Should you visit Antalya or Dahab?
Should I visit Antalya or Dahab? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.
Antalya is the largest city along Turkey's Mediterranean coast and the eighth largest city in the country with over one million people in the metropolitan area. The city dates back to about 200 BC when it was settled by the Attalid Dynasty of Pergamon and soon conquered by the Romans. The city was ruled by several different groups and most recently was transferred to Italian suzerainty following World War I. It became part of Turkey following the War of Independence. The city has seen an influx of development in recent years and it has grown into a tourism mecca with more than 12 million visitors in 2014.
Dahab is a small town on the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt. It is located about 85 kilometers north of Sharm el-Sheikh and sits on the Gulf of Aqaba. It's a popular destination with divers and backpackers alike, and offers some of the best snorkeling and diving that you'll find in the Red Sea. It's a great alternative to the resort driven Sharm el-Sheikh, and is popular with independent travelers who are looking for affordable accommodation. There are some upmarket options however, predominantly in the Laguna area, but budget facilities are not hard to find.
Which city is cheaper, Dahab or Antalya?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Antalya is $54, while the average daily cost in Dahab is $16. 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 city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Antalya and Dahab in more detail.
An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $52 in Antalya For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.
Travelers usually pay around $17 for a double occupancy room in Dahab If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.
On average, meal and food prices in Antalya cost around $18 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around $7.20.
On average, meal and food prices in Dahab cost around $4.85 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around $1.94.
Meals for one day
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Antalya
For Antalya, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Giza Pyramids Sound and Light Show with Dinner:
Typical Food prices in Dahab
For Dahab, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:
Seafood Dinner (for 2)
Breakfast for Two
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Dahab
For Dahab, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Beduine Dinner In Dahab:
Bedouin Dinner in the Mountains In Dahab:
Bedouin Dinner With Camel Ride In Dahab:
Stargazer+ Camel riding + Bedouin dinner from Dahab:
Antalya's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend $8.64 per person, per day on transportation in Antalya.
To get around in Dahab, the average visitor spends $1.30 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Antalya
Also for Antalya, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
olympos cable car with transfer from antalya:
fire of anatolia show ticket and transfer:
Vip Transfer (private Car ):
Skip the Line:Antalya Aquarium &Wildpark Reptile House Ticket w/Transfer Upgrade:
Skip the Line: Antalya Aquarium and XD Cinema Combo Ticket with Transfer Upgrade:
Skip the Line: Antalya Aquarium Ticket with Optional Transfer:
Skip the Line: Antalya Aquarium Full-Access Ticket with Transfer Upgrade:
Private transfer: Antalya to Antalya Airport (AYT):
Private Transfers Between Antalya Airport - Antalya City Centre:
Private Transfer from Antalya to Cappadocia:
Private Transfer from Antalya City, Lara-Kundu Areas to Antalya Airport:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dahab
Also for Dahab, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Private transfer from your Hotel in Dahab to Sharm el sheikh airport:
Private Transfer from Dahab to Sharm El Sheikh (SSH) Airport:
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Antalya can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $14 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
In Dahab, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $4.38 per person, per day.
Tours and Activities in Antalya
For Antalya, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
3-Day Cappadocia Tour:
A Day at Kas Beach Tour:
Admission Ticket to Sandland Antalya:
Alanya: Horse Riding Adventure:
Alanya: Tandem Paragliding Experience:
Antalya 4x4 and White Water Rafting Adventure with Lunch:
Antalya Aquarium Tour from Kemer, Beldibi, Kiris, Camyuva, Goynuk, Tekirova:
Antalya City Tour:
Antalya City Tour - ANT2:
Antalya City Tour - Small group Tour:
Antalya City Tour Private Tour 1 to 6 peoples:
Antalya City Tour and Duden Waterfalls Visit with Boat Trip:
Tours and Activities in Dahab
For Dahab, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
1-Day Tour To Cairo by Bus From Dahab:
4x4 Jeep Adventure from Dahab:
Blue Hole - Abu Galum -Blue Lagoon Tour and Lunch From Dahab:
Cairo Day Tour from Dahab by Flight:
Camel Ride + Blue Hole Snorkel + Quad Bike Tour With Lunch From Dahab:
From Full-day Ancient Wonders of Cairo Tour:
Jerusalem Bethlehem and Dead Sea Day Tour from Dahab:
Mount Moses & St. Catherine (Sunset) Tour from Dahab:
Mt Sinai Sunrise and St Catherine Monastery Tour from Dahab:
Nabq National Park Day Tour from Dahab:
Petra 1 Day Tour From Dahab:
Petra 1-Day Tour from Dahab:
Typically, people visiting Antalya spend on average $8.03 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Typically, people visiting Dahab spend on average $1.31 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Antalya and Dahab, we can see that Antalya is more expensive. And not only is Dahab much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Antalya is in Europe and Dahab 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 Dahab would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Dahab 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 Antalya would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Antalya than you might in Dahab.
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