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

Should you visit Tehran or Petra?

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the prices of travel for Tehran and Petra. 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. 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.

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.

Which city is cheaper, Petra or Tehran?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Tehran is $63, while the average daily cost in Petra is $100. 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 Tehran and Petra in more detail.



Accommodation

For a normal double-occupancy room in Tehran, $100 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Tehran, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is $50, such as in a hostel.

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.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Tehran $50
    Petra $47
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Tehran $100
    Petra $94

Food

While meal prices in Tehran can vary, the average travelers spends about $11 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Tehran should cost around $4.40 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Tehran is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

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.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Tehran $11
    Petra $30

Typical Food prices in Petra

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


  • Dinner for Two
    $12
  • Juice
    $1.76

Local Transportation

Tehran's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend $0.31 per person, per day on transportation in Tehran.

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $18 per day to get around in Petra.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Tehran $0.31
    Petra $18

Is it cheaper to fly into Tehran or Petra?

Prices for flights to both Petra 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.





Entertainment

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Tehran can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $3.66 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.

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 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Tehran $3.66
    Petra $38

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

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.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Tehran -
    Petra $12


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

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