A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Heraklion vs. Ankara for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Heraklion or Ankara?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Heraklion and Ankara can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Heraklion or Ankara?


The largest city on the island of Crete, Heraklion on first glance is almost completely modern - a frenzy of traffic, concrete, and dust. Do not expect pristine beaches and glittering waves (those can be found on other parts of Crete). Heraklion is first and foremost a city. Once you get past its grittiness, you will find that there are some attractive features beneath first impressions. The antiquity of the place lies embedded in the modern and is presented in one of the best museums in Greece, the food is excellent, and the people are friendly and welcoming. And though the sea is not great for swimming, its presence along the Venetian port will take you to another time if you need a break from Heraklion's bustling center.


Located at the heart of Turkey near Central Anatolia, Ankara is the capital city and second largest city in the country after Istanbul. Formerly known for its long-haired goats and textiles, the city has since developed into a metropolitan mix of modern cultures with historic landmarks.

Which place is cheaper, Ankara or Heraklion?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Heraklion is €158, while the average daily cost in Ankara is €120. 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 Heraklion and Ankara in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Heraklion 81
    Ankara 59
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Heraklion 162
    Ankara 118
Compare Hotels in Heraklion and Ankara

Looking for a hotel in Heraklion or Ankara? 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 Heraklion

Hotels in Ankara

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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: Heraklion Hotel Prices and Ankara Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Heraklion 31
    Ankara 38

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Heraklion

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

  • Airports/ports Transfers from /to Rethymno (one way): $154
  • Arrival Transfer Heraklion Area: $12
  • Crete Private Taxi and Transfer from Heraklion to Agios Nikolaos: $123
  • Crete Private Taxi and Transfer from Heraklion to Elounda: $124
  • From Airport to Elounda Private Transfer: $108
  • From Private Helicopter Transfer to Greek Islands: $4,047
  • Heraklion Airport (HER): Private Transfer to Heraklion Port: $105
  • Heraklion Cruise Port: Private Transfer to Heraklion city: $138
  • Heraklion Int Airport (HER): Transfer to Heraklion hotels: $138
  • KNOSSOS PALACE private tour ( with Transfer from Heraklion Prefecture ): $198
  • Knossos and Arch Museum of Heraklion (Guide+Transfer+Ticket) : $220
  • Knossos palace & the Archaeological museum of Heraklion (with Transfer): $207

Typical Local Transportation prices in Ankara

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Ankara:

  • Metro Ride
  • Short Taxi Ride

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Ankara

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Ankara:

  • Private transfer: Ankara to Ankara Airport (ESB): $40
  • Private transfer: Ankara Airport (ESB) to Ankara: $40
  • Private Transfers Between Ankara Esenboga Airport - Ankara City Centre: $75
  • Private Transfers Ankara City or Esenboga Airport to/from Safranbolu Town: $335
  • Private Transfers Ankara City or Esenboga Airport to/from Konya City: $335
  • Private Transfers Ankara City or Esenboga Airport to/from Kizilcahamam Town: $185
  • Private Transfers Ankara City or Esenboga Airport to/from Kartalkaya Ski Resort: $335
  • Private Transfers Ankara City or Esenboga Airport to/from Ilgaz National Park: $335
  • Private Transfers Ankara City or Esenboga Airport to/from Hattusa Ancient City: $335
  • Private Transfers Ankara City or Esenboga Airport to/from Gordion Ancient City: $185
  • Private Transfers Ankara City or Esenboga Airport to/from Eski┼čehir City: $335
  • Private Transfers Ankara City or Esenboga Airport to/from Cappadocia Region: $335

Is it cheaper to fly into Heraklion or Ankara?

Prices for flights to both Ankara and Heraklion 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
    Heraklion 52
    Ankara 34

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Heraklion

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

  • Troy Dinner-Show: $33
  • Spectacular Dinner-Show: $44
  • Cretan Night with Dinner & Live Show: $49
  • Crete: Olive Oil Festival, Farm Dinner, Live Show & Pickup: $59
  • Olive Oil Festival in Cretan Farm with Traditional Dinner: $60
  • Amazing Sunset Safari Route with Dinner: $70
  • Crete: Land Rover Safari with Sunset Viewing, Dinner, & Wine: $85
  • Cook with Locals | Cooking Class at Archanes, Transfer lunch Incl: $87
  • E-bike Food Tour Tasting in Heraklion : $126
  • Knossos Visit, Cooking Demo Class & Cretan Lunch (Free Transfer): $132
  • Private Interactive Cooking Class with Aggeliki : $159
  • Knossos Palace visit and cooking demonstration with Lunch: $161

Typical Food prices in Ankara

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Ankara:

  • A Quick Lunch

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Heraklion 38
    Ankara 35

Tours and Activities in Heraklion

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

  • Heraklion Area: CRETAquarium Admission Ticket: $8.61
  • CRETAquarium Entrance Ticket in Crete: $8.78
  • Mobile Self-Guided Audio Sightseeing Tour: $11
  • Crete: Palace of Knossos E-Ticket and Optional Audio Guide: $11
  • Knossos: Archaeological Site Admission Ticket: $13
  • Skip-the-Line Ticket to Heraklion Archaeological Museum: $15
  • Heraklion Hop-On Hop-Off Double-Decker Bus City Tour: $16
  • Heraklion City Tour - Aquarium: $18
  • Knossos Palace: E-ticket with Audio and Heraklion City Tour: $20
  • Heraklion Market & CretAquarium *Skip the line: $20
  • Beer Bike 1 hour Experience in Malia : $25
  • Knossos Palace & Archeological Museum: E-Tickets with Audio Tours: $25

Typical Entertainment prices in Ankara

Here are a few typical costs in Ankara for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:

  • Underground City

Tours and Activities in Ankara

Here are a few actual costs in Ankara for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • 20-Day St.Paul Missionary Tour: $4,352
  • 8-Day EcoTourism Turkey Tour: $1,090
  • Ankara Private Walking Tour with a Professional Guide: $220
  • Family-Friendly Smartphone Walking Tour: $6.00
  • Inns and Baths City Sightseeing Mobile Audio Guide: $6.00
  • Private Tour with a Local: $38
  • Private custom tour with a local guide: $56
  • Quick Tour, Essentials of Ankara: $6.00
  • Cappadocia and Central Anatolia Tour with Professional Tour Guide: $785
  • Daily Ankara Tour: $471
  • Daily Hattusas / Bo─čazköy Tour: $358
  • From Private Cappadocia & Underground City Tour: $339

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Heraklion 26
    Ankara 16

Sample the Local Flavors in Heraklion

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

  • Cretan Distillery Raki and Wine, Winery Tour with Tasting: $91
  • Ecobike Tour with Wine Tasting: $96
  • Jeep Safari Wine Tour and South sea swimming: $98
  • Olive Mill, Winery - Raki Distillery, Tour with tastings and meze: $98
  • Ecobike Wine Tasting Tour in Heraklion: $115
  • Luxury Private Wine Tasting Experience in Haralabakis Winery: $120
  • Ecobike discover the real Crete & Wine tasting: $126
  • Half Day Private Wine Tour with wine Tastings: $128
  • The Gourmet Wine Tour of Heraklion area: $165
  • Knossos, Olive Mill, Winery - Distillery with Tastings and Meze : $170
  • Full Day Private Crete Wine Tour Experience from Heraklion : $191
  • Private SUV Wine Tour with Lunch: $205

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

Which is Bigger, Heraklion or Ankara?

Ankara is bigger, and its population is about 25.6 times larger than the population of Heraklion. When comparing the population of Heraklion vs. Ankara, 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 and the activities that interest you.

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Budget Your Trip is all about finding out how much everything costs so that you can travel cheaper and longer. Created by avid travelers Laurie and Bryan, our goal is to help you plan your next trip on the right budget. With average daily travel costs that are calculated from the budgets of real travelers, plus an analysis of hotel and tour prices, you can find out how much money you need to plan your next adventure. We also have plenty of travel advice, accommodation reviews, and activity suggestions.
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