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How to Plan a Trip to Turkey on a Budget?

Turkey on a Budget

Turkey is a fascinating country, one of those that leaves no one indifferent. Its culture, its people, natural places, gastronomy, landscapes and unique experiences make it a destination that is impossible to resist.

Today we tell you our itinerary and travel budget to Turkey. Before starting my travel story I would like to mention expenses details.

Budget To Consider Before Traveling To Turkey! Transport:

Flights / Buses: 256.74 usd per person.

  • Roundtrip flight, cost 192 usd. This will depend a lot on the place from which you depart.
  • Flight Istanbul SAW-Denizli, by Turkish airline one way 26 usd.
  • Night Bus, 16 usd.
  • Flight Nevsehir- Istanbul SAW, one way by Turkish. 22.74 usd.
  • Adding flight Mvd-Frankfurt, 690 usd, is 946.74 usd; but as we commented before, this is very variable and depends on the place from which they come out.

Accommodation: Total 610.38 usd both, 305.19 per person.

  • Pamukkale Alida Hotel, 1 night. 32 usd, 16 per person. + 30 lira pp for late check out are 5 usd, total 21 usd per person.
  • Cappadocia Sultan Cave Suites, 2 nights. Total 190 usd.
  • Istanbul first hotel, Gran Hotel De Pera, 2 nights. Total 123.38 (61.69 per night). 61.69 per person.
  • Istanbul second hotel, Sura Design, 2 nights. Total 255 (127.5 per night, 63.75 x night each). 127.5 each both nights. Other expenses / activities: 292.7 usd.
  • Airport-Pamukkale bus. 35 lira pp, they are approx. 6 usd.
  • Entrance to Pamukkale: 50 liras, they are approx. 8.5 usd.
  • Cleopatra’s pool in Pamukkale: 50 lire, this is optional, I paid for it
  • Snack in Pamukkale: 12 lira total, 6 per person. Approx. 1usd.
  • Bus Pamukkale- Denizli bus terminal, 4 lira per person, is approx. 0.7 usd.
  • Balloon flight in Cappadocia: 180 usd per person.
  • Car rental in Gorme: 45 usd per day approx.
  • Shuttle to the center from SAW airport, 10 euros per person, is approx. 11 usd.
  • Tickets in Istanbul: Santa Sofia 60 lire, Topkapi Palace 60 lire plus 35 extras to enter the Harem, Galata Tower 25 lire. Total 180 lire, 32 usd.
  • Extra estimate for meals and transport in the city: 20 usd per day. Total: 256.74 + 305.19 +292.70 +180 = 1034.63 usd.Logically the cost of flights varies a lot depending on the time in which they go and from where they fly. Also the factor of when they go causes prices to vary, especially in accommodation.

    Another factor that varies greatly on the budget is the type of accommodation they choose, as there are many differences.

    The truth is that we mostly choose nice and well-located accommodations, so we don’t skimp on this

    But know that if you prefer to save, you can do this trip for much less.

    The accommodation and internal transfers are super cheap, you can do without the cleopatra pool in Pamukkale, and you can also save a lot on meals and daily activities.

    The most expensive without a doubt is the balloon flight in Cappadocia would be 855 usd), but it is an activity that we recommend doing, since it is really unique and worth it.

    How Many Days Do I Need?

    This is one of the first questions that you will surely ask yourself when you start planning your trip.

    It will depend on many factors, including the number of days you have, the places you want to include, the time you travel, your budget, among others.

    We recommend a minimum of 7 to 10 days to be able to include the places that at least we consider essential, but obviously you can adjust more.

    Logically the more days they have, the more places they will be able to visit. There are three places that are essential for us: Istanbul, Cappadocia and Pamukkale.

    Where to visit?

1- Istanbul:

Istanbul is the city you are surely going to arrive in, so you can organize your visit both at the beginning and at the end of your trip, depending on how the flights and schedules best suit you.

It is a large city with a lot to see and do, for which I recommend spending at least 3 full days on it.


Cappadocia is one of those places that you cannot miss on a trip to Turkey. Not only because of the incredible experience of flying in a balloon and living one of the most spectacular moments that every traveler dreams of, but because the area has much more to discover.

  • Incredible landscapes and formations.
  • Cities full of charm,
  • Unique underground cities,
  • Delicious gastronomy,
  • Nature, shops and restaurants with atmosphere,
  • Natural parksIn addition, the region has many interesting places to go. The best thing is to rent a car to be able to go around everything and take better advantage of the times.

    2- Pamukkale:

    Pamukkale is a place about which we had many doubts, in this post you can read if we consider it worthwhile and why.

    It is true that it is a bit behind the scenes since you have to go there specifically, but we assure you that it is worth it.

Although it is possible to go during the day, we recommend that you stay at least one night in the area to be able to dedicate a full day to Pamukkale, taking advantage of the hours with less people that are in the morning and at the last minute, and closing the day with a clasp. of gold that is the sunset in that incredible place.

What other places would I include in the itinerary?

If we traveled in summer I would undoubtedly include a city on the coast such as:

  • Antalya, the Cesme peninsula in the north of the Aegean, the turquoise coast in the Mediterranean, Kas, or even islands such as Sedir.
  • The beaches of Turkey have a good reputation,
  • The coastal area has several places that seem super interesting.
  • We would also add Ankara, Ephesus, Pergamum and Aphrodisias.

My Itinerary

I traveled at the end of November, so decided to discard the coast of the country since due to the weather we could not enjoy it as it deserves.

What we had undoubtedly most wanted to know was Cappadocia, and although we had our doubts with Pamukkale, it was the second place that generated the most curiosity. Obviously, Istanbul is practically a must-see.

So I focused our trip on the places we wanted to see the most that includes:

  1. Pamukkale
  2. Cappadocia: Uçhisar and Uchisar Castle, Pigeon Valley and surroundings, Balloon flight
  3. Fairy Chimneys, and Love Valley
  4. Galata Tower and surroundings
  5. Sultanahmet area. Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia

If you like this type of info, leave us in the comments about what other destination you would like us to do.


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