A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Addis Ababa vs. Istanbul for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Addis Ababa or Istanbul?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Addis Ababa or Istanbul, this travel comparison, which includes costs, can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison down below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Where Should I go: Addis Ababa or Istanbul?

Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa is the capital city of Ethiopia and also the nation's largest when ranked by its population of over three million. There are also more than 120 international missions and embassies in Addis Ababa, making the city a hub for international diplomacy concerning Africa. Other draws include its thriving marketplaces, spicy food, and rich coffee.

Istanbul

Istanbul is strategically located on the Bosphorus and is split between Europe and Asia. It truly is a city where east meets west. Istanbul is the cultural and financial hub of Turkey, and also the most populous city. The sites are countless and there's something for everybody, whether you're interested in art, music, food, or adventure. You can pass many days exploring both the residential and commercial pockets of this city. Much of the appeal is hidden away along back alleys or within corner shops.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best 2-Week Tours in Turkey, and Tours for Outdoor and Nature Lovers in Turkey.


Which place is cheaper, Istanbul or Addis Ababa?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Addis Ababa is $67, while the average daily cost in Istanbul is $125. 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 Addis Ababa and Istanbul in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Addis Ababa $43
    Istanbul $47
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Addis Ababa $86
    Istanbul $94
Compare Hotels in Addis Ababa and Istanbul

Looking for a hotel in Addis Ababa or Istanbul? 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 Addis Ababa


Hotels in Istanbul


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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: Addis Ababa Hotel Prices and Istanbul Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Addis Ababa $7.81
    Istanbul $54
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Addis Ababa

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Addis Ababa are as follows:


  • Short Taxi Ride
    $0.53

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Addis Ababa

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

  • Addis Shuttles: On-Time & Reliable, Airport Transfers: $19
  • City/Airport Transfer in Addis Ababa - Shuttles: $21
  • Addis Ababa Airport in/out transfer: $49
  • Addis Ababa Private Airport-Hotel Transfer: $82
  • Lalibela Full Day Tour with Guide and Transfer: $130

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Istanbul

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Istanbul are as follows:


  • Ferry
    $0.09
  • Local Bus
    $0.09

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Istanbul

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Istanbul:

  • Private Transfer to Bursa Uludag Hotels from Sabiha Gokcen airport: $245
  • Istanbul Dolmabahçe Palace Private Tour with Transfers: $226
  • Istanbul Airport Transfer: Sabiha Airport SAW to Istanbul in Luxury Car: $224
  • Istanbul Airport to Sabiha Airport Private Transfer or Vice Versa (1-10pax): $211
  • Private Transfer from Istanbul Airport (IST) to Sabiha Gökcen Airport (SAW): $174
  • Private Transfer from Sabiha Gökcen Airport (SAW) to Istanbul Airport (IST) : $174
  • Istanbul NEW Airport Private Transfer: $165
  • Istanbul Historical Tour with Guide, Lunch and Transfers: $155
  • Sabiha Airport to Istanbul City Centre Private Transfer or Vice Versa (1-13pax): $151
  • Private Transfers Between Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen - Istanbul Far Anatolian Side: $149
  • Istanbul Airport to Sabiha Airport Private Transfer or Vice Versa (1-6pax): $148
  • Private Transfers Between Istanbul New Airport - Istanbul EU Side Northeast: $143

Is it cheaper to fly into Addis Ababa or Istanbul?

Prices for flights to both Istanbul and Addis Ababa 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
  • Food Meals for one day
    Addis Ababa $17
    Istanbul $31
Typical Food Prices in Addis Ababa

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


  • Slice of Cake
    $0.12

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Addis Ababa

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

  • Local Ethiopian Food Tour: $75
  • Cooking class in Addis Ababa: $76
  • Ethiopian cooking class: $95
  • Food tours in Addis Ababa tastever with lunch: $108
  • Unique Ethiopian Cooking Class and Coffee Ceremony with a Local in Addis Ababa: $116
  • Private Ethiopian Home Cooking Class in Addis Ababa with Transfer: $124
  • Food Tour & cooking Authentic Flavours Of Ethiopia: $150
  • Half Day + Dinner Addis Ababa City Tour: $150
  • Ethiopian Cooking Class and Coffee Ceremony with a Local in Addis with transfers: $154
  • Market Tour and Cooking Class with a Coffee Ceremony at a Home in Addis Ababa: $168
  • Food tours in Addis Ababa Ethiopia: $240

Typical Food Prices in Istanbul

Some typical examples of dining costs in Istanbul are as follows:


  • Juice
    $0.06
  • Turkish Delight
    $0.02
  • Dessert
    $0.26
  • Pastries
    $0.05

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Istanbul

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

  • Bosphorus Dinner Cruise with Turkish Night Show from Istanbul: $21
  • Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise with All inclusive Dinner and Belly-Dancer Show : $27
  • Dinner Cruise Bosphorus with Hotel Transfer: $28
  • Istanbul Bosphorus Dinner Cruise: $28
  • Istanbul Bosphorus Dinner Cruise with Unlimited Drinks and Shows: $30
  • ─░stanbul Bosphorus Dinner Cruise with Traditional Turkish Show: $30
  • Bosphorus Dinner Cruise with Folklore Show & Belly Dancers: $32
  • Bosphorus Dinner Cruise & Entertaintment & Private Table & Wi-Fi: $33
  • Half Day Sunset Luxury Yacht Dinner Cruise Tour in Istanbul: $33
  • Bosphorus Dinner Cruise with Folklore Show & Belly Dancers: $33
  • All Inclusive Moonlight Dinner Cruise on The Bosphorus: $33
  • Bosphorus Night Cruise with Dinner, Show and Private Table: $35

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Addis Ababa $8.06
    Istanbul $78

Tours and Activities in Addis Ababa

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

  • Pup crawl and nightlife tour in Addis Ababa.: $40
  • Addis Ababa city tour.: $49
  • Hidden treasures of Addis Ababa - full day city tour: $52
  • Addis Ababa Tour: $53
  • Addis Ababa City - Half Day Tour: $55
  • Addis Ababa highlight city tour: $56
  • Guided City Tour: $59
  • Addis Food Tasting Tour : $59
  • Half Day City Tour of Addis Ababa : $60
  • Addis Ababa city Tour: $60
  • Addis Ababa Guided City Tours: $62
  • Guided City Tour / Addis Ababa Guided City Tour: $62

Typical Entertainment Prices in Istanbul

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Istanbul are as follows:


  • Bosphurus Boat (for 2)
    $0.61
  • Yerebatan Cistern for Two
    $0.61
  • Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts for Two
    $0.31
  • Hagia Sofia entrance
    $0.92

Tours and Activities in Istanbul

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

  • 4 Hours Private Highlights Tour Of Istanbul: $274
  • All in One Day Istanbul - Historical Tour of Istanbul with Bosphorus Cruise: $164
  • Bosphorus Cruise And Asia Minor Tour: $220
  • Full Day Private Guided Istanbul Tour: $50
  • Hagia Sophia Private Tour - Skip the Ticket Line : $199
  • Istanbul Half Day City Tour (Ottoman Relics): $77
  • City Highlights Tour w/Hagia Sophia & Blue Mosque: $35
  • (16&Under Free)Small-Group Full-Day Guided Sightseeing Tour of Istanbul: $73
  • 1 Day Private Guided Highlights of Istanbul Tour: $163
  • 1,2 or 3 DAY: Private Guided Istanbul Tour from CRUISE SHIP or HOTEL: $75
  • 2 Continents Tour incl. Beylerbeyi Palace [full-day]: $219
  • 2 Hours Walking Tour Through Istanbul's Old City: $9.46

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Addis Ababa $6.66
    Istanbul $15

Sample the Local Flavors in Addis Ababa

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Addis Ababa:

  • Pub-crawl Tour ( locally crafted beer and wine tasting ): $58
  • Night Tour Addis Ababa beer and wine tasting: $65
  • Pub crawl Addis Ababa: $69

Sample the Local Flavors in Istanbul

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Istanbul:

  • Famous Istanbul Pub Crawl #1 Nightlife Experience: $27
  • Pub Crawl Istanbul / Rooftop Parties & Party Bus: $27
  • Wine Tasting Experience in Istanbul : $50
  • 2-Day Wine Tasting Tour along the Thracian Wine Route: $180
  • Istanbul Private Wine Tasting Tour Through 3 City Wineries : $246


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Addis Ababa and Istanbul, we can see that Istanbul is more expensive. And not only is Addis Ababa much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Addis Ababa is in Africa and Istanbul is in Europe, this is one of the main reasons why the costs are so different, as different regions of the world tend to have overall different travel costs. So, traveling to Addis Ababa would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Addis Ababa and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Istanbul would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Istanbul than you might in Addis Ababa.

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


Which is Bigger, Addis Ababa or Istanbul?

Istanbul has a larger population, and is about 4 times larger than the population of Addis Ababa. When comparing the sizes of Addis Ababa and Istanbul, 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.