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

Should you visit Athens or Lucerne?

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 Lucerne. 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.

Lucerne

Lucerne is a vibrant, scenic, and active city. Because this is such a big city, visitors will find many sights and attractions around town. With stunning beauty, it attracts visitors from all around. It's also popular because of the museums, nightlife, and food.

Athens and Lucerne: 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
  • Good for students
  • Big city activities
Pros
  • Popular museums and historical sights
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Impressive beauty
Cons
  • Less popular for food
  • Less popular with backpackers
  • Less popular for students


How is Athens different from Lucerne?

Which is Better for a Holiday?

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

Is Athens or Lucerne better for Museums and Historical Sights?

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

Lucerne offers many unique museums, sights, and landmarks that will make for a memorable trip. Top sights in town include the famous Chapel Bridge, the Lion Monument and the town walls and towers. There are also a number of museums including the Swiss Transport Museum and Museum Sammlung Rosengart.

Athens
Lucerne


Is Athens or Lucerne better for Food?

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

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.

Lucerne offers number of good local restaurants to choose from. Food is expensive around town, but there are some unique specialties like fondue, brätwurst, and of course, chocolate. It's nice to sit out by the river and enjoy a hearty meal while you soak up the view.

Athens
Lucerne

Is Athens or Lucerne better for Nightlife?

The vibe at night is comparable in Athens and Lucerne.

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.

Lucerne has plenty to do after the sun goes down. The city has some of the best nightlife in Switzerland, with many lively clubs, bars, and pubs. There are also many local events that hosted in town and bring in a crowd.

Athens
Lucerne

Is Athens or Lucerne better for Shopping?

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

Lucerne is an extremely popular place for shoppers. The city is filled with high end shopping opportunities with everything from boutique shops to major chains. Popular items to purchase in town include chocolate, watches, jewelry, and Swiss army knives.

Athens
Lucerne

Is Athens or Lucerne better for Families?

Both Athens and Lucerne 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.

Lucerne is a family-friendly place to visit. The city is filled with history and there are a number of playgrounds around town. If the weather's warm, you can also take a swim in Lake Lucerne. Many kids enjoy escaping the city and doing a day trip to the amazing Mt. Titlis, or other peaks that are nearby.

Athens
Lucerne


Is Athens or Lucerne better for Couples?

Athens and Lucerne 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.

Lucerne is a very popular place to visit for couples. The city has many pleasant square, excellent restaurants, and a romantic atmosphere that makes for a great couple's getaway. There are a number of nice hotels to choose from as well.

Athens
Lucerne

Is Athens or Lucerne better for Public Transit?

Athens and Lucerne 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.

Lucerne has a few public transit options. There's a comprehensive system of buses around town.

Athens
Lucerne

Is Athens or Lucerne a more walkable city?

Athens and Lucerne 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.

Lucerne is somewhat walkable. The major tourist areas are fairly walkable if your hotel is in a convenient location.

Athens
Lucerne

Should I spend more time in Lucerne or Athens?

How long in Athens or Lucerne?

Visitors can find plenty of fun things to do in both Athens and Lucerne. With generally more activities and things to do, visitors tend to spend more time in Athens than Lucerne.

The ideal length of time for a trip to Athens is 3-7 days, and the ideal length of time for a trip to Lucerne is 1-3 days.


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

One day in Athens or Lucerne?

Because Athens is a large city, there are a variety of ways to spend your time. This city offers something for everyone. One day is usually not enough time for a trip here as there is plenty to do.

Many travelers enjoy the museums and nightlife when visiting the destination of Lucerne. One day is often enough time to spend here.


A weekend in Athens or Lucerne?

Because Athens is a large city, there are a variety of ways to spend your time. The length of your trip often depends on your style of travel. Since there is so much to do in the area, a weekend is probably not enough for all of it.

Lucerne 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 Lucerne?

Athens is a great place to explore. It is common to spend five days here. Five days is a great amount of time to relax and see the many things that Athens has to offer. Anyone can find something fun to do here.

It's hard to know how much time to spend in Lucerne. Five days may feel like too much time here unless you plan to do a lot of relaxing. It has many unique tourist attractions and fascinating things to do.

A week in Athens or Lucerne?

It's hard to know how much time to spend in Athens. With all of its activities, you can easily fill one week here.

Travelers enjoy the shopping and museums when visiting the active destination of Lucerne. 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, Lucerne 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 Lucerne is €165. 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 Lucerne in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Athens 51
    Lucerne 105
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Athens 102
    Lucerne 210
Compare Hotels in Athens and Lucerne

Looking for a hotel in Athens or Lucerne? 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 Lucerne


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Athens 22
    Lucerne 9.62
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

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Lucerne

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

  • Transfers Zurich Airport - Lucerne: $431
  • ZRH Airport - Lucern City (Transfer Service): $287
  • Private transfer from Lucerne City to Zurich Airport: $271
  • Departure Private Transfer Lucerne-Basel-Bern to Zurich Airport by Luxury Van: $251
  • Zurich Airport: Private Transfer to/from Lucerne: $240
  • From Canyoning in Interlaken w/ Return Transfer: $239
  • Rafting in Interlaken with Return Transfer from Lucerne: $239
  • Zurich Airport Transfers : Lucerne City to Zurich Airport ZRH in Luxury Van: $207
  • Between Basel and Luzern: One-Way Private Transfer: $193
  • Departure Private Transfer Lucerne-Basel-Bern to Zurich Airport by Business Car: $191
  • Private Transfer from Lucerne City to interlaken City: $174
  • Zurich Airport Transfers : Lucerne City to Zurich Airport ZRH in Business Car: $118

Is it cheaper to fly into Athens or Lucerne?

Prices for flights to both Lucerne 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
    Lucerne 48
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

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Athens 28
    Lucerne 26

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 Lucerne

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


  • 1 Day Bicycle Rental
    33
  • The Swiss Transport Museum Entrance Fee
    34

Tours and Activities in Lucerne

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

  • 3 Days Swiss Alpine Rails and Trails Tour: $2,452
  • 5 day Private Tour of Central Switzerland including Luzern, Grindelwald & Zurich: $7,504
  • ALL TRANSPORT INCLUSIVE Mt. Pilatus Guided Golden Roundtrip Tour: $280
  • Appenzell and Liechtenstein Tour from Luzern: $627
  • Artisan Cheesemaking and Chocolate factory with Tasting Private Tour from Luzern: $424
  • Artisan Cheesemaking and Tasting Private Tour from Lucerne: $328
  • Chocolate World Experience and Tasting Private Tour from Luzern: $226
  • Day Trip from Grindelwald First Mountain Adventure: $206
  • From Titlis Glacier Day Tour with Private Guide: $476
  • From Luzern: Top-Secret Mountain Fortress Tour: $471
  • Glacier Express Panoramic Train Round Trip in one Day Private Tour from Luzern: $399
  • Grindelwald Adventure Tour with Cliff walk & Bachalpsee hiking tour from Lucerne: $1,443

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Athens 18
    Lucerne 17

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 Lucerne

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

  • Chocolate, Cheese and Wine Tour in Luzern region: $627


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Athens and Lucerne, we can see that Lucerne 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 Lucerne would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Lucerne than you might in Athens.


When is the best time to visit Athens or Lucerne?

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 Lucerne in the Summer?

Both Lucerne and Athens are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities. The summer months attract visitors to Athens because of the city activities and the family-friendly experiences. Also, the city activities and the family-friendly experiences are the main draw to Lucerne this time of year.

Athens is a little warmer than Lucerne in the summer. The temperature in Athens is usually 27°C (81°F) in July, and Lucerne stays around 21°C (70°F).

It's quite sunny in Lucerne. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Athens. Athens usually receives more sunshine than Lucerne during summer. At this time of the year, Athens gets 357 hours of sunny skies, while Lucerne receives 241 hours of full sun.

In July, Athens usually receives less rain than Lucerne. At this time of the year, Athens gets 6 mm (0.2 in) of rain, while Lucerne receives 89 mm (3.5 in) of rain.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Athens 27°C (81°F) 
    Lucerne 21°C (70°F)

Should I visit Athens or Lucerne in the Autumn?

Both Lucerne and Athens during the autumn are popular places to visit. The city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area are the main draw to Athens this time of year. Also, many travelers come to Lucerne for the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area.

In the autumn, Athens is a little warmer than Lucerne. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Athens in October are around 19°C (67°F), and Lucerne is about 13°C (56°F).

It's quite sunny in Athens. In the autumn, Athens often gets more sunshine than Lucerne. Athens gets 206 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Lucerne receives 120 hours of full sun.

Athens usually gets less rain in October than Lucerne. Athens gets 48 mm (1.9 in) of rain, while Lucerne receives 70 mm (2.8 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Athens 19°C (67°F) 
    Lucerne 13°C (56°F)

Should I visit Athens or Lucerne in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Athens and Lucerne. Many travelers come to Athens for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine. Also, many visitors come to Lucerne in the winter for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine.

Lucerne can get quite cold in the winter. In January, Athens is generally much warmer than Lucerne. Temperatures in Athens average around 10°C (51°F), and Lucerne stays around 3°C (37°F).

Athens usually receives more sunshine than Lucerne during winter. At this time of the year, Athens gets 143 hours of sunny skies, while Lucerne receives 55 hours of full sun.

In January, Athens usually receives less rain than Lucerne. At this time of the year, Athens gets 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain, while Lucerne receives 77 mm (3 in) of rain.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Athens 10°C (51°F) 
    Lucerne 3°C (37°F)

Should I visit Athens or Lucerne in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Athens as well as Lucerne. Many visitors come to Athens in the spring for the activities around the city and the natural beauty. Also, most visitors come to Lucerne for the activities around the city and the natural beauty during these months.

Athens is a little warmer than Lucerne in the spring. The temperature in Athens is usually 16°C (60°F) in April, and Lucerne stays around 12°C (53°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 Lucerne. Athens gets 226 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Lucerne receives 150 hours of full sun.

Athens usually gets less rain in April than Lucerne. Athens gets 25 mm (1 in) of rain, while Lucerne receives 79 mm (3.1 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Athens 16°C (60°F) 
    Lucerne 12°C (53°F)

Typical Weather for Lucerne and Athens

Athens Lucerne
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 10°C (51°F) 45 mm (1.8 in) 3°C (37°F) 77 mm (3 in)
Feb 11°C (51°F) 48 mm (1.9 in) 5°C (40°F) 70 mm (2.8 in)
Mar 12°C (54°F) 44 mm (1.7 in) 8°C (46°F) 72 mm (2.8 in)
Apr 16°C (60°F) 25 mm (1 in) 12°C (53°F) 79 mm (3.1 in)
May 20°C (68°F) 14 mm (0.6 in) 16°C (60°F) 101 mm (4 in)
Jun 24°C (76°F) 6 mm (0.2 in) 19°C (66°F) 100 mm (3.9 in)
Jul 27°C (81°F) 6 mm (0.2 in) 21°C (70°F) 89 mm (3.5 in)
Aug 27°C (81°F) 8 mm (0.3 in) 21°C (69°F) 104 mm (4.1 in)
Sep 24°C (76°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 18°C (64°F) 79 mm (3.1 in)
Oct 19°C (67°F) 48 mm (1.9 in) 13°C (56°F) 70 mm (2.8 in)
Nov 16°C (60°F) 51 mm (2 in) 7°C (45°F) 82 mm (3.2 in)
Dec 12°C (54°F) 66 mm (2.6 in) 4°C (39°F) 83 mm (3.3 in)


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