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

Should you visit Petra or Ankara?

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Petra and Ankara can help you decide which place is right for you.

Petra

Whether you're checking off the Seven Wonders of the World, or you're just a huge Indiana Jones fan, the city of Petra must be on your bucket list. The "rose red city, half as old as time," was the capital of the Nabataean kingdom in the 6th century BC. It was the center for trade and commerce until an earthquake took out buildings and destroyed their water management system. After this destruction, the city of Petra seemed to be lost to western civilization.

Ankara

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 city is cheaper, Ankara or Petra?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Petra is $100, while the average daily cost in Ankara is $52. 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 Petra and Ankara in more detail.



Accommodation

Petra's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is $94. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is $47.

Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about $48 for a double occupancy room in Ankara.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Petra $47
    Ankara $24
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Petra $94
    Ankara $48

Food

While meal prices in Petra can vary, the average travelers spends about $30 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Petra should cost around $12 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Petra is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

The average traveler spends about $19 per day in Ankara 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.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Petra $30
    Ankara $19
Typical Food prices in Petra

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


  • Dinner for Two
    $12
  • Juice
    $1.76

Typical Food prices in Ankara

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


  • A Quick Lunch
    $1.15

Local Transportation

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $18 per day to get around in Petra.

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $8.56 per day to get around in Ankara.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Petra $18
    Ankara $8.56

Typical Local Transportation prices in Ankara

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


  • Metro Ride
    $0.13
  • Short Taxi Ride
    $0.50

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Ankara

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Ankara:

  • Esenboğa Airport Transfer: $15
  • Private Airport Transfer: Esenboğa International Airport (ESB) to Ankara: $20
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Ankara to Esenboğa International Airport (ESB): $20
  • Arrival Private Transfer Ankara Airport ESB to Ankara City by Standard Sedan: $33
  • Departure Private Transfer Ankara City to Ankara Airport ESB by Standard Sedan: $35
  • Ankara Private Transfer from central Ankara hotels to Ankara Airport (ESB): $38
  • Private Transfer from Ankara Esenboga Airport (ESB) to Central Ankara: $38
  • Arrival Private Transfer from Ankara ESB Airport to Ankara City by Minivan: $47
  • Departure Private Transfer from Ankara City to Ankara Airport ESB by Minivan: $49
  • Ankara Esenboga Airport transfers to Ankara City Center (Cankaya,Kizilay) Hotels: $49
  • Ankara City Center (Cankaya,Kizilay) Hotels to Ankara Esenboga Airport transfers: $49
  • Ankara Airport Private Arrival Transfer: $51

Is it cheaper to fly into Petra or Ankara?

Prices for flights to both Ankara and Petra 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.





Entertainment

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $38 per person, per day in Petra. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $17 per person, per day in Ankara. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Petra $38
    Ankara $17
Typical Entertainment prices in Petra

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


  • Entry to Petra for One
    $71

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
    $0.80

Tours and Activities in Ankara

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

  • Cer Modern Entrance Ticket: $5.97
  • Cappadocia Hiking & Underground City Tour: $47
  • Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Topkapi Palace: $140
  • İstanbul: Full-Day Tour with Grand Bazaar: $150
  • Private Tour: Ankara Sightseeing: $198
  • Private Tour of Historical Ankara City: $242
  • Ankara Tour: $252
  • Daily Ankara Tour: $265
  • Daily Hattusas / Boğazköy Tour: $341
  • Ankara, Gordion, Cappadocia 1 day tour - CAP30: $427
  • Private Tour of the Hittite Sites: $455
  • Ankara, Gordion, Hattusas, Cappadocia 2 days private tour - CAP41: $505

Alcohol

The average person spends about $12 on alcoholic beverages in Petra per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Ankara may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $8.70 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Petra $12
    Ankara $8.70


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Petra and Ankara, we can see that Petra is more expensive. And not only is Ankara much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Petra is in Middle East and Ankara is in Europe, 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 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 Petra would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Petra than you might in Ankara.

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