A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Heraklion vs. Saint Petersburg for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Heraklion or Saint Petersburg?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Heraklion and Saint Petersburg can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Heraklion or Saint Petersburg?

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.

Saint Petersburg

Saint Petersburg is a beautiful city that sits on the eastern edge of the Baltic Sea. Its historical city center is threaded with canals and architecturally impressive buildings, leaving little doubt as to why this city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the second largest city in Russia, but perhaps a favorite among travelers. The metropolitan area has a population of over 5 million as well as an impressive culture with fascinating museums, restaurants, and architecture. The city has no shortage of sights and attractions, and many days can be passed while you wander its intricate streets.

Which place is cheaper, Saint Petersburg or Heraklion?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Heraklion is €158, while the average daily cost in Saint Petersburg is €60. 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 destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Heraklion and Saint Petersburg in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Heraklion 81
    Saint Petersburg 34
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Heraklion 162
    Saint Petersburg 68
Compare Hotels in Heraklion and Saint Petersburg

Looking for a hotel in Heraklion or Saint Petersburg? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Heraklion


Hotels in Saint Petersburg


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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Heraklion Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Heraklion 31
    Saint Petersburg 6.89

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Heraklion

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

  • Wine Tasting Experience @ Lyrarakis Winery (Transfer Included) : $88
  • Wine Tasting Experience @ Lyrarakis Winery (Transfer Included): $109
  • VIP Private Transfer: Heraklion - Analipsi Hotels & Villas: $62
  • Transfers in Crete from-to Airports/Ports/Hotels/Villas: $130
  • Transfer Services From Heraklion To Rethymno Hotels: $98
  • Transfer Service in Crete - Starts from Heraklion Prefecture: $33
  • Transfer Heraklion Airport to SITIA area up to 7 customers: $284
  • Transfer Heraklion Airport to SISSI area up to 7 customers: $97
  • Transfer Heraklion Airport to RETHIMNO CITY area up to 7 : $159
  • Transfer Heraklion Airport to Panormos area up to 7 customers: $132
  • Transfer Heraklion Airport to PLAKA ELOUNTA area up to 7: $150
  • Transfer Heraklion Airport to Makris Gialos area up to 7 : $231

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Saint Petersburg

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Saint Petersburg:


  • Metro Passes
    1.27

Is it cheaper to fly into Heraklion or Saint Petersburg?

Prices for flights to both Saint Petersburg 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.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Heraklion 52
    Saint Petersburg 17

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Heraklion

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

  • Troy Dinner-Show: $33
  • Spectacular Dinner-Show: $44
  • From Village Cretan Night, Live Dancers & dinner: $49
  • Cretan Night with Dinner & Live Show: $50
  • Crete: Olive Oil Festival, Farm Dinner, Live Show & Pickup: $60
  • Olive Oil Festival in Cretan Farm with Traditional Dinner: $61
  • Cretan Farm with scenic view: Olive Mill Festival & dinner: $65
  • Amazing Sunset Safari Route with Dinner: $85
  • Cook with Locals | Cretan cooking Class at Archanes (transfer - lunch included): $87
  • Crete: Land Rover Safari with Sunset Viewing, Dinner, & Wine: $91
  • Full-Day Jeep Safari Tour with Cooking Lesson: $98
  • Food tour tasting walking tour: $100

Typical Food Prices in Saint Petersburg

For Saint Petersburg, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Lunch for Two
    4.36

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Heraklion 38
    Saint Petersburg 17

Tours and Activities in Heraklion

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

  • 4x4 Safari tour Southern Crete Tripitis Gorge: $109
  • Adventure Safari Tour Secrets of the southern Crete : $101
  • Ηeraklion Walking Tour with Archaeological Museum: $83
  • 3 Hour Fishing and Swimming Boat Experience in Schisma Eloundas: $132
  • 3-Hour Trekking Mount Karfi Adventure with pickup from Heraklion: $119
  • 4-Hour Giouchtas Trekking Hiking Experience from Heraklion: $91
  • 4x4 self drive adventure: $83
  • 6.5 Hours Crete Adventure for Cruiseships in Small Group: $221
  • 6.5 Western Crete Exploration Tour for Cruise Ships: $182
  • Adventure Jeep Safari Amazing sunset : $83
  • Agios Nikolaos-Spinalonga-Elounda Tour TR: $47
  • All Year Tour to Ancient Aptera Knossos And Heraklion: $636

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Heraklion 26
    Saint Petersburg 9.16

Sample the Local Flavors in Heraklion

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

  • Ecobike Tour with Wine Tasting: $95
  • Wine Tasting E-Bike Tour: $96
  • Jeep Safari Wine Tour and South sea swimming: $98
  • Ecobike Wine Tasting Tour in Heraklion: $104
  • Small Group Tour with Olive Oil and Raki Distillery Exploration: $109
  • Luxury Private Wine Tasting Experience in Haralabakis Winery: $120
  • Half Day Semi Private Wine Tour with Tastings: $135
  • Full Day-Ecobike Old Villages Tour & Wine Tasting: $144
  • Full Day - Ecobike - Discover old villages & Wine tasting: $159
  • The Gourmet Wine Tour of Heraklion area: $165
  • Semi Private Heraklion Valley Wine Tour with Lunch: $172
  • Private Wine Tour Olive Oil Tasting and Pottery from Heraklion: $190


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Heraklion and Saint Petersburg, we can see that Heraklion is more expensive. And not only is Saint Petersburg much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Saint Petersburg would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Saint Petersburg 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 Saint Petersburg.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Heraklion Expensive? and Is Saint Petersburg Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Heraklion or Saint Petersburg?

Saint Petersburg has a larger population, and is about 30 times larger than the population of Heraklion. When comparing the sizes of Heraklion and Saint Petersburg, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.


When is the best time to visit Heraklion or Saint Petersburg?

Both destinations experience a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. And since both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Heraklion or Saint Petersburg in the Summer?

Both Saint Petersburg and Heraklion are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities. Many travelers come to Heraklion for the beaches, the city activities, and the family-friendly experiences.

Heraklion is a little warmer than Saint Petersburg in the summer. The daily temperature in Heraklion averages around 25°C (78°F) in July, and Saint Petersburg fluctuates around 18°C (64°F).

It's quite sunny in Saint Petersburg. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Heraklion. Heraklion usually receives more sunshine than Saint Petersburg during summer. Heraklion gets 366 hours of sunny skies, while Saint Petersburg receives 267 hours of full sun in the summer.

In July, Heraklion usually receives less rain than Saint Petersburg. Heraklion gets 1 mm (0 in) of rain, while Saint Petersburg receives 77 mm (3 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Heraklion 25°C (78°F) 
    Saint Petersburg 18°C (64°F)

Should I visit Heraklion or Saint Petersburg in the Autumn?

Both Saint Petersburg and Heraklion during the autumn are popular places to visit. Many visitors come to Heraklion in the autumn for the city's sights and attractions and the shopping scene.

In the autumn, Heraklion is much warmer than Saint Petersburg. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Heraklion in October average around 20°C (68°F), and Saint Petersburg averages at about 6°C (42°F).

In the autumn, Heraklion often gets more sunshine than Saint Petersburg. Heraklion gets 199 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Saint Petersburg receives 70 hours of full sun.

Heraklion usually gets around the same amount of rain in October as Saint Petersburg. Heraklion gets 69 mm (2.7 in) of rain, while Saint Petersburg receives 65 mm (2.6 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Heraklion 20°C (68°F) 
    Saint Petersburg 6°C (42°F)

Should I visit Heraklion or Saint Petersburg in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Heraklion and Saint Petersburg. Most visitors come to Heraklion for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine during these months.

The weather in Saint Petersburg can be very cold. In January, Heraklion is generally much warmer than Saint Petersburg. Daily temperatures in Heraklion average around 12°C (54°F), and Saint Petersburg fluctuates around -8°C (18°F).

Heraklion usually receives more sunshine than Saint Petersburg during winter. Heraklion gets 121 hours of sunny skies, while Saint Petersburg receives 22 hours of full sun in the winter.

In January, Heraklion usually receives more rain than Saint Petersburg. Heraklion gets 92 mm (3.6 in) of rain, while Saint Petersburg receives 38 mm (1.5 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Heraklion 12°C (54°F) 
    Saint Petersburg -8°C (18°F)

Should I visit Heraklion or Saint Petersburg in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Heraklion as well as Saint Petersburg. The spring months attract visitors to Heraklion because of the beaches and the activities around the city.

It's quite cold in Saint Petersburg in the spring. Heraklion is much warmer than Saint Petersburg in the spring. The daily temperature in Heraklion averages around 16°C (61°F) in April, and Saint Petersburg fluctuates around 4°C (40°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Heraklion this time of the year. In the spring, Heraklion often gets more sunshine than Saint Petersburg. Heraklion gets 224 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Saint Petersburg receives 180 hours of full sun.

Heraklion usually gets less rain in April than Saint Petersburg. Heraklion gets 30 mm (1.2 in) of rain, while Saint Petersburg receives 33 mm (1.3 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Heraklion 16°C (61°F) 
    Saint Petersburg 4°C (40°F)

Typical Weather for Saint Petersburg and Heraklion

Heraklion Saint Petersburg
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 12°C (54°F) 92 mm (3.6 in) -8°C (18°F) 38 mm (1.5 in)
Feb 12°C (54°F) 77 mm (3 in) -7°C (20°F) 31 mm (1.2 in)
Mar 14°C (56°F) 57 mm (2.2 in) -2°C (28°F) 34 mm (1.3 in)
Apr 16°C (61°F) 30 mm (1.2 in) 4°C (40°F) 33 mm (1.3 in)
May 19°C (67°F) 15 mm (0.6 in) 11°C (52°F) 37 mm (1.5 in)
Jun 23°C (74°F) 3 mm (0.1 in) 16°C (60°F) 55 mm (2.2 in)
Jul 25°C (78°F) 1 mm (0 in) 18°C (64°F) 77 mm (3 in)
Aug 25°C (77°F) 1 mm (0 in) 16°C (62°F) 80 mm (3.1 in)
Sep 23°C (73°F) 20 mm (0.8 in) 11°C (52°F) 69 mm (2.7 in)
Oct 20°C (68°F) 69 mm (2.7 in) 6°C (42°F) 65 mm (2.6 in)
Nov 17°C (63°F) 59 mm (2.3 in) 0°C (32°F) 54 mm (2.1 in)
Dec 14°C (58°F) 77 mm (3 in) -5°C (24°F) 48 mm (1.9 in)