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

Should you visit Athens or Abu Dhabi?

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 Athens and Abu Dhabi. 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: Athens or Abu Dhabi?

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.

Abu Dhabi

It doesn't get more "lifestyles of the rich and famous" than a vacation to Abu Dhabi. The federal capital and center of government for the United Arab Emirates is arguably the most modern city in the world.

Abu Dhabi has a population of 1.5 million and provides a home to several oil companies and embassies, but this place is definitely a playground for the world's fanciest tourists. This city has several large projects underway including Yas Island's Formula 1 track and Ferrari theme park.

Note: homosexuality is still outlawed in the UAE with harsh punishments including deportation, fines, jail time or even a death sentence.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best 10-Day Tours in Greece, The Best One Week (7-Day) Tours in Greece, The Best Budget Tours to United Arab Emirates, and The Best Tours for Seniors to United Arab Emirates.


Which place is cheaper, Abu Dhabi or Athens?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Athens is €127, while the average daily cost in Abu Dhabi is €153. 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 Athens and Abu Dhabi in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Athens 63
    Abu Dhabi 92
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Athens 126
    Abu Dhabi 184
Compare Hotels in Athens and Abu Dhabi

Looking for a hotel in Athens or Abu Dhabi? 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 Athens


Hotels in Abu Dhabi


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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: Athens Hotel Prices and Abu Dhabi Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Athens 27
    Abu Dhabi 18
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Athens

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


  • Airport Bus for Two
    6.40
  • Metro
    1.50
  • Metro
    2.00
  • Metro from Airport to City Center
    8.00
  • Taxi from Airport
    35

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Athens

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

  • Bus Transfer to/from Argos: $14
  • Private Transfer from Piraeus Port and Hotels to Athens: $22
  • Athens Hotels To Piraeus Port-Hotels Luxury Transfer Services: $22
  • Private transfer between Athens hotels and Piraeus Port: $22
  • From Athens Airport: 1-Way Private Transfer to Rafina Port: $24
  • Santorini Private Transfer: $24
  • Mercedes Private Transfer Athens - Piraeus: $24
  • Athens Private Transfer Service: Athens Hotel To / From Piraeus Port : $25
  • Private Transfer from Athens City Center to Piraeus Port: $25
  • Piraeus Port: Private One-Way Transfer to Athens City Center: $26
  • Private Transfer from Athens City to Piraeus Port: $26
  • Piraeus port to Athens hotels Private arrival transfer: $27

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Abu Dhabi

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Abu Dhabi are as follows:


  • Car Rental
    29
  • Taxi to Airport
    13

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Abu Dhabi

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Abu Dhabi:

  • Warner Bro's with Private Transfers from Dubai: $279
  • Private Transfer from Jebel Dhanna Resort to Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH): $274
  • Private Transfer from Talal Liwa to Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH): $274
  • Private Transfer from Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH) to Talal Liwa: $274
  • Private Transfer from Qasr Al Sarab to Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH): $274
  • Private Transfer from Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH) to Qasr Al Sarab: $274
  • Private Transfer from Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH) to Sharjah: $274
  • Ferrari world & Warner bros. parks with transfer from Dubai: $250
  • IMG World of Adventure with Sharing Transfers from Abu Dhabi: $250
  • Transfer from Abu Dhabi to Dubai or Vice Versa: $242
  • Abu Dhabi Helicopter Ride with optional Private Transfers: $222
  • Warner Bros World Ticket's -Abu Dhabi Without Transfer: $220

Is it cheaper to fly into Athens or Abu Dhabi?

Prices for flights to both Abu Dhabi and Athens 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
    Athens 37
    Abu Dhabi 42
Typical Food Prices in Athens

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


  • Ice cream
    3.00
  • Souvlaki
    2.20

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

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Abu Dhabi

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Abu Dhabi.

  • Abu Dhabi Desert Safari With BBQ Dinner & Live Shows: $49
  • Abu Dhabi Desert Safari With Live Shows And BBQ Buffet Dinner: $60
  • Abu Dhabi Evening Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner and all Camp Activities : $72
  • Desert Safari Abu Dhabi w/ Sand Boarding, Camel Ride & BBQ Dinner: $75
  • Abu Dhabi Desert Safari (Dune Bashing, BBQ Dinner, Camel Ride & Sand Skii): $80
  • Abu Dhabi Desert Safari 4x4, BBQ Dinner, Camel Ride: $81
  • Abu Dhabi Evening Desert Safari with Camel Ride and Dinner: $84
  • Buffet Dinner Cruise including Transfer from Abu Dhabi: $93
  • Abu Dhabi desert Safari with BBQ Dinner , Camel Ride , Bally Dance : $95
  • 4x4 Desert Safari Abu Dhabi with BBQ Dinner: $96
  • Abu Dhabi Desert Safari For 6-Hour Include BBQ Dinner: $100
  • Overnight Safari Abu Dhabi ,Belly Dance ,Camel Ride ,Henna Painting ,BBQ Dinner: $130

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Athens 36
    Abu Dhabi 37

Tours and Activities in Athens

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

  • Self-guided First Discovery Walk and Reading Tour: $3.21
  • Self Guided Tour In Athens With 100 Captivating Audio Stories: $3.29
  • Exclusive Self-Guided Audio Tour into Byzantine Gems: $4.60
  • Ancient Athens Quest Experience: $4.83
  • Ancient Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & Tour: $4.87
  • A Neoclassical Capital: A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $5.50
  • 360 Virtual tour of Ancient Athens: $6.00
  • Herakleidon Museum of Ancient Greek Technology: Entry Ticket: $6.42
  • Private Audio Guided Walking Tour in Athens: $6.60
  • The Best of Piraeus: A Self-Guided Walking Tour: $6.99
  • Ancient Agora of Athens Self-Guided Audio Tour: $6.99
  • Greece: Tourist eSIM Data Plan: $7.29

Tours and Activities in Abu Dhabi

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Abu Dhabi are as follows:

  • Abu Dhabi Louvre Museum Entrance Ticket: $41
  • Abu Dhabi Tour-Sheik Zayed Mosque, Emirates Palace With Louvre Musuem: $115
  • Falcon Hospital Tour with Transportation : $101
  • Full Day Abu Dhabi City & Louvre Museum Tour: $90
  • Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi Ticket: $31
  • Private Full-Day Tour in Abu Dhabi: $234
  • 2 Days 2 Park- Ferrari World +Yas Waterworld Or Warner Bros World Combo Tickets: $155
  • 4 Hour Cultural Tour of Abu Dhabi - Private Tour: $160
  • 45 minutes Yas Experience: $42
  • 8 Hour Ticket/Pass For Yas Water World In Dubai.: $103
  • Abu Dhabi City Tour: $186
  • Abu Dhabi City Tour: $95

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Athens 23
    Abu Dhabi 12

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 Athens and Abu Dhabi, we can see that Abu Dhabi is more expensive. And not only is Athens much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Athens is in Europe and Abu Dhabi is in Middle East, 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 Athens would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Athens 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 Abu Dhabi would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Abu Dhabi than you might in Athens.

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


Which is Bigger, Athens or Abu Dhabi?

Athens has a larger population, and is about 21% larger than the population of Abu Dhabi. When comparing the sizes of Athens and Abu Dhabi, 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 Athens or Abu Dhabi?

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

Should I visit Athens or Abu Dhabi in the Summer?

Both Abu Dhabi and Athens during the summer are popular places to visit. Many travelers come to Athens for the city activities and the family-friendly experiences. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Abu Dhabi year-round.

Abu Dhabi can become quite hot in the summer. In the summer, Athens is cooler than Abu Dhabi. Typically, the summer temperatures in Athens in July average around 27°C (81°F), and Abu Dhabi averages at about 35°C (95°F).

In Abu Dhabi, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Athens. In the summer, Athens often gets more sunshine than Abu Dhabi. Athens gets 357 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Abu Dhabi receives 331 hours of full sun.

Athens usually gets less rain in July than Abu Dhabi. Athens gets 6 mm (0.2 in) of rain, while Abu Dhabi receives 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Athens 27°C (81°F) 
    Abu Dhabi 35°C (95°F)

Should I visit Athens or Abu Dhabi in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Athens and Abu Dhabi. Many visitors come to Athens in the autumn for the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area. Abu Dhabi attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate.

In October, Athens is generally cooler than Abu Dhabi. Daily temperatures in Athens average around 19°C (67°F), and Abu Dhabi fluctuates around 29°C (84°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Abu Dhabi this time of the year. In Athens, it's very sunny this time of the year. Athens usually receives less sunshine than Abu Dhabi during autumn. Athens gets 206 hours of sunny skies, while Abu Dhabi receives 314 hours of full sun in the autumn.

In October, Athens usually receives more rain than Abu Dhabi. Athens gets 48 mm (1.9 in) of rain, while Abu Dhabi receives 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Athens 19°C (67°F) 
    Abu Dhabi 29°C (84°F)

Should I visit Athens or Abu Dhabi in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Athens as well as Abu Dhabi. Most visitors come to Athens for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine during these months. The warm climate attracts visitors to Abu Dhabi throughout the year.

Athens is much colder than Abu Dhabi in the winter. The daily temperature in Athens averages around 10°C (51°F) in January, and Abu Dhabi fluctuates around 18°C (64°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Abu Dhabi. In the winter, Athens often gets less sunshine than Abu Dhabi. Athens gets 143 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Abu Dhabi receives 269 hours of full sun.

Athens usually gets more rain in January than Abu Dhabi. Athens gets 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain, while Abu Dhabi receives 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Athens 10°C (51°F) 
    Abu Dhabi 18°C (64°F)

Should I visit Athens or Abu Dhabi in the Spring?

Both Abu Dhabi and Athens are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities. The spring months attract visitors to Athens because of the activities around the city and the natural beauty. Plenty of visitors come to Abu Dhabi because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year.

In the spring, Athens is much colder than Abu Dhabi. Typically, the spring temperatures in Athens in April average around 16°C (60°F), and Abu Dhabi averages at about 27°C (81°F).

It's quite sunny in Abu Dhabi. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Athens. Athens usually receives less sunshine than Abu Dhabi during spring. Athens gets 226 hours of sunny skies, while Abu Dhabi receives 297 hours of full sun in the spring.

In April, Athens usually receives more rain than Abu Dhabi. Athens gets 25 mm (1 in) of rain, while Abu Dhabi receives 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Athens 16°C (60°F) 
    Abu Dhabi 27°C (81°F)

Typical Weather for Abu Dhabi and Athens

Athens Abu Dhabi
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 10°C (51°F) 45 mm (1.8 in) 18°C (64°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Feb 11°C (51°F) 48 mm (1.9 in) 20°C (68°F) 20 mm (0.8 in)
Mar 12°C (54°F) 44 mm (1.7 in) 23°C (73°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Apr 16°C (60°F) 25 mm (1 in) 27°C (81°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
May 20°C (68°F) 14 mm (0.6 in) 31°C (88°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Jun 24°C (76°F) 6 mm (0.2 in) 33°C (91°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Jul 27°C (81°F) 6 mm (0.2 in) 35°C (95°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Aug 27°C (81°F) 8 mm (0.3 in) 36°C (97°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Sep 24°C (76°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 33°C (91°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Oct 19°C (67°F) 48 mm (1.9 in) 29°C (84°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Nov 16°C (60°F) 51 mm (2 in) 25°C (77°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Dec 12°C (54°F) 66 mm (2.6 in) 21°C (70°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)