Should you visit Ephesus or Ankara?
If you're trying to decide where to visit between Ephesus or Ankara, this travel cost comparison can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.
The ancient city of Ephesus was famed for the Temple of Artemis (completed around 550 BC). It is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The temple was destroyed in 401 AD and rebuilt by Emperor Constantine I along with new public baths. The town was again partially destroyed by an earthquake in 614 AD. The city's importance as a commercial center declined as the harbor was slowly silted up by the Cayster River (Kucuk Menderes).
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 Ephesus?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Ephesus is $31, 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 Ephesus and Ankara in more detail.
The prices for places to stay in Ephesus can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is $10, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around $20.
Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about $56 for a double occupancy room in Ankara.
The price of a meal in Ephesus can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $8.34 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $3.34 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.
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 Ephesus
Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Ephesus:
Lunch at Beach (for 2)
Typical Food prices in Ankara
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Ankara:
Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Ephesus than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $11 on transportation in Ephesus on average per day.
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.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Ephesus
Also for Ephesus, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Transfer Izmir Airport to Kusadasi & Ephesus:
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 Ankara City or Esenboga Airport to/from Amasra Town:
Private Transfers Ankara City or Esenboga Airport to/from Safranbolu Town:
Private Transfers Ankara City or Esenboga Airport to/from Abant National Park:
Private Transfers Ankara City or Esenboga Airport to/from Cappadocia Region:
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 Eskişehir City:
Private Transfers Ankara City or Esenboga Airport to/from Konya City:
Private Transfers Ankara City or Esenboga Airport to/from Kizilcahamam Town:
Sightseeing expenses in Ephesus, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $26 per day, per person.
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 Ephesus
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Ephesus.
Private 5-Hour Tour from Kusadasi or Izmir:
From Kusadasi: Full-Day Small Group Ephesus Tour:
Ephesus Express 2-Hour Private Tour:
From Kusadasi: Ephesus and Temple of Artemis Private Tour:
Ephesus & Sirince Village Tour from İzmir:
From Kusadasi: Half-Day Ephesus & Terraced Houses Tour:
Best of Ephesus Guided Tour From/To Izmir:
Ephesus Tour by Plane from Istanbul:
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:
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Ephesus, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $16.
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.
Typical Alcohol prices in Ephesus
Here are a few samples of the prices for alcohol and nightlife in Ephesus from other travelers:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Ephesus and Ankara, we can see that Ankara is more expensive. And not only is Ephesus much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Ephesus would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Ephesus 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 Ephesus.
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