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

Should you visit Ankara or Canberra?

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 Canberra. 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 Canberra?


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.


There is something special about the capital city of Australia. Canberra's not just a wonderful spot for outdoor adventures. It's a city completely designed and built up around the coast of an artificial lake. When architects Walter Burley and Marion Mahony Griffin proposed their plans for Canberra it was met with a lot of criticism. Many people thought it would be a "waste of a good sheep pasture."

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Which place is cheaper, Canberra or Ankara?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Ankara is $115, while the average daily cost in Canberra is $138. 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 Canberra in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Ankara $56
    Canberra $85
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Ankara $112
    Canberra $170
Compare Hotels in Ankara and Canberra

Looking for a hotel in Ankara or Canberra? 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 Canberra

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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 Canberra Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Ankara $37
    Canberra $25
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:

  • Private transfer: Ankara to Ankara Airport (ESB): $40
  • Private transfer: Ankara Airport (ESB) to Ankara: $40
  • Private Transfers Between Ankara Esenboga Airport - Ankara City Centre: $75
  • Private Transfers Ankara City or Esenboga Airport to/from Kizilcahamam Town: $185
  • Private Transfers Ankara City or Esenboga Airport to/from Gordion Ancient City: $185
  • Private Transfers Ankara City or Esenboga Airport to/from Beypazari Town: $185
  • Private Transfer from Ankara Esenboga Airport (ESB) to Central Ankara: $111
  • Ankara Private Transfer from central Ankara hotels to Ankara Airport (ESB): $111
  • Ankara Private Departure Transfer from City hotels to Airport: $60
  • Ankara Esenboğa Airport From/To City Center Private Transfer: $63
  • Ankara Esenboga Airport transfers to Ankara City Center (Cankaya,Kizilay) Hotels: $72
  • Ankara City Center (Cankaya,Kizilay) Hotels to Ankara Esenboga Airport transfers: $78

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Canberra

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

  • Canberra Airport (CBR) to Canberra - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $69
  • Canberra Int'l Airport to Canberra - Arrival Private Transfer: $34
  • Canberra to Canberra Int Airport - Departure Private Transfer: $34
  • Private Transfer from Canberra Airport CBR to Eden Cruise Port : $83
  • Private Transfer from Canberra city hotels to Eden Cruise Port: $83

Is it cheaper to fly into Ankara or Canberra?

Prices for flights to both Canberra 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 $32
    Canberra $36
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 Canberra

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

  • Lunch

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Ankara $34
    Canberra $18
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:

  • Ankara : Highlights Walking Tour: $49
  • Ankara : Private Walking Tour With A Guide ( Private Tour ) : $33
  • Ankara Private Walking Tour: $272
  • Ankara Private Walking Tour with a Professional Guide: $223
  • Private Tour with a Local: $38
  • Private Walking tour With A Guide (Private Tour): $33
  • Half Day Private Tour in Ankara: $215
  • Istanbul: Golden Horn & Bosphorus Day Cruise: $165
  • Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Topkapi Palace: $145
  • Konya and Cappdocia Tour (3 Days-2 Nights): $447
  • Private Ankara City Tours by an Archaeologist Tour Guide : $280
  • Private Tour: Ankara Sightseeing: $235

Tours and Activities in Canberra

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

  • First Australians Tour | 3pm Daily: $14
  • Museum Highlights Tour | 1pm Daily: $14
  • Building + Architecture Tour | 10am Daily: $14
  • Australian Institute of Sport: The AIS Tour: $14
  • Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour in Canberra: $31
  • LGBTQIA+ History Walking Tour: $34
  • Women's History Walking Tour with Local Guide: $41
  • Spies in the Capital: Women in Espionage Walking Tour: $41
  • Guided Tree Ropes Course Experience in Majura Pines: $44
  • Best of Wildlife and Birds Tour: $102
  • Canberra Floriade Tour: $123
  • Highlights of Canberra Full Day Tour: $129

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Ankara $15
    Canberra $16

Typical Alcohol Prices in Canberra

Here are a few samples of the prices for alcohol and nightlife in Canberra from other travelers:

  • Drinks at a Bar

Sample the Local Flavors in Canberra

Also in Canberra, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Indulgence Wine Tasting with Matched Tapas for 2 - Canberra: $75
  • Canberra Brewery Winery and Distillery Tour: $116
  • CanBEERa Explorer: Capital Brewery Full-Day Tour: $127
  • Canberra Wine Tour: $164
  • Full-Day Canberra Brewery, Wineries & Distillery tour /w lunch: $168
  • Premium Wine Tasting Experience and 2-Course Lunch: $185

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

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

Which is Bigger, Ankara or Canberra?

Ankara has a larger population, and is about 10 times larger than the population of Canberra. When comparing the sizes of Ankara and Canberra, 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.

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