A Travel Price Comparison for India Pondicherry vs. Chandigarh for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Pondicherry or Chandigarh?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Pondicherry and Chandigarh can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Pondicherry or Chandigarh?


Located on the eastern coast of India in the state of Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry has a long and interesting history of trade and war as the largest French colony in India. Today the French influence in the city remains, especially in the old quarters. This being said, Pondicherry very much embodies and east-meets-west culture.


As India's first planned city, Chandigarh is a city very distinct from the rest of the country. Much of its architecture is very modern and sits against a backdrop of the Shivalik Hills. Some of the best known attractions of Chandigarh include its rock garden, rose garden, and Sukhna Lake.

Which place is cheaper, Chandigarh or Pondicherry?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Pondicherry is $34, while the average daily cost in Chandigarh is $43. 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 destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Pondicherry and Chandigarh in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Pondicherry $16
    Chandigarh $18
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Pondicherry $32
    Chandigarh $36
Compare Hotels in Pondicherry and Chandigarh

Looking for a hotel in Pondicherry or Chandigarh? 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 Pondicherry

Hotels in Chandigarh

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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Pondicherry Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Pondicherry $5.70
    Chandigarh $11

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Chandigarh

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Chandigarh:

  • Private Transfer to/from Chandigarh and Amritsar: $71
  • Private Transfer from Chandigarh to Delhi: $39
  • Private Transfer from Chandigarh City to Chandigarh (IXC) Airport: $37
  • One-Way Transfer: Mumbai Airport to Hotel: $34
  • One-Way Transfer: Chandigarh Airport to Hotel: $34
  • From Delhi: One way Private Transfer Service to Agra: $64
  • From Amritsar: Amritsar to Chandigarh Transfer: $81
  • Delhi to Indira Gandhi Airport (DEL) - Departure Private Transfer: $68
  • Chandigarh to Chandigarh Airport Transfer: $16
  • Chandigarh Airport Transfer: $25
  • Chandigarh Airport IXC to Manali Resorts - Round-Trip Transfer: $55
  • Chandigarh Airport (IXC) to Manali Resorts - Arrival Transfer: $27

Is it cheaper to fly into Pondicherry or Chandigarh?

Prices for flights to both Chandigarh and Pondicherry 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 Meals for one day
    Pondicherry $11
    Chandigarh $15

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Pondicherry

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

  • Indian Cooking Class in Pondicherry: $28
  • French-Creole Cooking Class in Pondicherry with a Local Family: $78
  • South Indian Dinner With A Local Family In Pondicherry: $153
  • Cooking class in Pondicherry (with Lunch or Dinner): $289

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Pondicherry $11
    Chandigarh $14

Tours and Activities in Pondicherry

For Pondicherry, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Magical Pondicherry Markets Tour : $13
  • Spiritual Walk Tour Pondicherry: $13
  • Pondicherry Art Trails (2 Hours Guided Walking Tours): $13
  • Auroville Guided Walking Tour: $14
  • Heritage & Cultural Walking Tour of Pondicherry : $15
  • The Unique Pondicherry City Bike Tour : $19
  • Food Walk Tour Pondicherry: $25
  • Guided City Tour in Pondicherry with complimentary refreshments: $47
  • The Best of A Private Sightseeing Tour: $47
  • Sri Arunachaleswara Temple Tour From Pondicherry: $48
  • Private Walking Tour in the French Quarter of Pondicherry: $57
  • Private Custom Tour: Pondicherry Sightseeing with Guide: $81

Tours and Activities in Chandigarh

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

  • 2 Day The Hipster Chandigarh Experience: $106
  • Best of the Chandigarh (Guided Full Day City Tour): $132
  • Best of the Chandigarh (Guided Full Day City Tour): $129
  • Chandigarh Day Tour: $45
  • Chandigarh Museum Tour with Tuk Tuk ride: $25
  • Chandigarh Museum Tour with Tuk Tuk ride: $34
  • Chandigarh Nightlife Tour with shopping and food tasting: $34
  • Chandigarh Nightlife Tour with shopping and food tasting: $25
  • Chandigarh Private Full Day Tour : $65
  • Chandigarh Walking Tour : $14
  • Chandigarh Walking Tour (2 Hours Guided Walking Tour): $17
  • Private Full-Day Sightseeing Tour of the City: $36

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Pondicherry $6.95
    Chandigarh $8.25

Sample the Local Flavors in Pondicherry

Also in Pondicherry, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Night Life and Local Wine Tasting Tour Pondicherry: $40

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Pondicherry and Chandigarh, we can see that Chandigarh is more expensive. And not only is Pondicherry much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Pondicherry would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Pondicherry 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 Chandigarh would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Chandigarh than you might in Pondicherry.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Pondicherry Expensive? and Is Chandigarh Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Pondicherry or Chandigarh?

Chandigarh has a larger population, and is about 4 times larger than the population of Pondicherry. When comparing the sizes of Pondicherry and Chandigarh, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.

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