Should you visit Aqaba or Eilat?
If you're trying to decide where to visit between Aqaba or Eilat, 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 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 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 $132. 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 Eilat in more detail.
A hotel room in Aqaba is about $94 This assumes double occupancy and modest accommodations.
An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $176 in Eilat For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.
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.
Eilat food costs typically run travelers around $33 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.
Meals for one day
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):
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.
Eilat'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 $12 per person, per day on transportation in Eilat.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Aqaba
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Aqaba:
Private Transfer: Aqaba Hotels to Aqaba Airport:
Private Transfer: Aqaba Airport to Sheikh Hussein Border or vice versa:
Private Transfer: Aqaba Airport to Petra City Hotels:
Private Transfer: Aqaba Airport to Ma'in Hotel:
Private Transfer from/To (Aqaba Airport - Aqaba City):
Private Transfer from Aqaba Tala bay Hotels to Aqaba Airport:
Private Transfer from Aqaba Airport to Wadi Rum:
Private Transfer from Aqaba Airport to Tala Bay Hotels:
Private Transfer from Aqaba Airport to Dead Sea Hotels:
Private Transfer from Aqaba Airport to Aqaba City Hotels:
Private Transfer from Aqaba Airport to Amman Hotels:
Private Transfer Araba Border to Amman Queen Alia Airport:
Typical Local Transportation prices in Eilat
Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Eilat:
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:
Private Transfer Airport Ramon to Eilat:
Private Transfer Airport Ramon to Taba Border:
Private transfer from Taba border to Sharm el Sheikh:
PrivateTransfer fromTaba Border to Sharm El Sheikh ( Group of (1- 4 ):
Transfer to Eilat from Ben Gurion Airport:
Ultra - Eilat Private Airport Transfer from Eilat City Centre to Ramon Airport:
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.
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.
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Eilat can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $15 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
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:
1 Day tours:
2 Days 1 Night in Wadi Rum Jeep Tour:
2 Days Private Tour to Wadi Rum and Petra from Eilbat:
2 Days Wadi Rum and Petra Tour from Wadi Arava Border:
2-Day Tour: Petra, Wadi Rum from Aqaba:
2-Night Jordan Private Tour: Petra, Wadi Rum from Wadi Araba Border Crossing:
3 Days Private Wadi Rum Experience with Petra from Eilat:
Aqaba Day Tour:
Aqaba Dog Shelter Conservation Experience:
Aqaba Hooh Sweets Making Experience:
Aqaba Shore Excursions - Wadi Rum Day Tour:
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:
Dead Sea Shuttle Tour from Eilat:
Timna park Jeep tour adventure:
Red canyon jeep tour in Eilat:
Red Canyon, Desert Agriculture, and Kibbutz Life tour from Eilat:
Private Introduction Dive Experience in Eliat:
Eilat Mountains Offroad 4x4 Jeep Adventure:
From Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Dead Sea tour:
Dead Sea & Masada at Sunrise Tour from Eilat:
Daily tour to Jerusalem from Eilat:
Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Dead Sea Tour from Eilat:
Mount Sinai Sunrise Tour:
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.
Typically, people visiting Eilat spend on average $25 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
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.
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