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

Should you visit Cappadocia or Dahab?

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

Should I visit Cappadocia or Dahab? 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 Dahab?


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.


Dahab is a small town on the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt. It is located about 85 kilometers north of Sharm el-Sheikh and sits on the Gulf of Aqaba. It's a popular destination with divers and backpackers alike, and offers some of the best snorkeling and diving that you'll find in the Red Sea. It's a great alternative to the resort driven Sharm el-Sheikh, and is popular with independent travelers who are looking for affordable accommodation. There are some upmarket options however, predominantly in the Laguna area, but budget facilities are not hard to find.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Coach Bus Tours in Turkey, The Best Adventure Tours to Turkey, The Best Family-Friendly Tours to Egypt, and The Best Historical Tours in Egypt.

Which place is cheaper, Dahab 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 Dahab is $13. 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 Dahab in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Cappadocia $53
    Dahab $6.09
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Cappadocia $106
    Dahab $12
Compare Hotels in Cappadocia and Dahab

Looking for a hotel in Cappadocia or Dahab? 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 Dahab

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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 Dahab Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Cappadocia $51
    Dahab $1.92

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cappadocia

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

  • Whirling Dervishes Show in Cappadocia with Transfer Service: $49
  • Whirling Dervishes Show in Cappadocia w/ Free Hotel Transfer: $20
  • Transfer from Kayseri and Nevsehir Airport Cappadocia mercedes for 16 people: $162
  • Transfer from Kayseri Airport to Cappadocia Hotels (Small Group): $16
  • Transfer from Cappadocia Hotels to Nevşehir or Kayseri Airport (private): $148
  • Shuttle Transfer from Cappadocia Hotels to "Kayseri Erkilet Airport": $22
  • Shared Shuttle Airport or Hotel Transfer in Cappadocia: $16
  • Shared Airport Transfer to Nevsehir Airport From Cappadocia: $22
  • Shared Airport Transfer from Nevsehir Airport to Cappadocia: $22
  • Shared Airport Transfer From Nevsehir/Kayseri Airports to Hotels: $15
  • Private transfer in SUBURBAN in punta cana and bavaro cap cana: $60
  • Private Transfers Kayseri Erkılet Airport to/from Cappadocia Region: $131

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dahab

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

  • Private Pickup Transfers From Dahab To Cairo: $260
  • Private Transfer From Dahab To Taba border group from 1 to 12: $220
  • Private Pickup Transfers from Dahab to Taba: $120
  • Private Transfer From Dahab To Taba border group from 1 to 4: $90
  • Private Sharm El Sheikh Airport (SSH) Transfer: $71
  • Private Transfer from Hotel in Dahab To Sharm el Sheikh Airport: $54
  • Dahab To/from Sharm El Sheikh Private Transfer : $40
  • Sharm el-Sheikh: 1-Way or Round-Trip Transfer to Dahab: $38

Is it cheaper to fly into Cappadocia or Dahab?

Prices for flights to both Dahab 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
    Dahab $4.82
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 Dahab

For Dahab, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:

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  • Breakfast for Two

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Dahab

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

  • Bedouin Dinner in the Mountains In Dahab: $30
  • Bedouin Dinner in the Mountains In Dahab: $36
  • Dahab Desert Safari and Bedouin Dinner: $40
  • Stargazer + Camel riding + Bedouin dinner from Dahab : $90

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Cappadocia $95
    Dahab $4.60
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.

  • 2 days Cappadocia Full Turkish night Show, Atv & Red Tour: $175
  • 2 days Cappadocia Tour (Car+ Guide): $217
  • ATV (Quad) Tour in Cappadocia-2 Hours: $49
  • Cappadocia ATV Tour: $36
  • Cappadocia Red Tour Small Group: $98
  • 1-Hour Hot Air Balloon Tour in Cappadocia Goreme Valley: $250
  • 2 Days Private Guided Cappadocia Tour with Pick Up: $225
  • 2 Days Red and Green tour: $163
  • 2 Hour Cappadocia Jeep Safari Tour: $101
  • 2 Hour Jeep Safari Tour in Cappadocia : $109
  • 2 Hour Sunset Quad Bike (ATV) Tour in Cappadocia: $22
  • 2 Hour Sunset Quad Bike(Atv) Tour: $19

Tours and Activities in Dahab

For Dahab, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Camel Trek Desert and Beach Experience Private Tour in Dahab: $45
  • 2 Day Private Desert Experience in Sinai: $239
  • 4x4 Jeep Adventure from Dahab: $39
  • Adventure Quad Biking Tour in Dahab: $50
  • Adventure Safari By Horse In Dahab At Laguna Beach: $65
  • Blue Hole Snorkeling Adventure in Dahab: $40
  • Blue Hole Snorkeling Tour with lunch from Dahab: $28
  • Camel Ride + Blue Hole Snorkeling + Quad Bike Tour With Lunch From Dahab: $45
  • Dahab Windsurfing Adventure in Red Sea Waves: $30
  • Royal Seascope Submarine Guided Boat Tour : $38
  • Royal seascope Semi-Submarine Cruise: $33
  • luxury Snorkeling cruise with buffet lunch: $41

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Cappadocia $18
    Dahab $2.63

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 Dahab, we can see that Cappadocia is more expensive. And not only is Dahab much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Cappadocia is in Europe and Dahab 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 Dahab would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Dahab 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 Dahab.

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

Which is Bigger, Cappadocia or Dahab?

Dahab has a larger population, and is about 26% larger than the population of Cappadocia. When comparing the sizes of Cappadocia and Dahab, 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.