A Travel Price Comparison for Turkey Bodrum vs. Ankara for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Bodrum or Ankara?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Bodrum and Ankara can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Bodrum or Ankara?


Bodrum is a city on the Bodrum Peninsula, stretching from Turkey's southwest coast into the Aegean Sea. The city features twin bays with views of Bodrum Castle. This medieval fortress was built partly with stones from the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, completed in the 4th century B.C. The city is also a gateway for nearby beach towns and resorts. Although more than a million tourists flock to its beaches, boutique hotels, trendy restaurants, and clubs each summer, the town of Bodrum (ancient Halicarnassus) never seems to lose its cool. More than any other Turkish seaside getaway, it has an enigmatic elegance that pervades it. The evocative castle and the ancient ruins around town also help keep Bodrum a discerning step above the rest.


Located at the heart of Turkey near Central Anatolia, Ankara is the capital city and second largest city in the country after Istanbul. Formerly known for its long-haired goats and textiles, the city has since developed into a metropolitan mix of modern cultures with historic landmarks.

Which place is cheaper, Ankara or Bodrum?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Bodrum is $97, while the average daily cost in Ankara is $123. 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 Bodrum and Ankara in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Bodrum $51
    Ankara $60
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Bodrum $102
    Ankara $120
Compare Hotels in Bodrum and Ankara

Looking for a hotel in Bodrum or Ankara? 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 Bodrum

Hotels in Ankara

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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: Bodrum Hotel Prices and Ankara Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Bodrum $25
    Ankara $39

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bodrum

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

  • Arrival Private Transfer from Bodrum Airport BJV to Bodrum City by Minibus: $105
  • Arrival Transfer from Bodrum Airport BJV to Bodrum City by Van: $64
  • Arrival Transfer: Bodrum Airport BJV to Bodrum by Car/Van: $70
  • Bodrum Airport BJV Transfers to Akyaka Hotels: $176
  • Bodrum Airport BJV Transfers to Akyarlar Hotels: $110
  • Bodrum Airport BJV Transfers to Bitez Hotels: $79
  • Bodrum Airport BJV Transfers to Didim (Altinkum) Hotels: $137
  • Bodrum Airport BJV Transfers to Golturkbuku Hotels: $93
  • Bodrum Airport BJV Transfers to Gumbet Hotels: $79
  • Bodrum Airport BJV Transfers to Gumusluk Hotels: $110
  • Bodrum Airport BJV Transfers to Gundogan Hotels: $99
  • Bodrum Airport BJV Transfers to Guvercinlik Hotels: $77

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Ankara

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

  • Metro Ride
  • Short Taxi Ride

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Ankara

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Ankara:

  • Private Transfers Ankara City or Esenboga Airport to/from Kizilcahamam Town: $185
  • Private Transfers Ankara City or Esenboga Airport to/from Beypazari Town: $185
  • Private Transfers Ankara City or Esenboga Airport to/from Gordion Ancient City: $185
  • Private Transfer from Ankara Esenboga Airport (ESB) to Central Ankara: $110
  • Ankara Private Transfer from central Ankara hotels to Ankara Airport (ESB): $110
  • Ankara City Center (Cankaya,Kizilay) Hotels to Ankara Esenboga Airport transfers: $77
  • Private Transfers Between Ankara Esenboga Airport - Ankara City Centre: $75
  • Ankara Esenboga Airport transfers to Ankara City Center (Cankaya,Kizilay) Hotels: $72
  • Ankara Esenboğa Airport From/To City Center Private Transfer: $67
  • Ankara Private Departure Transfer from City hotels to Airport: $60
  • Private transfer: Ankara Airport (ESB) to Ankara: $40
  • Private transfer: Ankara to Ankara Airport (ESB): $40

Is it cheaper to fly into Bodrum or Ankara?

Prices for flights to both Ankara and Bodrum 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
    Bodrum $26
    Ankara $34

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bodrum

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

  • Cooking Class in Authentic Etrim Village: $27
  • Christmas Dinner at Karnas Vineyards: $104
  • Bodrum Vineyard Tour with Dinner and Wine Pairing: $119
  • Farmers Market visit & Turkish Cooking Class: $126
  • Bodrum Market Visit and Cooking Class: $129
  • Food and Wine pairing Dinner at Karnas Vineyards Bodrum: $132
  • Bodrum Cooking Class: $176
  • 3-Hour Private Sunset Boat Tour With Dinner in Bodrum: $187
  • Private Sunset Boat Tour in Bodrum With Dinner: $200
  • Shore Excursions - Istanbul by Night: Turkish Food Tour: $253
  • Private Vineyard Tour with Dinner Under the Stars in Karnas: $293
  • From Private Sunset Boat Tour with Dinner & Swimming: $322

Typical Food Prices in Ankara

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

  • A Quick Lunch

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Bodrum $33
    Ankara $36

Tours and Activities in Bodrum

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

  • Private Full-Day Tour to Knidos, Palamutbuku and Old Datca: $5.99
  • Muğla: Quick Tour, Essentials of Muğla: $6.00
  • Daily Boat Tour (Orak Island) around Bodrum and Black Island Coves : $19
  • Orak Island Boat Tour with Swim Stops and Lunch: $19
  • Black Island Boat Tour with Lunch: $23
  • Orakadasi Boat Tour From Bodrum (Maldives of Turkey) With Lunch: $25
  • Bodrum Village Tour with Group: $26
  • Carpet Weaving Art Lessons & Experience: $27
  • Orak island Boat Tour: $27
  • Blue cruise around Bodrum bays: $28
  • Turkish Bath Experience: $31
  • Half Day Guided Knidos Ancient City Tour: $35

Typical Entertainment Prices in Ankara

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

  • Underground City

Tours and Activities in Ankara

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

  • Ankara Private Walking Tour: $269
  • Ankara Private Walking Tour with a Professional Guide: $221
  • Family-Friendly Smartphone Walking Tour: $6.00
  • Inns and Baths City Sightseeing Mobile Audio Guide: $6.00
  • Private Tour with a Local: $38
  • Private custom tour with a local guide: $56
  • Quick Tour, Essentials of Ankara: $6.00
  • From Private Cappadocia & Underground City Tour: $339
  • Full-Day Highlights of Cappadocia Tour: $443
  • Istanbul: Golden Horn & Bosphorus Day Cruise: $165
  • Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Topkapi Palace: $145
  • Private Guided Walking Tour in Ankara: $55

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Bodrum $14
    Ankara $16

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

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

Which is Bigger, Bodrum or Ankara?

Ankara has a larger population, and is about 90 times larger than the population of Bodrum. When comparing the sizes of Bodrum and Ankara, 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.