A Travel Price Comparison for Greece Corinth vs. Heraklion for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Corinth or Heraklion?

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Corinth or Heraklion, 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.

Corinth

One of the oldest towns in Peloponnese, Corinth is a port city with a population of about 58,000. The area is thought to have been inhabited since at least 6000BC. In the main part of the city, "new" Corinth, there is little left to remind you of the city's rich history. Much of this area has been destroyed by earthquake. Most of the interesting archeological sights are found in "old" Corinth, a short distance away.

Heraklion

The largest city on the island of Crete, Heraklion on first glance is almost completely modern a frenzy of traffic, concrete, and dust. Do not expect pristine beaches and glittering waves (those can be found on other parts of Crete). Heraklion is first and foremost a city. Once you get past its grittiness, you will find that there are some attractive features beneath first impressions. The antiquity of the place lies embedded in the modern and is presented in one of the best museums in Greece, the food is excellent, and the people are friendly and welcoming. And though the sea is not great for swimming, its presence along the Venetian port will take you to another time if you need a break from Heraklion's bustling center.

Which city is cheaper, Heraklion or Corinth?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Corinth is €96, while the average daily cost in Heraklion is €126. 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 Corinth and Heraklion in more detail.



Accommodation

The prices for places to stay in Corinth can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is €58, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around €116.

Travelers usually pay around €130 for a double occupancy room in Heraklion If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Corinth 58
    Heraklion 65
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Corinth 116
    Heraklion 130

Food

In Corinth travelers spend around €32 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.

The average traveler spends about €41 per day in Heraklion 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
    Corinth 32
    Heraklion 41

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Heraklion

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

  • Live from Heraklion - Cheese Making and Vegeterian Pie Online Cooking class: $39
  • Cretan Cooking Class Gouves (Free Transfer Included): $86
  • 5-Hour Cooking Class: $97
  • Private Cooking Class Gouves (Free Transfer Included): $123
  • Heraklion Private Cretan Cooking Class at a Traditional Village: $218
  • Private Cooking Class and Wine Tasting in Heraklion: $440

Local Transportation

Corinth'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 €5.71 per person, per day on transportation in Corinth.

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Heraklion than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend €25 on transportation in Heraklion on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Corinth 5.71
    Heraklion 25

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Corinth

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

  • Private Transfer from Corinth-Loutraki to Athens-Pireaus-Athens Airport: $212

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Heraklion

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

  • Wine Tour - Wine Stories (Transfer & Lunch Included): $117
  • VIP Private Transfer: Heraklion - Analipsi Hotels & Villas: $55
  • Transfer services from Heraklion Airport to Rethymnon city (all areas): $168
  • Transfer from Heraklion Airport/Port to Hersonissos: $50
  • Transfer Services From Heraklion To Rethymno Hotels: $106
  • Transfer Heraklion Airport or Port to Ammoudara Agios Nikolaos up to 7 customers: $198
  • Transfer Heraklion Airport or Port to Ammoudara Agios Nikolaos up to 4 customers: $133
  • Transfer From Heraklion or Rethymno 8 Pax: $174
  • Transfer Airport to SITIA area up to 7 customers: $385
  • Transfer Airport to SISSI area up to 6 customers: $132
  • Transfer Airport to RETHIMNO CITY area up to 7 customers: $237
  • Transfer Airport to PLATANIAS CHANIA area up to 7 customers: $459

Is it cheaper to fly into Corinth or Heraklion?

Prices for flights to both Heraklion and Corinth 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.





Entertainment

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Corinth can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around €17 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.

Sightseeing expenses in Heraklion, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of €30 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Corinth 17
    Heraklion 30

Tours and Activities in Corinth

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

  • Ancient Corinth and Corinth Canal from Athens - Private tour: $416
  • Ancient Epidaurus Theater and Canal of Corinth Private Tour from Corinth: $96
  • Corinth Canal, Ancient Corinth, Myceae, Nafplio Private Sightseeing: $223
  • Corinth Canal, Ancient Corinth, Myceae, Nafplio Private Sightseeing: $435
  • Corinth Canal, Ancient Corinth, Mycenae, Nafplio & Epidaurus Private Sightseeing: $261
  • Loutraki Private Tour from Corinth: $81
  • Royalty Ancient Corinth Half Day Tour up to 4 Customers: $417

Tours and Activities in Heraklion

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

  • Accessible Heraklion tour to Knossos & Archaeological Museum or Shopping: $455
  • Agios Nikolaos - Elounda - Spinalonga - (Private tour): $523
  • Architectural- gastronomic Walking tour in Heraklion: $870
  • Best of Crete (3-days Tour package): $1,120
  • Chrissi Island Cruise from Heraklion: $61
  • Cretan Folklore Night Tour TR: $66
  • Crete private tour: Knossos Palace, Archaeological museum, and Heraklion Town: $485
  • Drive Tour Crete - Best of Heraklion Crete: $560
  • From Heraklio: Full-Day Knossos & Heraklion Tour Guided English and German: $45
  • From Spinalonga Island ,Elounda Barbeque and Agios Nikolaos Tour: $45
  • Full Day Tour to Samaria Gorge: $88
  • Full-Day Guided Spinalonga Island Tour: $137

Alcohol

Typically, people visiting Corinth spend on average €13 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.

Typically, people visiting Heraklion spend on average €21 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Corinth 13
    Heraklion 21

Sample the Local Flavors in Corinth

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Corinth:

  • Ancient Nemea and Wine Tasting Private Tour from Corinth: $75

Sample the Local Flavors in Heraklion

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

  • The Gourmet Wine Tour of Heraklion area: $187


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

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