Should you visit Kos or Heraklion?
Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Kos and Heraklion 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.
The largest city on the island of Crete, Heraklion on first glance is almost completely modern — a frenzy of traffic, concrete, and dust. Do not expect pristine beaches and glittering waves (those can be found on other parts of Crete). Heraklion is first and foremost a city. Once you get past its grittiness, you will find that there are some attractive features beneath first impressions. The antiquity of the place lies embedded in the modern and is presented in one of the best museums in Greece, the food is excellent, and the people are friendly and welcoming. And though the sea is not great for swimming, its presence along the Venetian port will take you to another time if you need a break from Heraklion's bustling center.
Which city is cheaper, Heraklion 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 Heraklion is €126. 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 Heraklion 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.
Travelers usually pay around €130 for a double occupancy room in Heraklion If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.
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 €41 per day in Heraklion 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 Heraklion
For Heraklion, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Live from Heraklion - Cheese Making and Vegeterian Pie Online Cooking class:
Cretan Cooking Class Gouves (Free Transfer Included):
5-Hour Cooking Class:
Private Cooking Class Gouves (Free Transfer Included):
Heraklion Private Cretan Cooking Class at a Traditional Village:
Private Cooking Class and Wine Tasting in Heraklion:
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.
Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Heraklion than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend €25 on transportation in Heraklion on average per day.
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 Airport Transfer: from Kos Island to Kos Airport (KGS):
Kos - Airport Private Transfer:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Heraklion
Also for Heraklion, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Wine Tour - Wine Stories (Transfer & Lunch Included):
VIP Private Transfer: Heraklion - Analipsi Hotels & Villas:
Transfer services from Heraklion Airport to Rethymnon city (all areas):
Transfer from Heraklion Airport/Port to Hersonissos:
Transfer Services From Heraklion To Rethymno Hotels:
Transfer Heraklion Airport or Port to Ammoudara Agios Nikolaos up to 7 customers:
Transfer Heraklion Airport or Port to Ammoudara Agios Nikolaos up to 4 customers:
Transfer From Heraklion or Rethymno 8 Pax:
Transfer Airport to SITIA area up to 7 customers:
Transfer Airport to SISSI area up to 6 customers:
Transfer Airport to RETHIMNO CITY area up to 7 customers:
Transfer Airport to PLATANIAS CHANIA area up to 7 customers:
Is it cheaper to fly into Kos or Heraklion?
Prices for flights to both Heraklion 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.
Sightseeing expenses in Heraklion, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of €30 per day, per person.
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 Heraklion
For Heraklion, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
Accessible Heraklion tour to Knossos & Archaeological Museum or Shopping:
Agios Nikolaos - Elounda - Spinalonga - (Private tour):
Architectural- gastronomic Walking tour in Heraklion:
Best of Crete (3-days Tour package):
Chrissi Island Cruise from Heraklion:
Cretan Folklore Night Tour TR:
Crete private tour: Knossos Palace, Archaeological museum, and Heraklion Town:
Drive Tour Crete - Best of Heraklion Crete:
From Heraklio: Full-Day Knossos & Heraklion Tour Guided English and German:
From Spinalonga Island ,Elounda Barbeque and Agios Nikolaos Tour:
Full Day Tour to Samaria Gorge:
Full-Day Guided Spinalonga Island Tour:
Typically, people visiting Kos spend on average €16 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Typically, people visiting Heraklion spend on average €21 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Sample the Local Flavors in Heraklion
Also in Heraklion, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:
The Gourmet Wine Tour of Heraklion area:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Kos and Heraklion, we can see that Heraklion is more expensive. And not only is Kos much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Kos would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Kos 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 Heraklion would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Heraklion than you might in Kos.
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