Should you visit Ephesus or Antalya?
If you're trying to decide where to visit between Ephesus or Antalya, 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).
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 Ephesus?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Ephesus is $30, while the average daily cost in Antalya is $52. 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 Antalya 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 $9.88, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around $20.
An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $50 in Antalya For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.
The price of a meal in Ephesus can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $8.05 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $3.22 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.
On average, meal and food prices in Antalya cost around $17 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 $6.80.
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)
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:
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.
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 $8.34 per person, per day on transportation in Antalya.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Ephesus
Also for Ephesus, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Transfer Izmir Airport to Kusadasi & Ephesus:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Antalya
Also for Antalya, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Private Boat Tour to Kekova and Sunken City From Antalya Incl.Transfer:
Private Transfer : Antalya to Cappadocia:
Private Transfer from Antalya to Cappadocia:
Private Transfers Between Antalya Airport - Antalya City Centre:
Antalya Airport Arrivals Transfer to Alanya:
Antalya Airport: KAS Private Arrival Transfer:
Antalya Airport: Patara Private Transfer:
Private Sightseeing and Airport Departure Transfer:
From Antalya to Kalkan Private Transfer:
Private Transfer From Antalya Airport to Kas:
Antalya Airport (AYT) Departure Transfer (Alanya Hotels to Antalya Airport):
Antalya Airport: Arrival Transfer to Side:
Is it cheaper to fly into Ephesus or Antalya?
Prices for flights to both Antalya and Ephesus 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.
Sightseeing expenses in Ephesus, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $25 per day, per person.
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 Ephesus
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Ephesus.
Best of Ephesus Guided Tour From/To Izmir:
Ephesus & Sirince Village Tour from İzmir:
Ephesus Express 2-Hour Private Tour:
Ephesus Tour by Plane from Istanbul:
Private 5-Hour Tour from Kusadasi or Izmir:
From Kusadasi: Ephesus and Temple of Artemis Private Tour:
From Kusadasi: Full-Day Small Group Ephesus Tour:
From Kusadasi: Half-Day Ephesus & Terraced Houses Tour:
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:
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 $15.
Typically, people visiting Antalya spend on average $7.75 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
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 Antalya, we can see that Antalya 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 Antalya would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Antalya than you might in Ephesus.
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