A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Kos vs. Toulon for Attractions, Food, Scuba Diving & Snorkeling, and Beaches

Should you visit Kos or Toulon?

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 Toulon 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 vibrant, beautiful, and ancient island. You'll find world class beauty here as well. It's also known for scuba diving and snorkeling, beaches, and hiking.

Toulon

Toulon is a off-the-beaten-path, real world, and industrial port city. It's a gorgeous place to visit. Other reasons to visit include nightlife, food, and beaches.

Kos and Toulon: Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Popular museums and historical sights
  • Popular for food and cuisine
  • Good scuba and snorkeling destination
  • Popular beach
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Impressive beauty
Pros
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
Cons
  • Less museums and historical sights
  • Less popular for food
  • Not as popular for scuba diving and snorkeling
  • Less attractive beach


How is Kos different from Toulon?

Which is Better for a Holiday?

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

Is Kos or Toulon Better for Museums and Historical Sights?

Kos
Toulon

While you'll find a number of sights and museums in both Toulon and Kos, you can spend more time enjoying those in Kos.

Travelers visit Kos from around the world to see its many world-famous attractions. The small island is packed with archaeological sites and interesting history. Famous places worth visiting include the ruins of Asklepion, the ancient Agora, Roman Odeon, Neratzia Castle, and so many more!

Toulon offers a variety of museums and landmarks to choose from. Many of the sights are found in the old town and harbor areas. Some of the most interesting attractions include the Opera House, the Allied Landings Museum, the Naval Museum, and Cathédrale Sainte-Marie-de-la-Seds.


Is Kos or Toulon Better for Food?

Kos
Toulon

For a nice culinary experience, head to Kos, which is well known for it's local dishes 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.

Visitors will find a budding food and restaurant scene in Toulon. There are a variety of cafes and restaurants that are found along the harbor or in the old town. Whether you want waterfront views or a charming street front cafe, there are great options available. Many restaurants offer local seafood but you'll also find pastries, traditional local food, a several Italian restaurants.

Is Kos or Toulon Better for Nightlife?

Kos
Toulon

Both Kos and Toulon 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.

Toulon has an active nightlife scene for those who seek it out. It's a relatively large city and traditionally a sailor's town, so the city has a long running tradition of partying into the night. While it doesn't have the party-hard reputation of some places, you likely won't be bored at night. Head to the harbor area or the beaches around Mourillon for the most lively bars and cafes.

Is Kos or Toulon Better for Scuba Diving and Snorkeling?

Kos
Toulon

Most visitors agree that scuba diving and snorkeling are better in Kos than Toulon.

Kos is a world class destination for scuba diving and snorkeling. There are countless snorkeling sports around the island where you can immerse yourself in the undersea world. Popular snorkeling areas include Camel Beach and Limnionas Beach. Make sure you understand the water conditions before heading into the water.

Toulon has a few snorkeling spots. There are a few beaches in the area that are worth checking out with a mask and snorkel. You'll likely see some underwater life hanging out by the rocks in the quieter areas.

Is Kos or Toulon Better for Beaches?

Kos
Toulon

While Toulon 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.

Toulon offers a nice beach destination. The beaches are sandy and less crowded than some of the more popular areas. The most accessible beach is Mourillon Beach which has public facilities and restaurants. If you're willing to venture a little farther from the center of town you'll find to Mitre Beach which has some snorkeling. Battere Basse Beach is a bit quieter and also has snorkeling. Anse de Méjean is a popular spot with the locals.


Is Kos or Toulon Better for Shopping?

Kos
Toulon

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

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.

Toulon is a popular shopping destination with plenty of stores. If you're looking for traditional local shopping opportunities then this is your place. There are a number of traditional Provençal markets around town but the most famous is Cours Lafayette. You can shop with the locals looking for produce or flowers. There's also a weekend farmers market, Petit Cours, that is fun to explore.

Is Kos or Toulon Better for Families?

Kos
Toulon

Both Kos and Toulon 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.

You'll find plenty of kid-friendly things to do in Toulon. The city may be known as a hub for the French navy, but there are also activities that kids and adults alike can enjoy. There are several military themed museums, a few good beaches, and local shopping. There's also the enjoyable cable car ride that you can take to the top of Mont Faron as well as several nice seaside walks in the area.

Is Kos or Toulon Better for Couples?

Kos
Toulon

Both Kos and Toulon 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.

Toulon makes for a fun place to visit for a couple. Couples will appreciate the walks along the coast or through the harbor. There are also nice restaurants, interesting art galleries, and a few good hotels around town that make for a nice couple's weekend.

Is Kos or Toulon Better for Backpackers and Budget Travelers?

Kos
Toulon

Kos and Toulon 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.

Toulon is popular with backpackers and budget travelers. It doesn't have the reputation of many nearby towns along the French Riviera, so you can still find some affordable hostels and cafes in the area. You also won't find the crowds so you can enjoy a touch of the authentic local culture.


Is Kos or Toulon Better for Public Transit?

Kos
Toulon

Visitors will find public transit in both Kos and Toulon.

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 Toulon, but it may not be enough to take you everywhere. There are buses as well as petits trains (little tourist trains) that you can take around town.

Is Kos or Toulon a more walkable city?

Kos
Toulon

Kos and Toulon 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.

Toulon is a very walkable island. You can walk around the old town and harbor area where many of the sights are concentrated.

Should I spend more time in Toulon or Kos?

How long in Kos or Toulon?

You'll be able to find lots of things to do in Kos or Toulon to fill your time. Many people usually spend more of their time in Kos than Toulon.

The ideal length of time for a trip to Kos is 2-5 days, and the ideal length of time for a trip to Toulon is 1-2 days.


  • How many days in Kos or Toulon? Ideal Length of Stay
    Kos 2-5 
    Toulon 1-2

One day in Kos or Toulon?

Many travelers enjoy the scuba diving and snorkeling and shopping when visiting the destination of Kos. It's a great spot for a beach vacation. But since there are so many activities, you'll likely want to spend more than one day exploring.

With nightlife and food around the off-the-beaten-path destination of Toulon, there's plenty to do. So, one day is just the right amount of time to spend here. The length of your trip often depends on your style of travel.

A weekend in Kos or Toulon?

Kos is a great place to explore. It is common to spend a weekend here. With all of its activities, you can easily fill a weekend here. Your budget might influence how long you stay.

Many people visit Toulon for a weekend. With food and shopping around the authentic port city of Toulon, there's plenty to do. Because of this, a weekend is usually enough time for a trip here.


Five days in Kos or Toulon?

It's hard to know how much time to spend in Kos. For many, it makes a great getaway for five days. Most people come for the beaches. With all of its activities, you can easily fill five days here. It has many unique tourist attractions and fascinating things to do.

The destination of Toulon offers shopping and museums. 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 Toulon?

Travelers enjoy the nightlife and food when visiting the beautiful destination of Kos. This island offers a variety of activities to choose from. Many visitors spend time at the beach while visiting the area. Most people find that one week is more than enough time to see everything.

Toulon, a popular port city, is full of activities for travelers. 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, Toulon 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 Toulon is €95. 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 Toulon in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Kos 49
    Toulon 63
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Kos 98
    Toulon 126
Compare Hotels in Kos and Toulon

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Hotels in Kos


Hotels in Toulon


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Kos 29
    Toulon 5.71

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Kos

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

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

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Toulon

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Toulon:

  • Transfer from Toulon Hyeres Airport to Les Issambres: $145
  • Private Transfer from Toulon Hyeres Airport to Tourrettes: $166
  • Private Transfer from Toulon Hyeres Airport to Theoule: $178
  • Private Transfer from Toulon Hyeres Airport to Seillans: $178
  • Private Transfer from Toulon Hyeres Airport to Sainte-Maxime: $137
  • Private Transfer from Toulon Hyeres Airport to Saint-Raphael: $274
  • Private Transfer from Toulon Hyeres Airport to Saint-Aygulf: $158
  • Private Transfer from Toulon Hyeres Airport to Roquebrune sur Argens: $153
  • Private Transfer from Toulon Hyeres Airport to Ramatuelle: $112
  • Private Transfer from Toulon Hyeres Airport to Puget sur Argens: $133
  • Private Transfer from Toulon Hyeres Airport to Plan de la Tour: $145
  • Private Transfer from Toulon Hyeres Airport to Mougins: $178

Is it cheaper to fly into Kos or Toulon?

Prices for flights to both Toulon 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
    Toulon 24

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Kos 26
    Toulon 11

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 Toulon

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Toulon are as follows:

  • Full-Day VIP Village Tour of Provence: $498
  • Guided Tour in Port & Old City: $50
  • Provence Villages Private Day Tour including Cassis Toulon Shore Excursion: $998

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Kos 16
    Toulon 11

Sample the Local Flavors in Toulon

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Toulon:

  • Toulon Shore Excursion - Private Full Day Wine Tour in Provence: $349


When comparing the travel costs between Kos and Toulon, 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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