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

Should you visit Petra or Luxor?

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 Luxor 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.

Luxor

Egypt is surely on the top of every history lover's bucket list. Nowhere is the history more engrossing than in Luxor. From amazing monuments dating back to ancient Thebes to rows of temples up the Nile, this remarkable city is full the stories of past greatness.

The East Bank – or the central part of Luxor Township – is the hotbed for tourism. This is where most of the hotels and resorts are, while the West Bank is home to the ancient ruins and archaeological wonders you'll want to explore.

Before traveling to Egypt, be sure to check on the current affairs and political climate. It could have a major effect on the amount of tourists visiting, and, if conditions are too dangerous, you may want to reschedule. Also note, ladies, to avoid any issues, dress modestly. This is a very conservative region of the world. The less skin showing, the better.

Which city is cheaper, Luxor 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 Luxor is $42. 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 Luxor 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.

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around $18. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Luxor the cost is $36 on average.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Petra $47
    Luxor $18
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Petra $94
    Luxor $36

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.

In Luxor travelers spend around $14 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Petra $30
    Luxor $14
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 Luxor

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

  • Tourist market,local food tour,the gym and coffee in Luxor: $19
  • Eat Like a Local:Traditional Egyptian Food / Dinner at Local Family Home - Luxor: $36
  • Luxor Felucca Boat Ride and Banana Island Visit Including Lunch or Dinner: $49
  • private day in west bank & dendera with dinner on boat: $84
  • private day in east bank & dendera with dinner on boat: $84
  • Full day trip west Bank, Dandara and dinner on a boat.: $125

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.

The average price of local transportation around Luxor is $9.43 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Petra $18
    Luxor $9.43

Typical Local Transportation prices in Luxor

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Luxor:


  • Taxi Ride
    $1.27

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Luxor

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Luxor:

  • Private transfer Luxor airport to the hotel (one-way): $4.77
  • Cheap trip : Private transfer from luxor railway station to your hotel: $5.13
  • Luxor station Transfer to Hotel: $5.34
  • Luxor Airport Private Departure Transfer: $6.00
  • Departure Transfer From Hotel To Luxor Airport: $7.00
  • Private Transfer from Train station or bus station in luxor: $7.14
  • Private Transfer From Luxor Airport To Hotel: $8.00
  • Luxor Airport Arrival and Departure Transfers: $8.75
  • Departure Transfer from Luxor Airport: $10
  • Transfer from Luxor airport to Luxor hotels: $11
  • Private Transfer - Luxor Airport Arrival or departure: $11
  • Luxor Railway station private arrival transfer: $11

Is it cheaper to fly into Petra or Luxor?

Prices for flights to both Luxor 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.

Luxor's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $16 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Petra $38
    Luxor $16
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

Typical Entertainment prices in Luxor

Here are a few typical costs in Luxor for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:


  • Boat Ride (for 2)
    $1.72
  • Temple Karnak for Two
    $8.26
  • Camel Ride for Two
    $3.81

Tours and Activities in Luxor

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

  • Souvenir Shopping Tour, Luxor: $5.00
  • Go shopping tour in Luxor city: $6.00
  • Virtual Tour of Valley of the Kings Egypt: $10
  • Luxor City Tour with traditional Horse-drawn Carriage: $10
  • Camel Riding Tours Luxor: $10
  • Private Horse Riding Tour in Luxor West Bank: $10
  • From Full-Day Tour of the East and West Banks: $12
  • Virtual Tour of Luxor Temple: $12
  • Virtual Tour of Valley of the Kings and luxor: $12
  • Virtual Tour of Tombs of King Tut: $12
  • Luxor Bike Tour Beside Nile River and Down Town: $13
  • City Tour by Horse Carriage Luxor: $13

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 Luxor may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $5.46 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Petra $12
    Luxor $5.46


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

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