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

Should you visit Petra or Islamabad?

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 Islamabad can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Petra or Islamabad?

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.

Islamabad

Islamabad is the capital of Pakistan, specially built in the 1960's to replace the former capital, Karachi. Most of the city's population are employees of the government, though many people come from all over Pakistan to enjoy the city's peaceful atmosphere and green spaces, museums, and monuments.

Which city is cheaper, Islamabad 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 Islamabad is $38. 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 Islamabad in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Petra $47
    Islamabad $19
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Petra $94
    Islamabad $38
Compare Hotels in Petra and Islamabad

Looking for a hotel in Petra or Islamabad? 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 Islamabad


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Petra $18
    Islamabad $7.07

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Islamabad

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

  • Lahore Airport Transfer: $40
  • Chauffeur: Islamabad Airport Round Trip Private Transfers: $40
  • Karachi Airport Transfer: $40
  • Islamabad Airport Transfer: $40
  • Islamabad Private Airport Transfer: $41
  • Islamabad Private Airport Transfer: $41
  • Islamabad International Airport Departure Drop off Transfer: $45
  • Islamabad International Airport Arrival Pick up Transfer: $45
  • Islamabad International Airport Transfer - ARRIVAL: $50
  • Islamabad International Airport Transfer - DEPARTURE: $50
  • Airport Transfers Islamabad: $53
  • Airport Transfers Peshawar: $53

Is it cheaper to fly into Petra or Islamabad?

Prices for flights to both Islamabad 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
    Islamabad $14
Typical Food prices in Petra

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


  • Dinner for Two
    $12
  • Juice
    $1.76

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Petra $38
    Islamabad $8.74
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 Islamabad

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Islamabad.

  • Islamabad City Tour: $50
  • Islamabad City Tour: Covid-19 safe & PRIVATE tour: $55
  • Hiking Adventure through Margalla Hills, north of Islamabad.: $56
  • Islamabad City Tour With Lunch at Monal: $61
  • Shopping Tour: Half Day Islamabad Markets Exploration Tour: $75
  • Half Day Private Instagram Guided City Tour: $80
  • Islamabad In & Around Full Day Customized City Tour: $80
  • Private Tour: Half Day Islamabad Saidpur Village Exploration Tour: $80
  • Shopping Tour: Full Day Islamabad Markets Exploration Tour: $85
  • Private Tour: Islamabad Full Day Customized Exploration Tour: $90
  • Private Tour: Hidden Gems of Islamabad Exploration Tour: $90
  • Best of Islamabad City Landmarks Exploration Tour (Private & Guided).: $95

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Petra $12
    Islamabad $2.66


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


When is the best time to visit Petra or Islamabad?

Islamabad has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, but Petra experiences a tropical climate with fairly warm weather most of the year.

Should I visit Petra or Islamabad in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Petra as well as Islamabad. Plenty of visitors come to Petra because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year.

Islamabad can become quite hot in the summer. The heat can be very extreme in Petra. In the summer, Petra is around the same temperature as Islamabad. Typically, the summer temperatures in Petra in July are around 33°C (91°F), and Islamabad is about 32°C (90°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Islamabad. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Petra this time of the year. In the summer, Petra often gets more sunshine than Islamabad. Petra gets 384 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Islamabad receives 247 hours of full sun.

It's quite rainy in Islamabad. Petra usually gets less rain in July than Islamabad. Petra gets 0 mm (0 in) of rain, while Islamabad receives 237 mm (9.3 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Petra 33°C (91°F) 
    Islamabad 32°C (90°F)

Should I visit Petra or Islamabad in the Autumn?

Both Islamabad and Petra are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities. Petra attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate.

In October, Petra is generally around the same temperature as Islamabad. Temperatures in Petra average around 27°C (80°F), and Islamabad stays around 26°C (80°F).

It's quite sunny in Islamabad. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Petra. Petra usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Islamabad during autumn. At this time of the year, Petra gets 295 hours of sunny skies, while Islamabad receives 287 hours of full sun.

In October, Petra usually receives less rain than Islamabad. At this time of the year, Petra gets 2 mm (0.1 in) of rain, while Islamabad receives 12 mm (0.5 in) of rain.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Petra 27°C (80°F) 
    Islamabad 26°C (80°F)

Should I visit Petra or Islamabad in the Winter?

Both Islamabad and Petra during the winter are popular places to visit. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Petra throughout the year.

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

In Islamabad, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Petra. In the winter, Petra often gets more sunshine than Islamabad. Petra gets 234 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Islamabad receives 213 hours of full sun.

Petra usually gets more rain in January than Islamabad. Petra gets 48 mm (1.9 in) of rain, while Islamabad receives 34 mm (1.3 in) of rain this time of the year.


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

Should I visit Petra or Islamabad in the Spring?

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

In the spring, Petra is around the same temperature as Islamabad. Typically, the spring temperatures in Petra in April are around 25°C (76°F), and Islamabad is about 27°C (80°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Islamabad this time of the year. In Petra, it's very sunny this time of the year. Petra usually receives more sunshine than Islamabad during spring. At this time of the year, Petra gets 282 hours of sunny skies, while Islamabad receives 258 hours of full sun.

In April, Petra usually receives less rain than Islamabad. At this time of the year, Petra gets 12 mm (0.5 in) of rain, while Islamabad receives 37 mm (1.4 in) of rain.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Petra 25°C (76°F) 
    Islamabad 27°C (80°F)

Typical Weather for Islamabad and Petra

Petra Islamabad
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 15°C (59°F) 48 mm (1.9 in) 14°C (57°F) 34 mm (1.3 in)
Feb 17°C (62°F) 45 mm (1.8 in) 16°C (61°F) 50 mm (2 in)
Mar 20°C (68°F) 36 mm (1.4 in) 21°C (70°F) 61 mm (2.4 in)
Apr 25°C (76°F) 12 mm (0.5 in) 27°C (80°F) 37 mm (1.4 in)
May 28°C (83°F) 4 mm (0.2 in) 32°C (89°F) 32 mm (1.3 in)
Jun 31°C (88°F) 0 mm (0 in) 35°C (94°F) 52 mm (2 in)
Jul 33°C (91°F) 0 mm (0 in) 32°C (90°F) 237 mm (9.3 in)
Aug 32°C (90°F) 0 mm (0 in) 31°C (89°F) 221 mm (8.7 in)
Sep 30°C (87°F) 0 mm (0 in) 31°C (87°F) 78 mm (3.1 in)
Oct 27°C (80°F) 2 mm (0.1 in) 26°C (80°F) 12 mm (0.5 in)
Nov 21°C (70°F) 15 mm (0.6 in) 20°C (68°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Dec 16°C (62°F) 41 mm (1.6 in) 15°C (59°F) 30 mm (1.2 in)


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