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

Should you visit Athens or Doha?

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 Doha. 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 Doha?


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.


Doha is the capital city of Qatar, modern and rapidly developing with much construction underway. It is home to Doha International Airport, the main point of entry for Qatar, as well as many of the country's best museums and examples of cultural heritage.

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, Doha 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 Doha is €184. 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 Doha in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Athens 63
    Doha 110
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Athens 126
    Doha 220
Compare Hotels in Athens and Doha

Looking for a hotel in Athens or Doha? 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 Doha

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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 Doha Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Athens 27
    Doha 21
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Athens

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

  • Airport Bus for Two
  • Metro
  • Metro
  • Metro from Airport to City Center
  • Taxi from Airport

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

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Doha

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Doha:

  • Private Transfer from Doha City to Doha (DOH) Airport: $192
  • Qatar Doha Airport (DOH) to Doha - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $144
  • Private Doha Airport Transfer to Doha, Qatar: $125
  • ONE WAY: Doha International Airport - Private Transfer From/to Hotels: $122
  • Departure Transfer: Doha to Hamad Airport DOH by Luxury Van: $120
  • Private Arrival Transfer - Al Khor: $120
  • Private transfer from Qatar Doha Hamad Airport (DOH) to Doha city: $115
  • Airport Transfer: Doha to Doha Airport DOH by Luxury Car: $108
  • Airport Transfer: Doha Airport DOH to Doha by Luxury Car: $108
  • Private Arrival Transfer to Sumaysimah: $100
  • Doha Airport Transfer: $99
  • Private Transfer from Doha Cruise Port to Doha hotels : $81

Is it cheaper to fly into Athens or Doha?

Prices for flights to both Doha 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 Meals for one day
    Athens 37
    Doha 56
Typical Food Prices in Athens

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

  • Ice cream
  • Souvlaki

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 Doha

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

  • Private Souk Waqif with Lunch or Dinner Tour: $96
  • Food Tour in The Pearl Qatar Island: $139
  • Full Day Desert Safari with Camp Access, Buffet Dinner,Camel Ride: $195
  • Doha : Full Day Desert Safari | BBQ Dinner | Inland sea: $197
  • Private Desert Safari with BBQ Lunch/Dinner at Souk Al Wakra Tour: $202
  • Doha Overnight Desert Safari dinner/breakfast included: $215
  • Desert Safari 7 Hours Tour with Dinner and Camp: $270
  • Full Day Desert Safari with Lunch/Dinner in Desert Camp: $280
  • Overnight Private Desert Safari with Buffet Dinner and Camel Ride: $299

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Athens 36
    Doha 17

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 Doha

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

  • Doha City Tour And Dhow Boat Ride (Private Tour): $87
  • Private North of Qatar Tour: $84
  • Transit/Layover Tours from Doha Airport – Explore Doha City : $105
  • (Private Combo Tour) Sheikh Faisal Museum And Camel Race Track : $124
  • (Private) Quickie to the Desert Safari Experience - Inland Sea Visit: $100
  • 1 Hour Camel Ride Experience in Sealine Beach: $172
  • 2 Hour Tour Doha by Sea: $69
  • 4 Hours Private Guided City Tour in Doha : $85
  • 4 Hours Purple Island Mangroves Kayaking Adventure in Qatar: $130
  • 4-Hour Private Group City Tour in Doha, Qatar: $70
  • 4-Hour Private Tour to Msheireb Museums and city tour: $75
  • 6 Hrs desert desert safari & Relax at inland sea desert (No Rush Tour): $129

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Athens 23
    Doha 13

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 Doha, we can see that Doha 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 Doha 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 Doha would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Doha 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 Doha Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Athens or Doha?

Athens has a larger population, and is about 2 times larger than the population of Doha. When comparing the sizes of Athens and Doha, 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.