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

Should you visit Petra or Aswan?

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 Aswan 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.

Aswan

Lounging along the Nile like Egyptian royalty is a fantasy for most world travelers. If you want to do it without the hustle and bustle of Cairo, there's always Aswan. This city in the south of Egypt is the smallest of the three major cities on the Nile. Located just below the Aswan Dam and Lake Nasser, Aswan's 275,00 people include a large portion of Nubians – mostly resettled from their flooded homeland.

Which city is cheaper, Aswan 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 Aswan 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 Aswan 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.

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around $16. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Aswan the cost is $32 on average.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Petra $47
    Aswan $16
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Petra $94
    Aswan $32

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.

On average, meal and food prices in Aswan cost around $14 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around $5.60.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Petra $30
    Aswan $14
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 Aswan

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

  • Nubian Dinner With Enchanted Events: $35
  • Nubian Dinner at Nubian Village: $49
  • Dinner on board a cruise on the Nile: $59
  • Private 3-Hour Nubian Party with Dinner and Pickup in Aswan: $75
  • Nubian Dinner with enchanted events: $86

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 $10 per day to get around in Aswan.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Petra $18
    Aswan $10

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Aswan

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Aswan:

  • Aswan Airport Private Departure Transfer: $9.00
  • Aswan Airport Private Arrival Transfer: $9.00
  • Transfer To or From Aswan airport: $13
  • Transfer from Aswan airport to Aswan City: $14
  • Aswan Airport Arrival Transfer: $16
  • Private Transfer from / to aswan airport: $19
  • Aswan Railway Station Private Departure Transfer: $19
  • Aswan Airport Departure Transfer: $20
  • Aswan Airport Transfer Pick-up or Drop-off - One Way: $20
  • Private transfer from Aswan Airport to Hotels or Nile cruise in Aswan: $20
  • Aswan airport transfer: $24
  • Aswan Private Transfer To High Dam in The Aswan city: $24

Is it cheaper to fly into Petra or Aswan?

Prices for flights to both Aswan 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 $15 per person, per day in Aswan. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Petra $38
    Aswan $15
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

Typical Entertainment prices in Aswan

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


  • Temple Kom Ombo for Two
    $3.82

Tours and Activities in Aswan

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

  • Biking city tour in Aswan: $10
  • Half Day tour St Simon Monastery in Aswan: $14
  • Aswan City Tour by Horse Carriage Start from 10$: $19
  • Aswan City Tour By Horse And Carriage: $20
  • Aswan City Tour by Horse Carriage: $21
  • Aswan tour ( the temple of philae - high dam ): $23
  • cheap trip : Tour to Abu Simbel Temple: $24
  • cheap trip : Tour to Abu Simbel Temple: $24
  • cheap trip : Tour to Abu Simbel Temple: $24
  • cheap trip : Tour to Abu Simbel Temple: $24
  • Tour to Abu Simbel Temple.: $25
  • Special tour in aswan: $28

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.

The average person spends about $3.01 on alcoholic beverages in Aswan per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Petra $12
    Aswan $3.01


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Petra and Aswan, we can see that Petra is more expensive. And not only is Aswan much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Petra is in Middle East and Aswan 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 Aswan would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Aswan 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 Aswan.

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