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

Should you visit Heraklion or Thessaloniki?

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 Thessaloniki 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 Thessaloniki?

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.

Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece and serves as the capital city of the Central Macedonia region. It also has a rich history dating back more than 3,000 years. As a visitor, you'll find that the city has been touched by the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires, all of which left their mark. In particular, the many Byzantine churches are quite impressive, with some of them listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

Which city is cheaper, Thessaloniki 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 Thessaloniki is €107. 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. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Heraklion and Thessaloniki in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Heraklion 65
    Thessaloniki 63
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Heraklion 130
    Thessaloniki 126
Compare Hotels in Heraklion and Thessaloniki

Looking for a hotel in Heraklion or Thessaloniki? 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 Thessaloniki


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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 and Thessaloniki Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Heraklion 25
    Thessaloniki 11

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

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Thessaloniki

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

  • Transfer up to 8 People to Paralia - Katerini - Litochoro - Platamonas - Neoi Poroi: $166
  • Transfer up to 8 People to Kavala and Keramoti: $252
  • Transfer up to 8 People from Thessaloniki to Parga - Sivota - Igoumenitsa: $664
  • Transfer services from Thessaloniki(SKG) to Vourvourou Sithonia Halkidiki: $193
  • Transfer services from Thessaloniki to Ouranoupoli (Agion Oros): $193
  • Transfer services from Thessaloniki to Marmaras Halkidiki up to 8 passengers: $193
  • Transfer services from Thessaloniki to Katerini Pieria up to 8 passengers: $168
  • Transfer services from Thesaloniki to Sani Resort Halidiki up to 8 passengers: $137
  • Transfer service from Thessaloniki to Corfu, Ioannina, Parga, Syvota: $616
  • Transfer from airport Thessaloniki (SKG) to Kalithea chalkidiki: $187
  • Transfer from Thessaloniki to Peukochori: $311
  • Transfer from Thessaloniki to Ikos Olivia: $224

Is it cheaper to fly into Heraklion or Thessaloniki?

Prices for flights to both Thessaloniki 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 41
    Thessaloniki 33

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
  • 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
  • Authentic Greek Food Cooking Class: $519
  • Crete: Farm Experience with Cooking Class, Pottery and Meal: $744

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Thessaloniki

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

  • Thessaloniki City Morning Walking Food Tour: $58
  • Dinner with a view in the historic center of Thessaloniki: $79
  • Thessaloniki Food Tour - Gastronomy Experience - 4 hrs: $137

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

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
  • Crete: Full-Day Private Tour: $507
  • Crete: Margarites, Rethymnon, Argyroupoli Full-Day Tour: $62
  • Crete: Minoan Paths and Wine Experience: $395
  • Crete: Palace of Knossos Archaeological Site Entrance Ticket: $11
  • Day Tour: Spinalonga, Elounda, Agios Nikolaos, & Kolokitha: $41

Tours and Activities in Thessaloniki

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

  • Athos Peninsula Day Cruise from Thessaloniki: $73
  • Authentic Balkan experience: $523
  • City Sightseeing Thessaloniki Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour: $16
  • City Sightseeing Thessaloniki Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour: $24
  • Day Tour of Philippi, Amphipolis, and Kavala: $137
  • Dion and Mount Olympus Full Day Tour from Thessaloniki: $112
  • Ecobike tour in Thessaloniki: $4,479
  • From 2-Day Rail Tour to Meteora: $239
  • From Pella and Vergina Full-Day Tour: $57
  • From Train Trip to Meteora & Monastery Tour: $114
  • Full Day Meteora Tour by Train from Thessaloniki: $116
  • Full Day Tour to Edessa - Loutra Pozar from Thessaloniki: $93

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Heraklion 21
    Thessaloniki 12

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: $101
  • Heraklion Area: Secrets of Olive Oil and Wine Tasting Tour: $169
  • The Gourmet Wine Tour of Heraklion area: $187

Sample the Local Flavors in Thessaloniki

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

  • Private tour: Full day Wine tasting Naousa & Ag. Nikolaos: $535


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


When is the best time to visit Heraklion or Thessaloniki?

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 Thessaloniki in the Summer?

Both Thessaloniki and Heraklion are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities.

Heraklion is around the same temperature as Thessaloniki in the summer. The temperature in Heraklion is usually 25°C (78°F) in July, and Thessaloniki stays around 25°C (77°F).

It's quite sunny in Thessaloniki. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Heraklion. Heraklion usually receives more sunshine than Thessaloniki during summer. Heraklion gets 366 hours of sunny skies, while Thessaloniki receives 327 hours of full sun in the summer.

In July, Heraklion usually receives less rain than Thessaloniki. Heraklion gets 1 mm (0 in) of rain, while Thessaloniki receives 26 mm (1 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Heraklion 25°C (78°F) 
    Thessaloniki 25°C (77°F)

Should I visit Heraklion or Thessaloniki in the Autumn?

Both Thessaloniki and Heraklion during the autumn are popular places to visit.

In the autumn, Heraklion is a little warmer than Thessaloniki. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Heraklion in October are around 20°C (68°F), and Thessaloniki is about 16°C (61°F).

In the autumn, Heraklion often gets more sunshine than Thessaloniki. Heraklion gets 199 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Thessaloniki receives 159 hours of full sun.

Heraklion usually gets more rain in October than Thessaloniki. Heraklion gets 69 mm (2.7 in) of rain, while Thessaloniki receives 41 mm (1.6 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Heraklion 20°C (68°F) 
    Thessaloniki 16°C (61°F)

Should I visit Heraklion or Thessaloniki in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Heraklion and Thessaloniki.

In January, Heraklion is generally much warmer than Thessaloniki. Temperatures in Heraklion average around 12°C (54°F), and Thessaloniki stays around 5°C (41°F).

Heraklion usually receives more sunshine than Thessaloniki during winter. Heraklion gets 121 hours of sunny skies, while Thessaloniki receives 101 hours of full sun in the winter.

In January, Heraklion usually receives more rain than Thessaloniki. Heraklion gets 92 mm (3.6 in) of rain, while Thessaloniki receives 37 mm (1.5 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Heraklion 12°C (54°F) 
    Thessaloniki 5°C (41°F)

Should I visit Heraklion or Thessaloniki in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Heraklion as well as Thessaloniki.

Heraklion is a little warmer than Thessaloniki in the spring. The temperature in Heraklion is usually 16°C (61°F) in April, and Thessaloniki stays around 13°C (56°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 Thessaloniki. Heraklion gets 224 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Thessaloniki receives 196 hours of full sun.

Heraklion usually gets less rain in April than Thessaloniki. Heraklion gets 30 mm (1.2 in) of rain, while Thessaloniki receives 36 mm (1.4 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Heraklion 16°C (61°F) 
    Thessaloniki 13°C (56°F)

Typical Weather for Thessaloniki and Heraklion

Heraklion Thessaloniki
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 12°C (54°F) 92 mm (3.6 in) 5°C (41°F) 37 mm (1.5 in)
Feb 12°C (54°F) 77 mm (3 in) 7°C (44°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
Mar 14°C (56°F) 57 mm (2.2 in) 9°C (49°F) 46 mm (1.8 in)
Apr 16°C (61°F) 30 mm (1.2 in) 13°C (56°F) 36 mm (1.4 in)
May 19°C (67°F) 15 mm (0.6 in) 18°C (65°F) 44 mm (1.7 in)
Jun 23°C (74°F) 3 mm (0.1 in) 23°C (73°F) 32 mm (1.3 in)
Jul 25°C (78°F) 1 mm (0 in) 25°C (77°F) 26 mm (1 in)
Aug 25°C (77°F) 1 mm (0 in) 25°C (76°F) 21 mm (0.8 in)
Sep 23°C (73°F) 20 mm (0.8 in) 21°C (70°F) 26 mm (1 in)
Oct 20°C (68°F) 69 mm (2.7 in) 16°C (61°F) 41 mm (1.6 in)
Nov 17°C (63°F) 59 mm (2.3 in) 11°C (52°F) 58 mm (2.3 in)
Dec 14°C (58°F) 77 mm (3 in) 7°C (44°F) 53 mm (2.1 in)


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