A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Cinque Terre vs. Crete

Should you visit Cinque Terre or Crete?

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Cinque Terre or Crete, 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.

Cinque Terre

Located on the rugged Italian Riviera coastline, Cinque Terra consists of five seaside villages exuding a charm that dates back to medieval times. Fishing boats bob in the harbors, bringing fresh seafood to the tables of the region, while age old vineyards make for fragrant signature wines. Cinque Terre is considered to be a National Park, with its five villages earning a spot on the UNESCO World Heritage List for their beauty and timelessness.

Crete

The largest and most populous island of Greece, Crete has become a frequent vacation destination for many visitors. The terrain of the place is quite varied - very mountainous stretching east to west, with lush valleys, fertile plateaus, gorges, and famous caves like Idaion, the birthplace of the Greek god Zeus. The surrounding smaller islands and beaches are key attractions as well.

Which city is cheaper, Crete or Cinque Terre?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Cinque Terre is €110, while the average daily cost in Crete is €53. 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 Cinque Terre and Crete in more detail.




Accommodation

The prices for places to stay in Cinque Terre can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is €56, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around €112.

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around €28. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Crete the cost is €56 on average.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Cinque Terre 56
    Crete 28
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Cinque Terre 112
    Crete 56


Food

The price of a meal in Cinque Terre can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is €33 per person, and a typical meal will cost around €13 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.

On average, meal and food prices in Crete cost around €17 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around €6.80.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Cinque Terre 33
    Crete 17
Typical Food prices in Cinque Terre

For Cinque Terre, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Whole Pizza
    9.50
  • Panini
    3.75
  • Sitdown Dinner (for Two)
    52
  • Fresh Focaccia
    2.12


Local Transportation

Cinque Terre's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend €12 per person, per day on transportation in Cinque Terre.

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around €10 per day to get around in Crete.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Cinque Terre 12
    Crete 10
Typical Local Transportation prices in Cinque Terre

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


  • Ferry Day Pass
    15


Entertainment

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Cinque Terre can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around €10 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around €11 per person, per day in Crete. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Cinque Terre 10
    Crete 11
Typical Entertainment prices in Cinque Terre

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Cinque Terre's activities, tours, and tickets:


  • Double Kayak Rental (One Hour)
    10
  • Bagni Eden Beach Club Umbrella
    16
  • Cinque Terre Card (One Day)
    5.00
  • Cinque Terre Card (Three Days)
    12

Tours and Activities in Crete

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

  • Classic and Authentic Day Tour of Crete: $137
  • Imbros Gorge and Libyan Sea Day Tour From Rethymno: $39
  • Small Villages Cretan Nature & Aposelemis canyon E-Bike tour with CafĂ© stop: $72
  • Traditional Cretan Village Bakery Class and Tour: $134


Alcohol

Typically, people visiting Cinque Terre spend on average €5.37 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Crete may vary from person to person, on average a person spends €9.42 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Cinque Terre 5.37
    Crete 9.42
Typical Alcohol prices in Cinque Terre

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


  • Glass of Local Wine
    2.90



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

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