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

Should you visit Petra or Tel Aviv?

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 Tel Aviv 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.

Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv is the second largest city in Israel and is situated on the Mediterranean coast 60 kilometers north of Jerusalem. It's a rapidly growing city and is one of the most modern and cosmopolitan cities in Israel. The official name is Tel Aviv-Yafo because the city has grown to include the ancient port city of Yafo. If you're looking for an embassy, you are likely to find it in Tel Aviv, despite Jerusalem being the official capital of Israel.

Which city is cheaper, Tel Aviv 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 Tel Aviv is $134. 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 Tel Aviv 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.

A hotel room in Tel Aviv is about $166 This assumes double occupancy and modest accommodations.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Petra $47
    Tel Aviv $83
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Petra $94
    Tel Aviv $166

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.

Tel Aviv food costs typically run travelers around $27 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
    Tel Aviv $27
Typical Food prices in Petra

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


  • Dinner for Two
    $12
  • Juice
    $1.76

Typical Food prices in Tel Aviv

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Tel Aviv:


  • Dinner for Two
    $27
  • Dinner for 2 at Vatroshka
    $156
  • Lunch at Segev Sarona
    $41
  • Aroma Iced Coffee
    $4.50
  • Lunch at the airport
    $38

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Tel Aviv

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

  • Tel Aviv Food Tour of the Carmel Market: $35
  • 8-Day Israel Holy Land Tour from Tel Aviv with Dinner: $2,250

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 cost of a taxi ride in Tel Aviv is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $8.40 per person, per day, on local transportation in Tel Aviv.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Petra $18
    Tel Aviv $8.40

Typical Local Transportation prices in Tel Aviv

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Tel Aviv are as follows:


  • Local Bus to Central Bus Station
    $1.90
  • Taxi to Airport
    $48

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Tel Aviv

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Tel Aviv:

  • Ultra - Tel Aviv Private Airport Transfer from Ben Gurion Airport to City Centre: $8.71
  • Private Tel Aviv Departure Transfer from your Hotel /Accommodation to Airport: $33
  • Private Airport Transfer - Tel Aviv (TLV) Airport from or to Tel Aviv City: $33
  • Private Airport Transfer: Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV) to Tel Aviv: $44
  • Private Departure Transfer: From Tel Aviv City Center to Ben Gurion Airport: $48
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport to Tel Aviv City: $52
  • Herzliya from Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport Arrival Private Transfer: $56
  • Private Jerusalem Arrival Transfer - Airport to Hotel/Accommodation: $59
  • Private Airport Arrival Transfer to Jerusalem to your Hotel/Accommodation: $66
  • Private Airport Transfer - TLV Airport to Tel Aviv Hotel/Accommodation: $66
  • Private Airport Transfer: Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV) to Jerusalem: $69
  • Private Transfer: Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) to Tel Aviv: $76

Is it cheaper to fly into Petra or Tel Aviv?

Prices for flights to both Tel Aviv 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.

Entertainment and activities in Tel Aviv typically cost an average of $22 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Petra $38
    Tel Aviv $22
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 Tel Aviv

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


  • Masada tour from Tel Aviv
    $95
  • Etzel museum
    $4.82

Tours and Activities in Tel Aviv

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

  • Israel experience with Zoli Keller: $13
  • Skip the Line:Ticket &Audio Guide-The Museum of The Jewish People-Beit Hatfutsot: $14
  • Jerusalem Half-Day Tour from Holy Sepulchre and Western Wall: $60
  • Half Day Small Group Tour to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv: $62
  • Jerusalem day tour: $78
  • Biblical Highlights of the Galilee On A Small Group Tour From Tel Aviv: $96
  • Jerusalem Full-Day Tour from Tel Aviv: $96
  • Jerusalem Tour from In the Footsteps of Jesus: $99
  • Half Day Bethlehem Tour from Tel Aviv: $100
  • Full-Day Tel Aviv City Tour: $101
  • Jerusalem half day tour - Tiny group from Jerusalem: $101
  • Jerusalem half day tour - Tiny group from Tel Aviv: $101

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 Tel Aviv may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $21 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Petra $12
    Tel Aviv $21

Sample the Local Flavors in Tel Aviv

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Tel Aviv:

  • Private Wine Tour of the Central Israel: $717
  • Private Wine Tour of Northern Israel: $745
  • Private Wine Tour of the Southern Israel From Tel Aviv: $824


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

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