A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Cappadocia vs. Aswan for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Cappadocia or Aswan?

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

Should I visit Cappadocia or Aswan? 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 Aswan?


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.


Lounging along the Nile like Egyptian royalty is a fantasy for most world travelers. If you want to do it without the hustle and bustle of Cairo, there's always Aswan. This city in the south of Egypt is the smallest of the three major cities on the Nile. Located just below the Aswan Dam and Lake Nasser, Aswan's 275,00 people include a large portion of Nubians – mostly resettled from their flooded homeland.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Coach Bus Tours in Turkey, The Best Adventure Tours to Turkey, The Best 10-Day Tours in Egypt, and The Best One Week (7-Day) Tours in Egypt.

Which place is cheaper, Aswan 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 Aswan is $16. 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 Aswan in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Cappadocia $53
    Aswan $6.75
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Cappadocia $106
    Aswan $14
Compare Hotels in Cappadocia and Aswan

Looking for a hotel in Cappadocia or Aswan? 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 Aswan

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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 Aswan Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Cappadocia $51
    Aswan $4.34

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cappadocia

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

  • Airport Shuttle Transfer(Kayseri ASR - Nevsehir NAV Airport to Hotel): $13
  • Cappadocia Shared Transfer From/To Kayseri and Nevşehir Airport: $13
  • Airport Transfer From and To Kayseri and Nevsehir : $13
  • Shared Airport Transfer From Nevsehir/Kayseri Airports to Hotels: $15
  • From Kayseri & Nevsehir Airports: Transfer to Cappadocia: $16
  • Shared Shuttle Airport or Hotel Transfer in Cappadocia: $16
  • Kayseri Airport Transfer: $16
  • Transfer from Kayseri Airport to Cappadocia Hotels (Small Group): $16
  • One way Transfer from Nevşehir Airport to Cappadocia Hotels: $16
  • Whirling Dervishes Show in Cappadocia w/ Free Hotel Transfer: $20
  • From Shared Airport Transfer to Kayseri Airport: $22
  • Shared Airport Transfer from Nevsehir Airport to Cappadocia: $22

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Aswan

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Aswan:

  • 3-Days Travel Into The History to Aswan, Abu Simbel & Luxor with all Transfers: $299
  • Private Transfer from Aswan to temple of Abu Simbel: $230
  • Hurghada: Private Transfer To/From Aswan: $200
  • Private Transfer To/From Hurghada: $200
  • Family Friendly Transfer from Aswan to Hurghada: $175
  • Private Transfer From Aswan Airport or Hotel to Hurghada: $160
  • Transfer from Aswan To Luxor: $114
  • Full Day Tour to Luxor from Aswan with Transfers and Guide: $100
  • Private Trip To Kom Ombo And Edfu Temple With Transfer From Aswan: $100
  • Private Transfer From Aswan To Hurghada: $99
  • Private Transfer from Aswan to Luxor by Private Vehicle or Retun: $95
  • Private transfer from aswan to luxor with visits: $93

Is it cheaper to fly into Cappadocia or Aswan?

Prices for flights to both Aswan 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
    Aswan $5.73
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

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Aswan

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Aswan.

  • Dinner at Soleih restaurant by vehicle: $33
  • Nubian Dinner in Nubian Village Of Aswan: $40
  • Your Grandmothers Cooking Class In Aswan : $90
  • Dinner In Nile Cruise in Aswan: $150

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Cappadocia $95
    Aswan $6.11
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 Aswan

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Aswan are as follows:

  • Temple Kom Ombo for Two

Tours and Activities in Aswan

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Aswan are as follows:

  • 2-DaysTour from Aswan Philae the High Dam the Unfinished Obelisk and Abu Simbel: $90
  • Abu Simbel Day tour from Aswan: $50
  • Abu Simbel Private Tour from Aswan : $110
  • Abu Simbel Temples Full Day Tour From Aswan With Entry Tickets : $99
  • Aswan : Full Day Private Guided Tour to the Legend of Abu Simbel Temples: $125
  • Full-Day Private Tour to Abu Simbel Temples in Aswan With Guide : $100
  • Guided Tour of Philae Temple in Aswan Egypt: $22
  • Kayak Tour around the Temple of Philae & Heissa Island : $27
  • Nubian Village Tour - Animalia : $84
  • Nubian Village and Philae Temple Private Guided Tour From Aswan: $30
  • Philae Temple Night Experience (Sound and Light show). : $65
  • Philae Temple and Aswan High Dam Tour: $44

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Cappadocia $18
    Aswan $1.24

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 Aswan, we can see that Cappadocia is more expensive. And not only is Aswan much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Cappadocia is in Europe and Aswan is in Africa, this is one of the main reasons why the costs are so different, as different regions of the world tend to have overall different travel costs. So, traveling to Aswan would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Aswan 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 Aswan.

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

Which is Bigger, Cappadocia or Aswan?

Aswan has a larger population, and is about 40 times larger than the population of Cappadocia. When comparing the sizes of Cappadocia and Aswan, 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.