How Much Does It Cost To Visit Dubai

Dubai Travel Cost

Comprehensive guide to how much Dubai trip cost from india

A vacation to Dubai can be exceptionally budget-friendly or even sky-is-the-limit kind of holiday, and everything in between. In fact, the answer to one of the most asked questions ‘how much does it cost to vacation in Dubai’ largely depends on a variety of aspects which we’ve mentioned further in detail. So read on the post and find out the approximate fund that you’ll require for your Dubai vacation.

A Quick Look At Top Factors To Consider For Determining Cost of Vacation to Dubai

Dubai Trip Cost

How much is Airline Tickets & Visa cost for Dubai ?

Whenever you plan for vacation to Dubai, make sure that you book your airline tickets at least three to four months before. This is an absolute must when you plan to travel during peak season (November to April) or important festivities such as New Year’s Eve, DSF or Dubai Shopping Festival (December – January) etc.  That said, you can enjoy incredibly cheaper airfares when you choose to vacation in Dubai outside of the peak season (especially July – August).

Whether you’re looking to travel during peak or off season, the catch is to keep checking the airline’s website. You can further sign up or subscribe to their newsletter which would notify you about special airline deals or promotions from time to time.  Coming to visa or entry permit, this is not mandatory for all, particularly those traveling from American, European and Far Eastern countries.

In fact, for all other nationalities, obtaining a Dubai visa in advance is a must and its cost is determined by the duration of your Dubai visit plus type of visa you choose, such as single-entry or multiple-entry visa.

 Frugal  Mid-RangeExtravagant
Airline TicketsAED 250 (during off-season)AED 400 – AED 750AED 1500 to AED 2500 (peak season)
VisaAED 200 (for 96-hour visa)AED 300 – 315 (30-day visa)Up to AED 2000 (Multiple-entry visa)
Dubai trip cost for Tickets & Visa

How much does Accommodation cost in Dubai?

There are plenty of accommodation options in every category in Dubai. But again, the staple is to book it much in advance to secure the best rates. That said, you’ll be able to bag the most unbelievable rates for a high-end accommodation even if you make last-minute booking during off-season.  Apparently, several factors such as when you plan to visit Dubai, your preferred location, in-room comforts, and hotel facilities (that you’re looking for) all reflect your hotel accommodation rates.

Accommodation Rates / nightAED 50 – AED 100AED 250 – AED 400AED 750 – AED 1500
Dubai travel cost for accomodation

How much does Getting Around cost in Dubai

Dubai has one of the most cutting-edge and well-integrated public transport systems in the world. With a single NOL card, you can make payment for all transport options including metro, public buses, and ferries. Dubai Metro is the most convenient and fastest of all; it’s driverless and fully automated.  Moreover, they are spotless, air-conditioned, and super affordable too.

Subject to your Dubai location, you can board a metro that runs on red or green line from the airport’s Terminal 1 or Terminal 3. Metro service is not available in the night. There are three NOL cards (Red, Gold and Silver) to choose from. Tourists mostly opt for a red NOL card. This however is valid for one-time use only and costs just AED 2. However, if you’re planning to use public transport to get around in the city, you can opt for a full day Red Ticket pass which allows you for unlimited rides at a nominal rate of AED 20.

But if you want to make your getting from one point to another as hassle-free and less time-consuming as possible, you can opt for private transfers with or without driver. But for those who plan to drive their own, it’s good to know that you’ll mandatorily need an international driving license in order to drive around in the city or UAE as a whole.

Transport  CostAED 2 to AED 7 for a single journey (when you use Dubai Metro  and Public Buses)AED 12 (minimum rate for Dubai taxi) to AED 100 (depending on the ride duration)AED 250 to AED 1000 (for private transfer and this depends on of the vehicle type and brand)
How much does a vacation to Dubai cost

Budget for Dubai trip from India / Dubai tour cost

How much does Dining cost in Dubai

Dining expenses in Dubai can be as inexpensive or extravagant as possible. For instance, it costs you less than AED 6 for the filling Arabic foods such as succulent Shawarma or meat wraps, crisp falafels etc. You can also keep it mid-range with a budget meal at cafes / restaurants across Deira / Bur Dubai regions or via stepping into the food courts within malls; they mostly feature all your favorite food brands including KFC, McDonalds, and Pizza Hut. However, dining in a posh venue (such as Burj Al Arab, Atlantis, The Palm etc) enriched with unequaled views and extraordinary services might cost you an arm and a leg.

Dining ExpenseAED 5 – AED 25AED 50 – AED 100AED 250 – AED 600

How much do Attractions And Activities cost in Dubai

Wandering around the Dubai Mall, watching Dubai Fountain show, and taking pictures with the tallest of its kind Burj Khalifa in the backdrop are all free activities. You’ll have to pay AED 2 to AED 5 to visit a museum, beach park etc. But if you wish to ascend Burj Khalifa’s At the Top Observation Deck or visit Dubai Mall’s attractions like Dubai Ice Rink, VR Park Dubai, and Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo will cost you quite a lot. One of the best ways to save on Dubai sightseeing is to buy a combo or an all-inclusive pass with Dubai staples such as desert safari, dhow cruise, sightseeing tour etc.

 Frugal Mid-RangeExtravagant
Activities & AttractionsAED 2 to AED 15 (for museum, park visits,   Global  Village entry etc)AED 50 to AED 200 (for theme park visits, escape  rooms, exciting shows etc)AED 350 to AED 1000 (for private city tours, helicopter ride, sky diving etc)
Dubai – How much does it cost to visit attractions

Also read 101 Things to do in Dubai, Lockdown Road Trip Ideas , How I Went on a Road Trip While Maintaining Social Distancing & Why Dubai is perfect getaway for kids,

How much does Shopping cost in Dubai

With over 70 malls and several traditional bazaars across the city, Dubai is the ultimate haven for shopaholics. Just like any other aspects in this post, shopping too can be kept within the limits of your wallet.

 Frugal Mid-RangeExtravagant
ShoppingAED 1 to AED 10 (for souvenirs like Dubai t- shirts, keychain etc)AED 50 to AED 250AED 500 to AED 2000 (for branded stuffs)
How much does a shopping vacation to Dubai cost

Final Thoughts

Apart from above aspects, you should be well armed to spend in case of any emergency or unforeseen circumstances. In conclusion, Dubai vacation cost is something that is solely based on your unique preferences or precisely how you would like to spend your vacation here. And with this extensive guide, we anticipate that we’ve given you a break down on how much you can look forward to pay for your Dubai holidays in every category.

About the Author: Neha Singh

Neha is a postgraduate in Mass Communications and a travel writer. She is passionate about travelling to new places, reading fiction, learning new things and loves being a nature trekker. She writes at

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  1. This is a perfect post for many aspiring travelers who want to visit Dubai. It is one of the nearest destinations from India. Infant a few of my friends have recently visited Dubai


  2. The best feature of this post is that it gives us three different spending limits -frugal ,mid-range and extravagant , to arrive at an estimate according to their individual budgets , with tips to save some more money while planning a trip.


  3. This is such an in depth guide that covers all aspects of expenses for visiting Dubai. I agree pre planning and booking in advance tickets and accomodation always work great in reducing overall cost of travel. We always follow that specially when plan for yearly vacation.


  4. Wow.. Thanks for sharing this information. After my parents and in-law visited Dubai and said so many good things about the place I would love to go their and knowing this information will make my plan easy.


  5. Timing of your blog is so coincident! Just last month we were contemplating a trip to Dubai in March! And other than visa rules, I had not done much search! You have made my job easier! And thanks so much for the detailed options, categorised by spend! Thanks!


  6. Dubai is always on the list now this detailed post is definitely going to help me out… The planning and the expenses are so well explained definitely going to save this post…


  7. Visiting Dubai has always been on our list, though we didn’t get a chance to calculate the costs. Thanks for sharing these brief details, would help us plan in a better way.


  8. That’s quite a detailed review of the expenses in Dubai. I’ve lived in Kuwait all my life but never really went to the other countries around it. After seeing Europe and all, I doubt we will plan a visit to Dubai.


  9. Aah dubai is one of the cheapest travel destinations especially this time around the year thanks to the pandemic. However we’ve refrained from traveling due to the corona scare.


  10. Dubai is everyone dream travel destination. You have summed up very well the overall trip expenses and tips to book things in advance does help out in saving money


  11. Don’t we all need a post like this which clearly explains how much are we going to spend while visiting a foreign country, and Dubai being everybody is favourite it makes all the more sense to know the tentative budget.


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