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

Should you visit Heraklion or Ios?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Heraklion and Ios can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

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.

Ios

Ios is an island in the south of Greece, located in the Cyclades group of islands in the Mediterranean Sea. It is a peaceful beach getaway by day, and a lively party scene by night. While its main town is the hub for nightlife, it is also a charming place during the day, typical of a traditional Greek village with shops and cafes against a backdrop of whitewashed buildings and turquoise waters.

Which city is cheaper, Ios 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 Ios is €73. 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 Ios in more detail.



Accommodation

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.

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around €31. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Ios the cost is €62 on average.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Heraklion 65
    Ios 31
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Heraklion 130
    Ios 62

Food

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.

While meal prices in Ios can vary, the average travelers spends about €26 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Ios should cost around €10 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Ios is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Heraklion 41
    Ios 26

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

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.

The average price of local transportation around Ios is €13 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.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Heraklion 25
    Ios 13

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Heraklion

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

  • Departure Transfer Heraklion Area: $13
  • Arrival Transfer Heraklion Area: $13
  • Private Airport Transfer: Heraklion Airport (HER) to Heraklion: $25
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Heraklion to Heraklion Airport (HER): $25
  • Creta Private Transfer from Heraklion (HER) Airport to Heraklion Town: $27
  • Crete Private Transfer from Heraklion city to Heraklion (HER) Airport: $27
  • Creta Private Transfer from Heraklion (HER) Airport to Karteros: $27
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Heraklion Airport or Port to Crete Hotels: $33
  • Creta Private Transfer from Heraklion (HER) Airport to Gournes: $37
  • Creta Private Transfer from Heraklion (HER) Airport to Kokkini Hani: $37
  • Creta Private Transfer from Heraklion (HER) Airport to Ammoudara: $42
  • Creta Private Transfer from Heraklion (HER) Airport to Gouves: $42

Entertainment

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.

Ios's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around €21 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.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Heraklion 30
    Ios 21

Tours and Activities in Heraklion

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

  • Skip the Line: Heraklion Archaeological Museum Entrance Ticket: $12
  • Skip the Line: Knossos Palace and Archaeological Site Entrance Ticket: $15
  • Heraklion Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour: $19
  • Royalty Heraklion City Tour-Market-Creta Aquarium: $25
  • Heraklion City Tour-Market-Creta Aquarium: $32
  • From Spinalonga Island ,Elounda Barbeque and Agios Nikolaos Tour: $45
  • From Heraklio: Full-Day Knossos & Heraklion Tour Guided English and German: $45
  • Chrissi Island Cruise from Heraklion: $61
  • Gramvousa Island and Balos Bay Full-Day Tour from Heraklion: $61
  • Royalty Cretan Folklore Night Tour: $65
  • Cretan Folklore Night Tour TR: $66
  • West Crete Day Tour: Chania, Rethymno, Lake Kournas - from Heraklion region: $76

Tours and Activities in Ios

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Ios are as follows:

  • From Ios to Sikinos Island & Winery Tour: $96
  • Half Day Sunset Sailboat tour (afternoon): $210
  • Ios Speed Boat Adventure: $54

Alcohol

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

The average person spends about €26 on alcoholic beverages in Ios per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Heraklion 21
    Ios 26

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 Heraklion and Ios, we can see that Heraklion is more expensive. And not only is Ios much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Ios would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Ios 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 Ios.

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