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

Should you visit Petra or Islamabad?

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.

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 $52. 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 Islamabad 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.

Travelers usually pay around $52 for a double occupancy room in Islamabad If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Petra $47
    Islamabad $26
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Petra $94
    Islamabad $52

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 Islamabad cost around $19 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 $7.60.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Petra $30
    Islamabad $19
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.

To get around in Islamabad, the average visitor spends $9.69 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Petra $18
    Islamabad $9.69

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.





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.

In Islamabad, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $12 per person, per day.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Petra $38
    Islamabad $12
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 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

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.

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Islamabad, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $3.64.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Petra $12
    Islamabad $3.64


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.

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