A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Abu Dhabi vs. Cappadocia for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Abu Dhabi or Cappadocia?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Abu Dhabi and Cappadocia can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Abu Dhabi or Cappadocia?

Abu Dhabi

It doesn't get more "lifestyles of the rich and famous" than a vacation to Abu Dhabi. The federal capital and center of government for the United Arab Emirates is arguably the most modern city in the world.

Abu Dhabi has a population of 1.5 million and provides a home to several oil companies and embassies, but this place is definitely a playground for the world's fanciest tourists. This city has several large projects underway including Yas Island's Formula 1 track and Ferrari theme park.

Note: homosexuality is still outlawed in the UAE with harsh punishments including deportation, fines, jail time or even a death sentence.


Cappadocia is in Central Anatolia, between the mountains Erciyes, Melendiz and Hasan. It is famous for its underground cities, fairy chimneys, and caves. The landscape of the area is some of the most unique you'll ever see. The fairy chimneys are bizarrely shaped rock outcroppings that have evolved from the unique geography in the area. There are hiking trails through the series of valleys that make up the area. It's a great place to explore for outdoor enthusiasts and adventure seekers.

Which place is cheaper, Cappadocia or Abu Dhabi?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Abu Dhabi is $164, while the average daily cost in Cappadocia is $160. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Abu Dhabi and Cappadocia in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Abu Dhabi $98
    Cappadocia $56
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Abu Dhabi $196
    Cappadocia $112
Compare Hotels in Abu Dhabi and Cappadocia

Looking for a hotel in Abu Dhabi or Cappadocia? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Abu Dhabi

Hotels in Cappadocia

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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Abu Dhabi Hotel Prices and Cappadocia Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Abu Dhabi $20
    Cappadocia $54
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Abu Dhabi

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Abu Dhabi are as follows:

  • Car Rental
  • Taxi to Airport

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Abu Dhabi

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Abu Dhabi:

  • Ferrari World Abu Dhabi Tickets with Private Transfers: $289
  • Private Transfer from Talal Liwa to Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH): $276
  • Private Transfer from Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH) to Talal Liwa: $276
  • Private Transfer from Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH) to Fujairah: $276
  • Private Transfer from Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH) to Jebel Dhanna Resort: $276
  • Private Transfer from Jebel Dhanna Resort to Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH): $276
  • Private Transfer from Qasr Al Sarab to Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH): $276
  • Private Transfer from Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH) to Qasr Al Sarab: $276
  • Private Transfer from Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH) to Ras Al Khiamah: $276
  • Private Transfer from Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH) to Sharjah: $276
  • IMG World of Adventure with Sharing Transfers from Abu Dhabi: $250
  • Ferrari World Theme Park and Seaworld Park Ticket with Transfer: $250

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cappadocia

Also for Cappadocia, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Cappadocia Shared Transfer from/to Kayseri Erkilet Airport: $9.42
  • Cappadocia Shared Transfer From/To Kayseri and Nevşehir Airport: $9.90
  • Shared Departure Transfer from Cappadocia to Nevsehir Airport (NAV): $11
  • Shared Departure Transfer from Cappadocia to Kayseri Airport (ASR): $11
  • Kayseri Airport Transfer: $11
  • Transfer between Nevşehir/Kayseri Airport and Cappadocia hotels: $12
  • Airport Shuttle Transfer(Kayseri ASR - Nevsehir NAV Airport to Hotel): $13
  • Transfer from Kayseri Airport to Cappadocia Hotels (Small Group): $13
  • One way Transfer from Nevşehir Airport to Cappadocia Hotels: $13
  • Private/Shared Transfers Kayseri or Nevşehir Airports: $14
  • Cappadocia Shuttle Transfer from Nevsehir Airport: $15
  • Shared Shuttle Airport or Hotel Transfer in Cappadocia: $17

Is it cheaper to fly into Abu Dhabi or Cappadocia?

Prices for flights to both Cappadocia and Abu Dhabi change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.

  • Food Meals for one day
    Abu Dhabi $45
    Cappadocia $52

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Abu Dhabi

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Abu Dhabi.

  • Desert Safari BBQ Dinner Live Shows Pick & Drop More: $45
  • Abu Dhabi Desert Safari With BBQ Dinner & Live Shows: $49
  • Abu Dhabi Desert Safari With Live Shows And BBQ Buffet Dinner: $60
  • Evening Desert Safari Abu Dhabi with BBQ Dinner & Shows: $70
  • Abu Dhabi Evening Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner and all Camp Activities : $72
  • Desert Safari Abu Dhabi w/ Sand Boarding, Camel Ride & BBQ Dinner: $75
  • Abu Dhabi Evening Desert Safari & Dinner Under the Stars: $77
  • Abu Dhabi Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner & Shows: $80
  • Abu Dhabi Desert Safari (Dune Bashing, BBQ Dinner, Camel Ride & Sand Skii): $80
  • Abu Dhabi Desert Safari 4x4, BBQ Dinner, Camel Ride: $81
  • Abu Dhabi Evening Desert Safari with Camel Ride and Dinner: $81
  • Scenic Dinner Cruise: $82

Typical Food Prices in Cappadocia

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Cappadocia:

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Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cappadocia

For Cappadocia, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Cappadocia Turkish Night With Unlimited Drinks And Dinner: $30
  • Turkish night show with dinner and unlimited free alcohol: $53
  • Turkish Night Show With Dinner in a Cave Restaurant: $55
  • Cappadocia Night: Turkish Dance & Dinner : $60
  • Cappadocia Traditional Turkish Night with Dinner (in Authentic Cave Restaurant): $61
  • Cappadocia Turkish Night Show with Dinner: $61
  • Cappadocia Turkish Night Show with Dinner and Entertainments: $63
  • Turkish Night Show & Dinner: $64
  • Romantic Cappadocia Sunset Dinner and Wine : $65
  • Cappadocian cooking - hands-on class with pickup: $65
  • Turkish Night at Cave Restaurant with Dinner and Drinks: $66
  • Turkish Night with Dinner and Unlimited Drinks İn the Rock Cave: $66

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Abu Dhabi $39
    Cappadocia $101

Tours and Activities in Abu Dhabi

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Abu Dhabi are as follows:

  • Abu Dhabi Full Day City Tour : $100
  • Abu Dhabi Louvre Museum Entrance Ticket: $41
  • Abu Dhabi Tour-Sheik Zayed Mosque, Emirates Palace With Louvre Musuem: $115
  • Admission Ticket To Qasr Al Hosn Abu Dhabi: $20
  • Falcon Hospital Tour with Hotel Pickup: $101
  • Ferrari World Entrance ticket : $95
  • Full Day Abu Dhabi City & Louvre Museum Tour: $90
  • Private Full-Day Tour in Abu Dhabi: $234
  • Ticket to Louvre Museum, Abu Dhabi: $19
  • 17 Minutes Helicopter Tour in Abu Dhabi: $245
  • 2 Days 2 Park- Ferrari World +Yas Waterworld Or Warner Bros World Combo Tickets: $155
  • 4 Hour Cultural Tour of Abu Dhabi - Private Tour: $160

Typical Entertainment Prices in Cappadocia

For Cappadocia, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:

  • Underground City Entrance for Two
  • Hot Air Balloon Ride for Two
  • Horseback Riding for Two
  • Cappadocia Driving Tour
  • Goreme Museum Entrance Fee
  • Whirling Dervishes Show
  • Turkish Bath
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Goreme open air museum
  • Bellydancing Show

Tours and Activities in Cappadocia

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Cappadocia.

  • Skip the Line: Guray Museum Admission Ticket: $4.41
  • Cappadocia Private Tour (Car & Guide): $5.00
  • Cappadocia Private Tour with Car & Guide: $5.99
  • Red Tour Cappadocia: $10
  • Red Plus ,(Small group) Cappadocia Tour: $10
  • Full-Day Private Cappadocia Tour (Car &Guide ): $10
  • Balloons watching Tour w/ PickUp, Breakfast & Photographer: $11
  • Best Of Private Cappadocia Tour: $11
  • 1-Hour HORSE Riding Tour: $12
  • Explore Cappadocia North and Red Underground City Private Tour : $12
  • Sunrise Balloon Watching Tour with Snacks: $13
  • Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Watching Tour with Snacks at Göreme: $17

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Abu Dhabi $13
    Cappadocia $19

Sample the Local Flavors in Cappadocia

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Cappadocia:

  • Wine Tasting in Cappadocia Turkey: $23
  • Cappadocia Nightlife Experience: Bar and Pub Crawl Tour: $32
  • Cappadocia Wine Cellar and Wine Yard with Wine Tasting: $54
  • Wine tasting in Cappadocia: $65
  • Private Sunset and Wine Tasting Experience in Cappadocia: $88
  • Full-day Cappadocia Tour with wine tasting and clay shaping : $90
  • 3-Hour Private Wine Tasting Tour in Cappadocia: $176
  • Wine Tasting and Sunset in Cappadocia: $176
  • Ancient Cappadocia's Wine Tasting - Private Tour: $275
  • Private Tour: Best of Cappadocia with Wine Tasting: $287

When comparing the travel costs between Abu Dhabi and Cappadocia, we can see that Abu Dhabi is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Even though Abu Dhabi is in Middle East and Cappadocia is in Europe, both of these destinations have relatively similar prices of travel. Generally, the levels of luxury and expenses are the same for these cities even though they are geographically far apart.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Abu Dhabi Expensive? and Is Cappadocia Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Abu Dhabi or Cappadocia?

Abu Dhabi has a larger population, and is about 100 times larger than the population of Cappadocia. When comparing the sizes of Abu Dhabi and Cappadocia, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.