The Middle East is the crossroads where Asia, Africa, and Europe meet. It is made up of 18 countries and is extremely diverse with a lot of history, different cultures, languages, and religions. Major religions like Islam, Christianity, and Judaism started here. Arabic is the main language in many countries, but English is commonly used for business and tourism. Traveling in the Middle East presents a unique experience compared to Europe or North America. It’s crucial to consider some important factors when planning and exploring these countries.
The average costs to travel in the Middle East each day can change based on the country you visit. While the Middle East is usually an expensive place to travel, you can still have a budget-friendly trip. Here’s a more detailed explanation of how much you might spend each day depending on your budget:
Budget Travel: $30 per day
Mid-Range Travel: $75 per day
Luxury Travel: $150+ per day
The Middle East is renowned for its street food. From falafel, hummus, schwarma, kebabs, baklava, and more there are tons of great (and super affordable) street food options. If you’re not into street food, you can eat at restaurants (but make sure to try some of the local dishes).
Average food cost in the Middle East: $30/day
Many Middle Eastern cities have well-developed public transportation systems, including buses and subways. Renting a car is also a good option in countries like Jordan, Oman, and Saudi Arabia where the roads are safe and getting around is easy.
Mid-range suggested daily budget – $80/day
*Note: This is a suggested budget assuming you’re staying in a mid-range hotel or Airbnb, eating street food + affordable restaurants, and using local transportation. Using the budget tips below, you can lower this number. If you prefer to stay in fancier accommodation, do expensive activities, or eat at nicer restaurants, this number will be higher!