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

Should you visit Ankara or Dakar?

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 Dakar. 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 Dakar?


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.


Located in West Africa, Dakar is the capital city of Senegal and an Atlantic port on the Cap-Vert peninsula. Main attractions include the city's markets, the Dakar Grand Mosque, Goree Island, the IFAN Museum, the African Renaissance Monument, beaches, and the Senegal Zoo.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Budget Tours to Turkey, The Best Tours for Seniors to Turkey, The Best Adventure Tours to Senegal, and The Best Luxury Tours to Senegal.

Which place is cheaper, Dakar 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 Dakar is $61. 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 Dakar in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Ankara $56
    Dakar $32
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Ankara $112
    Dakar $64
Compare Hotels in Ankara and Dakar

Looking for a hotel in Ankara or Dakar? 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 Dakar

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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.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Ankara $37
    Dakar $5.34
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 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

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dakar

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Dakar:

  • Blaise Diagne Intl Airport (DSS) to Dakar hotels - Round-Trp Private Transfer: $72
  • AIBD-DAKAR transfer: $49
  • Airport Transfer - Aéroport international Blaise Diagne to Dakar: $120
  • Blaise Diagne Int Airport (DSS): Transfer to Dakar hotels: $210
  • DSS Airport Transfer <-> Dakar (Return): $120
  • Private Transfer DSS AIBD Airport - Dakar (two directions): $82
  • Private Transfer DSS AIBD Airport - Saly Zone (two directions): $65
  • Private Transfer from Blaise Diagne Airport (DSS) to Dakar: $205
  • Private Transfer from Dakar to Blaise Diagne Airport (DSS): $205
  • Transfer - DSS Airport <-> Dakar (One way): $66
  • Transfer - Dakar <-> Saint-Louis (One way): $197

Is it cheaper to fly into Ankara or Dakar?

Prices for flights to both Dakar 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
    Dakar $20
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 Dakar

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

  • Breakfast

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Ankara $34
    Dakar $14
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 : Private Walking Tour With A Guide ( Private Tour ) : $33
  • Half Day Private Tour in Ankara: $215
  • Ankara Private Walking Tour with a Professional Guide: $220
  • Private Ankara City Tour by an Archaeologist Tour Guide : $224
  • Private Tour: Ankara Sightseeing: $235

Tours and Activities in Dakar

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

  • Private custom tour with a local guide: $30
  • Private Custom Walking Tour with a Local Guide in Dakar: $31
  • Half Day Dakar City Tour: $105
  • Full Day Private Tour in move, eat, act like a local: $109
  • Private City Tour: $110
  • Half-Day GOREE Island Tour:The Heritage Tour: $130
  • Mamelles Lighthouse and Ngor Island (Walking Tour): $130
  • From Dakar or Saly: Half-Day Tour to Pink Lake: $140
  • Full Day Goree Island And Dakar City Tour(Minimum 2 Participants): $142
  • Day tour in Dakar museum and monument : $142
  • Day trip Goree island and Dakar city tour : $159
  • Full-Day DAKAR city / GOREE Island Tour: $160

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Ankara $15
    Dakar $8.96

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

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

Which is Bigger, Ankara or Dakar?

Ankara has a larger population, and is about 42% larger than the population of Dakar. When comparing the sizes of Ankara and Dakar, 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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