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

Should you visit Ankara or Malaga?

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 Malaga. 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 Malaga?


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.


Malaga is a port city in the southern part of Spain. It is the 6th largest city in Spain and the southernmost large city in Europe. Malaga lies on the Mediterranean on the Costa del Sol, only 62 miles east of the Strait of Gibraltar, and 80 miles north of Africa. Malaga's history dates back about 2,800 years, which makes it one of the oldest cities in the world. The archaeological remains and monuments from the Phoenician, Roman, Arabic and Christian eras make the historic center of the city an "open museum", displaying its history of more than 3,000 years. Because of its important cultural infrastructure and the artistic heritage, Malaga has been nominated for the European Capital of Culture. Malaga's most important economic contributors include tourism, technology, and construction, but transportation and logistics are becoming increasingly important factors as well.

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

Which place is cheaper, Malaga or Ankara?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Ankara is $117, while the average daily cost in Malaga is $150. 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 Malaga in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Ankara $57
    Malaga $80
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Ankara $114
    Malaga $160
Compare Hotels in Ankara and Malaga

Looking for a hotel in Ankara or Malaga? 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 Malaga

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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 Malaga Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Ankara $37
    Malaga $33
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 Airport (ESB) to Ankara: $40
  • Private transfer: Ankara to Ankara Airport (ESB): $40
  • Ankara Private Departure Transfer from City hotels to Airport: $60
  • Ankara Esenboğa Airport From/To City Center Private Transfer: $64
  • Ankara Esenboga Airport transfers to Ankara City Center (Cankaya,Kizilay) Hotels: $72
  • Private Transfers Between Ankara Esenboga Airport - Ankara City Centre: $75
  • Ankara City Center (Cankaya,Kizilay) Hotels to Ankara Esenboga Airport transfers: $77
  • 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 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

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Malaga

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Malaga:

  • Airport Transfer: Malaga to Malaga Airport AGP by Luxury Car: $74
  • Airport Transfer: Malaga to Malaga Airport AGP by Luxury Van: $65
  • Arrival Transfer from Malaga airport AGP to Malaga City by Sedan: $46
  • Departure Transfer: Malaga to Malaga Airport AGP by Luxury Van: $60
  • Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport (AGP) to Malaga Port - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $37
  • Malaga Airport (AGP) to Granada - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $99
  • Malaga Airport (AGP) to Malaga - Arrival Private Transfer: $36
  • Malaga Airport (AGP) to Marbella - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $88
  • Malaga Airport (Costa del Sol) Private Arrival Transfer: $44
  • Malaga Airport AGP to Seville City Hotels Arrival Transfer: $120
  • Malaga Airport to Granada Hotel or Family House in Private Transfer: $190
  • Malaga City Hotels to Seville Airport (SVQ) - Departure Transfer: $141

Is it cheaper to fly into Ankara or Malaga?

Prices for flights to both Malaga 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
    Malaga $37
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 Malaga

Some typical examples of dining costs in Malaga are as follows:

  • Dinner for 2
  • Dinner for 2
  • Breakfast for 2

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Malaga

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

  • Dinner and Show at Alegría Flamenco & Restaurant in Malaga: $66
  • Malaga Food Tour - Do Eat Better Experience: $86
  • Sardines On Skewers Show Cooking in Malaga beach: $148

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Ankara $34
    Malaga $33
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
  • Inns and Baths City Sightseeing Mobile Audio Guide: $6.00
  • Family-Friendly Smartphone Walking Tour: $6.00
  • Private Walking tour With A Guide (Private Tour): $32
  • Ankara : Private Walking Tour With A Guide ( Private Tour ) : $33
  • Private Tour with a Local: $38
  • Ankara : Highlights Walking Tour: $49
  • 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

Typical Entertainment Prices in Malaga

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Malaga are as follows:

  • Entrance to Castillos
  • Concert

Tours and Activities in Malaga

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Malaga are as follows:

  • Skip the Line: Picasso's Birthplace Museum Entrance Ticket: $4.38
  • Guided Walking Tour of the Old Town of Frigiliana: $5.47
  • Sightseeing Quest Experience in Malaga: $5.68
  • Malaga Highlights: Quest Experience: $5.68
  • Picasso Quest Experience in Malaga: $5.68
  • A Self-Guided Tour of Ancient Malaga’s History: $5.99
  • Skip the Line: Centre Pompidou in Malaga Ticket: $9.85
  • Alcazaba Malaga Guided Tour: $11
  • Museo Carmen Thyssen de Malaga Entrance Ticket: $12
  • Skip the Line: Malaga Automobile and Fashion Museum Entrance Ticket: $13
  • Roman Theatre and Alcazaba of Málaga Tour: $16
  • 1.5-Hour Roman Theater and Alcazaba Castle Walking Tour: $16

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Ankara $15
    Malaga $24

Sample the Local Flavors in Malaga

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

  • Guided Cellar Tour and wine tasting: $35
  • Sun and Wine Route - Small group, wine tasting and lunch included: $76
  • Evening Tapas Tour and Wine Tasting in Malaga: $88
  • Malaga Wine tour | White Village, Vineyard, Winery, Wine Tasting: $93
  • Malaga City Wine Tour: $95
  • Malaga Food Walking Tour with Tapas & Wine Tasting: $99
  • TOP WINE TOUR- Vineyard & cellar visit + 6 top wines + tapas: $99
  • Flamenco, Tapas and Wine Tour: Best of Málaga in one Evening: $104
  • Traditional Malaga Tapas and Wine Tour: $106
  • Malaga Tapas and Wine Tour: $137

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Ankara and Malaga, we can see that Malaga is more expensive. And not only is Ankara much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. 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 Malaga would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Malaga 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 Malaga Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Ankara or Malaga?

Ankara has a larger population, and is about 6 times larger than the population of Malaga. When comparing the sizes of Ankara and Malaga, 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.