A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Istanbul vs. Sydney for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Istanbul or Sydney?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Istanbul or Sydney, this travel comparison, which includes costs, can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison down below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Where Should I go: Istanbul or Sydney?

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.

Sydney

Sydney, known as the harbour city, is the most famous and frequently visited city in Australia. It is at the economical and cultural heart of the country, and is one of the most beautiful and livable cities in the world. It's situated on the water with stunning views of the famous harbour throughout the city. It's most famous landmarks include the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It is also very close wonderful beaches, parks, and nature.

Which city is cheaper, Sydney or Istanbul?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Istanbul is $43, while the average daily cost in Sydney is $140. 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. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Istanbul and Sydney in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Istanbul $27
    Sydney $81
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Istanbul $54
    Sydney $162
Compare Hotels in Istanbul and Sydney

Looking for a hotel in Istanbul or Sydney? 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 Istanbul


Hotels in Sydney


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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: Istanbul Hotel Prices and Sydney Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Istanbul $2.53
    Sydney $12
Typical Local Transportation prices in Istanbul

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


  • Ferry
    $0.15
  • Local Bus
    $0.16

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Istanbul

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Istanbul:

  • 2 Ways Istanbul Airport Transfer: $109
  • 2 Ways Istanbul Airport Transfer: $56
  • 2 Ways Sabiha Gokcen Airport Transfer: $56
  • 2-Hour Bosphorus Yacht Cruise with Transfers: $500
  • 2m Transfer: $85
  • 4-Day Istanbul City Package including Full-Day Istanbul City Tour plus Airport Transfers: $350
  • 4-Day Wonderful Istanbul Including Accommodation Plus Transfer: $474
  • Air Transfer Lines | Airport Transfer Service: $44
  • Airport Transfer, Hotel Tranfer, Shuttle Service, Taxi Service: $26
  • Airport private transfer to hotel and back: $109
  • Arrival Private Transfers from New Airport IST to Istanbul in Business Car: $123
  • City Center to Istanbul Airport (IST) Departure Transfers: $87

Typical Local Transportation prices in Sydney

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


  • Taxi Ride
    $14
  • Taxi to Airport
    $17

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Sydney

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Sydney:

  • Airport (YYZ) to City - Toronto Arrival Transfer: $5.00
  • Shuttle Transfer from Circular Quay Cruise Terminal to Sydney Airport: $13
  • Airport Shuttle Transfer from Sydney City to Sydney Airport: $13
  • Airport Shuttle Transfer to and from CBD Hotels: $18
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Sydney to Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (SYD): $29
  • Sydney Private Chauffeured Airport Transfer: $36
  • Sydney Airport (SYD) to Sydney hotel or address - Arrival Private Transfer: $42
  • Sydney to Sydney Airport (SYD) - Departure Private Transfer: $42
  • Sydney Airport Private Car Arrival Transfer: $44
  • Sydney Airport Private Car Departure Transfer: $44
  • Sydney's Best Chauffeured Airport Transfers: $50
  • Sydney Private Airport Transfer: $53

Is it cheaper to fly into Istanbul or Sydney?

Prices for flights to both Sydney and Istanbul 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
  • Food Meals for one day
    Istanbul $11
    Sydney $37
Typical Food prices in Istanbul

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


  • Juice
    $0.11
  • Turkish Delight
    $0.03
  • Dessert
    $0.46
  • Pastries
    $0.08

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 (All Inclusive): $36
  • Bosphorus Dinner Show Cruise With Non Alcoholic Menu ISTANBUL Dinner cruise: $36
  • Bosphorus Dinner Cruise An Unforgettable Experience in Istanbul: $36
  • Bosphorus Dinner Cruise & Night Show from Istanbul: $37
  • Istanbul Cruise&Show with Dinner: $37
  • Dinner Cruise on the Bosphorus: $38
  • Istanbul Dinner Cruise & Show: $39
  • Istanbul Dinner Cruise with Sema Ceremony: $40

Typical Food prices in Sydney

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


  • Tea
    $2.70
  • Lunch Special
    $10
  • Food/Drink Coogie Beach
    $10
  • Meat Pies
    $3.38

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Sydney

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

  • Retro Dinner Cruise on Sydney Harbour: $59
  • Dinner Christmas Party! Nov&Dec: $62
  • Vivid Dinner Cruise Sydney Harbour: $63
  • Latino Dinner Cruise on Sydney Harbour: $67
  • Harbour Dinner Cruise with 3 or 6-Course Menu: $71
  • Valentine's Day Dinner Cruise with live Brazilian show on Sydney Harbour: $78
  • Sydney Harbour Sunset Dinner Cruise: $78
  • Tall Ship Harbour Twilight Dinner Cruise: $79
  • Australia Day Dinner and Fireworks Cruise on Sydney Harbour: $103
  • Harbor Cruise with 3-Course Premium Dinner: $123
  • Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise: $126
  • Sydney Harbour Gold Penfolds Dinner Cruise: $197

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Istanbul $16
    Sydney $26
Typical Entertainment prices in Istanbul

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


  • Bosphurus Boat (for 2)
    $1.08
  • Yerebatan Cistern for Two
    $1.08
  • Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts for Two
    $0.54
  • Hagia Sofia entrance
    $1.61

Tours and Activities in Istanbul

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

  • Just Hagia Sophia Tour /Skip The Lines: $8.71
  • VR Dervish Experience: $10
  • Museum of Illusions Istanbul Ticket: $11
  • Piri Self-Guided Audio Tour: Istanbul, Historical Peninsula: $11
  • Old City Insider Walking Tour: $11
  • Bosphorus Cruise with Audio App: $11
  • Basilica Cistern VIP Tickets: $12
  • Vip Ticket For Hagi̇a Sophi̇a: $12
  • Hagia Sophia & Blue Mosque&Hippodrome Guided Tours Everyday /No que / No line!: $12
  • Istanbul LEGOLAND Discovery Center Entrance Ticket: $14
  • SEA LIFE Istanbul Entry Ticket: $14
  • Hagia Sophia: Entry with Guided Tour: $14

Typical Entertainment prices in Sydney

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


  • Theatre Show
    $30
  • Sydney Tower Visit (for 2)
    $31
  • Blue Mountain Tour/Featherdale Park (for 2)
    $129
  • Powerhouse Museum
    $10

Tours and Activities in Sydney

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

  • Chinese Garden General Admission Ticket: $6.32
  • MultiDay Tour - Test for Booking.com: $6.90
  • Standard Tour 3 - Test for Booking.com: $6.90
  • Sydney Jewish Museum General Entry Ticket: $12
  • Sydney Opera House Guided Digital Tour: $14
  • Australian National Maritime Museum: All-Inclusive Ticket: $18
  • Sydney Tower Eye Ticket: $20
  • Australian National Maritime Museum Entry Ticket - See it All: $20
  • Sydney Sightseeing Bus Tour with Bondi Beach: $22
  • Cake and pastry walking tour - Sydney: $24
  • Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) and Museum Walking Tour: $24
  • True Crime Tour: $25

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Istanbul $3.88
    Sydney $12

Sample the Local Flavors in Istanbul

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Istanbul:

  • Daily Tekirdag Wine Tasting Tour from Istanbul: $427

Typical Alcohol prices in Sydney

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Sydney:


  • Wine
    $11

Sample the Local Flavors in Sydney

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Sydney:

  • Urban Winery Wine Tasting Tour with Cheese Platter: $61
  • Brewery, Winery, and Distillery Tasting Tour: $112
  • Northern Beaches Brewery Tour and Tasting: $123
  • Small-Group Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tour from Sydney: $130
  • Hunter Valley Wine Tour from Sydney with Lunch and 3 Cellar Door Tastings: $138
  • Hunter Valley Small Group Luxury Wine Tasting Tour from Sydney: $138
  • Sip n Savour: Southern Highlands Premium Wine Tour from Sydney: $154
  • Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tour from Sydney: $157
  • Wine Tours Sydney - Southern Highlands Day Escape, Full Day Wine Tasting Tour: $217
  • Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Small Group: Cheese, Choc, Lunch, from Sydney+Hunter: $217
  • Hunter Valley Wine Tour from Sydney | Private Sydney Wine Tour: $356
  • Hunter Valley Highlights Private Wine Tour from Sydney: $387


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Istanbul and Sydney, we can see that Sydney is more expensive. And not only is Istanbul much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Istanbul is in Europe and Sydney is in Pacific, this is one of the main reasons why the costs are so different, as different regions of the world tend to have overall different travel costs. So, traveling to Istanbul would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Istanbul 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 Sydney would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Sydney than you might in Istanbul.


When is the best time to visit Istanbul or Sydney?

Even though both destinations experience a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, they experience these seasons at different times of the year. Sydney is in the southern hemisphere and summer is in January and winter is in July, but Istanbul has summer in [NORTHERNSUMMERMONTH] and winter in [NORTHERNWINTERMONTH].

Should I visit Istanbul or Sydney in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Istanbul and Sydney. The summer months attract visitors to Istanbul because of the city activities and the family-friendly experiences.

In July, Istanbul is generally around the same temperature as Sydneyin January. Temperatures in Istanbul average around 24°C (74°F), and Sydney stays around 23°C (73°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Sydney this time of the year. In Istanbul, it's very sunny this time of the year. Istanbul usually receives more sunshine than Sydney during summer. Istanbul gets 333 hours of sunny skies, while Sydney receives 236 hours of full sun in the summer.

Sydney receives a lot of rain in the summer. In July, Istanbul usually receives less rain than Sydneyin January. Istanbul gets 19 mm (0.7 in) of rain, while Sydney receives 116 mm (4.6 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July and January
    Istanbul 24°C (74°F) 
    Sydney 23°C (73°F)

Should I visit Istanbul or Sydney in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Istanbul as well as Sydney. The city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area are the main draw to Istanbul this time of year.

Istanbul is cooler than Sydney in the autumn. The temperature in Istanbul is usually 16°C (61°F) in October, and Sydney stays around 19°C (65°F)in April.

In the autumn, Istanbul often gets less sunshine than Sydneyin April. Istanbul gets 169 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Sydney receives 195 hours of full sun.

It's quite rainy in Sydney. Istanbul usually gets less rain in October than Sydneyin April. Istanbul gets 71 mm (2.8 in) of rain, while Sydney receives 120 mm (4.7 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October and April
    Istanbul 16°C (61°F) 
    Sydney 19°C (65°F)

Should I visit Istanbul or Sydney in the Winter?

Both Sydney and Istanbul are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities. Many travelers come to Istanbul for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine.

In the winter, Istanbul is much colder than Sydney. Typically, the winter temperatures in Istanbul in January are around 6°C (43°F), and Sydney is about 12°C (53°F)in July.

It's quite sunny in Sydney. Istanbul usually receives less sunshine than Sydney during winter. Istanbul gets 75 hours of sunny skies, while Sydney receives 208 hours of full sun in the winter.

In January, Istanbul usually receives more rain than Sydneyin July. Istanbul gets 99 mm (3.9 in) of rain, while Sydney receives 54 mm (2.1 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January and July
    Istanbul 6°C (43°F) 
    Sydney 12°C (53°F)

Should I visit Istanbul or Sydney in the Spring?

Both Sydney and Istanbul during the spring are popular places to visit. Many visitors come to Istanbul in the spring for the activities around the city and the natural beauty.

In April, Istanbul is generally cooler than Sydneyin October. Temperatures in Istanbul average around 13°C (55°F), and Sydney stays around 18°C (64°F).

In Sydney, it's very sunny this time of the year. In the spring, Istanbul often gets less sunshine than Sydneyin October. Istanbul gets 180 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Sydney receives 240 hours of full sun.

Istanbul usually gets less rain in April than Sydneyin October. Istanbul gets 49 mm (1.9 in) of rain, while Sydney receives 79 mm (3.1 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April and October
    Istanbul 13°C (55°F) 
    Sydney 18°C (64°F)

Typical Weather for Sydney and Istanbul

Istanbul Sydney
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 6°C (43°F) 99 mm (3.9 in) 23°C (73°F) 116 mm (4.6 in)
Feb 6°C (44°F) 67 mm (2.6 in) 23°C (73°F) 113 mm (4.4 in)
Mar 8°C (47°F) 62 mm (2.4 in) 21°C (70°F) 148 mm (5.8 in)
Apr 13°C (55°F) 49 mm (1.9 in) 19°C (65°F) 120 mm (4.7 in)
May 17°C (63°F) 31 mm (1.2 in) 15°C (60°F) 88 mm (3.5 in)
Jun 21°C (71°F) 21 mm (0.8 in) 13°C (55°F) 128 mm (5 in)
Jul 24°C (74°F) 19 mm (0.7 in) 12°C (53°F) 54 mm (2.1 in)
Aug 24°C (74°F) 26 mm (1 in) 13°C (55°F) 90 mm (3.5 in)
Sep 20°C (69°F) 41 mm (1.6 in) 15°C (59°F) 60 mm (2.4 in)
Oct 16°C (61°F) 71 mm (2.8 in) 18°C (64°F) 79 mm (3.1 in)
Nov 12°C (54°F) 89 mm (3.5 in) 20°C (67°F) 101 mm (4 in)
Dec 9°C (47°F) 122 mm (4.8 in) 22°C (71°F) 81 mm (3.2 in)


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