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

Should you visit Ephesus or Fethiye?

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Ephesus or Fethiye, 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).


Fethiye is a tourist town in Lycia on the Mediterranean coast. It has a beautiful marina and plenty of activities during the day or night. Fethiye's size, location, and easy access to transportation make it a great central starting point to explore the area. It's also a popular place to pick up the "Blue Cruise," a popular boat tour along the Mediterranean coast.

Which city is cheaper, Fethiye or Ephesus?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Ephesus is $18, while the average daily cost in Fethiye is $27. 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 Fethiye 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 $5.90, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around $12.

An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $22 in Fethiye For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Ephesus $5.90
    Fethiye $11
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Ephesus $12
    Fethiye $22

Local Transportation

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 $6.56 on transportation in Ephesus on average per day.

To get around in Fethiye, the average visitor spends $8.06 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.

  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Ephesus $6.56
    Fethiye $8.06

Typical Local Transportation prices in Fethiye

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

  • Local Bus

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Fethiye

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

  • Tandem Paragliding Over The Blue Lagoon in Fethiye From Kas Inc.Transfer: $226
  • Antalya Airport AYT Transfers to Calis Beach Hotels: $200
  • Antalya Calis Beach Hotels to Antalya Airport AYT Transfers: $200
  • Vip airport transfer Dalaman airport to/from Fethiye: $66
  • Private Airport Transfers: From Fethiye/Oludeniz to Dalaman Airport: $61
  • Private Airport Transfers: From Fethiye/Oludeniz to Dalaman Airport: $61
  • Calis Beach Hotels to Dalaman Airport DLM Transfers: $59
  • Dalaman Airport DLM Transfers to Calis Beach Hotels: $59
  • Ultra Luxury VIP Airport Transfer From/To Dalaman Airport: $56
  • Fethiye to Dalaman International Airport (DLM) - Departure Private Transfer: $50
  • Luxury Transfer From Dalaman Airport to Fethiye Area: $44
  • Private Transfer from Fethiye to Dalaman Airport: $44

Is it cheaper to fly into Ephesus or Fethiye?

Prices for flights to both Fethiye 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.


The price of a meal in Ephesus can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $4.80 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $1.92 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.

In Fethiye travelers spend around $8.09 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.

  • Food Meals for one day
    Ephesus $4.80
    Fethiye $8.09
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

Typical Food prices in Fethiye

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

  • Fruit
  • Soda

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Fethiye

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

  • Sunset Cruise with Live Music and Dinner: $25


Sightseeing expenses in Ephesus, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $15 per day, per person.

In Fethiye, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $12 per person, per day.

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Ephesus $15
    Fethiye $12

Tours and Activities in Ephesus

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

  • Ephesus & Sirince Village Tour from İzmir: $125
  • Ephesus Entry Ticket with Mobile Phone Audio Tour: $23
  • Ephesus Express 2-Hour Private Tour: $125
  • Ephesus Full-Day Sightseeing Tour From Marmaris: $57
  • Private 5-Hour Tour from Kusadasi or Izmir: $115
  • From Izmir: Best of Ephesus Private Tour: $174

Typical Entertainment prices in Fethiye

For Fethiye, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:

  • Paragliding
  • Gorge Walk entry and photo

Tours and Activities in Fethiye

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

  • 12 Island Tour from Fethiye: $28
  • 15 Days Eco Tourism Tour From Fethiye: $1,857
  • 2-Day tour Ephesus and Pamukkale from Fethiye: $106
  • 2-day Ancient Ephesus and Pamukkale Hot Springs Tour: $157
  • Adventure in Saklikent Gorge and Ancient City Tlos: $33
  • Blue Lagoon Ölüdeniz Tandem Paragliding Experience from Fethiye: $154
  • Dalyan Day Trip from Fethiye Including River Cruise, Mud Baths and Iztuzu Beach: $42
  • Dalyan Mud Baths and Turtle Beach Day Tour From Fethiye: $35
  • Dalyan River Cruise by Boat with Lunch and Sea Turtles Watching: $40
  • Ephesus and Pamukkale 2 Day tour from Fethiye: $165
  • Fethiye Boat Cruise Including Lunch: $31
  • Fethiye Jeep Safari Tour Including Lunch: $26


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 $9.21.

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Fethiye, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $5.38.

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Ephesus $9.21
    Fethiye $5.38
Typical Alcohol prices in Ephesus

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

  • Beer

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Ephesus and Fethiye, we can see that Fethiye 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 Fethiye would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Fethiye than you might in Ephesus.

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Ephesus vs. Fethiye Travel Comparison

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