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

Should you visit Hydra or Thessaloniki?

Should I visit Hydra or Thessaloniki? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Hydra

The island of Hydra is located in the Aegean Sea between the Saronic and Argolic Gulfs. Named for its natural springs, the island now has most of its freshwater imported from the mainland. The real gem of the place is the absence of motorized vehicles. Car and scooters are nowhere to be seen by the narrow marble-cobbled lanes, rocks, and sea. Such vehicles have been outlawed and so the way to navigate the island is by donkey, water taxi, or on foot.

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 Hydra?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Hydra is €78, 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. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Hydra and Thessaloniki in more detail.



Accommodation

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around €41. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Hydra the cost is €82 on average.

An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about €126 in Thessaloniki For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Hydra 41
    Thessaloniki 63
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Hydra 82
    Thessaloniki 126

Food

The average traveler spends about €24 per day in Hydra 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 average traveler spends about €33 per day in Thessaloniki 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
    Hydra 24
    Thessaloniki 33

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

Local Transportation

The cost of a taxi ride in Hydra is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent €21 per person, per day, on local transportation in Hydra.

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Thessaloniki than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend €11 on transportation in Thessaloniki on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Hydra 21
    Thessaloniki 11

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Thessaloniki

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

  • One Way Private Transfer from SKG Apt to or from Thessaloniki City Center: $40
  • Private Airport Round-trip Transfer: Thessaloniki Airport - Thessaloniki City: $44
  • Private Airport Transfer: Thessaloniki Int. Airport (SKG) to Thessaloniki: $18
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Thessaloniki to Thessaloniki Int. Airport (SKG): $18
  • Private Arrival Airport Transfer from Thessaloniki Airport to Thessaloniki City: $22
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Thessaloniki Airport to Halkidiki Area: $87
  • Private Departure Transfer from Thessaloniki City Center To Thessaloniki Airport: $22
  • Private Departure Transfer: Thessaloniki City to Thessaloniki Airport: $22
  • Private Minivan Transfer to Meteora and back from Thessaloniki: $467
  • Private Transfer From Thessaloniki Airport (SKG) to Katerini - Litochoro: $174
  • Private Transfer From Thessaloniki To Athens: $373
  • Private Transfer From Thessaloniki/SKG Airport to Athens-ATH Airport-Pireaus: $627

Entertainment

Entertainment and activities in Hydra typically cost an average of €9.14 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

Sightseeing expenses in Thessaloniki, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of €21 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Hydra 9.14
    Thessaloniki 21

Tours and Activities in Thessaloniki

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

  • City Sightseeing Thessaloniki Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour: $16
  • City Sightseeing Thessaloniki Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour: $24
  • Open Markets Food Tasting Tour: $38
  • Customized Private Walking Tour with a Local: $38
  • Thessaloniki Half-Day Tour and Archaeological Museum Visit: $45
  • Half-Day Private Tour in Olympus Mountain: $50
  • Day Trip to Ouranoupoli with Mt. Athos Cruise: $50
  • Historic Walking Tour: $58
  • Pella and Vergina Full-Day Tour from Thessaloniki: $70
  • Athos Peninsula Day Cruise from Thessaloniki: $73
  • Jewish Sights – Thessaloniki Private City Tour: $75
  • Private hiking tour to Olympus mountain: $81

Alcohol

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Hydra may vary from person to person, on average a person spends €9.14 per day on alcoholic beverages.

Typically, people visiting Thessaloniki spend on average €12 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Hydra 9.14
    Thessaloniki 12

Sample the Local Flavors in Thessaloniki

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

  • From Full-Day Private Group Wine Tour: $478
  • Private tour: Full day Wine tasting Naousa & Ag. Nikolaos: $535


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

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