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

Should you visit Athens or Sydney?

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 Sydney. 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 Sydney?

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.

Sydney

Sydney, known as the harbour city, is the most famous and frequently visited city in Australia. It is at the economical and cultural heart of the country, and is one of the most beautiful and livable cities in the world. It's situated on the water with stunning views of the famous harbour throughout the city. It's most famous landmarks include the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It is also very close wonderful beaches, parks, and nature.

Which city is cheaper, Sydney 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 Sydney is €142. 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 Sydney in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Athens 51
    Sydney 82
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Athens 102
    Sydney 164

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Athens 22
    Sydney 12
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 ATHENS or vice versa PRIVATE LUXURY TRANSFERS: $62
  • Airport Transfer: $77
  • Airport Transfer/ Athens Greece: $59
  • Airport pick up taxi and minivans transfers ,tours and trips: $60
  • Airport transfer: $156
  • Ancient Olympia Taxi Transfer from Athens: $539
  • Arrival Private Transfer Luxury Van Athens Rafina Port to Athens City: $100
  • Athens & Sounio Taxi Multiple Destination Transfer: $311
  • Athens Airport Departure Private Transfer. Depart in Style!: $62
  • Athens Airport Departure Transfer (Athens Hotels to Athens Airport): $66
  • Athens Airport Departure Transfer: Athens Hotels to Athens Airport Shuttle Bus: $34
  • Athens Airport Private Departure Transfer: $28

Typical Local Transportation prices in Sydney

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


  • Taxi Ride
    14
  • Taxi to Airport
    17

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Sydney

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Sydney:

  • 1-hour Sydney CBD to Sydney Airport Transfer in Party Limo: $435
  • Sydney Harbour: Private Helicopter Flight with Transfer: $433
  • Blue Mountains Limousine Transfer: $371
  • Private 24 Seat Mini Bus Sydney CBD To Penrith Stadium Transfer: $315
  • Private 13 Seat Mini Bus Sydney CBD To Penrith Stadium Transfer: $284
  • Private 24 Seat Mini Bus Sydney CBD To BankWest Stadium Transfer: $268
  • Private 13 Seat Mini Bus Sydney CBD To BankWest Stadium Transfer: $236
  • Private 24 Seat Mini Bus Sydney CBD To Taronga Zoo Transfer: $205
  • Transfer from Sydney Airport to Sydney Central Business District - ROUND TRIP: $176
  • Private 13 Seat Mini Bus Sydney CBD To Taronga Zoo Transfer: $157
  • Round trip transfer in private minivan from-to Sydney Airport in Sydney Downtown: $149
  • Sydney Transfer (Airport to Hotel in Sydney Central Business) ROUND-TRIP: $149

Is it cheaper to fly into Athens or Sydney?

Prices for flights to both Sydney 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
    Sydney 37
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 Sydney

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Sydney:


  • Tea
    2.74
  • Lunch Special
    10
  • Food/Drink Coogie Beach
    10
  • Meat Pies
    3.42

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Sydney

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

  • Retro Dinner Cruise on Sydney Harbour: $59
  • Dinner Christmas Party! Nov&Dec: $62
  • Vivid Dinner Cruise Sydney Harbour: $63
  • Latino Dinner Cruise on Sydney Harbour: $67
  • Harbour Dinner Cruise with 3 or 6-Course Menu: $71
  • Valentine's Day Dinner Cruise with live Brazilian show on Sydney Harbour: $78
  • Sydney Harbour Sunset Dinner Cruise: $78
  • Tall Ship Harbour Twilight Dinner Cruise: $79
  • Australia Day Dinner and Fireworks Cruise on Sydney Harbour: $103
  • Harbor Cruise with 3-Course Premium Dinner: $123
  • Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise: $126
  • Sydney Harbour Gold Penfolds Dinner Cruise: $197

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

Tours and Activities in Athens

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

  • Athens virtual History, Philosophy and Democracy Tour: $6.22
  • Skip the Line: Frissiras Museum Entrance Ticket: $7.46
  • Skip the Line: War Museum of Athens Entrance Ticket: $7.46
  • Skip the Line: Temple of Olympian Zeus Entrance Ticket: $8.09
  • Skip the Line: Roman Agora of Athens Entrance Ticket: $8.71
  • Athens Museum of Cycladic Art Admission Ticket: $8.71
  • Skip the Line: Admission Ticket for Acropolis Museum: $9.33
  • Temple of Olympian Zeus: Self-Guided Audio Tour on your Phone (without ticket): $9.94
  • Skip the Line: Ancient Agora of Athens and Temple of Hephaestus Entrance Ticket: $11
  • Benaki Museum of Islamic Art Entrance Ticket: $11
  • Athens Museum of Illusions Ticket: $11
  • Self-Guided City Experience: $12

Typical Entertainment prices in Sydney

Here are a few typical costs in Sydney for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:


  • Theatre Show
    31
  • Sydney Tower Visit (for 2)
    32
  • Blue Mountain Tour/Featherdale Park (for 2)
    130
  • Powerhouse Museum
    10

Tours and Activities in Sydney

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

  • 1 Hour Northern Beaches Trike Tour: $127
  • 10-Day Surf Adventure from Sydney to Brisbane Including Coffs Harbour, Byron Bay and Gold Coast: $2,371
  • 2 Hours Running Tour in Sydney: $170
  • 2-Day Hunter Valley Small-Group Tasting Tour: $420
  • 2hr Explorer Cruise - Sydney's best value whale watching cruise: $47
  • 3 Hour Discovery Cruise Ultimate Whale Watching Experience: $69
  • 3-Day Blue Mountains and Hunter Valley Small-Group Eco-Tour: $908
  • 3-Day Tour from Sydney to the Gold Coast Including Port Stephens and Byron Bay: $832
  • 3.5 Hours Explore Bondi Beach and Sydney Sightseeing Tour: $168
  • 4 Day Blue Mountains & the Southern Highlands Adventure: $1,367
  • 4-Hour Private Sydney Sightseeing Tour with Pickup: $427
  • 6 Hour South Coast Tour: $340

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Athens 18
    Sydney 13

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

Typical Alcohol prices in Sydney

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Sydney:


  • Wine
    11

Sample the Local Flavors in Sydney

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

  • Urban Winery Wine Tasting Tour with Cheese Platter: $61
  • Brewery, Winery, and Distillery Tasting Tour: $112
  • Northern Beaches Brewery Tour and Tasting: $123
  • Small-Group Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tour from Sydney: $130
  • Hunter Valley Wine Tour from Sydney with Lunch and 3 Cellar Door Tastings: $138
  • Hunter Valley Small Group Luxury Wine Tasting Tour from Sydney: $138
  • Sip n Savour: Southern Highlands Premium Wine Tour from Sydney: $154
  • Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tour from Sydney: $157
  • Wine Tours Sydney - Southern Highlands Day Escape, Full Day Wine Tasting Tour: $217
  • Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Small Group: Cheese, Choc, Lunch, from Sydney+Hunter: $217
  • Hunter Valley Wine Tour from Sydney | Private Sydney Wine Tour: $356
  • Hunter Valley Highlights Private Wine Tour from Sydney: $387


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


When is the best time to visit Athens or Sydney?

Even though both destinations experience a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, they experience these seasons at different times of the year. Sydney 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 Sydney in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Athens as well as Sydney. Many visitors come to Athens in the summer for the city activities and the family-friendly experiences.

Athens is a little warmer than Sydney in the summer. The temperature in Athens is usually 27°C (81°F) in July, and Sydney stays around 23°C (73°F)in January.

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Sydney. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Athens this time of the year. In the summer, Athens often gets more sunshine than Sydneyin January. Athens gets 357 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Sydney receives 236 hours of full sun.

It's quite rainy in Sydney. Athens usually gets less rain in July than Sydneyin January. Athens gets 6 mm (0.2 in) of rain, while Sydney receives 116 mm (4.6 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July and January
    Athens 27°C (81°F) 
    Sydney 23°C (73°F)

Should I visit Athens or Sydney in the Autumn?

Both Sydney and Athens are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities. Most visitors come to Athens for the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area during these months.

In the autumn, Athens is around the same temperature as Sydney. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Athens in October are around 19°C (67°F), and Sydney is about 19°C (65°F)in April.

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Athens. Athens usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Sydney during autumn. At this time of the year, Athens gets 206 hours of sunny skies, while Sydney receives 195 hours of full sun.

It rains a lot this time of the year in Sydney. In October, Athens usually receives less rain than Sydneyin April. At this time of the year, Athens gets 48 mm (1.9 in) of rain, while Sydney receives 120 mm (4.7 in) of rain.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October and April
    Athens 19°C (67°F) 
    Sydney 19°C (65°F)

Should I visit Athens or Sydney in the Winter?

Both Sydney and Athens during the winter are popular places to visit. The winter months attract visitors to Athens because of the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine.

In January, Athens is generally cooler than Sydneyin July. Temperatures in Athens average around 10°C (51°F), and Sydney stays around 12°C (53°F).

In Sydney, it's very sunny this time of the year. In the winter, Athens often gets less sunshine than Sydneyin July. Athens gets 143 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Sydney receives 208 hours of full sun.

Athens usually gets less rain in January than Sydneyin July. Athens gets 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain, while Sydney receives 54 mm (2.1 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January and July
    Athens 10°C (51°F) 
    Sydney 12°C (53°F)

Should I visit Athens or Sydney in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Athens and Sydney. The activities around the city and the natural beauty are the main draw to Athens this time of year.

Athens is cooler than Sydney in the spring. The temperature in Athens is usually 16°C (60°F) in April, and Sydney stays around 18°C (64°F)in October.

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Sydney this time of the year. In Athens, it's very sunny this time of the year. Athens usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Sydney during spring. At this time of the year, Athens gets 226 hours of sunny skies, while Sydney receives 240 hours of full sun.

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


  • Spring Average Temperatures April and October
    Athens 16°C (60°F) 
    Sydney 18°C (64°F)

Typical Weather for Sydney and Athens

Athens Sydney
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 10°C (51°F) 45 mm (1.8 in) 23°C (73°F) 116 mm (4.6 in)
Feb 11°C (51°F) 48 mm (1.9 in) 23°C (73°F) 113 mm (4.4 in)
Mar 12°C (54°F) 44 mm (1.7 in) 21°C (70°F) 148 mm (5.8 in)
Apr 16°C (60°F) 25 mm (1 in) 19°C (65°F) 120 mm (4.7 in)
May 20°C (68°F) 14 mm (0.6 in) 15°C (60°F) 88 mm (3.5 in)
Jun 24°C (76°F) 6 mm (0.2 in) 13°C (55°F) 128 mm (5 in)
Jul 27°C (81°F) 6 mm (0.2 in) 12°C (53°F) 54 mm (2.1 in)
Aug 27°C (81°F) 8 mm (0.3 in) 13°C (55°F) 90 mm (3.5 in)
Sep 24°C (76°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 15°C (59°F) 60 mm (2.4 in)
Oct 19°C (67°F) 48 mm (1.9 in) 18°C (64°F) 79 mm (3.1 in)
Nov 16°C (60°F) 51 mm (2 in) 20°C (67°F) 101 mm (4 in)
Dec 12°C (54°F) 66 mm (2.6 in) 22°C (71°F) 81 mm (3.2 in)


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