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

Should you visit Aqaba or Tel Aviv?

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Aqaba or Tel Aviv, 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.

Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv is the second largest city in Israel and is situated on the Mediterranean coast 60 kilometers north of Jerusalem. It's a rapidly growing city and is one of the most modern and cosmopolitan cities in Israel. The official name is Tel Aviv-Yafo because the city has grown to include the ancient port city of Yafo. If you're looking for an embassy, you are likely to find it in Tel Aviv, despite Jerusalem being the official capital of Israel.

Which city is cheaper, Tel Aviv 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 Tel Aviv is $130. 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 Tel Aviv in more detail.



Accommodation

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

A hotel room in Tel Aviv is about $162 This assumes double occupancy and modest accommodations.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Aqaba $47
    Tel Aviv $81
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Aqaba $94
    Tel Aviv $162

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.

Tel Aviv food costs typically run travelers around $26 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.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Aqaba $34
    Tel Aviv $26

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 Tel Aviv

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


  • Dinner for Two
    $26
  • Dinner for 2 at Vatroshka
    $152
  • Lunch at Segev Sarona
    $40
  • Aroma Iced Coffee
    $4.37
  • Lunch at the airport
    $37

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Tel Aviv

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

  • Tel Aviv Food Tour of the Carmel Market: $35
  • 8-Day Israel Holy Land Tour from Tel Aviv with Dinner: $2,250

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.

The cost of a taxi ride in Tel Aviv is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $8.16 per person, per day, on local transportation in Tel Aviv.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Aqaba $19
    Tel Aviv $8.16

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 Tel Aviv

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Tel Aviv are as follows:


  • Local Bus to Central Bus Station
    $1.84
  • Taxi to Airport
    $47

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Tel Aviv

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Tel Aviv:

  • Arrival Private Transfers from Airport TLV to Tel Aviv City in Business Car: $109
  • Arrival Private Transfers from Airport TLV to Tel Aviv City in Luxury Van: $136
  • Herzliya from Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport Arrival Private Transfer: $56
  • Israel Package 8 Days -7 Nights Tour In Tel Aviv With Hotel, Tours & Transfers: $1,560
  • Jerusalem from Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport Private Arrival Transfer: $85
  • Package BGN airport Fast VIP Skip Line Services with Transfer JLM Hotels: $287
  • Package Tel Aviv airport Fast VIP Skip Line Services with Transfer Tlv Hotels: $245
  • Private Airport Arrival Transfer to Jerusalem to your Hotel/Accommodation: $66
  • Private Airport Transfer - TLV Airport to Tel Aviv Hotel/Accommodation: $66
  • Private Airport Transfer - Tel Aviv (TLV) Airport from or to Jerusalem: $105
  • Private Airport Transfer - Tel Aviv (TLV) Airport from or to Tel Aviv City: $33
  • Private Airport Transfer: Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV) to Jerusalem: $69

Is it cheaper to fly into Aqaba or Tel Aviv?

Prices for flights to both Tel Aviv 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.

Entertainment and activities in Tel Aviv typically cost an average of $21 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Aqaba $43
    Tel Aviv $21

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 Tel Aviv

Here are a few typical costs in Tel Aviv for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:


  • Masada tour from Tel Aviv
    $92
  • Etzel museum
    $4.69

Tours and Activities in Tel Aviv

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

  • Israel experience with Zoli Keller: $13
  • Skip the Line:Ticket &Audio Guide-The Museum of The Jewish People-Beit Hatfutsot: $14
  • Jerusalem Half-Day Tour from Holy Sepulchre and Western Wall: $60
  • Half Day Small Group Tour to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv: $62
  • Jerusalem day tour: $78
  • Biblical Highlights of the Galilee On A Small Group Tour From Tel Aviv: $96
  • Jerusalem Full-Day Tour from Tel Aviv: $96
  • Jerusalem Tour from In the Footsteps of Jesus: $99
  • Half Day Bethlehem Tour from Tel Aviv: $100
  • Full-Day Tel Aviv City Tour: $101
  • Jerusalem half day tour - Tiny group from Jerusalem: $101
  • Jerusalem half day tour - Tiny group from Tel Aviv: $101

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 Tel Aviv may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $20 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Aqaba $7.25
    Tel Aviv $20

Sample the Local Flavors in Tel Aviv

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Tel Aviv:

  • Private Wine Tour of the Central Israel: $717
  • Private Wine Tour of Northern Israel: $745
  • Private Wine Tour of the Southern Israel From Tel Aviv: $824


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Aqaba and Tel Aviv, we can see that Tel Aviv 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 Tel Aviv would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Tel Aviv than you might in Aqaba.

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