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

Should you visit Athens or London?

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 London. 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.

London

London is a international, historic, and diverse city. Visitors will also find so much to do here because it's a large city with many sights and attractions. With stunning beauty, it attracts visitors from all around. It's also popular because of the theater, nightlife, and live music.

Athens and London: Pros and Cons

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


How is Athens different from London?

Which is Better for a Holiday?

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

Is Athens or London better for Museums and Historical Sights?

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

Visitors will find world class museums and historical sights in London that are not to be missed. The city has so many iconic sights that we can't list them all, but some of the most famous include the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, St. Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and the British Museum.

Athens
London


Is Athens or London better for Food?

Dining out at restaurants in both Athens and London 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.

With its innovative style combined with traditional elements, London makes for a great culinary experience. Although food here was once the butt of a number of jokes, the restaurant scene has come a long way, and you can find anything and everything around town.

Athens
London

Is Athens or London better for Nightlife?

The vibe at night is comparable in Athens and London.

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.

London is a world class party destination. Some of the best neighborhoods for nightlife are Camden, Westend, Soho, and Shoreditch.

Athens
London

Is Athens or London better for Shopping?

London is generally considered to be a more popular shopping destination.

Many people travel to London specifically to go shopping. With so much iconic shopping around town, it's hard to decide where to go. Head to Oxford Street, Regent Street, or Piccadilly Circus for a quintessential British experience.

Athens is a great destination for shopping. Most neighborhoods have a shopping street but head to Ermou Street for some of the city's best shopping.

Athens
London

Is Athens or London better for Families?

Both Athens and London 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.

As it has a large number of activities for kids, London is a very family-friendly destination. Whether you do a Harry Potter Tour, take a ride on the London Eye, or enjoy afternoon tea, there are plenty of activities for kids around town. There are also many great playgrounds and toy stores to explore.

Athens
London


Is Athens or London better for Couples?

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

London is fantastic couple's destination with fun and romantic activities. With every type of entertainment that you can imagine, this city is the ultimate couple's getaway.

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
London

Is Athens or London better for Backpackers and Budget Travelers?

For backpackers, both Athens and London 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.

London is a mecca for backpackers and budget travelers. Although the city is very expensive, it has tons of hostels, affordable restaurant options, and great public transit.

Athens
London

Is Athens or London better for Students?

For students, both Athens and London 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.

Many students frequent London. The city has a number of universities and is a popular study abroad destination. It's also a very diverse city, so international students will feel right at home.

Athens
London

Is Athens or London better for Public Transit?

Athens and London 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.

London has a world-class public transit network to take passengers everywhere in the city. From the iconic double decker buses to the Tube, there are plenty of options throughout the city.

Athens
London


Is Athens or London a more walkable city?

Athens and London 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 London on foot. With many walkable areas, it is considered to be one of the world's most walkable major cities.

Athens
London

Should I spend more time in London or Athens?

How long in Athens or London?

Both Athens and London have a number of activities to choose from. You can spend a similar amount of time exploring either.

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


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

One day in Athens or London?

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 live music and food when visiting the big city destination of London. But since there are so many activities, you'll likely want to spend more than one day exploring.

A weekend in Athens or London?

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.

London is a great place to explore. It is common to spend a weekend here. 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 London?

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 London. 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 London?

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.

Many travelers enjoy the museums and theater when visiting the historic big city of London. 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.

Which city is cheaper, London 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 London is €162. 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 London in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Athens 51
    London 101
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Athens 102
    London 202
Compare Hotels in Athens and London

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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Athens 22
    London 23
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 London

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


  • Taxi Ride
    16
  • Heathrow Express
    20
  • Luggage Storage
    8.97
  • London Map
    1.45
  • Oyster Card
    40
  • Train to Gatwick Airport (2)
    24
  • Oyster Card
    30

Hired Cars and Shuttles in London

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

  • London to Paris private taxi transfers: $1,794
  • Private Chauffeured Luxury Range Rover Transfer to London Bicester Shopping Outlet: $1,229
  • Airport and venues transfer 3: $1,173
  • Bath Day Trip From London With Private Transfer in Range Rover: $1,134
  • Private Round Trip Transfer: London to Brighton: $911
  • Private Transfer Between London and Paris: $748
  • private transfer shopping trip from London to Bicester village wr (8 hours): $745
  • Private Luxury Return Transfers to London Bicester Shopping Outlet: $708
  • Private transfers to/from Portsmouth International Port and London City Airport: $613
  • Private transfers to/from Southampton Cruise Port and London City Airport: $613
  • Private transfers from Southampton cruise terminal to London via Windsor castle: $564
  • Private Transfer from London City to Manchester Airport (MAN): $547

Is it cheaper to fly into Athens or London?

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Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Athens 30
    London 32
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 London

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


  • Lunch at Starbucks
    15
  • Tea
    6.72
  • Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & Mason
    44
  • Morning Tea
    7.12
  • Pastry
    5.60
  • Sushi Dinner for One
    20

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in London

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

  • Traveling Spoon Nepalese Momos Private Online Cooking Class: $27
  • Private Cooking Class with a London Cookbook Author: $87
  • BYOB Pizza Workshop Supper Club: $91
  • Private Cooking Class in Central London with a Food Expert: $150
  • South London Food Tour With A Local: Borough Market, Southbank & London Bridge: $150
  • Borough Market Visit & Cooking Class in Central London with a Food Professional: $164
  • 3.5-Hour Shoreditch Street Food Tour: $261
  • Private Food Tour, Cooking Class and Market Visit in London with a Food Expert: $315

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Athens 28
    London 29

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 London

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


  • Two Tickets to a Concert
    93
  • London Symphony Orchestra
    39
  • London Pass
    53
  • Comedy Show
    8.97

Tours and Activities in London

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

  • 'Cutty Sark' Entrance Ticket: $21
  • 'The Crown' Film Locations Private Car Tour: $370
  • 007 James Bond's London Private Half Day Tour: $690
  • 007 James Bond's London Private Half Day Tour: $690
  • 1066 Battle of Hastings Private Tour: $435
  • 1066 Battle of Hastings, Birling Gap and Seven Sisters Tour: $2,005
  • 1066 Battle of Hastings, Birling Gap and Seven Sisters Tour: $2,005
  • 12 Angry Guests: The Online Jury Experience: $11
  • 3-Day Devon and Cornwall Small-Group Tour: In Search of King Arthur: $743
  • 3-Day Tour from Stonehenge, Glastonbury, Bath and the South West Coast: $851
  • 3.5-Hour Small-Group Food Tasting Tour of Royal London: $98
  • 4 HR Private Tour Churchill War Rooms and Kensington Palace (Private Guide): $844

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Athens 18
    London 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 London

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

  • The Original Shoreditch Pub Crawl: $27
  • Camden Pub Crawl with Drinks: $27
  • Sipsmith Distillery Tour and Complimentary Tasting: $35
  • Private:Brewery, Winery, and Cider & Spirit Tastings Tour in SW Ontario: $101
  • Gin Palace Crawl with Distillery Tour & Tastings: $107
  • English Sparkling Wine Tours from London: $392
  • Private London Pub History and Brewery (Full Day Tour): $621
  • Private visit to Bombay Sapphire Distillery and Stonehenge: $851


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Athens and London, we can see that London is more expensive. And not only is Athens much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. 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 London would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in London than you might in Athens.


When is the best time to visit Athens or London?

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 London in the Summer?

Both London and Athens are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities. Many travelers come to Athens for the city activities and the family-friendly experiences. Also, many visitors come to London in the summer for the city activities, the music scene, and the family-friendly experiences.

Athens is much warmer than London in the summer. The temperature in Athens is usually 27°C (81°F) in July, and London stays around 18°C (64°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Athens. Athens usually receives more sunshine than London during summer. At this time of the year, Athens gets 357 hours of sunny skies, while London receives 195 hours of full sun.

In July, Athens usually receives less rain than London. At this time of the year, Athens gets 6 mm (0.2 in) of rain, while London receives 46 mm (1.8 in) of rain.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Athens 27°C (81°F) 
    London 18°C (64°F)

Should I visit Athens or London in the Autumn?

Both London and Athens during the autumn are popular places to visit. Many visitors come to Athens in the autumn for the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area. Furthermore, most visitors come to London for the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, the music scene, and the natural beauty of the area during these months.

In the autumn, Athens is much warmer than London. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Athens in October are around 19°C (67°F), and London is about 12°C (53°F).

It's quite sunny in Athens. In the autumn, Athens often gets more sunshine than London. Athens gets 206 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while London receives 107 hours of full sun.

Athens usually gets less rain in October than London. Athens gets 48 mm (1.9 in) of rain, while London receives 58 mm (2.3 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Athens 19°C (67°F) 
    London 12°C (53°F)

Should I visit Athens or London in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Athens and London. Most visitors come to Athens for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine during these months. Furthermore, the winter months attract visitors to London because of the museums, the Christmas ambience, the shopping scene, the theater shows, and the cuisine.

The weather in London can be very cold. In January, Athens is generally much warmer than London. Temperatures in Athens average around 10°C (51°F), and London stays around 4°C (40°F).

Athens usually receives more sunshine than London during winter. At this time of the year, Athens gets 143 hours of sunny skies, while London receives 52 hours of full sun.

In January, Athens usually receives less rain than London. At this time of the year, Athens gets 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain, while London receives 52 mm (2 in) of rain.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Athens 10°C (51°F) 
    London 4°C (40°F)

Should I visit Athens or London in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Athens as well as London. The spring months attract visitors to Athens because of the activities around the city and the natural beauty. Additionally, the activities around the city and the natural beauty are the main draw to London this time of year.

Athens is much warmer than London in the spring. The temperature in Athens is usually 16°C (60°F) in April, and London stays around 9°C (48°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Athens this time of the year. In the spring, Athens often gets more sunshine than London. Athens gets 226 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while London receives 147 hours of full sun.

Athens usually gets less rain in April than London. Athens gets 25 mm (1 in) of rain, while London receives 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Athens 16°C (60°F) 
    London 9°C (48°F)

Typical Weather for London and Athens

Athens London
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 10°C (51°F) 45 mm (1.8 in) 4°C (40°F) 52 mm (2 in)
Feb 11°C (51°F) 48 mm (1.9 in) 5°C (40°F) 35 mm (1.4 in)
Mar 12°C (54°F) 44 mm (1.7 in) 7°C (44°F) 47 mm (1.9 in)
Apr 16°C (60°F) 25 mm (1 in) 9°C (48°F) 45 mm (1.8 in)
May 20°C (68°F) 14 mm (0.6 in) 13°C (55°F) 51 mm (2 in)
Jun 24°C (76°F) 6 mm (0.2 in) 16°C (61°F) 51 mm (2 in)
Jul 27°C (81°F) 6 mm (0.2 in) 18°C (64°F) 46 mm (1.8 in)
Aug 27°C (81°F) 8 mm (0.3 in) 18°C (64°F) 51 mm (2 in)
Sep 24°C (76°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 15°C (59°F) 51 mm (2 in)
Oct 19°C (67°F) 48 mm (1.9 in) 12°C (53°F) 58 mm (2.3 in)
Nov 16°C (60°F) 51 mm (2 in) 7°C (45°F) 55 mm (2.2 in)
Dec 12°C (54°F) 66 mm (2.6 in) 5°C (42°F) 57 mm (2.2 in)


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