A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Zanzibar vs. Antalya for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Zanzibar or Antalya?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Zanzibar and Antalya can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Zanzibar or Antalya?

Zanzibar

Just off the coast of Tanzania lies an entrancing archipelago known as Zanzibar. This gorgeous string of islands is the land of sultans, palaces beaches and spice-filled markets. Once an important trading center, many restorations have been done in recent years to restore Zanzibar to its ancient grandeur - earning its capital city UNESCO World Heritage status in 2000.

Antalya

Antalya is the largest city along Turkey's Mediterranean coast and the eighth largest city in the country with over one million people in the metropolitan area. The city dates back to about 200 BC when it was settled by the Attalid Dynasty of Pergamon and soon conquered by the Romans. The city was ruled by several different groups and most recently was transferred to Italian suzerainty following World War I. It became part of Turkey following the War of Independence. The city has seen an influx of development in recent years and it has grown into a tourism mecca with more than 12 million visitors in 2014.

Which place is cheaper, Antalya or Zanzibar?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Zanzibar is $53, while the average daily cost in Antalya is $155. 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 Zanzibar and Antalya in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Zanzibar $25
    Antalya $58
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Zanzibar $50
    Antalya $116
Compare Hotels in Zanzibar and Antalya

Looking for a hotel in Zanzibar or Antalya? 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 Zanzibar


Hotels in Antalya


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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: Zanzibar Hotel Prices and Antalya Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Zanzibar $12
    Antalya $116

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Zanzibar

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Zanzibar:

  • Zanzibar:Airport Arrival And Departure Private Transfer.: $110
  • Stone Town to Airport Private Transfer: $23
  • Splash Transfer: $60
  • Fishing Boat Tour with Transfer: $109
  • Ferry Ticket from Dar es Salaam with 1way transfer: $87
  • Baraka Turtle Aquarium Tour with Hotel Transfers: $80
  • Airport_Hotel and Destination Transfer Service: $24
  • Airport/Port&Hotel transfer service: $58
  • Airport to Stone Town Private Transfer: $22
  • Airport to Hotel Transfer: $62
  • Airport Transfers: $22
  • Airport Transfer to any Hotel: $50

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Antalya

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

  • Antalya Airport (AYT) to Turkler Transfer - Economy: $89
  • Antalya Airport (AYT) to Turkler Transfer - TOP VIP Minibus: $133
  • Antalya Airport (AYT) to Turkler Transfer - VIP Minibus: $119
  • Antalya Airport (AYT) to Turkler Transfer - VIP Minivan: $104
  • Private Transfer From Antalya Airport To Denizyaka / Gündoğdu / Çolaklı: $76
  • Private Transfer From Antalya Airport To Titreyengöl / Sorgun: $91
  • Adana Airport Transfers to Adana city Hotels: $55
  • Adana Airport Transfers to Ceyhan Hotels: $82
  • Adana Airport Transfers to Mersin Hotels: $115
  • Adana Airport Transfers to Osmaniye City Hotels: $143
  • Adana Airport Transfers to Tarsus city Hotels: $82
  • Adana Airport Transfers to Yumurtalik Hotels: $99

Is it cheaper to fly into Zanzibar or Antalya?

Prices for flights to both Antalya and Zanzibar 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
    Zanzibar $17
    Antalya $27

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Zanzibar

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

  • Half-Day Kuza Cave Swimming Adventure and Cooking Class: $13
  • Authentic Street Food Tours in Stone Town, Zanzibar: $40
  • Zanzibar Traditional Cooking Class: $49
  • Local Cooking Class with Spice Tour in Zanzibar: $52
  • Private Zanzibar Spices Tour with Traditional Swahili Cooking Lesson: $55
  • Zanzibar Cooking Class [Swahili food test ] and Spice farm Private tour: $59
  • Zanzibar Cooking Class & Spice Tour : $59
  • Walking Spice Farm with Local Cooking Class: $60
  • Spice Tour & Cooking Class in Zanzibar: $60
  • Zanzibar Spice farm and Cooking Class: $60
  • Stone Town Private Food Tour with a Guide: $65
  • Spice Farm Tour with Traditional Cooking Lesson: $65

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Antalya

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

  • Pamukkalea and Salda Lake Tour with Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner: $37
  • Traditional Turkish Tastes at Antalya Food Tour: $47
  • Giza Pyramids Sound and Light Show with Dinner: $74
  • Full day trip to Pamukkale from Side with dinner: $105

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Zanzibar $13
    Antalya $49

Tours and Activities in Zanzibar

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

  • 4 hours Spice Tour in Tanzania: $80
  • City Tour in Zanzibar : $33
  • Fair Tourism In Paje: $27
  • Full Day Spice Tour, Prison Island and City Tours: $140
  • Half-Day Walking Tour in Zanzibar City's Spice Island: $63
  • Spice Farm & Prison Island Tour in Zanzibar: $87
  • Spice Tour & Mangapwani Cave Tour: $80
  • Stone City, Spice Farm and Prison Island Full Day Tour: $130
  • Stonetown Private Half-day Walking tour: $35
  • (Copy of) Jozani Forest Tours: $85
  • 2 Days Tour In Zanzibar: $180
  • 2 Hours Private Stone Town City Tour: $50

Tours and Activities in Antalya

For Antalya, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Antalya Highlights Escape Game and Tour: $3.23
  • First Discovery Walk and Reading Walking Tour: $3.23
  • Bazaar Self-Guided Smartphone App Tour: $6.00
  • Antalya Scavenger Hunt and Sights Self-Guided Tour: $7.95
  • Antalya Scavenger Hunt And Sights Self-Guided Tour: $8.14
  • Antalya Self-Guided Audio Tour: $9.00
  • Self-Guided Audio City Tour on Your Phone: $11
  • Full-Day Private Rafting Adventure in Karabük Türkiye: $11
  • Antalya Sand Sculpture Museum Admission Ticket: $11
  • Guided Princess Island Tour With Pick Up - Lunch and Guide: $13
  • Spa and Skin Care Experience with Massage and Drink: $15
  • Ride the Rapids: Unforgettable Rafting Tour Experience!: $15

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Zanzibar $7.04
    Antalya $22

Sample the Local Flavors in Zanzibar

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

  • Thrilling Pub Crawl In Zanzibar. Visit 3 Unique Bars: $26
  • Pub Crawl & Club Experience: $30


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Zanzibar and Antalya, we can see that Antalya is more expensive. And not only is Zanzibar much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Zanzibar is in Africa and Antalya 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 Zanzibar would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Zanzibar 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 Antalya would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Antalya than you might in Zanzibar.

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


Which is Bigger, Zanzibar or Antalya?

Antalya has a larger population, and is about 88% larger than the population of Zanzibar. When comparing the sizes of Zanzibar and Antalya, 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.


When is the best time to visit Zanzibar or Antalya?

Antalya has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, but Zanzibar experiences a warm climate with fairly sunny weather most of the year.

Should I visit Zanzibar or Antalya in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Zanzibar as well as Antalya. Zanzibar attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate. Additionally, many visitors come to Antalya in the summer for the beaches, snorkeling, the hiking, the music scene, and the family-friendly experiences.

Zanzibar is cooler than Antalya in the summer. The daily temperature in Zanzibar averages around 25°C (77°F) in July, and Antalya fluctuates around 28°C (83°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Antalya. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Zanzibar this time of the year. In the summer, Zanzibar often gets less sunshine than Antalya. Zanzibar gets 224 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Antalya receives 376 hours of full sun.

Zanzibar usually gets more rain in July than Antalya. Zanzibar gets 31 mm (1.2 in) of rain, while Antalya receives 3 mm (0.1 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Zanzibar 25°C (77°F) 
    Antalya 28°C (83°F)

Should I visit Zanzibar or Antalya in the Autumn?

Both Antalya and Zanzibar are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities. The warm climate attracts visitors to Zanzibar throughout the year. Also, most visitors come to Antalya for the hiking trails, the shopping scene, the music scene, and the natural beauty of the area during these months.

In the autumn, Zanzibar is a little warmer than Antalya. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Zanzibar in October average around 25°C (78°F), and Antalya averages at about 21°C (69°F).

It's quite sunny in Antalya. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Zanzibar. Zanzibar usually receives more sunshine than Antalya during autumn. Zanzibar gets 275 hours of sunny skies, while Antalya receives 251 hours of full sun in the autumn.

In October, Zanzibar usually receives around the same amount of rain as Antalya. Zanzibar gets 66 mm (2.6 in) of rain, while Antalya receives 70 mm (2.8 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Zanzibar 25°C (78°F) 
    Antalya 21°C (69°F)

Should I visit Zanzibar or Antalya in the Winter?

Both Antalya and Zanzibar during the winter are popular places to visit. Plenty of visitors come to Zanzibar because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year. Also, the winter months attract visitors to Antalya because of the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine.

In January, Zanzibar is generally much warmer than Antalya. Daily temperatures in Zanzibar average around 28°C (82°F), and Antalya fluctuates around 11°C (51°F).

It's quite sunny in Zanzibar. In the winter, Zanzibar often gets more sunshine than Antalya. Zanzibar gets 236 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Antalya receives 161 hours of full sun.

Antalya gets a good bit of rain this time of year. Zanzibar usually gets less rain in January than Antalya. Zanzibar gets 78 mm (3.1 in) of rain, while Antalya receives 239 mm (9.4 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Zanzibar 28°C (82°F) 
    Antalya 11°C (51°F)

Should I visit Zanzibar or Antalya in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Zanzibar and Antalya. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Zanzibar year-round. Also, the beaches and the natural beauty are the main draw to Antalya this time of year.

Zanzibar is much warmer than Antalya in the spring. The daily temperature in Zanzibar averages around 27°C (81°F) in April, and Antalya fluctuates around 16°C (62°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Antalya this time of the year. Zanzibar usually receives less sunshine than Antalya during spring. Zanzibar gets 155 hours of sunny skies, while Antalya receives 243 hours of full sun in the spring.

Zanzibar gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In April, Zanzibar usually receives more rain than Antalya. Zanzibar gets 269 mm (10.6 in) of rain, while Antalya receives 46 mm (1.8 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Zanzibar 27°C (81°F) 
    Antalya 16°C (62°F)

Typical Weather for Antalya and Zanzibar

Zanzibar Antalya
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 28°C (82°F) 78 mm (3.1 in) 11°C (51°F) 239 mm (9.4 in)
Feb 28°C (82°F) 52 mm (2 in) 11°C (52°F) 196 mm (7.7 in)
Mar 28°C (83°F) 131 mm (5.2 in) 13°C (56°F) 103 mm (4.1 in)
Apr 27°C (81°F) 269 mm (10.6 in) 16°C (62°F) 46 mm (1.8 in)
May 26°C (78°F) 176 mm (6.9 in) 20°C (69°F) 28 mm (1.1 in)
Jun 24°C (76°F) 42 mm (1.7 in) 25°C (77°F) 8 mm (0.3 in)
Jul 25°C (77°F) 31 mm (1.2 in) 28°C (83°F) 3 mm (0.1 in)
Aug 24°C (75°F) 27 mm (1.1 in) 28°C (83°F) 1 mm (0 in)
Sep 25°C (76°F) 28 mm (1.1 in) 25°C (77°F) 11 mm (0.4 in)
Oct 25°C (78°F) 66 mm (2.6 in) 21°C (69°F) 70 mm (2.8 in)
Nov 27°C (80°F) 132 mm (5.2 in) 16°C (61°F) 134 mm (5.3 in)
Dec 27°C (81°F) 116 mm (4.6 in) 12°C (54°F) 227 mm (8.9 in)