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

Should you visit Athens or Buenos Aires, Argentina?

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 Buenos Aires, Argentina. 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 Buenos Aires, Argentina?

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.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires, federal capital of Argentina, also known as "The City of Tango", is best known for its energetic and unpredictable character. Like a restless child, Buenos Aires is a dynamic and modern city full of surprises. While its French-style palaces, rooftop restaurants, wide avenues and green plazas resemble European-style architecture, Buenos Aires preserves its musical, literary and culinary traditions. You can't miss dining in front of a Tango show, walking around the colourful streets of La Boca and visiting the renowned Recoleta Cemetery, designed by Argentina's most important architects and home to hundreds of illustrious corpses.

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 Vineyard & Wine Tours in Argentina, and The Best Photography Tours in Argentina.


Which place is cheaper, Buenos Aires, Argentina 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 Buenos Aires, Argentina is €9.59. 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 Buenos Aires, Argentina in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Athens 63
    Buenos Aires, Argentina 3.86
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Athens 126
    Buenos Aires, Argentina 7.72
Compare Hotels in Athens and Buenos Aires, Argentina

Looking for a hotel in Athens or Buenos Aires, Argentina? 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 Buenos Aires, Argentina


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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 Buenos Aires, Argentina Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Athens 27
    Buenos Aires, Argentina 1.47
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 to Piraeus (Athens) Cruise Port - Departure Private Transfer: $33
  • Private Athens International Airport to Piraeus Port Transfer: $79
  • Private Transfer from /to Athens International Airport: $32
  • "Luxurious Transfer": $47
  • Airport Transfer/ Athens Greece: $28
  • Airport Transfer: Athens Airport ATH to Athens by Business Car: $80
  • Airport Transfer: Athens Airport ATH to Athens by Luxury Van: $113
  • Airport Transfer: Athens to Athens Airport ATH by Business Car: $80
  • Airport Transfer: Athens to Athens Airport ATH by Luxury Car: $126
  • Airport Transfer: Athens to Athens Airport ATH by Luxury Van: $113
  • Airport transfer: $131
  • Arrival Private Transfer from Athens Airport ATH to Athens City by Minibus: $109

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Buenos Aires, Argentina:


  • Taxi from Airport
    0.12
  • Local Bus
    0.00
  • Metro Ride
    0.00
  • Taxi to airport
    0.03
  • Taxi
    0.09

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Buenos Aires, Argentina:

  • Transfer from Ezeiza Airport to Buenos Aires City - ROUND TRIP: $261
  • Rojo Tango Show with private transfers in Buenos Aires: $259
  • Rojo Tango Show: Skip the Line Ticket including Private Transfer: $250
  • Shore Excursion: Rojo Tango Show Including Private Transfers: $250
  • Ministro Pistarini Airport to Colón Roundtrip Transfer: $250
  • Ministro Pistarini Airport to Gualeguaychú Round Trip Transfer: $239
  • Querandi Tango show Vip with private transfer: $210
  • LOCAL AIRPORT TRANSFER (AEP) ROUND TRIP with english speaking driver: $200
  • Skip the line Boca Juniors & River Plate Stadium and Museum tour with transfer: $196
  • Private Transfer: Round trip transfer from/to EZE International Airport: $190
  • Private Transfer Ezeiza International Airport (EZE) In Buenos Aires: $185
  • Private Tour of Buenos Aires + Transfer Out to Ezeiza Airport: $180

Is it cheaper to fly into Athens or Buenos Aires, Argentina?

Prices for flights to both Buenos Aires, Argentina 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
    Buenos Aires, Argentina 3.03
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
  • Hard Rock Cafe Athens with Set Lunch or Dinner: $26
  • Street Food Tour Market & City Centre: $42
  • Foodies’ Favorite Food tour: $46
  • Greek Street Food Tour: $51
  • Middle-eastern Cuisine Cooking Class with Meal: $52
  • Street Food Tour with Local Guide and 7 Tastings: $57
  • Traditional Greek Cooking Class and Organic Lunch on Poros: $60
  • Greek Traditional Vegan Cooking Class with Meal: $63
  • Alternative, truly authentic food tour in secret Athens: $63
  • Oriental Kitchen Cooking Classes in Athina: $64
  • Street Food Tour with 7 Tastings: $64

Typical Food Prices in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Buenos Aires, Argentina:


  • Lunch
    0.02
  • Cup of Coffee
    0.01
  • Empandas
    0.02
  • Espresso
    0.01
  • Dinner (Pizza)
    0.01
  • Ice Cream
    0.01
  • Breakfast at Airport
    0.03
  • Dinner (Sandwiches)
    0.01
  • Sweets
    0.01
  • Hot Dog
    0.01
  • Breakfast (Take-Away)
    0.01
  • Lunch for 2
    0.15
  • Cake and Coffee
    0.49
  • Dinner
    1.76
  • Powerade
    0.11
  • Lunch
    0.78
  • Dinner
    1.13
  • Chocolate
    2.91

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

  • 3-Hour Buenos Aires Empanadas and Alfajores Guided Cooking Class: $35
  • Small-Group Empanadas Cooking Class: $35
  • Premium Empanadas Cooking Class in Buenos Aires: $37
  • Esquina Homero Manzi Tango Show Ticket Including Optional Dinner in Buenos Aires: $39
  • Tango Show and Optional Dinner at Esquina Homero Manzi: $40
  • Argentinian grilled pizza class in San Telmo: $40
  • Catulo Tango: Tango Show & Folklore with Optional Dinner: $40
  • Tango Dinner Show Homero Manzi menu Sur: $45
  • Private tour Argentinian Flavours food tours on foot : $46
  • Tango Porteño Show with Optional Dinner and Tango Class: $50
  • Skip the Line Ticket for Tango Porteño Show with Dinner : $53
  • Tango Porteño Show with Private Transfers (with optional dinner): $54

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Athens 36
    Buenos Aires, Argentina 3.11

Tours and Activities in Athens

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

  • Meouzo Online City Tour: $3.19
  • Self-guided First Discovery Walk and Reading Tour: $3.20
  • Exclusive Self-Guided Audio Tour into Byzantine Gems: $4.58
  • A Neoclassical Capital: A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $5.50
  • Neighborhood of the Gods Smarthphone GPS APP Audio Walking Tour: $6.00
  • 360 Virtual tour of Ancient Athens: $6.00
  • Herakleidon Museum of Ancient Greek Technology: Entry Ticket: $6.39
  • Ancient Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & Tour: $6.93
  • Ancient Agora of Athens Self-Guided Audio Tour: $6.99
  • Traditional Greek Food: A Self-Guided Audio Tour of Athens: $6.99
  • Greece: Tourist eSIM Data Plan: $7.11
  • South Slope of the Acropolis audiovisual self-guided tour: $7.45

Typical Entertainment Prices in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Here are a few typical costs in Buenos Aires, Argentina for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:


  • Entry to Japanese Gardens (for 2)
    0.03
  • Movie Ticket
    0.02
  • Tango Class
    0.03
  • Bar entrance
    0.54

Tours and Activities in Buenos Aires, Argentina

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

  • Experience the Night of Buenos Aires with electric bikes: $59
  • Private Full Day City Tour by Iconic Buenos Aires: $290
  • Small group Yerba Mate Experience with snacks: $35
  • 1-hour Paramotor Experience in Buenos Aires Argentina: $100
  • 100% Gaucho Experience in a Traditional Estancia: $239
  • 2 Hours Football and Street Art Walking Tour in Buenos Aires : $30
  • 3 hours Private La Boca Street Art Walking Tour: $127
  • 3-Hour Private Street Art Tour in La Boca and Barraca: $45
  • 4-Hour Private Night Tour of the Most Exclusive Places: $70
  • 5hs Premium Small Group City Tour of Buenos Aires: $55
  • @argentinahighlights Private City Tour in Buenos Aires: $120
  • A Back-Street Beer Brewing Tour of Buenos Aires: $123

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Athens 23
    Buenos Aires, Argentina 1.68

Sample the Local Flavors in Athens

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

  • Liquer tasting in Polykala's Distillery Show Room in Athens: $17
  • Greek Wine Tasting: $23
  • The NightCrawlers | Athens Pub Crawl: $26
  • Athens Speakeasy & Alternative Bar Crawl: Discover Hidden Gems: $38
  • Greek Wine Tasting Experience with a Sommelier: $43
  • Old Town Athens Wine Tasting: $52
  • Wine Tasting Odyssey in Athens: $52
  • Greek food and wine tasting: $53
  • Best rated Acropolis Wine Tasting : $53
  • Wine Tasting with a Sommelier under the Acropolis: $59
  • Wine Tasting and Storytelling in a Historical Square in Athina: $60
  • Acropolis Private Wine Tasting @ Finewine store : $61

Typical Alcohol Prices in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Here are a few samples of the prices for alcohol and nightlife in Buenos Aires, Argentina from other travelers:


  • Beer
    0.01
  • Beer (0.66L)
    0.02
  • Cocktail
    0.03
  • Alcohol
    0.62

Sample the Local Flavors in Buenos Aires, Argentina

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

  • Wine tasting at the Barolo Palace: $35
  • Wine Tasting in Palermo, City of Buenos Aires.: $38
  • Wine Tasting and Tapas with Expert Sommelier in Buenos Aires: $42
  • Unique Wine Tasting in a Boutique Hotel : $45
  • Wine Tasting at Downtown Buenos Aires Ego Experience: $53
  • Buenos Aires Small-Group Wine Tasting: $55
  • Buenos Aires Premium Wine Tasting: $58
  • Wine Tasting Boutique in Buenos Aires: $62
  • Argentinian Private Premium Wine Tasting Live+Guided Walking tour: $76
  • Premium Wine Tasting in Buenos Aires: $79
  • Argentine Experience: Immersive 6 Course Menu with Wine Tasting : $98
  • Private Asado and Wine Tasting in Argentina: $130


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

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


Which is Bigger, Athens or Buenos Aires, Argentina?

Buenos Aires, Argentina has a larger population, and is about 20 times larger than the population of Athens. When comparing the sizes of Athens and Buenos Aires, Argentina, 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 Buenos Aires, Argentina?

Even though both destinations experience a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, they experience these seasons at different times of the year. Buenos Aires, Argentina is in the southern hemisphere and summer is in January and winter is in July, but Athens has summer in [NORTHERNSUMMERMONTH] and winter in [NORTHERNWINTERMONTH].

Should I visit Athens or Buenos Aires, Argentina in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Athens as well as Buenos Aires, Argentina. Most visitors come to Athens for the city activities and the family-friendly experiences during these months.

In July, Athens is generally around the same temperature as Buenos Aires, Argentinain January. Daily temperatures in Athens average around 27°C (81°F), and Buenos Aires, Argentina fluctuates around 25°C (77°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Buenos Aires, Argentina. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Athens this time of the year. In the summer, Athens often gets more sunshine than Buenos Aires, Argentinain January. Athens gets 357 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Buenos Aires, Argentina receives 279 hours of full sun.

It's quite rainy in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Athens usually gets less rain in July than Buenos Aires, Argentinain January. Athens gets 6 mm (0.2 in) of rain, while Buenos Aires, Argentina receives 118 mm (4.6 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July and January
    Athens 27°C (81°F) 
    Buenos Aires, Argentina 25°C (77°F)

Should I visit Athens or Buenos Aires, Argentina in the Autumn?

Both Buenos Aires, Argentina and Athens are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities. The autumn months attract visitors to Athens because of the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area.

Athens is around the same temperature as Buenos Aires, Argentina in the autumn. The daily temperature in Athens averages around 19°C (67°F) in October, and Buenos Aires, Argentina fluctuates around 18°C (65°F)in April.

It's quite sunny in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Athens. Athens usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Buenos Aires, Argentina during autumn. Athens gets 206 hours of sunny skies, while Buenos Aires, Argentina receives 220 hours of full sun in the autumn.

It rains a lot this time of the year in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In October, Athens usually receives less rain than Buenos Aires, Argentinain April. Athens gets 48 mm (1.9 in) of rain, while Buenos Aires, Argentina receives 104 mm (4.1 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October and April
    Athens 19°C (67°F) 
    Buenos Aires, Argentina 18°C (65°F)

Should I visit Athens or Buenos Aires, Argentina in the Winter?

Both Buenos Aires, Argentina and Athens during the winter are popular places to visit. The museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine are the main draw to Athens this time of year.

In the winter, Athens is cooler than Buenos Aires, Argentina. Typically, the winter temperatures in Athens in January average around 10°C (51°F), and Buenos Aires, Argentina averages at about 12°C (53°F)in July.

In the winter, Athens often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Buenos Aires, Argentinain July. Athens gets 143 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Buenos Aires, Argentina receives 143 hours of full sun.

Athens usually gets less rain in January than Buenos Aires, Argentinain July. Athens gets 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain, while Buenos Aires, Argentina receives 68 mm (2.7 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January and July
    Athens 10°C (51°F) 
    Buenos Aires, Argentina 12°C (53°F)

Should I visit Athens or Buenos Aires, Argentina in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Athens and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Many travelers come to Athens for the activities around the city and the natural beauty.

In April, Athens is generally cooler than Buenos Aires, Argentinain October. Daily temperatures in Athens average around 16°C (60°F), and Buenos Aires, Argentina fluctuates around 18°C (64°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Buenos Aires, Argentina 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 Buenos Aires, Argentina during spring. Athens gets 226 hours of sunny skies, while Buenos Aires, Argentina receives 227 hours of full sun in the spring.

Buenos Aires, Argentina receives a lot of rain in the spring. In April, Athens usually receives less rain than Buenos Aires, Argentinain October. Athens gets 25 mm (1 in) of rain, while Buenos Aires, Argentina receives 125 mm (4.9 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April and October
    Athens 16°C (60°F) 
    Buenos Aires, Argentina 18°C (64°F)

Typical Weather for Buenos Aires, Argentina and Athens

Athens Buenos Aires, Argentina
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 10°C (51°F) 45 mm (1.8 in) 25°C (77°F) 118 mm (4.6 in)
Feb 11°C (51°F) 48 mm (1.9 in) 24°C (75°F) 117 mm (4.6 in)
Mar 12°C (54°F) 44 mm (1.7 in) 22°C (71°F) 142 mm (5.6 in)
Apr 16°C (60°F) 25 mm (1 in) 18°C (65°F) 104 mm (4.1 in)
May 20°C (68°F) 14 mm (0.6 in) 15°C (59°F) 80 mm (3.1 in)
Jun 24°C (76°F) 6 mm (0.2 in) 12°C (53°F) 61 mm (2.4 in)
Jul 27°C (81°F) 6 mm (0.2 in) 12°C (53°F) 68 mm (2.7 in)
Aug 27°C (81°F) 8 mm (0.3 in) 13°C (55°F) 68 mm (2.7 in)
Sep 24°C (76°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 15°C (59°F) 75 mm (3 in)
Oct 19°C (67°F) 48 mm (1.9 in) 18°C (64°F) 125 mm (4.9 in)
Nov 16°C (60°F) 51 mm (2 in) 21°C (69°F) 117 mm (4.6 in)
Dec 12°C (54°F) 66 mm (2.6 in) 23°C (74°F) 104 mm (4.1 in)