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

Should you visit Athens or Kathmandu?

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 Kathmandu. 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 Kathmandu?


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.


Kathmandu is the capital and largest city in the country of Nepal. Its metropolitan area forms one large urban area that includes the area of Patan to the south. As of 2011 there were 2.5 million residents in the Kathmandu metropolis and over 3 million in the entire metropolitan area. Kathmandu is likely to be your entry point into Nepal and is a great place to pick up supplies and arrange the details for any treks you hope to do. Many travelers rush through Kathmandu, turned off by the pollution and crowds, but to skip Kathmandu is to miss a major cultural, financial, and influential part of what defines the country of Nepal. The city itself is quite fun to explore if you allow it enough time and an open mind.

Which place is cheaper, Kathmandu 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 Kathmandu is €51. 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 Kathmandu in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Athens 63
    Kathmandu 35
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Athens 126
    Kathmandu 70
Compare Hotels in Athens and Kathmandu

Looking for a hotel in Athens or Kathmandu? 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 Kathmandu

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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 Kathmandu Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Athens 27
    Kathmandu 6.48
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:

  • Bus Transfer to/from Argos: $14
  • Santorini Private Transfer From or To Airport: $19
  • One way Private Transfer Athens City Center to / from Piraeus Port: $20
  • Mercedes Private Transfer Athens - Piraeus: $21
  • Private Transfer from Athens City Center to Piraeus Port: $21
  • Private Transfer from Piraeus Port to Athens City Center: $21
  • Private transfer between Athens hotels and Piraeus Port: $23
  • Piraeus Port: Private One-Way Transfer to Athens City Center: $23
  • From Athens Airport: 1-Way Private Transfer to Rafina Port: $24
  • Athens Private Transfer: Piraeus Cruise Port to Central Athens : $24
  • Athens Private Transfer: Central Athens to Piraeus Cruise Port: $24
  • Athens Private Transfer Service: Athens Hotel To / From Piraeus Port : $25

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Kathmandu

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

  • Taxi Ride

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Kathmandu

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Kathmandu:

  • Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with Transfers: $1,999
  • Kathmandu to Lumbini or Sunauli Border Transfer by Luxury Private Vehicle: $300
  • Private Transfer: Kathmandu to Pokhara Hotels: $244
  • Private Transfer: Kathmandu to Chitwan Hotels: $210
  • Kathmandu to Chitwan Transfer by Luxury Private Car: $200
  • 3-Day Chitwan Safari Tour with Hotel Transfers: $194
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara Transfer by Luxury Private Car: $180
  • Everest Mountain Flight with Private Transfers: $164
  • Yoga Experience Day Trip with Private Transfer From Kathmandu: $152
  • Private cycle tour from Nagarkot to Bhaktapur via Changu Narayan with transfers: $151
  • From One-Way Private Transfer to Pokhara: $149
  • One-Way Flight Transfer from Kathmandu to Pokhara: $130

Is it cheaper to fly into Athens or Kathmandu?

Prices for flights to both Kathmandu 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
    Kathmandu 7.91
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
  • Hard Rock Cafe Athens with Set Lunch or Dinner: $26
  • Foodies’ Favorite Food tour: $46
  • Greek Street Food Tour: $48
  • Athens Street Food Tour: Explore City's Iconic Eateries: $49
  • Greek Traditional Vegan Cooking Classes in Athina: $53
  • Oriental Kitchen Cooking Classes in Athina: $53
  • Street Food Tour with Local Guide and 7 Tastings: $57
  • Small Group, Delicious Athens Food Tour: $59
  • Traditional Greek Cooking Class and Organic Lunch on Poros: $60
  • Greek Spirits & Meze, Food Tour in Athens: $63
  • Los Tacos - Vegan Cooking Classes in Athina: $64

Typical Food Prices in Kathmandu

Some typical examples of dining costs in Kathmandu are as follows:

  • Dessert
  • Dinner for Two

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Kathmandu

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

  • Momo Making and Cooking class in Kathmandu: $11
  • Half Day cooking class in Thamel Kathmandu by Locals: $12
  • Dinner with Cultural Show Kathmandu : $12
  • Half day Immersive Nepali Cooking Class in Thamel: $15
  • Half Day Cooking Class in Kathmandu: $16
  • Half-Day Immersive Nepali Cooking Class in Thamel Kathmandu: $20
  • Best Half day cooking class in Thamel Kathmandu: $21
  • Half Day Cooking Class in Thamel with Local Market Visit: $21
  • Private Cooking class in Thamel Kathmandu - 4 Hours: $22
  • Momo, Dhalbhat & Thukpa Cooking Class, Nepal: $25
  • Cooking class in Thamel with Local Market Visit: $27
  • Embark on a Culinary Voyage: Cooking Class in Kathmandu: $28

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Athens 36
    Kathmandu 7.49

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: $3.23
  • Exclusive Self-Guided Audio Tour in Old Plaka: $3.71
  • Exclusive Self-Guided Audio Tour into Byzantine Gems: $3.71
  • Acropolis Highlights Self-Guided Audio Tour: $4.31
  • Private Audio Guided Walking Tour in Athens: $4.38
  • Hadrian's Library Skip-the-Line Ticket: $4.39
  • Herakleidon Museum of Ancient Greek Technology: Entry Ticket: $5.39
  • A Neoclassical Capital: A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $5.50
  • Plaka Neighborhood Self-Guided Game & Tour: $5.93
  • 360 Virtual tour of Ancient Athens: $6.00
  • Athens Plaka Neighborhood Self-Guided Game & Tour: $6.02
  • Temple of Olympian Zeus Skip-the-Line Ticket: $6.03

Typical Entertainment Prices in Kathmandu

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Kathmandu are as follows:

  • Monkey Temple for Two
  • Patan Durbar Square Entrance for Two
  • Swayambhunath Stupa

Tours and Activities in Kathmandu

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Kathmandu are as follows:

  • 4-Hour Private Car Sunrise tour over Mount Everest in Nagarkot: $103
  • Chandragiri Hills Private Tour: $21
  • Day tour Namo Buddha : $90
  • Hire Tour Guide Nepal : $81
  • Luxury Tourist Bus to Chitwan from Kathmandu : $22
  • Manakamana Darshan- Day Tour: $199
  • One Day Tour inside Chitwan National Park: $117
  • Private Full Day Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar Square Sightseeing from Kathmandu: $145
  • Private Full Day Tour In Kathmandu City: $115
  • Private Full- Day Nagarkot SunriseTour and Bhaktapur( UNESCO) Durbar Square : $90
  • Private Kathmandu Day Tour: $70
  • Two Days Sightseeing in Kathmandu Tour UNESCO Heritage sites: $150

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Athens 23
    Kathmandu 5.34

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
  • The Original Athens Pub Crawl - Athens Drunk Tour: $21
  • The NightCrawlers | Athens Pub Crawl: $22
  • Greek Wine Tasting: $23
  • Wine Tasting in Athens: $26
  • Bar Crawl with Free Drinks and Club Entry: $29
  • Noble Greeks Acropolis Wine Tasting with Private Sommelier: $43
  • Wine Tasting: $43
  • Athens Wine Tasting: $44
  • 1 Hour Private Four Greek Wine Tasting and Food Pairing in Athens: $44
  • Organic and Vegan Indigenous Wine Tasting Private Experience: $44

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

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

Which is Bigger, Athens or Kathmandu?

Kathmandu has a larger population, and is about 98% larger than the population of Athens. When comparing the sizes of Athens and Kathmandu, 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.