A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Ios vs. Bari for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Ios or Bari?

Should I visit Ios or Bari? 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.

Bari

Off the lustrous, aquamarine waters of the Adriatic Sea, a bustling city hums to life as the sun sets. Though an ancient city, Bari still attains its youthful air, with a thriving nightlife and breathtaking boulevards. The capital city of Apulia region, Bari is the second most important economic center of mainland Southern Italy, as well as a significant port and university city. Despite this, Bari is on the list of Southern Italy's best off the beaten path locations, and is a must-see for everyone - even though it doesn't get as many visitors as Italy's more popular destinations.

Which city is cheaper, Bari 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 Bari is €91. 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 Bari 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 Bari, €118 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Bari, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is €59, such as in a hostel.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Ios 31
    Bari 59
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Ios 62
    Bari 118

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.

Food in Bari costs travelers about €26 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Ios 26
    Bari 26

Typical Food prices in Bari

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


  • Dinner
    44
  • Coffee
    2.00

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bari

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

  • Private Bari Street Food Tour by Rickshaw: $70
  • Bari Rickshaw and Street Food Tour: $70
  • Puglia Plates - Bari Food Tour: $76
  • Traditional Italian pasta Hands-on cooking class: $86
  • Hands on home made Panzerotti cooking class in Bari: $97
  • Dining experience at a Cesarina's home in Bari with show cooking: $106
  • Small-group Street food tour in Bari: $111
  • Private Cooking class in a Local Apulian Masseria: $135
  • Private Tour: Pane and Pomodoro Beach Excursion plus Cooking Class with Lunch: $160
  • Small Group Market tour and Cooking class in Bari: $162
  • Private Pizza & Tiramisu Class at a Cesarina's home with tasting in Bari: $180
  • Private cooking class at a local's home with tasting in Bari: $180

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.

Bari'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 €9.18 per person, per day on transportation in Bari.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Ios 13
    Bari 9.18

Typical Local Transportation prices in Bari

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


  • Train to Lecce
    44

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bari

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

  • Bari Private Transfer: Cruise Port or central rail station to Hotel: $37
  • Bari Private Transfer: City to Cruise Port or central rail station: $37
  • Private Departure Transfer: Hotel in Bari city to Bari Airport: $45
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Bari Airport to Bari city Hotel: $45
  • Departure Private Transfer Bari City to Bari BRI Airport by Business Car or Van: $52
  • Private Transfer to and from Bari - Bari Area: $56
  • Private Airport to Matera Transfer: $68
  • Private transfer from Bari to Polignano or vice versa: $76
  • Private Transfer to and from Bari - Brindisi Area: $82
  • Private transfer from Bari to Matera or vice versa: $82
  • Private transfer from Bari to Alberobello or vice versa: $87
  • Private Transfer to and from Bari - Matera: $100

Is it cheaper to fly into Ios or Bari?

Prices for flights to both Bari 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 Bari can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around €6.89 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Ios 21
    Bari 6.89

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 Bari

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

  • Bari Self-Guided Audio Tour: $15
  • Bari Walking City Tour: $19
  • BARI special city tour: $25
  • Bari Walking tour: $28
  • Bari Bike Tour: $32
  • Bari Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $38
  • 1 Hour Bari Electric Scooter Guided Tour: $40
  • Private Bari Shopping and Sightseeing Tour: $41
  • Bari Segway Tour: $50
  • Walking tour Bari with Focaccia tasting: $50
  • Secret Bar Breakfast Experience: $50
  • Bari Walking Tour with Pasta Experience: $54

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 Bari, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is €10.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Ios 26
    Bari 10

Typical Alcohol prices in Bari

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Bari:


  • Beer
    2.00

Sample the Local Flavors in Bari

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

  • Private guide Altamura with a visit to the wine museum and wine tasting: $106
  • Private Tour: Trulli of Alberobello plus Wine Tasting: $253
  • Trani, Wine Tasting, and Castel Del Monte tour from Bari or Ostuni: $325


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

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