A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Amman vs. Athens for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Amman or Athens?

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

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Amman and Athens. We'll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Where Should I go: Amman or Athens?

Amman

Amman is the largest city in of the Hashemite Kingdom of the country of Jordan. It is also the capital city of Jordan and has a population of over four million people. Many people use Amman as a base for venturing out into the rest of Jordan and other surrounding countries. There are many things to see and do in Amman.

Athens

Athens is the capital city of Greece and is home to a population of over 3.7 million people. It's most famous as the birthplace of Classical Greece and the history in the city is incomparable to that found anywhere. It became the national capital of the modern Greek State in the 1830s, before which it was just a small village with a very impressive history. The city was redesigned by architects and city planners and incorporated large public squares, lots of green space, and wide avenues. The city has had its ups and downs both economically and politically, but it remains a beautiful and impressive place to explore.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Luxury Tours to Jordan, The Best Budget Tours to Jordan, The Best 10-Day Tours in Greece, and The Best One Week (7-Day) Tours in Greece.


Which place is cheaper, Athens or Amman?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Amman is $110, while the average daily cost in Athens is $137. 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 Amman and Athens in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Amman $49
    Athens $68
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Amman $98
    Athens $136
Compare Hotels in Amman and Athens

Looking for a hotel in Amman or Athens? 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 Amman


Hotels in Athens


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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: Amman Hotel Prices and Athens Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Amman $24
    Athens $29
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Amman

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Amman:


  • Bus Ride (for Two)
    $0.71
  • RIde to Airport
    $28

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Amman

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

  • Private Transfer to Aqaba from Amman or Queen Alia Airport: $359
  • Wadi Rum transfer from - to Amman: $323
  • Transfer to Petra from Amman /Amman Airport: $290
  • Amman Private Transfer To Tel Aviv: $275
  • Amman Or Airport Private Transfer To Petra By Kings Way: $260
  • Queen Alia International Airport Transfers To Amman, Petra.: $257
  • transfers Queen Alia Airport or Amman from/to Petra: $242
  • Private Transfer from Amman to Petra: $240
  • Private Transfer from Amman Queen Alia Airport to Hotel in Petra: $233
  • Amman Or Amman Airport Private Transfer To Aqaba, Jordan: $225
  • Amman Or Amman Airport Private Transfer To Wadi Rum, Jordan: $225
  • Petra Full Day Tour with Hotel Transfer: $204

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Athens

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Athens:


  • Airport Bus for Two
    $6.88
  • Metro
    $1.61
  • Metro
    $2.15
  • Metro from Airport to City Center
    $8.61
  • Taxi from Airport
    $38

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Athens

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

  • Vip Transfer From/To Piraeus Port - Athens Airport: $275
  • Vip Transfer From/To Athens Center - Rafina Port : $220
  • Vip Transfer From /To Athens Center - Athens Airport : $220
  • VIP High Class Limos & Chauffeurs Transfer to Athens: $66
  • VIP Ferry Ticket from Piraeus Port To Mykonos & Private Transfer included: $252
  • VIP Ferry Ticket From Piraeus Port To Santorini & Private Transfer Included: $252
  • Try find your better than us ! Airport transfer service in Athens HTL-APT (ATH): $63
  • Transfers and Guided Tours in all over Greece, sightseeing and Private hire!!: $94
  • Transfer from/to Piraeus Port and Athens city centre hotel: $41
  • Transfer from/to Piraeus Port and Athens International Airport: $143
  • Transfer from/to Athens International Airport to city centre: $139
  • Transfer from RAFINA PORT to ALL ATHENS & PIRAEUS HOTELS, up to 8 customers: $160

Is it cheaper to fly into Amman or Athens?

Prices for flights to both Athens and Amman 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
    Amman $34
    Athens $40
Typical Food Prices in Amman

For Amman, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Pastries
    $4.23
  • Tea
    $5.64

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Amman

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

  • Amman:Home resturant lunch and dinner: $37
  • Private Madaba Haret Jdoudna Restaurant Lunch or Dinner from Amman: $90
  • Private Jordan Heritage Restaurant Lunch or Dinner Experience : $109
  • Half Day Cooking Class Experience with Amman Panoramic Tour: $113
  • Private Jordan Heritage Restaurant Lunch or Dinner with Wine Experience : $173

Typical Food Prices in Athens

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Athens:


  • Ice cream
    $3.23
  • Souvlaki
    $2.37

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Athens

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

  • Hard Rock Cafe Athens with Set Menu for Lunch or Dinner: $24
  • Street Food Tour Market & City Centre: $42
  • Athens Cooking Lesson - with RICH Dinner: $48
  • Greek Street Food Tour: $54
  • Athens walking and tasting food tour.: $54
  • "A Night in Dinner and Music Under the Stars": $59
  • Greek Spirits & Meze, Food Tour in Athens: $63
  • Greek Traditional Vegan Cooking Class with Meal: $63
  • Street Food Tour with 7 Tastings: $65
  • Eat like an Athenian food tour of Athens: $65
  • Greek Traditional Vegan Cooking Classes in Athina: $65
  • Athens Street Food Tour: Taste the best streed food: $67

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Amman $32
    Athens $38

Tours and Activities in Amman

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

  • From Amman :Private day tour to Jerash and Ajloun: $81
  • Full Day Tour in Baptism Site, Mount Nebo and Madaba: $85
  • Tour to the hidden Kingdom of the north: $300
  • 01 Day Tour to Dead Sea From Amman: $220
  • 1 Day Tour to Amman Jerash and Ajloun castle : $215
  • 1 Day Tour: Amman and Jerash: $176
  • 1-Day Tour: Amman and Dead Sea: $161
  • 2 Day Private Tour to Petra and Wadi Rum from Amman : $215
  • 2 Days - 1 Night Ma'in Hot Springs Private Tour From Amman: $150
  • 2 Days Group Tour From Petra Wadi Rum Aqaba Dead sea: $323
  • 2 Days Petra & Wadi Rum Tour from and to Amman: $232
  • 2 Days Tour of Petra, Wadi Rum, and Dead Sea from Amman: $245

Tours and Activities in Athens

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Athens.

  • Ancient Corinth Canal Epidavrous Nafplio Private Tour 8Hours: $207
  • Athens Gems & Charms for the First Time Cruiser: $76
  • Athens Private Day Tour Best place to visit: $275
  • Best of Athens & Ancient Corinth Full Day Private Tour 8h: $198
  • Delphi full day V.R audio guided tour with entry ticket: $53
  • EPIDAURUS & NAFPLIO : Private Full Day Tour From Athens 6 Hours : $174
  • Layover Private Tour in Athens: $248
  • Private Full Day Tour in Delphi: $200
  • Private Tour in Athens : $193
  • Self-Guided Tour at the Romantic Island of Hydra from Athens: $286
  • Shared Tour from Delphi Oracle to Ancient Corinth Saint Paul: $198
  • Traditional Villages Full day Tour in Santorini: $59

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Amman $14
    Athens $24

Sample the Local Flavors in Amman

Also in Amman, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Private Wine Tasting Tour in Amman: $64

Sample the Local Flavors in Athens

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

  • Polykala Distillery showroom. A125 years of history along with liqueur tasting.: $15
  • Liquer tasting in Polykala's Distillery Show Room in Athens: $18
  • Pub Crawl with Unlimited Drinks, Free Shots & Deals: $19
  • Sunday Night Bar Crawl in Athens, Greece: $20
  • Greek Wine Tasting: $23
  • Saturday Night Bar Crawl in Athens, Greece: $25
  • Greek Wine Tasting Experience with a Sommelier: $43
  • Old Town Wine Tasting: $52
  • Best rated Acropolis Wine Tasting : $54
  • Greek Wine Tasting with Acropolis view: $54
  • 2 Hours Wine Tasting Odyssey in Athens: $54
  • Greek food and wine tasting: $54


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

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


Which is Bigger, Amman or Athens?

Amman has a larger population, and is about 75% larger than the population of Athens. When comparing the sizes of Amman and Athens, 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 Amman or Athens?

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

Should I visit Amman or Athens in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Amman and Athens. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Amman year-round. Also, the city activities and the family-friendly experiences are the main draw to Athens this time of year.

In the summer, Amman is around the same temperature as Athens. Typically, the summer temperatures in Amman in July average around 25°C (77°F), and Athens averages at about 27°C (81°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Athens this time of the year. In Amman, it's very sunny this time of the year. Amman usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Athens during summer. Amman gets 364 hours of sunny skies, while Athens receives 357 hours of full sun in the summer.

In July, Amman usually receives more rain than Athens. Amman gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Athens receives 6 mm (0.2 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Amman 25°C (77°F) 
    Athens 27°C (81°F)

Should I visit Amman or Athens in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Amman as well as Athens. Amman attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate. Also, many travelers come to Athens for the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area.

In October, Amman is generally around the same temperature as Athens. Daily temperatures in Amman average around 20°C (68°F), and Athens fluctuates around 19°C (67°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Athens. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Amman this time of the year. In the autumn, Amman often gets more sunshine than Athens. Amman gets 274 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Athens receives 206 hours of full sun.

Amman usually gets less rain in October than Athens. Amman gets 26 mm (1 in) of rain, while Athens receives 48 mm (1.9 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Amman 20°C (68°F) 
    Athens 19°C (67°F)

Should I visit Amman or Athens in the Winter?

Both Athens and Amman are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities. The warm climate attracts visitors to Amman throughout the year. Also, many visitors come to Athens in the winter for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine.

Amman is cooler than Athens in the winter. The daily temperature in Amman averages around 8°C (46°F) in January, and Athens fluctuates around 10°C (51°F).

Amman usually receives more sunshine than Athens during winter. Amman gets 184 hours of sunny skies, while Athens receives 143 hours of full sun in the winter.

It's quite rainy in Amman. In January, Amman usually receives more rain than Athens. Amman gets 149 mm (5.9 in) of rain, while Athens receives 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Amman 8°C (46°F) 
    Athens 10°C (51°F)

Should I visit Amman or Athens in the Spring?

Both Athens and Amman during the spring are popular places to visit. Plenty of visitors come to Amman because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year. Furthermore, most visitors come to Athens for the activities around the city and the natural beauty during these months.

In the spring, Amman is around the same temperature as Athens. Typically, the spring temperatures in Amman in April average around 16°C (61°F), and Athens averages at about 16°C (60°F).

In Athens, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Amman. In the spring, Amman often gets more sunshine than Athens. Amman gets 269 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Athens receives 226 hours of full sun.

Amman usually gets less rain in April than Athens. Amman gets 23 mm (0.9 in) of rain, while Athens receives 25 mm (1 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Amman 16°C (61°F) 
    Athens 16°C (60°F)

Typical Weather for Athens and Amman

Amman Athens
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 8°C (46°F) 149 mm (5.9 in) 10°C (51°F) 45 mm (1.8 in)
Feb 9°C (48°F) 98 mm (3.9 in) 11°C (51°F) 48 mm (1.9 in)
Mar 12°C (54°F) 62 mm (2.4 in) 12°C (54°F) 44 mm (1.7 in)
Apr 16°C (61°F) 23 mm (0.9 in) 16°C (60°F) 25 mm (1 in)
May 21°C (70°F) 3 mm (0.1 in) 20°C (68°F) 14 mm (0.6 in)
Jun 24°C (75°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 24°C (76°F) 6 mm (0.2 in)
Jul 25°C (77°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 27°C (81°F) 6 mm (0.2 in)
Aug 25°C (77°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 27°C (81°F) 8 mm (0.3 in)
Sep 24°C (75°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 24°C (76°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Oct 20°C (68°F) 26 mm (1 in) 19°C (67°F) 48 mm (1.9 in)
Nov 14°C (57°F) 68 mm (2.7 in) 16°C (60°F) 51 mm (2 in)
Dec 10°C (50°F) 138 mm (5.4 in) 12°C (54°F) 66 mm (2.6 in)