Should you visit Eilat or Antalya?
Should I visit Eilat or Antalya? 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.
Antalya is the largest city along Turkey's Mediterranean coast and the eighth largest city in the country with over one million people in the metropolitan area. The city dates back to about 200 BC when it was settled by the Attalid Dynasty of Pergamon and soon conquered by the Romans. The city was ruled by several different groups and most recently was transferred to Italian suzerainty following World War I. It became part of Turkey following the War of Independence. The city has seen an influx of development in recent years and it has grown into a tourism mecca with more than 12 million visitors in 2014.
Which city is cheaper, Antalya or Eilat?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Eilat is $128, while the average daily cost in Antalya is $53. 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 Antalya in more detail.
An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $170 in Eilat For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.
An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $52 in Antalya For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.
Eilat food costs typically run travelers around $32 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.
On average, meal and food prices in Antalya cost around $18 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around $7.20.
Meals for one day
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Antalya
For Antalya, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Giza Pyramids Sound and Light Show with Dinner:
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.
Antalya'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 $8.46 per person, per day on transportation in Antalya.
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:
Ultra - Eilat Private Airport Transfer from Eilat City Centre to Ramon Airport:
Transfer to Eilat from Ben Gurion Airport:
PrivateTransfer fromTaba Border to Sharm El Sheikh ( Group of (1- 4 ):
Private transfer from Taba border to Sharm el Sheikh:
Private Transfer Airport Ramon to Taba Border:
Private Transfer Airport Ramon to Eilat:
Private Departure Transfer from Eilat City to Eilat ETM Airport:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Antalya
Also for Antalya, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
olympos cable car with transfer from antalya:
fire of anatolia show ticket and transfer:
Vip Transfer (private Car ):
Skip the Line:Antalya Aquarium &Wildpark Reptile House Ticket w/Transfer Upgrade:
Skip the Line: Antalya Aquarium and XD Cinema Combo Ticket with Transfer Upgrade:
Skip the Line: Antalya Aquarium Ticket with Optional Transfer:
Skip the Line: Antalya Aquarium Full-Access Ticket with Transfer Upgrade:
Private transfer: Antalya to Antalya Airport (AYT):
Private Transfers Between Antalya Airport - Antalya City Centre:
Private Transfer from Antalya to Cappadocia:
Private Transfer from Antalya City, Lara-Kundu Areas to Antalya Airport:
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.
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Antalya can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $14 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
Tours and Activities in Eilat
For Eilat, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
02 Days with 01 overnight Petra and Wadi Rum Tour from Eilat Border:
03 Days - 02 Nights Petra & Wadi Rum Tour from Eilat Border:
1-Day Cairo Tour from Eilat:
2 Day Small Group Cairo Tour from Eilat:
2 Day in Petra include overnight in Petra tour from Eilat:
2 day tour to Petra from Eilat:
3 Day Petra And Wadi Rum Tour from Eilat:
3 Day Tour to Petra and Cairo:
Daily tour to Jerusalem from Eilat:
Day Tour to Petra from Eilat:
Dead Sea & Masada at Sunrise Tour from Eilat:
Dead Sea Shuttle Tour from Eilat:
Tours and Activities in Antalya
For Antalya, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
3-Day Cappadocia Tour:
A Day at Kas Beach Tour:
Admission Ticket to Sandland Antalya:
Alanya: Horse Riding Adventure:
Alanya: Tandem Paragliding Experience:
Antalya 4x4 and White Water Rafting Adventure with Lunch:
Antalya Aquarium Tour from Kemer, Beldibi, Kiris, Camyuva, Goynuk, Tekirova:
Antalya City Tour:
Antalya City Tour - ANT2:
Antalya City Tour - Small group Tour:
Antalya City Tour Private Tour 1 to 6 peoples:
Antalya City Tour and Duden Waterfalls Visit with Boat Trip:
Typically, people visiting Eilat spend on average $24 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Typically, people visiting Antalya spend on average $7.86 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Eilat and Antalya, we can see that Eilat is more expensive. And not only is Antalya much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Eilat is in Middle East and Antalya 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 Antalya would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Antalya 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 Antalya.
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