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

Should you visit Bodrum or Ankara?

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

Bodrum

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.

Ankara

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 city 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 $35, while the average daily cost in Ankara is $61. 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 Bodrum and Ankara in more detail.



Accommodation

Travelers usually pay around $24 for a double occupancy room in Bodrum If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.

Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about $56 for a double occupancy room in Ankara.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Bodrum $12
    Ankara $28
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Bodrum $24
    Ankara $56

Food

Bodrum food costs typically run travelers around $23 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.

The average traveler spends about $23 per day in Ankara for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Bodrum $23
    Ankara $23

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bodrum

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

  • Bodrum Vineyard Tour with Dinner and Wine Pairing: $67
  • Bodrum Market Visit and Cooking Class: $103

Typical Food prices in Ankara

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


  • A Quick Lunch
    $1.34

Local Transportation

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Bodrum than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $0.23 on transportation in Bodrum on average per day.

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $9.98 per day to get around in Ankara.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Bodrum $0.23
    Ankara $9.98

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bodrum

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

  • Bodrum Airport Transfers : Bodrum City to Bodrum Airport BJV in Business Car: $46
  • Bodrum Airport Transfers : Bodrum City to Bodrum Airport BJV in Luxury Van: $58
  • Bodrum Airport to Kusadasi: Airport Transfer: $121
  • Bodrum Private Transfer from Bodrum Peninsula hotels to Bodrum Airport: $50
  • Departure Private Transfer from Bodrum City to Bodrum Airport BJV by Minibus: $53
  • Departure Private Transfer from Bodrum City to Bodrum Airport BJV by Minivan: $40
  • From All Bodrum Hotels to Dalaman Airport Private Departure Transfer: $391
  • Private Airport Round-Trip Transfer: BJV Bodrum Airport to Bodrum City: $77
  • Private Airport Transfer: Bodrum to Milas Bodrum International Airport (BJV): $22
  • Private Departure Transfer from Bodrum City to BJV Bodrum Airport: $39

Typical Local Transportation prices in Ankara

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


  • Metro Ride
    $0.15
  • Short Taxi Ride
    $0.58

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Ankara

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Ankara:

  • Private transfer: Ankara to Ankara Airport (ESB): $622
  • Private transfer: Ankara Airport (ESB) to Ankara: $622
  • Private Transfers Ankara City or Esenboga Airport to/from Amasra Town: $376
  • Private Transfers Ankara City or Esenboga Airport to/from Safranbolu Town: $314
  • Private Transfers Ankara City or Esenboga Airport to/from Abant National Park: $314
  • Private Transfers Ankara City or Esenboga Airport to/from Cappadocia Region: $314
  • Private Transfers Ankara City or Esenboga Airport to/from Kartalkaya Ski Resort: $314
  • Private Transfers Ankara City or Esenboga Airport to/from Ilgaz National Park: $314
  • Private Transfers Ankara City or Esenboga Airport to/from Hattusa Ancient City: $314
  • Private Transfers Ankara City or Esenboga Airport to/from Eskişehir City: $314
  • Private Transfers Ankara City or Esenboga Airport to/from Konya City: $314
  • Private Transfers Ankara City or Esenboga Airport to/from Kizilcahamam Town: $173

Entertainment

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $20 per person, per day in Ankara. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Bodrum -
    Ankara $20

Tours and Activities in Bodrum

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

  • Blue cruise around Bodrum bays: $22
  • Daily Boat Tour (Orak Island) around Bodrum and Black Island Coves: $31
  • Bodrum Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $42
  • Scuba Diving Tour in Bodrum: $59
  • Bodrum Private Tours: $65
  • Pamukkale and Hierapolis Full-Day Tour from Bodrum: $67
  • Turkish Bath Tour Bodrum - BOD31: $67
  • From Full-Day Tour to Ephesus: $73
  • Full-Day Pamukkale Tour from Bodrum: $73
  • Full-Day Tour of Bodrum, Dalyan: $73
  • Aqua Park Tour from Bodrum - BOD15: $75
  • Bodrum City Walking Sightseeing - Late afternoon: $137

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
    $0.93

Tours and Activities in Ankara

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

  • 20-Day St.Paul Missionary Tour: $6,610
  • 4 Days Ankara Hattusas Cappadocia Tour - YK227: $679
  • 5 Days Ankara Hattusas Cappadocia Tours By Bus By Plane - YUKI TOUR AK7: $771
  • Ankara Tour: $252
  • Ankara, Gordion, Cappadocia 1 day tour - CAP30: $427
  • Ankara, Gordion, Hattusas, Cappadocia 2 days private tour - CAP41: $505
  • Cappadocia Hiking & Underground City Tour: $47
  • Cer Modern Entrance Ticket: $5.97
  • Daily Ankara Tour: $265
  • Daily Hattusas / Boğazköy Tour: $341
  • Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Topkapi Palace: $140
  • Private Tour of Historical Ankara City: $242

Alcohol

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Ankara may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $10 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Bodrum -
    Ankara $10


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.

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