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

Should you visit Amman or Reykjavik?

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 Reykjavik. 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 Reykjavik?

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.

Reykjavik

Reykjavik is the capital and largest city in the country of Iceland. The city is where the vast majority of the country's population resides and the urban area has about 200,000 residents. The city is sprawling, with a large area covered in suburbs. The the city center is quite compact, with many interesting and colorful houses. There are a lot of things that attract tourists to this city, including an interesting culture and history as well as plenty of shopping and dining opportunities.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Luxury Tours to Jordan, The Best Budget Tours to Jordan, The Best Budget Tours to Iceland, and The Best Tours for Seniors to Iceland.


Which place is cheaper, Reykjavik 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 Reykjavik is $249. 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 Reykjavik in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Amman $49
    Reykjavik $141
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Amman $98
    Reykjavik $282
Compare Hotels in Amman and Reykjavik

Looking for a hotel in Amman or Reykjavik? 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 Reykjavik


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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 Reykjavik Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Amman $24
    Reykjavik $46
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 from Queen Alia Airport to Dead Sea Hotels: $63
  • Transfer from Amman or Airport to Petra with Optional Tour: $99
  • Transfer Amman To/From Petra: $200
  • Queen Alia Intl Airport Private Transfer to Amman City or Hotels: $20
  • Queen Alia International Airport Transfers To Amman, Petra.: $257
  • Queen Alia Airport and Amman Private Transfer /Multiple Destion: $44
  • Queen Alia Airport Transfers: $43
  • Private Transfer: From Amman City to Dead Sea : $60
  • Private Transfer: From Amman City to Airport: $38
  • Private Transfer to Aqaba from Amman or Queen Alia Airport: $360

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Reykjavik

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

  • Transfer To & From Blue Lagoon: $98
  • To/from Blue Lagoon Private Transfer in Iceland: $172
  • The Lava Tunnel Tour with Transfer from Reykjavik: $104
  • The Blue Lagoon Comfort Package Including Transfer from Reykjavik: $185
  • Sky Lagoon Entry with 7-Step Ritual and Transfers from Reykjavik: $124
  • Skarfabakki Cruise Port to Keflavik Airport (KEF) - Departure Private Transfer: $93
  • Skarfabakki Cruise Port Transfers To/From Keflavik Airport.: $169
  • Skálafell to Reykjavik Airport (RKV) - Departure Private Transfer: $22
  • Roundtrip Bus Transfer to the Blue Lagoon: $46
  • Private Transfer to/from Keflavík Airport: $169
  • Private Luxury Airport Transfer Service: $284
  • Private Airport Transfer - RVK to KEF: $188

Is it cheaper to fly into Amman or Reykjavik?

Prices for flights to both Reykjavik 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
    Reykjavik $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:

  • Private 2 Hour Cooking Class with the Locals in Amman: $51
  • Private Madaba Haret Jdoudna Restaurant Lunch or Dinner from Amman: $90
  • Private Panoramic Amman Tour and Local Lunch or Dinner-Wine Taste: $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

Typical Food Prices in Reykjavik

For Reykjavik, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Dinner (Fish Market)
    $180

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Reykjavik

For Reykjavik, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Reykjavik Food Tour - Old Harbor Walking Tour: $123
  • Reykjavik Market & Lunch Food Tour - BiteSizedIceland.com: $124
  • Reykjavik Food Tour in the Old Harbor - BiteSizedIceland.com: $124
  • Icelandic Food Tour: $125
  • Authentic Reykjavik Food Tour with Flea Market Delights: $125
  • Weekend Reykjavik Food Tour with a stop at the Reykjavik Flea Market: $128
  • 3 Hour Shared Christmas Food Tour with Guide in Reykjavik: $129
  • The Reykjavik Christmas Food Tour: $130
  • Private Reykjavik Christmas Food Tour: $209
  • Icelandic Cooking Class in Downtown Reykjavik with Musical Hosts: $296

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Amman $32
    Reykjavik $73

Tours and Activities in Amman

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

  • Full Day Tour in Baptism Site, Mount Nebo and Madaba: $85
  • MT_ Private Driver - Tourist Transport and Business Services : $56
  • 01 Day Tour to Dead Sea From Amman: $220
  • 1 Day Tour to Amman Jerash and Ajloun castle : $215
  • 1 Day Tour: Amman and Jerash: $176
  • 1-Day Tour: Amman and Dead Sea: $161
  • 1-Night Private Overnight Madaba Independent Tour from Amman: $170
  • 1Day Private spiritual Tour to Amman Madaba Baptism site Dead Sea: $235
  • 2 Day Private Tour to Petra and Wadi Rum from Amman : $215
  • 2 Day Tour Petra Wadi Rum and Dead Sea from Amman: $300
  • 2 Day Tour to Petra, Wadi Rum, and Dead Sea from Amman: $200
  • 2 Days - 1 Night Ma'in Hot Springs Private Tour From Amman: $150

Typical Entertainment Prices in Reykjavik

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Reykjavik's activities, tours, and tickets:


  • Art Museum
    $11
  • Wine and Spa
    $30

Tours and Activities in Reykjavik

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

  • Private Reykjavík TukTuk Tour: $255
  • Winter South Coast Day Tour by Minibus from Reykjavik: $180
  • #1 Northern Lights Tour In Iceland from Reykjavik with PRO photos: $148
  • 1 Hour ATV Quad Tour including Hafravatn: Pick up from Reykjavik: $132
  • 1+ hour Private Horse riding tour from Reykjavík/Mosfellsbær: $161
  • 1-Hour Helicopter Tour in Iceland: The Geothermal Tour: $444
  • 1-Hour Small Group Sightseeing Boat Tour in Vestmannaeyjar: $133
  • 1hr ATV Adventure & Caving from Reykjavik: $260
  • 1hr ATV Adventure & Whale Watching Combination Tour from Reykjavik: $282
  • 1hr ATV Reykjavik Peak Adventure: $125
  • 1hr Buggy Adventure & Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik: $279
  • 1hr Buggy Adventure & Whale Watching from Reykjavik: $289

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Amman $14
    Reykjavik $28

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
  • Full Day Tour of Ajloun Castle with Cable Car and Wine Tasting : $135

Typical Alcohol Prices in Reykjavik

Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Reykjavik are as follows:


  • Beer
    $8.89

Sample the Local Flavors in Reykjavik

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Reykjavik:

  • Eimverk Distillery Tour with Tasting: $33
  • Gin Distillery tour and tasting: $35


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Amman and Reykjavik, we can see that Reykjavik is more expensive. And not only is Amman much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Amman is in Middle East and Reykjavik is in Europe, this is one of the main reasons why the costs are so different, as different regions of the world tend to have overall different travel costs. 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 Reykjavik would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Reykjavik 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 Reykjavik Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Amman or Reykjavik?

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

Reykjavik 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 Reykjavik in the Summer?

Both Reykjavik and Amman are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities. The warm climate attracts visitors to Amman throughout the year. Also, most visitors come to Reykjavik for the hiking and the family-friendly experiences during these months.

In July, Amman is generally much warmer than Reykjavik. Daily temperatures in Amman average around 25°C (77°F), and Reykjavik fluctuates around 11°C (52°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Amman. Amman usually receives more sunshine than Reykjavik during summer. Amman gets 364 hours of sunny skies, while Reykjavik receives 171 hours of full sun in the summer.

In July, Amman usually receives less rain than Reykjavik. Amman gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Reykjavik receives 52 mm (2 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Amman 25°C (77°F) 
    Reykjavik 11°C (52°F)

Should I visit Amman or Reykjavik in the Autumn?

Both Reykjavik 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. Furthermore, the autumn months attract visitors to Reykjavik because of the hiking trails, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area.

The weather in Reykjavik can be very cold. Amman is much warmer than Reykjavik in the autumn. The daily temperature in Amman averages around 20°C (68°F) in October, and Reykjavik fluctuates around 5°C (41°F).

It's quite sunny in Amman. In the autumn, Amman often gets more sunshine than Reykjavik. Amman gets 274 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Reykjavik receives 83 hours of full sun.

Amman usually gets less rain in October than Reykjavik. Amman gets 26 mm (1 in) of rain, while Reykjavik receives 86 mm (3.4 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Amman 20°C (68°F) 
    Reykjavik 5°C (41°F)

Should I visit Amman or Reykjavik in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Amman and Reykjavik. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Amman year-round. Furthermore, the shopping scene and the cuisine are the main draw to Reykjavik this time of year.

It's quite cold in Reykjavik in the winter. In the winter, Amman is much warmer than Reykjavik. Typically, the winter temperatures in Amman in January average around 8°C (46°F), and Reykjavik averages at about -0°C (32°F).

Amman usually receives more sunshine than Reykjavik during winter. Amman gets 184 hours of sunny skies, while Reykjavik receives 27 hours of full sun in the winter.

Amman gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In January, Amman usually receives more rain than Reykjavik. Amman gets 149 mm (5.9 in) of rain, while Reykjavik receives 76 mm (3 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Amman 8°C (46°F) 
    Reykjavik -0°C (32°F)

Should I visit Amman or Reykjavik in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Amman as well as Reykjavik. Amman attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate. Additionally, many travelers come to Reykjavik for the natural beauty.

Be prepared for some very cold days in Reykjavik. In April, Amman is generally much warmer than Reykjavik. Daily temperatures in Amman average around 16°C (61°F), and Reykjavik fluctuates around 3°C (38°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Amman this time of the year. In the spring, Amman often gets more sunshine than Reykjavik. Amman gets 269 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Reykjavik receives 140 hours of full sun.

Amman usually gets less rain in April than Reykjavik. Amman gets 23 mm (0.9 in) of rain, while Reykjavik receives 58 mm (2.3 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Amman 16°C (61°F) 
    Reykjavik 3°C (38°F)

Typical Weather for Reykjavik and Amman

Amman Reykjavik
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 8°C (46°F) 149 mm (5.9 in) -0°C (32°F) 76 mm (3 in)
Feb 9°C (48°F) 98 mm (3.9 in) 1°C (33°F) 72 mm (2.8 in)
Mar 12°C (54°F) 62 mm (2.4 in) 1°C (34°F) 82 mm (3.2 in)
Apr 16°C (61°F) 23 mm (0.9 in) 3°C (38°F) 58 mm (2.3 in)
May 21°C (70°F) 3 mm (0.1 in) 7°C (44°F) 44 mm (1.7 in)
Jun 24°C (75°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 10°C (49°F) 50 mm (2 in)
Jul 25°C (77°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 11°C (52°F) 52 mm (2 in)
Aug 25°C (77°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 11°C (52°F) 62 mm (2.4 in)
Sep 24°C (75°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 8°C (46°F) 67 mm (2.6 in)
Oct 20°C (68°F) 26 mm (1 in) 5°C (41°F) 86 mm (3.4 in)
Nov 14°C (57°F) 68 mm (2.7 in) 1°C (35°F) 73 mm (2.9 in)
Dec 10°C (50°F) 138 mm (5.4 in) 0°C (32°F) 79 mm (3.1 in)