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

Should you visit Petra or Cairo?

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

Where Should I go: Petra or Cairo?

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.

Cairo

Cairo is the chaotic capital city of Egypt. With a population of more than 16 million, it is one of the largest cities in both Africa and the Middle East. As a traveler, you're likely to arrive and leave from here and you'll get your first orientation to the area during the chaotic and congestion filled taxi ride from the airport.

Which city is cheaper, Cairo 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 Cairo is $32. 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. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Petra and Cairo in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Petra $47
    Cairo $17
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Petra $94
    Cairo $34
Compare Hotels in Petra and Cairo

Looking for a hotel in Petra or Cairo? 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 Petra


Hotels in Cairo


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Petra $18
    Cairo $5.78

Typical Local Transportation prices in Cairo

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Cairo are as follows:


  • Metro Ride
    $0.20
  • Taxi Ride
    $0.76

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cairo

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Cairo:

  • Ultra - Private Airport Transfer from Cairo city centre to Cairo Airport CAI: $8.73
  • Cairo Airport Arrival or Departure Transfers: $8.75
  • Private Transfer from Cairo Airport: $11
  • Transfer from Cairo or Giza Hotels to Cairo Airport: $11
  • Private Transfer from Cairo Airport to Your Hotel: $11
  • Cairo International Airport Transfer: $12
  • Cairo Airport Transfers: $13
  • Cairo Airport Transfer to Hotel: $13
  • Private pickup & Transfer from & to cairo Airport: $13
  • Private Transfer from Cairo and Giza to Cairo Airport: $14
  • Private Transfer Cairo Airport to the Hotel in Cairo or Giza: $14
  • cairo airport transfer: $15

Is it cheaper to fly into Petra or Cairo?

Prices for flights to both Cairo 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.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Petra $30
    Cairo $9.19
Typical Food prices in Petra

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


  • Dinner for Two
    $12
  • Juice
    $1.76

Typical Food prices in Cairo

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Cairo:


  • Juice
    $0.10

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cairo

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

  • Delicious food tour in Cairo: $15
  • Enjoy a dinner on the boat in the River Nile.: $19
  • Enjoy a dinner on the boat in the River Nile: $19
  • Cairo 2-Hour Nile River Cruise with Dinner and Pickup: $20
  • Cairo dinner cruise includes dinner belly dancing show pickup & all transfers: $21
  • Dinner on a boat in Luxor Nile Cruise with oriental dance: $21
  • Dinner on the river nile and party: $23
  • Nile Cruise Dinner at the Nile with Oriental Show: $24
  • Dinner on the river nile: $25
  • Dinner on the River Nile with Pick-up: $25
  • Special Bedouin Dinner+ watching oriental show: $26
  • Cairo Food Tour: $27

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Petra $38
    Cairo $11
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 Cairo

Here are a few typical costs in Cairo for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:


  • Entry to Camel Market for Two
    $2.04
  • Egyptian Museum Entry for Two
    $16

Tours and Activities in Cairo

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

  • Giza Pyramids and Solar Boat Museum Half Day Private Tour: $7.48
  • Cairo City Tour: $8.58
  • Private Tour of the Pyramids: $9.71
  • Pyramids Day Tour: $10
  • Day_tour :Pyramids of Giza & Great Sphinx: $11
  • Virtual Tour of Giza Pyramids and Egyptian Museum: $12
  • Egypt Virtual Tour of Tomb of King Tut: $12
  • Private Day Tour at Pyramids, Sakkara And Dahshur: $13
  • Giza Pyramids & Sphinx with Camel Ride Private Tour: $13
  • Papyrus Manufacturing Tour and learn Papyrus making in Egypt: $13
  • Papyrus Manufacturing Tour and learn Papyrus making in Egypt: $13
  • Papyrus Manufacturing Tour and Papyrus Making Demonstration: $13

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Petra $12
    Cairo $2.27


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


When is the best time to visit Petra or Cairo?

Both destinations experience a tropical climate with warm weather most of the year. Instead of summer and winter seasons, they usually have a rainy season and a dry season.

Should I visit Petra or Cairo in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Petra and Cairo. Plenty of visitors come to Petra because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year. Plenty of visitors come to Cairo because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year.

In July, Petra usually receives less rain than Cairo. At this time of the year, Petra gets 0 mm (0 in) of rain, while Cairo receives 1 mm (0 in) of rain.

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Cairo this time of the year. In Petra, it's very sunny this time of the year. Petra usually receives more sunshine than Cairo during summer. At this time of the year, Petra gets 384 hours of sunny skies, while Cairo receives 350 hours of full sun.

The heat can be very extreme in Petra. In the summer, Petra is a little warmer than Cairo. Typically, the summer temperatures in Petra in July are around 33°C (91°F), and Cairo is about 28°C (82°F).


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Petra 33°C (91°F) 
    Cairo 28°C (82°F)

Should I visit Petra or Cairo in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Petra as well as Cairo. Petra attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate. Cairo attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate.

Petra usually gets less rain in October than Cairo. Petra gets 2 mm (0.1 in) of rain, while Cairo receives 5 mm (0.2 in) of rain this time of the year.

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Cairo. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Petra this time of the year. In the autumn, Petra often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Cairo. Petra gets 295 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Cairo receives 290 hours of full sun.

In October, Petra is generally a little warmer than Cairo. Temperatures in Petra average around 27°C (80°F), and Cairo stays around 23°C (73°F).


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Petra 27°C (80°F) 
    Cairo 23°C (73°F)

Should I visit Petra or Cairo in the Winter?

Both Cairo and Petra are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Petra throughout the year. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Cairo throughout the year.

In January, Petra usually receives more rain than Cairo. At this time of the year, Petra gets 48 mm (1.9 in) of rain, while Cairo receives 15 mm (0.6 in) of rain.

It's quite sunny in Cairo. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Petra. Petra usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Cairo during winter. At this time of the year, Petra gets 234 hours of sunny skies, while Cairo receives 221 hours of full sun.

Petra is around the same temperature as Cairo in the winter. The temperature in Petra is usually 15°C (59°F) in January, and Cairo stays around 14°C (57°F).


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Petra 15°C (59°F) 
    Cairo 14°C (57°F)

Should I visit Petra or Cairo in the Spring?

Both Cairo and Petra during the spring are popular places to visit. Plenty of visitors come to Petra because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year. Plenty of visitors come to Cairo because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year.

Petra usually gets more rain in April than Cairo. Petra gets 12 mm (0.5 in) of rain, while Cairo receives 7 mm (0.3 in) of rain this time of the year.

In Cairo, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Petra. In the spring, Petra often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Cairo. Petra gets 282 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Cairo receives 276 hours of full sun.

In the spring, Petra is a little warmer than Cairo. Typically, the spring temperatures in Petra in April are around 25°C (76°F), and Cairo is about 21°C (70°F).


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Petra 25°C (76°F) 
    Cairo 21°C (70°F)

Typical Weather for Cairo and Petra

Petra Cairo
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 15°C (59°F) 48 mm (1.9 in) 14°C (57°F) 15 mm (0.6 in)
Feb 17°C (62°F) 45 mm (1.8 in) 14°C (57°F) 4 mm (0.2 in)
Mar 20°C (68°F) 36 mm (1.4 in) 17°C (63°F) 8 mm (0.3 in)
Apr 25°C (76°F) 12 mm (0.5 in) 21°C (70°F) 7 mm (0.3 in)
May 28°C (83°F) 4 mm (0.2 in) 25°C (77°F) 0 mm (0 in)
Jun 31°C (88°F) 0 mm (0 in) 27°C (81°F) 0 mm (0 in)
Jul 33°C (91°F) 0 mm (0 in) 28°C (82°F) 1 mm (0 in)
Aug 32°C (90°F) 0 mm (0 in) 28°C (82°F) 0 mm (0 in)
Sep 30°C (87°F) 0 mm (0 in) 26°C (79°F) 5 mm (0.2 in)
Oct 27°C (80°F) 2 mm (0.1 in) 23°C (73°F) 5 mm (0.2 in)
Nov 21°C (70°F) 15 mm (0.6 in) 19°C (66°F) 1 mm (0 in)
Dec 16°C (62°F) 41 mm (1.6 in) 15°C (59°F) 3 mm (0.1 in)


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