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

Should you visit Aqaba or Ankara?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Aqaba or Ankara, this travel comparison, which includes costs, can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison down below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Where Should I go: Aqaba or Ankara?

Aqaba

Aqaba is a port city in Jordan, in fact, it is the only port city in the country. This city is located on the Gulf of Aqaba on the Red Sea, which is in the southern part of Jordan. The city is still being developed; many of its facilities and infrastructures are being improved. The population of Aqaba is about 190,000 and the city has been key in developing Jordan's economy via trade and tourism.

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.

Which city is cheaper, Ankara or Aqaba?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Aqaba is $102, while the average daily cost in Ankara is $28. 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. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Aqaba and Ankara in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Aqaba $47
    Ankara $13
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Aqaba $94
    Ankara $26
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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Aqaba $19
    Ankara $4.64

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Aqaba

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Aqaba:

  • (Price per vehicle 4-Pax) Aqaba Transfer to/from King Hussein Bridge: $216
  • Aqaba Transfer to/from Dead Sea: $183
  • Jordan Horizons Tours : Transfer From Aqaba Airport to Aqaba City Or TalaBay: $20
  • Jordan Horizons Tours : Transfer From Aqaba Airport to Petra: $55
  • Jordan Horizons Tours : Transfer From Aqaba Airport to Wadi rum: $45
  • Jordan Horizons Tours : Transfer from Aqaba Airport to Petra: $55
  • Jordan Horizons Tours : Transfer from Aqaba City Or TalaBay to Amman Airport: $95
  • Jordan Horizons Tours : Transfer from Aqaba City Or TalaBay to Petra: $55
  • Jordan Horizons Tours : Transfer from Aqaba City Or TalaBay to Wadi rum: $45
  • King Hussein Int Airport Transfers: $25
  • Petra Transfer to/from Aqaba: $129
  • Private Departure Transfer: Aqaba Hotels to Amman Airport: $133

Typical Local Transportation prices in Ankara

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Ankara:


  • Metro Ride
    $0.07
  • Short Taxi Ride
    $0.27

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Ankara

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Ankara:

  • Ankara Airport Private Arrival Transfer: $51
  • Ankara Airport Private Departure Transfer: $51
  • Ankara City Center (Cankaya,Kizilay) Hotels to Ankara Esenboga Airport transfers: $49
  • Ankara City Hotels to Ankara Esenboga Airport Private Departure Transfer: $75
  • Ankara Esenboga Airport to Ankara City Hotels Private Arrival Transfer: $75
  • Ankara Esenboga Airport transfers to Ankara City Center (Cankaya,Kizilay) Hotels: $49
  • Ankara Private Transfer from central Ankara hotels to Ankara Airport (ESB): $38
  • Arrival Private Transfer Ankara Airport ESB to Ankara City by Standard Sedan: $33
  • Arrival Private Transfer from Ankara ESB Airport to Ankara City by Minibus: $62
  • Arrival Private Transfer from Ankara ESB Airport to Ankara City by Minivan: $47
  • Departure Private Transfer Ankara City to Ankara Airport ESB by Standard Sedan: $35
  • Departure Private Transfer from Ankara City to Ankara Airport ESB by Minibus: $65

Is it cheaper to fly into Aqaba or Ankara?

Prices for flights to both Ankara and Aqaba 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
    Aqaba $34
    Ankara $11

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Aqaba

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

  • Suhaila (The Authentic Cooking Experience): $50

Typical Food prices in Ankara

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


  • A Quick Lunch
    $0.62

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Aqaba $43
    Ankara $9.24

Tours and Activities in Aqaba

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

  • Aqaba Day Tour: $50
  • Henna and Kohl Drawings Experience: $52
  • Sesame Bars with Honey & Roasted Dates Cores Coffee Experience: $61
  • Discover the coral reefs in Aqaba - Scuba experience for beginners: $63
  • Mosaic Art Experience: $71
  • Bottled Sand Art Experience: $72
  • Sayiadya local food Making Experience: $72
  • Aqaba Hooh Sweets Making Experience: $72
  • Date Molasses Making Experience: $72
  • Aqaba Dog Shelter Conservation Experience: $77
  • Sea Glass Jewelry Making Experience: $80
  • Wadi Rum Day Tour: $81

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
    $0.43

Tours and Activities in Ankara

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

  • Cer Modern Entrance Ticket: $5.97
  • Private Tour with a Local: $34
  • Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Topkapi Palace: $135
  • Goreme: Open Air Museum & Fairy Chimney Tours: $136
  • Istanbul: Golden Horn & Bosphorus Day Cruise: $145
  • İstanbul: Full-Day Tour with Grand Bazaar: $185
  • Private Tour: Ankara Sightseeing: $198
  • Private Tour of Historical Ankara City: $242
  • Ankara Tour: $252
  • Daily Ankara Tour: $265
  • Daily Hattusas / Boğazköy Tour: $341
  • Private Daily Cappadocia Tour: $357

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Aqaba $7.25
    Ankara $4.72


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

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