A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Chania vs. Ankara for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Chania or Ankara?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Chania or Ankara, this travel comparison, which includes costs, can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison down below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Where Should I go: Chania or Ankara?


Chania is a city on the northwest coast of the Greek island of Crete. Chania is Crete's most evocative city, with its pretty Venetian quarter, crisscrossed by narrow lanes, culminating at a magnificent harbor. At the harbor entrance is a 16th-century lighthouse with Venetian, Egyptian, and Ottoman influences. On the other side, the Nautical Museum has model ships, naval objects and photographs. The former monastery of St. Francis houses the Archaeological Museum of Chania. Remnants of Venetian and Turkish architecture abound, with old townhouses now transformed into atmospheric restaurants and boutique hotels. Although all this beauty means the old town is packed with tourists in summer, it's still a great place to unwind. The Venetian Harbor is super for a stroll and a coffee or cocktail. Plus it’s got a university and a modern area to the city, which means that it retains its charm in winter. Indie boutiques and an entire lane dedicated to leather products provide good shopping and, with a multitude of creative restaurants, you’ll likely have some of your best meals on Crete here.


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.

Which place is cheaper, Ankara or Chania?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Chania is €93, while the average daily cost in Ankara is €114. 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 Chania and Ankara in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Chania 46
    Ankara 56
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Chania 92
    Ankara 112
Compare Hotels in Chania and Ankara

Looking for a hotel in Chania 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 Chania

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: Chania Hotel Prices and Ankara Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Chania 15
    Ankara 36

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Chania

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Chania:

  • Arrival Transfer Chania Airport to Chania, Rethimno or Heraklion: $25
  • Bali: Shared Transfer from Chania/Heraklion Airport to Bali: $34
  • Chania Int Airport (CHQ): Transfer to Heraklion Cruise Port: $355
  • Chania to Elafonissi Beach Private Transfer: $292
  • Chania to Faistos Palace Private Transfer Full Day Tour: $411
  • Chania to Imbros Gorge Private Full Day Transfer: $300
  • Chania to Irini Gorge & Sougia Village: Private Transfer: $314
  • Chania to Knossos Palace & Heraklion City Private Transfer: $344
  • Elafonisi Beach Day Trip with Elos Stop and Transfer: $36
  • Falassarna Beach Sunset Trip with Transfer: $37
  • One-Way Private Helicopter Transfer to Greek Islands: $8,009
  • Crete Private Taxi and Transfer Georgioupoli to Heraklion Airport: $162

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:

  • Ankara City Center (Cankaya,Kizilay) Hotels to Ankara Esenboga Airport transfers: $77
  • Ankara Esenboga Airport transfers to Ankara City Center (Cankaya,Kizilay) Hotels: $72
  • Ankara Esenboğa Airport From/To City Center Private Transfer: $67
  • Ankara Private Departure Transfer from City hotels to Airport: $60
  • Ankara Private Transfer from central Ankara hotels to Ankara Airport (ESB): $110
  • Private Transfer from Ankara Esenboga Airport (ESB) to Central Ankara: $110
  • Private Transfers Ankara City or Esenboga Airport to/from Beypazari Town: $185
  • Private Transfers Ankara City or Esenboga Airport to/from Gordion Ancient City: $185
  • Private Transfers Ankara City or Esenboga Airport to/from Kizilcahamam Town: $185
  • Private Transfers Between Ankara Esenboga Airport - Ankara City Centre: $75
  • Private transfer: Ankara Airport (ESB) to Ankara: $40
  • Private transfer: Ankara to Ankara Airport (ESB): $40

Is it cheaper to fly into Chania or Ankara?

Prices for flights to both Ankara and Chania 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
    Chania 32
    Ankara 32

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Chania

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

  • Half Day Sunset Tour in Rethymno with Dinner and Wine: $83
  • The Delicious Chania PRIVATE Street Food Tour : $88
  • Authentic and Traditional Cooking Class in Chania Crete: $100
  • Chania Cooking Class in Crete with rustic, delicious and homely Cretan food!: $100
  • Chania Cooking Class-The Authentic: $107
  • Guided Walking Food Tour with Tasting: $124
  • From The Ultimate Food Tour Of Chania Villages: $124
  • Wine, Food, and Sunset Tour with 3-Course Dinner: $129
  • Sunset Craft Beer & Food Tour - Chania: $132
  • Catamaran Cruise with Dinner: $152
  • Private Dinner at Sunset and Cocktails: $177
  • Eat & Crete - Food Tour [out of the box]- Chania White Mountains: $199

Typical Food Prices in Ankara

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

  • A Quick Lunch

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Chania 21
    Ankara 33

Tours and Activities in Chania

Here are a few actual costs in Chania for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • First Discovery Walk and Reading Walking Tour: $3.25
  • City Exploration Game and Tour: $7.03
  • Chania's Turbulent History: A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $8.99
  • Archaeological Museum Entry Ticket and Αudioguide: $11
  • Archaeological Museum Skip-The-Line Ticket and audio tour on your phone: $11
  • Full-Day Tour Gramvousa Balos Bay from Rethymno with French Guide: $19
  • Gramvousa Island & Balos Bay Full-Day Tour from Rethymno English & German guide: $19
  • Gramvousa Island and Balos Bay Full-Day Tour from Chania: $24
  • Shared Falassarna Beach Tour Visit from Rethymno: $25
  • Full Day Guided Botanic Garden Tour in Spili, Preveli and Plakias: $28
  • From Rethymno Areas: Full-Day Knossos and Heraklion Guided Tour: $28
  • Skip the Line: Limnoupolis Water Admission Ticket: $28

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:

  • Family-Friendly Smartphone Walking Tour: $6.00
  • Quick Tour, Essentials of Ankara: $6.00
  • Inns and Baths City Sightseeing Mobile Audio Guide: $6.00
  • Private Tour with a Local: $38
  • Private Guided Walking Tour in Ankara: $55
  • Private custom tour with a local guide: $56
  • Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Topkapi Palace: $145
  • Istanbul: Golden Horn & Bosphorus Day Cruise: $165
  • İstanbul: Full-Day Tour with Grand Bazaar: $180
  • Ankara Private Walking Tour with a Professional Guide: $221
  • Private Tour: Ankara Sightseeing: $235
  • Private Tour of Historical Ankara City: $241

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Chania 18
    Ankara 15

Sample the Local Flavors in Chania

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Chania:

  • Wine Tasting: Meet the Cretan Vineyard at West Chania: $55
  • Milia Mountain Tour w/Lunch Olive Oil/Wine Tastings: $146
  • Wines, Olives, and History: A Private Wine Tour from Chania: $801

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

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

Which is Bigger, Chania or Ankara?

Ankara has a larger population, and is about 60 times larger than the population of Chania. When comparing the sizes of Chania 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.

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