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

Should you visit Aqaba or Cappadocia?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Aqaba or Cappadocia, 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 Cappadocia?


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.


Cappadocia is in Central Anatolia, between the mountains Erciyes, Melendiz and Hasan. It is famous for its underground cities, fairy chimneys, and caves. The landscape of the area is some of the most unique you'll ever see. The fairy chimneys are bizarrely shaped rock outcroppings that have evolved from the unique geography in the area. There are hiking trails through the series of valleys that make up the area. It's a great place to explore for outdoor enthusiasts and adventure seekers.

Which place is cheaper, Cappadocia or Aqaba?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Aqaba is $126, while the average daily cost in Cappadocia is $160. 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 Aqaba and Cappadocia in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Aqaba $59
    Cappadocia $56
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Aqaba $118
    Cappadocia $112
Compare Hotels in Aqaba and Cappadocia

Looking for a hotel in Aqaba or Cappadocia? 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 Aqaba

Hotels in Cappadocia

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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: Aqaba Hotel Prices and Cappadocia Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Aqaba $24
    Cappadocia $54

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Aqaba

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Aqaba:

  • Amman: Day Trip Petra & Wadi Rum Guided Tour with Transfer: $466
  • Sheikh Hussein Crossing Private Transfer to or from Aqaba: $250
  • Private Transfer: Aqaba Airport to Sheikh Hussein Border or vice versa: $193
  • Aqaba Or Aqaba Airport Private Transfer To Dead Sea, Jordan: $185
  • Private Transfer from Aqaba Airport to Allenby King Hussein Bridge: $173
  • Aqaba King Hussein Airport (AQJ): Transfer to Aqaba hotels: $165
  • Private Transfer from Aqaba Airport to Dead Sea Hotels: $160
  • Private Transfer Aqaba Airport to Amman Queen Alia Airport: $153
  • Private Transfer from Araba Border to Amman Queen Alia Airport: $153
  • Aqaba Border Yitzhak Rabin Terminal to Petra Private Transfer: $140
  • Wadi Araba Border (Eilat) Private Transfer To Petra: $135
  • Private Transfer from Aqaba Airport to Amman Hotels: $133

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cappadocia

Also for Cappadocia, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Cappadocia Red Tour (Pro Guide, Tickets, Lunch, Transfer incl): $55
  • Private Airport Transfer Service from/to Kayseri or Nevsehir : $110
  • 2 Days 1 Night Cappadocia Tour (Airport Transfer, Hotel, Daily Tour And Atv): $235
  • 2 way Airport Transfer + Hot Air Balloon + 1 Day Tour (Green or Red): $259
  • 2-Hour Sunset Quad Bike Tour in Cappadocia with Transfer (1 ATV for 2 persons): $36
  • Airport Shuttle Transfer(Kayseri ASR - Nevsehir NAV Airport to Hotel): $13
  • Both Ways Airport Transfer (Nevsehir Kapadokya - Kayseri Erkilet): $39
  • Cappadocia Airport Private Transfer: $110
  • Cappadocia Airport Transfer Safe and Comfortable : $37
  • Cappadocia Balloon Tour and Soft Breakfast with Transfer: $109
  • Cappadocia Green Tour (Pro Guide, Tickets, Lunch, Transfer incl): $55
  • Cappadocia Green Tour (pro guide, tickets, Lunch, transfer incl): $55

Is it cheaper to fly into Aqaba or Cappadocia?

Prices for flights to both Cappadocia 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 Meals for one day
    Aqaba $42
    Cappadocia $52

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Aqaba

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

  • Explore Wadi Rum: Jeep Tour, Bed and Breakfast, and Dinner: $43
  • Suhaila (connecting through cooking): $50
  • Overnight in Bedouin Camp. Dinner and breakfast included.: $56
  • 4 hour desert jeep tour with overnight in beduin camp including dinner&breakfast: $68
  • 4 Hours Jeep Tour with Overnight in Bedouin Camp and Dinner: $70
  • Wadi Rum Full Day Jeep Tour + Overnight in Bedouin Camp & Dinner : $76
  • Wadi Rum Full Day Jeep Tour + Overnight + Dinner in Bedouin Camp: $87
  • Wadi Rum Full Day Jeep Tour + Overnight & Dinner in Bedouin Camp: $88
  • Wadi Rum New Year Eve Party (Jeep Tour + Dinner + Music + Fireworks + Overnight): $112
  • 2 Day Wadi Rum Tour: Traditional Dinner and Starlit Cave Camp: $115
  • Wadi Rum Full Day Jeep Tour + Overnight + Dinner Under the Stars: $135
  • From Wadi Rum Full-Day Private Jeep Tour with Dinner: $169

Typical Food Prices in Cappadocia

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Cappadocia:

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Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cappadocia

For Cappadocia, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Cappadocia Turkish Night With Unlimited Drinks And Dinner: $30
  • Turkish night show with dinner and unlimited free alcohol: $53
  • Turkish Night Show With Dinner in a Cave Restaurant: $55
  • Cappadocia Night: Turkish Dance & Dinner : $60
  • Cappadocia Traditional Turkish Night with Dinner (in Authentic Cave Restaurant): $61
  • Cappadocia Turkish Night Show with Dinner: $61
  • Cappadocia Turkish Night Show with Dinner and Entertainments: $63
  • Turkish Night Show & Dinner: $64
  • Romantic Cappadocia Sunset Dinner and Wine : $65
  • Cappadocian cooking - hands-on class with pickup: $65
  • Turkish Night at Cave Restaurant with Dinner and Drinks: $66
  • Turkish Night with Dinner and Unlimited Drinks İn the Rock Cave: $66

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Aqaba $54
    Cappadocia $101

Tours and Activities in Aqaba

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

  • Day Tour in Jeep Tour with Bedouin Guide: $81
  • Discover the Depths: Aqaba's Ultimate private Dive Experience: $55
  • Full-Day Jeep Tour in Wadi Rum without Overnight Stay: $85
  • Private Lawrence of Arabia Wadi Rum Overnight Bedouin Experience from Aqaba : $248
  • 02 Hrs Jeep tour in Wadi Rum : $37
  • 03 Hrs Jeep tour in Wadi Rum: $47
  • 04 Hrs Jeep tour in Wadi Rum: $63
  • 05 Hrs Jeep tour in Wadi Rum: $68
  • 06 Hours Jeep Tour in Wadi Rum : $84
  • 1 Day & 1 Night | Stay & Jeep + Camel Tour in Wadi Rum | Magic Bedouin Star: $136
  • 1 Day Camel tour with lunch: $100
  • 2 Days & 1 Night | Jeep & Hike Tour in Wadi Rum Desert | Magic Bedouin Star: $258

Typical Entertainment Prices in Cappadocia

For Cappadocia, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:

  • Underground City Entrance for Two
  • Hot Air Balloon Ride for Two
  • Horseback Riding for Two
  • Cappadocia Driving Tour
  • Goreme Museum Entrance Fee
  • Whirling Dervishes Show
  • Turkish Bath
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Goreme open air museum
  • Bellydancing Show

Tours and Activities in Cappadocia

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Cappadocia.

  • Skip the Line: Guray Museum Admission Ticket: $4.41
  • Cappadocia Private Tour (Car & Guide): $5.00
  • Cappadocia Private Tour with Car & Guide: $5.99
  • Red Tour Cappadocia: $10
  • Red Plus ,(Small group) Cappadocia Tour: $10
  • Full-Day Private Cappadocia Tour (Car &Guide ): $10
  • Balloons watching Tour w/ PickUp, Breakfast & Photographer: $11
  • Best Of Private Cappadocia Tour: $11
  • 1-Hour HORSE Riding Tour: $12
  • Explore Cappadocia North and Red Underground City Private Tour : $12
  • Sunrise Balloon Watching Tour with Snacks: $13
  • Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Watching Tour with Snacks at Göreme: $17

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Aqaba $9.07
    Cappadocia $19

Sample the Local Flavors in Cappadocia

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Cappadocia:

  • Wine Tasting in Cappadocia Turkey: $23
  • Cappadocia Nightlife Experience: Bar and Pub Crawl Tour: $32
  • Cappadocia Wine Cellar and Wine Yard with Wine Tasting: $54
  • Wine tasting in Cappadocia: $65
  • Private Sunset and Wine Tasting Experience in Cappadocia: $88
  • Full-day Cappadocia Tour with wine tasting and clay shaping : $90
  • 3-Hour Private Wine Tasting Tour in Cappadocia: $176
  • Wine Tasting and Sunset in Cappadocia: $176
  • Ancient Cappadocia's Wine Tasting - Private Tour: $275
  • Private Tour: Best of Cappadocia with Wine Tasting: $287

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

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

Which is Bigger, Aqaba or Cappadocia?

Aqaba has a larger population, and is about 10 times larger than the population of Cappadocia. When comparing the sizes of Aqaba and Cappadocia, 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.

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