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

Should you visit Ankara or Luxor?

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 Luxor. 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 Luxor?

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.

Luxor

Egypt is surely on the top of every history lover's bucket list. Nowhere is the history more engrossing than in Luxor. From amazing monuments dating back to ancient Thebes to rows of temples up the Nile, this remarkable city is full the stories of past greatness.

The East Bank – or the central part of Luxor Township – is the hotbed for tourism. This is where most of the hotels and resorts are, while the West Bank is home to the ancient ruins and archaeological wonders you'll want to explore.

Before traveling to Egypt, be sure to check on the current affairs and political climate. It could have a major effect on the amount of tourists visiting, and, if conditions are too dangerous, you may want to reschedule. Also note, ladies, to avoid any issues, dress modestly. This is a very conservative region of the world. The less skin showing, the better.

Which place is cheaper, Luxor 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 Luxor 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 Luxor in more detail.



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

Looking for a hotel in Ankara or Luxor? 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 Luxor


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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 Luxor Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Ankara $39
    Luxor $6.00
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: $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 Luxor

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Luxor:


  • Taxi Ride
    $0.65

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Luxor

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Luxor:

  • Hotel Transfer to Luxor International Airport: $30
  • Luxor Airport Transfer : $15
  • Luxor airport transfer : $25
  • Private Transfer : from / to Luxor Airport (any Hotel): $10
  • Private Transfer From Luxor To Abydos: $49
  • Private Transfer From Luxor to Aswan: $50
  • Private Transfer Luxor International Airport to Luxor Hotels: $30
  • Private Transfer Luxor To Dendera : $14
  • Private Transfer from Luxor Airport to Luxor Hotels: $56
  • Private Transfer from Luxor to Aswan or vice versa: $160
  • Private Transfers From Luxor to Hurghada: $65
  • Private Transfers From Luxor to Hurghada Including Visit Dandra Temple : $75

Is it cheaper to fly into Ankara or Luxor?

Prices for flights to both Luxor 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
    Luxor $8.96
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 Luxor

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

  • Tourist market,local food tour,the gym and coffee in Luxor: $19
  • Dinner on the River Nile with Belly Dancing: $35
  • 4 Hours Culinary Journey with Local Family Food Tour in Luxor: $35
  • Eat Like a Local:Traditional Egyptian Food / Dinner at Local Family Home - Luxor: $36
  • Luxor Sunset Felucca Ride and Banana Island with Lunch or Dinner: $38
  • Dinner Cruise on the Nile River: $43
  • Sunset Felucca Ride and Banana Island with Lunch or Dinner Luxor: $45
  • Luxor Sunset Felucca Ride and Banana Island with Lunch or Dinner : $50
  • Luxor City Private Walking and Food Tour: $50
  • Private Half Day Felucca Ride and Banana Island with Lunch or Dinner From Luxor: $52
  • Luxor Felucca Boat Ride and Banana Island Visit Including Lunch or Dinner: $52
  • Luxor Nile Cruise Dinner: $60

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Ankara $36
    Luxor $10
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:

  • 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 Luxor

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


  • Boat Ride (for 2)
    $0.87
  • Temple Karnak for Two
    $4.21
  • Camel Ride for Two
    $1.94

Tours and Activities in Luxor

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

  • Shopping Tour in Luxor: $5.00
  • Karnak Temple Private Guided Tour: $5.00
  • Souvenir Shopping Tour, Luxor: $5.13
  • Private Tour Shopping in Luxor City : $6.00
  • Entry Ticket To Valley of the Queens: $6.60
  • Private Tour Shopping in Luxor: $7.00
  • Medinet Habu Entry Ticket: $7.35
  • Karnak Temple And Luxor Temple Private Day Tour : $7.43
  • Habu Temple Entry Tickets: $7.60
  • Private Tour Shopping in Luxor Exploring Workshops and Markets: $8.00
  • Half Day East Bank Tour to Luxor and Karnak Temples: $8.00
  • Medinet Habu Entry Tickets: $8.82

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Ankara $16
    Luxor $3.48


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

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


Which is Bigger, Ankara or Luxor?

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