A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Palma de Mallorca vs. Crete for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Palma de Mallorca or Crete?

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Palma de Mallorca or Crete, this travel cost comparison can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Palma de Mallorca

Palma de Mallorca is a resort city and capital of the Spanish island, Mallorca, in the western Mediterranean. It is home to landmarks like Gothic cathedrals and medieval fortresses, but is also host to sandy beaches where the city meets the sea in a backdrop of surrounding mountains. Amidst the city itself you will find it easy to get lost in the charm of cobbled lanes, busy markets, boutiques, and historic courtyards.

Crete

The largest and most populous island of Greece, Crete has become a frequent vacation destination for many visitors. The terrain of the place is quite varied - very mountainous stretching east to west, with lush valleys, fertile plateaus, gorges, and famous caves like Idaion, the birthplace of the Greek god Zeus. The surrounding smaller islands and beaches are key attractions as well.

Which city is cheaper, Crete or Palma de Mallorca?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Palma de Mallorca is €111, while the average daily cost in Crete is €81. 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 Palma de Mallorca and Crete in more detail.



Accommodation

The prices for places to stay in Palma de Mallorca can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is €56, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around €112.

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around €38. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Crete the cost is €76 on average.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Palma de Mallorca 56
    Crete 38
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Palma de Mallorca 112
    Crete 76

Local Transportation

To get around in Palma de Mallorca, the average visitor spends €20 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.

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around €19 per day to get around in Crete.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Palma de Mallorca 20
    Crete 19
Typical Local Transportation prices in Palma de Mallorca

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Palma de Mallorca are as follows:


  • Taxi Ride
    6.80
  • Bus Ride
    1.25

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Palma de Mallorca

Also for Palma de Mallorca, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Arrival Private Transfer Palma de Mallorca Airport PMI to Palma by Business Car: $73
  • Arrival Private Transfer Palma de Mallorca Airport PMI to Palma by Business Van: $110
  • Arrival Private Transfer Palma de Mallorca Airport PMI to Palma by Luxury Car: $101
  • Arrival Private Transfers : Mallorca Airport PMI to Palma in Business Car: $84
  • Arrival Private Transfers : Mallorca Airport PMI to Palma in Luxury Car: $160
  • Arrival Private Transfers : Mallorca Airport PMI to Palma in Luxury Van: $141
  • Arrival Transfer from Palma de Mallorca Airport PMI to Palma in Private Car: $69
  • Arrival Transfer from Palma de Mallorca Airport PMI to Palma in Private Van: $73
  • Majorca Airport (PMI) Arrival Transfer (Airport to Cala Ratjada): $161
  • Majorca Airport (PMI) Arrival Transfer (Airport to Pollensa Hotel or Address): $132
  • Mallorca Airport Transfers to Formentor: $149
  • Mallorca Airport Transfers to or from Ca'n Picafort: $116

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Crete

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Crete:

  • Acqua Plus Water Park Admission with Optional Transfer: $32

Is it cheaper to fly into Palma de Mallorca or Crete?

Prices for flights to both Crete and Palma de Mallorca 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

Palma de Mallorca food costs typically run travelers around €36 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.

On average, meal and food prices in Crete cost around €28 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 €11.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Palma de Mallorca 36
    Crete 28
Typical Food prices in Palma de Mallorca

For Palma de Mallorca, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Soda
    2.50

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Palma de Mallorca

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

  • Palma: Walking Food Tour: $97
  • Show Cooking Paella: $124

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Crete

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

  • Olive Oil Factory Tour, Dinner & Traditional Dancing: $56
  • From Rethymno: Winery Tour & Cretan Folk Show with Dinner: $64
  • Heraklion: Cretan Cooking Lesson with Dinner in Arolithos: $113

Entertainment

In Palma de Mallorca, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average €27 per person, per day.

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around €20 per person, per day in Crete. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Palma de Mallorca 27
    Crete 20

Tours and Activities in Palma de Mallorca

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

  • Alcudia Open Bus City Tour in Mallorca: $21
  • Palma de Mallorca Sightseeing Day Tour: $24
  • El Arenal, Mallorca: Bay of Palma Boat Tour: $27
  • Full-Day Tour with Departure Options: $29
  • Mallorca: Bike Tour Off-the-Beaten-Track: $43
  • Palma de Mallorca Segway Ninebot Tour: $56
  • Express Tour to Drach Caves and Portocristo: $60
  • Palma: 2-Hour Segway Tour: $63
  • From 5-Hour Catamaran Cruise: $64
  • Segway Old Town Tour in Alcudia: $77
  • Segway Lake Tour in Alcudia: $77
  • Mallorca Coasteering Adventure: $79

Tours and Activities in Crete

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

  • Agia Pelagia: Quad Safari-Family Tour: $85
  • Chania, 90-Minute Segway Night Tour: $55
  • Chania: 3-Hour Guided Segway Tour: $96
  • Chania: Guided Halepa Segway Tour: $51
  • Chania: Sunset Boat Cruise with Guide: $14
  • Chania: Sunset Cruise with Cretan Wine: $395
  • Chania: Traditional Boat Cruise to Lazaretta Island: $30
  • Classic and Authentic Day Tour of Crete: $137
  • 4 Hour Half Day Sailing Cruise: $428
  • Heraklion Archaeological Museum Ticket & Audio Guide: $16
  • Hiking Tour in Samaria Gorge: $43
  • Day Tour of Spinalonga, Agios Nikolaos, Elounda & Plaka: $36

Alcohol

Typically, people visiting Palma de Mallorca spend on average €24 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Crete may vary from person to person, on average a person spends €16 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Palma de Mallorca 24
    Crete 16
Typical Alcohol prices in Palma de Mallorca

Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Palma de Mallorca are as follows:


  • Coffee
    3.10

Sample the Local Flavors in Palma de Mallorca

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Palma de Mallorca:

  • Wine Tasting Tour: $111

Sample the Local Flavors in Crete

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

  • Rethymno: Wine Tasting at The Cretan House of Wine: $88
  • From Chania: Olive Oil & Wine Tasting - Safari Tour w/ Lunch: $141
  • Heraklion: Cretan Wine Tasting Tour & Gourmet Lunch: $169
  • Heraklion: Private Knossos & Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch: $299


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

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