A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Tehran vs. Islamabad for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Tehran or Islamabad?

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

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Tehran and Islamabad. We'll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Tehran

The capital of Iran, Tehran is a cosmopolitan city with great museums, art galleries, parks, restaurants, and more. It is located in the northernmost part of Central Iran at the foot of the towering Alborz mountain range. Some of the most popular attractions include the Treasury of the National Jewels, Golestan Palace, and the Tajrish Bazaar.

Islamabad

Islamabad is the capital of Pakistan, specially built in the 1960's to replace the former capital, Karachi. Most of the city's population are employees of the government, though many people come from all over Pakistan to enjoy the city's peaceful atmosphere and green spaces, museums, and monuments.

Which city is cheaper, Islamabad or Tehran?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Tehran is $62, while the average daily cost in Islamabad is $45. 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. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Tehran and Islamabad in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Tehran $50
    Islamabad $22
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Tehran $100
    Islamabad $44

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Tehran $0.31
    Islamabad $8.36

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Islamabad

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

  • Private Transfer Pakistan: $200
  • Transit Trip: Murree Exploration Day Trip & Round Trip Airport Transfer: $140
  • Premium Services: Islamabad Day Trip & Round Trip Airport Transfers.: $130
  • Transit Trip: Islamabad City Exploration Day Tour & Round Trip Airport Transfer: $110
  • Islamabad Round Trip Airport Transfer & Customizable Day Trip: $95
  • Premium Services: Islamabad International Airport Transfer - Departures: $70
  • Premium Services: Islamabad International Airport Transfer - Arrival: $70
  • Islamabad International Airport Transfer: $64
  • Islamabad Airport Transfer: $62
  • Private Transfer from Islamabad Airport to Pakistan: $61
  • Islamabad Airport Transfer: $55
  • Airport Transfers Peshawar: $53

Is it cheaper to fly into Tehran or Islamabad?

Prices for flights to both Islamabad and Tehran 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
  • Food Meals for one day
    Tehran $11
    Islamabad $16

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Tehran $3.65
    Islamabad $10

Tours and Activities in Islamabad

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

  • 03 Nights Islamabad to Naran Tour: $520
  • 07 Days Tour to Deosai National Park Skardu Valley Pakistan: $1,720
  • 10 Days tour to Swat, Kalam,Kilash and Chitral from April to December: $630
  • 11 Days Naran, Hunza, Murree, Pakistan Tour Package: $1,700
  • 11 Days Private Pakistan Cultural Tour from Islamabad: $1,000
  • 14 Days Trekking & Sightseeing Tour To Hunza: $2,300
  • 2-Day Tour with Naran and Lake Saif ul Malook from Islamabad: $260
  • 4 Days Culture and Sightseeing tour to Swat Kalam Valley.: $850
  • 5 Days Deluxe Tour To Swat Kalam: $1,144
  • 5-Day Private Honeymoon Tour in Naran Kaghan Shogran Valley: $800
  • 7-Days Autumn Tour to Hunza Valley: $380
  • 8 Days Tour to Skardu, Deosai Pakistan: $1,600

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Tehran -
    Islamabad $3.14


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

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