A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Athens vs. Dublin for Attractions, Food, Nightlife, and Backpackers

Should you visit Athens or Dublin?

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 Dublin. 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.

Athens

Athens is a vibrant, energetic, and historic city. Travelers will also find plenty of sights and attractions here, as it's a big city that attracts lots of visitors. It's a beautiful place to visit, too. And you can't forget about the shopping, museums, and nightlife.

Dublin

Dublin is a laid-back, friendly, and welcoming city. It's also popular because of the live music, food, and shopping.

Athens and Dublin: Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Popular museums and historical sights
  • Popular for food and cuisine
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Big city activities
Pros
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
Cons
  • Less museums and historical sights
  • Less popular for food


How is Athens different from Dublin?

Which is Better for a Holiday?

Let's take a look at the differences and similarities between Dublin and Athens. Then, you can decide for yourself which place is better for your next trip.

Is Athens or Dublin better for Museums and Historical Sights?

Interesting museums and landmarks can be found in both Dublin and Athens, but many consider Athens to be a step above.

With plenty of landmarks, attractions, and museums, Athens has many famous sights for visitors. As a historical capital of the world, this city has countless museums and archeological sites including the famous Acropolis, the National Archaeology Museum, and the Ancient Agora.

Dublin is a good place to visit if you're interested in museums or other recognizable sights. There are a number of museums around town including the National Museum of Ireland, the Little Museum of Dublin, and the National Gallery of Ireland.

Athens
Dublin


Is Athens or Dublin better for Food?

Foodies will appreciated the dining options available in Athens a bit more than Dublin.

Eat your way through Athens, as it has many local or world renowned restaurants to choose from. Make sure you try the souvlaki, moussaka, and dolmades at any of the many local restaurants throughout the city.

Dublin offers number of good local restaurants to choose from. Seafood has become popular around town, but you can also try traditional favorites like stew, pancakes, or coddle.

Athens
Dublin

Is Athens or Dublin better for Nightlife?

The vibe at night is comparable in Athens and Dublin.

The nightlife in Athens is well established with world renowned clubs and venues. There are all-night dance clubs as well as local bars and chill live music venues.

Dublin is a world class party destination. Temple Bar is where you'll find the greatest concentration of pubs and nightlife. The city is among the friendliest and most welcoming, and this is seen even in the vibe around town at night.

Athens
Dublin

Is Athens or Dublin better for Shopping?

If you're looking to go shopping, Athens and Dublin both offer plenty of spots.

Athens has a variety of shopping areas worth visiting. Most neighborhoods have a shopping street but head to Ermou Street for some of the city's best shopping.

Dublin is an extremely popular place for shoppers. Head to Grafton Street to see a number of brand name and local shops. It's a pedestrian street that is fun to wander around.

Athens
Dublin

Is Athens or Dublin better for Families?

Both Athens and Dublin are family-friendly destinations.

You'll find plenty of family-friendly things to do in Athens. With its rich history, beautiful outdoor activities, and kid-friendly food, Athens is a fun place to explore with the whole family.

Dublin is a very family-friendly place to visit. Explore the waterways with the viking splash, learn about the vikings at the museum Dublina, or visit any of the other kid-friendly museums around town, or see a show at The Gaiety.

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Dublin


Is Athens or Dublin better for Couples?

Athens and Dublin both fun destinations for a couple.

Athens is a good city for couples to visit. The city is historical, fascinating, and romantic, making it a beautiful place to explore as a couple.

Dublin is a nice destination for couples. It's laid-back vibe and countless pubs make it a fun weekend getaway for couples.

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Dublin

Is Athens or Dublin better for Backpackers and Budget Travelers?

For backpackers, both Athens and Dublin are fairly comparable places to visit.

A large number of backpackers visit Athens, as it is a very popular city for budget travelers. The city has long been established as a backpackers destination with budget friendly food and plenty of hostels around town.

Backpackers come from all over to visit Dublin. There are a number of popular backpacker hostels around town. The pub scene is also popular with the young crowd.

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Dublin

Is Athens or Dublin better for Students?

For students, both Athens and Dublin are fairly comparable places to visit.

Many students visit Athens. International students will appreciate the rich history, archaeological ruins, and unique opportunities that are available here.

Dublin is a good city to visit for students. While student accommodation can be a bit expensive in town, the nightlife and social aspect of living in the city center makes it well worth it.

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Dublin

Is Athens or Dublin better for Public Transit?

Athens and Dublin both offer public transit to get you around.

Many visitors use the public transit system in Athens. The city's metro system has 3 lines that connect to bus, tram and commuter rail lines.

Dublin has a few public transit options. There is a comprehensive bus system around town.

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Dublin


Is Athens or Dublin a more walkable city?

Athens and Dublin are similar when it comes to walkability.

Athens is a very walkable destination. You'll find the city's most walkable area's in the historical heart, where there are many pedestrian only streets and shopping areas.

It is easy to get around Dublin on foot. Because it is so compact and flat, it is easy to explore the city center on foot.

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Dublin

Should I spend more time in Dublin or Athens?

How long in Athens or Dublin?

In either Athens or Dublin, you'll find plenty of activities to fill your time. Most visitors tend to spend more time in Athens than Dublin because of the overall number of sights and activities.

The ideal length of time for a trip to Athens is 3-7 days, and the ideal length of time for a trip to Dublin is 2-5 days.


  • How many days in Athens or Dublin? Ideal Length of Stay
    Athens 3-7 
    Dublin 2-5

One day in Athens or Dublin?

Athens is a bustling city that offers something for everyone. But since there are so many activities, you'll likely want to spend more than one day exploring.

Many travelers enjoy the food and shopping when visiting the destination of Dublin. But since there are so many activities, you'll likely want to spend more than one day exploring.

A weekend in Athens or Dublin?

Athens is a great place to explore. With so much to do, a weekend is probably not enough time to see everything. Your budget might influence how long you stay.

Dublin is a great place to explore. It is common to spend a weekend here. Don't miss the nightlife, as that's what most people do. With all of its activities, you can easily fill a weekend here. Your budget might influence how long you stay.

Five days in Athens or Dublin?

It's hard to know how much time to spend in Athens. For many, it makes a great getaway for five days. With all of its activities, you can easily fill five days here. It has many unique tourist attractions and fascinating things to do.

It's hard to know how much time to spend in Dublin. Don't miss the nightlife, as that's what most people do. For many, it makes a great getaway for five days. With all of its activities, you can easily fill five days here. It has many unique tourist attractions and fascinating things to do.


A week in Athens or Dublin?

Athens is a bustling city that offers something for everyone. This city offers a variety of activities to choose from. If you have one week, this is a great place to go. This would be the perfect place to spend one week, as it has just the right amount of activities.

Travelers enjoy the nightlife and live music when visiting the laid-back destination of Dublin. This city offers a variety of activities to choose from. Most people find that one week is more than enough time to see everything.

Which city is cheaper, Dublin or Athens?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Athens is €103, while the average daily cost in Dublin is €112. 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 city. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Athens and Dublin in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Athens 51
    Dublin 53
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Athens 102
    Dublin 106
Compare Hotels in Athens and Dublin

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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Athens 22
    Dublin 14
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 ATHENS or vice versa PRIVATE LUXURY TRANSFERS: $62
  • Airport Transfer: $77
  • Airport Transfer/ Athens Greece: $59
  • Airport pick up taxi and minivans transfers ,tours and trips: $60
  • Airport transfer: $156
  • Ancient Olympia Taxi Transfer from Athens: $539
  • Arrival Private Transfer Luxury Van Athens Rafina Port to Athens City: $100
  • Athens & Sounio Taxi Multiple Destination Transfer: $311
  • Athens Airport Departure Private Transfer. Depart in Style!: $62
  • Athens Airport Departure Transfer (Athens Hotels to Athens Airport): $66
  • Athens Airport Departure Transfer: Athens Hotels to Athens Airport Shuttle Bus: $34
  • Athens Airport Private Departure Transfer: $28

Typical Local Transportation prices in Dublin

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Dublin:


  • Rental Car for a Day
    15

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dublin

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Dublin:

  • Dublin Cork Dublin Round Trip Private Chauffeur Transfer: $1,632
  • Dublin Galway Dublin Round Trip Private Chauffeur Transfer: $1,369
  • Dublin Limerick Dublin Round Trip Private Chauffeur Transfer: $1,360
  • Dublin Cork Dublin Round Trip Private Chauffeur Transfer: $1,359
  • Dublin Belfast Dublin Round Trip Private Chauffeur Transfer: $1,251
  • Dublin Airport Or Dublin City To Sheen Falls Lodge Private Chauffeur Transfer: $1,183
  • Dublin Airport Or Dublin City To Glengarriff Co Cork Private Chauffeur Transfer: $1,182
  • Dublin Galway Dublin Round Trip Private Chauffeur Transfer: $1,163
  • Dublin Limerick Dublin Round Trip Private Chauffeur Transfer: $1,136
  • Dublin Belfast Dublin Round Trip Private Chauffeur Transfer: $1,088
  • Dublin Airport Or Dublin City To Ballynahich Castle Private Chauffeur Transfer: $1,058
  • Dublin Airport Or City To Trump International Hotel Doonbeg Chauffeur Transfer: $995

Is it cheaper to fly into Athens or Dublin?

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Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Athens 30
    Dublin 39
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:

  • Online 1hr Cooking Class: Santorini Tomato Fritters: $6.22
  • Greek Meatballs Private Online Cooking Class: $27
  • Withlocals the 10 Tastings: Athens Private Food Tour with a Local: $42
  • Online Cooking Class: Greek mini cheese pies: $45
  • Street Culture & Food Tour: $56
  • Afternoon Food Tour: $56
  • Athens walking and tasting food tour.: $60
  • 4-Hour Cooking Class with Market Visit: $69
  • Homemade Gyros cooking class and dinner in Athens for private groups: $75
  • The Classic Food Tour: $76
  • Taste of Half-Day Small Group Food Tour: $77
  • Greek Phyllo and Pie Cooking Class in Athens: $77

Typical Food prices in Dublin

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Dublin:


  • Lunch Lynam's Pub
    3.95

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Dublin

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

  • Skip the Line:Traditional Irish Night Show Ticket in Dublin with 3-Course Dinner: $37
  • Irish Craic & Cuisine (Cooking Class & Dinner): $68
  • Delicious Walking Food Tour: $74
  • Private Cooking Class in a Modern Home with Sea Views in Skerries, Dublin: $77
  • Skip the Line: Irish Night Show Including 4-Course Dinner Ticket: $77
  • Howth Craft Beer and Seafood Tour for private groups: $87
  • Private Tour: Secret Food Tours Dublin: $95
  • Christmas Finger Food & Canapé Cooking Class in Dublin City Center: $106
  • Learn to Make Your Own Sushi - 2.5 hour Cooking Class: $106
  • Private Dublin Walking Food Tour with a Local Food Historian: $180
  • Dublin Secret Food Tour w/ Private Tour Option: $206
  • 5-Day Essential Cooking Class in Dublin with Professional Chef: $485

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Athens 28
    Dublin 20

Tours and Activities in Athens

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

  • Athens virtual History, Philosophy and Democracy Tour: $6.22
  • Skip the Line: Frissiras Museum Entrance Ticket: $7.46
  • Skip the Line: War Museum of Athens Entrance Ticket: $7.46
  • Skip the Line: Temple of Olympian Zeus Entrance Ticket: $8.09
  • Skip the Line: Roman Agora of Athens Entrance Ticket: $8.71
  • Athens Museum of Cycladic Art Admission Ticket: $8.71
  • Skip the Line: Admission Ticket for Acropolis Museum: $9.33
  • Temple of Olympian Zeus: Self-Guided Audio Tour on your Phone (without ticket): $9.94
  • Skip the Line: Ancient Agora of Athens and Temple of Hephaestus Entrance Ticket: $11
  • Benaki Museum of Islamic Art Entrance Ticket: $11
  • Athens Museum of Illusions Ticket: $11
  • Self-Guided City Experience: $12

Typical Entertainment prices in Dublin

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


  • Wild Wicklow Tour
    26
  • Guinness Brewery for Two
    27
  • St Pauls Cathedral
    4.50
  • Dublin Writer's Museum
    6.30

Tours and Activities in Dublin

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

  • 'A Gorgeous Mask': Georgian Dublin Tour: $405
  • 'Dublin Pubs Bucket List' - 5hr evening time fun private tour.: $485
  • 12-Day Giant Irish Adventure Small-Group Tour from Dublin: $3,602
  • 3-Day Private Tour to Co Cavan - Adventure Activities, Music, Pubs & More: $1,617
  • 7 day - Best of Ireland tour: $2,710
  • 7-Day Driftwood Treasure Ireland Small Group Tour from Dublin: $2,233
  • 7-Day Small-Group Tour of Ireland from Dublin with the Cliffs of Moher, Dingle Bay and the Burren: $1,898
  • 8 Day Vagabond Wild Irish Rover Small Group Tour: $2,482
  • 8Day Small Group Tour - Dublin & the South West of Ireland: $3,353
  • A Day At The Races & the Horse Lovers Tour: $342
  • All Ireland Adventure From Dublin: $607
  • Ancient Village Adventure - €20: $31

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Athens 18
    Dublin 14

Sample the Local Flavors in Athens

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

  • Athens Walking Tour with Food and Wine Tasting: $37
  • Virtual Greek Wine Tasting: $87
  • Athens Food and Wine Tasting Tour: $96
  • Wine tasting tour: $131
  • Wine Tasting and Athens Trikke Combo Tour: $133
  • The Best Winery & Tasting Tour in Nemea.Enjoy a unique all day wine tasting tour: $140
  • Private Wine Tasting Experience of Greek Awarded Wines in Athens: $148
  • Premium Wine Tour in Peloponnese -Ancient Corinthos, Nemea - the Land of Myth: $148
  • Athens Private Wine Tasting Tour - Dionysian Grapes: $149
  • Ancient Corinth & Nemea Wine Tasting (up to 15 in a Luxurious Mercedes Minibus): $151
  • Greek Private Wine Tasting: $166
  • Mercedes Private Full-Day Tour, Nafplio, Corinth Canal and Wine Tasting: $168

Sample the Local Flavors in Dublin

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

  • Authentic Brewery Tour: $11
  • Generation Pub Crawl: $14
  • Dublin Literary Pub Crawl: $19
  • Jameson Distillery Guided Tour with Whiskey Tasting: $31
  • Lonely Planet Experiences: Private Whiskey Distillery Excursion: $541


When comparing the travel costs between Athens and Dublin, we can see that Dublin is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in Europe, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.


When is the best time to visit Athens or Dublin?

Both places have a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. As both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Athens or Dublin in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Athens as well as Dublin. Many visitors come to Athens in the summer for the city activities and the family-friendly experiences. Also, most visitors come to Dublin for the music scene and the family-friendly experiences during these months.

In July, Athens is generally much warmer than Dublin. Temperatures in Athens average around 27°C (81°F), and Dublin stays around 16°C (60°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Athens this time of the year. In the summer, Athens often gets more sunshine than Dublin. Athens gets 357 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Dublin receives 166 hours of full sun.

Athens usually gets less rain in July than Dublin. Athens gets 6 mm (0.2 in) of rain, while Dublin receives 50 mm (2 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Athens 27°C (81°F) 
    Dublin 16°C (60°F)

Should I visit Athens or Dublin in the Autumn?

Both Dublin and Athens are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities. Most visitors come to Athens for the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area during these months. Also, the autumn months attract visitors to Dublin because of the shopping scene and the music scene.

Athens is much warmer than Dublin in the autumn. The temperature in Athens is usually 19°C (67°F) in October, and Dublin stays around 11°C (52°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Athens. Athens usually receives more sunshine than Dublin during autumn. At this time of the year, Athens gets 206 hours of sunny skies, while Dublin receives 97 hours of full sun.

In October, Athens usually receives less rain than Dublin. At this time of the year, Athens gets 48 mm (1.9 in) of rain, while Dublin receives 70 mm (2.7 in) of rain.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Athens 19°C (67°F) 
    Dublin 11°C (52°F)

Should I visit Athens or Dublin in the Winter?

Both Dublin and Athens during the winter are popular places to visit. The winter months attract visitors to Athens because of the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine. Furthermore, the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine are the main draw to Dublin this time of year.

In the winter, Athens is much warmer than Dublin. Typically, the winter temperatures in Athens in January are around 10°C (51°F), and Dublin is about 6°C (42°F).

In the winter, Athens often gets more sunshine than Dublin. Athens gets 143 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Dublin receives 56 hours of full sun.

Athens usually gets less rain in January than Dublin. Athens gets 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain, while Dublin receives 69 mm (2.7 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Athens 10°C (51°F) 
    Dublin 6°C (42°F)

Should I visit Athens or Dublin in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Athens and Dublin. The activities around the city and the natural beauty are the main draw to Athens this time of year.

In April, Athens is generally much warmer than Dublin. Temperatures in Athens average around 16°C (60°F), and Dublin stays around 8°C (47°F).

In Athens, it's very sunny this time of the year. Athens usually receives more sunshine than Dublin during spring. At this time of the year, Athens gets 226 hours of sunny skies, while Dublin receives 157 hours of full sun.

In April, Athens usually receives less rain than Dublin. At this time of the year, Athens gets 25 mm (1 in) of rain, while Dublin receives 51 mm (2 in) of rain.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Athens 16°C (60°F) 
    Dublin 8°C (47°F)

Typical Weather for Dublin and Athens

Athens Dublin
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 10°C (51°F) 45 mm (1.8 in) 6°C (42°F) 69 mm (2.7 in)
Feb 11°C (51°F) 48 mm (1.9 in) 6°C (42°F) 50 mm (2 in)
Mar 12°C (54°F) 44 mm (1.7 in) 7°C (44°F) 54 mm (2.1 in)
Apr 16°C (60°F) 25 mm (1 in) 8°C (47°F) 51 mm (2 in)
May 20°C (68°F) 14 mm (0.6 in) 11°C (52°F) 55 mm (2.2 in)
Jun 24°C (76°F) 6 mm (0.2 in) 14°C (57°F) 56 mm (2.2 in)
Jul 27°C (81°F) 6 mm (0.2 in) 16°C (60°F) 50 mm (2 in)
Aug 27°C (81°F) 8 mm (0.3 in) 15°C (60°F) 71 mm (2.8 in)
Sep 24°C (76°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 14°C (56°F) 67 mm (2.6 in)
Oct 19°C (67°F) 48 mm (1.9 in) 11°C (52°F) 70 mm (2.7 in)
Nov 16°C (60°F) 51 mm (2 in) 8°C (46°F) 65 mm (2.5 in)
Dec 12°C (54°F) 66 mm (2.6 in) 6°C (44°F) 76 mm (3 in)


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