Should you visit Eilat or Ankara?
Should I visit Eilat or Ankara? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.
Eilat serves as the gateway to Israel from Egypt. It's located at the southern tip of the country and sits on the Red Sea with views of the Gulf of Aqaba. It's location in the Negev Desert along the beautiful coast make it appealing to both domestic and international vacationers.
Eilat is a resort town with many dive shops and snorkeling opportunities. The population of about 50,000 can easily be overshadowed by vacationers. With no shortage of sun, entertainment, bars, and partying, you will find both Israeli and international tourists looking for an oasis of fun and relaxation.
Although the area's coral reefs were being damaged by overuse, the removal of contraversial fish cages in 2008 has led to a slow recovery and an improvement in the quality of diving and snorkeling in the area. There are also less crowds than you will find in Sharm el-Sheikh or Dahab, Egypt.
Eilat has a hot desert climate. The summers are hot and dry and the winters are warm and dry. Temperatures in the winter can range from 52 to 73 degrees Fahrenheit and summer temperatures are usually between 79 and 104 degrees Fahrenheit.
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 Eilat?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Eilat is $130, while the average daily cost in Ankara is $61. 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 Eilat and Ankara in more detail.
An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $172 in Eilat For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.
Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about $56 for a double occupancy room in Ankara.
Eilat food costs typically run travelers around $33 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.
The average traveler spends about $23 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 Ankara
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Ankara:
Eilat'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 $12 per person, per day on transportation in Eilat.
While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $9.98 per day to get around in Ankara.
Typical Local Transportation prices in Eilat
Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Eilat:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Eilat
Also for Eilat, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Private Departure Transfer from Eilat City to Eilat ETM Airport:
Private Transfer Airport Ramon to Eilat:
Private Transfer Airport Ramon to Taba Border:
Private transfer from Taba border to Sharm el Sheikh:
PrivateTransfer fromTaba Border to Sharm El Sheikh ( Group of (1- 4 ):
Transfer to Eilat from Ben Gurion Airport:
Ultra - Eilat Private Airport Transfer from Eilat City Centre to Ramon Airport:
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:
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Eilat can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $15 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $20 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 Eilat
For Eilat, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
Speed Boat Cruise in Eilat:
Dead Sea Shuttle Tour from Eilat:
Timna park Jeep tour adventure:
Red canyon jeep tour in Eilat:
Red Canyon, Desert Agriculture, and Kibbutz Life tour from Eilat:
Private Introduction Dive Experience in Eliat:
Eilat Mountains Offroad 4x4 Jeep Adventure:
From Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Dead Sea tour:
Dead Sea & Masada at Sunrise Tour from Eilat:
Daily tour to Jerusalem from Eilat:
Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Dead Sea Tour from Eilat:
Mount Sinai Sunrise Tour:
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:
Cappadocia Hiking & Underground City Tour:
Cer Modern Entrance Ticket:
Daily Ankara Tour:
Daily Hattusas / Boğazköy Tour:
Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Topkapi Palace:
Private Tour of Historical Ankara City:
Typically, people visiting Eilat spend on average $25 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 $10 per day on alcoholic beverages.
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Eilat and Ankara, we can see that Eilat is more expensive. And not only is Ankara much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Eilat is in Middle East and Ankara 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 Ankara would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Ankara 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 Eilat would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Eilat than you might in Ankara.
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