How to budget your umrah - Cost of umrah

It's very important to know what is the cost of an umrah. Before you plan it, you must have a plan to save that money. Read here to know how to save money for umrah?

Have you planned your umrah? If you have not read here.

The cost of the visa and flight tickets can be considered as a fixed cost. It's most unlikely to change. But the charges involving hotel and food varies with the number of days you are going to spend in the KSA. Transportation can vary according to your needs. 

The travel agents take a lot of passengers. Then they share the costs of hotel and transportation. So the unit cost per person becomes low. 

You can do the same thing.

You should answer a few questions before you prepare the budget.

How many days is your journey going to be? 

Are you going to Madinah?

Are you arriving and departing from the same airport?

These are the cost of your Umrah.

  1. Visa
  2. Flight tickets  
  3. Hotel booking 
  4. Transportation 
  5. Food 
  6. clothing 
  7. Shopping 

VISA per person can cost you around US$ 140. The cost is including the cost of vaccination and bio-metric registration. learn more about umrah visa

The cost Of the flight tickets can vary. It is advisable to plan well and book a flight ticket way advance. So it will be cheap.

Hotel cost is variable. You can perform a very cheap umrah too, But the hotel will be far from the mosque. I have seen lots of people travelling to perform umrah from hotels which were more than 10 mins walk from the mosque.

Check out our my hotel guide here. So a reasonable hotel at a reasonable distance from the mosque will cost you US$50 a night.

Transportation costs will include transportation from the airport to the hotel, hotel to the airport, Ziyarat and between Makkah and Madinah. If you are going to Madinah, it is best to use the Madinah airport too. Because it saves money on flight tickets and transportation, it saves time also. Especially if you are travelling alone, these are the rough costs of transportation in US dollars. 

Place to place

max US$
/car

min US$
/car

Avg US$
/car

Share pp

Bus

JED airport to hotel 

Hotel to JED airport

Meccah to madinah 

Madinah to Meccah

Madinah to Airport        

Ziyarat makkah               

Ziyarat madinah  

65

45

135

135

20

50

40

35

25

90

90

12

25

20

40

32

110

110

15

35

30

15

15

20

20

4

4

3

-

-

20

20

-

-

-

Food is your choice. You can eat expensive food. But remember the purpose of your travel. You can easily fill your stomach at US$ 15. 

For Women, if you do not have modest clothing, you have to buy. On the other hand, men must wear ihram to perform umrah. So buy ihram.

Shopping?? Keep it to a minimum. I bought dates from Madina. So keep around USD 50.

So now let's break it down.

Costs

In US$

Visa

Flight tickets

Hotel booking

Transportation

Food

clothing

Shopping

Total

140

1000

500

120

150

100

50

2060

Add a 10 percent inflation adjustment. So it will be USD 2277. Divide that into numerous of months you want to save. If you are going to save for a year. 

2277÷12= 190 per month.

Check out how to save money for umrah Article.

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