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

Should you visit Varanasi or Hyderabad?

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 Hyderabad 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 Hyderabad?


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.


Hyderabad, located in Southern India, is the capital of the state of Telangana. It is a city rich with history and tradition as well as booming in the technology industry, hosting the India headquarters for both Microsoft and Google. In addition to many upscale restaurants and shops, Hyderabad is also home to important historic sites and beautiful landmarks.

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Which place is cheaper, Hyderabad 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 Hyderabad is $50. 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 Hyderabad in more detail.

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

Looking for a hotel in Varanasi or Hyderabad? 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 Hyderabad

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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 Hyderabad Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Varanasi $4.95
    Hyderabad $13
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: $177
  • From Agra: Budget One Way Transfer Agra to Varanasi: $170
  • Smooth transfer from Varanasi Airport to Hotel: $60
  • Private Transfer from Lal Bahadur Shastri (VNS) Airport to Varanasi: $41
  • From Varanasi Airport Transfer: $36
  • Delhi Private Arrival Transfer From New Delhi Airport To Hotel In Delhi: $34
  • Private Departure Transfer to Airport from Hotel in Delhi By Car: $34
  • Varanasi Airport Transfer: $30
  • Private Varanasi Heritage Walk with Hotel Transfer: $28
  • One-Way Transfer Airport to Hotel: $24
  • Varanasi Airport : Transfer to Hotel / To Airport: $22
  • Varanasi Airport: Transfer to/from Varanasi Hotels & Airport: $18

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Hyderabad

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

  • US$ 40 Safe Transfer Airport To City Hotels In A Private Car Upto 3pax: $43
  • Private Transfer from Rajiv Gandhi (HYD) Airport to Hyderabad: $62
  • Private Transfer from Hyderabad to Rajiv Gandhi (HYD) Airport: $62
  • Pochampally Textile Tour with Private Transfer: $143
  • Mumbai/Goa/Kochi/Bangalore - Private One-Way Transfer: $24
  • Full-Day City Tour with transfers & private guide: $85
  • Airport Transfer to/from Hotel: $30
  • Hyderabad Rajiv Gandhi Airport(HYD) to Downtown hotels- Arrival Private Transfer: $39
  • Full Day Ramoji Film City Tour with Lunch and Transfers: $115
  • 6-hours Golconda Fort & Qutub Shahi Tombs Tour with transfer: $97

Is it cheaper to fly into Varanasi or Hyderabad?

Prices for flights to both Hyderabad 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 $7.14
    Hyderabad $18
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:

  • Food Tour: Highlights Tour with Tasting &Sunset in Varanasi: $16
  • Taste of Varanasi (2 Hour Guided Street Food Tour): $22
  • Varanasi Food Tour with Monu: $22
  • Varanasi Cooking Classes with Indu and Shobha: $40
  • 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

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Hyderabad

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

  • Hyderabad Evening Tour with Boat Ride, Laser Show & Dinner: $97
  • Cooking Demonstration of Ethnic Hyderabadi Cuisine at Private Residence (Dinner): $201

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Varanasi $11
    Hyderabad $16
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 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 Mystical Varanasi Tour: $49
  • 2 Days : Varanasi Private Guided Tour With Airport Pickup: $180
  • 2 Days Bodhgaya Tour from Varanasi: $116
  • 2 Days Enlightening Bodhgaya Tour from Varanasi: $189
  • 2 Days Varanasi tour package for first timers: $150
  • 2 Nights 3 Days Varanasi Tour - A Complete Tour Package: $300

Tours and Activities in Hyderabad

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

  • Hyderabad city tour with guide & lunch in private car for a heritage experience: $133
  • 2 Days - Taj Mahal Tour From Hyderabad: $498
  • 3-hour Hyderabad Old City Heritage Walking Tour: $40
  • 4 hours Tour of Golkonda Fort and Qutb Shahi Tombs in Hyderabad: $60
  • 9-hour full day Ramoji Film City Tour with Lunch: $115
  • Asli=Authentic Hyderabad Experience: $150
  • Best of Hyderabad (Guided Halfday City Sightseeing Tour by Car): $84
  • Best of Hyderabad (Guided Halfday City Sightseeing Tour): $80
  • Day Trip to Bidar (Guided Private Experience by Car from Hyderabad): $151
  • Day Trip to Bidar (Guided Private Tour by Car from Hyderabad: $140
  • Day Trip to Sanghi Temple & Ramoji Film City (Private Experience by Car): $74
  • Day Trip to Sanghi Temple & Ramoji Film City (Private Tour): $140

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Varanasi $7.86
    Hyderabad $11

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Varanasi and Hyderabad, we can see that Hyderabad 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 Hyderabad would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Hyderabad 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 Hyderabad Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Varanasi or Hyderabad?

Hyderabad has a larger population, and is about 3 times larger than the population of Varanasi. When comparing the sizes of Varanasi and Hyderabad, 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.