Should you visit Kos or Marbella?
Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Kos and Marbella 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.
Marbella is a city in southern Spain in the province of Malaga. It is part of the Costa del Sol (Coast of the Sun) and is located on the Mediterranean Sea between Malaga and the Strait of Gibraltar. It is one of the most important tourist cities in the area and receives many national and international tourists year round due to its climate and tourism structures. Marbella is a bit of a glamorous city due to its beauty and resort-type environment. The old town with its narrow cobbled streets and flower-filled plazas is packed with shops and art galleries selling boutique clothes and accessories, and handmade wares. The city has significant archaeological and historical heritage and many events and performances throughout the year.
Which city is cheaper, Marbella 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 Marbella is €93. 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 Marbella 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.
The prices for places to stay in Marbella can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is €49, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around €98.
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 Marbella than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend €19 on transportation in Marbella 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):
Private Transfer to/from Kos Airport (KGS):
Kos - Airport Private Transfer:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Marbella
Also for Marbella, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
TRANSFER MALAGA AIRPORT from/to PUERTO BANUS-PRICE ALL INCUSIVE:
TRANSFER MALAGA AIRPORT from/to MARBELLA-PRICE ALL INCLUSIVE:
Private Transfer from Nueva Andalucía to Malaga (AGP) Airport:
Private Transfer from Marbesa to Malaga (AGP) Airport:
Private Transfer from Marbella to Malaga (AGP) airport:
Private Transfer from Los Monteros to Malaga (AGP) Airport:
Private Transfer from Lomas De Cabopino to Malaga (AGP) Airport:
Private Transfer from Las Chapas to Malaga (AGP) Airport:
Private Transfer from La Quinta Golf Resort to Malaga (AGP) Airport:
Private Transfer from Hotel Marbella Beach Resort to Malaga (AGP) Airport:
Private Transfer from Elviria to Malaga (AGP) Airport:
Private Transfer Marbella, Malaga, Gibraltar or Tarifa to Seville SVQ by Sedan:
Is it cheaper to fly into Kos or Marbella?
Prices for flights to both Marbella 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.
While meal prices in Marbella can vary, the average travelers spends about €31 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Marbella should cost around €12 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Marbella is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.
Meals for one day
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Marbella
For Marbella, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Cooking courses at home & online:
Tapas & Paella Cooking Course:
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 Marbella, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of €15 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 Marbella
For Marbella, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
Alhambra Private Tour from with Transport and skip-the-line tickets:
Bike City Tour Marbella:
Can-am Route Experience:
Casares private half-day Tour from Marbella or Malaga:
E-Mountain Bike Explorer Tour departing from Marbella:
From Blue to Blue - Hiking tour in the Rif Mountains of Morocco:
From Costa del Sol: Casares Private Tour:
Full-Day Gibraltar Shopping Tour from the Costa del Sol:
Granada and Alhambra from Marbella and Costa del Sol: Vip Private Tour:
Half-day White Villages E-Mountain Bike Tour:
Marbella Gourmet Tapas Tour - Do Eat Better Experience:
Marbella Like a Local: Customized Private Tour:
Typically, people visiting Kos spend on average €16 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Typically, people visiting Marbella spend on average €4.57 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Sample the Local Flavors in Marbella
Also in Marbella, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:
Tour of the Old Town with Wine Tasting & Tapas:
E-Mountain Bike & Wine Tour from Marbella to Sierra Blanca:
Manilva & Gaucin Wine Tour from the Costa del Sol:
Ronda Full Day Wine Tour from Marbella:
VIP Wine Tour through the Guadalhorce Valley & Wolf Sanctuary Visit:
Ronda Private Wine Tour and Tapas from Marbella:
VIP Ronda Wine Tour and Tasting and Gourmet Lunch Experience with Winemaker:
When comparing the travel costs between Kos and Marbella, we can see that Kos is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in Europe, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.
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