Should you visit Aegina or Rhodes?
Should I visit Aegina or Rhodes? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.
The island of Aegina is one of the Saronic Islands of Greece located in the Saronic Gulf. It is named for the mother of the hero Aeacus, who was born on the island and eventually became its king. The legend goes that the god Zeus swept Aegina away from her husband to the island where her son was born-hence the island's name became Aegina.
Rhodes Island is one of the largest and most visited islands in Greece both because of its diversity of sights and its wonderful climate. On the island are some beautiful beaches, well preserved historic sights, and lovely towns. Rhodes City is the capital city on the island of Rhodes and is famous as the former site of the Colossus. Colossus is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world and the oldest inhabited medieval town in Europe. Today Rhodes City has an interesting old town that is surrounded by the medieval wall. Inside you'll find countless souvenir shops and restaurants that cater to tourists. Cruise ships also frequent the island, so it's best visited during the off season when the crowds may be slightly less. You will also find that prices drop when the crowds are thinner and the cruise ships are scarce.
Which city is cheaper, Rhodes or Aegina?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Aegina is €74, while the average daily cost in Rhodes is €108. 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 city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Aegina and Rhodes in more detail.
If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around €34. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Aegina the cost is €68 on average.
Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about €92 for a double occupancy room in Rhodes.
On average, meal and food prices in Aegina cost around €27 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around €11.
While meal prices in Rhodes can vary, the average travelers spends about €38 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Rhodes should cost around €15 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Rhodes is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.
Meals for one day
Typical Food prices in Rhodes
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Rhodes:
Dinner for Two
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Rhodes
Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Rhodes.
Sunset Catamaran Cruise with Dinner:
All Inclusive 3-Hour Sunset Dinner Cruise:
Rhodes Town Night Tour with Dinner and Cruise:
While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around €19 per day to get around in Aegina.
The average price of local transportation around Rhodes is €39 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.
Typical Local Transportation prices in Rhodes
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Rhodes:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Rhodes
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Rhodes:
Private Airport Transfer: from Rhodes to Rhodes Airport (RHO):
Rhodes Private Departure Transfer:
Rhodes Private Departure Transfer to Rhodes Airport:
Diagoras Airport Private Hotel Transfer:
Diagoras Airport Private Hotel Transfer:
Is it cheaper to fly into Aegina or Rhodes?
Prices for flights to both Rhodes and Aegina 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.
Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around €10 per person, per day in Aegina. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.
Rhodes's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around €15 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.
Tours and Activities in Rhodes
Here are a few actual costs in Rhodes for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
Rhodes Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour Bus:
Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour:
Throne of Helios: The History of Rhodes 9D Experience:
Submarine Cruise with Underwater Views from Rhodes:
Hop-on Hop-off Bus and Submarine Tour:
Sunset RIB Cruise with Champagne:
Rhodes North: Off-Road Adventure:
Rhodes Town: RIB Cruise with Snacks and Drinks:
Full-Day 4WD Southern Safari Tour:
Private Walking Tour with a Licensed Guide:
Lindos: Lindos Village and Acropolis Guided Walking Tour:
Rhodes Town and Lindos: Private Minibus Tour:
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Aegina may vary from person to person, on average a person spends €6.86 per day on alcoholic beverages.
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Rhodes may vary from person to person, on average a person spends €9.71 per day on alcoholic beverages.
Sample the Local Flavors in Rhodes
Also in Rhodes, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:
Private Greek Food & Wine Tasting Experience in Rhodes Town:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Aegina and Rhodes, we can see that Rhodes is more expensive. And not only is Aegina much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Aegina would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Aegina 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 Rhodes would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Rhodes than you might in Aegina.
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