Should you visit Athens or Reykjavik?
Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the prices of travel for Athens and Reykjavik. 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. So, let's dig into it.
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.
Reykjavik is the capital and largest city in the country of Iceland. The city is where the vast majority of the country's population resides and the urban area has about 200,000 residents. The city is sprawling, with a large area covered in suburbs. The the city center is quite compact, with many interesting and colorful houses. There are a lot of things that attract tourists to this city, including an interesting culture and history as well as plenty of shopping and dining opportunities.
Which city is cheaper, Reykjavik 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 Reykjavik is €182. 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. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Athens and Reykjavik in more detail.
For a normal double-occupancy room in Athens, €102 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Athens, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is €51, such as in a hostel.
The prices for places to stay in Reykjavik can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is €103, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around €206.
In Athens travelers spend around €30 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.
On average, meal and food prices in Reykjavik cost around €22 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around €8.80.
Meals for one day
Typical Food prices in Athens
Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Athens:
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:
Flavors and Memories Self-Guided Mobile Food Tour:
Hard Rock Cafe Dinner Menu with Priority Seating:
Greek Meatballs Private Online Cooking Class:
Withlocals the 10 Tastings: Athens Private Food Tour with a Local:
Online Cooking Class: Greek mini cheese pies:
Favorite Food Tour - 10 Tastings w/ a Local:
Athens Food Tour and Lunch:
3.5-Hour Traditional Greek Cooking Class:
1.5-Hour Greek Cooking Class in Downtown Athens:
3-Hour Private Food Tour with Tastings:
Taste of Athens 3-Hour Walking Food Tour:
Typical Food prices in Reykjavik
For Reykjavik, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:
Dinner (Fish Market)
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Reykjavik
For Reykjavik, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Exclusive dinner with a local family:
Weekend Reykjavik Food Tour with a stop at the Reykjavik Flea Market:
Dinner with an Icelandic Artist in Reykjavik Home:
Secret Lagoon, Buffet Dinner, and Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik:
South Coast: Volcanoes, waterfalls & Viking dinner at the Viking house:
Private Reykjavik Food Tour:
South Coast: Small group glacier hike, fire & ice with dinner at Viking lodge:
Cook and Dine Icelandic Cooking Class Gourmet Lunch or Dinner:
Kopar Fine Dining Dinner and Northern Lights Cruise from Reykjavik:
West Iceland Private Food Tour from Reykjavik:
Athens's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend €22 per person, per day on transportation in Athens.
To get around in Reykjavik, the average visitor spends €34 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.
Typical Local Transportation prices in Athens
Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Athens:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Athens
Also for Athens, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
iMove Transfers Services Athens:
VIP VAN Piraeus Port Transfer 1 - 8 persons or Alimos Kalamaki Marina to Athens:
VIP VAN Athens Airport Transfer 1 - 4 persons:
VIP VAN Airport Transfer 5 - 8 persons:
VIP Ferry Ticket from Piraeus Port To Mykonos & Private Transfer included:
VIP Ferry Ticket From Piraeus Port To Santorini & Private Transfer Included:
VAN Piraeus Port Transfer 1 - 8 persons or Alimos Kalamaki Marina to Athens:
Ultra - Private Transfer from Athens City Centre to Piraeus Cruise Port:
Ultra - Athens Private Airport Transfer from City Centre to Athens Airport ATH:
Transfers around Athens and city tours:
Transfers and Guided Tours in all over Greece, sightseeing and Private hire!!:
Transfer to Loutraki/Corinth from Athens:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Reykjavik
Also for Reykjavik, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Luxurious Private Airport Transfer and Blue Lagoon | Included Premium Admission:
Private airport transfer with Blue lagoon stopover and lunar landscapes:
Luxury Private Transfers Reykjavik - Blue Lagoon - Keflavik Airport:
Private Blue Lagoon & Airport Transfer:
Luxury Private Transfers Keflavik Airport - Blue Lagoon - Reykjavik:
Private Transfer Blue Lagoon - Reykjavik city (with waiting time):
Airport transfer to or from Reykjavik with up to 3 hours stop in Blue Lagoon:
Golden Circle Private Tour & Blue Lagoon Private Transfer:
Private Reykjavík Round Trip Airport Transfer:
Private One-Way Airport Transfer To or From Keflavik Airport:
Luxury Private Transfers Reykjavik to Keflavik airport:
PrivateTransfer to Reykjavik KEF in Lux Van with 2 hour stop at Blue Lagoon:
Is it cheaper to fly into Athens or Reykjavik?
Prices for flights to both Reykjavik 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.
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Athens can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around €28 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
In Reykjavik, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average €53 per person, per day.
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:
"Athens city tour":
"Private tour in Athens":
''Tour in Athens'':
1 Day Private Tour Corinth, Cave of Lakes at Kalavrita & Journey by Cog Railway:
1 Day Private tour to Meteora, visit the Monasteries are lying on the cliffs.:
1 Day Saronic Islands Cruise:
10 Day Greek Island Tour: Mykonos, Santorini-Volcano, Crete, Delos, Knossos,:
10 Day Ultimate Ancient Greece Tours Experience:
10 Day to Explore the Best Historical Gems in Greece and tour in Santorini:
10 Days Private Tour: North Greece:
10 Days Private Tour: Peloponnese:
Typical Entertainment prices in Reykjavik
Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Reykjavik's activities, tours, and tickets:
Wine and Spa
Tours and Activities in Reykjavik
For Reykjavik, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
'Game of Thrones' Filming Locations Tour From Reykjavik:
(Private tour) 4 Days South Coast, Golden Circle & Snæfellsnes:
1.5 Hour Midnight Sun Buggy Tour From Reykjavik:
10-day Private tour of Iceland: Geysers & Glaciers:
1hr ATV & Golden Circle Adventure from Reykjavik:
1hr ATV Adventure & Caving from Reykjavik:
1hr ATV Adventure & Helicopter Adventure Combination Tour from Reykjavik:
1hr ATV Adventure & Rafting Tour from Reykjavik:
1hr ATV Adventure & Whale Watching Combination Tour from Reykjavik:
1hr ATV Reykjavik Peak Adventure:
1hr ATV adventure & Northern lights Hunt from Reykjavik:
1hr Buggy & Lava Caving Combination Tour from Reykjavik:
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Athens, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is €18.
Typically, people visiting Reykjavik spend on average €21 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
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:
The Greek Wine Tasting Beginner's Class:
1-Hour Wine Tasting:
Athens Old City: Wine Tasting Experience:
Greek Wine Tasting Experience:
Greek Wine Tasting Experience:
Private Wine Tasting Experience in Athens:
Local Greek Wine Tasting and Meze:
Wine Tour and Tasting in a 19th-Century Tower:
Food and Wine Tasting Tour at Night:
From Wine Tasting Tour to a Greek Winery:
Typical Alcohol prices in Reykjavik
Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Reykjavik are as follows:
Sample the Local Flavors in Reykjavik
Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Reykjavik:
Private Reykjavik Pub Crawl:
Reykjavik Food & Wine Tour:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Athens and Reykjavik, we can see that Reykjavik 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 Reykjavik would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Reykjavik than you might in Athens.
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