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

Should you visit Dubai or Cappadocia?

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

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Dubai and Cappadocia can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Dubai or Cappadocia?

Dubai

Ever wonder what it would be like to see the lifestyles of the rich and famous up close. There's no more upscale destination than Dubai. It's by far and away the spot for shopping, partying, sunbathing, fine dining and the most luxurious of luxury. As the most modern and progressive of the seven emirates in the United Arab Emirates, this area has experienced an unbelievable economic boom and tourism spike. It's a desert city with an amazing infrastructure.

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.

Which place is cheaper, Cappadocia or Dubai?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Dubai is $248, while the average daily cost in Cappadocia is $160. 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 Dubai and Cappadocia in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Dubai $170
    Cappadocia $56
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Dubai $340
    Cappadocia $112
Compare Hotels in Dubai and Cappadocia

Looking for a hotel in Dubai or Cappadocia? 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 Dubai


Hotels in Cappadocia


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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: Dubai Hotel Prices and Cappadocia Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Dubai $13
    Cappadocia $54
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Dubai

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Dubai:


  • Taxi Ride
    $12
  • Airport Taxi
    $12
  • Sea Taxi
    $0.54

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dubai

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

  • Burj Khalifa: Skip-the-Line Entry, Gourmet Meal, & Transfer: $799
  • From Private Van Transfer in Maybach: $735
  • Private Transfer Dubai Red Dunes Safari & Camel Ride: $300
  • Dubai Parasailing Tour With Private Transfers: $300
  • Guided Abu Dhabi City Tour Private Transfer: $300
  • Hot Air Balloon Flight with 4X4 Transfers: $299
  • Hot Air Balloon with 60 Minutes Balloon Ride with Transfers: $299
  • Jet Car Ride for 2 Pax with Optional Transfer: $299
  • The Dubai Mall Tour with Private Transfers : $299
  • Afternoon Tea at Sahn Eddar in Burj al Arab with Transfers: $299
  • Xline Experience Dubai Marina With Transfers Option: $297
  • Sky Dining Experience at Dubai Marina with Optional Transfers: $290

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

Is it cheaper to fly into Dubai or Cappadocia?

Prices for flights to both Cappadocia and Dubai 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
    Dubai $56
    Cappadocia $52
Typical Food Prices in Dubai

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Dubai:


  • French bread
    $0.95
  • Sumo salad in Dubai Mall + Juice
    $10
  • Lemon Mint Tea
    $4.36
  • Coffee & Cake
    $6.53
  • Smoothie
    $5.45
  • Shawarma
    $1.91

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Dubai

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

  • Dhow Dinner Cruise with International Buffet: $15
  • Romantic Sightseeing Dhow Cruise Dinner: $15
  • Dhow Cruise with Dinner and Live Entertainment at Dubai Creek: $15
  • 2-Hour Evening Dhow Cruise and Dinner: $15
  • Dhow Dinner Cruise with International Buffet in Dubai: $15
  • Dhow Cruise Dinner Dubai Creek with Buffet Dinner: $16
  • Dhow Cruise Dinner Dubai Creek with Buffet Dinner: $16
  • Romantic Dhow Cruise Dinner in Dubai Creek: $17
  • 2-Hour Evening Dhow Cruise and Dinner: $17
  • Dubai Creek Dhow Cruise Dinner: $18
  • Dhow Cruise Dinner with International Buffet: $18
  • Cruising with Dinner and Live Shows at Dubai Creek: $18

Typical Food Prices in Cappadocia

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Cappadocia:


  • Cookies
    $0.03

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.
    Dubai $19
    Cappadocia $101
Typical Entertainment Prices in Dubai

For Dubai, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:


  • Visit to the Dubai Museum
    $0.82

Tours and Activities in Dubai

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

  • 30-Minutes Jet Ski Burj Al Arab Tour of Dubai: $125
  • 60 Minutes Dubai Yellow Boat Marina Tour: $87
  • Abu Dhabi City Tour Including Ferrari World Ticket : $170
  • Abu Dhabi City Tour in 4x4 Private Vehicle : $299
  • Abu Dhabi Private Tour with Ferrari World Entry Ticket: $98
  • Abu Dhabi Private tour with professional drive : $289
  • Burj Khalifa At the Top & Sky Views Ticket: $167
  • Burj Khalifa Observation deck Dubai Admission Ticket : $71
  • Burj Khalifa Tour - Top Sky Ticket 124, 125 & 148 Floor Level Access : $165
  • Classical Dubai Highlights City Tour : $50
  • DXB Tour and Aquaventure water park & lost Chambers PRIVATE tour: $215
  • Desert Adventure with ATV and Camel Ride and Live Shows: $100

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

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Dubai $23
    Cappadocia $19
Typical Alcohol Prices in Dubai

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Dubai:


  • A Couple Drinks
    $25

Sample the Local Flavors in Dubai

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

  • Pub Crawl Nightlife Tours: $66
  • Pub Crawl Nightlife Tour: $67
  • Pub Crawl Private, Birthdays & Corporate Events: $110

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 Dubai and Cappadocia, we can see that Dubai is more expensive. And not only is Cappadocia much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Dubai is in Middle East and Cappadocia is in Europe, 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 Cappadocia would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Cappadocia 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 Dubai would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Dubai than you might in Cappadocia.

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


Which is Bigger, Dubai or Cappadocia?

Dubai has a larger population, and is about 180 times larger than the population of Cappadocia. When comparing the sizes of Dubai and Cappadocia, 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.