Should you visit Ephesus or Izmir?
If you're trying to decide where to visit between Ephesus or Izmir, 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).
Izmir is a metropolitan city of Turkey and the second most populous city on the Aegean Sea after Athens, Greece. Known as Smyrna in antiquity, it was founded by the Greeks, taken over by the Romans, and rebuilt by Alexander the Great before becoming part of the Ottoman Empire in the 15th century. Most remnants of this past are gone; however, there are a few archaeological sites in addition to beaches, bustling city streets, and colorful markets.
Which city is cheaper, Izmir 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 Izmir is $46. 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 Izmir 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 $44 for a double occupancy room in Izmir.
The price of a meal in Ephesus can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $8.16 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $3.26 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 $16 per day in Izmir 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)
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.
The cost of a taxi ride in Izmir is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $8.84 per person, per day, on local transportation in Izmir.
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 Izmir
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Izmir:
Private Transfer: Izmir to Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport (ADB):
Izmir to Uludag Transfer:
Izmir to Kartalkaya Transfer:
Private Transfer from Izmir Airport to Bodrum:
Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport to Soke&Aydin Hotels Private Arrival Transfer:
Private One Way Transfer From Izmir Airport to Kusadasi:
Transfer From Kusadasi to Izmir Airport:
Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport to Foca&Aliaga Private Arrival Transfer:
Private Transfer From Izmir Airport to Kusadasi:
Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport to Kusadası&Cesme Hotels Private Arrival Transfer:
Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport to Urla&Seferihisar Hotels Private Arrival 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.
Entertainment and activities in Izmir typically cost an average of $14 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.
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:
Tours and Activities in Izmir
Here are a few actual costs in Izmir for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
12 Days Best of Turkey Tour:
2 Days Private Byzantine & Ottoman & Ephesus Tour:
2 Days Private Ephesus and Pamukkale Tour:
2 Days Private Ephesus and Pamukkale Tour:
3 Days Private Archaeological Ephesus&Pamukkale&Hierapolis&Pergamon Tour:
3 Days Private Pamukkale & Miletos & Didyma & Priene & Apollon & Ephesus Tour:
3-Days Seven Churches of Revelation Private Tour:
4-Day Small-Group Turkey Tour from Kusadasi: Pamukkale, Ephesus and Hierapolis:
5 Day Tour from Seven Churches of Asia Minor:
5 Days : Seven Churches of Asia Minor Tour Smyrna, Pergamon, Thyatira, Sardis...:
6 Days - Seven Churches of Revelation Private Tour:
6 Days Istanbul & Aegean Turkey Tour:
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 Izmir may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $8.96 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:
Sample the Local Flavors in Izmir
Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Izmir:
Ancient Ephesus tour with Mother's Mary House and visit to old village Sirince with wine tasting:
Cesme on Foot and Wine Tasting:
Car Museum and Wine Tasting:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Ephesus and Izmir, we can see that Izmir 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 Izmir would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Izmir than you might in Ephesus.
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