Should you visit Amman or Eilat?
Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the prices of travel for Amman and Eilat. 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 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.
Eilat serves as the gateway to Israel from Egypt. It's located at the southern tip of the country and sits on the Red Sea with views of the Gulf of Aqaba. It's location in the Negev Desert along the beautiful coast make it appealing to both domestic and international vacationers.
Eilat is a resort town with many dive shops and snorkeling opportunities. The population of about 50,000 can easily be overshadowed by vacationers. With no shortage of sun, entertainment, bars, and partying, you will find both Israeli and international tourists looking for an oasis of fun and relaxation.
Although the area's coral reefs were being damaged by overuse, the removal of contraversial fish cages in 2008 has led to a slow recovery and an improvement in the quality of diving and snorkeling in the area. There are also less crowds than you will find in Sharm el-Sheikh or Dahab, Egypt.
Eilat has a hot desert climate. The summers are hot and dry and the winters are warm and dry. Temperatures in the winter can range from 52 to 73 degrees Fahrenheit and summer temperatures are usually between 79 and 104 degrees Fahrenheit.
Which city is cheaper, Eilat 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 Eilat is $130. 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 Eilat in more detail.
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.
An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $172 in Eilat For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.
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.
Eilat food costs typically run travelers around $33 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.
Meals for one day
Typical Food prices in Amman
For Amman, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:
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:
Amman City Tour & Food Tour Combo:
Private Panoramic Tour of Amman with Lunch or Dinner:
Private Kan Zaman Lunch or Dinner from Amman:
Private Madaba Haret Jdoudna Restaurant Lunch or Dinner from Amman:
Half Day Cooking Class in Amman:
Downtown Amman by Night (Dinner Included):
Contemporary Amman by Night (Dinner Included):
Romantic Dinner for Two in Amman:
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.
Eilat's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend $12 per person, per day on transportation in Eilat.
Typical Local Transportation prices in Amman
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Amman:
Bus Ride (for Two)
RIde to Airport
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Amman
Also for Amman, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Wadi Rum Private Transfer to/from Amman or Airport:
Wadi Rum Private Transfer to/from Amman or Airport:
Transfer from QAIA to Amman Hotel:
Transfer from Amman to Jerash and back to Amman at the same day:
Transfer from Amman City or Airport to Petra with Optional Tour:
Transfer from Amman Airport to Dead Sea Hotels or vise versa:
Transfer from Amman Airport to Dead Sea Hotel:
Transfer from Amman Airport to Dead Sea:
Transfer from Airport/Amman hotel to Petra:
Transfer from Airport to Dead Sea:
Typical Local Transportation prices in Eilat
Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Eilat:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Eilat
Also for Eilat, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Ultra - Eilat Private Airport Transfer from Eilat City Centre to Ramon Airport:
Transfer to Eilat from Ben Gurion Airport:
PrivateTransfer fromTaba Border to Sharm El Sheikh ( Group of (1- 4 ):
Private transfer from Taba border to Sharm el Sheikh:
Private Transfer Airport Ramon to Taba Border:
Private Transfer Airport Ramon to Eilat:
Private Departure Transfer from Eilat City to Eilat ETM Airport:
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.
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Eilat can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $15 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
Tours and Activities in Amman
For Amman, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
1-Night Private Jerusalem and Bethlehem Tour from Ammanm:
1-Night Private Overnight Dead Sea Independent Tour from Amman:
1-Night Private Overnight Jerash Independent Tour from Amman:
1-Night Private Overnight Madaba Independent Tour from Amman:
1-Night Private Overnight Wadi Mujib Independent Tour from Amman:
10-Day Jordan and Holy Land Tour from Amman:
17-Night Jordan and Egypt Highlights with Nile Cruise, Red Sea:
2 Days Jordan Private Tour: Petra, Wadi Rum, and Dead Sea:
2 Days Petra & Wadi Rum Tour from and to Amman:
2 Days Tour Petra, Wadi Rum, Aqaba from Amman:
2 days 1 night in wadi rum including Dead Sea And Petra tour:
2 – Night Private Overnight Aqaba Independent Tour from Amman:
Tours and Activities in Eilat
For Eilat, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
02 Days with 01 overnight Petra and Wadi Rum Tour from Eilat Border:
03 Days - 02 Nights Petra & Wadi Rum Tour from Eilat Border:
1-Day Cairo Tour from Eilat:
2 Day Small Group Cairo Tour from Eilat:
2 Day in Petra include overnight in Petra tour from Eilat:
2 day tour to Petra from Eilat:
3 Day Petra And Wadi Rum Tour from Eilat:
3 Day Tour to Petra and Cairo:
Daily tour to Jerusalem from Eilat:
Day Tour to Petra from Eilat:
Dead Sea & Masada at Sunrise Tour from Eilat:
Dead Sea Shuttle Tour from Eilat:
Typically, people visiting Amman spend on average $18 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Typically, people visiting Eilat spend on average $25 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
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:
Private Wine Tasting Tour In Amman:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Amman and Eilat, we can see that Eilat is more expensive. And not only is Amman much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Amman would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Amman 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 Eilat would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Eilat than you might in Amman.
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