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

Should you visit Athens or Dubrovnik?

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 Dubrovnik. 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 energetic, historic, and ancient city. As it's a big city, visitors will find plenty to do, too. It offers plenty of beauty for visitors. It's also popular because of the museums, nightlife, and food.

Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is a historic, charming, and famous coastal town. Many visitors also come here because of it's amazing beauty. As it offers a special and quaint atmosphere, visitors come from all over to experience this destination. It's also popular because of the museums, nightlife, and food.

Athens and Dubrovnik: Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Popular museums and historical sights
  • Good nightlife
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Big city activities
Cons
  • Less popular with couples
Pros
  • Popular museums and historical sights
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Impressive beauty
  • Quaint atmosphere
Cons
  • Less popular for nightlife


How is Athens different from Dubrovnik?

Which is Better for a Holiday?

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

Is Athens or Dubrovnik better for Museums and Historical Sights?

You'll find a number of museums and attractions in both Dubrovnik and Athens.

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.

Dubrovnik offers many unique museums, sights, and landmarks that will make for a memorable trip. The old town is a living museum that is filled with historic landmarks like the old town walls, the Dubrovnik Cathedral and Treasury, and Loggia Square.

Athens
Dubrovnik


Is Athens or Dubrovnik better for Food?

Dining out at restaurants in both Athens and Dubrovnik can be an enjoyable experience.

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.

For foodies, Dubrovnik is an obvious choice, as it is one of the food capitals of the world. Restaurants are usually locally-sourced with fresh produce and seafood. Traditional local dishes include black risotto (made with squid ink), pašticada (a beef dish), and various pasta dishes.

Athens
Dubrovnik

Is Athens or Dubrovnik better for Nightlife?

Most visitors prefer the nightlife in Athens.

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.

There's a variety of activities in the evening in Dubrovnik. There are many bars around town that take advantage of the unique architecture of the city. There are far less clubs, but for a drink in a laid back setting, you'll find plenty of options.

Athens
Dubrovnik

Is Athens or Dubrovnik better for Shopping?

If you're looking to go shopping, Athens and Dubrovnik 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.

Dubrovnik is a great destination for shopping. The old town offers some nice boutique shops where you can buy designer clothes, jewelry, or trinkets.

Athens
Dubrovnik

Is Athens or Dubrovnik better for Families?

Both Athens and Dubrovnik 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.

Dubrovnik is a very family-friendly place to visit. The city has nice beaches, beautiful hikes, and historic city walls that are fun to explore with kids. The food is also kid-friendly and the locals love meeting children.

Athens
Dubrovnik


Is Athens or Dubrovnik better for Couples?

Couples will find a longer list of romantic activities in Dubrovnik than Athens.

Dubrovnik is fantastic couple's destination with fun and romantic activities. With its beautiful old town, nice beaches, and laid back atmosphere, this makes the perfect couple's getaway destination. Pop in a local restaurant and try the seafood before exploring the charming squares and historic buildings.

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

Athens
Dubrovnik

Is Athens or Dubrovnik better for Backpackers and Budget Travelers?

For backpackers, both Athens and Dubrovnik 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.

Dubrovnik is a mecca for backpackers and budget travelers. It's not hard to find a room in a local's home near old town at an affordable price. The food is delicious and affordable as well, and you'll find plenty of other backpackers in town to hang out with.

Athens
Dubrovnik

Is Athens or Dubrovnik better for Public Transit?

Athens and Dubrovnik 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.

Dubrovnik has a few public transit options. There are 12 bus lines that connect all parts of the city with the city center.

Athens
Dubrovnik

Is Athens or Dubrovnik a more walkable city?

Athens and Dubrovnik 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 Dubrovnik on foot. The old town is completely pedestrian-only and you can also explore the city's historic walls on foot.

Athens
Dubrovnik


Should I spend more time in Dubrovnik or Athens?

How long in Athens or Dubrovnik?

In either Athens or Dubrovnik, you'll find plenty of activities to fill your time. Most visitors tend to spend more time in Athens than Dubrovnik 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 Dubrovnik is 1-5 days.


  • How many days in Athens or Dubrovnik? Ideal Length of Stay
    Athens 3-7 
    Dubrovnik 1-5

One day in Athens or Dubrovnik?

People visit Athens because there is so much to do. Since there is so much to do in the area, one day is probably not enough for all of it. It has many unique tourist attractions and fascinating things to do.

Many travelers enjoy the museums and nightlife when visiting the quaint destination of Dubrovnik. Hikers are also drawn to this area. One day is often enough time to spend here.

A weekend in Athens or Dubrovnik?

People visit Athens because there is so much to do. A weekend is usually not enough time for a trip here as there is plenty to do. This city offers a variety of activities to choose from.

Dubrovnik is a great place to explore. It is common to spend a weekend here. Don't miss the food, 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 Dubrovnik?

People visit Athens because there is so much to do. The length of your ideal trip is an individual decision. If you have five days, this city makes for a great vacation. Five days should give you a good understanding of everything this city has to offer.

It's hard to know how much time to spend in Dubrovnik. Don't miss the food, as that's what most people do. For many, it makes a great getaway for five days. Make sure you spend some time hiking while you're in the area. 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 Dubrovnik?

Athens is a popular choice for travelers. One week here is typical. While some people choose to spend more or less time in Athens, one week is sufficent for most. It will give you the chance to have new experiences.

Travelers enjoy the shopping and museums when visiting the coastal destination of Dubrovnik. This coastal town offers a variety of activities to choose from. Many travelers plan to spend time hiking while in the area. Most people find that one week is more than enough time to see everything.

Which city is cheaper, Dubrovnik 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 Dubrovnik is €77. 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 Dubrovnik in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Athens 51
    Dubrovnik 40
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Athens 102
    Dubrovnik 80
Compare Hotels in Athens and Dubrovnik

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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Athens 22
    Dubrovnik 9.93
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:

  • Private Transfer from Αthens City to Igoumenitsa Port: $1,763
  • Private Transfer from Athens City to Syvota: $1,203
  • Private City Transfer From Athens To Pilos: $970
  • Private City Transfer From Athens to Kranidi: $970
  • Transfer to Corfu from Athens including visit to Delphi: $964
  • Athens to Corfu Luxury Private Transfer: $890
  • Private Transfer to/ from Lefkada Marina to/ from Athens Airport or City Centre: $759
  • Transfer From Athens To Lefkada: $678
  • Private Transfer from Athens to Nafplio: $666
  • Transfer to Lefkada - The Safest and most Convinient way: $605
  • Delphi Private Full Day Luxury Transfers From Athens: $597
  • Private Transfer from Athens-Pireaus-ATH to Igoumenitsa-Parga-Sivota-Ioannina: $592

Typical Local Transportation prices in Dubrovnik

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


  • Bus Around Town
    1.43

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dubrovnik

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

  • Private transfer Dubrovnik Hvar with boat: $2,256
  • Private transfer Dubrovnik - Zagreb and explore sights along the way: $1,680
  • Transfer from Dubrovnik to Plitvice Lakes: $1,173
  • Luxury Private Transfer from Dubrovnik/Dubrovnik airport to Sarajevo: $1,020
  • Private Transfer from Dubrovnik to Tuzla Airport (TZL): $885
  • Luxury Private Transfer from Sarajevo to Dubrovnik/Dubrovnik airport: $846
  • Private transfer Dubrovnik - Zadar and explore sights along the way: $834
  • Luxury Private Transfer from Dubrovnik/Dubrovnik airport to Hvar: $765
  • Split Private Transfer From Dubrovnik: $690
  • Dubrovnik - Hvar : Private One-Way Transfer with Mercedes Vehicles: $639
  • Transfer from Dubrovnik airport to Kolašin (Montenegro) ski resorts: $597
  • Private Transfer from Dubrovnik to Plitvice Lakes: $585

Is it cheaper to fly into Athens or Dubrovnik?

Prices for flights to both Dubrovnik 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 30
    Dubrovnik 25
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 Dubrovnik

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


  • Seafood Dinner (for 2)
    29

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Dubrovnik

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

  • 2-Hour Sunset Cruise with Dinner: $73
  • Unique Sunset and Dinner Cruise in the Magnificent Traditional Karaka boat: $96
  • Dubrovnik Traditional Food Tour: $108
  • Old Town Food Tour: $130
  • Flavours of Dubrovnik - Food Tour: $131
  • Traditional Dalmatian Cooking Class from Dubrovnik: $147
  • Croatian Traditional Cuisine: Peka Cooking Lesson: $149
  • Traditional Cooking Class in Dubrovnik Countryside: $164
  • Cooking Classes Traditional Meals of Konavle region: $166
  • Dubrovnik Food Tour with Friendly Local Guide: $167
  • E-Bike Tour + Farm To Table Cooking Class: $184
  • Dubrovnik Food Tour by Vidokrug: $192

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Athens 28
    Dubrovnik 15

Tours and Activities in Athens

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

  • "A Must-See" Anc. Epidaurus, Mycenae & Nafplion Premium Full Day Tour By Locals: $411
  • "Athens city tour": $270
  • "Private tour in Athens": $243
  • ''Tour in Athens'': $118
  • 1 Day Private Tour Corinth, Cave of Lakes at Kalavrita & Journey by Cog Railway: $264
  • 1 Day Private tour to Meteora, visit the Monasteries are lying on the cliffs.: $317
  • 1 Day Saronic Islands Cruise: $168
  • 10 Day Greek Island Tour: Mykonos, Santorini-Volcano, Crete, Delos, Knossos,: $2,457
  • 10 Day Ultimate Ancient Greece Tours Experience: $2,411
  • 10 Day to Explore the Best Historical Gems in Greece and tour in Santorini: $1,798
  • 10 Days Private Tour: North Greece: $2,706
  • 10 Days Private Tour: Peloponnese: $2,706

Typical Entertainment prices in Dubrovnik

For Dubrovnik, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:


  • Boat to Lokrum Island (for 2)
    13
  • Dubrovnik City Wall Tour (for 2)
    53
  • Dubrovnik Cable Car (for 2)
    45

Tours and Activities in Dubrovnik

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

  • 'Up with the Chickens' or "Sunset chasing" Old Town Tour: $16
  • 2 hours Elafiti Islands Private Tour by Barracuda 545: $284
  • 4 Days Montenegro-Albania-Kosovo Tour from Dubrovnik or Kotor: $918
  • 4 days hiking tour Valbona Valley National Park from Dubrovnik: $762
  • 4 hours Private Speedboat Tour to Elaphite Islands by RANIERI SUN CRUISER 23: $477
  • 4-Hours Dubrovnik Elaphiti Islands & Blue Cave Snorkeling Tour: $75
  • 4-Night Three Countries Tour from Croatia, Montenegro and Bosnia-Herzegovina: $954
  • 5 Days Deluxe Cruise from Dubrovnik to Split All Inclusive: $1,534
  • 6-Night Independent Tour of Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast: Dubrovnik, Hvar, Korcula and Split: $952
  • 7 Days Small-Group Tour from Dubrovnik to Athens via Albania: $1,757
  • 8 h Private Speedboat Tour to Elaphite Islands by QUICKSILVER activ 675 open: $584
  • 8 hours Dubrovnik Blue Cave Private Tour with boat: $498

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Athens 18
    Dubrovnik 11

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 Dubrovnik

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

  • Sunset Sea Kayaking and Wine Tasting Tour Dubrovnik: $44
  • Wine tasting and visit to Ston- Group Tour: $60
  • Peljesac Peninsula Wine Tour from Dubrovnik: $61
  • Day Tour of Korcula Island from Dubrovnik with Wine Tasting: $63
  • FAMOUS LEGENDS OF PELJESAC and KORCULA with WINE TASTING: $65
  • Island of Korcula with Wine Tasting Day Trip from Dubrovnik: $69
  • Korčula tour with wine tasting from Dubrovnik: $69
  • Wine tasting and visit to Ston: $72
  • Wine Tasting Pelješac and a visit to Ston: $72
  • Konavle Valley Wine Tour from Dubrovnik with Train Ride and Wine Tasting: $75
  • Smiley wine tasting on peninsula Peljesac: $76
  • Smiley Hercegovina wine tour: $77


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


When is the best time to visit Athens or Dubrovnik?

Both destinations experience a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. And since both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Athens or Dubrovnik in the Summer?

Both Dubrovnik and Athens are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities. The city activities and the family-friendly experiences are the main draw to Athens this time of year. Also, many travelers come to Dubrovnik for the beaches, snorkeling, the hiking, and the family-friendly experiences.

Athens is around the same temperature as Dubrovnik in the summer. The temperature in Athens is usually 27°C (81°F) in July, and Dubrovnik stays around 25°C (77°F).

In July, Athens usually receives less rain than Dubrovnik. At this time of the year, Athens gets 6 mm (0.2 in) of rain, while Dubrovnik receives 26 mm (1 in) of rain.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Athens 27°C (81°F) 
    Dubrovnik 25°C (77°F)

Should I visit Athens or Dubrovnik in the Autumn?

Both Dubrovnik and Athens during the autumn are popular places to visit. Many travelers come to Athens for the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area. Furthermore, many visitors come to Dubrovnik in the autumn for the hiking trails, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area.

In the autumn, Athens is around the same temperature as Dubrovnik. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Athens in October are around 19°C (67°F), and Dubrovnik is about 18°C (64°F).

Dubrovnik gets a good bit of rain this time of year. Athens usually gets less rain in October than Dubrovnik. Athens gets 48 mm (1.9 in) of rain, while Dubrovnik receives 162 mm (6.4 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Athens 19°C (67°F) 
    Dubrovnik 18°C (64°F)

Should I visit Athens or Dubrovnik in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Athens and Dubrovnik. Many visitors come to Athens in the winter for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine. Furthermore, most visitors come to Dubrovnik for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine during these months.

In January, Athens is generally a little warmer than Dubrovnik. Temperatures in Athens average around 10°C (51°F), and Dubrovnik stays around 9°C (48°F).

Dubrovnik receives a lot of rain in the winter. In January, Athens usually receives less rain than Dubrovnik. At this time of the year, Athens gets 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain, while Dubrovnik receives 139 mm (5.5 in) of rain.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Athens 10°C (51°F) 
    Dubrovnik 9°C (48°F)

Should I visit Athens or Dubrovnik in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Athens as well as Dubrovnik. Most visitors come to Athens for the activities around the city and the natural beauty during these months. Additionally, the spring months attract visitors to Dubrovnik because of the beaches and the natural beauty.

Athens is a little warmer than Dubrovnik in the spring. The temperature in Athens is usually 16°C (60°F) in April, and Dubrovnik stays around 14°C (57°F).

It's quite rainy in Dubrovnik. Athens usually gets less rain in April than Dubrovnik. Athens gets 25 mm (1 in) of rain, while Dubrovnik receives 104 mm (4.1 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Athens 16°C (60°F) 
    Dubrovnik 14°C (57°F)

Typical Weather for Dubrovnik and Athens

Athens Dubrovnik
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 10°C (51°F) 45 mm (1.8 in) 9°C (48°F) 139 mm (5.5 in)
Feb 11°C (51°F) 48 mm (1.9 in) 10°C (50°F) 125 mm (4.9 in)
Mar 12°C (54°F) 44 mm (1.7 in) 11°C (52°F) 104 mm (4.1 in)
Apr 16°C (60°F) 25 mm (1 in) 14°C (57°F) 104 mm (4.1 in)
May 20°C (68°F) 14 mm (0.6 in) 18°C (64°F) 75 mm (3 in)
Jun 24°C (76°F) 6 mm (0.2 in) 22°C (72°F) 48 mm (1.9 in)
Jul 27°C (81°F) 6 mm (0.2 in) 25°C (77°F) 26 mm (1 in)
Aug 27°C (81°F) 8 mm (0.3 in) 25°C (77°F) 38 mm (1.5 in)
Sep 24°C (76°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 22°C (72°F) 101 mm (4 in)
Oct 19°C (67°F) 48 mm (1.9 in) 18°C (64°F) 162 mm (6.4 in)
Nov 16°C (60°F) 51 mm (2 in) 14°C (57°F) 198 mm (7.8 in)
Dec 12°C (54°F) 66 mm (2.6 in) 11°C (52°F) 178 mm (7 in)


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