A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Aswan vs. Istanbul for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Aswan or Istanbul?

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

Should I visit Aswan or Istanbul? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city has activities that align with your interests along with knowing which is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the details and the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Where Should I go: Aswan or Istanbul?

Aswan

Lounging along the Nile like Egyptian royalty is a fantasy for most world travelers. If you want to do it without the hustle and bustle of Cairo, there's always Aswan. This city in the south of Egypt is the smallest of the three major cities on the Nile. Located just below the Aswan Dam and Lake Nasser, Aswan's 275,00 people include a large portion of Nubians – mostly resettled from their flooded homeland.

Istanbul

Istanbul is strategically located on the Bosphorus and is split between Europe and Asia. It truly is a city where east meets west. Istanbul is the cultural and financial hub of Turkey, and also the most populous city. The sites are countless and there's something for everybody, whether you're interested in art, music, food, or adventure. You can pass many days exploring both the residential and commercial pockets of this city. Much of the appeal is hidden away along back alleys or within corner shops.

Which place is cheaper, Istanbul or Aswan?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Aswan is $25, while the average daily cost in Istanbul is $133. 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 Aswan and Istanbul in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Aswan $10
    Istanbul $50
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Aswan $20
    Istanbul $100
Compare Hotels in Aswan and Istanbul

Looking for a hotel in Aswan or Istanbul? 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 Aswan


Hotels in Istanbul


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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: Aswan Hotel Prices and Istanbul Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Aswan $6.66
    Istanbul $58

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Aswan

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Aswan:

  • Aswan Airport Transfer To Hotel: $6.00
  • Aswan Airport Private Transfer: $6.00
  • Private transfer from Aswan to Aswan Airport: $8.00
  • Transfer from Aswan Airport to Hotels or Nile Cruise in Aswan: $8.00
  • Private transfer from Aswan to Aswan Airport: $8.00
  • Station Aswan Transfer To hotel: $8.00
  • Arrival Transfer from Aswan Airport to Hotels or Nile Cruise in Aswan: $8.00
  • Private Aswan Airport Arrival/Departure One Way Transfer: $10
  • Private Airport Arrival/Departure One Way Transfer: $10
  • Airport Arrival/Departure One Way Private Transfer: $10
  • Private transfer from Aswan to Aswan Airport: $10
  • Aswan airport transfer : $11

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Istanbul

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Istanbul are as follows:


  • Ferry
    $0.09
  • Local Bus
    $0.10

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Istanbul

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Istanbul:

  • Istanbul IST Airport Economy Minivan Transfer: $11
  • Private Minivan Transfer from Istanbul Airport : $13
  • Princes' Islands Tour with Lunch and Transfers: $14
  • Istanbul Airports Arrival or Departure Private Transfers: $14
  • Private Transfer from Istanbul Hotels to Istanbul Cruise Port: $19
  • Private Transfer from Istanbul Cruise Port to Istanbul hotels : $19
  • Princes' Islands Cruise w/Music, Lunch & Transfer: $19
  • Istanbul Airport (IST) Private Arrival and Departure Transfer: $20
  • Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) to City Center - Arrival Private Transfer: $20
  • Istanbul City to Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW)-Departure Private Transfer: $20
  • Private Economic VIP Transfer to/from Istanbul Airport : $20
  • Airport - Otel Transfer and City Tours: $20

Is it cheaper to fly into Aswan or Istanbul?

Prices for flights to both Istanbul and Aswan 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
    Aswan $8.80
    Istanbul $33

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Aswan

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

  • Private Aswan Nubian Cooking Class and Market Tour: $30
  • Dinner at Soleih restaurant by vehicle: $33
  • Nubian Dinner in Nubian Village Of Aswan: $40
  • Private Nubian Dinner at Nubian Village in Aswan: $44
  • Nubian Dinner at Nubian Village: $49
  • Nubian Dinner at Nubian Village: $51
  • Dinner on board a cruise on the Nile: $59
  • Nubian lunch Or Dinner at Nubian village : $75
  • Private 3-Hour Nubian Party with Dinner and Pickup in Aswan: $77
  • Dinner In Nile Cruise in Aswan: $150

Typical Food Prices in Istanbul

Some typical examples of dining costs in Istanbul are as follows:


  • Juice
    $0.07
  • Turkish Delight
    $0.02
  • Dessert
    $0.28
  • Pastries
    $0.05

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Istanbul

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

  • Dinner Cruise and Entertainment with Private Table: $17
  • Bosphorus Dinner Cruise , Unlimited Drinks, & Show: $22
  • Bosphorus Dinner Cruise and Turkish Night Show: $22
  • Bosphorus Dinner Cruise & Show with Private Table: $22
  • Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise with All inclusive Dinner and Belly-Dancer Show : $27
  • Bosphorus Dinner Cruise Tour With Turkish Night Show: $28
  • Dinner Cruise Bosphorus with Hotel Transfer: $28
  • Istanbul Bosphorus Dinner Cruise: $28
  • Istanbul Bosphorus Dinner Cruise with Unlimited Drinks and Shows: $28
  • Istanbul Bosphorus Dinner Cruise and Turkish Night Show: $29
  • Half Day Sunset Luxury Yacht Dinner Cruise Tour in Istanbul: $30
  • 3 Hour Ottoman Dinner Cruise in Istanbul : $30

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Aswan $9.39
    Istanbul $84
Typical Entertainment Prices in Aswan

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Aswan are as follows:


  • Temple Kom Ombo for Two
    $1.94

Tours and Activities in Aswan

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Aswan are as follows:

  • Temple Of Kalabsha Entry Tickets: $5.70
  • Kalabsha Temple Entry Tickets: $6.63
  • Unfinished Obelisk Entry Ticket: $7.35
  • Unfinished Obelisk in Aswan Entry Ticket: $8.55
  • City Tour in Aswan by Bicycle : $17
  • Philae Temple Entry Ticket: $17
  • 2 Hours Tour in Philae Temple: $19
  • Aswan City Tour by Horse Carriage: $19
  • Philae Temple Complex Skip the Line Entry Ticket: $20
  • Private Tour Sail on the Nile Aswan Felucca Ride : $20
  • Sightseeing in Aswan by Felucca Ride: $20
  • Private Horse Carriage Tour in Aswan City: $20

Typical Entertainment Prices in Istanbul

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Istanbul are as follows:


  • Bosphurus Boat (for 2)
    $0.65
  • Yerebatan Cistern for Two
    $0.65
  • Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts for Two
    $0.33
  • Hagia Sofia entrance
    $0.98

Tours and Activities in Istanbul

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Istanbul are as follows:

  • First Discovery Walk and Reading Walking Tour: $3.25
  • Private Guided Walking Tour in Istanbul: $4.25
  • App self-guided tours Istanbul with multilingual audioguide: $4.33
  • Kadikoy's history, theatres and sweet shops: a self-guided audio tour: $5.00
  • Istanbul Sites: Peel back the layers of Turkish history a self-guided audio tour: $5.40
  • Hagia Sophia Exclusive Digital Audio Guided Tour: $5.41
  • Highlights Self Guided Scavenger Hunt & Tour: $5.41
  • City Exploration Game and Tour: $6.49
  • Istanbul Scavenger Hunt and Best Landmarks Self-Guided Tour: $6.62
  • Istanbul's Karaköy Neighbourhood: A Self-Guided Photography Tour: $6.79
  • Istanbul Outdoor Escape Game: The Royal Adventure: $7.16
  • Hippodrome Guided Tours: $7.72

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Aswan $1.91
    Istanbul $16

Sample the Local Flavors in Istanbul

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Istanbul:

  • Istanbul Pub Crawl Big Nightout . Rooftop parties,party Bus & Nightlife: $22
  • Famous Istanbul Pub Crawl #1 Nightlife Experience: $27
  • #1 Rated Istanbul Party Pub Crawl w Party Bus/Sultanahmet&Taksim: $28
  • Party Pub Crawl with Party Bus: $29
  • Istanbul 7-Hour Pub Crawl: Big Night Out: $32
  • Istanbul Wine Tasting at Home with Local Family: $88
  • Istanbul Wine Tasting at Home with Local Family: $110
  • 2-Day Wine Tasting Tour along the Thracian Wine Route: $180
  • Istanbul Private Wine Tasting Tour Through 3 City Wineries : $248
  • Guided, Food and Wine Tasting Tour in Istanbul : $300
  • Istanbul Private and Guided, Food and Wine Tasting Tour: $430
  • Luxury Wine Tasting on a Private Yacht: $854


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

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


Which is Bigger, Aswan or Istanbul?

Istanbul has a larger population, and is about 50 times larger than the population of Aswan. When comparing the sizes of Aswan and Istanbul, 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.