Should you visit Kos or Chania?
Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Kos and Chania 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.
Chania is a city on the northwest coast of the Greek island of Crete. Chania is Crete's most evocative city, with its pretty Venetian quarter, crisscrossed by narrow lanes, culminating at a magnificent harbor. At the harbor entrance is a 16th-century lighthouse with Venetian, Egyptian, and Ottoman influences. On the other side, the Nautical Museum has model ships, naval objects and photographs. The former monastery of St. Francis houses the Archaeological Museum of Chania. Remnants of Venetian and Turkish architecture abound, with old townhouses now transformed into atmospheric restaurants and boutique hotels. Although all this beauty means the old town is packed with tourists in summer, it's still a great place to unwind. The Venetian Harbor is super for a stroll and a coffee or cocktail. Plus it’s got a university and a modern area to the city, which means that it retains its charm in winter. Indie boutiques and an entire lane dedicated to leather products provide good shopping and, with a multitude of creative restaurants, you’ll likely have some of your best meals on Crete here.
Which city is cheaper, Chania 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 Chania is €74. 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 Chania 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.
A hotel room in Chania is about €72 This assumes double occupancy and modest accommodations.
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.
The average traveler spends about €26 per day in Chania for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.
Meals for one day
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Chania
Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Chania.
Chania Food Tours:
The Delicious Chania PRIVATE Food Tour:
The Real Cretan Cooking Experience:
Private Walking Food Tour in Chania:
Semi Private Wine Tasting & Dinner at Sunset:
Crete Bohemian Sunset Small Group Tour with Wine Tasting and Dinner:
Full Day Bygone Crete Cooking Class Adventure:
Full-day Sfakia Region Tour from Hiking, Cooking Class, Wine Tasting:
Sunset at Machairida beach , dinner , staying overnight on board ...:
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.
While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around €12 per day to get around in Chania.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Kos
Also for Kos, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Kos - Airport Private Transfer:
Private Airport Transfer: from Kos Island to Kos Airport (KGS):
Private departure Transfer from Kos island resorts to Kos airport:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Chania
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Chania:
Private Transfer from Chania to Sitia (JSH) Airport:
Private Airport Transfer: from Chania to Chania International Airport (CHQ):
Crete Private Transfer from Chania city to Heraklion (HER) Airport:
Is it cheaper to fly into Kos or Chania?
Prices for flights to both Chania 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.
In Kos, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average €26 per person, per day.
Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around €17 per person, per day in Chania. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.
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 Chania
Here are a few actual costs in Chania for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
2-3 Days Private Sailing Cruises to Gramvousa island and Balos lagoon:
40-Minute Chania Sightseeing Tour by Trikke:
A tour around tradition - Apokoronas Region:
Agia Triada and Gouverneto Monasteries, Venizelos Graves Private Tour:
BALOS-GRABOUSA PENINSULA path, adventure:
Battle of Crete Tour WW2:
Cave of Zeus & Mountainous East Crete Adventure - Private Tour from Chania:
Chania Combo Tour:
Chania Exploration Bike Tour:
Chania Highlights Trikke City Tour:
Chania Old Town Private Tour:
Chania Old Town Tour:
Typically, people visiting Kos spend on average €16 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Chania may vary from person to person, on average a person spends €15 per day on alcoholic beverages.
Sample the Local Flavors in Chania
Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Chania:
Private food tasting tour (with optional wine tasting) in Chania Crete:
Half-Day Small-Group Wine Tour in Chania:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Kos and Chania, we can see that Kos is more expensive. And not only is Chania much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Chania would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Chania 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 Chania.
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