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

Should you visit Athens or Alexandria?

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 Alexandria. 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 Alexandria?

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.

Alexandria

There are few cities in the world with a history as rich, deep, tragic and fascinating than Alexandria, Egypt. Founded by Alexander the Great in 331 BC, Egypt's second largest city has seen the most extreme ups and extreme downs. The city watched the beautiful and iconic Alexandria Lighthouse crumble to the ground after several natural disasters. The Alexandria Library housed their most sacred and historical documents only to be burned to the ground. These structures may be physically gone, but the history remains. Alexandria is a city with an ancient allure that draws in visitors from all over the world. Alexandria is a survivor city ready for a comeback.

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 Luxury Tours to Egypt, and The Best Budget Tours to Egypt.


Which place is cheaper, Alexandria 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 Alexandria is €15. 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 Alexandria in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Athens 63
    Alexandria 7.43
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Athens 126
    Alexandria 15
Compare Hotels in Athens and Alexandria

Looking for a hotel in Athens or Alexandria? 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 Alexandria


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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 Alexandria Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Athens 27
    Alexandria 2.31
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:

  • Athens Airport To Piraeus Port / Hotel Private Luxury Transfer : $44
  • Private Transfer from /to Athens International Airport: $32
  • "Luxurious Transfer": $48
  • Accessible Private Transfer WAV from Athens Airport to Port Rafina: $43
  • Airport Transfer/ Athens Greece: $29
  • Airport Transfer: Athens Airport ATH to Athens by Luxury Car: $134
  • Airport Transfer: Athens to Athens Airport ATH by Business Car: $87
  • Airport Transfer: Athens to Athens Airport ATH by Luxury Car: $134
  • Airport Transfer: Athens to Athens Airport ATH by Luxury Van: $120
  • Arrival Private Transfer from Athens Airport ATH to Athens City by Luxury car: $107
  • Arrival Private Transfer from Athens Piraeus Port to Athens City by Luxury Van: $70
  • Arrival Private Transfer from Athens Rafina Port to Athens City by Business Car: $73

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Alexandria

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


  • Taxi to Train Station
    0.08

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Alexandria

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Alexandria:

  • Private transfer from Alexandria to Luxor: $257
  • From Private Transfer to Luxor: $252
  • Private transfer from Luxor to Alexandria: $243
  • Private Transfer from Alexandria to Cairo in Egypt : $160
  • Pick Up Transfers From Alexandria Borg Al Arab Airport To Cairo: $130
  • From Private One-Way Transfer to Cairo: $75
  • Private Transfer from Alexandria to Cairo : $73
  • Private One Way Transfer from Alexandria Hotels to Cairo and Giza Hotels: $68
  • Private Transfer from Alexandria to Cairo/Giza Hotels or Cairo./Giza to Alexandr: $65
  • Private Transfer around El Nouzha Airport (ALY) in Alexandria: $63
  • Private Pickup Transfer From A Hotel In Alexandria To Borg Al Arab Airport: $50
  • transfer from Alexandria to Cairo airport, Cairo & Giza hotels: $45

Is it cheaper to fly into Athens or Alexandria?

Prices for flights to both Alexandria 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
    Alexandria 6.00
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 Alexandria

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

  • Half-Day Food Tour in Alexandria, Egypt: $35
  • Food Tour in Alexandria for Lunch or Dinner in The Best Restaurants: $45
  • Alexandria Food Tour: $50
  • Private Food Tour in Alexandria for Lunch or Dinner : $80
  • From Giza: Sound&light show, Giza pyramids and Dinner on the Nile: $94

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Athens 36
    Alexandria 3.25

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
  • Ancient Agora of Athens Self-Guided Audio Tour: $6.99
  • The Best of Piraeus: A Self-Guided Walking Tour: $6.99
  • Greece: Tourist eSIM Data Plan: $7.29

Tours and Activities in Alexandria

Here are a few actual costs in Alexandria for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • National Museum and Egyptian museum Private Tour in Egypt: $258
  • Overnight Tour To Cairo from Alexandria Port: $270
  • 10-Hour Historical Pyramids Tour from Alexandria Port: $130
  • 2 Day Tour Visit the Top Attractions of Alexandria City: $155
  • 6-Hour Day Tour in Alexandria: $95
  • Alamein full day tour from Alexandria: $95
  • Alexandria : Rosetta Day Tour from Alexandria: $117
  • Alexandria : Tour to WadiElNatroun Monastery from Alexandria: $135
  • Alexandria By Night Private Tour By Horse Carriage Ride And Free Walking Tour: $55
  • Alexandria By Night Private Tour By Horse Carriage Ride And Free Walking Tour : $55
  • Alexandria Day Tour: $60
  • Alexandria Day Tour Visit the Tob attractions of Alexandria City: $40

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Athens 23
    Alexandria 1.25

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 Alexandria, we can see that Athens is more expensive. And not only is Alexandria much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Athens is in Europe and Alexandria is in Africa, 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 Alexandria would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Alexandria 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 Alexandria.

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


Which is Bigger, Athens or Alexandria?

Alexandria has a larger population, and is about 5 times larger than the population of Athens. When comparing the sizes of Athens and Alexandria, 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 Alexandria?

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

Should I visit Athens or Alexandria in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Athens as well as Alexandria. Many travelers come to Athens for the city activities and the family-friendly experiences. The warm climate attracts visitors to Alexandria throughout the year.

Athens is around the same temperature as Alexandria in the summer. The daily temperature in Athens averages around 27°C (81°F) in July, and Alexandria fluctuates around 26°C (79°F).

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


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Athens 27°C (81°F) 
    Alexandria 26°C (79°F)

Should I visit Athens or Alexandria in the Autumn?

Both Alexandria and Athens are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities. 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. Plenty of visitors come to Alexandria because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year.

In the autumn, Athens is cooler than Alexandria. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Athens in October average around 19°C (67°F), and Alexandria averages at about 22°C (72°F).

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


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Athens 19°C (67°F) 
    Alexandria 22°C (72°F)

Should I visit Athens or Alexandria in the Winter?

Both Alexandria and Athens during the winter are popular places to visit. Most visitors come to Athens for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine during these months. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Alexandria year-round.

In January, Athens is generally cooler than Alexandria. Daily temperatures in Athens average around 10°C (51°F), and Alexandria fluctuates around 13°C (55°F).

Athens usually gets less rain in January than Alexandria. Athens gets 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain, while Alexandria receives 50 mm (2 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Athens 10°C (51°F) 
    Alexandria 13°C (55°F)

Should I visit Athens or Alexandria in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Athens and Alexandria. The spring months attract visitors to Athens because of the activities around the city and the natural beauty. Alexandria attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate.

Athens is cooler than Alexandria in the spring. The daily temperature in Athens averages around 16°C (60°F) in April, and Alexandria fluctuates around 19°C (66°F).

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


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Athens 16°C (60°F) 
    Alexandria 19°C (66°F)

Typical Weather for Alexandria and Athens

Athens Alexandria
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 10°C (51°F) 45 mm (1.8 in) 13°C (55°F) 50 mm (2 in)
Feb 11°C (51°F) 48 mm (1.9 in) 13°C (55°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
Mar 12°C (54°F) 44 mm (1.7 in) 16°C (61°F) 20 mm (0.8 in)
Apr 16°C (60°F) 25 mm (1 in) 19°C (66°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
May 20°C (68°F) 14 mm (0.6 in) 22°C (72°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Jun 24°C (76°F) 6 mm (0.2 in) 23°C (73°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Jul 27°C (81°F) 6 mm (0.2 in) 26°C (79°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Aug 27°C (81°F) 8 mm (0.3 in) 27°C (81°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Sep 24°C (76°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 25°C (77°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Oct 19°C (67°F) 48 mm (1.9 in) 22°C (72°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Nov 16°C (60°F) 51 mm (2 in) 19°C (66°F) 30 mm (1.2 in)
Dec 12°C (54°F) 66 mm (2.6 in) 14°C (57°F) 50 mm (2 in)