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

Should you visit Petra or Doha?

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 Doha 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.

Doha

Doha is the capital city of Qatar, modern and rapidly developing with much construction underway. It is home to Doha International Airport, the main point of entry for Qatar, as well as many of the country's best museums and examples of cultural heritage.

Which city is cheaper, Doha 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 Doha is $160. 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 Doha 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.

The average price for accommodation for two people in Doha is $190. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Petra $47
    Doha $95
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Petra $94
    Doha $190

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 Doha cost around $49 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 $20.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Petra $30
    Doha $49
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 Doha

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

  • Full Day Desert Safari with Lunch or Dinner: $112
  • Full Day Desert Safari with Buffet Dinner,Sand Boarding & Camel Ride: $195
  • Overnight Desert Safari || BBQ Dinner || Sand boarding || inland sea Visit: $270
  • Dune Bashing and Romantic Desert Dinner in Mesaieed from Doha: $864

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 $19 per day to get around in Doha.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Petra $18
    Doha $19

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Doha

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Doha:

  • Qatar Airport Private Transfer: $21
  • Private Airport Transfer: Hamad International Airport (DOH) to Doha: $22
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Doha to Hamad International Airport (DOH): $22
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Hamad Airport (DOH) to Doha City Center: $23
  • Private Departure Transfer from Doha City Center to Hamad Airport (DOH): $23
  • Private transfer: Doha Airport (DOH) to Doha: $40
  • Private transfer: Doha to Doha Airport (DOH): $40
  • Round Trip Hamad Airport (DOH) Transfer to Doha City Center: $45
  • Doha Airport Private Car Transfer to Doha City: $45
  • Doha International (DOH) Departure Transfer (Doha Hotels to Doha Airport): $50
  • Doha International (DOH) Arrival Transfer (Airport to Doha Hotel or Address): $50
  • Private Transfer from Doha (DOH) Airport to Doha City: $50

Is it cheaper to fly into Petra or Doha?

Prices for flights to both Doha 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 Doha. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Petra $38
    Doha $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 Doha

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

  • Doha Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $31
  • Quickie to the Desert (Shared Tour): $39
  • City Tour - Delight of Doha: $51
  • Dhukhan West Coast Tour: $54
  • Shahania Camel Race Track Tour: $55
  • Shopping Tour: $55
  • South Coast Tour with Camel Ride: $55
  • Heritage Market Tour - Souq Wakif Tour: $55
  • Desert Safari Silver Tour (Sharing): $55
  • Budget Desert Safari Experience: $70
  • Private Full-Day Desert Safari Tour in Khor Al Adaid: $75
  • 4-Hour Cultural Doha Private Day Tour: $77

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 Doha may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $12 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Petra $12
    Doha $12


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Petra and Doha, we can see that Doha is more expensive. And not only is Petra much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Petra would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Petra 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 Doha would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Doha than you might in Petra.

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