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

Should you visit Athens or Rio de Janeiro?

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 Rio de Janeiro. 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 Rio de Janeiro?

Athens

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.

Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is the most popular travel destination in Brazil. It is the second largest city in Brazil and the sixth largest in the Americas. A portion of the city has been designated a World Heritage Site. It's also famous for Carnival, it's gorgeous beaches, and world-famous landmarks. Rio's appeal as a travel destination is apparent year round due to the great weather and plenty of fun activities. The city has a wonderful natural harbor that is surrounded by Sugar Loaf Mountain, Corcovado Peak, and the hills of Tijuca, creating an absolutely breathtaking and awe-inspiring setting.

Which place is cheaper, Rio de Janeiro 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 Rio de Janeiro is €101. 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 Rio de Janeiro in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Athens 63
    Rio de Janeiro 63
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Athens 126
    Rio de Janeiro 126
Compare Hotels in Athens and Rio de Janeiro

Looking for a hotel in Athens or Rio de Janeiro? 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 Rio de Janeiro


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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 Rio de Janeiro Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Athens 27
    Rio de Janeiro 7.63
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:

  • Athens Airport To Piraeus Port / Hotel Private Luxury Transfer : $44
  • Athens to Piraeus (Athens) Cruise Port - Departure Private Transfer: $33
  • Private Athens International Airport to Piraeus Port Transfer: $80
  • Private Transfer from /to Athens International Airport: $32
  • Transfer from Athens-Pireaus-Athens Airport to Corinth-Loutraki-Agioi Theodoroi: $219
  • "Luxurious Transfer": $52
  • A mini Embark / Disembark Tour In Athens With Transfers from airport / port.: $272
  • AIRPORT TRANSFER in Athens : $29
  • Accessible Private Transfer WAV from Athens Airport to Port Rafina: $43
  • Airport Transfer: $110
  • Airport Transfer/ Athens Greece: $29
  • Airport pick up taxi and minivans transfers ,tours and trips : $66

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Rio de Janeiro

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Rio de Janeiro:


  • Taxi Ride
    2.81

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Rio de Janeiro

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Rio de Janeiro:

  • From Private Transfer to São Paulo: $650
  • Helicopter Ride for 25 to 30min with Transfer service: $300
  • All Private Transfer from Rio de Janeiro to Ilha Grande: $275
  • TRANSFER VAN Rio de Janeiro x Búzios/Arraial/Cabo Frio/Angra: $272
  • From Private Transfer to Vila do Abraão: $251
  • Private Transfer Rio de Janeiro and Airports x Angra dos Reis (4 max): $247
  • Arrival Transfer: Rio GIG or SDU Airport to Angra dos Reis by Van: $246
  • Arrival Private Transfer: GIG or SDU Airport to Arraial do Cabo by Sedan Car: $241
  • From One-way Private Transfer to Búzios: $235
  • TRANSFER RESORTS - CLUB MED / PORTOBELLO (Round Trip): $222
  • Private Transfer Rio GIG Airport to Barra da Tijuca by van or suv: $219
  • Private transfer Barra da Tijuca to Rio GIG Airport by van or SUV: $219

Is it cheaper to fly into Athens or Rio de Janeiro?

Prices for flights to both Rio de Janeiro 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 37
    Rio de Janeiro 19
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:

  • 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 Rio de Janeiro

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Rio de Janeiro:


  • Popcorn
    0.56
  • Corn on the Cob
    0.75
  • Hamburger
    0.94

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Rio de Janeiro

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Rio de Janeiro.

  • Waterfront Dinner and Live Music in Rio de Janeiro: $46
  • Waterfront Dinner & Live Music Experience: $47
  • Feijoada Food Tour in Rio de Janeiro with Hotel pick-up and drop-off: $80
  • 9-Recipes Boozy Brazilian Cooking Class with Market Tour: $85
  • 9-Recipe Boozy Brazilian Cooking Class: $85
  • Dinner & Rio Scenarium Nightclub Admission with Transfer: $85
  • Food Tour Experience in Rio de Janeiro (Small Groups or Private): $86
  • Copacabana Local Street Bars Food Tour: $93
  • Rio Bar Food Tour with a Local - All Included: $99
  • Rio Bar Food Tour with a Local: $115
  • Rio Scenarium: Fast Track Entrance, Dinner & Open Bar: $115
  • 12 - Guided Scenarium River Tour with Dinner: $120

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Athens 36
    Rio de Janeiro 21

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

Tours and Activities in Rio de Janeiro

Here are a few actual costs in Rio de Janeiro for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Favelas do Vidigal or Rocinha's experience: $52
  • Ilha Grande Tour Full day - Rio de Janeiro by Rio Eco Trip: $105
  • (Copy of) Maracanã Stadium Football Ticket & Guide: $293
  • 03 - Guided Tour to the Grande Rio Academics Barracão: $96
  • 1 day tour Rio de Janeiro to Christ and Cable car and much more: $103
  • 10-hour Private Tour Rio In One Day: Christ, Sugarloaf, Selarón, Downtown: $260
  • 14 - Guided Tour to Quadra Do Salgueiro with Samba Show: $60
  • 15 - Guided Tour to Santa Marta Favela: $120
  • 16 - Guided Tour to Favela da Rocinha: $60
  • 19 - Guided Tour to the Museum of Tomorrow and Olympic Boulevard: $72
  • 2 Days in Rio: Tijuca Forest & Two Brothers Hiking Tours: $289
  • 2 Hours Paradisiac Sailboat Tour in Rio de Janeiro: $289

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Athens 23
    Rio de Janeiro 12

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

Sample the Local Flavors in Rio de Janeiro

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Rio de Janeiro:

  • Pub Crawl in Lapa: $17
  • Rio: Pub Crawl in Lapa with Cachaça Tasting and Live Samba: $22
  • Rio de Janeiro Pub Crawl (Lapa district): $35
  • Petropolis City Tour with Imperial Museum and Optional Lunch & Bohemia Brewery: $40
  • Petropolis Bohemia: Historic tour and visit to the Bohemian Brewery: $58
  • Petropolis City Tour + Bohemia Brewery + Lunch: $77
  • Petrópolis City and Brewery Bohemia Tour - Best of Rio's Mountains: $110
  • Brazilian Wine Tasting Evening: $110
  • Rio: Sitio Burle Marx and Cachaça Distillery Private Tour: $125
  • Rio: Sitio Burle Marx and Cachaça Distillery Private Tour: $135


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

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


Which is Bigger, Athens or Rio de Janeiro?

Rio de Janeiro has a larger population, and is about 8 times larger than the population of Athens. When comparing the sizes of Athens and Rio de Janeiro, 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.


When is the best time to visit Athens or Rio de Janeiro?

Even though both destinations experience a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, they experience these seasons at different times of the year. Rio de Janeiro is in the southern hemisphere and summer is in January and winter is in July, but Athens has summer in [NORTHERNSUMMERMONTH] and winter in [NORTHERNWINTERMONTH].

Should I visit Athens or Rio de Janeiro in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Athens as well as Rio de Janeiro. Most visitors come to Athens for the city activities and the family-friendly experiences during these months.

Athens is around the same temperature as Rio de Janeiro in the summer. The daily temperature in Athens averages around 27°C (81°F) in July, and Rio de Janeiro fluctuates around 26°C (79°F)in January.

It's quite rainy in Rio de Janeiro. Athens usually gets less rain in July than Rio de Janeiroin January. Athens gets 6 mm (0.2 in) of rain, while Rio de Janeiro receives 114 mm (4.5 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July and January
    Athens 27°C (81°F) 
    Rio de Janeiro 26°C (79°F)

Should I visit Athens or Rio de Janeiro in the Autumn?

Both Rio de Janeiro and Athens are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities. The autumn months attract visitors to Athens because of the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area.

In the autumn, Athens is cooler than Rio de Janeiro. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Athens in October average around 19°C (67°F), and Rio de Janeiro averages at about 25°C (77°F)in April.

It rains a lot this time of the year in Rio de Janeiro. In October, Athens usually receives less rain than Rio de Janeiroin April. Athens gets 48 mm (1.9 in) of rain, while Rio de Janeiro receives 137 mm (5.4 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October and April
    Athens 19°C (67°F) 
    Rio de Janeiro 25°C (77°F)

Should I visit Athens or Rio de Janeiro in the Winter?

Both Rio de Janeiro and Athens during the winter are popular places to visit. The museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine are the main draw to Athens this time of year.

In January, Athens is generally much colder than Rio de Janeiroin July. Daily temperatures in Athens average around 10°C (51°F), and Rio de Janeiro fluctuates around 21°C (70°F).

Athens usually gets less rain in January than Rio de Janeiroin July. Athens gets 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain, while Rio de Janeiro receives 56 mm (2.2 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January and July
    Athens 10°C (51°F) 
    Rio de Janeiro 21°C (70°F)

Should I visit Athens or Rio de Janeiro in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Athens and Rio de Janeiro. Many travelers come to Athens for the activities around the city and the natural beauty.

Athens is cooler than Rio de Janeiro in the spring. The daily temperature in Athens averages around 16°C (60°F) in April, and Rio de Janeiro fluctuates around 23°C (73°F)in October.

In April, Athens usually receives less rain than Rio de Janeiroin October. Athens gets 25 mm (1 in) of rain, while Rio de Janeiro receives 88 mm (3.5 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April and October
    Athens 16°C (60°F) 
    Rio de Janeiro 23°C (73°F)

Typical Weather for Rio de Janeiro and Athens

Athens Rio de Janeiro
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 10°C (51°F) 45 mm (1.8 in) 26°C (79°F) 114 mm (4.5 in)
Feb 11°C (51°F) 48 mm (1.9 in) 27°C (81°F) 105 mm (4.1 in)
Mar 12°C (54°F) 44 mm (1.7 in) 26°C (79°F) 103 mm (4.1 in)
Apr 16°C (60°F) 25 mm (1 in) 25°C (77°F) 137 mm (5.4 in)
May 20°C (68°F) 14 mm (0.6 in) 23°C (73°F) 86 mm (3.4 in)
Jun 24°C (76°F) 6 mm (0.2 in) 22°C (72°F) 80 mm (3.1 in)
Jul 27°C (81°F) 6 mm (0.2 in) 21°C (70°F) 56 mm (2.2 in)
Aug 27°C (81°F) 8 mm (0.3 in) 22°C (72°F) 51 mm (2 in)
Sep 24°C (76°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 22°C (72°F) 87 mm (3.4 in)
Oct 19°C (67°F) 48 mm (1.9 in) 23°C (73°F) 88 mm (3.5 in)
Nov 16°C (60°F) 51 mm (2 in) 24°C (75°F) 96 mm (3.8 in)
Dec 12°C (54°F) 66 mm (2.6 in) 25°C (77°F) 169 mm (6.7 in)