Should you visit Ios or Cannes?
Should I visit Ios or Cannes? 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.
While Cannes was once little more than a small fishing village, today it is a popular, glamorous seaside town frequented by celebrities. It's the place to see and be seen, particularly during the Cannes Film Festival in the month of May. During this time the city comes alive with celebrities from all over the world. While Cannes has its share of exclusive clubs, bars and restaurants, there are alternatives for budget travelers, so don't shy away. There's a beautiful area, Le Suquet, which is nice to visit with its cobblestone streets and stunning views. It's also fun to pass some time people watching by the marina. You never know who you'll spot. At night, the city comes to life with casinos and luxurious restaurants and clubs that give the area a vibe of exclusivity.
Which city is cheaper, Cannes 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 Cannes is €110. 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 Cannes 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.
Cannes's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is €120. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is €60.
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 Cannes cost around €36 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 €14.
Meals for one day
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cannes
Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Cannes.
Summer Fireworks and Dinner Catamaran Cruise from Cannes:
From Evening Tour & Dinner in Monte Carlo:
Small-Group Evening Tour and Dinner in Monte Carlo from Cannes:
Unforgettable night photos of the French Riviera and dinner in Monaco:
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.
While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around €13 per day to get around in Cannes.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cannes
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Cannes:
Ultra - Private Airport Transfer from Cannes City Centre to Nice Airport:
Private airport transfer Mandelieu to Cannes:
Private Departure Transfer from Cannes to Nice Airport:
Nice Airport Private Departure Transfer from Cannes, Monaco or Eze:
Private Airport Transfer: Cannes to Cote D'Azur Airport (NCE):
Saint Tropez Round-Trip Boat Transfer from Cannes:
Round-Trip Ferry Transfer to St Tropez from Cannes:
Private transfer from Cannes to Nice City or Nice Airport:
Private Transfer: Cannes to Cannes - Mandelieu Airport (CEQ):
Private Transfer: Cannes - Mandelieu Airport (CEQ) to Cannes:
Nice to Saint Tropez 2,5 hours return transfer by boat:
Nice Airport departure private transfer from Cannes - Mónaco - Cap d Antibes in Business Car:
Is it cheaper to fly into Ios or Cannes?
Prices for flights to both Cannes 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.
Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around €24 per person, per day in Cannes. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.
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 Cannes
Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Cannes are as follows:
Round-Trip Ferry Ticket: Cannes to Ste. Marguerite Island:
French Riviera: Aquasplash Entrance Ticket:
1-Hour Segway Tour:
Cannes Like a Local: Customized Private Tour:
Cruise to Corniche d'Or:
Photographic tour of Cannes with a Local:
Combo Ile Sainte-Marguerite Ferry & Corniche d'Or Cruise from Cannes:
Sunset cruise / Cannes Lerins Islands:
Cannes, Antibes & St Paul De Vence Tour from Nice:
Cannes 2 Hours Vespa Tour:
Cannes 2-Hour Segway Tour:
French Riviera Tour: Cannes, Antibes & Saint-Paul de Vence:
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.
The average person spends about €14 on alcoholic beverages in Cannes per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.
Sample the Local Flavors in Cannes
Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Cannes:
Half and Full-Day Provencal Wine Tours:
Grasse, Valbonne & Gourdon: Day Tour with Wine Tasting:
Provence Wine Tour - Private Day Tour from Cannes:
Private Day Trip: Wine Tasting Tour Including Pinic Lunch From Cannes:
5-Hour Private Cannes Shore Excursion: Eze, Nice, Wine Tasting:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Ios and Cannes, we can see that Cannes 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 Cannes would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Cannes than you might in Ios.
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