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.
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.
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 €81. 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.
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 €38. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Crete the cost is €76 on average.
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 €28 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 €11.
Meals for one day
Cinque Terre €33
Typical Food prices in Cinque Terre
For Cinque Terre, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:
Sitdown Dinner (for Two)
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cinque Terre
For Cinque Terre, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
La Spezia Cinque Terre Food Tour:
Market Tour, Home Cooking Class, Dinner:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Crete
Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Crete.
Heraklion: Cretan Cooking Lesson with Dinner in Arolithos:
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 €19 per day to get around in Crete.
Typical Local Transportation prices in Cinque Terre
Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Cinque Terre:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cinque Terre
Also for Cinque Terre, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
From Florence: Round Trip Transfer to Cinque Terre:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Crete
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Crete:
Acqua Plus Water Park Admission with Optional Transfer:
Is it cheaper to fly into Cinque Terre or Crete?
Prices for flights to both Crete and Cinque Terre 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.
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 €20 per person, per day in Crete. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.
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)
Bagni Eden Beach Club Umbrella
Cinque Terre Card (One Day)
Cinque Terre Card (Three Days)
Tours and Activities in Cinque Terre
For Cinque Terre, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Tour with Limoncino Tasting:
Small Group Guided Tour from Florence:
Market Tour & Meal with a Local Cook:
From Pisa: Cinque Terre Small Group Tour:
From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Full-Day Boat Tour:
From Florence: Cinque Terre Small Group Tour with Lunch:
Private Tour of the Shelleys in Lerici nearby Cinque Terre:
From Florence: Cinque Terre, Vernazza, Lucca Guided Tour:
Tours and Activities in Crete
Here are a few actual costs in Crete for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
Chania, 90-Minute Segway Night Tour:
Chania: 3-Hour Guided Segway Tour:
Chania: Guided Halepa Segway Tour:
Classic and Authentic Day Tour of Crete:
Heraklion Archaeological Museum Ticket & Audio Guide:
Hiking Tour in Samaria Gorge:
Day Tour of Spinalonga, Agios Nikolaos, Elounda & Plaka:
From Chania: Crete World War II History Tour:
From Heraklion: Knossos and Lasithi Plateau Full-Day Tour:
Georgioupolis Full-Day Land Rover Safari Experience:
Heraklion: Archaeological Museum & Knossos Ticket with Audio:
Heraklion: Cretan Meat Tasting Tour in Galatas Village:
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 €16 per day on alcoholic beverages.
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
Sample the Local Flavors in Cinque Terre
Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Cinque Terre:
Guided Tour with Wine Tasting from Florence:
Sample the Local Flavors in Crete
Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Crete:
From Chania: Olive Oil & Wine Tasting - Safari Tour w/ Lunch:
Heraklion: Cretan Wine Tasting Tour & Gourmet Lunch:
Heraklion: Private Knossos & Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch:
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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