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

Should you visit Varanasi or Haridwar?

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 Haridwar 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 Haridwar?


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.


A spiritual journey is not complete without a trip to Haridwar as it is the lands of legends and tales cleansed by the Holy Ganga and regarded as the Holiest places for washing of sins. Haridwar is located on the foothills of the Himalayas making the place a truly memorable experience. After making a Haridwar Darshan, you will find most of your answers regarding the unknown and uncertainties. Rishikesh is very close to Haridwar, for waking the adrenaline rush in you. One can plan out so many activities to do in Haridwar for a fun filling vacation.

Which place is cheaper, Haridwar 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 Haridwar is $31. 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 Haridwar in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Varanasi $16
    Haridwar $15
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Varanasi $32
    Haridwar $30
Compare Hotels in Varanasi and Haridwar

Looking for a hotel in Varanasi or Haridwar? 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 Haridwar

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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 Haridwar Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Varanasi $4.98
    Haridwar $5.34
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Varanasi

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

  • Tuk Tuk Through Town
  • Rickshaw Ride

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Varanasi

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

  • From Agra: Agra to Varanasi One Way Transfer: $178
  • From Agra: Budget One Way Transfer Agra to Varanasi: $171
  • Varanasi hotel to Bodhgaya hotel private transfer: $135
  • Private Transfer Varanasi to Bodhgaya - One Way: $112
  • Spiritual Varanasi - A Most Amazing Heritage Walk with Private Transfer: $108
  • Private transfer from Varanasi to Allahabad: $67
  • Smooth transfer from Varanasi Airport to Hotel: $60
  • Private Transfer from Lal Bahadur Shastri (VNS) Airport to Varanasi: $42
  • Private Transfer from Varanasi to Lal Bahadur Shastri (VNS) Airport: $42
  • From Varanasi Airport Transfer: $36
  • Private Departure Transfer to Airport from Hotel in Delhi By Car: $34
  • 3-hours Temple hopping with transfers: $34

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Haridwar

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

  • Private Transfer from Rishikesh to Delhi: $47
  • Private Transfer from Mussoorie to Delhi: $53
  • Private Transfer from Haridwar to Delhi: $44
  • Private Transfer from Dehradun to Delhi: $47
  • Private Transfer from Dehradun Airport to Rishikesh: $35
  • Delhi To Haridwar Transfer: $75
  • Dehradun to Rishikesh ArirportTransfers+Hotel+Sightseeing: $271
  • Affordable transfer from Rishikesh to Delhi: $39
  • Affordable transfer from Rishikesh to Dehradun Airport: $20
  • Affordable transfer from Haridwar to Delhi: $39
  • Affordable transfer from Dehradun to Delhi: $39
  • Affordable Dehradun airport transfer to Rishikesh: $20

Is it cheaper to fly into Varanasi or Haridwar?

Prices for flights to both Haridwar 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 Meals for one day
    Varanasi $7.19
    Haridwar $10
Typical Food Prices in Varanasi

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

  • Dinner In Town

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Varanasi

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

  • Tests of Best Varanasi Local Food Tour With Tourist Guide: $18
  • Varanasi Food Tour: $30
  • Cooking Classes in Varanasi for 2 Hours: $30
  • From Street food tour with Evening Ganga Aarti: $42
  • Private Evening Rooftop Dinner: $44
  • 3-hour Shopping and Street Food Tour on a tuk-tuk ride: $46
  • Evening Dinner with Private Transfer: $50
  • Afternoon tour of Varanasi with Boat ride over Ganges & Dinner on a tuk-tuk : $59
  • 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

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Haridwar

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

  • Sattvic Traditional Cooking Classes, Rishikesh India: $35
  • Rishikesh Half Day Street Food Tour: $45

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Varanasi $11
    Haridwar $9.23
Typical Entertainment Prices in Varanasi

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

  • Boat Ride

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: $83
  • 11 - Hours Agra Tour: Sunrise and Sunset of Taj Mahal from Delhi.: $97
  • 12 Days Buddhist Tour From The Birth To Death: $1,448
  • 2 Day Private Bodhgaya Tour From Varanasi: $189
  • 2 Day Private Mystical Varanasi Tour: $49
  • 2 Day Varanasi Day Tour with Boating and English Speaking Guide: $300
  • 2 Days & 1 Night Exclusive Tour Package of Varanasi: $224
  • 2 Days Bodhgaya Tour from Varanasi: $116

Tours and Activities in Haridwar

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

  • Private 3-Day Tour from Dehradun to Mussoorie Hill Station: $277
  • 2 N / 3 D Mahavatar Babaji Cave Tour: $225
  • A/C cottage stay and adventure in Rishikesh: $76
  • Adventure camping at Mussoorie - 1n2d: $40
  • Adventure camping at Mussoorie - 2n3d: $71
  • Adventure trip in Chakrata : $37
  • Beautiful Swiss Camping Experience in Rishikesh with Rafting: $26
  • Caving Tour in Rishikesh - 6 Hrs.: $45
  • Day tour Haridwar Rishikesh Ganges: $73
  • Devprayag sightseeing tour from Rishikesh With Yoga Session: $59
  • Discovering Dehradun: A Full Day Guided Tour: $61
  • Divine Excursion: Gurudwara & Temple Tour from Dehradun: $61

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Varanasi $7.91
    Haridwar $6.86

When comparing the travel costs between Varanasi and Haridwar, we can see that Haridwar 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. Since both cities are in Asia, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.

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

Which is Bigger, Varanasi or Haridwar?

Varanasi has a larger population, and is about 6 times larger than the population of Haridwar. When comparing the sizes of Varanasi and Haridwar, 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.