A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Ankara vs. Alexandria for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Ankara or Alexandria?

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 Ankara and Alexandria. 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: Ankara or Alexandria?

Ankara

Located at the heart of Turkey near Central Anatolia, Ankara is the capital city and second largest city in the country after Istanbul. Formerly known for its long-haired goats and textiles, the city has since developed into a metropolitan mix of modern cultures with historic landmarks.

Alexandria

There are few cities in the world with a history as rich, deep, tragic and fascinating than Alexandria, Egypt. Founded by Alexander the Great in 331 BC, Egypt's second largest city has seen the most extreme ups and extreme downs. The city watched the beautiful and iconic Alexandria Lighthouse crumble to the ground after several natural disasters. The Alexandria Library housed their most sacred and historical documents only to be burned to the ground. These structures may be physically gone, but the history remains. Alexandria is a city with an ancient allure that draws in visitors from all over the world. Alexandria is a survivor city ready for a comeback.

Which place is cheaper, Alexandria or Ankara?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Ankara is $123, while the average daily cost in Alexandria is $26. 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 Ankara and Alexandria in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Ankara $60
    Alexandria $12
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Ankara $120
    Alexandria $24
Compare Hotels in Ankara and Alexandria

Looking for a hotel in Ankara or Alexandria? 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 Ankara


Hotels in Alexandria


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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: Ankara Hotel Prices and Alexandria Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Ankara $39
    Alexandria $3.82
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Ankara

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


  • Metro Ride
    $0.04
  • Short Taxi Ride
    $0.16

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Ankara

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Ankara:

  • Ankara City Center (Cankaya,Kizilay) Hotels to Ankara Esenboga Airport transfers: $77
  • Ankara Esenboga Airport transfers to Ankara City Center (Cankaya,Kizilay) Hotels: $72
  • Ankara Esenboğa Airport From/To City Center Private Transfer: $67
  • Ankara Private Departure Transfer from City hotels to Airport: $60
  • Ankara Private Transfer from central Ankara hotels to Ankara Airport (ESB): $110
  • Private Transfer from Ankara Esenboga Airport (ESB) to Central Ankara: $110
  • Private Transfers Ankara City or Esenboga Airport to/from Beypazari Town: $185
  • Private Transfers Ankara City or Esenboga Airport to/from Gordion Ancient City: $185
  • Private Transfers Ankara City or Esenboga Airport to/from Kizilcahamam Town: $185
  • Private Transfers Between Ankara Esenboga Airport - Ankara City Centre: $75
  • Private transfer: Ankara Airport (ESB) to Ankara: $40
  • Private transfer: Ankara to Ankara Airport (ESB): $40

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Alexandria

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


  • Taxi to Train Station
    $0.13

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Alexandria

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Alexandria:

  • Alexandria Airport Arrival Transfer: $24
  • Alexandria Airport Departure Transfer: $29
  • Alexandria Airport Departure Transfer: $25
  • Alexandria Airport to Alexandria - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $53
  • Alexandria to Alexandria Airport - Departure Private Transfer: $26
  • Borg El Arab Arrival & Departure Transfers: $40
  • Car transfer for Karnak Temple From Luxor: $20
  • From Private One-Way Transfer to Cairo: $76
  • From Private Transfer to Luxor: $254
  • Pick Up Transfers From Alexandria Borg Al Arab Airport To Cairo: $130
  • Pickup Transfers From Alexandria Borg Al Arab Airport To Alexandria Hotel: $50
  • Private Airport Transfer in Alexandria: $22

Is it cheaper to fly into Ankara or Alexandria?

Prices for flights to both Alexandria and Ankara 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
    Ankara $34
    Alexandria $9.92
Typical Food Prices in Ankara

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Ankara:


  • A Quick Lunch
    $0.37

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Alexandria

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

  • Private Full-Day Food Tour of Alexandria with Hotel Pick Up: $33
  • Half-Day Food Tour in Alexandria, Egypt: $35
  • Food Tour in Alexandria for Lunch or Dinner in The Best Restaurants: $45
  • Private Food Tour To The Famous Restaurant In Alexandria : $45
  • Alexandria Food Tour: $50
  • Private Food Tour in Alexandria for Lunch or Dinner : $80
  • From Giza: Sound&light show, Giza pyramids and Dinner on the Nile: $94

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Ankara $36
    Alexandria $5.37
Typical Entertainment Prices in Ankara

Here are a few typical costs in Ankara for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:


  • Underground City
    $0.26

Tours and Activities in Ankara

Here are a few actual costs in Ankara for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Family-Friendly Smartphone Walking Tour: $6.00
  • Quick Tour, Essentials of Ankara: $6.00
  • Inns and Baths City Sightseeing Mobile Audio Guide: $6.00
  • Private Tour with a Local: $38
  • Private Guided Walking Tour in Ankara: $55
  • Private custom tour with a local guide: $56
  • Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Topkapi Palace: $145
  • Istanbul: Golden Horn & Bosphorus Day Cruise: $165
  • İstanbul: Full-Day Tour with Grand Bazaar: $180
  • Ankara Private Walking Tour with a Professional Guide: $221
  • Private Tour: Ankara Sightseeing: $235
  • Private Tour of Historical Ankara City: $241

Tours and Activities in Alexandria

Here are a few actual costs in Alexandria for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Alexandria Library Entry Ticket: $5.70
  • Catacomb Of Kom El-Shoqafa Entry Ticket: $5.70
  • Citadel of Qaitbay Entry Ticket: $5.70
  • Catacomb Of Kom El-Shoqafa Entry Tickets: $5.70
  • Roman Theater Entry Ticket: $5.70
  • Qaitbay Citadel Entry Ticket: $5.70
  • Alexandria Library Entry Ticket: $5.70
  • Bibliotheca Alexandrina Entry Ticket: $6.63
  • Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa Entry Tickets: $6.63
  • Library of Alexandria Entry Ticket: $6.63
  • Skip the Line Entry Ticket to Citadel of Qaitbay : $6.63
  • Skip the Line Entry Ticket to the Roman Theater in Alexandria: $6.63

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Ankara $16
    Alexandria $2.07


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Ankara and Alexandria, we can see that Ankara is more expensive. And not only is Alexandria much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Ankara is in Europe and Alexandria is in Africa, 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 Alexandria would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Alexandria 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 Ankara would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Ankara than you might in Alexandria.

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


Which is Bigger, Ankara or Alexandria?

Alexandria has a larger population, and is about 8% larger than the population of Ankara. When comparing the sizes of Ankara and Alexandria, 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.