Should you visit Ios or Amalfi?
Should I visit Ios or Amalfi? 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.
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.
The town of Amalfi is at the heart of the Amalfi Coast, a region of Italy known for dramatic coastline, ritzy hotels, delicious food, and warm weather. Amalfi was the capital of a small republic in the middle ages known as the Duchy of Amalfi, when it dominated the seas by trade and power. Later, in the early 20th century, the town and the region became known as a place where wealthy travelers would spend their vacations.
Which city is cheaper, Amalfi or Ios?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Ios is €73, while the average daily cost in Amalfi is €161. 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 Ios and Amalfi in more detail.
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.
The average price for accommodation for two people in Amalfi is €158. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.
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.
On average, meal and food prices in Amalfi cost around €50 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around €20.
Meals for one day
Typical Food prices in Amalfi
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Amalfi:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Amalfi
Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Amalfi.
Lunch or dinner with an Italian family with cooking demo and wines - Amalfi:
Private cooking class at a local's home with lunch or dinner in Amalfi:
Amalfi Coast Cooking Class in Organic Farm:
Market visit and cooking class with lunch or dinner at a local's home in Amalfi:
Cooking Class Plus Wine Tasting Experience:
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.
The average price of local transportation around Amalfi is €53 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.
Typical Local Transportation prices in Amalfi
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Amalfi:
Train to Naples
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Amalfi
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Amalfi:
Private Transfer: From Amalfi to Naples:
Private Transfer From Naples to Positano:
Private Transfer: From Amalfi to Sorrento with hotel pick-up and drop-off:
Amalfi - Napoli Airport (NAP) / Private Departure Van Transfer:
Private Transfer from Amalfi to Naples:
Private Transfers Amalfi Coast or viceversa:
From Private transfer to Naples train station airport or city center:
Private Transfer from Amalfi to Sorrento: Door-to-Door, English-speaking driver:
Private Transfer: From Amalfi (hotel) to Naples (hotel-airport-train station):
Private Transfer from Amalfi to Naples: Door-to-Door, English-speaking driver:
Private transfer Amalfi to Naples:
Amalfi - Napoli Airport (NAP) / Private Departure Car Transfer:
Is it cheaper to fly into Ios or Amalfi?
Prices for flights to both Amalfi and Ios 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.
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.
Amalfi'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.
Tours and Activities in Ios
Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Ios are as follows:
Ios Speed Boat Adventure:
From Ios to Sikinos Island & Winery Tour:
Half Day Sunset Sailboat tour (afternoon):
Tours and Activities in Amalfi
Here are a few actual costs in Amalfi for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
Amalfi lemon tour:
Private Valley of the Mills Nature Reserve Tour:
Amalfi Lemon Tour Experience:
Swim and Explore Half-Day Tour:
Pompeii and Villa Dei Misteri Ruin Tour from Amalfi Coast Towns:
Amalfi Coast Kayak Tour along Arches, Beaches and Sea Caves:
Amalfi Drive: Private Tour of Amalfi Coast:
Day Cruise to Capri from the Amalfi Coast:
Amalfi Coast Boat and Snorkeling Tour in Small Group | Half-day:
Half-Day Private Bike Tour of Agerola from Amalfi:
Guided Private Bike Tour through Chiunzi Pass from Amalfi:
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.
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Amalfi may vary from person to person, on average a person spends €16 per day on alcoholic beverages.
Typical Alcohol prices in Amalfi
Here are a few samples of the prices for alcohol and nightlife in Amalfi from other travelers:
Sample the Local Flavors in Amalfi
Also in Amalfi, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:
From Amalfi Coast: Pompeii, Vesuvius and Wine Tour:
Mount Vesuvius & Wine Tasting with Lunch Private Tour:
Mount Vesuvius & Wine Tasting with Lunch Private Tour from Amalfi Coast:
Pompei Archeological site and Wine tasting Experience:
Wine Tour Experience for Family or friend's group:
6-Hour Private Pompeii & Wine Tasting Tour:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Ios and Amalfi, we can see that Amalfi 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 Amalfi would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Amalfi than you might in Ios.
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