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

Should you visit Santorini or Ankara?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Santorini or Ankara, 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: Santorini or Ankara?

Santorini

Santorini is a volcanic island that is part of the Cyclades group of the Greek Islands. It has some spectacular views, beautiful sunsets, and excellent beaches. As one of the most popular of the Greek Islands to visit, Santorini sees many tourists every year. However, it's for a good reason, as the famous white-washed buildings that spill down the hill, some with blue domes that match the gorgeous color of the water, are set against the beautiful mountainous backdrop of one of the most scenic areas of the Mediterranean. Home to several of these small and scenic towns such as Oia, Kamari, Perissa, and Fira, visitors can explore the large island, enjoy delicious food, swim at the beaches, hike the hills, and sail the blue waters.

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 place is cheaper, Ankara or Santorini?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Santorini is €175, while the average daily cost in Ankara is €114. 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 Santorini and Ankara in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Santorini 93
    Ankara 56
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Santorini 186
    Ankara 112
Compare Hotels in Santorini and Ankara

Looking for a hotel in Santorini 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 Santorini


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: Santorini Hotel Prices and Ankara Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Santorini 28
    Ankara 36

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Santorini

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

  • Private Round-trip Transfer from Santorini Thira Airport (JTR) to Kamari,Greece: $50
  • 24h Luxury Santorini Transfer.Arrival/Departure one way: $77
  • Arrival Private Transfer Santorini Airport JTR or Port to Santorini by Minibus: $46
  • Arrival Private Transfer Santorini Airport JTR or Port to Santorini by Sprinter: $32
  • Arrival Private Transfer from Santorini Airport JTR to Santorini by Sedan Car: $23
  • Arrival or Departure Shared Transfer in Santorini: $15
  • Blue Dome And Oia Sunset Small Group Transfer: $38
  • Blue Dome and Oia Sunset Small Group Transfer: $39
  • Departure Private Transfer Santorini to Santorini Airport JTR by Sedan Car: $23
  • Departure Private Transfer Santorini to Santorini Airport JTR or Port by Van: $32
  • Departure Private Transfer Santorni to Santorini Airport JTR or Port by Sprinter: $46
  • Departure Transfer To Santorini Airport: $18

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Ankara

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


  • Metro Ride
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  • Short Taxi Ride
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Hired Cars and Shuttles in Ankara

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Ankara:

  • Private Transfers Ankara City or Esenboga Airport to/from Kizilcahamam Town: $185
  • 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 Transfer from Ankara Esenboga Airport (ESB) to Central Ankara: $110
  • Ankara Private Transfer from central Ankara hotels to Ankara Airport (ESB): $110
  • Ankara City Center (Cankaya,Kizilay) Hotels to Ankara Esenboga Airport transfers: $77
  • Private Transfers Between Ankara Esenboga Airport - Ankara City Centre: $75
  • 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
  • Private transfer: Ankara Airport (ESB) to Ankara: $40
  • Private transfer: Ankara to Ankara Airport (ESB): $40

Is it cheaper to fly into Santorini or Ankara?

Prices for flights to both Ankara and Santorini 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
    Santorini 48
    Ankara 32

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Santorini

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

  • Live Virtual Cooking Class: $25
  • Traditional Greek Night live Music & Dinner Show in Santorini: $55
  • Santorini Caldera: Sunset Cruise with Dinner: $70
  • Romantic Sunset Caldera Cruise with Dinner: $70
  • Virtual Private Cooking Class Live from Santorini: $72
  • Volcanic Sunset Cruise with Dinner: $81
  • Catamaran Tour with BBQ Dinner, Drinks, and Music: $92
  • Volcano and Hot Springs Sunset Dinner Cruise: $97
  • Santorini Sunset Dinner Cruise Including Nea Kameni Visit: $99
  • Greek Cuisine Cooking Class in Santorini: $105
  • Santorini Volcano Sunset Cruise Including Dinner on Board: $109
  • The Aegean Cooking Class: $110

Typical Food Prices in Ankara

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


  • A Quick Lunch
    0.35

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Santorini 36
    Ankara 33

Tours and Activities in Santorini

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Santorini.

  • Authentic A Self-Guided Audio Tour of Oia: $6.99
  • Akrotiri Archaeological Site Entry Ticket: $8.66
  • Admission Ticket for Akrotiri Archaeological Site : $9.93
  • Megalochori: Lost Atlantis 9D Experience Museum Entry Ticket: $15
  • E-Ticket to Akrotiri with Audio Tour on your Phone: $15
  • Skip the Line Lost Atlantis Experience Ticket: $15
  • Oia Sunset Daily Tour: $17
  • The Beer Tasting and Pairing Experience: $28
  • Santorini Volcano & Hot Springs Tour: $28
  • Volcanic Islands Cruise with Hot Springs Visit: $28
  • Caldera Half Day Tour (Volcano, Hot Springs, Thirassia): $33
  • Kayak Rental Adventure in Watersports Santorini: $33

Typical Entertainment Prices in Ankara

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


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Tours and Activities in Ankara

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

  • Ankara Private Walking Tour: $271
  • Ankara Private Walking Tour with a Professional Guide: $221
  • 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
  • From Private Cappadocia & Underground City Tour: $341
  • Full-Day Highlights of Cappadocia Tour: $445
  • Istanbul: Golden Horn & Bosphorus Day Cruise: $165
  • Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Topkapi Palace: $145
  • Private Guided Walking Tour in Ankara: $55

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Santorini 26
    Ankara 15

Sample the Local Flavors in Santorini

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

  • Top Sights Day Trip, Wine Tasting, & Oia Sunset: $75
  • Fira Town Walking Tour with Wine Tasting: $76
  • Visit to a Wine Museum and Wine Tasting in Santorini : $77
  • 2 Hours Private Wine Tasting Tour in Santorini With Pick Up: $88
  • Notos Day Tour through History & Wine Tasting: $99
  • Santorini 4 Hour Private Oia Tour & Wine Tasting : $106
  • Santorini Highlights Tour with Wine Tasting from Fira (small group up to 10): $110
  • 5 towns in 5 hours: Santorini Most Popular Tour with Wine tasting: $118
  • Wine Tour with Sunset in Oia: $119
  • Wine Tour Santorini: $119
  • Santorini Wine Tour with sunset in Oia: $121
  • 3-Hour Wine Tasting in Santorini : $127


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Santorini and Ankara, we can see that Santorini 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 Santorini would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Santorini than you might in Ankara.

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


Which is Bigger, Santorini or Ankara?

Ankara has a larger population, and is about 6 times larger than the population of Santorini. When comparing the sizes of Santorini 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.