Should you visit Corfu or Zadar?
If you're trying to decide where to visit between Corfu or Zadar, 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.
You'll find Zadar in northern Dalmatia, Croatia. It is located on the Adriatic Sea and is the center of Zadar County. It is both the historic center for the region and the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Zadar. There are a handful of sights around town, most of which can be explored on foot.
The climate for the city is a mix between humid subtropical and a Mediterranean climate. The winters are usually mild and wet, and the summers are humid and warm. The hottest months are July and August when temperatures can exceed 30 degrees Celsius. Average yearly rainfall usually exceeds 917 mm. Fall months often remain warm and temperatures are often around 30 degrees Celsius as well. In general, the temperatures rarely drop below freezing, even during the coldest month of January. The rainiest months are October and November, although winter is considered the wet season. July is usually the driest month. Water temperatures are around 25 degrees Celsius in July and August and it may be possible to swim any time between May and October.
Which city is cheaper, Zadar 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 Zadar is €72. 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 Zadar 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 €41. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Zadar the cost is €82 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 Zadar cost around €23 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 €9.20.
Meals for one day
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Zadar
Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Zadar.
Traditional Dalmatian dinner:
Zadar Market Tour and Cooking Class:
Zadar - Private Market Tour & Cooking Class:
From Taste Dalmatian Peka - Countryside Cooking Class:
Dalmatian dinner in rented holiday home:
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.
The average price of local transportation around Zadar is €7.66 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 Corfu
Also for Corfu, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Private Airport Transfer: from Corfu to Ioannis Kapodistrias Int. Airport (CFU):
Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Corfu Airport:
Private Corfu Transfer: Corfu Hotel to Corfu Cruise Port:
Shared Arrival Transfer -Corfu Airport to Hotel:
Shared Departure Transfer -Corfu Airport to Hotel:
Premium Class Corfu Private Transfers:
Wheelchair Accessible Transfer From-To Airport:
Departure Private Transfer from Island to Corfu Airport CFU or Port by Minivan:
(CFU) Corfu Airport To Barbati Private Transfer:
Transfer from Corfu Airport or Port to Kanoni, up to 7 customers:
Transfer from Corfu Airport or Port to Alykes, up to 7 customers:
(CFU) Corfu Airport To Paleokastritsa Private Transfer:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Zadar
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Zadar:
Private Transfer from Zadar to Tuzla Airport (TZL):
Transfer from Zadar to Belgrade:
Zrmanja Rafting Private Tour & FREE transfer from or to the airport included:
Private Transfer from Zadar to Sarajevo Airport (SJJ):
Zadar to Pula Private One-Way Transfer:
Dubrovnik Full Day Private Tour & FREE transfer from or to the airport included:
Zadar to Dubrovnik Private One-Way Transfer:
Zadar - Budapest Transfer:
Zadar to Zagreb - Private One-Way Transfer:
Private transfer from Zadar to Ljubljana:
Zadar to Medugorje Private One-Way Transfer:
Private Transfer from Zadar to Zagreb Flat rate up to 6 people:
Is it cheaper to fly into Corfu or Zadar?
Prices for flights to both Zadar and Corfu 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 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.
Zadar'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 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 Zadar
Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Zadar are as follows:
4 day Zadar highlights tour:
BEST OF LONG ISLAND - DUGI OTOK TOUR, Small Group–max 12 ppl, 7 Stops, Full Day:
Croatia Islands Speedboat Experience:
Croatian Homeland War Walking Tour:
Daysailing & SUP experience:
Dugi Otok - half day kayak adventure:
Dugi otok Self-Guided Bike Tour:
Explore Zadar Bike Tour:
From Zadar - National Park Plitvice Lakes transport and Skip the line:
From Zadar to Plitvice Lakes with drop off in Zagreb - Private tour:
From Boskinac Gourmet Tour and Visit to the City of Pag:
From Full Day Public Saharun Beach 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.
The average person spends about €9.34 on alcoholic beverages in Zadar per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.
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:
Sample the Local Flavors in Zadar
Also in Zadar, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Corfu and Zadar, we can see that Corfu is more expensive. And not only is Zadar much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Zadar would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Zadar 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 Zadar.
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