A Travel Price Comparison for Jordan Amman vs. Aqaba for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Amman or Aqaba?

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

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Amman and Aqaba. We'll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Where Should I go: Amman or Aqaba?

Amman

Amman is the largest city in of the Hashemite Kingdom of the country of Jordan. It is also the capital city of Jordan and has a population of over four million people. Many people use Amman as a base for venturing out into the rest of Jordan and other surrounding countries. There are many things to see and do in Amman.

Aqaba

Aqaba is a port city in Jordan, in fact, it is the only port city in the country. This city is located on the Gulf of Aqaba on the Red Sea, which is in the southern part of Jordan. The city is still being developed; many of its facilities and infrastructures are being improved. The population of Aqaba is about 190,000 and the city has been key in developing Jordan's economy via trade and tourism.

Which city is cheaper, Aqaba or Amman?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Amman is $88, while the average daily cost in Aqaba is $102. 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 city. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Amman and Aqaba in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Amman $39
    Aqaba $47
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Amman $78
    Aqaba $94
Compare Hotels in Amman and Aqaba

Looking for a hotel in Amman or Aqaba? 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 Amman


Hotels in Aqaba


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Amman $19
    Aqaba $19
Typical Local Transportation prices in Amman

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Amman:


  • Bus Ride (for Two)
    $0.71
  • RIde to Airport
    $28

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Amman

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

  • (Price per vehicle 4-Pax) Airport Transfer to/from Amman or Dead Sea Or K.H.B: $50
  • Airport Private Transfer to/from Amman or Dead Sea or K.H.B: $53
  • Airport Transfer To/From Amman: $50
  • Airport Transfer to/from Madaba or Dead Sea or Amman or K.H.B: $45
  • Airport Transfer, Pick-up and Drop-off: $25
  • Airport Transfers Upon Arrival to Amman City: $68
  • Airport Transfers Upon Arrival to the Dead Sea: $104
  • Airport or Amman Transfer to/from Karak or Dana: $140
  • Airport transfer, Amman, Jordan: $25
  • Amman Airport Private Arrival Transfer: $27
  • Amman Airport Private Departure Transfer: $27
  • Amman Airport Private Group Arrival Transfer: $120

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Aqaba

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Aqaba:

  • Private Transfer: Aqaba Hotels to Aqaba Airport: $27
  • Private Transfer: Aqaba Airport to Sheikh Hussein Border or vice versa: $193
  • Private Transfer: Aqaba Airport to Petra City Hotels: $93
  • Private Transfer: Aqaba Airport to Ma'in Hotel: $120
  • Private Transfer from/To (Aqaba Airport - Aqaba City): $18
  • Private Transfer from Aqaba Tala bay Hotels to Aqaba Airport: $33
  • Private Transfer from Aqaba Airport to Wadi Rum: $80
  • Private Transfer from Aqaba Airport to Tala Bay Hotels: $33
  • Private Transfer from Aqaba Airport to Dead Sea Hotels: $160
  • Private Transfer from Aqaba Airport to Aqaba City Hotels: $27
  • Private Transfer from Aqaba Airport to Amman Hotels: $133
  • Private Transfer Araba Border to Amman Queen Alia Airport: $153

Is it cheaper to fly into Amman or Aqaba?

Prices for flights to both Aqaba and Amman 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
    Amman $27
    Aqaba $34
Typical Food prices in Amman

For Amman, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Pastries
    $4.23
  • Tea
    $5.64

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Amman

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

  • Private Lunch or Dinner at a Local Traditional Restaurant in Amman: $51
  • Amman City Tour & Food Tour Combo: $69
  • Private Panoramic Tour of Amman with Lunch or Dinner: $71
  • Private Kan Zaman Lunch or Dinner from Amman: $76
  • Private Madaba Haret Jdoudna Restaurant Lunch or Dinner from Amman: $90
  • Half Day Cooking Class in Amman: $96
  • Downtown Amman by Night (Dinner Included): $123
  • Contemporary Amman by Night (Dinner Included): $155
  • Romantic Dinner for Two in Amman: $160

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Aqaba

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

  • Suhaila (The Authentic Cooking Experience): $50

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Amman $25
    Aqaba $43

Tours and Activities in Amman

For Amman, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Discover the hidden gems of Amman's Rainbow street on an audio walking tour: $5.00
  • Private Full-Day Petra Tour with Lunch from Amman: $19
  • Half Day Amman Private City Tour: $22
  • Half Day Private Tour to Iraq al-Amir (Qasr al-‘Abed) and Abo Jaber Caves: $25
  • Half Day Private Tour to Iraq al-Amir (Qasr al-‘Abed): $25
  • Half Day Private Tour To Dead Sea: $26
  • JR The Wine Experience: $27
  • Amman Private City Tour: $29
  • Exceptional "Jordanian Hennah" Experience In Amman: $37
  • Private Dead Sea Cheap Tour ! Half Day From Amman: $39
  • Citadel, Amphitheatre, Rainbow Street, Famous mosques, ALL in Amman Private Tour: $40
  • Jerash & Amman City Tour Day Trip from Amman: $41

Tours and Activities in Aqaba

Here are a few actual costs in Aqaba for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • 1 Day Tour to Petra from Aqaba Hotels: $268
  • 1 Day tours: $359
  • 2 Days 1 Night in Wadi Rum Jeep Tour: $159
  • 2 Days Private Tour to Wadi Rum and Petra from Eilbat: $665
  • 2 Days Wadi Rum and Petra Tour from Wadi Arava Border: $409
  • 2-Day Tour: Petra, Wadi Rum from Aqaba: $148
  • 2-Night Jordan Private Tour: Petra, Wadi Rum from Wadi Araba Border Crossing: $601
  • 3 Days Private Wadi Rum Experience with Petra from Eilat: $680
  • Aqaba Day Tour: $50
  • Aqaba Dog Shelter Conservation Experience: $77
  • Aqaba Hooh Sweets Making Experience: $72
  • Aqaba Shore Excursions - Wadi Rum Day Tour: $120

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Amman $11
    Aqaba $7.25

Sample the Local Flavors in Amman

Also in Amman, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Wine Tasting Experience: $24
  • Private Wine Tasting Tour In Amman: $64


When comparing the travel costs between Amman and Aqaba, we can see that Aqaba 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. Since both cities are in Middle East, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.


When is the best time to visit Amman or Aqaba?

Both destinations experience a warmer tropical climate most of the year. Instead of summer and winter seasons, they usually have a rainy season and a dry season. Although in the rainy season, it doesn't necessarily rain every day.

Should I visit Amman or Aqaba in the Summer?

Both Aqaba and Amman during the summer are popular places to visit. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Amman throughout the year. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Aqaba throughout the year.

Amman usually gets more rain in July than Aqaba. Amman gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Aqaba receives 0 mm (0 in) of rain this time of the year.

In Aqaba, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Amman. In the summer, Amman often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Aqaba. Amman gets 364 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Aqaba receives 384 hours of full sun.

The heat can be very extreme in Aqaba. Amman is cooler than Aqaba in the summer. The temperature in Amman is usually 25°C (77°F) in July, and Aqaba stays around 33°C (91°F).


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Amman 25°C (77°F) 
    Aqaba 33°C (91°F)

Should I visit Amman or Aqaba in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Amman and Aqaba. Plenty of visitors come to Amman because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year. Plenty of visitors come to Aqaba because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year.

In October, Amman usually receives more rain than Aqaba. At this time of the year, Amman gets 26 mm (1 in) of rain, while Aqaba receives 1 mm (0 in) of rain.

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Aqaba this time of the year. In Amman, it's very sunny this time of the year. Amman usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Aqaba during autumn. At this time of the year, Amman gets 274 hours of sunny skies, while Aqaba receives 295 hours of full sun.

In the autumn, Amman is cooler than Aqaba. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Amman in October are around 20°C (68°F), and Aqaba is about 26°C (79°F).


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Amman 20°C (68°F) 
    Aqaba 26°C (79°F)

Should I visit Amman or Aqaba in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Amman as well as Aqaba. Amman attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate. Aqaba attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate.

Amman receives a lot of rain in the winter. Amman usually gets more rain in January than Aqaba. Amman gets 149 mm (5.9 in) of rain, while Aqaba receives 3 mm (0.1 in) of rain this time of the year.

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Aqaba. In the winter, Amman often gets less sunshine than Aqaba. Amman gets 184 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Aqaba receives 234 hours of full sun.

In January, Amman is generally much colder than Aqaba. Temperatures in Amman average around 8°C (46°F), and Aqaba stays around 14°C (57°F).


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Amman 8°C (46°F) 
    Aqaba 14°C (57°F)

Should I visit Amman or Aqaba in the Spring?

Both Aqaba and Amman are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Amman throughout the year. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Aqaba throughout the year.

In April, Amman usually receives more rain than Aqaba. At this time of the year, Amman gets 23 mm (0.9 in) of rain, while Aqaba receives 1 mm (0 in) of rain.

It's quite sunny in Aqaba. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Amman. Amman usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Aqaba during spring. At this time of the year, Amman gets 269 hours of sunny skies, while Aqaba receives 282 hours of full sun.

Amman is cooler than Aqaba in the spring. The temperature in Amman is usually 16°C (61°F) in April, and Aqaba stays around 24°C (75°F).


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Amman 16°C (61°F) 
    Aqaba 24°C (75°F)

Typical Weather for Aqaba and Amman

Amman Aqaba
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 8°C (46°F) 149 mm (5.9 in) 14°C (57°F) 3 mm (0.1 in)
Feb 9°C (48°F) 98 mm (3.9 in) 16°C (61°F) 1 mm (0 in)
Mar 12°C (54°F) 62 mm (2.4 in) 19°C (66°F) 1 mm (0 in)
Apr 16°C (61°F) 23 mm (0.9 in) 24°C (75°F) 1 mm (0 in)
May 21°C (70°F) 3 mm (0.1 in) 27°C (81°F) 0 mm (0 in)
Jun 24°C (75°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 31°C (88°F) 0 mm (0 in)
Jul 25°C (77°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 33°C (91°F) 0 mm (0 in)
Aug 25°C (77°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 33°C (91°F) 0 mm (0 in)
Sep 24°C (75°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 31°C (88°F) 0 mm (0 in)
Oct 20°C (68°F) 26 mm (1 in) 26°C (79°F) 1 mm (0 in)
Nov 14°C (57°F) 68 mm (2.7 in) 20°C (68°F) 2 mm (0.1 in)
Dec 10°C (50°F) 138 mm (5.4 in) 15°C (59°F) 3 mm (0.1 in)


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