A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Paphos vs. Cannes for Food, Resorts, Beaches, and Couples

Should you visit Paphos or Cannes?

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

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

Paphos

Paphos is a overlooked, ancient, and beautiful town. With stunning beauty, it attracts visitors from all around. Other popular activities here include scuba diving and snorkeling, beaches, and shopping.

Cannes

Cannes is a glitzy, opulent , and luxury resort city. This is also a very beautiful destination which attracts plenty of visitors. It's also known for nightlife, live music, and food.

Paphos and Cannes: Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Good scuba and snorkeling destination
  • Popular beach
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Impressive beauty
Pros
  • Good scuba and snorkeling destination
  • Popular beach
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Impressive beauty
Cons
  • Less popular with backpackers


How is Paphos different from Cannes?

Which is Better for a Holiday?

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

Is Paphos or Cannes Better for Food?

Paphos
Cannes

There are opportunities to sample the local cuisine at great restaurants in both Paphos and Cannes.

Known for it's food and restaurant scene, Paphos is always at the top of any foodie's travel list. Food is a huge part of the culture and family life in the area. The cuisine is influenced by the surrounding areas and you'll see similarities to Greek, Turkish, and Middle Eastern cuisines. Popular dishes include koupepia (vine leaves stuffed with a filling called gemista), souvlaki (a meat and salad filled pita), and makaronia tou fournou (a pasta dish made with halloumi and béchamel sauce).

Many restaurants in Cannes have been singled out for their culinary prowess. The city is known for its fresh seafood and produce, local markets, and innovative chefs. There are also a number of traditional dishes that you should try in town including bouillabaisse, daube, and farcis niçois.


Is Paphos or Cannes Better for Nightlife?

Paphos
Cannes

It's hard to distinguish whether Paphos or Cannes has a better nightlife scene.

Paphos has an active nightlife scene for those who seek it out. Most people think of history, culture, beaches, and wine, but the city also has its share of clubs and bars. It's not the party-hard beach destination that you'll find at some Mediterranean tourist areas, but there are still plenty of bars and clubs with atmosphere and style. Head to Agiou Antoniou Street for the most action.

The nightlife in Cannes has something for everybody. The nightlife scene is all about the glamour and prestige that this city is known for. There are exclusive nightclubs and luxury cocktail bars where the goal is to see and be seen. Parties last late into the night and the glitz and glamour fill the streets.

Is Paphos or Cannes Better for Resorts?

Paphos
Cannes

With a similar set of options, resorts can be found in both Paphos and Cannes.

Paphos offers an unforgettable resort vacation. The area is filled with all types of resorts. There are many all-inclusive resorts that cater to families, honeymooners, or luxury vacationers. If you want to experience more of the local culture, there are also smaller boutique hotels or local apartments available.

Cannes is a world class resort vacation destination. The city is filled with luxury resorts and elegant hotels. Among the best are Hôtel Martinez, Hôtel Barrière Le Majestic, and Five Seas Hotel.

Is Paphos or Cannes Better for Scuba Diving and Snorkeling?

Paphos
Cannes

You'll find snorkeling or scuba diving in both Paphos and Cannes.

Paphos has a few areas where visitors often go scuba diving or snorkeling. There are many snorkeling and dive spots that aren't far away. You'll also find a number of scuba or snorkeling excursions that you can join. The water conditions for snorkeling and diving are best during the summer months.

It's fun to get in the water and check out the local marine life in Cannes. You can arrange scuba diving and snorkeling trips from a few vendors in town. You might see sponges, sea slugs octopus, cuttlefish, lobsters and even stingrays.

Is Paphos or Cannes Better for Beaches?

Paphos
Cannes

Both Paphos and Cannes have beaches worth visiting.

The beaches in Paphos are among the best in the world. Many people head to the area specifically for the beaches. This region has the longest coastline of any region in Cyprus, but keep in mind that some of the best beaches are found outside of the main tourist areas. However, they most are usually accessible by city bus with many remote stretches found along the Akamas Peninsula. Within town the beaches are often rocky and pebbly.

The beaches at Cannes attract visitors from all over. You can choose from both public and private beaches in the area. You'll find more amenities and convenience at the private beaches which are closer to La Croisette (the main promenade in town). These beaches also come with a price tag attached. The public beaches have a more relaxed and natural vibe but are a little less convenient to get to.


Is Paphos or Cannes Better for its Old Town?

Paphos
Cannes

Paphos and Cannes both have historical old towns that attract visitors.

Many visitors go to Paphos to see the historical old town. The old town is a pleasant area to walk around with a number of interesting buildings.

Cannes is an extremely popular place to visit the historic old town area. Known as Le Suquet, the old town has many historic landmarks including the the Château de la Castre. There are also cobblestone streets and many great restaurants around town.

Is Paphos or Cannes Better for Shopping?

Paphos
Cannes

Shopping is a popular activity in both Cannes and Paphos.

Paphos is an extremely popular place for shoppers. There are outdoor markets, major shopping streets, and international fashion brands. You can pick up local souvenirs or beach gear that you may have forgotten.

Known for shopping, Cannes draws large crowds to its stores. With its many affluent visitors, the shopping scene in town is filled with luxury brands and posh boutiques. Perfume and porcelain are both popular things to buy in the area.

Is Paphos or Cannes Better for Families?

Paphos
Cannes

Paphos and Cannes are both fun destinations for the whole family.

Paphos is a very family-friendly place to visit. There are plenty of outdoor activities that kids will enjoy. Head to the beach or take a walk along the coastline. Animal lovers will appreciate a visit to the zoo, bird park, or aquarium and young thrill seekers will enjoy a day at the Aqua-park of Aphrodite. And, of course, there's also the ruins that kids can have fun exploring.

Cannes offers lots of family activities. Most people associate the city with the film festival and late night partying, but there are also kid-friendly restaurants, fun beach activities, and plenty of kid-friendly entertainment along La Croisette Boulevard. Make sure you check out the Grand Carousel and the many playgrounds around town.

Is Paphos or Cannes Better for Couples?

Paphos
Cannes

Paphos and Cannes are both fun to visit as a couple.

Paphos has so much to offer for a romantic couple's vacation. Honeymooners who enjoy history, nature, beaches, and culture will find it all in the area. There are stunning beaches where you can relax in the sun, world renowned archeological ruins where you can immerse yourself in a historical world, and beautiful views around every corner. There are also excellent restaurants and wine tasting opportunities that will make for a memorable trip.

Cannes is a great town for couples, as it has plenty to offer. It's grand hotels and luxury beach clubs make this a perfect romantic destination. There are world class restaurants, a vibrant nightlife scene, and many romantic spots around town that make for a memorable honeymoon or couple's getaway.


Is Paphos or Cannes Better for Public Transit?

Paphos
Cannes

You'll find somewhat comparable public transit options in both Paphos and Cannes.

Visitors to Paphos can move around easily with public transportation. It's possible to get around by city bus to most places. Buses connect many touristy areas such as Kato Paphos, Tombs of the Kings, Chloraka, Kissonerga, Coral Bay and Paphos Center.

While Cannes offers some public transit options, it might not be your first choice. There are buses that travel around the city.

Is Paphos or Cannes a more walkable city?

Paphos
Cannes

Paphos and Cannes both are comparable when exploring on foot.

Paphos is somewhat walkable. The main tourist area is Kato Paphos which is small, compact and easy to walk around, but if you want to head to areas further away then you likely won't be able to travel on foot. It's important to understand where your hotel is located if you're planning to explore on foot.

Cannes is a very walkable town. Many areas are easily explored on foot including the historic areas and the coastline.

Should I spend more time in Cannes or Paphos?

How long in Paphos or Cannes?

It's fun to spend time in either Paphos or Cannes. Generally, people tend to spend more time in Paphos due to the larger number of activities and things to do.

The ideal length of time for a trip to Paphos is 3-5 days, and the ideal length of time for a trip to Cannes is 2-4 days.


  • How many days in Paphos or Cannes? Ideal Length of Stay
    Paphos 3-5 
    Cannes 2-4

One day in Paphos or Cannes?

Many travelers enjoy the scuba diving and snorkeling and shopping when visiting the destination of Paphos. 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.

Many travelers enjoy the food and scuba diving and snorkeling when visiting the destination of Cannes. The old town is one of the main draws for visitors. But since there are so many activities, you'll likely want to spend more than one day exploring.

A weekend in Paphos or Cannes?

Paphos is a great place to explore. With so much to do, a weekend is probably not enough time to see everything. Your budget might influence how long you stay.

Cannes 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.


Five days in Paphos or Cannes?

It's hard to know how much time to spend in Paphos. 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.

It's hard to know how much time to spend in Cannes. Make sure you visit the old town while you're here. Five days may feel like too much time unless you plan to do a lot of relaxing. It has many unique tourist attractions and fascinating things to do.

A week in Paphos or Cannes?

Travelers enjoy the nightlife and food when visiting the overlooked destination of Paphos. This town 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.

Travelers enjoy the nightlife and live music when visiting the opulent destination of Cannes. This resort city offers a variety of activities to choose from. Most visitors spend time around the old town while in the area. Most people find that one week is more than enough time to see everything.

Which city is cheaper, Cannes or Paphos?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Paphos is €77, while the average daily cost in Cannes is €110. 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 Paphos and Cannes in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Paphos 37
    Cannes 60
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Paphos 74
    Cannes 120
Compare Hotels in Paphos and Cannes

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Hotels in Paphos


Hotels in Cannes


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Paphos 9.29
    Cannes 13

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Paphos

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Paphos:

  • Shared airport transfer Paphos Airport - Paphos Town: $11
  • Shared transfer from Paphos Town to Paphos Airport PFO: $12
  • Shared shuttle transfer from Paphos Airport to Hotels: $13
  • Shared shuttle transfer from Hotels to Paphos Airport: $13
  • Shared transfer from Coral Bay to Paphos Airport PFO: $14
  • Shared Transfer from Paphos Airport to Coral Bay: $14
  • Shared Arrival Transfer: Paphos Airport to Paphos or Limassol Hotels: $16
  • Shared Departure Transfer: Paphos or Limassol Hotels to Paphos Airport: $16
  • Airport Transfers Cyprus - Paphos Airport to Paphos Town - Shared Shuttle: $19
  • Airport Transfers Cyprus - Paphos Town to Paphos Airport - Shared shuttle: $19
  • Private Airport Transfer: Paphos to Paphos International Airport (PFO): $23
  • Private Airport Transfer: Paphos International Airport (PFO) to Paphos: $23

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cannes

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Cannes:

  • Cannes Private Transfer from Cannes city centre to Nice Airport: $146
  • Departure Private Transfers from Cannes to Nice Airport NCE in Business Car: $108
  • French Riviera: Half-Day Private Tour and Transfer: $397
  • Nice Airport Private Departure Transfer from Cannes, Monaco or Eze: $55
  • Nice Airport Transfers : Cannes City to Nice Airport NCE in Business Car: $108
  • Nice Airport Transfers : Cannes City to Nice Airport NCE in Luxury Car: $157
  • Nice Airport Transfers : Cannes City to Nice Airport NCE in Luxury Van: $124
  • Nice Airport departure private transfer from Cannes - Mónaco - Cap d Antibes in Business Car: $98
  • Nice Airport departure private transfer from Cannes - Mónaco - Cap d Antibes in Luxury Car: $140
  • Nice Airport departure private transfer from Cannes - Mónaco - Cap d Antibes in Luxury Van: $114
  • Private Airport Transfer: Cannes to Cote D'Azur Airport (NCE): $59
  • Private Departure Transfer from Cannes to Nice Airport: $55

Is it cheaper to fly into Paphos or Cannes?

Prices for flights to both Cannes and Paphos 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
    Paphos 30
    Cannes 36

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Paphos

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

  • Traditional Cuisine & Cultural Flavours - City Walking Food Tour Paphos 2.5hrs: $59
  • Sea Star Evening Dinner and Fireworks Cruise from Paphos: $73

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cannes

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

  • Summer Fireworks and Dinner Catamaran Cruise from Cannes: $135
  • Small-Group Evening Tour and Dinner in Monte Carlo from Cannes: $223
  • Unforgettable night photos of the French Riviera and dinner in Monaco: $622

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Paphos 9.56
    Cannes 24

Tours and Activities in Paphos

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

  • Lefkara & Nicosia Tour from Paphos: $25
  • Limassol Tour from Paphos: $25
  • Troodos and Kykkos Day Tour from Paphos: $26
  • Nicosia Full Day Shopping Tour from Paphos: $28
  • Authentic Cyprus Historic Day Tour from Paphos: $32
  • Paphos Aphrodite Waterpark Admission Ticket: $39
  • Ocean Flyer Half Day Cruise from Paphos harbour: $44
  • Full-day Famagusta, Varosha, and Salamis Tour from Paphos: $47
  • Jolly Roger Boat Cruise from Paphos: $49
  • 1 Hour Tour to Local Radio in Paphos with Live Radio Show: $50
  • Jolly Roger Pirate Ship Cruise from Paphos: $50
  • The Paphos Segway Tours: $57

Tours and Activities in Cannes

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

  • Round-Trip Ferry Ticket: Cannes to Ste. Marguerite Island: $19
  • Cannes Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $43
  • Cruise to Corniche d'Or: $44
  • 4-Hour Boat and Snorkeling Tour: $44
  • Photographic tour of Cannes with a Local: $46
  • French Riviera Tour: Cannes, Antibes & Saint-Paul de Vence: $51
  • Nice: Small-Group City Sightseeing Tour: $53
  • Combo Ile Sainte-Marguerite Ferry & Corniche d'Or Cruise from Cannes: $54
  • Sunset cruise / Cannes Lerins Islands: $55
  • Guided Tour in History, Glamour & Cinema: $62
  • Daytime or Sunset Catamaran Cruise from Cannes with Optional Lunch: $62
  • Cannes 2.5-Hour E-bike Tour: $67

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Paphos 7.98
    Cannes 14

Sample the Local Flavors in Paphos

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Paphos:

  • WINE TOUR from Paphos: $372

Sample the Local Flavors in Cannes

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

  • Grasse, Valbonne & Gourdon: Day Tour with Wine Tasting: $132
  • Provence Wine Tour - Private Day Tour from Cannes: $342
  • Private Day Trip: Wine Tasting Tour Including Pinic Lunch From Cannes: $559
  • 5-Hour Private Cannes Shore Excursion: Eze, Nice, Wine Tasting: $658


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


When is the best time to visit Paphos or Cannes?

Both destinations experience a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. And since both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Paphos or Cannes in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Paphos and Cannes. Most visitors come to Paphos for the beaches, snorkeling, and the family-friendly experiences during these months. Also, the summer months attract visitors to Cannes because of the beaches, snorkeling, the music scene, and the family-friendly experiences.

In July, Paphos is generally a little warmer than Cannes. Temperatures in Paphos average around 27°C (80°F), and Cannes stays around 23°C (73°F).

In July, Paphos usually receives less rain than Cannes. Paphos gets 0 mm (0 in) of rain, while Cannes receives 16 mm (0.6 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Paphos 27°C (80°F) 
    Cannes 23°C (73°F)

Should I visit Paphos or Cannes in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Paphos as well as Cannes. The autumn months attract visitors to Paphos because of the shopping scene and the natural beauty of the area. Also, the shopping scene, the music scene, and the natural beauty of the area are the main draw to Cannes this time of year.

Paphos is a little warmer than Cannes in the autumn. The temperature in Paphos is usually 21°C (70°F) in October, and Cannes stays around 17°C (63°F).

It's quite rainy in Cannes. Paphos usually gets less rain in October than Cannes. Paphos gets 19 mm (0.7 in) of rain, while Cannes receives 108 mm (4.3 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Paphos 21°C (70°F) 
    Cannes 17°C (63°F)

Should I visit Paphos or Cannes in the Winter?

Both Cannes and Paphos are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities. The museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine are the main draw to Paphos this time of year. Also, many travelers come to Cannes for the shopping scene and the cuisine.

In the winter, Paphos is a little warmer than Cannes. Typically, the winter temperatures in Paphos in January are around 12°C (53°F), and Cannes is about 9°C (48°F).

In January, Paphos usually receives less rain than Cannes. Paphos gets 65 mm (2.6 in) of rain, while Cannes receives 83 mm (3.3 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Paphos 12°C (53°F) 
    Cannes 9°C (48°F)

Should I visit Paphos or Cannes in the Spring?

Both Cannes and Paphos during the spring are popular places to visit. Many travelers come to Paphos for the beaches and the natural beauty. Furthermore, many visitors come to Cannes in the spring for the beaches and the natural beauty.

In April, Paphos is generally a little warmer than Cannes. Temperatures in Paphos average around 17°C (62°F), and Cannes stays around 13°C (56°F).

Paphos usually gets less rain in April than Cannes. Paphos gets 11 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Cannes receives 62 mm (2.4 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Paphos 17°C (62°F) 
    Cannes 13°C (56°F)

Typical Weather for Cannes and Paphos

Paphos Cannes
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 12°C (53°F) 65 mm (2.6 in) 9°C (48°F) 83 mm (3.3 in)
Feb 12°C (54°F) 57 mm (2.2 in) 9°C (49°F) 76 mm (3 in)
Mar 13°C (56°F) 49 mm (1.9 in) 11°C (51°F) 71 mm (2.8 in)
Apr 17°C (62°F) 11 mm (0.4 in) 13°C (56°F) 62 mm (2.4 in)
May 20°C (69°F) 7 mm (0.3 in) 16°C (62°F) 49 mm (1.9 in)
Jun 24°C (75°F) 1 mm (0 in) 20°C (68°F) 36 mm (1.4 in)
Jul 27°C (80°F) 0 mm (0 in) 23°C (73°F) 16 mm (0.6 in)
Aug 27°C (80°F) 0 mm (0 in) 23°C (73°F) 31 mm (1.2 in)
Sep 25°C (76°F) 1 mm (0 in) 21°C (69°F) 54 mm (2.1 in)
Oct 21°C (70°F) 19 mm (0.7 in) 17°C (63°F) 108 mm (4.3 in)
Nov 17°C (62°F) 44 mm (1.7 in) 12°C (54°F) 104 mm (4.1 in)
Dec 13°C (56°F) 76 mm (3 in) 10°C (49°F) 78 mm (3.1 in)


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