Should you visit Nafplio or Thessaloniki?
Should I visit Nafplio or Thessaloniki? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.
The destination of Nafplio exists as a historic seaport town on the Peloponnese peninsula. From prevailing as a major port under royal succession in the Middle Ages to standing under the Republic of Venice, Ottoman Empire, and finally becoming capital of the First Hellenic Republic and then the Kingdom of Greece, this place has seen it all. Nafplio is now the capital of the region of Argolis.
Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece and serves as the capital city of the Central Macedonia region. It also has a rich history dating back more than 3,000 years. As a visitor, you'll find that the city has been touched by the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires, all of which left their mark. In particular, the many Byzantine churches are quite impressive, with some of them listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Which city is cheaper, Thessaloniki or Nafplio?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Nafplio is €89, while the average daily cost in Thessaloniki is €107. 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 Nafplio and Thessaloniki in more detail.
An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about €80 in Nafplio For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.
An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about €126 in Thessaloniki For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.
Nafplio food costs typically run travelers around €27 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.
The average traveler spends about €33 per day in Thessaloniki for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.
Meals for one day
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Nafplio
For Nafplio, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Nafplio Walking Food Tour:
Nauplio Food Tour:
Cooking Class in Nafplio:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Thessaloniki
For Thessaloniki, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Thessaloniki City Morning Walking Food Tour:
Dinner with a view in the historic center of Thessaloniki:
Thessaloniki Food Tour - Gastronomy Experience - 4 hrs:
Nafplio's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend €37 per person, per day on transportation in Nafplio.
Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Thessaloniki than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend €11 on transportation in Thessaloniki on average per day.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Nafplio
Also for Nafplio, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Nafplio to Athens International Airport Private Transfer:
3-Hours Private Transfer from Nafplio to Athens:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Thessaloniki
Also for Thessaloniki, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Transfer up to 8 People to Paralia - Katerini - Litochoro - Platamonas - Neoi Poroi:
Transfer up to 8 People to Kavala and Keramoti:
Transfer up to 8 People from Thessaloniki to Parga - Sivota - Igoumenitsa:
Transfer services from Thessaloniki(SKG) to Vourvourou Sithonia Halkidiki:
Transfer services from Thessaloniki to Ouranoupoli (Agion Oros):
Transfer services from Thessaloniki to Marmaras Halkidiki up to 8 passengers:
Transfer services from Thessaloniki to Katerini Pieria up to 8 passengers:
Transfer services from Thesaloniki to Sani Resort Halidiki up to 8 passengers:
Transfer service from Thessaloniki to Corfu, Ioannina, Parga, Syvota:
Transfer from airport Thessaloniki (SKG) to Kalithea chalkidiki:
Transfer from Thessaloniki to Peukochori:
Transfer from Thessaloniki to Ikos Olivia:
Is it cheaper to fly into Nafplio or Thessaloniki?
Prices for flights to both Thessaloniki and Nafplio 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.
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Nafplio can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around €18 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
Sightseeing expenses in Thessaloniki, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of €21 per day, per person.
Tours and Activities in Nafplio
For Nafplio, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
3in1; Cycling, sightseeing, tasting:
Ancient Corinth & Nemea Tour to Culture from Nafplio:
Corinth, Mycenae, Olympia, Delphi, Meteora and more in a 4day private tour:
Cycling Tour at Nafplio:
From Mycenae and Epidaurus Tour:
Greek Ouzo and Honey Tour from Nafplio:
Half day tour in Mycenae and Epidaurus from Nafplio:
Hiking Tour in Nafplio:
Horse Riding Experience in Nafplio:
Mycenae - Ancient Corinth - Corinth Canal - Epidaurus full day tour from Nafplio:
Nafplio City Tour:
Nafplio City Tour:
Tours and Activities in Thessaloniki
For Thessaloniki, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
Athos Peninsula Day Cruise from Thessaloniki:
Authentic Balkan experience:
City Sightseeing Thessaloniki Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour:
City Sightseeing Thessaloniki Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour:
Day Tour of Philippi, Amphipolis, and Kavala:
Dion and Mount Olympus Full Day Tour from Thessaloniki:
Ecobike tour in Thessaloniki:
From Ancient Pella & Vergina Small Group Tour:
From Dion and Mount Olympus Day Tour:
Full Day Meteora Tour by Train from Thessaloniki:
Full Day Tour to Edessa - Loutra Pozar from Thessaloniki:
Full Day Tour to Meteora from Thessaloniki:
Typically, people visiting Nafplio spend on average €5.49 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Typically, people visiting Thessaloniki spend on average €12 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Sample the Local Flavors in Nafplio
Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Nafplio:
Wine tour at the footsteps of Hercules in Nemea from Nafplio:
Sample the Local Flavors in Thessaloniki
Also in Thessaloniki, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:
From Full-Day Private Group Wine Tour:
Private tour: Full day Wine tasting Naousa & Ag. Nikolaos:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Nafplio and Thessaloniki, we can see that Thessaloniki is more expensive. And not only is Nafplio much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Nafplio would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Nafplio 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 Thessaloniki would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Thessaloniki than you might in Nafplio.
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