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

Should you visit Cappadocia or Ankara?

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

Should I visit Cappadocia or Ankara? 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: Cappadocia or Ankara?


Cappadocia is in Central Anatolia, between the mountains Erciyes, Melendiz and Hasan. It is famous for its underground cities, fairy chimneys, and caves. The landscape of the area is some of the most unique you'll ever see. The fairy chimneys are bizarrely shaped rock outcroppings that have evolved from the unique geography in the area. There are hiking trails through the series of valleys that make up the area. It's a great place to explore for outdoor enthusiasts and adventure seekers.


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.

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Which place is cheaper, Ankara or Cappadocia?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Cappadocia is $151, while the average daily cost in Ankara is $116. 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 Cappadocia and Ankara in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Cappadocia $53
    Ankara $57
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Cappadocia $106
    Ankara $114
Compare Hotels in Cappadocia and Ankara

Looking for a hotel in Cappadocia 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 Cappadocia

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: Cappadocia Hotel Prices and Ankara Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Cappadocia $51
    Ankara $37

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cappadocia

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

  • 2 way Transfer fr/to Nevsehir & Kayseri Airport / Cappadocia: $33
  • 2-Hour Sunset Quad Bike Tour in Cappadocia with Transfer (1 ATV for 2 persons): $36
  • Airport Shuttle Transfer(Kayseri ASR - Nevsehir NAV Airport to Hotel): $13
  • Airport Transfer From and To Kayseri and Nevsehir : $13
  • Both Ways Airport Transfer (Nevsehir Kapadokya - Kayseri Erkilet): $38
  • Cappadocia Balloon Ride with Breakfast, Champagne and Transfers: $250
  • Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon Ride 18-24 Person with Transfer: $141
  • Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon Ride Over Goreme Valleys With Transfer: $130
  • Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon Ride over Cat Valley with Transfers: $130
  • Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon Ride over Cat Valley with Transfers: $130
  • Cappadocia Package Tour withTransfers + 1 Night Hotel,1 Day Tour: $190
  • Cappadocia Private Airport Transfer : $81

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 Gordion Ancient City: $185
  • Private Transfers Ankara City or Esenboga Airport to/from Beypazari Town: $185
  • Private Transfer from Ankara Esenboga Airport (ESB) to Central Ankara: $109
  • Ankara Private Transfer from central Ankara hotels to Ankara Airport (ESB): $109
  • Ankara City Center (Cankaya,Kizilay) Hotels to Ankara Esenboga Airport transfers: $76
  • Private Transfers Between Ankara Esenboga Airport - Ankara City Centre: $75
  • Ankara Esenboga Airport transfers to Ankara City Center (Cankaya,Kizilay) Hotels: $71
  • Ankara Esenboğa Airport From/To City Center Private Transfer: $64
  • Ankara Private Departure Transfer from City hotels to Airport: $60
  • Private transfer: Ankara Airport (ESB) to Ankara: $39
  • Private transfer: Ankara to Ankara Airport (ESB): $39

Is it cheaper to fly into Cappadocia or Ankara?

Prices for flights to both Ankara and Cappadocia 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
    Cappadocia $50
    Ankara $32
Typical Food Prices in Cappadocia

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Cappadocia:

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Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cappadocia

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

  • Turkish Night Show in Cave Restaurant with Dinner and Transfer: $43
  • Cappadocia Turkish Night in Avanos Dinner Included: $48
  • Turkish Night Show With Dinner in a Cave Restaurant: $54
  • 3 Hours Turkish Night in Cappadocia with Dinner: $54
  • Cappadocia Night: Turkish Dance & Dinner : $60
  • Cappadocia Turkish Night Show with Dinner and Entertainments: $62
  • Turkish Night Show & Dinner: $63
  • Cappadocian cooking - hands-on class with pickup: $64
  • Romantic Cappadocia Sunset Dinner and Wine : $65
  • Cappadocia Cave Restaurant for Dinner and Turkish Entertainments: $71
  • Romantic Cappadocia Private Sunset Dinner With Wild Food : $78
  • Cooking class at the Local Village House in Cappadocia: $86

Typical Food Prices in Ankara

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

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  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Cappadocia $95
    Ankara $34
Typical Entertainment Prices in Cappadocia

For Cappadocia, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:

  • Underground City Entrance for Two
  • Hot Air Balloon Ride for Two
  • Horseback Riding for Two
  • Cappadocia Driving Tour
  • Goreme Museum Entrance Fee
  • Whirling Dervishes Show
  • Turkish Bath
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Goreme open air museum
  • Bellydancing Show

Tours and Activities in Cappadocia

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

  • Skip the Line: Guray Museum Admission Ticket: $4.34
  • Best Of Private Cappadocia Tour ( Car & Guide ): $4.89
  • Cappadocia Private Tour (Car & Guide): $5.00
  • Cappadocia Private Tour with Car & Guide : $5.99
  • Full Day Private Cappadocia Tour( Car & Guide): $10
  • Cappadocia 1 hour horse tour: $16
  • Cappadocia Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Watching Experience: $16
  • Cappadocia horseback valley tour: $18
  • Private Underground City tour in Cappadocia Derinkuyu , Kaymakli: $18
  • 2 Hour Sunset Quad Bike(Atv) Tour: $19
  • Sunrise Balloon Watching Tour with Photographer: $20
  • Cappadocia Local Carpet Weaving Tour: $20

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 : Highlights Walking Tour: $48
  • Ankara : Private Walking Tour With A Guide ( Private Tour ) : $33
  • Ankara Private Walking Tour: $266
  • Ankara Private Walking Tour with a Professional Guide: $218
  • Family-Friendly Smartphone Walking Tour: $6.00
  • Inns and Baths City Sightseeing Mobile Audio Guide: $6.00
  • Private Tour with a Local: $37
  • Private Walking tour With A Guide (Private Tour): $32
  • Quick Tour, Essentials of Ankara: $6.00
  • From Konya and Cappdocia Tour (3 Days-2 Nights): $438
  • Half Day Private Tour in Ankara: $215
  • Istanbul: Golden Horn & Bosphorus Day Cruise: $165

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Cappadocia $18
    Ankara $15

Sample the Local Flavors in Cappadocia

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Cappadocia:

  • Cappadocia Nightlife Experience: Bar and Pub Crawl Tour: $32
  • Wine tasting in Cappadocia: $64
  • Cappadocia Wine Cellar and Wine Yard with Wine Tasting: $79
  • Wine Tasting and Sunset in Cappadocia: $196

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

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

Which is Bigger, Cappadocia or Ankara?

Ankara has a larger population, and is about 550 times larger than the population of Cappadocia. When comparing the sizes of Cappadocia 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.