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

Should you visit Petra or Lahore?

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 Lahore 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.

Lahore

As Pakistan's second largest city and the capital of the north-eastern Punjab province, Lahore is widely considered the country's cultural capital. Some of its best-known features include the Lahore Fort, Badshahi Mosque and Gurdwara, a mall surrounded by buildings from the British Raj, and many unique markets and neighborhoods.

Which city is cheaper, Lahore 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 Lahore is $72. 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 Lahore 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.

For a normal double-occupancy room in Lahore, $94 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Lahore, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is $47, such as in a hostel.


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

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.

While meal prices in Lahore can vary, the average travelers spends about $17 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Lahore should cost around $6.80 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Lahore is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Petra $30
    Lahore $17
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 Lahore

For Lahore, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Lahore's Complete Night Food Tour: Local Culinary Experience: $110

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 Lahore, the average visitor spends $13 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
    Lahore $13

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Lahore

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

  • Chauffeur: Lahore International Airport Transfer - Arrival: $30
  • Chauffeur: Lahore International Airport Transfer - Departure: $30
  • Chauffeur: Lahore Airport Round Trip Private Transfers: $40
  • Airport Transfer: $60
  • Transit Trip: Lahore Guided Day Trip With Round Trip Airport Transfers: $120
  • Lahore Airport Transfer: $221

Is it cheaper to fly into Petra or Lahore?

Prices for flights to both Lahore 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 Lahore, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $6.40 per person, per day.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Petra $38
    Lahore $6.40
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 Lahore

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

  • Lahore Big Bus City Tour: $19
  • Lahore Heritage Guided Tour: $40
  • Guided Walking Tour: Walled City of Lahore: $80
  • Ladies Special: Lahore Half day Guided Shopping Tour: $85
  • Kartarpur-Guru-Nanak sab One Day Tour: $94
  • Lahore Walled City Walking Tour: $99
  • Private Tour: Lahore Full Day Customized Guided Trip: $100
  • Excellent & Amazing Guided Tour of Lahore: $103
  • Lahore Guided Tour: $107
  • Lahore City, Fort, Museums and Walled City Exploration Tour: $110
  • HALF Day Lahore City Tour: $120
  • Half-Day Private Tour to Explore Historical Lahore: $120

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 Lahore, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $6.16.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Petra $12
    Lahore $6.16


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

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