A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Paphos vs. Marseille for Food, Nightlife, Beaches, and Old Town

Should you visit Paphos or Marseille?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Paphos or Marseille, 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 ancient, beautiful, and cultural town. With stunning beauty, it attracts visitors from all around. It's also popular because of the museums, nightlife, and food.

Marseille

Marseille is a energetic and vibrant city. This is also a very beautiful destination which attracts plenty of visitors. With a quaint atmosphere, it also offers a unique feeling. It's also known for beaches, shopping, and nightlife.

Paphos and Marseille: Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Popular beach
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Impressive beauty
Cons
  • Less popular for nightlife
  • Less popular old town
Pros
  • Good nightlife
  • Scenic old town
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Impressive beauty
  • Quaint atmosphere
Cons
  • Less attractive beach
  • Less family-friendly


How is Paphos different from Marseille?

Which is Better for a Holiday?

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

Is Paphos or Marseille Better for Food?

Paphos
Marseille

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

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 Marseille have been singled out for their culinary prowess. It's famous for its bouillabaisse, which is a hearty seafood soup that was once affordable but is now quite pricey.


Is Paphos or Marseille Better for Nightlife?

Paphos
Marseille

Party-goers will usually choose Marseille over Paphos.

Marseille is a destination that you simply have to visit at least once for nightlife. Much of the city's nightlife is centered around being outdoors. Whether you're on the beach or hanging out at a rooftop bar, Marseille is a magical place.

If you're looking for night time activities Paphos has a few options to choose from. 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.

Is Paphos or Marseille Better for Beaches?

Paphos
Marseille

Paphos is considered to be a more popular beach destination than Marseille.

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.

Plenty of visitors enjoy relaxing on the beach in Marseille. The city has nice beaches that offer both culture and diversity, which may be lacking some other coastal parts of the French Riviera.

Is Paphos or Marseille Better for its Old Town?

Paphos
Marseille

Marseille has a more popular old town than Paphos.

The old town of Marseille is one of the most recognized in the world. The Old Port is filled with shops and boutiques, and is the most scenic part of the city. It dates back to the Middle Ages and is filled with history and character.

Plenty of visitors enjoy exploring the old town in Paphos. The old town is a pleasant area to walk around with a number of interesting buildings.

Is Paphos or Marseille Better for Shopping?

Paphos
Marseille

Shopping is a popular activity in both Marseille 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.

Marseille is well-known for its shopping. The city has boutiques, farmers markets, and flea markets to explore, as well as any luxury brand you may want.


Is Paphos or Marseille Better for Families?

Paphos
Marseille

Families will find a wider variety of activities in Paphos than Marseille.

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.

For families, Marseille is not always the best place to visit. Nearby beaches and an outdoor climbing area make it a diverse city to visit with kids.

Is Paphos or Marseille Better for Couples?

Paphos
Marseille

Paphos and Marseille 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.

Marseille is a great town if you're traveling as a couple. Strolling the boulevards and exploring the history and culture of this city make it a top couples' destination.

Is Paphos or Marseille Better for Backpackers and Budget Travelers?

Paphos
Marseille

Paphos and Marseille are comparable places to visit for backpackers and budget travelers.

Backpackers come from all over to visit Paphos. The area is generally accessible with a few good hostels and budget accommodation options sprinkled about. There are great beaches and restaurants as well as plenty of beautiful places to enjoy a walk.

It's common for backpackers to visit Marseille. It has a decent number of hostels for a city of its size.

Is Paphos or Marseille Better for Public Transit?

Paphos
Marseille

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

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 Marseille offers some public transit options, it might not be your first choice. The city has trams, a metro, and buses that you can use to explore.


Is Paphos or Marseille a more walkable city?

Paphos
Marseille

Paphos and Marseille 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.

Marseille is a very walkable town. The Old Port (Vieux Port) is particularly walkable and is one of the best areas to explore on foot.

Should I spend more time in Marseille or Paphos?

How long in Paphos or Marseille?

Visitors can find plenty of fun things to do in both Paphos and Marseille. With generally more activities and things to do, visitors tend to spend more time in Paphos than Marseille.

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


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

One day in Paphos or Marseille?

You'll find nightlife and food around the town of Paphos. People often spend their time relaxing at one of the resorts. Since there is so much to do in the area, one day is probably not enough for all of it. It has many unique tourist attractions and fascinating things to do.

Many travelers enjoy the food and shopping when visiting the quaint destination of Marseille. 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 Marseille?

You'll find food and scuba diving and snorkeling around the coastal destination of Paphos. People usually spend lots of time at the beach. A weekend is usually not enough time for a trip here as there is plenty to do. This town offers a variety of activities to choose from.

Marseille 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 Marseille?

You'll find scuba diving and snorkeling and shopping around the cultural town of Paphos. The length of your ideal trip is an individual decision. If you have five days, this town makes for a great vacation. It's also a relaxing resort destination. Five days should give you a good understanding of everything this town has to offer.

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

Paphos is a popular choice for travelers. People enjoy relaxing at one of the resorts. One week is usually plenty of time to spend here with extra days to spare. With this much time, visitors often visit nearby destinations or take day trips. It will give you the chance to have new experiences.

Travelers enjoy the food and shopping when visiting the energetic destination of Marseille. This 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, Marseille 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 Marseille is €117. 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 Marseille in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Paphos 37
    Marseille 56
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Paphos 74
    Marseille 112
Compare Hotels in Paphos and Marseille

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Hotels in Paphos


Hotels in Marseille


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Paphos 9.29
    Marseille 23

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Paphos

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Paphos:

  • Transfer Paphos Airport PFO to Limassol: $75
  • Shared transfer from Paphos Town to Paphos Airport PFO: $12
  • Shared transfer from Coral Bay to Paphos Airport PFO: $14
  • Shared shuttle transfer from Paphos Airport to Hotels: $13
  • Shared shuttle transfer from Hotels to Paphos Airport: $13
  • Shared airport transfer Paphos Airport - Paphos Town: $11
  • Shared Transfer from Paphos Airport to Coral Bay: $14
  • Shared Departure Transfer: Paphos or Limassol Hotels to Paphos Airport: $16
  • Shared Arrival Transfer: Paphos Airport to Paphos or Limassol Hotels: $16
  • Private Transfer from Paphos to Larnaca Airport LCA in 4 seater Taxi: $151
  • Private Transfer from Paphos Airport to Larnaca in Minivan(Taxi): $218
  • Private Departure Transfer: Cyprus Hotels to Paphos Airport: $26

Typical Local Transportation prices in Marseille

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Marseille:


  • Metro Pass
    3.00

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Marseille

Also for Marseille, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Airport transfer Marseille Airport to Barcelone: $1,991
  • Avignon to Marseille Airport Private Departure Transfer: $195
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Marseille Provence Airport to Marseille City - One Way: $97
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Marseille Provence Airport to Martigues City - One Way: $93
  • Marseille Airport (MRS) Departure Transfer (Marseille Hotels to Airport): $161
  • Marseille Airport Private Arrival Transfer: $205
  • Marseille Airport Private Departure Transfer: $205
  • Marseille Airport Transfer to Cruise Port by Minivan: $113
  • Marseille Airport Transfer to Nimes: $498
  • Marseille Airport Transfer to Orange: $379
  • Marseille Airport Transfer to les baux de Provence: $332
  • Marseille Airport Transfers : Marseille City to Airport MRS in Business Car: $100

Is it cheaper to fly into Paphos or Marseille?

Prices for flights to both Marseille 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
    Marseille 34

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

Typical Food prices in Marseille

For Marseille, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Orangina
    2.50

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Marseille

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

  • 3-Hour Shore Excursion Walking Food Tour: $85
  • Cool Food Tour and Street art Marseille: $106
  • Great Marseille Food Tour Experience: $107
  • Walking Food Tour with Tastings: $108
  • Food Tour Excursion in Provence !: $771

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Paphos 9.56
    Marseille 30

Tours and Activities in Paphos

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

  • 1 Hour Tour to Local Radio in Paphos with Live Radio Show: $50
  • Akamas 4x4 Adventure: $197
  • All in Paphos big photo tour!: $398
  • Authentic Cyprus Historic Day Tour from Paphos: $32
  • Blue Lagoon Day Cruise from Paphos: $83
  • Cruise and 4X4 Safari Tour at Akamas Peninsula from Paphos: $106
  • Fireworks Night Cruise from Paphos: $81
  • Full-day Famagusta, Varosha, and Salamis Tour from Paphos: $47
  • Grand Tour Jeep Safari - Kykkos Monastery (From Paphos): $93
  • Guided tour “Love stories of Paphos”: $496
  • Half Day BBQ Lunch Cruise from Paphos: $58
  • Halloumi Heaven ( Cheese-Making Workshop & Tour): $112

Tours and Activities in Marseille

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

  • Marseille Walking Tour - The Other Side: $1.24
  • Marseille Walking Tour - La Panier: $1.24
  • Mucem Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket: $12
  • Le Panier - Walking Tour of Marseille's Historic Neighborhood: $15
  • City Segway Tour - Explore the Panier neighborhood in an unexpected way: $25
  • Marseille Segway Tour - Explore the Panier neighborhood in an unexpected way: $25
  • Panier Neighborhood 1-Hour Segway Tour: $34
  • City Segway Tour - Discover the beauty of the Pharo Palace and its neighborhood: $37
  • Marseille Segway Tour - Discover the beauty of the Pharo Palace and its neighborhood: $37
  • Marseille Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $39
  • Marseille Smalll Group Electric Bike Tour: $41
  • Calanques Picnic Cruise: $44

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Paphos 7.98
    Marseille 22

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 Marseille

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

  • Aix en Provence Full-Day Wine Tour from Marseille: $137
  • Full-Day Wine Tour around Luberon from Marseille: $137
  • Full-day Wine Tour around Bandol & Cassis from Marseille: $137
  • Marseille Shore Excursion - Full Day Wine Tour in Provence: $137
  • Marseille Shore Excursion - Private Full Day Wine Tour in Provence: $348
  • Provence wine tour of vineyards & the best foods & wine of Provence private tour: $404
  • Provence Private Wine Tasting Tour from Marseille: $435
  • Wine tour of Châteauneuf du Pape, gastronomy, wines & joie de vivre private tour: $435
  • Aix en Povence Private Half Day Tour including Wine Tasting from Marseille: $523
  • Coteaux d'Aix: Ste Victoire Wine Tour & Cezanne Mill Visit: $567
  • Bandol Wine Tour - 4 hour Private tour: $650
  • Coteaux D'Aix : Half Day Wine Tour: $650


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Paphos and Marseille, we can see that Marseille 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 Marseille would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Marseille than you might in Paphos.


When is the best time to visit Paphos or Marseille?

Both places have a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. As both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Paphos or Marseille in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Paphos as well as Marseille. The summer months attract visitors to Paphos because of the beaches, snorkeling, and the family-friendly experiences. Additionally, the beaches and the family-friendly experiences are the main draw to Marseille this time of year.

In July, Paphos is generally a little warmer than Marseille. Temperatures in Paphos average around 27°C (80°F), and Marseille stays around 24°C (75°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Marseille. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Paphos this time of the year. In the summer, Paphos often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Marseille. Paphos gets 388 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Marseille receives 366 hours of full sun.

Paphos usually gets less rain in July than Marseille. Paphos gets 0 mm (0 in) of rain, while Marseille receives 14 mm (0.6 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Paphos 27°C (80°F) 
    Marseille 24°C (75°F)

Should I visit Paphos or Marseille in the Autumn?

Both Marseille and Paphos are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities. The shopping scene and the natural beauty of the area are the main draw to Paphos this time of year. Also, many travelers come to Marseille for the shopping scene and the natural beauty of the area.

Paphos is a little warmer than Marseille in the autumn. The temperature in Paphos is usually 21°C (70°F) in October, and Marseille stays around 16°C (61°F).

It's quite sunny in Marseille. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Paphos. Paphos usually receives more sunshine than Marseille during autumn. Paphos gets 270 hours of sunny skies, while Marseille receives 205 hours of full sun in the autumn.

In October, Paphos usually receives less rain than Marseille. Paphos gets 19 mm (0.7 in) of rain, while Marseille receives 78 mm (3.1 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Paphos 21°C (70°F) 
    Marseille 16°C (61°F)

Should I visit Paphos or Marseille in the Winter?

Both Marseille and Paphos during the winter are popular places to visit. Many travelers come to Paphos for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine. Also, many visitors come to Marseille in the winter for the shopping scene and the cuisine.

In the winter, Paphos is much warmer than Marseille. Typically, the winter temperatures in Paphos in January are around 12°C (53°F), and Marseille is about 7°C (44°F).

In the winter, Paphos often gets more sunshine than Marseille. Paphos gets 180 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Marseille receives 150 hours of full sun.

Paphos usually gets more rain in January than Marseille. Paphos gets 65 mm (2.6 in) of rain, while Marseille receives 47 mm (1.9 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Paphos 12°C (53°F) 
    Marseille 7°C (44°F)

Should I visit Paphos or Marseille in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Paphos and Marseille. Many visitors come to Paphos in the spring for the beaches and the natural beauty. Also, most visitors come to Marseille for the beaches and the natural beauty during these months.

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

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Marseille this time of the year. In Paphos, it's very sunny this time of the year. Paphos usually receives more sunshine than Marseille during spring. Paphos gets 270 hours of sunny skies, while Marseille receives 245 hours of full sun in the spring.

In April, Paphos usually receives less rain than Marseille. Paphos gets 11 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Marseille receives 48 mm (1.9 in) of rain each month for the spring.


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

Typical Weather for Marseille and Paphos

Paphos Marseille
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 12°C (53°F) 65 mm (2.6 in) 7°C (44°F) 47 mm (1.9 in)
Feb 12°C (54°F) 57 mm (2.2 in) 8°C (46°F) 54 mm (2.1 in)
Mar 13°C (56°F) 49 mm (1.9 in) 10°C (50°F) 44 mm (1.7 in)
Apr 17°C (62°F) 11 mm (0.4 in) 13°C (56°F) 48 mm (1.9 in)
May 20°C (69°F) 7 mm (0.3 in) 17°C (63°F) 42 mm (1.7 in)
Jun 24°C (75°F) 1 mm (0 in) 21°C (69°F) 28 mm (1.1 in)
Jul 27°C (80°F) 0 mm (0 in) 24°C (75°F) 14 mm (0.6 in)
Aug 27°C (80°F) 0 mm (0 in) 23°C (74°F) 29 mm (1.1 in)
Sep 25°C (76°F) 1 mm (0 in) 20°C (69°F) 47 mm (1.9 in)
Oct 21°C (70°F) 19 mm (0.7 in) 16°C (61°F) 78 mm (3.1 in)
Nov 17°C (62°F) 44 mm (1.7 in) 11°C (51°F) 58 mm (2.3 in)
Dec 13°C (56°F) 76 mm (3 in) 7°C (45°F) 56 mm (2.2 in)


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