A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Mykonos vs. Lagos for Food, Nightlife, Resorts, and Beaches

Should you visit Mykonos or Lagos?

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

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Mykonos and Lagos. We'll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Mykonos

Mykonos is a glamourous, party-oriented, and ritzy Greek island. The famous beauty of this place is one of the main draws. It also has that perfectly quaint feel that is like no other place. It's also known for nightlife, food, and scuba diving and snorkeling.

Lagos

Lagos is a vibrant, beautiful, and scenic resort town. You'll find world class beauty here as well. And you can't forget about the hiking, shopping, and nightlife.

Mykonos and Lagos: Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Good scuba and snorkeling destination
  • Popular beach
  • Good for shopping
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Very walkable
  • Impressive beauty
  • Quaint atmosphere
Cons
  • Less hiking options
  • Less family-friendly
  • Less popular with backpackers
Pros
  • Good scuba and snorkeling destination
  • Popular beach
  • Good for hiking
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Impressive beauty
Cons
  • Less popular for shopping
  • Less walkable


How is Mykonos different from Lagos?

Which is Better for a Holiday?

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

Is Mykonos or Lagos Better for Food?

Mykonos
Lagos

Dining out at restaurants in both Mykonos and Lagos can be an enjoyable experience.

Eat your way through Mykonos, as it has many local or world renowned restaurants to choose from. Like most things on the island, food is expensive, but its also very good. Make sure you try the louza sausage, kopanisti cheese, and melopita pie.

Lagos has a number of nationally recognized food spots and restaurants. The city offers some of the best food in the Algarve. The old town has plenty of restaurants that are both affordable and high quality. Seafood is the obvious choice, but you'll also find tapas, paellas, and local dishes such as cataplana (a seafood and chorizo stew). Most restaurants serve up a local fish of the day as well as prawns and other seafood items.


Is Mykonos or Lagos Better for Nightlife?

Mykonos
Lagos

Both Mykonos and Lagos are comparable when it comes to partying.

The nightlife in Mykonos is well established with world renowned clubs and venues. With many exclusive clubs and bars, this island is among the best for nightlife in Greece. Popular options include Tropicana Club, Scarpa, and Super Paradise Beach Club.

Lagos has a large number of nightlife venues. The city has a mellow vibe, even at night, but that's not to say there aren't good parties going on, particularly during the peak of the travel season. There's a local charm to the nightlife scene here and you'll likely start to recognize other party-goers. Many of the bars are housed in character-filled old buildings which can feel a bit cramped, but that's all part of the charm.

Is Mykonos or Lagos Better for Resorts?

Mykonos
Lagos

There are resorts to choose from in both Mykonos and Lagos.

Vacationers flock to Mykonos for its luxury resorts. There are many world class luxury resorts on the island that offer a variety of amenities including pools, restaurants, and spas. Popular options include Myconian Avaton Resort, Myconian Imperial Resort and Villas, and Myconian Utopia Resort.

For the ultimate resort vacation, Lagos is a great choice. As a resort town, you'll find no shortage of places to stay in the area. If you don't have a car, your best options are in the historic center. If transportation isn't a concern, then you'll find plenty of great resorts in the Marina, Meia Praia, Dona Ana Beach, Camilo Beach, and Porto de Mós Beach.

Is Mykonos or Lagos Better for Scuba Diving and Snorkeling?

Mykonos
Lagos

You'll find places where you can go scuba diving or snorkeling in Mykonos and Lagos.

There are many scuba diving and snorkeling spots near Mykonos. There are many good diving and snorkeling spots around the island include shipwrecks and reefs with good visibility.

Many visitors partake in scuba diving or snorkeing while visiting Lagos. With its unique rock formations and caves, there are many spots where you can snorkel or scuba dive nearby. There's also sparkling blue waters and plenty of marine life including lobster, shrimp, anemones, octopuses, and brightly colored fish.

Is Mykonos or Lagos Better for Beaches?

Mykonos
Lagos

Mykonos and Lagos both offer beautiful beaches.

Many people visit Mykonos for it's beautiful beaches. This island has become popular for its sandy beaches, but these days they come with a high price. Many are lined with umbrellas and sunbeds that you can rent. They often have bars that bring high energy and loud music. The water is often calm enough to enjoy swimming or water sports. Most of the best beaches are on the southern side of the island, but there are less crowds on the northern side, although the weather may not be as good.

Travelers come from around the world to visit the beaches in Lagos. The beaches are long, flat and sandy with beautifully dramatic rock formations. The largest beach in the area is Meia Praia and arguably one of the best beaches is Praia Dona Ana. For convenience, Praia da Batata is the closest beach to town. Praia de Porto de Mós is one of the more quiet beaches, but it's still along a bus line. For beautiful nature head to either Praia dos Estudantes or Praia dos Pinheiros.


Is Mykonos or Lagos Better for Hiking?

Mykonos
Lagos

Lagos is generally considered to be a better destination for hiking.

Lagos is a popular spot for hiking. The city makes an excellent base for exploring some of the nearby hikes and walks. Favorite places to hike include the famous Ponte de Piedade Trail, which is the last part of the multi-day Fisherman's Trail. It takes you by many beautiful rock formations and scenic viewpoints. Another scenic hike is The Alvor Walkways, which is a series of boardwalks through sand dunes.

While not known for its hiking, Mykonos has a few options. This island doesn't have any real hiking but you can walk to the beach along the road. The island is mostly flat.

Is Mykonos or Lagos Better for Shopping?

Mykonos
Lagos

Mykonos is generally considered to be a more popular shopping destination.

The abundance of shops in Mykonos make it a world-class shopping destination. This island has become the playground for celebrities and the wealthy, so there are plenty of shopping opportunities in town.

Lagos has a variety of shopping areas worth visiting. The town has a long history of local artisan crafts. You can head to the seafront promenade and find local traditional items such as ceramics, leather goods, and jewelry.

Is Mykonos or Lagos Better for Families?

Mykonos
Lagos

Families may find more to do in Lagos than Mykonos.

With a huge array of activities for kids, Lagos is very family-friendly. You can spend days hanging out on the beautiful beaches, but there are so many other activities that the whole family will enjoy. Explore the caves in kayaks, take surfing lessons, head for the zoo, or go dolphin watching. There are also plenty of playgrounds and kid-friendly restaurants around town.

Mykonos is not always a place people visit with their families. This island is a bit of a party destination, so many people choose alternative islands when visiting Greece with their kids. If you do head to Mykonos, you'll find nice beaches and some good museums.

Is Mykonos or Lagos Better for Couples?

Mykonos
Lagos

Mykonos and Lagos both fun destinations for a couple.

Mykonos is fantastic couple's destination with fun and romantic activities. Couples who enjoy beautiful coastal settings with a great party scene will love a vacation or honeymoon to this Greek island.

Lagos makes for a terrific place to visit as a couple. The beaches and hotels in the area offer a truly romantic setting for couples, whether you're on a honeymoon or a couple's weekend getaway. Spend some time on the beach or go kayaking through the caves. Get a spa treatment at a luxury hotel or go wine tasting through the countryside. You can also enjoy the beautiful sunsets on a sunset boat cruise while sipping a glass of local wine.


Is Mykonos or Lagos Better for Public Transit?

Mykonos
Lagos

Both Mykonos and Lagos offer public transit options.

Mykonos has a few public transit options. There is a bus system that connects the towns and beaches on the island. Both major bus stations are on the western side of the island.

Public transit is mostly limited in Lagos. The area has buses, but they are limited in where they go. There is also reduced service on weekends and holidays.

Is Mykonos or Lagos a more walkable city?

Mykonos
Lagos

Mykonos is considered more walkable than Lagos.

It is easy to get around Mykonos on foot. Walking is actually one of the only ways to get around town.

Lagos is not a very walkable Greek island. Most people prefer to have a car as some areas are very hilly and many resorts are outside of town. Depending on your fitness level and motivation, you may be able to get by without a vehicle, but it is generally not recommended.

Which city is cheaper, Lagos or Mykonos?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Mykonos is €119, while the average daily cost in Lagos is €94. 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 Mykonos and Lagos in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Mykonos 59
    Lagos 49
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Mykonos 118
    Lagos 98
Compare Hotels in Mykonos and Lagos

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Hotels in Mykonos


Hotels in Lagos


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Our Analysis
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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Mykonos 19
    Lagos 25
Typical Local Transportation prices in Mykonos

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Mykonos:


  • Bus to Paradise Beach (for 2)
    5.60
  • Taxi to Kalafatis
    13

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Mykonos

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Mykonos:

  • Private Transfer to/from Mykonos Airport (JMK): $52
  • Transfer Service: $45
  • One Way Private Transfer within Mykonos Island MINI VAN: $73
  • Transfer from Mykonos Airport to Aghios Ioannis - Mykonos area up to 6 customers: $98
  • Transfer from Mykonos Airport to Aghios Stefanos - Mykonos area up to 6 customers: $98
  • Transfer from Mykonos Airport to Agios Sostis area up to 6 customers: $121
  • Transfer from Mykonos Airport to Agrari area up to 6 customers: $98
  • Transfer from Mykonos Airport to Ano Mera area up to 6 customers: $121
  • Transfer from Mykonos Airport to Chora area up to 6 customers: $98
  • Transfer from Mykonos Airport to Choulakia area up to 6 customers: $98
  • Transfer from Mykonos Airport to Drafaki area up to 6 customers: $98
  • Transfer from Mykonos Airport to Elia area up to 6 customers: $121

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Lagos

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Lagos:

  • Lagos Shared Departure Transfer to Faro: $26
  • Transfer Lagos - Boavista Golf (Lagos): $40
  • Transfer Praia da Luz - Boavista Golf (Lagos): $40
  • Transfer Lagos - Alto Golf Pestana (Alvor): $44
  • Transfer Praia da Luz - Alto Golf Pestana (Alvor): $44
  • Faro Shared Transfer to or from Lagos: $45
  • Faro Private Transfer to or from Lagos: $51
  • Airport Transfer One Way: $53
  • Private Transfer Lagos Airport LOG to Ikeja-Ikoyi-Victoria Island - Business Car: $58
  • Private Transfer Ikeja-Ikoyi-Victoria Island to Lagos Airport LOG - Business Car: $58
  • Transfer Lagos - Alamos Golf (Portimão): $58
  • Transfer Praia da Luz - Alamos Golf (Portimão): $62

Is it cheaper to fly into Mykonos or Lagos?

Prices for flights to both Lagos and Mykonos 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
    Mykonos 38
    Lagos 27
Typical Food prices in Mykonos

Some typical examples of dining costs in Mykonos are as follows:


  • Two Ice cream Cones
    4.50

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Mykonos

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Mykonos.

  • Traditional Lunch or Dinner at the Mykonian Spiti: $74
  • Mykonos Cooking Class: $159

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Lagos

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Lagos.

  • Dinner + Jazz At The Metaphor in Lagos: $80
  • Classic Food Tour - Lagos: $93

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Mykonos 18
    Lagos 21

Tours and Activities in Mykonos

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

  • Mykonos Walking Tour: $40
  • Half-Day City Walking Tour and Island Bus Tour: $44
  • Discover Authentic Mykonos Tour: $51
  • Little Venice Sunset Cruise: $57
  • The Original Morning Delos Guided Tour: $68
  • Tinos Tour: $93
  • One Day Cruise to Delos-Mykonos from Paros Island: $93
  • From 6.5-Hour Cruise to Delos and Rhenia: $100
  • One Day Cruise to Delos-Mykonos from Paros Island: $129
  • South Coast Beach Hopping Boat Tour with BBQ Lunch: $139
  • Full-Day Sightseeing Tour with Lunch: $159
  • Mykonos Shore Excursion: City & Island Tour: $250

Tours and Activities in Lagos

Here are a few actual costs in Lagos for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • 2 Hour Lagos Historical Tour: $14
  • Brodie's Historical and Fun Lagos Walking Tour: $19
  • Grotto tour Ponta da Piedade Lagos: $19
  • Lagos Walking Tour with Local Historian: $19
  • Lagos Zoo Entrance Ticket: $21
  • Explore Ponta da Piedade on a Boat Tour: $21
  • Lagos Zoo Admission Ticket: $22
  • Tour to go inside the Ponta da Piedade Caves/Grottos and see the beaches - Lagos: $22
  • Ponta da Piedade Boat Tour with Local Guide: $23
  • Ponta da Piedade Grotto Tour in Lagos, Algarve: $25
  • Ponta da Piedade Cruise to Caves and Beaches with Local Guide: $25
  • Ponta da Piedade: 2-Hour Boat Cruise: $29

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Mykonos 16
    Lagos 5.43

Sample the Local Flavors in Lagos

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Lagos:

  • Algarve Wine Tour in a VW T2 Van: $57
  • Algarve: Jeep Safari with Distillery Visit & Lunch: $65
  • Small-Group Day Tour of Silves and Monchique with Wine Tasting: $69
  • Silves, Caldas and Monchique Wine Tasting: Full Day Tour: $74


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Mykonos and Lagos, we can see that Mykonos is more expensive. And not only is Lagos much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Lagos would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Lagos 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 Mykonos would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Mykonos than you might in Lagos.

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