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

Should you visit Aqaba or Ankara?

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

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 $62. 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 Aqaba and Ankara in more detail.



Accommodation

A hotel room in Aqaba is about $94 This assumes double occupancy and modest accommodations.

Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about $56 for a double occupancy room in Ankara.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Aqaba $47
    Ankara $28
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Aqaba $94
    Ankara $56

Food

On average, meal and food prices in Aqaba cost around $34 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 $14.

The average traveler spends about $23 per day in Ankara for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Aqaba $34
    Ankara $23

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
    $1.36

Local Transportation

The average price of local transportation around Aqaba is $19 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $10 per day to get around in Ankara.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Aqaba $19
    Ankara $10

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
    $0.15
  • Short Taxi Ride
    $0.59

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.





Entertainment

Aqaba's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $43 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $20 per person, per day in Ankara. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Aqaba $43
    Ankara $20

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
    $0.94

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
  • Cappadocia Hiking & Underground City Tour: $47
  • Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Topkapi Palace: $140
  • İstanbul: Full-Day Tour with Grand Bazaar: $150
  • Private Tour: Ankara Sightseeing: $198
  • Private Tour of Historical Ankara City: $242
  • Ankara Tour: $252
  • Daily Ankara Tour: $265
  • Daily Hattusas / Boğazköy Tour: $341
  • Ankara, Gordion, Cappadocia 1 day tour - CAP30: $427
  • Private Tour of the Hittite Sites: $455
  • Ankara, Gordion, Hattusas, Cappadocia 2 days private tour - CAP41: $505

Alcohol

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Aqaba may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $7.25 per day on alcoholic beverages.

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Ankara may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $10 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Aqaba $7.25
    Ankara $10


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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