A Travel Price Comparison for Turkey Izmir vs. Ankara for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Izmir or Ankara?

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

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Izmir and Ankara. We'll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Where Should I go: Izmir or Ankara?


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.


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 Izmir?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Izmir is $110, while the average daily cost in Ankara is $123. 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 Izmir and Ankara in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Izmir $64
    Ankara $60
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Izmir $128
    Ankara $120
Compare Hotels in Izmir and Ankara

Looking for a hotel in Izmir 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 Izmir

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: Izmir Hotel Prices and Ankara Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Izmir $31
    Ankara $39

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Izmir

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Izmir:

  • Izmir Airport - Kusadasi Private Transfer: $100
  • Antalya Airport AYT Transfers to Fethiye-Oludeniz Hotels: $232
  • Arrival Transfer Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport ADB to Izmir by Van: $42
  • Arrival Transfer Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport to Izmir by Minibus: $47
  • Arrival Transfer from Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport to Pamukkale: $127
  • Ayvalık to Izmir Airport (ADB) - Departure Private Transfer: $89
  • Ayvalık to Izmir International Airport (ADB) - Departure Private Transfer: $81
  • Balikesir Airport Transfers to Balikesir Ayvalik Hotels: $94
  • Balikesir Airport Transfers to Balikesir Edremit Hotels: $77
  • Balikesir Ayvalik Hotels to Balikesir Airport Transfers: $94
  • Balikesir Edremit Hotels to Balikesir Airport Transfers: $77
  • Bodrum Akyaka Hotels to Bodrum Airport BJV Transfers: $149

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:

  • Ankara City Center (Cankaya,Kizilay) Hotels to Ankara Esenboga Airport transfers: $77
  • Ankara Esenboga Airport transfers to Ankara City Center (Cankaya,Kizilay) Hotels: $72
  • Ankara Esenboğa Airport From/To City Center Private Transfer: $67
  • Ankara Private Departure Transfer from City hotels to Airport: $60
  • Ankara Private Transfer from central Ankara hotels to Ankara Airport (ESB): $110
  • Private Transfer from Ankara Esenboga Airport (ESB) to Central Ankara: $110
  • Private Transfers Ankara City or Esenboga Airport to/from Beypazari Town: $185
  • Private Transfers Ankara City or Esenboga Airport to/from Gordion Ancient City: $185
  • Private Transfers Ankara City or Esenboga Airport to/from Kizilcahamam Town: $185
  • Private Transfers Between Ankara Esenboga Airport - Ankara City Centre: $75
  • Private transfer: Ankara Airport (ESB) to Ankara: $40
  • Private transfer: Ankara to Ankara Airport (ESB): $40

Is it cheaper to fly into Izmir or Ankara?

Prices for flights to both Ankara and Izmir 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
    Izmir $26
    Ankara $34

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.
    Izmir $22
    Ankara $36

Tours and Activities in Izmir

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

  • Olive Oil Tasting Experience in Turkey : $2.65
  • Quick Tour, Essentials of Izmir With Audio Guide: $6.00
  • Best of Ephesus Skip-The-Line Tour from Kusadasi Port: $20
  • FOCA PHOTOGRAPHER - Private Photo Experience in Foça Izmir: $39
  • PRIVATE PHOTO TOUR IN IZMIR - Photo & Video Experience in iZMiR: $50
  • Half-Day Izmir City Tour: $55
  • Ephesus Tour: $56
  • Deluxe Ephesus with Terrace Houses tour from Izmir Hotel , Cruise Ports, Airport: $69
  • Ephesus and Virgin Mary's House from Izmir Hotels , Airport ,Cruise Port: $69
  • Best Seller Private Ephesus Tour for Cruisers : $70
  • Izmir City Tour: $70
  • Ephesus Full-Day Tour from Kusadasi or Selcuk: $70

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:

  • Family-Friendly Smartphone Walking Tour: $6.00
  • Quick Tour, Essentials of Ankara: $6.00
  • Inns and Baths City Sightseeing Mobile Audio Guide: $6.00
  • Private Tour with a Local: $38
  • Private Guided Walking Tour in Ankara: $55
  • Private custom tour with a local guide: $56
  • Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Topkapi Palace: $145
  • Istanbul: Golden Horn & Bosphorus Day Cruise: $165
  • İstanbul: Full-Day Tour with Grand Bazaar: $180
  • Ankara Private Walking Tour with a Professional Guide: $221
  • Private Tour: Ankara Sightseeing: $235
  • Private Tour of Historical Ankara City: $241

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Izmir $9.35
    Ankara $16

Sample the Local Flavors in Izmir

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Izmir:

  • Wine Tasting Tour at Two Wineries in Urla Turkey: $99
  • Wine Tour with Metropolis Ancient City: $116
  • Ancient Ephesus tour with Mother's Mary House and visit to old village Sirince with wine tasting: $121
  • Private Ephesus Tour with Wine Tasting: $179

When comparing the travel costs between Izmir and Ankara, we can see that Ankara is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in Europe, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Izmir Expensive? and Is Ankara Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Izmir or Ankara?

Ankara has a larger population, and is about 41% larger than the population of Izmir. When comparing the sizes of Izmir and 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 along with the activities and attractions that interest you.