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

Should you visit Aqaba or Eilat?

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

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

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.

Eilat

Eilat serves as the gateway to Israel from Egypt. It's located at the southern tip of the country and sits on the Red Sea with views of the Gulf of Aqaba. It's location in the Negev Desert along the beautiful coast make it appealing to both domestic and international vacationers.

Eilat is a resort town with many dive shops and snorkeling opportunities. The population of about 50,000 can easily be overshadowed by vacationers. With no shortage of sun, entertainment, bars, and partying, you will find both Israeli and international tourists looking for an oasis of fun and relaxation.

Although the area's coral reefs were being damaged by overuse, the removal of contraversial fish cages in 2008 has led to a slow recovery and an improvement in the quality of diving and snorkeling in the area. There are also less crowds than you will find in Sharm el-Sheikh or Dahab, Egypt.

Eilat has a hot desert climate. The summers are hot and dry and the winters are warm and dry. Temperatures in the winter can range from 52 to 73 degrees Fahrenheit and summer temperatures are usually between 79 and 104 degrees Fahrenheit.

Which city is cheaper, Eilat 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 Eilat is $120. 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 Eilat in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Aqaba $47
    Eilat $80
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Aqaba $94
    Eilat $160
Compare Hotels in Aqaba and Eilat

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Hotels in Aqaba


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Aqaba $19
    Eilat $11

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Aqaba

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Aqaba:

  • Private Transfer: Aqaba Hotels to Aqaba Airport: $27
  • Private Transfer: Aqaba Airport to Sheikh Hussein Border or vice versa: $193
  • Private Transfer: Aqaba Airport to Petra City Hotels: $93
  • Private Transfer: Aqaba Airport to Ma'in Hotel: $120
  • Private Transfer from/To (Aqaba Airport - Aqaba City): $18
  • Private Transfer from Aqaba Tala bay Hotels to Aqaba Airport: $33
  • Private Transfer from Aqaba Airport to Wadi Rum: $80
  • Private Transfer from Aqaba Airport to Tala Bay Hotels: $33
  • Private Transfer from Aqaba Airport to Dead Sea Hotels: $160
  • Private Transfer from Aqaba Airport to Aqaba City Hotels: $27
  • Private Transfer from Aqaba Airport to Amman Hotels: $133
  • Private Transfer Araba Border to Amman Queen Alia Airport: $153

Typical Local Transportation prices in Eilat

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


  • Local Bus
    $3.99

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Eilat

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

  • Private Departure Transfer from Eilat City to Eilat ETM Airport: $50
  • Private Transfer Airport Ramon to Eilat: $45
  • Private Transfer Airport Ramon to Taba Border: $60
  • Private transfer from Taba border to Sharm el Sheikh: $160
  • PrivateTransfer fromTaba Border to Sharm El Sheikh ( Group of (1- 4 ): $125
  • Transfer to Eilat from Ben Gurion Airport: $700
  • Ultra - Eilat Private Airport Transfer from Eilat City Centre to Ramon Airport: $8.71

Is it cheaper to fly into Aqaba or Eilat?

Prices for flights to both Eilat 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
    Eilat $30

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

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Aqaba $43
    Eilat $14

Tours and Activities in Aqaba

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

  • 1 Day Tour to Petra from Aqaba Hotels: $268
  • 1 Day tours: $359
  • 2 Days 1 Night in Wadi Rum Jeep Tour: $159
  • 2 Days Private Tour to Wadi Rum and Petra from Eilbat: $665
  • 2 Days Wadi Rum and Petra Tour from Wadi Arava Border: $409
  • 2-Day Tour: Petra, Wadi Rum from Aqaba: $148
  • 2-Night Jordan Private Tour: Petra, Wadi Rum from Wadi Araba Border Crossing: $601
  • 3 Days Private Wadi Rum Experience with Petra from Eilat: $680
  • Aqaba Day Tour: $50
  • Aqaba Dog Shelter Conservation Experience: $77
  • Aqaba Hooh Sweets Making Experience: $72
  • Aqaba Shore Excursions - Wadi Rum Day Tour: $120

Tours and Activities in Eilat

For Eilat, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Speed Boat Cruise in Eilat: $23
  • Dead Sea Shuttle Tour from Eilat: $49
  • Eilat Mountains: Sunset Jeep Adventure to Mount Joash: $55
  • Timna park Jeep tour adventure: $55
  • Red canyon jeep tour in Eilat: $57
  • Red Canyon, Desert Agriculture, and Kibbutz Life tour from Eilat: $67
  • Private Introduction Dive Experience in Eliat: $69
  • Eilat Mountains Offroad 4x4 Jeep Adventure: $72
  • From Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Dead Sea tour: $79
  • Dead Sea & Masada at Sunrise Tour from Eilat: $82
  • Daily tour to Jerusalem from Eilat: $89
  • Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Dead Sea Tour from Eilat: $99

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Aqaba $7.25
    Eilat $23


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


When is the best time to visit Aqaba or Eilat?

Both destinations experience a warmer tropical climate most of the year. Instead of summer and winter seasons, they usually have a rainy season and a dry season. Although in the rainy season, it doesn't necessarily rain every day.

Should I visit Aqaba or Eilat in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Aqaba as well as Eilat. Plenty of visitors come to Aqaba because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year. Plenty of visitors come to Eilat because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year.


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Aqaba usually gets rain in July Eilat. Aqaba gets 0 mm (0 in) of rain, while Eilat receives 0 mm (0 in) of rain this time of the year.

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Eilat. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Aqaba this time of the year. In the summer, Aqaba often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Eilat. Aqaba gets 384 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Eilat receives 384 hours of full sun.

Eilat can become quite hot in the summer. The heat can be very extreme in Aqaba. In the summer, Aqaba is around the same temperature as Eilat. Typically, the summer temperatures in Aqaba in July are around 33°C (91°F), and Eilat is about 33°C (91°F).


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Aqaba 33°C (91°F) 
    Eilat 33°C (91°F)

Should I visit Aqaba or Eilat in the Autumn?

Both Eilat and Aqaba are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities. Aqaba attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate. Eilat attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate.

In October, Aqaba usually receives around the same amount of rain as Eilat. At this time of the year, Aqaba gets 1 mm (0 in) of rain, while Eilat receives 1 mm (0 in) of rain.

It's quite sunny in Eilat. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Aqaba. Aqaba usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Eilat during autumn. At this time of the year, Aqaba gets 295 hours of sunny skies, while Eilat receives 295 hours of full sun.

In October, Aqaba is generally around the same temperature as Eilat. Temperatures in Aqaba average around 26°C (79°F), and Eilat stays around 26°C (79°F).


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Aqaba 26°C (79°F) 
    Eilat 26°C (79°F)

Should I visit Aqaba or Eilat in the Winter?

Both Eilat and Aqaba during the winter are popular places to visit. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Aqaba throughout the year. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Eilat throughout the year.

Aqaba usually gets more rain in January than Eilat. Aqaba gets 3 mm (0.1 in) of rain, while Eilat receives 2 mm (0.1 in) of rain this time of the year.

In Eilat, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Aqaba. In the winter, Aqaba often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Eilat. Aqaba gets 234 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Eilat receives 234 hours of full sun.

Aqaba is around the same temperature as Eilat in the winter. The temperature in Aqaba is usually 14°C (57°F) in January, and Eilat stays around 14°C (57°F).


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Aqaba 14°C (57°F) 
    Eilat 14°C (57°F)

Should I visit Aqaba or Eilat in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Aqaba and Eilat. Plenty of visitors come to Aqaba because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year. Plenty of visitors come to Eilat because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year.

In April, Aqaba usually receives more rain than Eilat. At this time of the year, Aqaba gets 1 mm (0 in) of rain, while Eilat receives 0 mm (0 in) of rain.

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Eilat this time of the year. In Aqaba, it's very sunny this time of the year. Aqaba usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Eilat during spring. At this time of the year, Aqaba gets 282 hours of sunny skies, while Eilat receives 282 hours of full sun.

In the spring, Aqaba is around the same temperature as Eilat. Typically, the spring temperatures in Aqaba in April are around 24°C (75°F), and Eilat is about 24°C (75°F).


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Aqaba 24°C (75°F) 
    Eilat 24°C (75°F)

Typical Weather for Eilat and Aqaba

Aqaba Eilat
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 14°C (57°F) 3 mm (0.1 in) 14°C (57°F) 2 mm (0.1 in)
Feb 16°C (61°F) 1 mm (0 in) 16°C (61°F) 1 mm (0 in)
Mar 19°C (66°F) 1 mm (0 in) 19°C (66°F) 6 mm (0.2 in)
Apr 24°C (75°F) 1 mm (0 in) 24°C (75°F) 0 mm (0 in)
May 27°C (81°F) 0 mm (0 in) 27°C (81°F) 0 mm (0 in)
Jun 31°C (88°F) 0 mm (0 in) 31°C (88°F) 0 mm (0 in)
Jul 33°C (91°F) 0 mm (0 in) 33°C (91°F) 0 mm (0 in)
Aug 33°C (91°F) 0 mm (0 in) 33°C (91°F) 0 mm (0 in)
Sep 31°C (88°F) 0 mm (0 in) 31°C (88°F) 0 mm (0 in)
Oct 26°C (79°F) 1 mm (0 in) 26°C (79°F) 1 mm (0 in)
Nov 20°C (68°F) 2 mm (0.1 in) 20°C (68°F) 0 mm (0 in)
Dec 15°C (59°F) 3 mm (0.1 in) 15°C (59°F) 6 mm (0.2 in)


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