A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Eilat vs. Istanbul for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Eilat or Istanbul?

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

Should I visit Eilat or Istanbul? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city has activities that align with your interests along with knowing which is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the details and the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Where Should I go: Eilat or Istanbul?

Eilat

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.

Istanbul

Istanbul is strategically located on the Bosphorus and is split between Europe and Asia. It truly is a city where east meets west. Istanbul is the cultural and financial hub of Turkey, and also the most populous city. The sites are countless and there's something for everybody, whether you're interested in art, music, food, or adventure. You can pass many days exploring both the residential and commercial pockets of this city. Much of the appeal is hidden away along back alleys or within corner shops.

Which city is cheaper, Istanbul or Eilat?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Eilat is $120, while the average daily cost in Istanbul is $44. 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. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Eilat and Istanbul in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Eilat $80
    Istanbul $27
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Eilat $160
    Istanbul $54
Compare Hotels in Eilat and Istanbul

Looking for a hotel in Eilat or Istanbul? 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 Eilat


Hotels in Istanbul


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Eilat $11
    Istanbul $2.56
Typical Local Transportation prices in Eilat

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


  • Local Bus
    $3.99

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: $8.71
  • Private Transfer Airport Ramon to Eilat: $45
  • Private Departure Transfer from Eilat City to Eilat ETM Airport: $50
  • Private Transfer Airport Ramon to Taba Border: $60
  • PrivateTransfer fromTaba Border to Sharm El Sheikh ( Group of (1- 4 ): $125
  • Private transfer from Taba border to Sharm el Sheikh: $160
  • Transfer to Eilat from Ben Gurion Airport: $700

Typical Local Transportation prices in Istanbul

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Istanbul are as follows:


  • Ferry
    $0.15
  • Local Bus
    $0.16

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Istanbul

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Istanbul:

  • ─░stanbul Private Airport Transfer: $19
  • ─░stanbul Airport Transfer: $45
  • istanbul airport transfer-sabiha gokcen airport transfer-vip transfer: $28
  • istanbul airport cheapest vip transfer by private car: $14
  • istanbul airport & sabiha gokcen airport transfer by private car: $30
  • VIP Transfer Services for Airports, Hotels or Other Location: $80
  • VIP Airport Transfer and Shuttle: $62
  • VIP Airport Transfer: $56
  • Turkish Bath in Istanbul with transfer: $199
  • Transfer in Private Vehicle from Istanbul Old City to Sabiha Gokcen Airport: $57
  • Transfer in Private Vehicle from Istanbul Old City to Istanbul Airport: $51
  • Transfer in Private Minivan from Istanbul Old City to Sabiha Gokcen Airport: $61

Is it cheaper to fly into Eilat or Istanbul?

Prices for flights to both Istanbul and Eilat 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
    Eilat $30
    Istanbul $11

Typical Food prices in Istanbul

Some typical examples of dining costs in Istanbul are as follows:


  • Juice
    $0.11
  • Turkish Delight
    $0.03
  • Dessert
    $0.46
  • Pastries
    $0.08

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Istanbul

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

  • Istanbul Dinner Cruise & Show: $29
  • Istanbul Dinner Cruise Show: $30
  • Bosphorus Dinner Cruise Inc. Dinner and Belly Dance Show with Hotel Transfer: $34
  • Alaturca Ottoman Dramatic Stage Show & Dinner Cruise ( Non - Alcoholic ): $35
  • Bosphorus Dinner & Show Cruise (All Inclusive): $36
  • Bosphorus Dinner Show Cruise With Non Alcoholic Menu ISTANBUL Dinner cruise: $36
  • Bosphorus Dinner Cruise An Unforgettable Experience in Istanbul: $36
  • Bosphorus Dinner Cruise & Night Show from Istanbul: $37
  • Istanbul Cruise&Show with Dinner: $37
  • Dinner Cruise on the Bosphorus: $38
  • Istanbul Dinner Cruise & Show: $39
  • Istanbul Dinner Cruise with Sema Ceremony: $40

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Eilat $14
    Istanbul $16

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: $23
  • Dead Sea Shuttle Tour from Eilat: $49
  • Eilat Mountains: Sunset Jeep Adventure to Mount Joash: $55
  • Timna park Jeep tour adventure: $55
  • Red canyon jeep tour in Eilat: $57
  • Red Canyon, Desert Agriculture, and Kibbutz Life tour from Eilat: $67
  • Private Introduction Dive Experience in Eliat: $69
  • Eilat Mountains Offroad 4x4 Jeep Adventure: $72
  • From Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Dead Sea tour: $79
  • Dead Sea & Masada at Sunrise Tour from Eilat: $82
  • Daily tour to Jerusalem from Eilat: $89
  • Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Dead Sea Tour from Eilat: $99

Typical Entertainment prices in Istanbul

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Istanbul are as follows:


  • Bosphurus Boat (for 2)
    $1.09
  • Yerebatan Cistern for Two
    $1.09
  • Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts for Two
    $0.54
  • Hagia Sofia entrance
    $1.63

Tours and Activities in Istanbul

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Istanbul are as follows:

  • 1 Day - Istanbul Tour: $315
  • 1 Day Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon Tour From Istanbul: $300
  • 1 Day Istanbul & Ephesus Tour By Plane - YK230: $419
  • 1 Day Regular Cappadocia Tour by Plane - YK0011: $384
  • 1 Day Tour - Sapanca: $300
  • 1 Night 1 Day Cappadocia Tour from Istanbul - Including Hot Air Balloon Tour: $496
  • 1 Night 1 Day Cappadocia Travel from Istanbul - Including Hot Air Balloon Tour: $509
  • 1 Night 1 Day Cappadocia Trip from/to Istanbul - Including Hot Air Balloon Tour: $513
  • 1 Night 1 Day Trip from Istanbul to Cappadocia - Including Hot Air Balloon Tour: $490
  • 1 Night 2 Days Cappadocia Trip from/to Istanbul - Including Hot Air Balloon Tour: $521
  • 1 Night 2 Days Ephesus, Kusadasi, Hierapolis & Pamukkale Tour from/to Istanbul: $372
  • 1 Night Cappadocia Trip with Hot Air Balloon Tour: $525

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Eilat $23
    Istanbul $3.91

Sample the Local Flavors in Istanbul

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Istanbul:

  • Daily Tekirdag Wine Tasting Tour from Istanbul: $427


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Eilat and Istanbul, we can see that Eilat is more expensive. And not only is Istanbul much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Eilat is in Middle East and Istanbul 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 Istanbul would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Istanbul 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 Istanbul.


When is the best time to visit Eilat or Istanbul?

Istanbul has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, but Eilat experiences a tropical climate with fairly warm weather most of the year.

Should I visit Eilat or Istanbul in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Eilat as well as Istanbul. Plenty of visitors come to Eilat because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year. Additionally, many visitors come to Istanbul in the summer for the city activities and the family-friendly experiences.

The heat can be very extreme in Eilat. In the summer, Eilat is a little warmer than Istanbul. Typically, the summer temperatures in Eilat in July are around 33°C (91°F), and Istanbul is about 24°C (74°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Istanbul. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Eilat this time of the year. In the summer, Eilat often gets more sunshine than Istanbul. Eilat gets 384 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Istanbul receives 333 hours of full sun.

Eilat usually gets less rain in July than Istanbul. Eilat gets 0 mm (0 in) of rain, while Istanbul receives 19 mm (0.7 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Eilat 33°C (91°F) 
    Istanbul 24°C (74°F)

Should I visit Eilat or Istanbul in the Autumn?

Both Istanbul and Eilat are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities. Eilat attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate. Also, most visitors come to Istanbul for the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area during these months.

In October, Eilat is generally much warmer than Istanbul. Temperatures in Eilat average around 26°C (79°F), and Istanbul stays around 16°C (61°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Eilat. Eilat usually receives more sunshine than Istanbul during autumn. At this time of the year, Eilat gets 295 hours of sunny skies, while Istanbul receives 169 hours of full sun.

In October, Eilat usually receives less rain than Istanbul. At this time of the year, Eilat gets 1 mm (0 in) of rain, while Istanbul receives 71 mm (2.8 in) of rain.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Eilat 26°C (79°F) 
    Istanbul 16°C (61°F)

Should I visit Eilat or Istanbul in the Winter?

Both Istanbul and Eilat during the winter are popular places to visit. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Eilat throughout the year. Also, the winter months attract visitors to Istanbul because of the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine.

Eilat is much warmer than Istanbul in the winter. The temperature in Eilat is usually 14°C (57°F) in January, and Istanbul stays around 6°C (43°F).

It's quite sunny in Eilat. In the winter, Eilat often gets more sunshine than Istanbul. Eilat gets 234 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Istanbul receives 75 hours of full sun.

Eilat usually gets less rain in January than Istanbul. Eilat gets 2 mm (0.1 in) of rain, while Istanbul receives 99 mm (3.9 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Eilat 14°C (57°F) 
    Istanbul 6°C (43°F)

Should I visit Eilat or Istanbul in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Eilat and Istanbul. Plenty of visitors come to Eilat because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year. Also, the activities around the city and the natural beauty are the main draw to Istanbul this time of year.

In the spring, Eilat is much warmer than Istanbul. Typically, the spring temperatures in Eilat in April are around 24°C (75°F), and Istanbul is about 13°C (55°F).

In Eilat, it's very sunny this time of the year. Eilat usually receives more sunshine than Istanbul during spring. At this time of the year, Eilat gets 282 hours of sunny skies, while Istanbul receives 180 hours of full sun.

In April, Eilat usually receives less rain than Istanbul. At this time of the year, Eilat gets 0 mm (0 in) of rain, while Istanbul receives 49 mm (1.9 in) of rain.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Eilat 24°C (75°F) 
    Istanbul 13°C (55°F)

Typical Weather for Istanbul and Eilat

Eilat Istanbul
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 14°C (57°F) 2 mm (0.1 in) 6°C (43°F) 99 mm (3.9 in)
Feb 16°C (61°F) 1 mm (0 in) 6°C (44°F) 67 mm (2.6 in)
Mar 19°C (66°F) 6 mm (0.2 in) 8°C (47°F) 62 mm (2.4 in)
Apr 24°C (75°F) 0 mm (0 in) 13°C (55°F) 49 mm (1.9 in)
May 27°C (81°F) 0 mm (0 in) 17°C (63°F) 31 mm (1.2 in)
Jun 31°C (88°F) 0 mm (0 in) 21°C (71°F) 21 mm (0.8 in)
Jul 33°C (91°F) 0 mm (0 in) 24°C (74°F) 19 mm (0.7 in)
Aug 33°C (91°F) 0 mm (0 in) 24°C (74°F) 26 mm (1 in)
Sep 31°C (88°F) 0 mm (0 in) 20°C (69°F) 41 mm (1.6 in)
Oct 26°C (79°F) 1 mm (0 in) 16°C (61°F) 71 mm (2.8 in)
Nov 20°C (68°F) 0 mm (0 in) 12°C (54°F) 89 mm (3.5 in)
Dec 15°C (59°F) 6 mm (0.2 in) 9°C (47°F) 122 mm (4.8 in)


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