Should you visit Corfu or Crete?
If you're trying to decide where to visit between Corfu 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.
Also known in modern Greek as Kerkira or Kerkyra, Corfu is the northernmost of Greece's Ionian islands, located off the nation's northwest coast in the Adriatic Sea. It has historically seen control of Venetians, French, and British powers, and today draws tourists mainly as a resort destination.
Like many beach destinations in Europe, Corfu can be expensive due to higher tourist demand and limited space on the island. But Greece is still a fairly affordable country compared to other places in Europe, so deals can be found.
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 Corfu?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Corfu is €90, 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 Corfu and Crete in more detail.
The prices for places to stay in Corfu can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is €39, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around €78.
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.
The average traveler spends about €25 per day in Corfu 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.
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.
Meals for one day
Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Corfu than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend €44 on transportation in Corfu on average per day.
While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around €10 per day to get around in Crete.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Corfu
Also for Corfu, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
(CFU) Corfu Airport To Acharavi Private Transfer:
(CFU) Corfu Airport To Agios Stefanos Private Transfer:
(CFU) Corfu Airport To Barbati Private Transfer:
(CFU) Corfu Airport To Kassiopi Private Transfer:
(CFU) Corfu Airport To Kavos Private Transfer:
(CFU) Corfu Airport To Nisaki Private Transfer:
(CFU) Corfu Airport To Paleokastritsa Private Transfer:
(CFU) Corfu Airport To Roda Private Transfer:
(CFU) Corfu Airport To Sidari Private Transfer:
Corfu to Athens Luxury Private Transfer:
Corfu to Lefkas Luxury Private Transfer:
Corfu to Parga Luxury Private Transfer:
Sightseeing expenses in Corfu, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of €12 per day, per person.
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.
Tours and Activities in Corfu
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Corfu.
Winery tour with Wine and Olive tasting at Theotoky Estate in Corfu:
Royalty Winery tour with tasting at Theotoky Estate in Corfu:
Corfu Hop-on Hop-off City Sightseeing Bus Tour:
Sunset at the Shipwreck Beach | Beach Discovery Tour:
Corfu Ghost Stories and Legends Night Tour:
Corfu Town: Evening Guided Tour With Wine:
3 Hours Corfu Old Town Walking Tour: History and Architecture:
Grand Island Tour:
Small Group Corfu Walking City Tour:
Corfu Sightseeing Cycling Tour:
The Governor Olive Mill Private Tour with Tasting and Olive Oil Workshop:
Corfu Island Sightseeing Tour:
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:
Imbros Gorge and Libyan Sea Day Tour From Rethymno:
Small Villages Cretan Nature & Aposelemis canyon E-Bike tour with Café stop:
Traditional Cretan Village Bakery Class and Tour:
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Corfu, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is €6.85.
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.
Sample the Local Flavors in Corfu
Also in Corfu, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:
Corfu-Private Winery tour with Wine tasting at Theotoky Estate:
Wine Tasting and optional Olive Tasting at Theotoky Estate:
Private tour to Paleokastritsa & Wine tasting from Corfu:
Private Corfu Highlights and Wine Tour:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Corfu and Crete, we can see that Corfu 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 Corfu would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Corfu than you might in Crete.
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