Travel budget and cost of living in Saudi Arabia how much does a trip cost?

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Travel budget in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia: calculate your travel budget

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:

  • $ 41 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 7.9 per person
  • $ 3.3 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 883* (3136 SAR)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 76 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 15 per person
  • $ 12 per person
  • $ 21 per person

Total budget:

$ 2331* (8288 SAR)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 137 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 18 per person
  • $ 25 per person
  • $ 41 per person

Total budget:

$ 4233* (15050 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 2019

Cost of living: Saudi Arabia VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Saudi Arabia in 2019 is 18% less than United States.

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices in Saudi Arabia in 2019 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) 292% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Jeddah (Jiddah)
Al Hufuf 25% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Al Hufuf
Al Khobar 17% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Al Khobar
Mecca 2% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Mecca
Dhahran 4% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Dhahran
Riyadh 3% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Riyadh
Medina 1% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Medina

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Local prices in Saudi Arabia by expense type

Restaurant budget in Saudi Arabia

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Saudi Arabia costs 52% less than in United States.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 5.4/person
($ 3.3 to $ 7.9)

63% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 15
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 12/person
($ 8.5 to $ 22)

58% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 6.5/person
($ 5 to $ 7)

12% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.4
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 3/cup
($ 2 to $ 4.2)

29% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.7/can
($ 0.6 to $ 0.8)

64% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Bouteille d'eau
Bouteille d'eau
$ 0.2/bottle
($ 0.1 to $ 0.2)

83% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.5

Hotel and accommodation budget in Saudi Arabia

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Saudi Arabia costs 37% less than in United States.
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 57/night
($ 46 to $ 65)

47% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 107
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 49/night
($ 33 to $ 83)

59% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 120
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 102/night
($ 69 to $ 167)

41% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 175
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 171/night
($ 122 to $ 256)

33% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 259
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 250/night
($ 146 to $ 401)

49% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 496
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 83/month
($ 83 to $ 83)

32% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 122
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 132/month
($ 93 to $ 189)

19% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 163
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 174/month
($ 120 to $ 256)

5% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Gîte ou maison d'hôte
Gîte ou maison d'hôte
$ 89/month
($ 89 to $ 89)

57% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 211

Supermarket food budget in Saudi Arabia

On average, the price of supermarket food in Saudi Arabia costs 40% less than in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 1.3/litre
($ 1.1 to $ 2)

50% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 0.7/500g
($ 0.2 to $ 1.4)

76% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.7
Rice
Rice
$ 1.9/kg
($ 1.4 to $ 2.9)

54% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 2.2/12 eggs
($ 1.6 to $ 3.3)

11% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 6/kg
($ 2.9 to $ 9)

46% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 5.3/kg
($ 3.7 to $ 9)

41% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 9
Apples
Apples
$ 2/kg
($ 1.4 to $ 2.9)

56% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.6
Oranges
Oranges
$ 1.6/kg
($ 1.1 to $ 2.3)

62% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.6/kg
($ 1.1 to $ 2.3)

62% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1.2/kg
($ 0.8 to $ 1.6)

56% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.6
Salad
Salad
$ 1.2/salad
($ 0.6 to $ 2)

29% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6
Bouteille d'eau
Bouteille d'eau
$ 0.6
($ 0.6 to $ 0.8)

67% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 11/kg
($ 7 to $ 15)

9% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13

Public and private transport budget in Saudi Arabia

On average, the price of transport in Saudi Arabia costs 38% less than in United States.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.8/ticket
($ 0.6 to $ 1.4)

64% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 44/month
($ 15 to $ 85)

43% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 76
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 1.4/km
($ 0.6 to $ 2.9)

20% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 0.4/litre
($ 0.2 to $ 0.6)

47% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 2.9
($ 1.4 to $ 4.2)

18% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.4
Car hire
Car hire
$ 27/24hrs
($ 18 to $ 48)

33% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40

Budget for living and housing in Saudi Arabia

On average, the cost of housing in Saudi Arabia costs 32% less than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 76/month
($ 38 to $ 141)

54% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 162
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.1/min.
($ 0.1 to $ 0.2)

23% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 69/month
($ 44 to $ 100)

2% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 67
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 370/month
($ 226 to $ 564)

72% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1342
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 274/month
($ 170 to $ 423)

74% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1050
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 649/month
($ 423 to $ 986)

70% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2180
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 494/month
($ 339 to $ 704)

70% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1697
Gym
Gym
$ 89/month
($ 58 to $ 141)

131% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 39
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 302/month
($ 141 to $ 564)

67% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 929
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 5166/yr
($ 2816 to $ 8446)

71% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 18274

Leisure activity budget in Saudi Arabia

On average, budget for leisure activities in Saudi Arabia is 68% more expensive than in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 21/ticket
($ 15 to $ 22)

56% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 30/hr
($ 15 to $ 71)

81% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 17

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Saudi Arabia

On average, shopping budget in Saudi Arabia is 7% more expensive than in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 6.8/pack
($ 5.6 to $ 7)

8% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.4
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 48
($ 23 to $ 85)

1% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 47
Robe d'été
Robe d'été
$ 57
($ 29 to $ 85)

49% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 38
Trainers
Trainers
$ 90
($ 58 to $ 128)

14% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 79
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 78
($ 44 to $ 114)

22% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 101

Plane ticket budget

London → Riyadh
London → Riyadh
London → Riyadh
$ 1540
(fair price: $ 714)

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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 15-03-2019.

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