Should you visit Izmir or Olympos?
Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the prices of travel for Izmir and Olympos. 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. So, let's dig into it.
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.
Olympos was an ancient city in Lycia, situated in a river valley near the coast. Its ruins are located south of the modern town Cirali in the Kumluca district of Antalya Province, Turkey. An important Lycian city in the 2nd century BC, Olympos is more famous these days for being the beach resort of choice for backpackers. Staying in an Olympos 'tree house' at one of the dozen-or-so camps that line the path to the ruins and beach has long been the stuff of travel legend. The former hippy-trail hot-spot has been considerably renovated in past years and during summer can be pretty overcrowded. Olympos offers good value and an up-for-it party atmosphere in a lovely setting.
Which city is cheaper, Olympos or Izmir?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Izmir is $27, while the average daily cost in Olympos is $33. 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 Izmir and Olympos in more detail.
Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about $26 for a double occupancy room in Izmir.
An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $30 in Olympos For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.
The cost of a taxi ride in Izmir is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $5.20 per person, per day, on local transportation in Izmir.
To get around in Olympos, the average visitor spends $5.23 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.
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:
Transfer From Kusadasi to Izmir Airport:
Private One Way Transfer From Izmir Airport to Kusadasi:
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:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Olympos
Also for Olympos, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Antalya Airport AYT Transfers to Olympos Hotels:
Antalya Olympos Hotels to Antalya Airport AYT Transfers:
Is it cheaper to fly into Izmir or Olympos?
Prices for flights to both Olympos 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.
The average traveler spends about $9.44 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.
Olympos food costs typically run travelers around $13 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.
Meals for one day
Entertainment and activities in Izmir typically cost an average of $7.95 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.
In Olympos, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $11 per person, per day.
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 Seven Churches of Revelation 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...:
5 Days Seven Churches Tour Turkey:
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Izmir may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $5.27 per day on alcoholic beverages.
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Olympos, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $6.85.
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 Izmir and Olympos, we can see that Olympos is more expensive. And not only is Izmir much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Izmir would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Izmir 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 Olympos would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Olympos than you might in Izmir.
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