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

Should you visit Cappadocia or Istanbul?

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

Should I visit Cappadocia or Istanbul? 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 Istanbul?


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.


Istanbul is strategically located on the Bosphorus and is split between Europe and Asia. It truly is a city where east meets west. Istanbul is the cultural and financial hub of Turkey, and also the most populous city. The sites are countless and there's something for everybody, whether you're interested in art, music, food, or adventure. You can pass many days exploring both the residential and commercial pockets of this city. Much of the appeal is hidden away along back alleys or within corner shops.

Which place is cheaper, Istanbul 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 Istanbul is $133. 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 Istanbul in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Cappadocia $56
    Istanbul $50
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Cappadocia $112
    Istanbul $100
Compare Hotels in Cappadocia and Istanbul

Looking for a hotel in Cappadocia or Istanbul? 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 Istanbul

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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 Istanbul Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Cappadocia $54
    Istanbul $58

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cappadocia

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

  • Cappadocia Shared Transfer From/To Kayseri and Nevşehir Airport: $9.81
  • Cappadocia Shared Transfer from/to Kayseri Erkilet Airport: $9.93
  • Shared Departure Transfer from Cappadocia to Nevsehir Airport (NAV): $11
  • Shared Departure Transfer from Cappadocia to Kayseri Airport (ASR): $11
  • Kayseri Airport Transfer: $11
  • Transfer between Nevşehir/Kayseri Airport and Cappadocia hotels: $12
  • Airport Shuttle Transfer(Kayseri ASR - Nevsehir NAV Airport to Hotel): $13
  • Transfer from Kayseri Airport to Cappadocia Hotels (Small Group): $13
  • One way Transfer from Nevşehir Airport to Cappadocia Hotels: $13
  • Private/Shared Transfers Kayseri or Nevşehir Airports: $14
  • Cappadocia Shuttle Transfer from Nevsehir Airport: $15
  • Shared Shuttle Airport or Hotel Transfer in Cappadocia: $17

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Istanbul

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Istanbul are as follows:

  • Ferry
  • Local Bus

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Istanbul

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Istanbul:

  • Private Bosphorus Tour on Luxury Yacht w/transfer: $392
  • From Pamukkale Day Tour With Flights and Transfers: $325
  • Private Guided Istanbul Luxury Tour (Tickets and Transfers): $292
  • Istanbul Airport S-Class Premium Luxury Sedan Transfer: $291
  • Hagia Sophia, Topkapi & Mosque Tour with Transfer: $286
  • Troy and Gallipoli Day Guided Tour with Transfer: $280
  • Luxury Private Istanbul Tour (allTickets and Transfers) VIP OSCAR: $250
  • Traditional Luxury Hamam Experience with one way Transfer included: $250
  • Private Transfer to Bursa Uludag Hotels from Sabiha Gokcen airport: $245
  • Istanbul Dolmabahçe Palace Private Tour with Transfers: $228
  • Istanbul Airport Transfer: New Airport IST to Istanbul in Luxury Car: $226
  • Istanbul Airport Transfer: Istanbul to New Airport IST in Luxury Car: $226

Is it cheaper to fly into Cappadocia or Istanbul?

Prices for flights to both Istanbul 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 $52
    Istanbul $33
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 in a Cave Restaurant: $55
  • Turkish night show with dinner and unlimited free alcohol: $57
  • 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

Typical Food Prices in Istanbul

Some typical examples of dining costs in Istanbul are as follows:

  • Juice
  • Turkish Delight
  • Dessert
  • Pastries

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Istanbul

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

  • Dinner Cruise and Entertainment with Private Table: $17
  • Bosphorus Dinner Cruise Tour With Turkish Night Show: $21
  • Bosphorus Dinner Cruise , Unlimited Drinks, & Show: $22
  • Bosphorus Dinner Cruise and Turkish Night Show: $22
  • Bosphorus Dinner Cruise & Show with Private Table: $22
  • Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise with All inclusive Dinner and Belly-Dancer Show : $27
  • Dinner Cruise Bosphorus with Hotel Transfer: $28
  • Istanbul Bosphorus Dinner Cruise: $28
  • Istanbul Bosphorus Dinner Cruise with Unlimited Drinks and Shows: $28
  • Istanbul Bosphorus Dinner Cruise and Turkish Night Show: $29
  • Half Day Sunset Luxury Yacht Dinner Cruise Tour in Istanbul: $30
  • 3 Hour Ottoman Dinner Cruise in Istanbul : $30

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Cappadocia $101
    Istanbul $84
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: $4.42
  • Cappadocia Private Tour (Car & Guide): $5.00
  • Best Of Private Cappadocia Tour: $5.52
  • Cappadocia Private Tour with Car & Guide: $5.99
  • Full-Day Private Cappadocia Tour (Car &Guide ): $10
  • Red Plus ,(Small group) Cappadocia Tour: $10
  • 1-Hour HORSE Riding Tour: $12
  • Explore Cappadocia North and Red Underground City Private Tour : $12
  • Sunrise Balloon Watching Tour with Snacks: $13
  • Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Watching Tour with Snacks at Göreme: $17
  • Cappadocia Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Watching Experience: $17
  • (Copy of) Cappadocia horseback valley tour: $17

Typical Entertainment Prices in Istanbul

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

  • Bosphurus Boat (for 2)
  • Yerebatan Cistern for Two
  • Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts for Two
  • Hagia Sofia entrance

Tours and Activities in Istanbul

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

  • 4 Hours Private Highlights Tour Of Istanbul: $276
  • All in One Day Istanbul - Historical Tour of Istanbul with Bosphorus Cruise: $165
  • Bosphorus Cruise And Asia Minor Tour: $220
  • Bosphorus Morning or Sunset Guided Cruise Tour: $25
  • Dolmabace Palace, Bosphorus Boat Tour , Eyüp Sultan Mosque Tour: $150
  • Full Day Private Guided Istanbul Tour: $44
  • Green Bursa ~ Uludag Mountain, private Tour;Solo ;Groups: $60
  • Highlights of Cappadocia with Mehmet ( Private Tour ): $85
  • Hippodrome Guided Tours: $7.72
  • Istanbul City Tour Full Day (ASIA AND EUROPE) and Bosphorus Tour: $110
  • Istanbul Full-Day Dolmabahce Palace With Bosphorus Cruise: $119
  • Istanbul Hop-on Hop-Off Bus Tour: $65

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Cappadocia $19
    Istanbul $16

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: $33
  • 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: $177
  • Wine Tasting and Sunset in Cappadocia: $177
  • Ancient Cappadocia's Wine Tasting - Private Tour: $275
  • Private Tour: Best of Cappadocia with Wine Tasting: $287

Sample the Local Flavors in Istanbul

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Istanbul:

  • Istanbul Pub Crawl Big Nightout . Rooftop parties,party Bus & Nightlife: $22
  • Famous Istanbul Pub Crawl #1 Nightlife Experience: $27
  • #1 Rated Istanbul Party Pub Crawl w Party Bus/Sultanahmet&Taksim: $28
  • Party Pub Crawl with Party Bus: $29
  • Istanbul 7-Hour Pub Crawl: Big Night Out: $33
  • Istanbul Wine Tasting at Home with Local Family: $80
  • Istanbul Wine Tasting at Home with Local Family: $86
  • 2-Day Wine Tasting Tour along the Thracian Wine Route: $180
  • Istanbul Private Wine Tasting Tour Through 3 City Wineries : $248
  • Guided, Food and Wine Tasting Tour in Istanbul : $300
  • Istanbul Private and Guided, Food and Wine Tasting Tour: $430
  • Luxury Wine Tasting on a Private Yacht: $855

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

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

Which is Bigger, Cappadocia or Istanbul?

Istanbul has a larger population, and is about 1760 times larger than the population of Cappadocia. When comparing the sizes of Cappadocia and Istanbul, 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.