A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Amman vs. Eilat for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Amman or Eilat?

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 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, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Where Should I go: Amman or Eilat?

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.

Eilat

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.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Luxury Tours to Jordan, The Best Budget Tours to Jordan, The Best 10-Day Tours in Israel, and The Best One Week (7-Day) Tours in Israel.


Which place 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 $110, while the average daily cost in Eilat is $142. 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 Eilat in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Amman $49
    Eilat $94
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Amman $98
    Eilat $188
Compare Hotels in Amman and Eilat

Looking for a hotel in Amman or Eilat? 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 Eilat


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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 Eilat Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Amman $24
    Eilat $13
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:

  • transfers Queen Alia Airport or Amman from/to Petra: $242
  • Wadi Rum transfer from - to Amman: $323
  • Transfer to Petra from Amman /Amman Airport: $290
  • Transfer from Amman or Airport to Petra with Optional Tour: $99
  • Transfer Amman To/From Petra: $200
  • Queen Alia International Airport Transfers To Amman, Petra.: $257
  • Queen Alia Airport Transfers: $43
  • Private departure transfer from Amman to airport: $30
  • Private Transfer: From Amman City to Dead Sea : $60
  • Private Transfer: From Amman City to Airport: $39
  • Private Transfer: Amman Airport to Aqaba Airport: $153
  • Private Transfer to Aqaba from Amman or Queen Alia Airport: $359

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Eilat

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Eilat:


  • Local Bus
    $3.77

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Eilat

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

  • Private Transfer From Ramon airport Eilat to Eilat Hotels or Arava Border : $70

Is it cheaper to fly into Amman or Eilat?

Prices for flights to both Eilat 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
    Eilat $36
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
  • Private Madaba Haret Jdoudna Restaurant Lunch or Dinner from Amman: $90
  • Private Jordan Heritage Restaurant Lunch or Dinner Experience : $109
  • Half Day Cooking Class Experience with Amman Panoramic Tour: $109
  • Half Day Cooking Class Experience with Amman Panoramic Tour: $113
  • 3-Hours Guided Food Tour in Amman: $130
  • Private Jordan Heritage Restaurant Lunch or Dinner with Wine Experience : $173

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Amman $32
    Eilat $16

Tours and Activities in Amman

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

  • From Amman :Private day tour to Jerash and Ajloun: $81
  • MT_ Private Driver - Tourist Transport and Business Services : $56
  • Tour to the hidden Kingdom of the north: $300
  • 01 Day Tour to Dead Sea From Amman: $220
  • 1 Day Tour to Amman Jerash and Ajloun castle : $150
  • 1 Day Tour: Amman and Jerash: $176
  • 1-Day Tour: Amman and Dead Sea: $161
  • 1-Night Private Overnight Dead Sea Independent Tour from Amman : $145
  • 1-Night Private Overnight Madaba Independent Tour from Amman: $170
  • 1Day Private spiritual Tour to Amman Madaba Baptism site Dead Sea: $150
  • 2 Day Private Tour to Petra and Wadi Rum from Amman : $215
  • 2 Days Group Tour From Petra Wadi Rum Aqaba Dead sea: $323

Tours and Activities in Eilat

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

  • 1 Day Tour to Petra From Eilat: $217
  • 2 day tour to Petra from Eilat: $299
  • Day Tour to Petra from Eilat: $219
  • From Timna Park Guided Jeep Tour: $65
  • Full Day Petra Tour from Eilat: $289
  • Full-Day Tour of Petra from Eilat: $199
  • Glass Bottom Boat Cruise in Eilat: $30
  • Jeep tour adventure Eilat mountains: $55
  • Park Timna: Small Group Photo Tour: $130
  • Petra 1-Day Tour from Eilat + FREE Traditional Lunch: $199
  • Petra 2-Day Tour from Eilat + FREE Authentic Lunch: $290
  • Petra and Wadi Rum 2 day tour from Eilat: $299

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Amman $14
    Eilat $27


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.

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


Which is Bigger, Amman or Eilat?

Amman has a larger population, and is about 30 times larger than the population of Eilat. When comparing the sizes of Amman and Eilat, 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 Eilat?

Both destinations experience a warmer climate with nice weather most of the year. Instead of summer and winter seasons, they usually have a rainy season and a dry season.

Should I visit Amman or Eilat in the Summer?

Both Eilat and Amman are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities. The warm climate attracts visitors to Amman throughout the year. Plenty of visitors come to Eilat because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year.

In July, Amman usually receives more rain than Eilat. Amman gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Eilat receives 0 mm (0 in) of rain each month for the summer.

It's quite sunny in Eilat. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Amman. Amman usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Eilat during summer. Amman gets 364 hours of sunny skies, while Eilat receives 384 hours of full sun in the summer.

Eilat can become quite hot in the summer. In the summer, Amman is cooler than Eilat. Typically, the summer temperatures in Amman in July average around 25°C (77°F), and Eilat averages at about 33°C (91°F).


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

Should I visit Amman or Eilat in the Autumn?

Both Eilat and Amman during the autumn 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 Eilat year-round.

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

In Eilat, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Amman. In the autumn, Amman often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Eilat. Amman gets 274 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Eilat receives 295 hours of full sun.

In October, Amman is generally cooler than Eilat. Daily temperatures in Amman average around 20°C (68°F), and Eilat fluctuates around 26°C (79°F).


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

Should I visit Amman or Eilat in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Amman and Eilat. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Amman year-round. Eilat attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate.

Amman gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In January, Amman usually receives more rain than Eilat. Amman gets 149 mm (5.9 in) of rain, while Eilat receives 2 mm (0.1 in) of rain each month for the winter.

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Eilat this time of the year. Amman usually receives less sunshine than Eilat during winter. Amman gets 184 hours of sunny skies, while Eilat receives 234 hours of full sun in the winter.

Amman is much colder than Eilat in the winter. The daily temperature in Amman averages around 8°C (46°F) in January, and Eilat fluctuates around 14°C (57°F).


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

Should I visit Amman or Eilat in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Amman as well as Eilat. Amman attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate. The warm climate attracts visitors to Eilat throughout the year.

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

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Eilat. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Amman this time of the year. In the spring, Amman often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Eilat. Amman gets 269 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Eilat receives 282 hours of full sun.

In the spring, Amman is cooler than Eilat. Typically, the spring temperatures in Amman in April average around 16°C (61°F), and Eilat averages at about 24°C (75°F).


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

Typical Weather for Eilat and Amman

Amman Eilat
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 8°C (46°F) 149 mm (5.9 in) 14°C (57°F) 2 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) 6 mm (0.2 in)
Apr 16°C (61°F) 23 mm (0.9 in) 24°C (75°F) 0 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) 0 mm (0 in)
Dec 10°C (50°F) 138 mm (5.4 in) 15°C (59°F) 6 mm (0.2 in)