Should you visit Kos or Bari?
Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Kos and Bari can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.
Kos is a Greek island and third largest island of the Dodecanese group, located near the Turkish coast in the southeast Aegean Sea. It is best known for its beautiful sandy beaches, which make it a popular tourist destination, as well as its ancient Greek and Roman landmarks.
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 Kos?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Kos is €107, 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 Kos and Bari in more detail.
Travelers usually pay around €98 for a double occupancy room in Kos If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.
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.
To get around in Kos, the average visitor spends €29 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.
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.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Kos
Also for Kos, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Private departure Transfer from Kos island resorts to Kos airport:
Private Transfer to/from Kos Airport (KGS):
Kos - Airport Private Transfer:
Private Airport Transfer: from Kos Island to Kos Airport (KGS):
Typical Local Transportation prices in Bari
Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Bari:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bari
Also for Bari, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Tour with transfer from Bari to Matera & Alberobello - 1 day:
Tour with transfer from Bari to Castel del Monte:
Tour with transfer from Bari to Alberobello:
Tour with transfer From Bari to Matera:
TOUR - Matera (complimentary transfer service from/to Bari and surroundings):
TOUR - Bari, Polignano a Mare and Alberobello (complimentary transfer service):
Private transfer: Bari to Bari Airport (BRI):
Private transfer from Bari to Polignano or vice versa:
Private transfer from Bari to Matera or vice versa:
Private transfer from Bari to Martina Franca or vice versa:
Private transfer from Bari to Lecce or vice versa:
Private transfer from Bari to Alberobello or vice versa:
Is it cheaper to fly into Kos or Bari?
Prices for flights to both Bari and Kos 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.
While meal prices in Kos can vary, the average travelers spends about €35 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Kos should cost around €14 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Kos 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.
Meals for one day
Typical Food prices in Bari
Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Bari:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bari
For Bari, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Bari Walking Street Food Tour:
Bari Street Food Tour by Bike:
Private Bari Street Food Tour by Rickshaw:
Bari Rickshaw and Street Food Tour:
Conversano: Extra Virgin Olive Oil Food Tour with Tasting:
Bari Rickshaw Street Food Tour:
Puglia Plates - Bari Food Tour:
Traditional Italian pasta Hands-on cooking class:
Hands on home made Panzerotti cooking class in Bari:
Dining experience at a Cesarina's home in Bari with show cooking:
Small-group Street food tour in Bari:
Private Cooking class in a Local Apulian Masseria:
In Kos, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average €26 per person, per day.
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.
Tours and Activities in Kos
For Kos, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
Kalymnos and Pserimos Day Cruise:
Photo tour island of Kos:
Tours and Activities in Bari
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Bari.
1 Hour Bari Electric Scooter Guided Tour:
2 days mini tour from Bari to Matera and Alberobello:
2-Hour Private Tour of Bitonto: a jewel you cannot miss:
2-hour private walking tour of Bari with a local guide:
3 Days Private Tour Unesco Wonders Puglia & Matera:
5 DAYS TOUR UNESCO WONDERS OF PUGLIA & MATERA Small group tour:
5 Days Self Drive Tour Unesco Wonders Puglia & Matera - (hotel + Guides):
6 DAYS TOUR UNESCO WONDERS PUGLIA & MATERA Small group every friday:
7 Days Private Tour Puglia & Matera:
ALBEROBELLO shore excursion from BARI or BRINDISI cruise ports:
Apulia in 4 Nights with Sightseeing tours and Accomodation:
Apulia: Bike Tour through the Treasures of Bari:
Typically, people visiting Kos spend on average €16 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
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.
Typical Alcohol prices in Bari
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Bari:
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:
Private Tour: Trulli of Alberobello plus Wine Tasting:
Trani, Wine Tasting, and Castel Del Monte tour from Bari or Ostuni:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Kos and Bari, we can see that Kos is more expensive. And not only is Bari much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Bari would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Bari 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 Kos would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Kos than you might in Bari.
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