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

Should you visit Petra or Eilat?

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 Eilat 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.

Eilat

Eilat serves as the gateway to Israel from Egypt. It's located at the southern tip of the country and sits on the Red Sea with views of the Gulf of Aqaba. It's location in the Negev Desert along the beautiful coast make it appealing to both domestic and international vacationers.

Eilat is a resort town with many dive shops and snorkeling opportunities. The population of about 50,000 can easily be overshadowed by vacationers. With no shortage of sun, entertainment, bars, and partying, you will find both Israeli and international tourists looking for an oasis of fun and relaxation.

Although the area's coral reefs were being damaged by overuse, the removal of contraversial fish cages in 2008 has led to a slow recovery and an improvement in the quality of diving and snorkeling in the area. There are also less crowds than you will find in Sharm el-Sheikh or Dahab, Egypt.

Eilat has a hot desert climate. The summers are hot and dry and the winters are warm and dry. Temperatures in the winter can range from 52 to 73 degrees Fahrenheit and summer temperatures are usually between 79 and 104 degrees Fahrenheit.

Which city is cheaper, Eilat 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 Eilat is $136. 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 Eilat 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.

An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $180 in Eilat For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Petra $47
    Eilat $90
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Petra $94
    Eilat $180

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.

Eilat food costs typically run travelers around $34 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Petra $30
    Eilat $34
Typical Food prices in Petra

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


  • Dinner for Two
    $12
  • Juice
    $1.76

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.

Eilat'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 $13 per person, per day on transportation in Eilat.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Petra $18
    Eilat $13

Typical Local Transportation prices in Eilat

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


  • Local Bus
    $4.51

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Eilat

Also for Eilat, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Ultra - Eilat Private Airport Transfer from Eilat City Centre to Ramon Airport: $8.71
  • Private Transfer Airport Ramon to Eilat: $45
  • Private Departure Transfer from Eilat City to Eilat ETM Airport: $50
  • Private Transfer Airport Ramon to Taba Border: $60
  • PrivateTransfer fromTaba Border to Sharm El Sheikh ( Group of (1- 4 ): $125
  • Private transfer from Taba border to Sharm el Sheikh: $160
  • Transfer to Eilat from Ben Gurion Airport: $700

Is it cheaper to fly into Petra or Eilat?

Prices for flights to both Eilat 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.

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Eilat can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $15 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Petra $38
    Eilat $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:

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

Tours and Activities in Eilat

For Eilat, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Speed Boat Cruise in Eilat: $23
  • Dead Sea Shuttle Tour from Eilat: $49
  • Eilat Mountains: Sunset Jeep Adventure to Mount Joash: $55
  • Timna park Jeep tour adventure: $55
  • Red canyon jeep tour in Eilat: $57
  • Red Canyon, Desert Agriculture, and Kibbutz Life tour from Eilat: $67
  • Private Introduction Dive Experience in Eliat: $69
  • Eilat Mountains Offroad 4x4 Jeep Adventure: $72
  • From Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Dead Sea tour: $79
  • Dead Sea & Masada at Sunrise Tour from Eilat: $82
  • Daily tour to Jerusalem from Eilat: $89
  • Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Dead Sea Tour from Eilat: $99

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.

Typically, people visiting Eilat spend on average $26 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Petra $12
    Eilat $26


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Petra and Eilat, we can see that Eilat 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 Eilat would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Eilat than you might in Petra.

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