Should you visit Bodrum or Olympos?
Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Bodrum and Olympos 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.
Olympos was an ancient city in Lycia, situated in a river valley near the coast. Its ruins are located south of the modern town Cirali in the Kumluca district of Antalya Province, Turkey. An important Lycian city in the 2nd century BC, Olympos is more famous these days for being the beach resort of choice for backpackers. Staying in an Olympos 'tree house' at one of the dozen-or-so camps that line the path to the ruins and beach has long been the stuff of travel legend. The former hippy-trail hot-spot has been considerably renovated in past years and during summer can be pretty overcrowded. Olympos offers good value and an up-for-it party atmosphere in a lovely setting.
Which city is cheaper, Olympos 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 Olympos is $56. 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 Olympos 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 $50 in Olympos 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.
Olympos food costs typically run travelers around $22 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.
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:
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.
To get around in Olympos, the average visitor spends $8.89 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bodrum
Also for Bodrum, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
From All Bodrum Hotels to Dalaman Airport Private Departure Transfer:
Bodrum Airport to Kusadasi: Airport Transfer:
Private Airport Round-Trip Transfer: BJV Bodrum Airport to Bodrum City:
Bodrum Airport Transfers : Bodrum City to Bodrum Airport BJV in Luxury Van:
Departure Private Transfer from Bodrum City to Bodrum Airport BJV by Minibus:
Bodrum Private Transfer from Bodrum Peninsula hotels to Bodrum Airport:
Bodrum Airport Transfers : Bodrum City to Bodrum Airport BJV in Business Car:
Departure Private Transfer from Bodrum City to Bodrum Airport BJV by Minivan:
Private Departure Transfer from Bodrum City to BJV Bodrum Airport:
Private Airport Transfer: Bodrum to Milas Bodrum International Airport (BJV):
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Olympos
Also for Olympos, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Antalya Olympos Hotels to Antalya Airport AYT Transfers:
Antalya Airport AYT Transfers to Olympos Hotels:
In Olympos, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $19 per person, per day.
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:
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Olympos, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $12.
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Bodrum and Olympos, we can see that Olympos 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 Olympos would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Olympos than you might in Bodrum.
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