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

Should you visit Ankara or Cairo?

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 Cairo. 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 Cairo?


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.


Cairo is the chaotic capital city of Egypt. With a population of more than 16 million, it is one of the largest cities in both Africa and the Middle East. As a traveler, you're likely to arrive and leave from here and you'll get your first orientation to the area during the chaotic and congestion filled taxi ride from the airport.

Which place is cheaper, Cairo or Ankara?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Ankara is $120, while the average daily cost in Cairo is $27. 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 Cairo in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Ankara $59
    Cairo $14
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Ankara $118
    Cairo $28
Compare Hotels in Ankara and Cairo

Looking for a hotel in Ankara or Cairo? 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 Cairo

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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 Cairo Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Ankara $38
    Cairo $4.59
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Ankara

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

  • Metro Ride
  • Short Taxi Ride

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: $66
  • 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 Cairo

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

  • Metro Ride
  • Taxi Ride

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cairo

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Cairo:

  • 2-Days Trip in Cairo & Giza (Including Free Transfer from the Airport): $143
  • Airport and excursion in Hurghada , Luxor or Cairo Transfer: $17
  • Cairo Airport Arrival Transfer: $18
  • Cairo Airport Departure Transfer : $25
  • Cairo Airport Transfer to Hotel: $20
  • Private Pickup transfer from Cairo Paradise Hotel to Cairo airport: $12
  • Private Pickup transfer from Windsor Hotel Cairo to Cairo airport: $12
  • Private Tour Giza Pyramids,Sphinx With Camel Ride,Lunch and Hotels Transfers: $20
  • Private Transfer from Cairo to Sharm El Sheikh : $290
  • Private Transfer to Siwa Oasis from Cairo Going and Coming Back: $125
  • Private airport Transfer: $15
  • Private transfer from Cairo Airport to Sonesta Hotel Tower : $12

Is it cheaper to fly into Ankara or Cairo?

Prices for flights to both Cairo 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 Meals for one day
    Ankara $33
    Cairo $7.30
Typical Food Prices in Ankara

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

  • A Quick Lunch

Typical Food Prices in Cairo

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

  • Juice

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cairo

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

  • Cairo Dinner Cruise On The Nile River With Private Transfer: $12
  • Dinner Cruise on the Nile River: $13
  • Super Safari Quad Bike Jeep Safari Buggy and Dinner in Hurghada: $15
  • Unusual Cairo Food Tour : $15
  • Nile dinner cruises in Cairo at night with different categories : $15
  • 2-Hour Nile River Night Dinner Cruise from Cairo: $16
  • Dinner Cruise on the Nile with Private Transfer from Cairo: $16
  • Super Safari ATV , Drive Buggy Car, Camel Ride, Dinner, Show-Hurghada: $19
  • Nile Sunset, Dinner Cruise, Show and Private Transfer: $19
  • Food Tour in Local Cairo Life with Egyptian tea: $19
  • Giza Pyramids ,Sphinx & Dinner Nile Cruise from Cairo/Giza hotel: $20
  • Private Expert tour Giza Pyramids ,Sphinx ,Nile Dinner Cruise & Belly Dancer: $20

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Ankara $35
    Cairo $8.84
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

Tours and Activities in Ankara

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

  • Quick Tour, Essentials of Ankara: $6.00
  • Family-Friendly Smartphone Walking Tour: $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
  • Half Day Private Tour in Ankara: $215
  • Ankara Private Walking Tour with a Professional Guide: $220
  • Private Tour: Ankara Sightseeing: $235

Typical Entertainment Prices in Cairo

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

  • Entry to Camel Market for Two
  • Egyptian Museum Entry for Two

Tours and Activities in Cairo

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

  • New Grand Egyptian Museum Tour with optional the pyramids tour..: $5.00
  • Cairo Shopping tour Private Papyrus Perfume, Bazar Cotton Shop : $5.00
  • Shopping tour Private Papyrus Perfume, Bazar Cotton Shop in Cairo: $5.00
  • Dahshur Pyramids Skip the Line Entry Tickets : $6.59
  • Baron Palace Entry Tickets: $6.84
  • The Baron Empain Palace Entry Ticket: $6.84
  • El Sultan Hassan Mosque Entry Ticket: $6.84
  • Cairo Shopping Tour.: $7.00
  • Baron Empain Palace Entry Tickets: $7.94
  • Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hasan Entry Ticket: $7.94
  • Entry Ticket to the Prince Mohamed Ali Palace : $8.71
  • Skip the Line Coptic Museum Entry Ticket: $8.74

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Ankara $16
    Cairo $1.80

Sample the Local Flavors in Cairo

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Cairo:

  • Pub Crawl and Speakeasy Bar Tour with 2 Free Drinks: $60

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Ankara and Cairo, we can see that Ankara is more expensive. And not only is Cairo much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Ankara is in Europe and Cairo 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 Cairo would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Cairo 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 Cairo.

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

Which is Bigger, Ankara or Cairo?

Cairo has a larger population, and is about 2 times larger than the population of Ankara. When comparing the sizes of Ankara and Cairo, 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.