4 Days in Abu Dhabi Travel Cost – Budget Breakdown

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Discover the true Abu Dhabi travel cost as we break down our expenses from a memorable four-day trip in this mesmerizing city.

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As a couple who has been traveling the world for over four years, we were thrilled to embark on our first journey to Abu Dhabi, a city full of rich culture, stunning architecture, and unique experiences. In this blog post, we will share an in-depth breakdown of our travel costs during our stay in this gorgeous city. We hope our perspective and findings can serve as a helpful guide for your own adventure to this remarkable destination.

We’ll cover Abu Dhabi travel cost, best time to visit Abu Dhabi, and more!

As a quick note, we are not backpackers; we rarely stay in hostels and are very cautious with street food. We like to save money where possible, but we certainly spend it on what is important to us.

This is not representative of what you will spend in the UAE, even for the same period of time or season. This is merely an overview of what we spent and some of our tips and reasons for the amounts. Please use it as a guide to your future trip to the United Arab Emirates!

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Best Time to Travel to Abu Dhabi

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While we visited Abu Dhabi in August, we wouldn’t necessarily recommend this time of year for traveling to the Middle East. The heat during August is intense and can make sightseeing and outdoor activities rather uncomfortable. Despite the off-peak season offering cheaper rates on accommodations, the scorching heat presents a serious drawback. Ideally, the best time to visit Abu Dhabi is between November and March, when the weather is cooler and more conducive to exploring the city.

United Arab Emirates Itinerary

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A week-long itinerary in the UAE offers a perfect blend of modern cityscapes and rich cultural heritage. From the awe-inspiring architecture of Dubai to the culturally immersive experiences in Abu Dhabi, every day brings a new adventure. The opportunity to explore different cities within a week provides a comprehensive and fulfilling travel experience in the UAE.

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Abu Dhabi Travel Cost

Flights

Total: $495

We found a cheap airline for our round trip from Tirana, where we live, to the United Arab Emirates. The Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH) is a cheaper airport, but mostly serves local (and budget) flights from the Middle East or Europe. Even if you decide to fly into Dubai (DXB), you’ll find transportation is cheap between the two main cities of the UAE. It’s around a two-hour drive, and you can either book a private transfer or the bus.

If you’re flying from the U.S., you can get big discounts on round-trip tickets with FareDrop. This website often has good deals on flights, which can make your trip to Abu Dhabi even cheaper.

Entry Fees

Total: $0

When we visited, there were no special rules for US citizens visiting the UAE. However, these rules can change a lot for different reasons. For the newest information on travel rules and needs, it’s good to check iVisa or your local government’s website. 

Accommodations

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Total: $410

Average: $102 per night

We stayed at the Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers, where we managed to secure a good deal on our accommodations, primarily because our visit occurred in August. This period is considered off-peak for tourism in the region, allowing us to benefit from lower rates. It’s important to note that these rates are not typical and may be significantly higher during peak travel seasons. The Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers provided a luxurious and comfortable stay, which contributed to our overall experience in the city. Therefore, while our accommodation in Abu Dhabi was relatively affordable during our visit, prices can vary depending on the time of year.

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Food & Drink

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Total: $146

Average: $36.50 per day

Average: $18.25 per person per day

We primarily ate street food, with shawarma making up a significant portion of our diet. This allowed us to save significantly on food expenses while still enjoying the local cuisine. Additionally, we were fortunate enough to receive free breakfast and afternoon tea at our hotel, the Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers, as part of our Hilton Honors Diamond membership. These complimentary meals not only added to our enjoyment of the trip but also further reduced our overall food and drink expenditure.

Transportation

Total: $174

Average: $43.40 per day

We opted to rent a car for our stay, which cost us $26 per day, including insurance with our favorite – DiscoverCars. Although the rental car itself was relatively inexpensive, the parking ticket we received was not. We did get lucky by only getting a parking ticket for $45. The UAE has automatic speeding enforcement, and that can cost up to $1,500. And, the worst part? There’s no fighting it since it’s automated and you probably won’t fidn out until after your trip. Otherwise, driving in UAE is fairly intuitive with large, nicely paved roadways and all signs in English and Arabic. 

 The remaining amount was spent on gas for our rental car and on tips for the valet parking service at our hotel, which was complimentary, but we chose to tip the valets out of courtesy.

Excursions

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Total: $207

This included tickets to Ferrari World, a highlight of our stay in Abu Dhabi. However, we did wait to buy them and had to pay over $100 at the ticket windows. You can buy them in advance for less than $50 each! 

We were also fortunate that some of the city’s most iconic and memorable sites, like the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and Emirates Palace, were free of charge. There are of course hundreds of things to do in Abu Dhabi that aren’t free to enter and you’ll be able to find something that’s to your taste. 

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Personal

Total: $27

There is a ton of shopping to do throughout the UAE. We did take the opportunity to buy a few postcards and stamps to send to friends and family.

SIM Card

Total: $46

We used Airalo, an e-SIM provider, to get our internet data in the UAE. With Airalo, we could stay connected throughout our stay, making travel arrangements and sharing our experiences with friends and family much easier. The cost was very reasonable, and the convenience it provided was immense. It is definitely a service we would recommend for travelers needing data coverage while in Abu Dhabi.

Travel Insurance

Total: $20

We always purchase travel insurance and highly recommend others to do the same. We use SafetyWing for our travel insurance needs. This ensures our travel and emergency medical expenses are covered. Coverage includes, but is not limited to, expenses related to flight delays or cancellations, lost or stolen luggage, and emergency medical situations such as accidents or sudden illnesses (even including some extreme sports!). This is a pro-rated estimate of what our 4 days in Abu Dhabi cost from our monthly payment of $45 per person.

Total Abu Dhabi Travel Cost

Total: $1,030

Average: $258 per day

Average: $129 per person per day

In this blog post, we share an overview of our total expenses for a four-day trip to Abu Dhabi. The total cost, excluding flights, was $1,030. This expense covered a range of categories, including accommodations, food and drink, transportation, excursions, personal expenses, SIM card, and travel insurance. 

It’s worth noting that we traveled during an off-peak season, which allowed us to secure a good deal on accommodations. Had we traveled during a more popular time of year, the cost would likely have been higher. Despite the high cost, we found the experience worth it, enjoying everything from luxurious accommodations to a thrilling theme park.

Total with Flights: $1,525

Cost and value of abu dhabi:

Our Total:

$1,030 for 2 people

Daily Total:

$258 per day for 2 people or

$129 per person per day

Value for Money:

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We’re Alicia & Nate, a couple that traveled full-time for 3 years straight. We are now living in a cozy little apartment in Albania. We have a passion for exploring new places and trying new foods.

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