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

Should you visit Paphos or Montpellier?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Paphos or Montpellier, 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 cultural, coastal, and overlooked town. With stunning beauty, it attracts visitors from all around. Other popular activities here include scuba diving and snorkeling, beaches, and shopping.

Montpellier

Montpellier is a friendly, historic, and vibrant city. This is also a very beautiful destination which attracts plenty of visitors. It's also known for beaches and shopping.

Paphos and Montpellier: Pros and Cons

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


How is Paphos different from Montpellier?

Which is Better for a Holiday?

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

Is Paphos or Montpellier Better for Beaches?

Paphos
Montpellier

Both Paphos and Montpellier 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 Montpellier attract visitors from all over. The coastline near Montpellier feels pristine and beautiful. You can also visit Villeneuve-lès-Maguelone to the southwest of town, which is a protected area.


Is Paphos or Montpellier Better for its Old Town?

Paphos
Montpellier

Montpellier has a more popular old town than Paphos.

The old town of Montpellier is one of the most recognized in the world. Known as L'Écusson the town's old town dates back to the Middle Ages. It is a pedestrian area that is filled with boutiques, restaurants, and churches.

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 Montpellier Better for Shopping?

Paphos
Montpellier

Shopping is a popular activity in both Montpellier 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.

Montpellier is well-known for its shopping. Head to Rue de la Loge for some of the city's best shopping.

Is Paphos or Montpellier Better for Families?

Paphos
Montpellier

Paphos and Montpellier 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.

Montpellier offers lots of family activities. Popular activities for kids include taking a ride on the carousel in the Comedie, visiting the playground - Jardin Champs de Mars, and visiting the botanical garden - Jardin des Plantes.

Is Paphos or Montpellier Better for Couples?

Paphos
Montpellier

Paphos and Montpellier 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.

Montpellier is a great town if you're traveling as a couple. Rich in history and beautiful architecture, this city offers a romantic setting for a great couple's getaway.


Is Paphos or Montpellier Better for Backpackers and Budget Travelers?

Paphos
Montpellier

Paphos and Montpellier 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.

Many backpackers visit Montpellier. With a young population and a number of hostels to choose from, Montpellier attracts its share of backpackers.

Is Paphos or Montpellier Better for Public Transit?

Paphos
Montpellier

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

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.

The public transit in Montpellier can get you around easily. There are a number of options for getting around town including the tramway, bus, and tourist train.

Is Paphos or Montpellier a more walkable city?

Paphos
Montpellier

Paphos and Montpellier 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.

Montpellier is a very walkable town. Many of the sights and attractions are easily accessible on foot and can be enjoyed as part of a self-guided walking tour.

Should I spend more time in Montpellier or Paphos?

How long in Paphos or Montpellier?

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

The ideal length of time for a trip to Paphos is 3-5 days, and the ideal length of time for a trip to Montpellier is 1-3 days.


  • How many days in Paphos or Montpellier? Ideal Length of Stay
    Paphos 3-5 
    Montpellier 1-3

One day in Paphos or Montpellier?

Visitors enjoy the scuba diving and snorkeling and shopping when visiting the ancient town of Paphos. You can also relax and pamper yourself at one of the resorts. One day is usually not enough time for a trip here as there is plenty to do. The entire region has so many activities, and you'll want time to do everything.

Many travelers enjoy the shopping when visiting the destination of Montpellier. The old town is one of the main draws for visitors. One day is often enough time to do most activities.


A weekend in Paphos or Montpellier?

Visitors enjoy the shopping and museums when visiting the beautiful destination of Paphos. It's a great spot for a beach vacation. This town offers something for everyone. Since there is so much to do in the area, a weekend is probably not enough for all of it.

Montpellier 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 Montpellier?

Visitors enjoy the museums and nightlife when visiting the overlooked town of Paphos. People enjoy relaxing at one of the resorts. Many people spend five days here.If you enjoy all that's offered here, then five days is just the right amount of time to spend here. The length of your trip often depends on your style of travel.

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

Many people enjoy the nightlife and food when visiting Paphos. Anyone can find something fun to do here. Travelers enjoy the resorts in the area as well. Most people find that one week is more than enough time to see everything.

Travelers enjoy the shopping when visiting the vibrant destination of Montpellier. 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, Montpellier 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 Montpellier is €84. 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 Montpellier in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Paphos 37
    Montpellier 45
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Paphos 74
    Montpellier 90
Compare Hotels in Paphos and Montpellier

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Hotels in Paphos


Hotels in Montpellier


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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Paphos Hotel Prices and Montpellier Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Paphos 9.29
    Montpellier 21

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Paphos

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Paphos:

  • Airport Transfers Cyprus - Chloraka/Coral Bay to Paphos Airport - Minibus: $85
  • Airport Transfers Cyprus - Chloraka/Coral Bay to Paphos Airport - Minibus 1-13: $109
  • Airport Transfers Cyprus - Chloraka/Coral Bay to Paphos Airport - Minivan: $54
  • Airport Transfers Cyprus - Chloraka/Coral Bay to Paphos airport - Taxi: $44
  • Airport Transfers Cyprus - Paphos Airport to Chloraka/Coral Bay - Minivan: $54
  • Airport Transfers Cyprus - Paphos Airport to Chloraka/Coral bay - Minibus: $85
  • Airport Transfers Cyprus - Paphos Airport to Chloraka/Coral bay - Minibus 1-13: $109
  • Airport Transfers Cyprus - Paphos Airport to Chloraka/Coral bay - Taxi: $44
  • Airport Transfers Cyprus - Paphos Airport to Paphos Town - Minibus: $72
  • Airport Transfers Cyprus - Paphos Airport to Paphos Town - Minibus 1-13: $86
  • Airport Transfers Cyprus - Paphos Airport to Paphos Town - Minivan: $47
  • Airport Transfers Cyprus - Paphos Airport to Paphos Town - Shared Shuttle: $19

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Montpellier

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Montpellier:

  • Departure Transfer Montpellier to Montpellier Airport MPL by Private Vehicle: $26
  • Montpellier Private Transfer from Montpellier city centre to Montpellier Airport: $84
  • Private Transfer: Montpellier Airport (MPL) to Montpellier: $62
  • Private Transfer: Montpellier to Montpellier Airport (MPL): $62
  • Transfer Montpelier Airport to Avignon: $411
  • Transfer Montpelier Airport to Nimes City or Nimes Airport: $224

Is it cheaper to fly into Paphos or Montpellier?

Prices for flights to both Montpellier 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
    Montpellier 25

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 Montpellier

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

  • Montpellier countryside dinner with local food & wine: $81
  • Vintage private wine and food tour from Montpellier: $180

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Paphos 9.56
    Montpellier 9.71

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 Montpellier

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

  • Private Montpellier Ghost Tour: Haunted City Center Exploration Game: $4.96
  • Noilly Prat Vermouth Cellar Tour and Tastings in Marseillan: $22
  • Montpellier Self-Guided Walking Tour with Qula City Trails: $36
  • Vermouth and Gastronomy Tasting Tour in Marseillan: $39
  • Montpelier Discovery : Big Historic Tour - 1h30: $50
  • Segway Tour of the Old and New Montpellier: $62
  • the winetour from montpellier to pic saint loup: $68
  • Small-Group Half-Day Languedoc Wine and Olive Tour from Montpellier: $73
  • Taste of Montpellier Food and Sighseeing Tour: $81
  • Small-Group Half-Day Languedoc Wine and Oyster Tour from Montpellier: $86
  • Pic Saint Loup Winetour & food: $100
  • Private day tour to Sète and Bouzigues : culture, food & wine: $111

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Paphos 7.98
    Montpellier 12

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 Montpellier

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

  • Hike to the top of "Pic Saint Loup" and a wine tasting: $68
  • Small-Group Half-Day Languedoc Pic Saint-Loup Wine Tour from Montpellier: $81
  • Small-Group Half-Day Châteaux of Montpellier Wine Tour: $81
  • Private tour: Exclusive Wine Tour in Languedoc from Montpellier: $336


When comparing the travel costs between Paphos and Montpellier, we can see that Montpellier is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in Europe, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.


When is the best time to visit Paphos or Montpellier?

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 Montpellier in the Summer?

Both Montpellier and Paphos are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities. Many travelers come to Paphos for the beaches, snorkeling, and the family-friendly experiences. Also, many visitors come to Montpellier in the summer for the beaches and the family-friendly experiences.

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

It's quite sunny in Montpellier. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Paphos. Paphos usually receives more sunshine than Montpellier during summer. Paphos gets 388 hours of sunny skies, while Montpellier receives 351 hours of full sun in the summer.

In July, Paphos usually receives less rain than Montpellier. Paphos gets 0 mm (0 in) of rain, while Montpellier receives 20 mm (0.8 in) of rain each month for the summer.


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

Should I visit Paphos or Montpellier in the Autumn?

Both Montpellier and Paphos during the autumn are popular places to visit. Many visitors come to Paphos in the autumn for the shopping scene and the natural beauty of the area. Also, most visitors come to Montpellier for the shopping scene and the natural beauty of the area during these months.

Paphos is a little warmer than Montpellier in the autumn. The temperature in Paphos is usually 21°C (70°F) in October, and Montpellier stays around 15°C (60°F).

It's quite sunny in Paphos. In the autumn, Paphos often gets more sunshine than Montpellier. Paphos gets 270 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Montpellier receives 187 hours of full sun.

Montpellier gets a good bit of rain this time of year. Paphos usually gets less rain in October than Montpellier. Paphos gets 19 mm (0.7 in) of rain, while Montpellier receives 110 mm (4.3 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Paphos 21°C (70°F) 
    Montpellier 15°C (60°F)

Should I visit Paphos or Montpellier in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Paphos and Montpellier. Most visitors come to Paphos for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine during these months. Also, the winter months attract visitors to Montpellier because of the shopping scene.

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

Paphos usually receives more sunshine than Montpellier during winter. Paphos gets 180 hours of sunny skies, while Montpellier receives 147 hours of full sun in the winter.

In January, Paphos usually receives less rain than Montpellier. Paphos gets 65 mm (2.6 in) of rain, while Montpellier receives 72 mm (2.8 in) of rain each month for the winter.


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

Should I visit Paphos or Montpellier in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Paphos as well as Montpellier. The spring months attract visitors to Paphos because of the beaches and the natural beauty. Also, the beaches and the natural beauty are the main draw to Montpellier this time of year.

In April, Paphos is generally a little warmer than Montpellier. Temperatures in Paphos average around 17°C (62°F), and Montpellier stays around 13°C (55°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Montpellier. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Paphos this time of the year. In the spring, Paphos often gets more sunshine than Montpellier. Paphos gets 270 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Montpellier receives 230 hours of full sun.

Paphos usually gets less rain in April than Montpellier. Paphos gets 11 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Montpellier receives 55 mm (2.2 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Paphos 17°C (62°F) 
    Montpellier 13°C (55°F)

Typical Weather for Montpellier and Paphos

Paphos Montpellier
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 12°C (53°F) 65 mm (2.6 in) 7°C (44°F) 72 mm (2.8 in)
Feb 12°C (54°F) 57 mm (2.2 in) 8°C (46°F) 72 mm (2.8 in)
Mar 13°C (56°F) 49 mm (1.9 in) 10°C (50°F) 55 mm (2.2 in)
Apr 17°C (62°F) 11 mm (0.4 in) 13°C (55°F) 55 mm (2.2 in)
May 20°C (69°F) 7 mm (0.3 in) 16°C (61°F) 52 mm (2 in)
Jun 24°C (75°F) 1 mm (0 in) 20°C (68°F) 33 mm (1.3 in)
Jul 27°C (80°F) 0 mm (0 in) 23°C (73°F) 20 mm (0.8 in)
Aug 27°C (80°F) 0 mm (0 in) 22°C (72°F) 42 mm (1.7 in)
Sep 25°C (76°F) 1 mm (0 in) 19°C (67°F) 62 mm (2.4 in)
Oct 21°C (70°F) 19 mm (0.7 in) 15°C (60°F) 110 mm (4.3 in)
Nov 17°C (62°F) 44 mm (1.7 in) 10°C (51°F) 63 mm (2.5 in)
Dec 13°C (56°F) 76 mm (3 in) 7°C (45°F) 63 mm (2.5 in)


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