How much does a trip to Greece cost? In this post, we break down the average costs involved in a trip to Greece to help you budget. We like to say Greece is where Natasha and I fell in love and it remains one of our favorite places in the world to travel.
It’s hard not to fall in love with a country famed for its hospitality, rich heritage, fresh seafood, whitewashed villages, ample supply of beaches, and the deep blue Aegean sea. Greece deserves every bit of its fame. With all that fame you might expect to pay top dollar, but you’ll be surprised to find a destination that is affordable. Of course, at it’s most extravagant prices on islands like Santorini and Mykonos can make your eyes water.
Greece is long been known as a cheap beach destination for Europeans so you can find some great value on the islands. That being said if you’re looking for a more luxurious beach holiday outside of the island of Mykonos and Santorini it’s hard to find luxury.
What’s A Trip to Greece Cost?
Transport in Greece
Since Greece has hundreds of islands scattered across the Mediterranean it can be a bit tricky to navigate. Similarly, prices for transportation vary a lot in terms of distance, destination, and mode of transportation.
Since most people head to one of Greece’s many gorgeous islands they require flights or ferries within Greece and then transport on the island. There are a handful of islands connected by flight routes, but the primary way of travel in Greece has always been by boat. Mainland Greece is a lot more straightforward to navigate with a few train lines, long-distance buses, and a decent road network.
Our biggest tip in regards to Greece, visit one to three islands in a particular region on your first visit. It allows for more exploration over each island and saves you some time with transport because it can be exhausting to travel between from island to island.
Ferries in Greece
The ferries in Greece are the primary mode of transport if you want to do some island hopping. It’s also possible to make use of them for day trips to neighboring islands. However, for those limited on time or don’t like the risk of plans changing should stick to mainland Greece or fly direct to a major island like Paros, Crete, Corfu, or Santorini.
Greek ferries are a tremendous way to travel around Greece, but they’re also a pain. It’s common due to the rough sea and maintenance of the boats for ferries to arrive late or not at all. On top of that, the schedules between the smaller islands are often not daily occurrences so it’s possible to be stranded for a few days. It has happened to us on multiple occasions. Ferry ports similarly can be pretty unpleasant with no information or signs, crowds, and nothing in the vicinity.
There are several different ferries and passenger boats that operate between the Greek isles. You can pick the large slow ferries that carry cars, trucks, and goods, but they’re often the most stable at sea can have overnight private cabins, restaurants, and sun decks. Large ferries in Greece are almost like small cruise ships.
Then you have the smaller passenger ferries that are much faster, but often only have a small bar for drinks, no access to the outside, and rock a lot more in rough seas. Last is the most limited, but smaller islands and neighboring islands may use a more standard small car ferry that costs few euros. Unless it’s a massive difference we almost always opt for the slow ferries as they’re cheaper and more pleasant.
However, the most popular Greek islands are often serviced by multiple ferries a day and in the worst-case scenario, you can always hop on a flight back to Athens. To best combat, look up ferry schedules online and book your ideal schedule rather than waiting to book on the islands. They provide the name of the boat when booking so do a quick search to see the type of ship.
Of course, if you have time to explore we’ve taken many trips to Greece in the shoulder seasons and booked ferries on the islands. Expect to pay around €100 to €200 euros in ferry tickets for the average trip to Greece visiting a handful of islands in the summer.
|Athens > Mykonos||€60 – €80|
|Mykonos > Santorini||€45 – €65|
|Santorini > Crete||€65|
|Paros > Naxos||€10 – €20|
|Milos > Paros||€55 – €60|
|Rhodes > Kos||€25|
|Paros > Mykonos||€20 – €35|
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Cruises in Greece
This is our least favorite way to travel and we highly advise against cruises. However, they remain an incredibly popular way to travel around Greece as they allow you to see a nice selection of islands and remove the stress associated with travel in Greece. It’s particularly helpful for people with limited mobility or seniors. The majority of Greek cruises actually depart from Venice, Italy and have the option to select extended cruises that stop in Croatia and Montenegro. It also simplifies what a trip to Greece costs as it’s a simple price. So, we do understand the appeal.
However, why do we not recommend cruises? They’re terrible for the environment, add infrastructure strain on destinations, contribute almost nothing to the local economies, they are hated by locals, leave no room for exploration, and you’ll always be in a crowd of other tourists. We love Greece for the hospitality of the Greeks, charming quiet towns, and the food you can kiss those things goodbye on a cruise ship.
If you’re cruising around Greece, it’s a challenge to escape the waves of tourists. You’ll arrive in a small port town at the same time as the other 2,000 visitors sometimes, even more, when multiple boats are in port like Venice, Dubrovnik, and Santorini. The main streets and attractions are often congested and miserable during these times in towns that are normally peaceful and quiet.
These are some prices per person for one-week cruises to Greece in the summer. The room selected is an exterior view room, it is possible to get a cheaper price for the interior. Of course, this does factor in anything like the usual high priced activities, amenities, or alcohol. It all depends on how you travel on the islands, but we find cruises to cost more than the average trip to Greece.
|Royal Caribbean||€900 – €1,200|
|Norwegian Cruise Line||€1,325 – €1,850|
|Princess||€1.500 – €1,800|
Trains in Greece
Trains in Greece are limited as I previously stated, but you can arrive in Greece via a train and use the rail network to travel mainland Greece. The Greek rail service is so limited that you’ll likely only use it once or twice if you’re traveling mainland Greece.
|Athens > Thessaloniki||€45 – €55|
|Athens > Kalambaka (Meteora)||€25 – €30|
Buses in Greece
Buses are a reasonable option to use for travel around the Greek Islands and mainland Greece. Most islands have buses that cross the islands and stop all over the islands. These local buses often only cost a few euros outside of the mainland and Crete where you can find long-distance buses.
Boat Rental in Greece
On our most recent trip to Greece, we found a new favorite thing to do on the islands, rent a small boat. It not only doubles as a thing to do, but it can also be used for transportation visiting small bays, ports, beaches, and islands.
You can even rent them for extended periods of time in the local marina. It’s not a super common mode of transport for tourists and definitely not the place to learn to drive a boat, but it can be hugely rewarding. If you’re not comfortable driving the boat yourself many come with the option to charter a captain, but that will cost you quite a bit more.
Boat Rental Average
|Route||Avg. Daily Price|
|Private Boat Rental||€100 – €300|
|Captained Boat Rental||€400 – €800|
Renting a car in Greece the easiest way to get around the mainland and the islands. It can also be super affordable. For car rentals, it’s best to rent for individual sections of the trip. Rent a car for exploring individual islands or the countryside. They can be pretty affordable on the islands where there are no toll roads and distances are short so you won’t spend much more past the rental.
Not every island requires a car rental either and the same goes for Athens where a car will simply be a pain. Although Greek ferries allow for cars it’s best to not take cars on the ferries as not every island has a car ferry and you’ll still have to return the car to the original location. Most islands also have a selection of car rental agencies once you step off the boat so it makes picking up a car easy.
These are average prices for summer rentals booked three-four months in advance out of Dublin. If you travel in the offseason rates are much lower with averages well under €100 a week! Rates tend to be a little higher than much of Europe because you are on an island.
|Car Type||Weekly Rental Price|
|Economy||€120 – €150|
|Standard||€150 – €250|
|Full Size||€250 – €400|
|Van||€500 – €600|
Total Cost of Rental Car
This is just an average guess of what the total cost of a car rental for a week would cost in summer. It’s based on previous trips in which we have rented a car in Greece. It’s totally possible to go over or under these estimations.
|Low||€150 – 200|
|Median||€200 – €400|
|High||€400 – €500|
- RentalCars.com: Provides comparisons for car rentals in Greece.
- AutoEurope: I can often find deals here for car rentals in Europe.
- Discover Car Hire: Searches rental car prices around the globe.
One of the most popular means of transport on the islands is small vehicles like ATVs and mopeds. They’re so popular that they often fetch a higher rate than a small car rental, particularly ATVs. Not only are they fun, but super effective on small islands that often have rough dirt/gravel roads leading to the best beaches.
It can be a fun way to get around the islands, but we typically prefer the safety and comfort of a car unless the island is very small.
|Moped||€15 – €30|
|ATV||€40 – €75|
|Buggy||€85 – €200|
Flights are reliable and an affordable way to travel around Greece. Getting to Greece from elsewhere in Europe has never been cheaper with budget airlines such as RyanAir servicing Athens. If you are traveling from a different continent you will most likely need to be routed through Athens before you go anywhere. You can also sometimes score a cheap flight to Crete, the largest island in Greece.
|Athens > Santorini||€40 – €100|
|Athens > Corfu||€50 – €120|
|Athens > Crete||€65 – €120|
|Athens > Lemnos||€80 – €150|
Cost of Accommodation
There are a ton of tourist beds in Greece and it’s pretty easy to find a place to stay almost anywhere in Greece. However, in the most popular areas during the summer prices can be sky-high and limited on availability. In Athens and mainland towns it’s easy to find more traditional hotels. However, the resorts on the islands and large holiday complexes are typically booked and sold through package holiday companies.
The most prevalent option in Greece is a standard room, apartment, or smalls studio. These standard rooms can be super spartan, and we not so lovingly joke about their fantastic “Greek comfort.” In reality, they’re not comfortable at all with small beds draped by a single sheet to compliment bare-bones furnishings. We stayed at a lot of these when we first backpacked Greece on a budget. That being said, these rooms do vary a lot according to price point and it’s possible to find beautiful modern and comfortable apartments.
Even further if you do seek out four to five-star hotels in the summer expect to pay a high premium around €500 a night! Something to keep in is prices vary drastically by location and season. To score a nice place in Mykonos or Santorini in August is ridiculous while the same place on islands like Paros or Crete goes for a quarter of the price. So, it’s really tough to budget until you know where you’ll be heading. As a hint to our money-saving tips later, skipping those busy places will save you a ton of money.
One of the best options for accommodation in Greece the classic villa. However, to score a good one requires planning in advance and possibly going through a management company. These villas can fetch top dollar, but many times live up to the hype. We love these as they can be split between family and friends to a point where it’s €100-€200 a night per person.
|Hostel||€12 – €25|
|Budget Hotel||€30 – €45|
|Airbnb/Apartment||€40 – €200|
|Mid Range Hotel||€100 – €200|
|Luxury Hotel||€200 – €800|
|Villa (Weekly)||€3,000 – €8,000+|
Food Cost in Greece
Greek food for the most is delicious and cheap! It doesn’t take a crazy high budget to eat well here. You’ll find amazing seafood, cheap gyros, local ouzo, heaps of olives, and fresh fruit like watermelon and pomegranates. Just like the accommodation the islands of Mykonos and Santorini are outliers and on average charge double the price for half the quality.
A two-course meal with wine will set you back on average €30. Of course, it’s easy to spend on either end of that for dinner. It’s easy to find a place for dinner at around €10 a meal. While you could go all out on a fine dining establishment for €100. It’s really easy to eat affordably in Greece and if you choose to shop locally and cook your own meals it’s even cheaper. We always like to have some local cheese and olives in the fridge for snacks! You can buy olives in bulk for around €6 a kilogram (2.2lbs)!
Breakfast is best done at a hotel or guesthouse as you’ll find a hard time finding much for breakfast. However, it is common for locals to head to the bakery for a fresh-baked goodie and a frappe. Frappes are whipped milk, instant coffee (classic is Nescafe), and ice — they are super delicious on a hot Greek day and typically cost €1 to €2. For a typical breakfast, we’d do fresh fruit, greek yogurt (just yogurt there), and a pastry.
Gyros are a street food staple in Greece and they typically cost around €5 or less. If you’d like a nice meal for lunch it will typically set you back €10 – €15 an entree with sides.
Daily Food Costs
|Budget||€10 – €20|
|Median||€30 – €60|
Cost of Activities in Greece
Activities in Greece, for the most part, are reasonably priced. However, it all depends on when and where. In our opinion, one of the best things to do in Greece is to explore. Free activities can mean hiking in Greece, relaxing on the beach, walking around a quaint town, cliff jumping, or exploring Greek ruins.
Greece has been catering to visitors for decades and there are lots of great tours and activities to enjoy in Greece. Things like bike tours, kayak tours, star gazing, cultural experiences, diving, boat cruises, fishing, or winery tours. Generally, prices range from about €15 up to €100.
Greece is filled with ancient ruins, medieval ruins, and buildings that easily date back to the turn of the century. Pretty much no matter where you step you will find some piece of history. Take it in doses, because it can overwhelm you. Many of these archaeological sites are very well protected and restored in Greece; tourism is a big factor in this and you should expect to pay some €€€ to see the most famous sites. For example, the Acropolis costs €30 and if you want a guide in a group expect to pay €50.
Popular Activities/Tours in Greece
|Athens Full Day Private Tour||€65|
|Santorini Catamaran Tour||€95|
|Private Athens Food Tour||€60|
|Santorini Private Tasting Tour||€120|
Additional Expenses in Greece
Flight to Greece
Like with most travel, your flight to Greece will be your number one expense. It’s best to book in advance if you know your travel dates. If you have flexibility with your schedule you stand a greater chance at scoring a deal. We like to use Google Flights and Skyscanner’s open search feature to find good deals to Greece. This can drastically determine what a trip to Greece costs.
The summer can really hurt when it comes to flight prices to Greece. It’s pretty common even with advance booking to spend $1,500 USD per ticket from the states. While in Europe flight prices can be found for a bargain of less than €100 regularly.
Luggage for Greece
You’ll need to decide if you want a backpack or suitcase for your Ireland trip. I personally like to travel with a hard shell suitcase for my clothes, and use a carry on backpack for my important electronics. See a few of our posts here for recommendations:
Travel Insurance for Greece
Healthcare is expensive when abroad, so make sure you have travel insurance in case anything goes wrong. We don’t travel without travel insurance and neither should you.
You never know what can happen in a foreign country and it’s best to be prepared. World Nomads provides good short term coverage. While SafetyWing is perfect for digital nomads. See our full review here!
How Much Does a Trip to Greece Cost?
So how much spending money per day should you have in Greece? Asides the pre-trip expenses like airfare, luggage, and any Greece packing list items you’ll want to buy I believe you can get by in Greece for under
That’s if you’re staying in cheap accommodation, not drinking much alcohol, cooking your meals and eating paninis, and not partaking in costly activities. If you want to travel on a more modest and comfortable budget I would plan on spending €100 per day.
Total Two Week Trip to Greece Cost (pp)
|Backpacker||€500 – €750|
|Basic||€800 – 1,400|
|Mid Range||€1,400 – 2,000|
|High End||€2,000 – €4,000+|
Money-Saving Tips For Greece
Skip the “highlights”
None of our favorite moments in Greece come from major destinations. On our last trip, we spent two days in Mykonos and we’re appalled by the island’s prices. It’s not our cup of tea, to say the least. So our biggest piece of advice is to skip dirty Athens and avoid Mykonos and Santorini like the plague. Your wallet will undoubtfully thank you and you’ll walk away thinking Greece is an affordable destination to spend a holiday.
Cook Your Own Food
If your accommodation has a kitchen then it’s best to make use of it. We save money this way when traveling around Greece. Grocery stores in Greece are amazing and well-stocked.
The grocery store provides great value especially on Greek food like cheese, prosciutto, olives, and grapes. Don’t worry about eating local either as they’re often stocked with tons of beautiful Greek products; most Greeks eat at home anyways!
Travel During the Offseason
In my opinion, traveling in Greece particularly shrines in the offseason. I don’t like crowds or high prices and that’s why I love traveling between September and May. We highlight the best time to visit Greece in this post.
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Plan and Pack for Greece
This all depends on where you’re heading to the beach, but a portable Bluetooth speaker is great to have when you’re in a group. We travel with a small BOOM speaker and take it with us when it feels appropriate. We say this because it’s often best to leave it at home on small secluded beaches so not to annoy anyone else with your music — no one’s that good of a DJ.
Of course, what you wear all depends on where you live! For those heading to Greece in the Spring or Fall, you may want something a little warmer. For those days we always reach for a warm fleece jacket.
Patagonia’s Synchilla Snap T Pullover fleece is the best fleeces for the beach in our opinion. The fleece has a classic relaxed cut that has a timeless look for a walk on the beach or evening bonfire. It’s a double-sided fleece that provides plenty of warmth while remaining soft and comfortable.
No matter what you will need a beach bag when heading to the beach. This is to throw in anything like towels, a book, a speaker, sunglasses, snacks, and sunscreen. As full-time travelers, we often use our daypacks for trips to the beach since a tote is unnecessary.
However, a classic tote that everyone has in their closet is a great option for those on short trips or live close to the beach. They also travel well as they can fold flat and lie in your luggage. For family beach goers I recommend a large yet durable beach tote like this one.
Skin cancer is for real! Don’t forget your SPF when traveling around Greece. We recommend ordering some online before leaving the house as you will need it underneath the sun in the summer.
We highly recommend getting an eco friendly sun cream that does not contain harmful chemicals.
Make sure to protect your eyes from the sun. There are a lot of options for sunglasses and everyone should own at least a pair. It’s best to make sure they do have UV protection for the health of your eyes.
We made our first investment in quality polarized sunglasses with a pair of SMITH Optics Lowdown 2. Truthfully, not everyone needs to invest $150 in a pair of sunglasses, but they do make a huge difference from the crappy $10 ones.
Most hotels will provide you with a towel, but they often aren’t suitable or allowed on the beaches. I like to travel with a microfiber towel because they are light and fold up small, and they also don’t cling on to sand our dirt. Here are a few of our favorite travel towels.
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