A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Chania vs. Heraklion

Should you visit Chania or Heraklion?

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Chania or Heraklion, this travel cost comparison can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Chania

Chania is a city on the northwest coast of the Greek island of Crete. Chania is Crete's most evocative city, with its pretty Venetian quarter, crisscrossed by narrow lanes, culminating at a magnificent harbor. At the harbor entrance is a 16th-century lighthouse with Venetian, Egyptian, and Ottoman influences. On the other side, the Nautical Museum has model ships, naval objects and photographs. The former monastery of St. Francis houses the Archaeological Museum of Chania. Remnants of Venetian and Turkish architecture abound, with old townhouses now transformed into atmospheric restaurants and boutique hotels. Although all this beauty means the old town is packed with tourists in summer, it's still a great place to unwind. The Venetian Harbor is super for a stroll and a coffee or cocktail. Plus it’s got a university and a modern area to the city, which means that it retains its charm in winter. Indie boutiques and an entire lane dedicated to leather products provide good shopping and, with a multitude of creative restaurants, you’ll likely have some of your best meals on Crete here.

Heraklion

The largest city on the island of Crete, Heraklion on first glance is almost completely modern — a frenzy of traffic, concrete, and dust. Do not expect pristine beaches and glittering waves (those can be found on other parts of Crete). Heraklion is first and foremost a city. Once you get past its grittiness, you will find that there are some attractive features beneath first impressions. The antiquity of the place lies embedded in the modern and is presented in one of the best museums in Greece, the food is excellent, and the people are friendly and welcoming. And though the sea is not great for swimming, its presence along the Venetian port will take you to another time if you need a break from Heraklion's bustling center.

Which city is cheaper, Heraklion or Chania?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Chania is €74, while the average daily cost in Heraklion is €126. 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 Chania and Heraklion in more detail.



Accommodation

A hotel room in Chania is about €72 This assumes double occupancy and modest accommodations.

Travelers usually pay around €130 for a double occupancy room in Heraklion If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Chania 36
    Heraklion 65
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Chania 72
    Heraklion 130

Food

The average traveler spends about €26 per day in Chania for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.

The average traveler spends about €41 per day in Heraklion for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Chania 26
    Heraklion 41

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Chania

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

  • Chania Food Tours: $79
  • The Delicious Chania PRIVATE Food Tour: $100
  • The Real Cretan Cooking Experience: $101
  • Private Walking Food Tour in Chania: $117
  • Semi Private Wine Tasting & Dinner at Sunset: $131
  • Crete Bohemian Sunset Small Group Tour with Wine Tasting and Dinner: $156
  • Full Day Bygone Crete Cooking Class Adventure: $185
  • Full-day Sfakia Region Tour from Hiking, Cooking Class, Wine Tasting: $209
  • Sunset at Machairida beach , dinner , staying overnight on board ...: $1,914

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Heraklion

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

  • Live from Heraklion - Cheese Making and Vegeterian Pie Online Cooking class: $39
  • Cretan Cooking Class Gouves (Free Transfer Included): $86
  • 5-Hour Cooking Class: $97
  • Private Cooking Class Gouves (Free Transfer Included): $123
  • Heraklion Private Cretan Cooking Class at a Traditional Village: $218
  • Private Cooking Class and Wine Tasting in Heraklion: $440

Local Transportation

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around €12 per day to get around in Chania.

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Heraklion than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend €25 on transportation in Heraklion on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Chania 12
    Heraklion 25

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Chania

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Chania:

  • Private Transfer from Chania to Sitia (JSH) Airport: $581
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Chania to Chania International Airport (CHQ): $26
  • Crete Private Transfer from Chania city to Heraklion (HER) Airport: $291

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Heraklion

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

  • Arrival Transfer Heraklion Area: $13
  • Creta Private Transfer from Heraklion (HER) Airport to Agia Marina: $311
  • Creta Private Transfer from Heraklion (HER) Airport to Agia Pelagia: $68
  • Creta Private Transfer from Heraklion (HER) Airport to Agios Nikolaos: $129
  • Creta Private Transfer from Heraklion (HER) Airport to Ammoudara: $42
  • Creta Private Transfer from Heraklion (HER) Airport to Analipsis: $61
  • Creta Private Transfer from Heraklion (HER) Airport to Anissaras: $65
  • Creta Private Transfer from Heraklion (HER) Airport to Bali: $108
  • Creta Private Transfer from Heraklion (HER) Airport to Chania: $291
  • Creta Private Transfer from Heraklion (HER) Airport to EloĂºnda: $146
  • Creta Private Transfer from Heraklion (HER) Airport to Fodele: $73
  • Creta Private Transfer from Heraklion (HER) Airport to Georgioupoli: $214

Entertainment

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around €17 per person, per day in Chania. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.

Sightseeing expenses in Heraklion, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of €30 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Chania 17
    Heraklion 30

Tours and Activities in Chania

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

  • 2-3 Days Private Sailing Cruises to Gramvousa island and Balos lagoon: $3,573
  • 40-Minute Chania Sightseeing Tour by Trikke: $35
  • A tour around tradition - Apokoronas Region: $108
  • Agia Triada and Gouverneto Monasteries, Venizelos Graves Private Tour: $249
  • BALOS-GRABOUSA PENINSULA path, adventure: $162
  • Battle of Crete Tour WW2: $411
  • Cave of Zeus & Mountainous East Crete Adventure - Private Tour from Chania: $687
  • Chania Combo Tour: $106
  • Chania Exploration Bike Tour: $49
  • Chania Highlights Trikke City Tour: $72
  • Chania Old Town Private Tour: $411
  • Chania Old Town Tour: $187

Tours and Activities in Heraklion

For Heraklion, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Skip the Line: Heraklion Archaeological Museum Entrance Ticket: $12
  • Skip the Line: Knossos Palace and Archaeological Site Entrance Ticket: $15
  • Heraklion Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour: $19
  • Royalty Heraklion City Tour-Market-Creta Aquarium: $25
  • Heraklion City Tour-Market-Creta Aquarium: $32
  • From Spinalonga Island ,Elounda Barbeque and Agios Nikolaos Tour: $45
  • From Heraklio: Full-Day Knossos & Heraklion Tour Guided English and German: $45
  • Chrissi Island Cruise from Heraklion: $61
  • Gramvousa Island and Balos Bay Full-Day Tour from Heraklion: $61
  • Royalty Cretan Folklore Night Tour: $65
  • Cretan Folklore Night Tour TR: $66
  • West Crete Day Tour: Chania, Rethymno, Lake Kournas - from Heraklion region: $76

Alcohol

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Chania may vary from person to person, on average a person spends €15 per day on alcoholic beverages.

Typically, people visiting Heraklion spend on average €21 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Chania 15
    Heraklion 21

Sample the Local Flavors in Chania

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

  • Private food tasting tour (with optional wine tasting) in Chania Crete: $100
  • Half-Day Small-Group Wine Tour in Chania: $102

Sample the Local Flavors in Heraklion

Also in Heraklion, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • The Gourmet Wine Tour of Heraklion area: $187


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

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