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

Should you visit Amman or Aqaba?

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare 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. So, let's dig into it.

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 $56, while the average daily cost in Aqaba is $57. 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. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Amman and Aqaba in more detail.




Accommodation

For a normal double-occupancy room in Amman, $48 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Amman, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is $24, such as in a hostel.

A hotel room in Aqaba is about $78 This assumes double occupancy and modest accommodations.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Amman $24
    Aqaba $39
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Amman $48
    Aqaba $78


Food

In Amman travelers spend around $17 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.

On average, meal and food prices in Aqaba cost around $15 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around $6.00.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Amman $17
    Aqaba $15
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


Local Transportation

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Amman than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $11 on transportation in Amman on average per day.

The average price of local transportation around Aqaba is $5.08 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Amman $11
    Aqaba $5.08
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


Entertainment

Sightseeing expenses in Amman, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $13 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Amman $13
    Aqaba -

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): $25
  • Half Day Private Tour to Iraq al-Amir (Qasr al-‘Abed) and Abo Jaber Caves: $25
  • Half Day Private Tour To Dead Sea: $26
  • 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
  • Amman Private City Tour: $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

Typically, people visiting Amman spend on average $18 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Amman $18
    Aqaba -

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.

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