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

Should you visit Fethiye or Istanbul?

Should I visit Fethiye or Istanbul? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Fethiye

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.

Istanbul

Istanbul is strategically located on the Bosphorus and is split between Europe and Asia. It truly is a city where east meets west. Istanbul is the cultural and financial hub of Turkey, and also the most populous city. The sites are countless and there's something for everybody, whether you're interested in art, music, food, or adventure. You can pass many days exploring both the residential and commercial pockets of this city. Much of the appeal is hidden away along back alleys or within corner shops.

Which city is cheaper, Istanbul or Fethiye?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Fethiye is $45, while the average daily cost in Istanbul is $92. 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 Fethiye and Istanbul in more detail.



Accommodation

An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $38 in Fethiye For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.

A hotel room in Istanbul is about $114 This assumes double occupancy and modest accommodations.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Fethiye $19
    Istanbul $57
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Fethiye $38
    Istanbul $114

Food

In Fethiye travelers spend around $14 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.

On average, meal and food prices in Istanbul cost around $23 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 $9.20.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Fethiye $14
    Istanbul $23
Typical Food prices in Fethiye

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


  • Fruit
    $0.80
  • Soda
    $0.34

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

Typical Food prices in Istanbul

Some typical examples of dining costs in Istanbul are as follows:


  • Juice
    $0.23
  • Turkish Delight
    $0.07
  • Dessert
    $0.97
  • Pastries
    $0.17

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Istanbul

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Istanbul.

  • Istanbul Dinner Cruise & Show: $29
  • Istanbul Dinner Cruise Show: $30
  • Bosphorus Dinner Cruise Inc. Dinner and Belly Dance Show with Hotel Transfer: $34
  • Alaturca Ottoman Dramatic Stage Show & Dinner Cruise ( Non - Alcoholic ): $35
  • Bosphorus Dinner Show Cruise With Non Alcoholic Menu ISTANBUL Dinner cruise: $36
  • Bosphorus Dinner & Show Cruise (All Inclusive): $36
  • Bosphorus Dinner Cruise An Unforgettable Experience in Istanbul: $36
  • Bosphorus Dinner Cruise & Night Show from Istanbul: $37
  • Istanbul Cruise&Show with Dinner: $37
  • Istanbul Dinner Cruise & Show: $39
  • Istanbul Bosphorus Dinner Cruise & Soft Drinks: $40
  • Istanbul Dinner Cruise&Show: $40

Local Transportation

To get around in Fethiye, the average visitor spends $14 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.

The cost of a taxi ride in Istanbul is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $5.39 per person, per day, on local transportation in Istanbul.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Fethiye $14
    Istanbul $5.39
Typical Local Transportation prices in Fethiye

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


  • Local Bus
    $0.97

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Fethiye

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

  • One-Way Shared Transfer: Fethiye to Dalaman Airport: $11
  • One-way Shared Transfer: Dalaman Airport to Marmaris & Icmeler: $12
  • Fethiye Water World Aquapark with Hotel Transfers: $26
  • Private Airport Transfers From & To Dalaman Airport - Fethiye Area: $27
  • Private Departure Transfer: Fethiye, Oludeniz Region Hotels to Dalaman Airport: $29
  • Private Departure Transfer: Fethiye Hotels to Dalaman Airport: $32
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Dalaman Airport to Fethiye Hotels: $43
  • Private Transfer from Fethiye to Dalaman Airport: $44
  • Luxury Transfer From Dalaman Airport to Fethiye Area: $47
  • Fethiye to Dalaman International Airport (DLM) - Departure Private Transfer: $50
  • Ultra Luxury VIP Airport Transfer From/To Dalaman Airport: $56
  • Dalaman Airport DLM Transfers to Calis Beach Hotels: $59

Typical Local Transportation prices in Istanbul

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


  • Ferry
    $0.32
  • Local Bus
    $0.34

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Istanbul

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Istanbul:

  • Private Transfer from Istanbul to Bodrum: $1,244
  • Istanbul 5-Day City Package with Hotel, City Tours and Airport Transfers: $722
  • Transfer From Istanbul to Bodrum: $722
  • Transfer From Istanbul to Izmir: $653
  • Transfer From Istanbul to Kusadasi: $647
  • 2-Hour Bosphorus Yacht Cruise with Transfers: $500
  • 4-Day Wonderful Istanbul Including Accommodation Plus Transfer: $474
  • Istanbul Airport to Kartalkaya Transfer: $460
  • Safe Istanbul Airport Transfer in Luxury with English Speaking Chauffeur: $355
  • 4-Day Istanbul City Package including Full-Day Istanbul City Tour plus Airport Transfers: $350
  • Istanbul to Bursa Uludag private minivan transfer service: $348
  • Private Luxury Transfer from Istanbul Airport to Istanbul City: $317

Entertainment

In Fethiye, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $21 per person, per day.

Entertainment and activities in Istanbul typically cost an average of $34 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Fethiye $21
    Istanbul $34
Typical Entertainment prices in Fethiye

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


  • Paragliding
    $27
  • Gorge Walk entry and photo
    $0.63

Tours and Activities in Fethiye

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

  • Turkish Bath Experience in Fethiye: $18
  • Quad Safari Adventure from Fethiye: $25
  • Fethiye Jeep Safari Tour Including Lunch: $26
  • 12 Island Tour from Fethiye: $28
  • Fethiye Boat Cruise Including Lunch: $31
  • Shopping and Food Market Tour from Fethiye: $32
  • Turkish Bath Experience in Fethiye: $32
  • Adventure in Saklikent Gorge and Ancient City Tlos: $33
  • Dalyan Mud Baths and Turtle Beach Day Tour From Fethiye: $35
  • Dalyan River Cruise by Boat with Lunch and Sea Turtles Watching: $40
  • Dalyan Day Trip from Fethiye Including River Cruise, Mud Baths and Iztuzu Beach: $42
  • White Water Rafting Adventure from Fethiye: $56

Typical Entertainment prices in Istanbul

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Istanbul are as follows:


  • Bosphurus Boat (for 2)
    $2.29
  • Yerebatan Cistern for Two
    $2.29
  • Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts for Two
    $1.14
  • Hagia Sofia entrance
    $3.43

Tours and Activities in Istanbul

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Istanbul are as follows:

  • 1 Day - Istanbul Tour: $315
  • 1 Day Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon Tour From Istanbul: $300
  • 1 Day Istanbul & Ephesus Tour By Plane - YK230: $419
  • 1 Day Regular Cappadocia Tour by Plane - YK0011: $384
  • 1 Day Tour - Sapanca: $300
  • 1 Night 1 Day Cappadocia Tour from Istanbul - Including Hot Air Balloon Tour: $496
  • 1 Night 1 Day Cappadocia Travel from Istanbul - Including Hot Air Balloon Tour: $509
  • 1 Night 1 Day Cappadocia Trip from/to Istanbul - Including Hot Air Balloon Tour: $513
  • 1 Night 1 Day Trip from Istanbul to Cappadocia - Including Hot Air Balloon Tour: $490
  • 1 Night 2 Days Cappadocia Trip from/to Istanbul - Including Hot Air Balloon Tour: $521
  • 1 Night 2 Days Ephesus, Kusadasi, Hierapolis & Pamukkale Tour from/to Istanbul: $372
  • 1 Night Cappadocia Trip with Hot Air Balloon Tour: $525

Alcohol

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 $9.13.

The average person spends about $8.24 on alcoholic beverages in Istanbul per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Fethiye $9.13
    Istanbul $8.24

Sample the Local Flavors in Istanbul

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Istanbul:

  • Daily Tekirdag Wine Tasting Tour from Istanbul: $427


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

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