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

Should you visit Ios or Athens?

Should I visit Ios or Athens? 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

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.

Athens

Athens is the capital city of Greece and is home to a population of over 3.7 million people. It's most famous as the birthplace of Classical Greece and the history in the city is incomparable to that found anywhere. It became the national capital of the modern Greek State in the 1830s, before which it was just a small village with a very impressive history. The city was redesigned by architects and city planners and incorporated large public squares, lots of green space, and wide avenues. The city has had its ups and downs both economically and politically, but it remains a beautiful and impressive place to explore.

Which city is cheaper, Athens 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 Athens is €103. 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 Athens in more detail.



Accommodation

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.

For a normal double-occupancy room in Athens, €102 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Athens, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is €51, such as in a hostel.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Ios 31
    Athens 51
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Ios 62
    Athens 102

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.

In Athens travelers spend around €30 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Ios 26
    Athens 30

Typical Food prices in Athens

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Athens:


  • Ice cream
    3.00
  • Souvlaki
    2.20

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Athens

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

  • Online 1hr Cooking Class: Santorini Tomato Fritters: $6.22
  • Flavors and Memories Self-Guided Mobile Food Tour: $9.21
  • Hard Rock Cafe Dinner Menu with Priority Seating: $23
  • Greek Meatballs Private Online Cooking Class: $27
  • Withlocals the 10 Tastings: Athens Private Food Tour with a Local: $42
  • Online Cooking Class: Greek mini cheese pies: $45
  • Favorite Food Tour - 10 Tastings w/ a Local: $47
  • Athens Food Tour and Lunch: $52
  • 3.5-Hour Traditional Greek Cooking Class: $54
  • 1.5-Hour Greek Cooking Class in Downtown Athens: $54
  • 3-Hour Private Food Tour with Tastings: $55
  • Taste of Athens 3-Hour Walking Food Tour: $56

Local Transportation

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.

Athens's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend €22 per person, per day on transportation in Athens.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Ios 13
    Athens 22

Typical Local Transportation prices in Athens

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Athens:


  • Airport Bus for Two
    6.40
  • Metro
    1.50
  • Metro
    2.00
  • Metro from Airport to City Center
    8.00
  • Taxi from Airport
    35

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Athens

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

  • Ultra - Athens Private Airport Transfer from City Centre to Athens Airport ATH: $9.41
  • Ultra - Private Transfer from Athens City Centre to Piraeus Cruise Port: $9.41
  • Mercedes Luxury Private Transfer Athens - Piraeus: $16
  • Athens Port Private Transfer: $16
  • Private Luxury Transfer from Athens - Piraeus: $17
  • Athens Private Transfer Service: Athens Hotel to Piraeus Port: $19
  • Athens Private Transfer: Piraeus Cruise Port to Central Athens: $22
  • Athens Private Transfer: Central Athens to Piraeus Cruise Port: $22
  • Athens hotels to Piraeus port Private departure transfer: $22
  • Piraeus port to Athens hotels Private arrival transfer: $22
  • Shared Departure Transfer: Hotel to Athens Airport: $24
  • Transfer from and to Athens International Airport: $25

Is it cheaper to fly into Ios or Athens?

Prices for flights to both Athens 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.





Entertainment

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.

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Athens can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around €28 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Ios 21
    Athens 28

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

Tours and Activities in Athens

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Athens.

  • Athens virtual History, Philosophy and Democracy Tour: $6.22
  • Skip the Line: Frissiras Museum Entrance Ticket: $7.46
  • Skip the Line: War Museum of Athens Entrance Ticket: $7.46
  • Private Tour with a Local Guide: $8.07
  • Skip the Line: Temple of Olympian Zeus Entrance Ticket: $8.09
  • The Acropolis Museum Ticket & Access to Ancient Excavation: $8.24
  • Skip the Line: Roman Agora of Athens Entrance Ticket: $8.71
  • Athens Museum of Cycladic Art Admission Ticket: $8.71
  • Cats of Self-Guided Mobile Tour in Plaka: $9.21
  • Hellenic Motor Museum Entrance Ticket: $9.22
  • Temple of Olympian Zeus Skip-the-Line and Audio Tour: $9.22
  • Skip the Line: Admission Ticket for Acropolis Museum: $9.33

Alcohol

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.

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Athens, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is €18.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Ios 26
    Athens 18

Sample the Local Flavors in Athens

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Athens:

  • Wine Tasting: $35
  • Athens Walking Tour with Food and Wine Tasting: $37
  • The Greek Wine Tasting Beginner's Class: $46
  • 1-Hour Wine Tasting: $46
  • Athens Old City: Wine Tasting Experience: $52
  • Greek Wine Tasting Experience: $56
  • Greek Wine Tasting Experience: $58
  • Private Wine Tasting Experience in Athens: $63
  • Local Greek Wine Tasting and Meze: $68
  • Wine Tour and Tasting in a 19th-Century Tower: $78
  • Food and Wine Tasting Tour at Night: $80
  • From Wine Tasting Tour to a Greek Winery: $83


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Ios and Athens, we can see that Athens 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 Athens would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Athens than you might in Ios.

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