A Travel Price Comparison for India Varanasi vs. Bikaner for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Varanasi or Bikaner?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Varanasi and Bikaner 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: Varanasi or Bikaner?

Varanasi

Known to be one of India's holiest cities, many come to Varanasi on a spiritual pilgrimage looking to bathe in the sacred waters of the Ganges River. Dating back to the 11th Century BC, it is also one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Centuries old temples make up the backdrop, as many come and come again to perform their holy rights at the edge of the historic river.

Bikaner

Bikaner is located in the Rajasthan state in northwest India. This city is where the headquarters of Bikaner District and Division are located. The city was founded in 1486 by Rao Bika, and has a population of about 645,000 people.

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Which place is cheaper, Bikaner or Varanasi?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Varanasi is $30, while the average daily cost in Bikaner is $48. 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 Varanasi and Bikaner in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Varanasi $16
    Bikaner $21
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Varanasi $32
    Bikaner $42
Compare Hotels in Varanasi and Bikaner

Looking for a hotel in Varanasi or Bikaner? 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 Varanasi


Hotels in Bikaner


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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: Varanasi Hotel Prices and Bikaner Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Varanasi $4.98
    Bikaner $13
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Varanasi

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Varanasi:


  • Tuk Tuk Through Town
    $0.96
  • Rickshaw Ride
    $0.60

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Varanasi

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

  • Varanasi Airport: Transfer to/from Varanasi Hotels & Airport: $18
  • Varanasi Airport to hotel private transfer: $18
  • Varanasi Airport Transfer: $30
  • Varanasi Airport : Transfer to Hotel / To Airport: $22
  • Varanasi Airport : Transfer To Hotel / To Airport: $12
  • Spiritual Varanasi - A Most Amazing Heritage Walk with Private Transfer: $108
  • Private transfer from Varanasi to Allahabad: $67
  • Private Varanasi Heritage Walk with Hotel Transfer: $28
  • Private Transfer Varanasi Airport (VNS) To Varanasi Hotels Drop: $12
  • Private Departure Transfer to Airport from Hotel in Delhi By Car: $34
  • From Varanasi Airport Transfer: $36
  • From Agra: Budget One Way Transfer Agra to Varanasi: $170

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Bikaner

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Bikaner:


  • Tuk Tuk Ride
    $0.24

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bikaner

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

  • Self Guided Bikaner City Tour With One Way Transfer To Jaipur : $108
  • Private Transfers Bikaner To Mandawa Drop: $61
  • Private Transfers Bikaner To Jodhpur Drop: $92
  • Private Transfers Bikaner To Jaipur Drop: $55
  • Private Transfer From Bikaner To Jodhpur: $48
  • Private Transfer From Bikaner To Jaisalmer: $60
  • One-Way Transfer: Jaipur/Pushker/Jodhpur/Bikaner: $36
  • Bikaner Heritage Walking Tour with Private Transfer: $153

Is it cheaper to fly into Varanasi or Bikaner?

Prices for flights to both Bikaner and Varanasi 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
    Varanasi $7.18
    Bikaner $17
Typical Food Prices in Varanasi

For Varanasi, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Dinner In Town
    $4.15

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Varanasi

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

  • Taste of Varanasi (2 Hour Guided Street Food Tour): $22
  • Varanasi Food Tour with Monu: $22
  • Varanasi Cooking Classes with Indu and Shobha: $40
  • Private Evening Rooftop Dinner: $44
  • Evening Dinner with Private Transfer: $50
  • Night Boat Ride, Aarati Ceremony and Dinner: $62
  • Private Evening Street Food Tour: $63
  • India: Evening Ganga Aarti With Dinner and Private Transfer: $65
  • Private Evening Handicraft Market Tour with Dinner: $71
  • Night Boat Ride, Aarti Ceremony and Dinner: $100
  • Evening Arti Boat Tour with Dinner: $142
  • Maharaja Boat Ride and Dinner: $303

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bikaner

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

  • Taste of Bikaner (2 Hour Guided Street Food Tour with Local): $24
  • Rajasthani Cooking Class in Bikaner: $172

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Varanasi $11
    Bikaner $15
Typical Entertainment Prices in Varanasi

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Varanasi's activities, tours, and tickets:


  • Boat Ride
    $0.84

Tours and Activities in Varanasi

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

  • Varanasi Experience 01 Night -02 Days Tour: $85
  • 01 Day Private Taj Mahal Tour (Delhi- Agra - Delhi): $140
  • 08 Hours : Private - Full Day City Tour Of Delhi : $53
  • 08 Hours : Private Full Day City Tour of Jaipur : $120
  • 1 Day Ayodhya Tour from Varanasi Airport: $82
  • 1 day Varanasi Tour: $88
  • 11 - Hours Agra Tour: Sunrise and Sunset of Taj Mahal from Delhi.: $97
  • 2 Day Private Bodhgaya Tour From Varanasi: $189
  • 2 Day Private Mystical Varanasi Tour: $49
  • 2 Days & 1 Night Exclusive Tour Package of Varanasi: $224
  • 2 Days : Varanasi Private Guided Tour With Airport Pickup: $180
  • 2 Days Bodhgaya Tour from Varanasi: $116

Tours and Activities in Bikaner

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

  • 10 - Days Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Jaipur and Agra Tour: $419
  • 10 - Days Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Jaipur and Agra Tour: $419
  • 12 Days Rajasthan Fort & Places Tour: $1,317
  • 2 - Day Mandawa Tour From Jaipur With Bikaner Drop: $120
  • 6 Days Magnificent Rajasthan Tour: $467
  • 8 - Day Rajasthan Tour, Jaipur, Jaisalmer & Bikaner: $359
  • 8 - Day Rajasthan Tour, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer & Bikaner: $419
  • 8 - Days Desert Tour of Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Bikaner: $539
  • 8 - Days Desert Tour of Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Bikaner: $299
  • 8 Days Rajasthan Tour - Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer & Bikaner: $611
  • A Private Guided Tour in Bikaner: $131
  • BIKANER OLD CITY WALKING TOUR WITH LOCAL GUIDE: $18

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Varanasi $7.90
    Bikaner $12


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

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


Which is Bigger, Varanasi or Bikaner?

Varanasi has a larger population, and is about 2 times larger than the population of Bikaner. When comparing the sizes of Varanasi and Bikaner, 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.