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

Should you visit Amman or Istanbul?

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 Istanbul. 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 Istanbul?

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.

Istanbul

Istanbul is strategically located on the Bosphorus and is split between Europe and Asia. It truly is a city where east meets west. Istanbul is the cultural and financial hub of Turkey, and also the most populous city. The sites are countless and there's something for everybody, whether you're interested in art, music, food, or adventure. You can pass many days exploring both the residential and commercial pockets of this city. Much of the appeal is hidden away along back alleys or within corner shops.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Luxury Tours to Jordan, The Best Budget Tours to Jordan, The Best 2-Week Tours in Turkey, and Tours for Outdoor and Nature Lovers in Turkey.


Which place is cheaper, Istanbul 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 Istanbul is $125. 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 Istanbul in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Amman $49
    Istanbul $47
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Amman $98
    Istanbul $94
Compare Hotels in Amman and Istanbul

Looking for a hotel in Amman or Istanbul? 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 Istanbul


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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 Istanbul Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Amman $24
    Istanbul $54
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:

  • Queen Alia Intl Airport Private Transfer to Amman City or Hotels: $20
  • From Amman :Private transfer to Airport, Dead Sea and Petra.: $21
  • Private Transfer From Amman Airport to many cities: $21
  • Airport pickup or drop off transfer from or to Amman city: $23
  • Amman Airport Private Arrival Transfer: $27
  • Amman Airport: Private Transfer to Amman Hotels: $27
  • Private Transfer from / to Amman Airport to Amman Hotel: $28
  • Petra Private Transfer to or from Amman or Airport or Dead Sea or K.H.B: $30
  • Private departure transfer from Amman to airport: $30
  • Private Transfer From or To QAIA and Amman: $30
  • Amman Airport Private Luxury Transfer To Amman, Jordan: $35
  • Amman Airport Transfer to any Amman Hotel: $35

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Istanbul

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Istanbul are as follows:


  • Ferry
    $0.09
  • Local Bus
    $0.09

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Istanbul

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Istanbul:

  • İstanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport Transfer (SAW) To Istanbul Hotel: $66
  • İstanbul Private Airport Transfer: $139
  • İstanbul Airports Transfer Services: $43
  • istanbul airport & sabiha gokcen airport transfer by private car: $50
  • Vip Airport Transfer to/from Istanbul City Center: $59
  • VIP Transfer from Hotel, Airbnb To Istanbul Airport: $60
  • VIP Daily Transfer from the Istanbul Airport to Istanbul City: $77
  • Try find your better than us ! Airport transfer in Istanbul HTL-APT (SAW): $52
  • Transfer from Istanbul Port to Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport(SAW: $31
  • Transfer from Hotels to Airports in Istanbul by Private Minivan : $61
  • Transfer from Airports in Istanbul to Hotels by Private Eco-Sedan: $50
  • Sabiha Gokcen Airport transfers to Sisli hotels: $77

Is it cheaper to fly into Amman or Istanbul?

Prices for flights to both Istanbul 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
    Istanbul $31
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 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: $113
  • Private Jordan Heritage Restaurant Lunch or Dinner with Wine Experience : $173

Typical Food Prices in Istanbul

Some typical examples of dining costs in Istanbul are as follows:


  • Juice
    $0.06
  • Turkish Delight
    $0.02
  • Dessert
    $0.26
  • Pastries
    $0.05

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Istanbul

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

  • Bosphorus Dinner Cruise with Turkish Night Show from Istanbul: $17
  • Istanbul Bosphorus Dinner Cruise Turkish Night Show All inclusive: $17
  • Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise with All inclusive Dinner and Belly-Dancer Show : $27
  • Dinner Cruise Bosphorus with Hotel Transfer: $28
  • Istanbul Bosphorus Dinner Cruise with Unlimited Drinks and Shows: $30
  • Luxury Bosphorus Dinner Cruise & Shows Private Table & Free Wi-Fi: $31
  • Bosphorus Dinner Cruise with Folklore Show & Belly Dancers: $32
  • 3 Hour Ottoman Dinner Cruise in Istanbul : $33
  • All Inclusive Moonlight Dinner Cruise on The Bosphorus: $33
  • Bosphorus Night Cruise with Dinner, Show and Private Table: $35
  • Bosphorus Dinner Cruise Tour: $38
  • Bosphorus Dinner And Show Cruise With Unlimited Non Alcoholic Drinks: $39

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Amman $32
    Istanbul $78

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
  • JR The Wine Experience: $26
  • Downtown Walking tour. History, Food, Culture: $32
  • Full Day Amman Private City Tour: $35
  • Private Sightseeing City Tour: $40
  • Amman Tour: $41
  • Amman : Must-See attractions Private walking tour: $43
  • Amman City Walking Tour, Traditions ,Culture, History & Food: $46
  • Amman At Night Walking Tour Authentic Cultural Experience: $46
  • Half Day Private tour to Dead Sea From Amman. : $50
  • Amman Private City Tour: $50

Typical Entertainment Prices in Istanbul

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Istanbul are as follows:


  • Bosphurus Boat (for 2)
    $0.61
  • Yerebatan Cistern for Two
    $0.61
  • Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts for Two
    $0.31
  • Hagia Sofia entrance
    $0.92

Tours and Activities in Istanbul

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Istanbul are as follows:

  • 4 Hours Private Highlights Tour Of Istanbul: $275
  • All in One Day Istanbul - Historical Tour of Istanbul with Bosphorus Cruise: $165
  • Bosphorus Cruise And Asia Minor Tour: $220
  • Bosphorus Morning or Sunset Guided Cruise Tour: $23
  • Dolmabace Palace, Bosphorus Boat Tour , Eyüp Sultan Mosque Tour: $150
  • Full Day Private Guided Istanbul Tour: $50
  • Hagia Sophia Private Tour - Skip the Ticket Line : $199
  • Highlights of Cappadocia with Mehmet ( Private Tour ): $95
  • Hippodrome and Blue Mosque Guided Tour: $22
  • Istanbul Half Day City Tour (Ottoman Relics): $77
  • Must - See Istanbul Stops 1: Half Day Morning Tour: $140
  • Private Istanbul Guided Tour: $75

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Amman $14
    Istanbul $15

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

Sample the Local Flavors in Istanbul

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Istanbul:

  • Famous Istanbul Pub Crawl #1 Nightlife Experience: $27


When comparing the travel costs between Amman and Istanbul, we can see that Istanbul 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. Even though Amman is in Middle East and Istanbul is in Europe, both of these destinations have relatively similar prices of travel. Generally, the levels of luxury and expenses are the same for these cities even though they are geographically far apart.

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


Which is Bigger, Amman or Istanbul?

Istanbul has a larger population, and is about 9 times larger than the population of Amman. When comparing the sizes of Amman and Istanbul, 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 Istanbul?

Istanbul has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, but Amman experiences a warm climate with fairly sunny weather most of the year.

Should I visit Amman or Istanbul in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Amman as well as Istanbul. Amman attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate. Also, most visitors come to Istanbul for the city activities and the family-friendly experiences during these months.

In July, Amman is generally around the same temperature as Istanbul. Daily temperatures in Amman average around 25°C (77°F), and Istanbul fluctuates around 24°C (74°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Istanbul. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Amman this time of the year. In the summer, Amman often gets more sunshine than Istanbul. Amman gets 364 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Istanbul receives 333 hours of full sun.

Amman usually gets less rain in July than Istanbul. Amman gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Istanbul receives 19 mm (0.7 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Amman 25°C (77°F) 
    Istanbul 24°C (74°F)

Should I visit Amman or Istanbul in the Autumn?

Both Istanbul and Amman are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities. The warm climate attracts visitors to Amman throughout the year. Also, the autumn months attract visitors to Istanbul because of the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area.

Amman is a little warmer than Istanbul in the autumn. The daily temperature in Amman averages around 20°C (68°F) in October, and Istanbul fluctuates around 16°C (61°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Amman. Amman usually receives more sunshine than Istanbul during autumn. Amman gets 274 hours of sunny skies, while Istanbul receives 169 hours of full sun in the autumn.

In October, Amman usually receives less rain than Istanbul. Amman gets 26 mm (1 in) of rain, while Istanbul receives 71 mm (2.8 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Amman 20°C (68°F) 
    Istanbul 16°C (61°F)

Should I visit Amman or Istanbul in the Winter?

Both Istanbul and Amman during the winter are popular places to visit. Plenty of visitors come to Amman because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year. Furthermore, the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine are the main draw to Istanbul this time of year.

In the winter, Amman is a little warmer than Istanbul. Typically, the winter temperatures in Amman in January average around 8°C (46°F), and Istanbul averages at about 6°C (43°F).

In the winter, Amman often gets more sunshine than Istanbul. Amman gets 184 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Istanbul receives 75 hours of full sun.

It rains a lot this time of the year in Amman. Amman usually gets more rain in January than Istanbul. Amman gets 149 mm (5.9 in) of rain, while Istanbul receives 99 mm (3.9 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Amman 8°C (46°F) 
    Istanbul 6°C (43°F)

Should I visit Amman or Istanbul in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Amman and Istanbul. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Amman year-round. Furthermore, many travelers come to Istanbul for the activities around the city and the natural beauty.

In April, Amman is generally a little warmer than Istanbul. Daily temperatures in Amman average around 16°C (61°F), and Istanbul fluctuates around 13°C (55°F).

In Amman, it's very sunny this time of the year. Amman usually receives more sunshine than Istanbul during spring. Amman gets 269 hours of sunny skies, while Istanbul receives 180 hours of full sun in the spring.

In April, Amman usually receives less rain than Istanbul. Amman gets 23 mm (0.9 in) of rain, while Istanbul receives 49 mm (1.9 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Amman 16°C (61°F) 
    Istanbul 13°C (55°F)

Typical Weather for Istanbul and Amman

Amman Istanbul
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 8°C (46°F) 149 mm (5.9 in) 6°C (43°F) 99 mm (3.9 in)
Feb 9°C (48°F) 98 mm (3.9 in) 6°C (44°F) 67 mm (2.6 in)
Mar 12°C (54°F) 62 mm (2.4 in) 8°C (47°F) 62 mm (2.4 in)
Apr 16°C (61°F) 23 mm (0.9 in) 13°C (55°F) 49 mm (1.9 in)
May 21°C (70°F) 3 mm (0.1 in) 17°C (63°F) 31 mm (1.2 in)
Jun 24°C (75°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 21°C (71°F) 21 mm (0.8 in)
Jul 25°C (77°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 24°C (74°F) 19 mm (0.7 in)
Aug 25°C (77°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 24°C (74°F) 26 mm (1 in)
Sep 24°C (75°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 20°C (69°F) 41 mm (1.6 in)
Oct 20°C (68°F) 26 mm (1 in) 16°C (61°F) 71 mm (2.8 in)
Nov 14°C (57°F) 68 mm (2.7 in) 12°C (54°F) 89 mm (3.5 in)
Dec 10°C (50°F) 138 mm (5.4 in) 9°C (47°F) 122 mm (4.8 in)