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 place 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 $110, while the average daily cost in Aqaba is $126. 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 Amman and Aqaba in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Amman $49
    Aqaba $59
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Amman $98
    Aqaba $118
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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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Amman Hotel Prices and Aqaba Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Amman $24
    Aqaba $24
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:

  • Private Transfer from Amman Airport to Amman Hotel : $23
  • Active Aqaba Private Transfer from to Amman or Airport or Dead Sea: $60
  • Airport Private Transfer to or from Amman or Dead Sea or K.H.B: $60
  • Airport Transfer To Dead Sea Hotel: $59
  • Airport Transfer to Any Hotel In Amman: $37
  • Airport Transfers Upon Arrival to Amman City: $68
  • Airport Transfers Upon Arrival to the Dead Sea: $104
  • Airport Transfers | From / To Queen Alia International Airport.: $45
  • Airport pickup or drop off transfer from or to Amman city: $23
  • Airport to Dead Sea Transfer (private shuttle): $85
  • Amman Airport (AMM) to Amman Hotels - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $86
  • Amman Airport (AMM) to Amman hotels - Arrival Private Transfer: $43

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Aqaba

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Aqaba:

  • transfer from aqaba airport to aqaba city(or hotel ): $50
  • Wadi Rum to Petra Private Transfer: $80
  • Wadi Rum to Aqaba Port Private Transfer: $80
  • Wadi Rum to Aqaba Border Terminal Private Transfer: $85
  • Wadi Araba Border (Eilat) Private Transfer To Petra: $135
  • Transfers from Aqaba Airport to Aqaba city: $50
  • Transfers , Meet & Assistance at Wadi Araba Crossing Border : $133
  • Transfer from Aqaba City Or TalaBay to Wadi rum: $48
  • Transfer from Aqaba City Or TalaBay to Amman Airport: $101
  • Transfer from Aqaba Airport to Petra: $60
  • Transfer From Aqaba Airport to Wadi rum: $45
  • Transfer From Aqaba Airport to Petra: $59

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 $34
    Aqaba $42
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:

  • Amman:Home resturant lunch and dinner: $37
  • Private 2 Hour Cooking Class with the Locals in Amman: $51
  • Private Day or Night Amman Sightseeing - Optional Cooking or Wine Tasting Tour : $51
  • 3 course dinner with a sommelier: $56
  • Private Lunch or Dinner at a Local Traditional Restaurant in Amman: $71
  • Private Madaba Haret Jdoudna Restaurant Lunch or Dinner from Amman: $90
  • Private Panoramic Tour of Amman with Local Lunch or Dinner: $90
  • Private Jordan Heritage Restaurant Lunch or Dinner Experience : $109
  • Half Day Cooking Class Experience with Amman Panoramic Tour: $109
  • Private Jordan Heritage Restaurant Lunch or Dinner with Arak Experience: $160
  • Private Jordan Heritage Restaurant Lunch or Dinner with Wine Experience : $173

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Aqaba

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

  • Explore Wadi Rum: Jeep Tour, Bed and Breakfast, and Dinner: $43
  • Suhaila (connecting through cooking): $50
  • Overnight in Bedouin Camp. Dinner and breakfast included.: $56
  • 4 hour desert jeep tour with overnight in beduin camp including dinner&breakfast: $68
  • 4 Hours Jeep Tour with Overnight in Bedouin Camp and Dinner: $70
  • Wadi Rum Full Day Jeep Tour + Overnight in Bedouin Camp & Dinner : $76
  • Wadi Rum Full Day Jeep Tour + Overnight + Dinner in Bedouin Camp: $87
  • Wadi Rum Full Day Jeep Tour + Overnight & Dinner in Bedouin Camp: $88
  • Wadi Rum New Year Eve Party (Jeep Tour + Dinner + Music + Fireworks + Overnight): $112
  • 2 Day Wadi Rum Tour: Traditional Dinner and Starlit Cave Camp: $115
  • Wadi Rum Full Day Jeep Tour + Overnight + Dinner Under the Stars: $135
  • From Wadi Rum Full-Day Private Jeep Tour with Dinner: $169

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Amman $32
    Aqaba $54

Tours and Activities in Amman

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

  • the apple bottom jeans experience 3: $1.14
  • Discover the hidden gems of Amman's Rainbow street on a self-guided audio tour: $5.00
  • Private City Tour With Optional Traditional Food in Amman: $20
  • Day or Night Walking Tour in Downtown With Local: $21
  • JR The Wine Experience: $26
  • Amman Shooping Tour: $35
  • Full Day Amman Private City Tour: $35
  • Private Sightseeing City Tour: $40
  • Half Day Private Tour to Iraq al-Amir (Qasr al-‘Abed): $40
  • History & Culture Immersion, City Tour Of Amman : $43
  • Full Day Amman Private Luxury City Tour: $45
  • Half Day Tour to Jerash : $48

Tours and Activities in Aqaba

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

  • Day Tour in Jeep Tour with Bedouin Guide: $81
  • Discover the Depths: Aqaba's Ultimate private Dive Experience: $55
  • Full-Day Jeep Tour in Wadi Rum without Overnight Stay: $85
  • Private Lawrence of Arabia Wadi Rum Overnight Bedouin Experience from Aqaba : $248
  • 02 Hrs Jeep tour in Wadi Rum : $37
  • 03 Hrs Jeep tour in Wadi Rum: $47
  • 04 Hrs Jeep tour in Wadi Rum: $63
  • 05 Hrs Jeep tour in Wadi Rum: $68
  • 06 Hours Jeep Tour in Wadi Rum : $84
  • 1 Day & 1 Night | Stay & Jeep + Camel Tour in Wadi Rum | Magic Bedouin Star: $136
  • 1 Day Camel tour with lunch: $100
  • 2 Days & 1 Night | Jeep & Hike Tour in Wadi Rum Desert | Magic Bedouin Star: $258

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Amman $14
    Aqaba $9.07

Sample the Local Flavors in Amman

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

  • 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.

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


Which is Bigger, Amman or Aqaba?

Amman has a larger population, and is about 10 times larger than the population of Aqaba. When comparing the sizes of Amman and Aqaba, 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.


When is the best time to visit Amman or Aqaba?

Both destinations experience a warmer 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. Plenty of visitors come to Amman because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Aqaba year-round.

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 daily temperature in Amman averages around 25°C (77°F) in July, and Aqaba fluctuates 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. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Amman year-round. Aqaba attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate.

In October, Amman usually receives more rain than Aqaba. Amman gets 26 mm (1 in) of rain, while Aqaba receives 1 mm (0 in) of rain each month for the autumn.

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. Amman gets 274 hours of sunny skies, while Aqaba receives 295 hours of full sun in the autumn.

In the autumn, Amman is cooler than Aqaba. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Amman in October average around 20°C (68°F), and Aqaba averages at 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 sunny climate. The warm climate attracts visitors to Aqaba throughout the year.

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. Daily temperatures in Amman average around 8°C (46°F), and Aqaba fluctuates 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 climate attracts visitors to Amman throughout the year. Plenty of visitors come to Aqaba because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year.

In April, Amman usually receives more rain than Aqaba. Amman gets 23 mm (0.9 in) of rain, while Aqaba receives 1 mm (0 in) of rain each month for the spring.

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. Amman gets 269 hours of sunny skies, while Aqaba receives 282 hours of full sun in the spring.

Amman is cooler than Aqaba in the spring. The daily temperature in Amman averages around 16°C (61°F) in April, and Aqaba fluctuates 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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