Should you visit Diyarbakir or Ankara?
Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the prices of travel for Diyarbakir and Ankara. We’ll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget. So, let's dig into it.
Diyarbakır is the largest city in Southeastern Turkey, located on the banks of Tigris River, which is one of two great rivers of the Middle East. The city is known especially for its old city, housed within ancient fortress walls that have been designated an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Within this fortress is a glimpse into the city's ancient history and traditional customs that remain alive today.
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 city is cheaper, Ankara or Diyarbakir?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Diyarbakir is $26, while the average daily cost in Ankara is $39. 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 city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Diyarbakir and Ankara in more detail.
For a normal double-occupancy room in Diyarbakir, $26 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Diyarbakir, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is $13, such as in a hostel.
Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about $36 for a double occupancy room in Ankara.
The average traveler spends about $8.49 per day in Diyarbakir for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.
The average traveler spends about $14 per day in Ankara for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.
Meals for one day
Typical Food prices in Diyarbakir
For Diyarbakir, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:
Lunch for Two
Typical Food prices in Ankara
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Ankara:
Diyarbakir's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend $5.79 per person, per day on transportation in Diyarbakir.
While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $6.31 per day to get around in Ankara.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Diyarbakir
Also for Diyarbakir, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Diyarbakir Airport to Diyarbakir City Center Hotels Private Arrival Transfer:
Diyarbakir City Center Hotels to Diyarbakir Airport Private Departure Transfer:
Typical Local Transportation prices in Ankara
Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Ankara:
Short Taxi Ride
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Ankara
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Ankara:
Private transfer: Ankara to Ankara Airport (ESB):
Private transfer: Ankara Airport (ESB) to Ankara:
Private Transfers Between Ankara Esenboga Airport - Ankara City Centre:
Private Transfers Ankara City or Esenboga Airport to/from Safranbolu Town:
Private Transfers Ankara City or Esenboga Airport to/from Konya City:
Private Transfers Ankara City or Esenboga Airport to/from Kizilcahamam Town:
Private Transfers Ankara City or Esenboga Airport to/from Kartalkaya Ski Resort:
Private Transfers Ankara City or Esenboga Airport to/from Ilgaz National Park:
Private Transfers Ankara City or Esenboga Airport to/from Hattusa Ancient City:
Private Transfers Ankara City or Esenboga Airport to/from Gordion Ancient City:
Private Transfers Ankara City or Esenboga Airport to/from Eskişehir City:
Private Transfers Ankara City or Esenboga Airport to/from Cappadocia Region:
Is it cheaper to fly into Diyarbakir or Ankara?
Prices for flights to both Ankara and Diyarbakir 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.
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Diyarbakir can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $8.83 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $13 per person, per day in Ankara. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.
Tours and Activities in Diyarbakir
For Diyarbakir, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
Mesopotamia 7 Day Tour - Diyarbakir, Mardin, Urfa, Nemrut and more:
Mesopotamia 7 Day Tour to Diyarbakir, Mardin, Urf and Nemrut:
Typical Entertainment prices in Ankara
Here are a few typical costs in Ankara for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:
Tours and Activities in Ankara
Here are a few actual costs in Ankara for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
20-Day St.Paul Missionary Tour:
4 Days Ankara Hattusas Cappadocia Tour - YK227:
5 Days Ankara Hattusas Cappadocia Tours By Bus By Plane - YUKI TOUR AK7:
Ankara, Gordion, Cappadocia 1 day tour - CAP30:
Ankara, Gordion, Hattusas, Cappadocia 2 days private tour - CAP41:
Private Tour with a Local:
Cer Modern Entrance Ticket:
Daily Ankara Tour:
Daily Hattusas / Boğazköy Tour:
Full-Day Highlights of Cappadocia Tour:
Goreme: Open Air Museum & Fairy Chimney Tours:
Typically, people visiting Diyarbakir spend on average $4.82 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Ankara may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $6.42 per day on alcoholic beverages.
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Diyarbakir and Ankara, we can see that Ankara is more expensive. And not only is Diyarbakir much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Diyarbakir would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Diyarbakir 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 Diyarbakir.
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