A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Santorini vs. Abu Dhabi for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Santorini or Abu Dhabi?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Santorini or Abu Dhabi, this travel comparison, which includes costs, can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison down below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Where Should I go: Santorini or Abu Dhabi?


Santorini is a volcanic island that is part of the Cyclades group of the Greek Islands. It has some spectacular views, beautiful sunsets, and excellent beaches. As one of the most popular of the Greek Islands to visit, Santorini sees many tourists every year. However, it's for a good reason, as the famous white-washed buildings that spill down the hill, some with blue domes that match the gorgeous color of the water, are set against the beautiful mountainous backdrop of one of the most scenic areas of the Mediterranean. Home to several of these small and scenic towns such as Oia, Kamari, Perissa, and Fira, visitors can explore the large island, enjoy delicious food, swim at the beaches, hike the hills, and sail the blue waters.

Abu Dhabi

It doesn't get more "lifestyles of the rich and famous" than a vacation to Abu Dhabi. The federal capital and center of government for the United Arab Emirates is arguably the most modern city in the world.

Abu Dhabi has a population of 1.5 million and provides a home to several oil companies and embassies, but this place is definitely a playground for the world's fanciest tourists. This city has several large projects underway including Yas Island's Formula 1 track and Ferrari theme park.

Note: homosexuality is still outlawed in the UAE with harsh punishments including deportation, fines, jail time or even a death sentence.

Which place is cheaper, Abu Dhabi or Santorini?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Santorini is €175, while the average daily cost in Abu Dhabi is €152. 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 Santorini and Abu Dhabi in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Santorini 93
    Abu Dhabi 91
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Santorini 186
    Abu Dhabi 182
Compare Hotels in Santorini and Abu Dhabi

Looking for a hotel in Santorini or Abu Dhabi? 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 Santorini

Hotels in Abu Dhabi

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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: Santorini Hotel Prices and Abu Dhabi Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Santorini 28
    Abu Dhabi 18

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Santorini

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

  • Port Transfer to Hotels and Airport: $15
  • Transfer From & To Santorini Airport Designed By You: $15
  • Economy Arrival Transfers From Santorini Airport To All Destinations: $15
  • Economy Departure Transfers To Santorini Airport: $15
  • Arrival or Departure Shared Transfer in Santorini: $15
  • One-Way Transfer to/from the Port or Airport: $15
  • Economy Roundtrip Transfer Santorini Airport ( Max 4 stop ): $15
  • Santorini transfer service: $15
  • Santorini : One way Private transfer to all destinations: $17
  • Transfer & Tours: $18
  • Departure Transfer To Santorini Airport: $18
  • Santorini Private Transfers To/From Airport & Port: $21

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Abu Dhabi

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Abu Dhabi are as follows:

  • Car Rental
  • Taxi to Airport

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Abu Dhabi

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Abu Dhabi:

  • Ferrari World Abu Dhabi Tickets with Private Transfers: $289
  • Private Transfer from Talal Liwa to Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH): $275
  • Private Transfer from Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH) to Talal Liwa: $275
  • Private Transfer from Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH) to Fujairah: $275
  • Private Transfer from Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH) to Jebel Dhanna Resort: $275
  • Private Transfer from Jebel Dhanna Resort to Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH): $275
  • Private Transfer from Qasr Al Sarab to Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH): $275
  • Private Transfer from Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH) to Qasr Al Sarab: $275
  • Private Transfer from Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH) to Ras Al Khiamah: $275
  • Private Transfer from Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH) to Sharjah: $275
  • IMG World of Adventure with Sharing Transfers from Abu Dhabi: $250
  • Ferrari World Theme Park and Seaworld Park Ticket with Transfer: $250

Is it cheaper to fly into Santorini or Abu Dhabi?

Prices for flights to both Abu Dhabi and Santorini 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
    Santorini 48
    Abu Dhabi 42

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Santorini

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

  • Live Virtual Cooking Class: $25
  • Traditional Greek Night live Music & Dinner Show in Santorini: $55
  • Santorini Caldera: Sunset Cruise with Dinner: $70
  • Romantic Sunset Caldera Cruise with Dinner: $70
  • Virtual Private Cooking Class Live from Santorini: $72
  • Volcanic Sunset Cruise with Dinner: $81
  • Catamaran Tour with BBQ Dinner, Drinks, and Music: $92
  • Volcano and Hot Springs Sunset Dinner Cruise: $97
  • Santorini Sunset Dinner Cruise Including Nea Kameni Visit: $99
  • Greek Cuisine Cooking Class in Santorini: $105
  • Santorini Volcano Sunset Cruise Including Dinner on Board: $109
  • The Aegean Cooking Class: $110

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Abu Dhabi

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

  • Desert Safari BBQ Dinner Live Shows Pick & Drop More: $45
  • Abu Dhabi Desert Safari With BBQ Dinner & Live Shows: $49
  • Abu Dhabi Desert Safari With Live Shows And BBQ Buffet Dinner: $60
  • Evening Desert Safari Abu Dhabi with BBQ Dinner & Shows: $70
  • Abu Dhabi Evening Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner and all Camp Activities : $72
  • Desert Safari Abu Dhabi w/ Sand Boarding, Camel Ride & BBQ Dinner: $75
  • Abu Dhabi Evening Desert Safari & Dinner Under the Stars: $77
  • Abu Dhabi Desert Safari (Dune Bashing, BBQ Dinner, Camel Ride & Sand Skii): $80
  • Abu Dhabi Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner & Shows: $80
  • Abu Dhabi Desert Safari 4x4, BBQ Dinner, Camel Ride: $81
  • Abu Dhabi Evening Desert Safari with Camel Ride and Dinner: $81
  • Abu Dhabi desert safari with sand boarding with BBQ dinner | MyHolidaysAdventures: $82

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Santorini 36
    Abu Dhabi 37

Tours and Activities in Santorini

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

  • Authentic A Self-Guided Audio Tour of Oia: $6.99
  • Akrotiri Archaeological Site Entry Ticket: $8.62
  • Admission Ticket for Akrotiri Archaeological Site : $9.93
  • Megalochori: Lost Atlantis 9D Experience Museum Entry Ticket: $15
  • Skip the Line Lost Atlantis Experience Ticket: $15
  • E-Ticket to Akrotiri with Audio Tour on your Phone: $15
  • Oia Sunset Daily Tour: $17
  • The Beer Tasting and Pairing Experience: $28
  • Santorini Volcano & Hot Springs Tour: $28
  • Volcanic Islands Cruise with Hot Springs Visit: $28
  • Kayak Rental Adventure in Watersports Santorini: $33
  • Caldera Half Day Tour (Volcano, Hot Springs, Thirassia): $33

Tours and Activities in Abu Dhabi

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Abu Dhabi are as follows:

  • Abu Dhabi Full Day City Tour : $100
  • Abu Dhabi Louvre Museum Entrance Ticket: $41
  • Abu Dhabi Tour-Sheik Zayed Mosque, Emirates Palace With Louvre Musuem: $115
  • Admission Ticket To Qasr Al Hosn Abu Dhabi: $20
  • Falcon Hospital Tour with Hotel Pickup: $101
  • Ferrari World Entrance ticket : $95
  • Full Day Abu Dhabi City & Louvre Museum Tour: $90
  • Private Full-Day Tour in Abu Dhabi: $234
  • Ticket to Louvre Museum, Abu Dhabi: $19
  • 17 Minutes Helicopter Tour in Abu Dhabi: $245
  • 2 Days 2 Park- Ferrari World +Yas Waterworld Or Warner Bros World Combo Tickets: $155
  • 2 Hours Abu Dhabi Dhow Cruise: $84

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Santorini 26
    Abu Dhabi 12

Sample the Local Flavors in Santorini

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

  • Top Sights Day Trip, Wine Tasting, & Oia Sunset: $74
  • Fira Town Walking Tour with Wine Tasting: $75
  • Visit to a Wine Museum and Wine Tasting in Santorini : $77
  • 2 Hours Private Wine Tasting Tour in Santorini With Pick Up: $88
  • Notos Day Tour through History & Wine Tasting: $99
  • Santorini 4 Hour Private Oia Tour & Wine Tasting : $106
  • Santorini Highlights Tour with Wine Tasting from Fira (small group up to 10): $110
  • 5 towns in 5 hours: Santorini Most Popular Tour with Wine tasting: $118
  • Wine Tour with Sunset in Oia: $119
  • Wine Tour Santorini: $119
  • Santorini Wine Tour with sunset in Oia: $121
  • 3-Hour Wine Tasting in Santorini : $127

When comparing the travel costs between Santorini and Abu Dhabi, we can see that Santorini is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Even though Santorini is in Europe and Abu Dhabi is in Middle East, both of these destinations have relatively similar prices of travel. Generally, the levels of luxury and expenses are the same for these cities even though they are geographically far apart.

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

Which is Bigger, Santorini or Abu Dhabi?

Abu Dhabi has a larger population, and is about 1% larger than the population of Santorini. When comparing the sizes of Santorini and Abu Dhabi, 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.