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

Should you visit Cappadocia or Islamabad?

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

Should I visit Cappadocia or Islamabad? 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 Islamabad?

Cappadocia

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.

Islamabad

Islamabad is the capital of Pakistan, specially built in the 1960's to replace the former capital, Karachi. Most of the city's population are employees of the government, though many people come from all over Pakistan to enjoy the city's peaceful atmosphere and green spaces, museums, and monuments.

Which place is cheaper, Islamabad or Cappadocia?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Cappadocia is $160, while the average daily cost in Islamabad is $42. 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 Islamabad in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Cappadocia $56
    Islamabad $21
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Cappadocia $112
    Islamabad $42
Compare Hotels in Cappadocia and Islamabad

Looking for a hotel in Cappadocia or Islamabad? 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 Islamabad


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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 Islamabad Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Cappadocia $54
    Islamabad $7.70

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cappadocia

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

  • 2 way Airport Transfer + Hot Air Balloon + 1 Day Tour (Green or Red): $259
  • Cat Valley Ballon Tour In Cappadocia With Free Hotel Transfer: $250
  • 2 Days 1 Night Cappadocia Tour (Airport Transfer, Hotel, Daily Tour And Atv): $235
  • Private Transfer from Cappadocia to Antalya : $213
  • Cappadocia Package Tour withTransfers + 1 Night Hotel,1 Day Tour: $193
  • Double Tour with Airport Transfer : $193
  • Kayseri Airport ASR Transfers to Hacibektas Hotels: $171
  • Kayseri Airport ASR Transfers to Nigde City Centre Hotels: $165
  • Transfer from Kayseri and Nevsehir Airport Cappadocia mercedes for 16 people: $164
  • Nevsehir Kapadokya Airport NAV Transfers to Guzelyurt Hotels: $160
  • Nevsehir Airport to Cappadocia Hotel Private Transfer: $150
  • Transfer from Cappadocia Hotels to Nevşehir or Kayseri Airport (private): $150

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Islamabad

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

  • Premium Services: Islamabad Day Trip & Round Trip Airport Transfers.: $170
  • Transit Trip: Murree Exploration Day Trip & Round Trip Airport Transfer: $140
  • Transit Trip: Islamabad City Exploration Day Tour & Round Trip Airport Transfer: $110
  • Islamabad Round Trip Airport Transfer & Customizable Day Trip: $95
  • Private Transfer from Islamabad Airport to Pakistan: $61
  • Islamabad International Airport Departure Drop off Transfer : $55
  • Islamabad International Airport Arrival Pick up Transfer: $55
  • Premium Services: Islamabad International Airport Transfer - Departures: $55
  • Premium Services: Islamabad International Airport Transfer - Arrival: $55
  • Private Chauffeur: Arrival Transfer Airport Pick up (Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore): $50
  • Islamabad International Airport Transfer - DEPARTURE: $40
  • Islamabad International Airport Transfer - ARRIVAL: $40

Is it cheaper to fly into Cappadocia or Islamabad?

Prices for flights to both Islamabad 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
  • Food Meals for one day
    Cappadocia $52
    Islamabad $15
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:

  • Cappadocia Turkish Night With Unlimited Drinks And Dinner: $30
  • Turkish night show with dinner and unlimited free alcohol: $53
  • Turkish Night Show With Dinner in a Cave Restaurant: $55
  • Cappadocia Night: Turkish Dance & Dinner : $60
  • Cappadocia Traditional Turkish Night with Dinner (in Authentic Cave Restaurant): $61
  • Cappadocia Turkish Night Show with Dinner: $61
  • Cappadocia Turkish Night Show with Dinner and Entertainments: $63
  • Turkish Night Show & Dinner: $64
  • Romantic Cappadocia Sunset Dinner and Wine : $65
  • Cappadocian cooking - hands-on class with pickup: $65
  • Turkish Night at Cave Restaurant with Dinner and Drinks: $66
  • Turkish Night with Dinner and Unlimited Drinks İn the Rock Cave: $66

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Cappadocia $101
    Islamabad $9.51
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
    $0.98
  • Hot Air Balloon Ride for Two
    $19
  • Horseback Riding for Two
    $3.74
  • Cappadocia Driving Tour
    $3.99
  • Goreme Museum Entrance Fee
    $0.49
  • Whirling Dervishes Show
    $3.26
  • Turkish Bath
    $2.28
  • Hot air ballooning
    $13
  • Goreme open air museum
    $0.65
  • Bellydancing Show
    $4.24

Tours and Activities in Cappadocia

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

  • 2 Days Cappadocia Red & Erciyes Ski Tour: $220
  • 2 days Cappadocia Full Turkish night Show, Atv & Red Tour: $175
  • 2 days Private Tour with Car and Guide: $243
  • ATV (Quad) Tour in Cappadocia-2 Hours: $40
  • Cappadocia ATV Tour: $36
  • Cappadocia ATV safari & adventures : $70
  • Cappadocia Red Tour Small Group: $88
  • Cappadocia Sunset Horseback Riding Tour 2 Hours: $72
  • Cappadocia relax tour car and driver: $132
  • Full day private cappadocia tour With professional guide: $221
  • Highlights of Cappadocia All in One Tour: $176
  • Private Day Tour Natural Beauties of Cappadocia and Underground Caves: $287

Tours and Activities in Islamabad

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

  • 5-Hour Private Guided Tour in Islamabad City: $130
  • Best of Islamabad City Landmarks Exploration Tour (Private & Guided).: $95
  • Best of Islamabad Half Day Tour With Meal At Monal Restaurant (Morn & Eve Slots): $100
  • From 15 Day Trekking Tour of Thalay and Nangma: $3,070
  • From 9-Day Colors of Hunza Valley Cultural Tour: $2,065
  • From Full Day Guided Taxila Ruins Exploration Tour: $150
  • From Full Day Historical Peshawar Guided City Tour: $160
  • From Skardu and Baltistan Cultural Tour with Food: $2,339
  • Full Day Private City Tour Of Islamabad: $99
  • Full Day Private Guided Tour of Taxila Gandahara Civilization : $140
  • Full Day Private Murree Nathiagali Tour : $190
  • Full Day Private Tour Top 10 Wonders of Islamabad: $198

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Cappadocia $19
    Islamabad $2.89

Sample the Local Flavors in Cappadocia

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Cappadocia:

  • Wine Tasting in Cappadocia Turkey: $23
  • Cappadocia Nightlife Experience: Bar and Pub Crawl Tour: $32
  • Cappadocia Wine Cellar and Wine Yard with Wine Tasting: $54
  • Wine tasting in Cappadocia: $65
  • Private Sunset and Wine Tasting Experience in Cappadocia: $88
  • Full-day Cappadocia Tour with wine tasting and clay shaping : $90
  • 3-Hour Private Wine Tasting Tour in Cappadocia: $176
  • Wine Tasting and Sunset in Cappadocia: $176
  • Ancient Cappadocia's Wine Tasting - Private Tour: $275
  • Private Tour: Best of Cappadocia with Wine Tasting: $287


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Cappadocia and Islamabad, we can see that Cappadocia is more expensive. And not only is Islamabad much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Cappadocia is in Europe and Islamabad is in Asia, 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 Islamabad would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Islamabad 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 Islamabad.

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


Which is Bigger, Cappadocia or Islamabad?

Islamabad has a larger population, and is about 90 times larger than the population of Cappadocia. When comparing the sizes of Cappadocia and Islamabad, 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.

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