A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Petra vs. Alexandria for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Petra or Alexandria?

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 Petra and Alexandria can help you decide which place is right for you.

Petra

Whether you're checking off the Seven Wonders of the World, or you're just a huge Indiana Jones fan, the city of Petra must be on your bucket list. The "rose red city, half as old as time," was the capital of the Nabataean kingdom in the 6th century BC. It was the center for trade and commerce until an earthquake took out buildings and destroyed their water management system. After this destruction, the city of Petra seemed to be lost to western civilization.

Alexandria

There are few cities in the world with a history as rich, deep, tragic and fascinating than Alexandria, Egypt. Founded by Alexander the Great in 331 BC, Egypt's second largest city has seen the most extreme ups and extreme downs. The city watched the beautiful and iconic Alexandria Lighthouse crumble to the ground after several natural disasters. The Alexandria Library housed their most sacred and historical documents only to be burned to the ground. These structures may be physically gone, but the history remains. Alexandria is a city with an ancient allure that draws in visitors from all over the world. Alexandria is a survivor city ready for a comeback.

Which city is cheaper, Alexandria or Petra?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Petra is $100, while the average daily cost in Alexandria is $40. 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 Petra and Alexandria in more detail.



Accommodation

Petra's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is $94. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is $47.

Alexandria's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is $38. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is $19.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Petra $47
    Alexandria $19
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Petra $94
    Alexandria $38

Food

While meal prices in Petra can vary, the average travelers spends about $30 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Petra should cost around $12 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Petra is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

The price of a meal in Alexandria can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $16 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $6.40 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Petra $30
    Alexandria $16
Typical Food prices in Petra

Some typical examples of dining costs in Petra are as follows:


  • Dinner for Two
    $12
  • Juice
    $1.76

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Alexandria

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

  • Private Full-Day Food Tour of Alexandria with Hotel Pick Up: $32
  • Alexandria Food Tour: $36
  • Amazing Alexandria Food Tour: $55
  • Alexandria Food Tour: $60
  • Sound&light show,Giza pyramids-Dinner on the Nile: $94

Local Transportation

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $18 per day to get around in Petra.

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $6.02 per day to get around in Alexandria.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Petra $18
    Alexandria $6.02

Typical Local Transportation prices in Alexandria

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Alexandria:


  • Taxi to Train Station
    $0.25

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Alexandria

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Alexandria:

  • Private Airport Transfer: from Alexandria to Borg El Arab Airport (HBE): $20
  • Private transfer from HBE airport to Alexandria Hotel: $20
  • Private Transfer from Borg El Arab Airport to Alexandria Hotels: $20
  • Alexandria Airport Departure Transfer: $33
  • Alexandria Airport Departure Transfer: $36
  • Alexandria AIRPORT ARRIVAL TRANSFER: $36
  • One Way Transfer from Alexandria Hotels to Alexandria Port – Premium: $37
  • Borg El Arab Arrival & Departure Transfers: $40
  • One Way Transfer from Alexandria Hotels to Alexandria Port - Standard: $41
  • Alexandria Airport Departure Transfer: $45
  • One Way Transfer from Alexandria Hotels to Borg El Arab Airport - Standard: $53
  • One Way Transfer from Alexandria Hotels to Alexandria Port – 15 Seater: $57

Is it cheaper to fly into Petra or Alexandria?

Prices for flights to both Alexandria and Petra 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.





Entertainment

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $38 per person, per day in Petra. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $8.45 per person, per day in Alexandria. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Petra $38
    Alexandria $8.45
Typical Entertainment prices in Petra

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Petra are as follows:


  • Entry to Petra for One
    $71

Tours and Activities in Petra

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Petra are as follows:

  • From Aqaba: Petra 1 Day Tour: $240
  • From Jerusalem: Petra Day Tour: $299
  • From Eilat: 2-Day Petra & Wadi Rum Tour with Camp Stay: $385
  • From Amman: Petra, Rum, Aqaba and Dead Sea 3-Day Tour: $475
  • 2-Day Historic Petra Tour from Tel Aviv: $488
  • From Jerusalem: Petra & Wadi Rum 3-Day Tour: $587
  • From Eilat: Private 2-Day Guided Tour to Jerash & Petra: $651

Tours and Activities in Alexandria

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

  • Online Virtual Tour Of Alexandria and Mt. Vernon: $19
  • Alexandria Walking Tour-Walk Like Egyptian: $23
  • half day tour to Montazah Palace and gardens: $25
  • half day tour to The Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Library of Alexandria): $27
  • Private Day Tour to Alexandria From Alexandria: $30
  • Alexandria Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $31
  • Tour in Alex: $32
  • Alexandria Day Tour: $38
  • Tour to The Qaitbay Citadel in Alexandria: $40
  • Private Day Tour to Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa, Monatazah Palace In Alexandria: $50
  • Alexandria private excursion tour from Cairo: $50
  • Visit Mount Vernon by Bike: Self-guided Ride with Optional Boat Cruise Return: $50

Alcohol

The average person spends about $12 on alcoholic beverages in Petra per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Alexandria may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $3.26 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Petra $12
    Alexandria $3.26

Sample the Local Flavors in Alexandria

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

  • Alexandria Bar Hunt: Ye Olde Pub Crawl through Old Town: $12
  • Haunted Old Town Alexandria Ghost and Pub Walking Tour: $26


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Petra and Alexandria, we can see that Petra is more expensive. And not only is Alexandria much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Petra is in Middle East and Alexandria is in Africa, this is one of the main reasons why the costs are so different, as different regions of the world tend to have overall different travel costs. So, traveling to Alexandria would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Alexandria 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 Petra would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Petra than you might in Alexandria.

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