Should you visit Heraklion or Delphi?
Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Heraklion and Delphi can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.
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.
Proclaimed to be the center of the world by the ancient Greeks, Delphi and its ruins exist on the sloping mountainside of Mount Parnassus. With breathtaking views just over the cliffs, one cannot help but marvel at the sweeping valley dotted with olive trees all the way down to the sea. The beauty of it all truly brings one to a place where they understand why Delphi was marked as the center of the earth.
Which city is cheaper, Delphi or Heraklion?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Heraklion is €126, while the average daily cost in Delphi is €82. 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 Heraklion and Delphi in more detail.
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.
The prices for places to stay in Delphi can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is €47, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around €94.
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.
Delphi'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 €6.86 per person, per day on transportation in Delphi.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Heraklion
Also for Heraklion, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
MiniVan for Private Tour Transfer in Heraklion Crete:
Creta Private Transfer from Heraklion (HER) Airport to Paleochora:
Transfer Airport to PLATANIAS CHANIA area up to 7 customers:
Creta Private Transfer from Heraklion (HER) Airport to Kastelli Kissamou:
Transfer Airport to CHANIA CITY or PORT area up to 7 customers:
Transfer Airport to SITIA area up to 7 customers:
Creta Private Transfer from Heraklion (HER) Airport to Máleme:
Creta Private Transfer from Heraklion (HER) Airport to Gerani:
Creta Private Transfer from Heraklion (HER) Airport to Palekastro:
Transfer Airport to IERAPETRA area up to 6 customers:
Creta Private Transfer from Heraklion (HER) Airport to Agia Marina:
Creta Private Transfer from Heraklion (HER) Airport to Sitia:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Delphi
Also for Delphi, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Private Transfer from Delphi to Athens-Pireaus-Athens Airport:
Private Transfer from Delfi to Igoumenitsa Port:
Is it cheaper to fly into Heraklion or Delphi?
Prices for flights to both Delphi and Heraklion 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.
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.
The price of a meal in Delphi can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is €29 per person, and a typical meal will cost around €12 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.
Meals for one day
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:
Cretan Cooking Class Gouves (Free Transfer Included):
Private Cooking Class Gouves (Free Transfer Included):
Heraklion Private Cretan Cooking Class at a Traditional Village:
Private Cooking Class and Wine Tasting in Heraklion:
Authentic Greek Food Cooking Class:
Crete: Farm Experience with Cooking Class, Pottery and Meal:
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.
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Delphi can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around €9.14 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
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:
Agios Nikolaos - Elounda - Spinalonga - (Private tour):
Architectural- gastronomic Walking tour in Heraklion:
Best of Crete (3-days Tour package):
Chrissi Island Cruise from Heraklion:
Cretan Folklore Night Tour TR:
Crete private tour: Knossos Palace, Archaeological museum, and Heraklion Town:
Crete: Full-Day Private Tour:
Crete: Margarites, Rethymnon, Argyroupoli Full-Day Tour:
Crete: Minoan Paths and Wine Experience:
Crete: Palace of Knossos Archaeological Site Entrance Ticket:
Day Tour: Spinalonga, Elounda, Agios Nikolaos, & Kolokitha:
Tours and Activities in Delphi
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Delphi.
3-Day Delphi & Meteora Tour from Athens:
Ancient Delphi Full-Day Tour from Athens:
Athens to Hike and History Tour:
Delphi 2 Day Tour from Athens with Overnight in 4 Star Hotel:
Delphi All Day Tour:
Delphi All Day Tour Taxi or Van:
Delphi Full-Day Tour from Athens:
Delphi Historical all day tour:
Delphi Self-Guided 50-Minutes Virtual Tour from your Home:
Delphi and Meteora: 3-Day Tour from Athens:
Audio Guide on Your Phone without Entry Ticket:
From Athens: Day Tour to Delphi:
Typically, people visiting Heraklion spend on average €21 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Delphi, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is €10.
Sample the Local Flavors in Heraklion
Also in Heraklion, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:
Crete: Haralabakis Winery Tour & Wine Tasting:
Heraklion Area: Secrets of Olive Oil and Wine Tasting Tour:
The Gourmet Wine Tour of Heraklion area:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Heraklion and Delphi, we can see that Heraklion is more expensive. And not only is Delphi much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Delphi would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Delphi 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 Delphi.
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