A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Kos vs. Marseille for Food, Nightlife, Beaches, and Couples

Should you visit Kos or Marseille?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Kos and Marseille can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Kos

Kos is a beautiful, ancient, and cultural island. It's considered by many to be an absolutely beautiful destination, too. It's also popular because of the food, scuba diving and snorkeling, and beaches.

Marseille

Marseille is a energetic and vibrant city. This is also a very beautiful destination which attracts plenty of visitors. Because of its quaint atmosphere, it draws plenty of visitors, too. Other reasons to visit include food, beaches, and shopping.

Kos and Marseille: Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Popular beach
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Impressive beauty
Pros
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Impressive beauty
  • Quaint atmosphere
Cons
  • Less attractive beach
  • Less family-friendly


How is Kos different from Marseille?

Which is Better for a Holiday?

Let's take a look at the differences and similarities between Marseille and Kos. Then, you can decide for yourself which place is better for your next trip.

Is Kos or Marseille better for Food?

Both Kos and Marseille offer good local cuisine and restaurants.

Many restaurants in Kos have been singled out for their culinary prowess. The cuisine relies heavily on locally harvested ingredients with many dishes featuring cheese, seafood, vegetables, olive oil, and potatoes. The dishes are influenced by Italian and Turkish cuisines and common dishes include moussaka, souvlaki and tzatziki. Popular seafood options are prawns, squid, lobster and octopus. A great way to enjoy a sampling of local dishes is to visit an ouzeri, which is a Greek taverna that serves mezza style meals with small dishes that you can share.

Eat your way through Marseille, as it has many local or world renowned restaurants to choose from. It's famous for its bouillabaisse, which is a hearty seafood soup that was once affordable but is now quite pricey.

Kos
Marseille


Is Kos or Marseille better for Nightlife?

Both Kos and Marseille have similar vibes after the sun sets.

Kos has a lively atmosphere and nightlife is popular here. For such a small island you'll find a huge party scene during the peak summer months. There are almost nightly parties, beach raves, and late night clubs throughout the summer months. The bars and clubs are mostly concentrated around a couple of streets in the center of Kos Town, but Kardamena is also a lively party area. It's popular with British tourists who head here for the all-night clubs.

People head to Marseille just to party. Much of the city's nightlife is centered around being outdoors. Whether you're on the beach or hanging out at a rooftop bar, Marseille is a magical place.

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Marseille

Is Kos or Marseille better for Beaches?

While Marseille and Kos are both popular beach destinations, overall the beaches at Kos have more to offer.

Kos is considered to be a world-class beach destination. The island is famous for its beautiful beaches, many of which are sandy with various shades of color. There are touristy beaches with plenty of amenities as well as less frequented beaches that offer a quieter and more remote atmosphere. Some of the most visited beaches on the island include Agios Stefanos, Kardamena, Kefalos and Lambi while some of the more peaceful areas are Cavo Paradiso and Helona Beach.

Marseille offers a nice beach destination. The city has nice beaches that offer both culture and diversity, which may be lacking some other coastal parts of the French Riviera.

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Marseille

Is Kos or Marseille better for Shopping?

Shoppers can find a variety of stores in both Kos and Marseille.

Plenty of visitors enjoy shopping while in Kos. There are a number of traditional items that you can pick up while you're in town. Fun souvenirs include jewelry, leather items, and perfumes.

Marseille is a popular shopping destination with plenty of stores. The city has boutiques, farmers markets, and flea markets to explore, as well as any luxury brand you may want.

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Marseille

Is Kos or Marseille better for Families?

Both Kos and Marseille are fun to visit with kids.

Kos is a family-friendly island. It's comparable to other Greek islands when it comes to kids' activities. Kos Town can get a bit lively at night so if you want to avoid the party crowds, then those areas are easily avoided. Popular activities include exploring ancient ruins, going to the Kos Archaeological Museum, visiting The Castle of the Knights, and of course, hanging out at the beach. One of the best family-friendly resort areas is Tigaki along the west coast.

Marseille doesn't usually come to mind when thinking about kid-friendly destinations. Nearby beaches and an outdoor climbing area make it a diverse city to visit with kids.

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Marseille


Is Kos or Marseille better for Couples?

Both Kos and Marseille are good destinations for a couple's getaway.

Kos makes for a fun place to visit for a couple. This small island offers beautiful beaches and plenty of ancient ruins to explore. Kos Town is where you'll find the liveliest atmosphere but for some of the best resorts you'll want to stay in one of the resort suburbs like Lampi or Psalidi.

Couples visit Marseille frequently as it offers plenty of romantic activities. Strolling the boulevards and exploring the history and culture of this city make it a top couples' destination.

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Marseille

Is Kos or Marseille better for Backpackers and Budget Travelers?

Kos and Marseille are both good destinations for backpackers.

Kos is very popular with the backpacker crowd. It's a small island but has a few hostels and a variety of apartments available for rent. Despite its small size, there are areas where you'll want to have a car if you wish to explore, but if you stay in town you'll find getting around fairly easy. The island attracts its share of young travelers and you'll find plenty of people to hang out with.

Marseille is popular with backpackers and budget travelers. It has a decent number of hostels for a city of its size.

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Marseille

Is Kos or Marseille better for Public Transit?

Visitors will find public transit in both Kos and Marseille.

Visitors to Kos can move around easily with public transportation. Buses connect many of the tourist destinations including beaches, cultural sights, are resort areas.

You'll find some public transit in Marseille, but it may not be enough to take you everywhere. The city has trams, a metro, and buses that you can use to explore.

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Marseille

Is Kos or Marseille a more walkable city?

Kos and Marseille are similar when it comes to walkability.

Kos is very walkable. It's small size means it's possible to explore parts of the island on foot or bicycle. There are some beautiful walks on the island, but some areas will require a car or bus.

Marseille is a very walkable island. The Old Port (Vieux Port) is particularly walkable and is one of the best areas to explore on foot.

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Marseille


Should I spend more time in Marseille or Kos?

How long in Kos or Marseille?

Visitors can find plenty of fun things to do in both Kos and Marseille. With generally more activities and things to do, visitors tend to spend more time in Kos than Marseille.

The ideal length of time for a trip to Kos is 2-5 days, and the ideal length of time for a trip to Marseille is 2-3 days.


  • How many days in Kos or Marseille? Ideal Length of Stay
    Kos 2-5 
    Marseille 2-3

One day in Kos or Marseille?

You'll find nightlife and food around the island of Kos. Many visitors spend time at the beach while visiting the area. Since there is so much to do in the area, one day is probably not enough for all of it. It has many unique tourist attractions and fascinating things to do.

With food and shopping around the energetic destination of Marseille, there's plenty to do. Exploring the old town is a popular activity. One day is usually not enough time for a trip here as there is plenty to do. The length of your trip often depends on your style of travel.

A weekend in Kos or Marseille?

You'll find food and scuba diving and snorkeling around the cultural destination of Kos. People usually spend lots of time at the beach. This is a popular place to visit for a weekend.A weekend should give you a good understanding of everything this island has to offer. This island offers a variety of activities to choose from.

Many people visit Marseille for a weekend. Make sure you visit the old town while you're here. Because of this, a weekend is usually enough time for a trip here.

Five days in Kos or Marseille?

You'll find scuba diving and snorkeling and shopping around the beautiful island of Kos. The length of your ideal trip is an individual decision. If you have five days, this island makes for a great vacation. It's also a great beach destination, too. Five days should give you a good understanding of everything this island has to offer.

The destination of Marseille offers nightlife and food. Most visitors spend time around the old town while in the area. It offers something for everyone. Five days is usually plenty of time to spend here with extra days to spare. With this much time, visitors often visit nearby destinations or take day trips.

A week in Kos or Marseille?

Kos is a popular choice for travelers. It's a great spot for a beach vacation. One week is usually plenty of time to spend here with extra days to spare. With this much time, visitors often visit nearby destinations or take day trips. It will give you the chance to have new experiences.

Marseille, a popular city, is full of activities for travelers. Visiting the old town is also a must. Your budget might influence how long you stay. One week is more than enough time to enjoy everything. Take some day trips to nearby places to fill the extra days.

Which city is cheaper, Marseille 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 Marseille is €117. 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. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Kos and Marseille in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Kos 49
    Marseille 56
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Kos 98
    Marseille 112
Compare Hotels in Kos and Marseille

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Hotels in Kos


Hotels in Marseille


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Kos 29
    Marseille 23

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: $96
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Kos Island to Kos Airport (KGS): $41
  • Private Transfer to/from Kos Airport (KGS): $71
  • Kos - Airport Private Transfer: $62

Typical Local Transportation prices in Marseille

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Marseille:


  • Metro Pass
    3.00

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Marseille

Also for Marseille, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • transfer Marseille Airport to Nimes: $479
  • Ultra - Marseille Private Transfer from Marseille Cruise Port to City Centre: $9.41
  • Ultra - Marseille Private Transfer from City Centre to Marseille Cruise Port: $9.41
  • Ultra - Marseille Private Airport Transfer from Cruise Port to Marseille Airport: $9.41
  • Ultra - Marseille Private Airport Transfer from City Centre to Marseille Airport: $9.41
  • Transfer from the Port of Marseille to Cassis: $730
  • Transfer from marseille Cruise Terminal to Arles: $650
  • Transfer from marseille Cruise Terminal to Aix en Provence: $650
  • Transfer from Marseille Cruise Terminal to Avignon: $730
  • Transfer from Les Baux de Provence or St Remy de Provence to Airport of Marseille: $311
  • Transfer from Cruise terminal of Marseille to Marseille airport: $83
  • Transfer Marseille city center to Marseille Airport: $100

Is it cheaper to fly into Kos or Marseille?

Prices for flights to both Marseille 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.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Kos 35
    Marseille 34

Typical Food prices in Marseille

For Marseille, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Orangina
    2.50

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Marseille

For Marseille, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • 3-Hour Shore Excursion Walking Food Tour: $85
  • Cool Food Tour and Street art Marseille: $106
  • Great Marseille Food Tour Experience: $107
  • Walking Food Tour with Tastings: $108
  • Food Tour Excursion in Provence !: $771

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Kos 26
    Marseille 30

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: $55
  • Photo tour island of Kos: $684

Tours and Activities in Marseille

For Marseille, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • 4 Hour Tour Aix-en-Provence Highlights: $584
  • 5-Hour Private Sightseeing Tour of the Provence from Marseille in Luxury Car: $724
  • Aix en Provence & Cassis Private Day Tour Marseille Shore excursion: $771
  • Aix en Provence & Cassis Tour: $1,039
  • Aix en Provence & Marseille Tour: $1,039
  • Aix en Provence Tour from Marseille: $81
  • Aix en Provence and Cassis Small Group Tour from Marseille: $107
  • Aix en Provence and Cassis full day private tour: $1,867
  • Aix en Provence, Marseille and Cassis Tour: $1,014
  • Aix-en-Provence, Avignon & Chateauneuf-du-Pape Private Day Tour from Marseille: $933
  • Aix-en-Provence, Cassis and Marseille Small-Group Tour from Marseille: $134
  • Alpilles & Arles Experience : Private Chauffeur: $547

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Kos 16
    Marseille 22

Sample the Local Flavors in Marseille

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Marseille:

  • Aix en Provence Full-Day Wine Tour from Marseille: $137
  • Full-Day Wine Tour around Luberon from Marseille: $137
  • Full-day Wine Tour around Bandol & Cassis from Marseille: $137
  • Marseille Shore Excursion - Full Day Wine Tour in Provence: $137
  • Marseille Shore Excursion - Private Full Day Wine Tour in Provence: $348
  • Provence wine tour of vineyards & the best foods & wine of Provence private tour: $404
  • Provence Private Wine Tasting Tour from Marseille: $435
  • Wine tour of Ch√Ęteauneuf du Pape, gastronomy, wines & joie de vivre private tour: $435
  • Aix en Povence Private Half Day Tour including Wine Tasting from Marseille: $523
  • Coteaux d'Aix: Ste Victoire Wine Tour & Cezanne Mill Visit: $567
  • Bandol Wine Tour - 4 hour Private tour: $650
  • Coteaux D'Aix : Half Day Wine Tour: $650


When comparing the travel costs between Kos and Marseille, we can see that Marseille 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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