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

Should you visit Varanasi or Jaipur?

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 Jaipur 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 Jaipur?


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.


Jaipur, India, famously known as the Pink City, is the capital of Rajasthan and is often a highlight for many travelers to the area. Dating back to the eighteenth century, it is part of the Indian Golden Triangle which also includes Delhi and Agra. It's also a stopping off point for travelers venturing into the desert cities of Jodhpur and Jaisalmer. The city has a population of about 6.66 million people, making it the largest city in the state of Rajasthan and the tenth largest city in the country.

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Which place is cheaper, Jaipur 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 Jaipur is $19. 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 Jaipur in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Varanasi $16
    Jaipur $12
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Varanasi $32
    Jaipur $24
Compare Hotels in Varanasi and Jaipur

Looking for a hotel in Varanasi or Jaipur? 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 Jaipur

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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 Jaipur Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Varanasi $4.96
    Jaipur $1.54
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
  • Varanasi hotel to Bodhgaya hotel private transfer: $135
  • Smooth transfer from Varanasi Airport to Hotel: $60
  • From Varanasi Airport Transfer: $36
  • Private Departure Transfer to Airport from Hotel in Delhi By Car: $34
  • 3-hours Temple hopping with transfers: $34
  • Varanasi Airport Transfer: $30
  • Private Varanasi Heritage Walk with Hotel Transfer: $28
  • Varanasi Airport : Transfer to Hotel / To Airport: $22
  • Varanasi Airport: Transfer to/from Varanasi Hotels & Airport: $18
  • Varanasi Airport to hotel private transfer: $18

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Jaipur

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

  • Transfer from Jaipur to New Delhi Hotel / Accommodation: $49
  • Transfer from Jaipur to Delhi with Tajmahal sight seeing: $200
  • Transfer From Jaipur To Udaipur Via Chittorgarh Fort: $85
  • Sanganer - A Visit to an Artisan Community with Private Transfer: $122
  • Samode Town Excursion- A Visit to a Unique Rajasthan town with private transfers: $231
  • Same Day Ranthambore Safari From Jaipur With Transfer To Agra Including Tickets: $227
  • Ranthambore Wildlife Safari Tour From Jaipur Including Transfers: $135
  • Ranthambore Tiger Safari Tickets With Optional Transfers: $108
  • Pushkar Sightseeing on Jaipur To Jodhpur Transfer: $86
  • Private transfer: Jaipur to Udaipur enroute Trip to Chittorgarh Fort: $245
  • Private transfer - Jaipur to Udaipur via Chittorgarh Fort with lunch: $285
  • Private transfer - Jaipur to Udaipur via Chittorgarh Fort: $242

Is it cheaper to fly into Varanasi or Jaipur?

Prices for flights to both Jaipur 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 $7.16
    Jaipur $4.76
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:

  • 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
  • Cooking Classes in Varanasi for 2 Hours: $50
  • 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

Typical Food Prices in Jaipur

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Jaipur:

  • Dinner
  • Soda

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Jaipur

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

  • Jaipur Street food tour: $4.58
  • Indian Cooking Class with Local Family in Jaipur: $12
  • Culture walking and food tour with guide in Jaipur.: $14
  • Food Tour and Eat like Locals : $16
  • cooking class demo with dinner: $20
  • Famous Masala Chowk Food Tour: $20
  • Jaipur Full Day Tour with local family dinner: $21
  • Jaipur Cooking Class and home cooked dinner with Indian family: $21
  • Traditional Dinner with Family including Transfers: $22
  • Indian Home Based Cooking Class by Storyboard: $23
  • Taste of Jaipur (2 Hour Guided Street Food Tour with Local): $24
  • Private Cooking Lesson for Authentic Rajasthani Cuisine: $25

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Varanasi $11
    Jaipur $3.82
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
  • 1 Day Ayodhya Tour from Varanasi Airport: $82
  • 1 day Varanasi Tour: $88
  • 2 Day Varanasi Day Tour with Boating and English Speaking Guide: $300
  • 2 Days : Varanasi Private Guided Tour With Airport Pickup: $162
  • 2 Days Bodhgaya Tour from Varanasi: $116
  • 2 Days Enlightening Bodhgaya Tour from Varanasi: $189
  • 2 Days Varanasi tour package for first timers: $150
  • 3 Days Admirable Tour in Varanasi with private tour guided: $103
  • 3 Days Budget tour to Bodhgaya, Rajgir and Nalanda: $272

Typical Entertainment Prices in Jaipur

For Jaipur, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:

  • Palace Entry for Two

Tours and Activities in Jaipur

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

  • From Jaipur : Same Day Agra Taj Mahal Sunrise Tour: $149
  • From Ranthambore Tiger Safari Private Day Tour: $130
  • Half Day Jaipur Shopping Tour With Local Tour Guide: $35
  • Jaipur Tour by Tuk-Tuk: $10
  • Same Day Taj Mahal Tour from Jaipur by Car: $250
  • Taj Mahal City Tour by car or train from Jaipur: $230
  • 02 Nights - 03 Days Jaipur-Agra Weekend Tours with hotel: $260
  • 1 Day Jaipur Private Tour: $20
  • 1-Night Private Tour to The Taj Mahal and Agra from Jaipur by Car: $248
  • 2 D Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, Abhaneri Step Well's Tour From Jaipur: $221
  • 2 Day Golden Triangle India Tour (Delhi - Agra - Jaipur): $258
  • 2 Day Heritage Pink City Jaipur Highlight & Sightseeing Tour: $72

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Varanasi $7.87
    Jaipur $2.73

Sample the Local Flavors in Jaipur

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Jaipur:

  • Pub Crawl Jaipur: $33
  • Pub Crawl Walking Tour: $39

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

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

Which is Bigger, Varanasi or Jaipur?

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