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

Should you visit Athens or Beirut?

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 Beirut. 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 Beirut?

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.

Beirut

Some travelers are seeking the hustle, bustle and posh atmosphere that only comes from a big city. Those travelers should have Beirut, Lebanon at the top of their list. The capital city is jam packed with 2.1 million people that are constantly on the go. As the commercial and financial hub of Lebanon, this city is fast-paced, fashion conscious and always ready for a night on the town.

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


Which place is cheaper, Beirut 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 Beirut is €2.07. 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 Beirut in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Athens 63
    Beirut 1.16
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Athens 126
    Beirut 2.32
Compare Hotels in Athens and Beirut

Looking for a hotel in Athens or Beirut? 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 Beirut


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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 Beirut Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Athens 27
    Beirut 0.41
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:

  • 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: $140
  • Transfer from RAFINA PORT to ALL ATHENS & PIRAEUS HOTELS, up to 8 customers: $160

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Beirut

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

  • Beirut Airport Transfer in a Limousine: $201
  • Hiking Day Trip to Chouwen Lake with Hotel Transfers: $86
  • Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Beirut International Airport: $18
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Beirut International Airport to Hotel: $18
  • Beirut Airport one Way Private Transfer to the hotel: $15
  • Beirut Arrival Airport Transfer: $13
  • Departure Transfer:From Hotel To Beirut-Rafic Hariri International Airport (BEY): $10
  • BEY Airport to Hotel, Private Arrival Transfer: $10
  • Airport Arrival Transfer to Your Beirut Hotel: $10
  • Private Transfer from Beirut Hotels to the Beirut Airport: $10
  • Beirut Arrival Airport Transfer Pickup: $9.89

Is it cheaper to fly into Athens or Beirut?

Prices for flights to both Beirut 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
    Beirut 0.65
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: $34
  • Athens Cooking Lesson - with RICH Dinner: $48
  • Athens walking and tasting food tour.: $54
  • Greek Street 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 Beirut

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

  • Authentic Lebanese Virtual Cooking Class Live from Lebanon: $30
  • Traveling Spoon Lebanese Mezze Private Online Cooking Class : $40
  • Motorbike Tour with Local Street Food Dinner: $50
  • Private, Traditional Lebanese Cooking Class with a Contemporary Twist: $72
  • Beirut Street Food Tour, Lebanon: $77
  • Beirut Street Food Tour, Lebanon: $93
  • Authentic Lebanese Cooking Lesson and Meal with Tania's Family in Beirut: $100

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Athens 36
    Beirut 0.24

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

Tours and Activities in Beirut

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

  • 3 Hours ATV Rental Guided Tour in Nature: $130
  • 3 days tour package : Jeita grotto-Byblos-Baalbek & Beirut tour: $295
  • 3-Day Tour of Beirut with Pick Up: $250
  • ATV (2 Seat) Full Day Off-Road Tour & Scenic Adventure: $150
  • All in 1 Lebanon Local Multi day Tour, 3 days: $299
  • Baalback Roman temples tour: $128
  • Baalbek Tour: $111
  • Baalbek, Anjar & Ksara: Private Tour Through Lebanon's Treasures: $65
  • Baalbek, Anjar and Ksara Group Tour: $95
  • Baalbek, Anjar and Ksara Guided Full-Day Tour from Beirut: $90
  • Beirut 3 museums + mini walking tour: $50
  • Beirut : Must-See Attractions Walking Tour With Guide: $67

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Athens 23
    Beirut 0.21

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
  • Premium Wine Tastings: $36
  • Greek Wine Tasting Experience with a Sommelier: $43
  • Old Town Wine Tasting under the Acropolis: $53
  • Best rated Acropolis Wine Tasting : $54
  • Greek Wine Tasting with Acropolis view: $54
  • 2 Hours Wine Tasting Odyssey in Athens: $54

Sample the Local Flavors in Beirut

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

  • Full-Day Private Wine Tasting Tour: $56
  • Private Wine Tasting Day Tour from Beirut: $60
  • Budget Wine Tasting Tour at the Bekaa Valley Wineries: $60
  • Byblos & Chateau Musar: History and Wine Tour: $65
  • Wine Tasting and Culture : $69
  • Wine Tasting and Hiking in the Cedars forest : $69
  • Half-Day Private Chateau Musar and Ixsir Wine Tour from Beirut: $81
  • Private Full-Day Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch from Beirut: $82
  • Fabulous Wine Tour in Central Bekaa Valley: $88
  • From Full Day Wine Tasting in the Bekaa Valley Tour: $90
  • Full-Day Private Wine Tasting Tour to Chateau Musar and Ixsir Winery: $100
  • Private tour to Jeita Grotto with Wine Tasting in Faqra Ruins: $110


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Athens and Beirut, we can see that Athens is more expensive. And not only is Beirut much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Athens is in Europe and Beirut 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 Beirut would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Beirut 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 Beirut.

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


Which is Bigger, Athens or Beirut?

Beirut has a larger population, and is about 3 times larger than the population of Athens. When comparing the sizes of Athens and Beirut, 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 Beirut?

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

Should I visit Athens or Beirut in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Athens and Beirut. The summer months attract visitors to Athens because of the city activities and the family-friendly experiences. Beirut attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate.

In July, Athens is generally around the same temperature as Beirut. Daily temperatures in Athens average around 27°C (81°F), and Beirut fluctuates around 27°C (81°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Beirut this time of the year. In Athens, it's very sunny this time of the year. Athens usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Beirut during summer. Athens gets 357 hours of sunny skies, while Beirut receives 369 hours of full sun in the summer.

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


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Athens 27°C (81°F) 
    Beirut 27°C (81°F)

Should I visit Athens or Beirut in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Athens as well as Beirut. The city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area are the main draw to Athens this time of year. The warm climate attracts visitors to Beirut throughout the year.

Athens is cooler than Beirut in the autumn. The daily temperature in Athens averages around 19°C (67°F) in October, and Beirut fluctuates around 25°C (77°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Beirut. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Athens this time of the year. In the autumn, Athens often gets less sunshine than Beirut. Athens gets 206 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Beirut receives 254 hours of full sun.

Athens usually gets less rain in October than Beirut. Athens gets 48 mm (1.9 in) of rain, while Beirut receives 60 mm (2.4 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Athens 19°C (67°F) 
    Beirut 25°C (77°F)

Should I visit Athens or Beirut in the Winter?

Both Beirut and Athens are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities. Many travelers come to Athens for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine. Plenty of visitors come to Beirut because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year.

In the winter, Athens is cooler than Beirut. Typically, the winter temperatures in Athens in January average around 10°C (51°F), and Beirut averages at about 13°C (55°F).

Athens usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Beirut during winter. Athens gets 143 hours of sunny skies, while Beirut receives 149 hours of full sun in the winter.

It rains a lot this time of the year in Beirut. In January, Athens usually receives less rain than Beirut. Athens gets 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain, while Beirut receives 130 mm (5.1 in) of rain each month for the winter.


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

Should I visit Athens or Beirut in the Spring?

Both Beirut and Athens during the spring are popular places to visit. Many visitors come to Athens in the spring for the activities around the city and the natural beauty. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Beirut year-round.

In April, Athens is generally around the same temperature as Beirut. Daily temperatures in Athens average around 16°C (60°F), and Beirut fluctuates around 17°C (63°F).

In Beirut, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Athens. In the spring, Athens often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Beirut. Athens gets 226 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Beirut receives 225 hours of full sun.

Athens usually gets less rain in April than Beirut. Athens gets 25 mm (1 in) of rain, while Beirut receives 50 mm (2 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Athens 16°C (60°F) 
    Beirut 17°C (63°F)

Typical Weather for Beirut and Athens

Athens Beirut
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 10°C (51°F) 45 mm (1.8 in) 13°C (55°F) 130 mm (5.1 in)
Feb 11°C (51°F) 48 mm (1.9 in) 13°C (55°F) 110 mm (4.3 in)
Mar 12°C (54°F) 44 mm (1.7 in) 15°C (59°F) 60 mm (2.4 in)
Apr 16°C (60°F) 25 mm (1 in) 17°C (63°F) 50 mm (2 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) 25°C (77°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Jul 27°C (81°F) 6 mm (0.2 in) 27°C (81°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Aug 27°C (81°F) 8 mm (0.3 in) 28°C (82°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Sep 24°C (76°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 27°C (81°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Oct 19°C (67°F) 48 mm (1.9 in) 25°C (77°F) 60 mm (2.4 in)
Nov 16°C (60°F) 51 mm (2 in) 19°C (66°F) 50 mm (2 in)
Dec 12°C (54°F) 66 mm (2.6 in) 15°C (59°F) 130 mm (5.1 in)