Travel Cost Comparison USA vs. Greece

USA or Greece: which country is more expensive?

This comparison of travel costs between Greece and the USA examines average prices across multiple categories. Please visit each country's individual budget page for more detailed information.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
    USA $227
    Greece $122
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    USA $108
    Greece $65
  • Food Meals for one day
    USA $42
    Greece $31
  • Water Bottled water for one day
    USA $14
    Greece $2.64
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    USA $37
    Greece $25
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    USA $51
    Greece $16
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    USA $18
    Greece $12
Should you visit the USA or Greece?
For many Americans, cost is a limiting factor when you decide whether you should travel internationally. Surprisingly, if you travel independently abroad, it is often more affordable than traveling within the United States. Once you arriving in a country like Greece, there are a wide variety of budget options, from hostels to affordable hotels, that can help keep your costs in check. Even if you want higher end accommodation, deals are available.

Traveling internationally offers a unique perspective on the world. Greece is a top tourist destination in Europe, and it is a great place to visit for its history, food, and natural beauty. Greece has beautiful islands, interesting towns, and a unique history that makes it a favorite among all types of travelers. Whether you're looking for great museums or a vibrant nightlife scene, Greece will likely not disappoint.

Although the cheap prices of years past are long gone, it's still possible to visit Greece without spending too much. There are hostels in the larger cities, and if you get away from the major tourist areas you'll likely find some affordable restaurants. If beaches and blue waters are your thing, then Greece is a great option.
When is the best time to visit the USA and Greece?
Yosemite Valley Yosemite Valley
Like much of Mediterranean Europe, Greece is best visited during the late spring/early summer and fall months. If you time your travels well, you can avoid the peak season travel costs and the crowds that flood the area during the summer months. Temperatures are also cooler during these times making the experience more enjoyable.

During the winter months, Greece can be a bit difficult to visit because there are far less ferries traveling between islands and many restaurants and hotels close for the season. Also take note that hotels can fill up quickly during the week of Easter, particularly in and around Athens.

If you decide to explore the United States, it's important to note that it is a vast country that covers a wide variety of landscapes and climates. You can really find somewhere to visit any time of the year. The southern United States and parts of California are lovely places to visit during the colder winter months. Many cities also have interesting holiday decorations if you're planning to be in the country during that time. Summer months can become very hot in the south, but the northern states are quite pleasant, even during the hottest months. In general, national parks are most crowded during the summer months.
Why is the USA more expensive than Greece?
In general, the US is an expensive place to visit. The high cost of living and the vast size mean that transportation costs can be quite expensive. If you really want to see a lot of the country, flying is really your best option. Amtrak is the most well known train system, but it is limited in where it goes and prices are quite high. If you want to explore the country's impressive national park network, a rental car is a must.

Hotels in the United States are also quite expensive. There are very few hostels throughout the country, particularly when compared to European countries like Greece, so accommodation prices can be more than you might expect. If you're driving, there is an extensive network of budget hotels along the interstates so prices between cities can be reasonable.

The cost of living in Greece is cheaper than in the US, so everything from food costs to transportation costs is more more affordable. Greece's smaller size also means that you can explore the country in depth without the long trips and great expenses that you US requires.
What are the most expensive and cheapest cities and regions in the USA and Greece?
Corfu, Greece Corfu, Greece
In the United States, the larger cities are some of the most expensive places to visit. New York City and San Francisco are notoriously expensive because of their high hotel costs and expensive restaurants. Still, there are plenty of affordable restaurants in these larger cities so it is possible to save some money. There is also plenty of free entertainment in larger cities, which can help you keep costs down.

In Greece, popular island destinations like Mykonos and Santorini are usually more expensive than Athens. Hotels and hostels are pricier, as are restaurants. Cruises more frequently visit these islands as well, which can drive up the price of food and shopping. While cruise passengers do visit Athens, the city is quite large, so their impact on pricing is still minimal. Traveling to and from the Greek Isles can also be expensive, increasing the entire price of your trip.
How you can save money when visiting the USA and Greece?
Travel during the shoulder seasons of fall and spring. Prices in Greece are heavily impacted by the season, so choose your timing wisely if you want to get the most bang for you buck. Prices inevitably climb during the peak summer months, temperatures can become uncomfortably hot, and crowds are at their peak.

Spend some time walking around the city or town you're in. Take advantage of the area's natural beauty and free activities, so you don't spend too much money on entertainment costs.

Stay with a local. It's possible in some places to rent a room in someone's home. This can be a fun and interesting way to experience the country so research your options in advance.

Plan a picnic. Restaurants can be pricey so grab some local food at a market or grocery store and find a good place to sit with a view. This is a great way to enjoy local food without spending a fortune.

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