Should you visit Bodrum or Antalya?
Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Bodrum and Antalya can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.
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.
Antalya is the largest city along Turkey's Mediterranean coast and the eighth largest city in the country with over one million people in the metropolitan area. The city dates back to about 200 BC when it was settled by the Attalid Dynasty of Pergamon and soon conquered by the Romans. The city was ruled by several different groups and most recently was transferred to Italian suzerainty following World War I. It became part of Turkey following the War of Independence. The city has seen an influx of development in recent years and it has grown into a tourism mecca with more than 12 million visitors in 2014.
Which city is cheaper, Antalya 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 Antalya is $53. 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 Antalya in more detail.
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.
An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $52 in Antalya For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.
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.
On average, meal and food prices in Antalya cost around $18 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 $7.20.
Meals for one day
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:
Bodrum Market Visit and Cooking Class:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Antalya
For Antalya, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Giza Pyramids Sound and Light Show with Dinner:
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.
Antalya'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 $8.46 per person, per day on transportation in Antalya.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bodrum
Also for Bodrum, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Private Departure Transfer from Bodrum City to BJV Bodrum Airport:
Private Airport Transfer: Bodrum to Milas Bodrum International Airport (BJV):
Private Airport Round-Trip Transfer: BJV Bodrum Airport to Bodrum City:
From All Bodrum Hotels to Dalaman Airport Private Departure Transfer:
Departure Private Transfer from Bodrum City to Bodrum Airport BJV by Minivan:
Departure Private Transfer from Bodrum City to Bodrum Airport BJV by Minibus:
Bodrum Private Transfer from Bodrum Peninsula hotels to Bodrum Airport:
Bodrum Airport to Kusadasi: Airport Transfer:
Bodrum Airport Transfers : Bodrum City to Bodrum Airport BJV in Luxury Van:
Bodrum Airport Transfers : Bodrum City to Bodrum Airport BJV in Business Car:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Antalya
Also for Antalya, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Private Boat Tour to Kekova and Sunken City From Antalya Incl.Transfer:
Private Transfer : Antalya to Cappadocia:
Private Transfer from Antalya to Cappadocia:
Private Transfers Between Antalya Airport - Antalya City Centre:
Antalya Airport Arrivals Transfer to Alanya:
Antalya Airport: KAS Private Arrival Transfer:
Antalya Airport: Patara Private Transfer:
Private Sightseeing and Airport Departure Transfer:
From Antalya to Kalkan Private Transfer:
Private Transfer From Antalya Airport to Kas:
Antalya Airport (AYT) Departure Transfer (Alanya Hotels to Antalya Airport):
Antalya Airport: Arrival Transfer to Side:
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Antalya can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $14 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
Tours and Activities in Bodrum
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Bodrum.
7-Night Bodrum Peninsula and Greek Islands Yacht Cruise from Bodrum:
7-Night Gulet Cruise from Gulf of Gökova:
7-Night Turkish Coast Cruise from Bodrum:
Aqua Park Tour from Bodrum - BOD15:
Blue cruise around Bodrum bays:
Bodrum City Walking Sightseeing - Late afternoon:
Bodrum Cruise Excursion - Bodrum City Tour:
Bodrum Like a Local: Customized Private Tour:
Bodrum Private Tours:
Bodrum Sightseeing & Relaxation Yacht Cabin Charter:
Daily Boat Tour (Orak Island) around Bodrum and Black Island Coves:
From Full-Day Tour to Ephesus:
Tours and Activities in Antalya
For Antalya, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
3-Day Cappadocia Tour:
A Day at Kas Beach Tour:
Admission Ticket to Sandland Antalya:
Alanya: Horse Riding Adventure:
Alanya: Tandem Paragliding Experience:
Antalya 4x4 and White Water Rafting Adventure with Lunch:
Antalya Aquarium Tour from Kemer, Beldibi, Kiris, Camyuva, Goynuk, Tekirova:
Antalya City Tour:
Antalya City Tour - ANT2:
Antalya City Tour - Small group Tour:
Antalya City Tour Private Tour 1 to 6 peoples:
Antalya City Tour and Duden Waterfalls Visit with Boat Trip:
Typically, people visiting Antalya spend on average $7.86 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Bodrum and Antalya, we can see that Antalya 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 Antalya would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Antalya than you might in Bodrum.
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