in Her Home: $74
  • Private Authentic Indian Cooking Class in Chennai with a Local: $76
  • Private 3-Hour Cooking Lesson and Meal in Chennai: $100
  • Authentic South Indian Cooking Class and Vegetarian Meal with a Local in Chennai: $122
  • Food Trail In Sowcarpet With Transport And Dinner - Chennai: $216

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Mysore $9.30
    Chennai $2.77

Tours and Activities in Mysore

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

  • 6-Hours Mysuru Cultural Tour with Guide and Transportation: $95
  • Bangalore - Full day private excursion tour to Mysore with lunch : $140
  • Best of Mysore (Guided Full Day City Sightseeing Tour by Car): $133
  • Day Trip to Brindavan Gardens & Srirangapatna (Guided Sightseeing Tour by Car): $134
  • Day Trip to Chikmagalur (Guided Sightseeing Tour by Car from Mysore): $147
  • Day Trip to Coorg (Guided Tour by Car from Mysore): $143
  • Day Trip to Mysore (Guided Sightseeing tour from Bangalore): $143
  • Day Trip to Wayanad (Guided Private Sightseeing Experience from Mysore): $147
  • Full Day Private Guided Tour of Mysore: $60
  • Hire a Guide for Full day Mysore sightseeing with own transport: $39
  • Majestic Mysore - Mysore Private Day Tour from Bangalore !!: $99
  • Mysore Night Walk (2 Hours Guided Walking Tour): $30

Tours and Activities in Chennai

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

  • St Thomas Mount Tour Chennai: $85
  • Agra Taj Tour from Chennai: $220
  • Auroville and Pondicherry Tour from Chennai: $44
  • Bazaar Walking tour in George Town: $35
  • Best Of Chennai- Classic Tour on Royal Enfield Motorcycle: $160
  • Bicycle tour in Mahabalipuram with transport from Chennai,lunch & guide: $99
  • Birds & Beyond: Chennai to Pulicat Bird Sanctuary Day Tour: $135
  • British Architecture Walk in Chennai by Wonder tours: $49
  • Chennai Cultural Walking Tour: $26
  • Chennai Food Tasting Trails (2 Hour Guided Tour Experience): $26
  • Chennai Full Day Guided Tour in a Private Car: $110
  • Chennai Full Day Sightseeing in a Private Car: $67

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Mysore $9.53
    Chennai $3.08


When comparing the travel costs between Mysore and Chennai, we can see that Mysore is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in Asia, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.

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


Which is Bigger, Mysore or Chennai?

Chennai has a larger population, and is about 5 times larger than the population of Mysore. When comparing the sizes of Mysore and Chennai, 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.