Should you visit Ephesus or Diyarbakir?
If you're trying to decide where to visit between Ephesus or Diyarbakir, 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).
Diyarbak?r 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.
Which city 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 $31, while the average daily cost in Diyarbakir is $42. 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 Diyarbakir 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.
For a normal double-occupancy room in Diyarbakir, $40 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Diyarbakir, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is $20, such as in a hostel.
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 $13 per day in Diyarbakir 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 Diyarbakir
For Diyarbakir, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:
Lunch for Two
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.
Diyarbakir'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 $9.16 per person, per day on transportation in Diyarbakir.
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 Diyarbakir
Also for Diyarbakir, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Diyarbakir Airport to Diyarbakir City Center Hotels Private Arrival Transfer:
Diyarbakir City Center Hotels to Diyarbakir Airport Private Departure Transfer:
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.
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Diyarbakir 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 Diyarbakir
For Diyarbakir, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
Mesopotamia 7 Day Tour - Diyarbakir, Mardin, Urfa, Nemrut and more:
Mesopotamia 7 Day Tour to Diyarbakir, Mardin, Urf and Nemrut:
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.
Typically, people visiting Diyarbakir spend on average $7.61 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 Diyarbakir, we can see that Diyarbakir 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 Diyarbakir would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Diyarbakir than you might in Ephesus.
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