Should you visit Kos or Zadar?
Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Kos and Zadar 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.
You'll find Zadar in northern Dalmatia, Croatia. It is located on the Adriatic Sea and is the center of Zadar County. It is both the historic center for the region and the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Zadar. There are a handful of sights around town, most of which can be explored on foot.
The climate for the city is a mix between humid subtropical and a Mediterranean climate. The winters are usually mild and wet, and the summers are humid and warm. The hottest months are July and August when temperatures can exceed 30 degrees Celsius. Average yearly rainfall usually exceeds 917 mm. Fall months often remain warm and temperatures are often around 30 degrees Celsius as well. In general, the temperatures rarely drop below freezing, even during the coldest month of January. The rainiest months are October and November, although winter is considered the wet season. July is usually the driest month. Water temperatures are around 25 degrees Celsius in July and August and it may be possible to swim any time between May and October.
Which city is cheaper, Zadar 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 Zadar is €72. 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 Zadar 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.
If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around €41. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Zadar the cost is €82 on average.
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.
On average, meal and food prices in Zadar cost around €23 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around €9.20.
Meals for one day
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Zadar
Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Zadar.
Traditional Dalmatian dinner:
Zadar Market Tour and Cooking Class:
Zadar - Private Market Tour & Cooking Class:
From Taste Dalmatian Peka - Countryside Cooking Class:
Dalmatian dinner in rented holiday home:
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.
The average price of local transportation around Zadar is €7.66 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.
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):
Kos - Airport Private Transfer:
Private departure Transfer from Kos island resorts to Kos airport:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Zadar
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Zadar:
Zrmanja Rafting Private Tour & FREE transfer from or to the airport included:
Zadar to Zagreb - Private One-Way Transfer:
Zadar to Split Private One-Way Transfer:
Zadar to Pula Private One-Way Transfer:
Zadar to Novalja Private One-Way Transfer:
Zadar to Medugorje Private One-Way Transfer:
Zadar to Dubrovnik transfer:
Zadar to Dubrovnik Private One-Way Transfer:
Zadar CITY to Zadar AIRPORT | Private transfer:
Zadar Airport Transfers:
Zadar - Budapest Transfer:
Vip Transfer Service:
Is it cheaper to fly into Kos or Zadar?
Prices for flights to both Zadar 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.
Zadar's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around €15 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.
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 Zadar
Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Zadar are as follows:
4 day Zadar highlights tour:
BEST OF LONG ISLAND - DUGI OTOK TOUR, Small Group–max 12 ppl, 7 Stops, Full Day:
Croatia Islands Speedboat Experience:
Croatian Homeland War Walking Tour:
Daysailing & SUP experience:
Dugi Otok - half day kayak adventure:
Dugi otok Self-Guided Bike Tour:
Explore Zadar Bike Tour:
From Zadar - National Park Plitvice Lakes transport and Skip the line:
From Zadar to Plitvice Lakes with drop off in Zagreb - Private tour:
From Boskinac Gourmet Tour and Visit to the City of Pag:
From Full Day Public Saharun Beach Tour:
Typically, people visiting Kos spend on average €16 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
The average person spends about €9.33 on alcoholic beverages in Zadar per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.
Sample the Local Flavors in Zadar
Also in Zadar, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Kos and Zadar, we can see that Kos is more expensive. And not only is Zadar much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Zadar would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Zadar 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 Zadar.
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