Should you visit Kos or Dubrovnik?
Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Kos and Dubrovnik 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.
Dubrovnik, the "Pearl of the Adriatic", is a beautiful walled city in southern Croatia that sits on the edge of the Adriatic Sea. It's a small city, with only about 40,000 residents, but it's become one of the most significant tourist destinations in the Mediterranean. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The city was historically built on maritime trade, which is not surprising given its location near major Italian and Greek ports such as Venice, Bari, Corfu, and Trieste. It was a center of language and literature and was the home of many important poets, playwrights, painters, and scientists during the 15th and 16th centuries. Today its economy is dependent on tourism and it is one of the most popular destinations in the region. People visit the city for its impressive history, beautiful setting, great weather, and interesting architecture.
Which city is cheaper, Dubrovnik 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 Dubrovnik is €76. 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 Dubrovnik 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.
An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about €78 in Dubrovnik For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.
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.
Dubrovnik'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 €9.87 per person, per day on transportation in Dubrovnik.
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 Dubrovnik
Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Dubrovnik:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dubrovnik
Also for Dubrovnik, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Ultra - Private Transfer from Dubrovnik Port to Cavtat:
Transfers up to 3 persons to or from Dubrovnik airport to Dubrovnik:
Transfers to/from Dubrovnik:
Transfers to and from Ston area to and from Dubrovnik or Dubrovnik airport:
Transfer to or from Dubrovnik airport or Dubrovnik to or from Kotor and Tivat:
Transfer to from Slano up to 7 persons to or from Dubrovnik or Dubrovnik APT:
Transfer from airport to Dubrovnik:
Transfer from Dubrovnik to Split:
Transfer from Dubrovnik to Plitvice Lakes:
Transfer from Dubrovnik to Krka waterfalls:
Transfer from Dubrovnik airport to Kolašin (Montenegro) ski resorts:
Is it cheaper to fly into Kos or Dubrovnik?
Prices for flights to both Dubrovnik 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.
Dubrovnik food costs typically run travelers around €25 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.
Meals for one day
Typical Food prices in Dubrovnik
Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Dubrovnik:
Seafood Dinner (for 2)
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Dubrovnik
For Dubrovnik, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
2-Hour Sunset Cruise with Dinner:
Unique Sunset and Dinner Cruise in the Magnificent Traditional Karaka boat:
Dubrovnik Traditional Food Tour:
Old Town Food Tour:
Flavours of Dubrovnik - Food Tour:
Traditional Dalmatian Cooking Class from Dubrovnik:
Croatian Traditional Cuisine: Peka Cooking Lesson:
Traditional Cooking Class in Dubrovnik Countryside:
Cooking Classes Traditional Meals of Konavle region:
Dubrovnik Food Tour with Friendly Local Guide:
E-Bike Tour + Farm To Table Cooking Class:
Dubrovnik Food Tour by Vidokrug:
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 Dubrovnik can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around €15 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:
Typical Entertainment prices in Dubrovnik
For Dubrovnik, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:
Boat to Lokrum Island (for 2)
Dubrovnik City Wall Tour (for 2)
Dubrovnik Cable Car (for 2)
Tours and Activities in Dubrovnik
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Dubrovnik.
'Up with the Chickens' or "Sunset chasing" Old Town Tour:
2 hours Elafiti Islands Private Tour by Barracuda 545:
4 Days Montenegro-Albania-Kosovo Tour from Dubrovnik or Kotor:
4 days hiking tour Valbona Valley National Park from Dubrovnik:
4 hours Private Speedboat Tour to Elaphite Islands by RANIERI SUN CRUISER 23:
4-Hours Dubrovnik Elaphiti Islands & Blue Cave Snorkeling Tour:
4-Night Three Countries Tour from Croatia, Montenegro and Bosnia-Herzegovina:
5 Days Deluxe Cruise from Dubrovnik to Split All Inclusive:
6-Night Independent Tour of Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast: Dubrovnik, Hvar, Korcula and Split:
7 Days Small-Group Tour from Dubrovnik to Athens via Albania:
8 h Private Speedboat Tour to Elaphite Islands by QUICKSILVER activ 675 open:
8 hours Dubrovnik Blue Cave Private Tour with boat:
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 Dubrovnik, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is €11.
Sample the Local Flavors in Dubrovnik
Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Dubrovnik:
Sunset Sea Kayaking and Wine Tasting Tour Dubrovnik:
Wine tasting and visit to Ston- Group Tour:
Peljesac Peninsula Wine Tour from Dubrovnik:
Day Tour of Korcula Island from Dubrovnik with Wine Tasting:
FAMOUS LEGENDS OF PELJESAC and KORCULA with WINE TASTING:
Island of Korcula with Wine Tasting Day Trip from Dubrovnik:
Korčula tour with wine tasting from Dubrovnik:
Wine tasting and visit to Ston:
Wine Tasting Pelješac and a visit to Ston:
Konavle Valley Wine Tour from Dubrovnik with Train Ride and Wine Tasting:
Smiley wine tasting on peninsula Peljesac:
Smiley Hercegovina wine tour:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Kos and Dubrovnik, we can see that Kos is more expensive. And not only is Dubrovnik much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Dubrovnik would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Dubrovnik 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 Dubrovnik.
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