Travel budget in Saudi Arabia

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Saudi Arabia: sample budgets by traveller type

These example budgets assume a 2-week holiday in Saudi Arabia for 2 people.

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 44 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 8.2 per person
  • $ 3.3 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 927* (3248 SAR)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 77 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 16 per person
  • $ 12 per person
  • $ 20 per person

Total budget:

$ 2353* (8232 SAR)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 139 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 22 per person
  • $ 25 per person
  • $ 39 per person

Total budget:

$ 4293* (15022 SAR)

* Estimated local budget for 2 people for 2 weeks. This represents an average across the country (budget may vary depending on the city or region visited).


Cost of living in Saudi Arabia in 2020

Cost of living: Saudi Arabia VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Saudi Arabia in 2020 is essentially the same as in the United States (USA)

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices United States in in the United States (USA) and United States by types of expenses:

Cost of living in Saudi Arabia by city

See the table below for the variation in the cost of living in different cities in Saudi Arabia compared to the national average.

Cities /Saudi Arabia View Details
Jeddah (Jiddah) 256% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Jeddah (Jiddah)
Al Khobar 23% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Al Khobar
Dhahran 7% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Dhahran
Tabuk 6% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Tabuk
Al Hufuf 5% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Al Hufuf
Medina 4% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Medina
Mecca 2% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Mecca
Riyadh 2% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Riyadh

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Local prices in Saudi Arabia by expense type

Saudi Arabia: Restaurant budget

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Saudi Arabia costs 50% less than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 5.7/person
($ 4.3 to $ 8)

64% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 15/person
($ 9.3 to $ 22)

47% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 6.8/person
($ 5.7 to $ 7.4)

14% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.1
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 3.2/cup
($ 2 to $ 4.3)

26% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.4
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.7/can
($ 0.6 to $ 0.8)

62% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.2/bottle
($ 0.1 to $ 0.2)

84% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6

Saudi Arabia: Hotel and accommodation budget

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Saudi Arabia costs 21% less than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 98/night
($ 87 to $ 109)

8% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 108
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 52/night
($ 35 to $ 83)

58% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 125
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 102/night
($ 71 to $ 159)

43% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 180
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 176/night
($ 128 to $ 263)

32% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 261
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 268/night
($ 171 to $ 426)

46% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 504
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 66/month
($ 66 to $ 66)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 133
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 128/month
($ 87 to $ 189)

24% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 169
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 171/month
($ 121 to $ 250)

3% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 167
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 81/month
($ 78 to $ 83)

63% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 223
Family room
Family room
$ 365/month
($ 157 to $ 924)

108% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 176

Saudi Arabia: Supermarket food budget

On average, the price of supermarket food in Saudi Arabia costs 40% less than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 1.3/litre
($ 1.2 to $ 2)

55% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 0.7/500g
($ 0.2 to $ 1.4)

73% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 1.9/kg
($ 1.4 to $ 2.9)

54% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.2
Eggs
Eggs
$ 2.2/12 eggs
($ 1.6 to $ 3.7)

10% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 5.7/kg
($ 2.9 to $ 12)

49% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 5.6/kg
($ 4.1 to $ 10)

38% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.2
Apples
Apples
$ 2/kg
($ 1.4 to $ 2.9)

58% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.8
Oranges
Oranges
$ 1.4/kg
($ 1.2 to $ 2)

65% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.6/kg
($ 1.2 to $ 2.3)

63% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1.1/kg
($ 0.8 to $ 1.4)

60% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Salad
Salad
$ 1.1/salad
($ 0.6 to $ 2.3)

33% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.6
($ 0.6 to $ 0.8)

68% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 12/kg
($ 6.8 to $ 15)

10% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13

Saudi Arabia: Public and private transport budget

On average, the price of transport in Saudi Arabia costs 36% less than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.8/ticket
($ 0.6 to $ 1.4)

64% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 44/month
($ 15 to $ 87)

43% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 76
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 1.4/km
($ 0.7 to $ 2.9)

21% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 0.5/litre
($ 0.4 to $ 0.6)

44% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 2.9
($ 1.4 to $ 4.3)

23% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.8
Car hire
Car hire
$ 30/24hrs
($ 18 to $ 122)

24% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40

Saudi Arabia: Budget for living and housing

On average, the cost of housing in Saudi Arabia costs 37% less than in the United States (USA).
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 94/month
($ 55 to $ 144)

43% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 164
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.1/min.
($ 0.1 to $ 0.2)

0% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 71/month
($ 44 to $ 101)

4% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 69
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 385/month
($ 230 to $ 573)

72% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1396
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 284/month
($ 173 to $ 431)

74% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1113
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 670/month
($ 431 to $ 1002)

70% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2249
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 511/month
($ 345 to $ 774)

71% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1767
Gym
Gym
$ 90/month
($ 58 to $ 170)

128% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 287/month
($ 144 to $ 544)

70% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 974
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 5515/yr
($ 3433 to $ 10298)

67% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17212

Saudi Arabia: Leisure activity budget

On average, budget for leisure activities in Saudi Arabia is 62% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 20/ticket
($ 15 to $ 22)

45% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 30/hr
($ 15 to $ 58)

79% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17

Saudi Arabia: Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes

On average, shopping budget in Saudi Arabia is essentially the same as in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 7.2/pack
($ 6.8 to $ 7.4)

11% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.1
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 44
($ 21 to $ 87)

9% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 47
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 53
($ 29 to $ 87)

36% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 39
Trainers
Trainers
$ 93
($ 58 to $ 130)

14% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 81
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 83
($ 47 to $ 130)

18% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 102

Plane ticket budget

London → Riyadh
London → Riyadh
London → Riyadh
$ 789
(fair price: $ 549)
Manchester → Riyadh
Manchester → Riyadh
Manchester → Riyadh
$ 710
(fair price: $ 596)
New York City → Riyadh
New York City → Riyadh
New York City → Riyadh
$ 1177
(fair price: $ 1021)
Dublin → Riyadh
Dublin → Riyadh
Dublin → Riyadh
$ 772
(fair price: $ 616)
Toronto (Ontario) → Riyadh
Toronto (Ontario) → Riyadh
Toronto (Ontario) → Riyadh
$ 1293
(fair price: $ 1015)
Los Angeles → Riyadh
Los Angeles  → Riyadh
Los Angeles  → Riyadh
$ 1358
(fair price: $ 1137)
Melbourne → Riyadh
Melbourne → Riyadh
Melbourne → Riyadh
$ 1185
(fair price: $ 1046)
Sydney → Riyadh
Sydney → Riyadh
Sydney → Riyadh
$ 1635
(fair price: $ 1431)
Edinburgh → Riyadh
Edinburgh → Riyadh
Edinburgh → Riyadh
$ 782
(fair price: $ 656)
Montreal → Riyadh
Montreal → Riyadh
Montreal → Riyadh
$ 1211
(fair price: $ 992)

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About the information on the cost of living in Saudi Arabia

The information about the cost of living in Saudi Arabia shown on this page comes from multiple sources, including : Numbeo, Easyvoyage and Hotels.com.

Information about cost of living in Saudi Arabia updated on 16-01-2020.

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