Should you visit Perth or Alice Springs?
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 Perth and Alice Springs can help you decide which place is right for you.
Capital of Western Australia, Perth is a city that sits where the Swan River meets the sea, and given its ocean side location there is plenty to see and do on the water and beyond. Spend a day on Perth's sandy beaches or get lost in its parks and gardens, sail down the river or enjoy the city's history and culture visiting museums and historic sites, shopping, dining, and much more.
Alice Springs is in the middle of Central Australia and is most famous as a base for exploring the famous rock, Uluru. Alice Springs itself has grown dramatically from what was once a small outpost. The tourist boom began in the early 1980s and the population is now somewhere around 28,000. The city now has all of the necessary facilities to cater to the influx of tourists who swing through to see Uluru. The town is 1500km from Darwin, which is the closest major city. Adelaide is just as far to the south. It's remote location means that costs can be higher than they are elsewhere in Australia. Expect to pay more for anything from fruits and vegetables to clothing and souvenirs. When making a reservation for a hotel, do note that the rating scale differs from elsewhere in Australia or in most western countries. The ratings come from the amenities available and have little to do with the actual room quality.
Which city is cheaper, Alice Springs or Perth?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Perth is $120, while the average daily cost in Alice Springs is $87. 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 city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Perth and Alice Springs in more detail.
Double occupancy rooms typically run around $138 in Perth For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.
Travelers usually pay around $92 for a double occupancy room in Alice Springs If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.
While meal prices in Perth can vary, the average travelers spends about $33 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Perth should cost around $13 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Perth is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.
The average traveler spends about $22 per day in Alice Springs for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.
Meals for one day
Alice Springs $22
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Perth
For Perth, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Perth Classic Bites & Local Flavors: Food Tour:
Swan Valley Half-Day Food Tour and Wine Trail from Perth:
Half-Day Low and Slow BBQ Food Tour in Perth:
Perth City of Lights Dinner Cruise:
Perth Swan River Dinner Cruise:
Withlocals The 10 Tastings: Perth Private Food Tour:
Pinnacles Sunset Dinner and Wildlife Experience a Small Group Tour:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Alice Springs
For Alice Springs, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Ayers Rock Day Trip from Alice Springs Including Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Sunset BBQ Dinner:
To get around in Perth, the average visitor spends $23 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.
Alice Springs's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend $18 per person, per day on transportation in Alice Springs.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Perth
Also for Perth, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Perth Airport Transfer - group booking:
Perth Departure Transfer by Private Chauffeur: Perth City Center to Airport:
Rottnest Island Same-Day Round-Trip Ferry Transfers:
Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Perth Airport:
Private Sedan Transfer from Perth CBD Hotel to Perth Airport:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Alice Springs
Also for Alice Springs, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Kings Canyon to 1-Way Transfer and Stop:
Alice Springs to Uluru (Ayers Rock) Coach Transfer:
Is it cheaper to fly into Perth or Alice Springs?
Prices for flights to both Alice Springs and Perth 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.
In Perth, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $13 per person, per day.
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Alice Springs can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $13 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
Tours and Activities in Perth
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Perth.
"The Thirsty Three" Swan Valley Private Tour:
1-Day Pinnacles and Yanchep Tour from Perth including Fish and Chips Lunch:
1-Day Private Perth and Fremantle Tour:
1-Hour Perth Segway Riverside Tour:
1.5-Hour Scenic Coastal Cruise from Hillarys Boat Harbor:
1/2 day Swan Valley Wine Cheese & Chocolate Tour Inc Afternoon Cruise to Perth:
2-Hour Guided Welcome Perth City Walking Tour:
2-Hour Whale Watching Cruise from Hillarys Boat Harbor:
2-Hour Whale Watching Cruise with Aquarium Entry:
20 Day Perth to Darwin Adventure:
4 Day South West Australia Tour - All inclusive with premium accomodation:
4-Day South West Yoga and Wellness Tour from Perth:
Tours and Activities in Alice Springs
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Alice Springs.
3-Day Alice Springs to Uluru (Ayers Rock) via Kings Canyon Tour:
3-Day Uluru Camping Tour from Alice Springs Including Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon:
3-Day Uluru-Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon 4WD Small-Group Eco-Tour from Alice Springs:
A Town Like Alice: Half-Day Tour of Alice Springs:
Alice Springs Camel Tour:
Alice Springs Desert Park General Entry Ticket:
Alice Springs Highlights Half-Day Tour:
Alice Springs Telegraph Station Entry and Tour Ticket:
Alice Springs, Uluru Ayers Rock & Kings Canyon 8 Days Touring Package:
3-Day Camping Tour to Ayers Rock:
Best of Alice Springs Full Day Tour:
Chambers Pillar and Rainbow Valley 1 Day 4WD Tour:
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Perth, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $6.84.
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Alice Springs, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $16.
Sample the Local Flavors in Perth
Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Perth:
Perth Bar Crawl:
Afternoon Swan Valley Wine Tasting with Transportation:
Afternoon Swan Valley Sundowner Wine Tour from Perth:
Swan Valley Half-Day Food and Wine Tasting Tour:
Swan Valley Half-Day Food & Wine Tasting Tour from Perth:
Sunday Afternoon Swan Valley Wine & Brewery Tour from Perth:
The Non-Touristy Swan Valley Private Day Trip & Wine Tastings:
Swan Valley Sunset Wine Tour - Premium Small Group Tour:
Half-Day Swan Valley Winery & Brewery:
Small-Group Bickley Valley Wine Tour:
Swan Valley Cruise & Wine Tasting Full-Day Tour from Perth:
Wine Tasting Day Trip and Swan Valley River Cruise to Perth:
Typical Alcohol prices in Alice Springs
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Alice Springs:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Perth and Alice Springs, we can see that Perth is more expensive. And not only is Alice Springs much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Alice Springs would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Alice Springs 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 Perth would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Perth than you might in Alice Springs.
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