Should you visit Chania or Rhodes?
If you're trying to decide where to visit between Chania or Rhodes, 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 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.
Rhodes Island is one of the largest and most visited islands in Greece both because of its diversity of sights and its wonderful climate. On the island are some beautiful beaches, well preserved historic sights, and lovely towns. Rhodes City is the capital city on the island of Rhodes and is famous as the former site of the Colossus. Colossus is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world and the oldest inhabited medieval town in Europe. Today Rhodes City has an interesting old town that is surrounded by the medieval wall. Inside you'll find countless souvenir shops and restaurants that cater to tourists. Cruise ships also frequent the island, so it's best visited during the off season when the crowds may be slightly less. You will also find that prices drop when the crowds are thinner and the cruise ships are scarce.
Which city is cheaper, Rhodes 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 Rhodes is €108. 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 Rhodes in more detail.
A hotel room in Chania is about €72 This assumes double occupancy and modest accommodations.
Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about €92 for a double occupancy room in Rhodes.
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.
While meal prices in Rhodes can vary, the average travelers spends about €38 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Rhodes should cost around €15 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Rhodes is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.
Meals for one day
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Chania
Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Chania.
Chania Food Tours:
The Delicious Chania PRIVATE Food Tour:
The Real Cretan Cooking Experience:
Private Walking Food Tour in Chania:
Semi Private Wine Tasting & Dinner at Sunset:
Crete Bohemian Sunset Small Group Tour with Wine Tasting and Dinner:
Full Day Bygone Crete Cooking Class Adventure:
Full-day Sfakia Region Tour from Hiking, Cooking Class, Wine Tasting:
Sunset at Machairida beach , dinner , staying overnight on board ...:
Typical Food prices in Rhodes
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Rhodes:
Dinner for Two
While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around €12 per day to get around in Chania.
The average price of local transportation around Rhodes is €39 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Chania
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Chania:
Crete Private Transfer from Chania city to Heraklion (HER) Airport:
Private Airport Transfer: from Chania to Chania International Airport (CHQ):
Private Transfer from Chania to Sitia (JSH) Airport:
Typical Local Transportation prices in Rhodes
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Rhodes:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Rhodes
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Rhodes:
Private Airport Transfer: from Rhodes to Rhodes Airport (RHO):
Rhodes Private Departure Transfer:
Rhodes Private Departure Transfer to Rhodes Airport:
Diagoras Airport Private Hotel Transfer:
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.
Rhodes's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around €15 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.
Tours and Activities in Chania
Here are a few actual costs in Chania for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
Chania's Turbulent History: Uncover the stories of its Old Town on an audio tour:
40-Minute Chania Sightseeing Tour by Trikke:
Good Morning Chania Bike Tour:
Chania Exploration Bike Tour:
Small-Group Old City and Harbor Segway Tour in Chania:
Splantzia & Kum Kapi Tour:
Chania Old Town Trikke Tour- A Journey through the Centuries:
Chania Segway Night Tour:
Chania Highlights Trikke City Tour:
Small-Group Segway Tour in the Old City and Harbor of Chania:
Food, wine and traditional products walking tour by Local Insiders’:
Tours and Activities in Rhodes
Here are a few actual costs in Rhodes for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
Rhodes Shore Excursion: Rhodes City Tour:
Rhodes Shore Excursion: Private Lindos Tour:
Private Tour: Lindos Acropolis and Village:
Rhodes Private Tours:
Private Tour: Lindos and Rhodes Old Town Day Trip:
Rhodes Shore Excursion: Private Lindos and Rhodes Old Town Tour:
Hike around Rhodes in a 8 day tour! (Walking holidays):
Rhodes Family Adventure Week:
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.
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Rhodes may vary from person to person, on average a person spends €9.71 per day on alcoholic beverages.
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:
Half-Day Small-Group Wine Tour in Chania:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Chania and Rhodes, we can see that Rhodes 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 Rhodes would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Rhodes than you might in Chania.
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