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

Should you visit Chania or Thessaloniki?

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Chania or Thessaloniki, 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.

Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece and serves as the capital city of the Central Macedonia region. It also has a rich history dating back more than 3,000 years. As a visitor, you'll find that the city has been touched by the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires, all of which left their mark. In particular, the many Byzantine churches are quite impressive, with some of them listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

Which city is cheaper, Thessaloniki 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 Thessaloniki is €107. 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 Thessaloniki in more detail.




Accommodation

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

An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about €126 in Thessaloniki For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Chania 36
    Thessaloniki 63
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Chania 72
    Thessaloniki 126


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 €33 per day in Thessaloniki 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
    Thessaloniki 33

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 Thessaloniki

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

  • Thessaloniki City Morning Walking Food Tour: $58
  • Dinner with a view in the historic center of Thessaloniki: $79
  • Thessaloniki Food Tour - Gastronomy Experience - 4 hrs: $137


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 Thessaloniki than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend €11 on transportation in Thessaloniki on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Chania 12
    Thessaloniki 11

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 Thessaloniki

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

  • One Way Private Transfer from SKG Apt to or from Thessaloniki City Center: $40
  • Private Airport Round-trip Transfer: Thessaloniki Airport - Thessaloniki City: $44
  • Private Airport Transfer: Thessaloniki Int. Airport (SKG) to Thessaloniki: $18
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Thessaloniki to Thessaloniki Int. Airport (SKG): $18
  • Private Arrival Airport Transfer from Thessaloniki Airport to Thessaloniki City: $22
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Thessaloniki Airport to Halkidiki Area: $87
  • Private Departure Transfer from Thessaloniki City Center To Thessaloniki Airport: $22
  • Private Departure Transfer: Thessaloniki City to Thessaloniki Airport: $22
  • Private Minivan Transfer to Meteora and back from Thessaloniki: $467
  • Private Transfer From Thessaloniki Airport (SKG) to Katerini - Litochoro: $174
  • Private Transfer From Thessaloniki To Athens: $373
  • Private Transfer From Thessaloniki/SKG Airport to Athens-ATH Airport-Pireaus: $627


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 Thessaloniki, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of €21 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Chania 17
    Thessaloniki 21

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 Thessaloniki

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

  • City Sightseeing Thessaloniki Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour: $16
  • City Sightseeing Thessaloniki Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour: $24
  • Open Markets Food Tasting Tour: $38
  • Customized Private Walking Tour with a Local: $38
  • Thessaloniki Half-Day Tour and Archaeological Museum Visit: $45
  • Half-Day Private Tour in Olympus Mountain: $50
  • Day Trip to Ouranoupoli with Mt. Athos Cruise: $50
  • Historic Walking Tour: $58
  • Pella and Vergina Full-Day Tour from Thessaloniki: $70
  • Athos Peninsula Day Cruise from Thessaloniki: $73
  • Jewish Sights – Thessaloniki Private City Tour: $75
  • Private hiking tour to Olympus mountain: $81


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 Thessaloniki spend on average €12 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Chania 15
    Thessaloniki 12

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 Thessaloniki

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

  • From Full-Day Private Group Wine Tour: $478
  • Private tour: Full day Wine tasting Naousa & Ag. Nikolaos: $535



When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Chania and Thessaloniki, we can see that Thessaloniki 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 Thessaloniki would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Thessaloniki than you might in Chania.

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