A Travel Price Comparison for Turkey Ephesus vs. Diyarbakir for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Ephesus or Diyarbakir?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Ephesus or Diyarbakir, this travel comparison, which includes costs, can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison down below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Where Should I go: Ephesus or Diyarbakir?


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).


Diyarbakır is the largest city in Southeastern Turkey, located on the banks of Tigris River, which is one of two great rivers of the Middle East. The city is known especially for its old city, housed within ancient fortress walls that have been designated an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Within this fortress is a glimpse into the city's ancient history and traditional customs that remain alive today.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Antalya, The Best Family-Friendly Tours to Turkey, The Best Hiking & Trekking Tours in Turkey, and The Best Historical Tours in Turkey.

Which place is cheaper, Diyarbakir or Ephesus?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Ephesus is $143, while the average daily cost in Diyarbakir is $117. 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 destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Ephesus and Diyarbakir in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Ephesus $70
    Diyarbakir $76
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Ephesus $140
    Diyarbakir $152
Compare Hotels in Ephesus and Diyarbakir

Looking for a hotel in Ephesus or Diyarbakir? 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 Ephesus

Hotels in Diyarbakir

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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Ephesus Hotel Prices and Diyarbakir Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Ephesus $51
    Diyarbakir $30

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Ephesus

Also for Ephesus, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • VIP Transfer Kusadasi From/To Bodrum Airport: $128
  • Transfer izmir Adnan Menderes Airport to/from Kusadasi Davutlar: $98
  • Transfer from/to Izmir Airport ADB to/from Didim Area: $186
  • Transfer: $65
  • Scuba Diving Experience in Kusadasi with Instructor and Transfer: $60
  • Private Transfers İzmir City or Adnan Menderes Airport to/from Kusadasi Town: $131
  • Private Transfers İzmir City or Adnan Menderes Airport to/from Kusadasi Town: $131
  • Private Transfers From Kusadasi: $172
  • Private Transfer | KUSADASI - IZMIR Airport: $119
  • Private Transfer from Kusadasi hotels to Kusadasi Cruise Port: $22
  • Private Transfer from Kusadasi hotels to Kusadasi Cruise Port: $24
  • Private Transfer from Kusadasi Port to Adnan Menderes Airport ADB: $64

Is it cheaper to fly into Ephesus or Diyarbakir?

Prices for flights to both Diyarbakir 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.

  • Food Meals for one day
    Ephesus $33
    Diyarbakir $20
Typical Food Prices in Ephesus

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Ephesus:

  • Sandwiches
  • Dessert
  • Lunch at Beach (for 2)
  • Snacks

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Ephesus

For Ephesus, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Cooking Class in Kusadasi Ephesus: $110
  • Cooking Class in Ephesus Selcuk Town: $227
  • Kusadasi Gourmet & Street Food Tour From Port: $279

Typical Food Prices in Diyarbakir

For Diyarbakir, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:

  • Dessert
  • Lunch for Two

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Ephesus $59
    Diyarbakir $21

Tours and Activities in Ephesus

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Ephesus.

  • Ephesus Half Day Small Group Tour: $40
  • Ephesus Shared Tour from Kuşadası Port: $130
  • Ephesus Tour from Kusadası Port: $44
  • Ephesus small groups Tour For Cruisers (skip the line): $100
  • Ephesus tours and Virgin Mary's House Temple Artemis tours : $67
  • Private Pergamum Tour from Izmir or Kusadasi: $271
  • Private Tour Ephesus for Cruise Guests : $250
  • Private Tour to Ephesus, Virgin Mary, and Artemis Temple From Cruise Ship/Hotel: $120
  • Small Group Pamukkale Day Tour from Selcuk or Kusadası : $93
  • "No Better Way to Explore History - Affordable Ephesus Tour": $30
  • ( Skip The Line - Max 10 Pax) Small Group Ephesus Tour for Cruise Passengers : $25
  • 2 Days Ephesus & Pamukkale Tour: $190

Tours and Activities in Diyarbakir

For Diyarbakir, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • All-inclusive Private Guided Tour of Diyarbakir City: $200

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Ephesus $15
    Diyarbakir $18
Typical Alcohol Prices in Ephesus

Here are a few samples of the prices for alcohol and nightlife in Ephesus from other travelers:

  • Beer

Sample the Local Flavors in Ephesus

Also in Ephesus, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Skip-the-line Ephesus & Wine Tasting Tour From Kusadasi Port: $53
  • Ephesus&Sirince Village with Wine Tasting Shore Ex: $100
  • Ephesus and Sirince with Wine tasting Private Half Day Shore Excursion: $100
  • Ancient Ephesus tour with Wine Tasting in the village and visit to Mother's Mary House: $130
  • Private Ephesus Tour with Wine Tasting: $134
  • Virgin Mary Bread and Wine Tour included Lunch: $300

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Ephesus and Diyarbakir, we can see that Ephesus is more expensive. And not only is Diyarbakir much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Diyarbakir would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Diyarbakir 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 Ephesus would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Ephesus than you might in Diyarbakir.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Ephesus Expensive? and Is Diyarbakir Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Ephesus or Diyarbakir?

Diyarbakir has a larger population, and is about 10 times larger than the population of Ephesus. When comparing the sizes of Ephesus and Diyarbakir, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.