A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Paphos vs. Toulon for Attractions, Food, Beaches, and Couples

Should you visit Paphos or Toulon?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Paphos or Toulon, 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. This is also a very beautiful destination which attracts plenty of visitors. It's also known for nightlife, food, and scuba diving and snorkeling.

Toulon

Toulon is a real world, industrial, and authentic port city. It's a gorgeous place to visit. It's also known for museums, nightlife, and food.

Paphos and Toulon: Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Popular museums and historical sights
  • Popular for food and cuisine
  • Good scuba and snorkeling destination
  • Popular beach
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Impressive beauty
Pros
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
Cons
  • Less museums and historical sights
  • Less popular for food
  • Not as popular for scuba diving and snorkeling
  • Less attractive beach
  • Less popular with couples


How is Paphos different from Toulon?

Which is Better for a Holiday?

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

Is Paphos or Toulon Better for Museums and Historical Sights?

Paphos
Toulon

Head to Paphos if you're looking for good museums or notable landmarks, as it has more to offer than Toulon.

Visitors will find world class museums and historical sights in Paphos that are not to be missed. The area is well known for its impressive archeological ruins, many of which are found at Paphos Archaeological Site. Other impressive sights include the Tombs of the Kings, the Chrysopolitissa Basilica & St. Paul's Pillar, Agia Paraskevi, and Paphos Fort.

Toulon offers a variety of museums and landmarks to choose from. Many of the sights are found in the old town and harbor areas. Some of the most interesting attractions include the Opera House, the Allied Landings Museum, the Naval Museum, and Cathédrale Sainte-Marie-de-la-Seds.


Is Paphos or Toulon Better for Food?

Paphos
Toulon

Paphos has a longer list of notable local restaurants than Toulon.

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).

Toulon has a delicious restaurant scene that relies on local flavors. There are a variety of cafes and restaurants that are found along the harbor or in the old town. Whether you want waterfront views or a charming street front cafe, there are great options available. Many restaurants offer local seafood but you'll also find pastries, traditional local food, a several Italian restaurants.

Is Paphos or Toulon Better for Nightlife?

Paphos
Toulon

It's hard to distinguish whether Paphos or Toulon 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.

If you're looking for night time activities Toulon has a few options to choose from. It's a relatively large city and traditionally a sailor's town, so the city has a long running tradition of partying into the night. While it doesn't have the party-hard reputation of some places, you likely won't be bored at night. Head to the harbor area or the beaches around Mourillon for the most lively bars and cafes.

Is Paphos or Toulon Better for Scuba Diving and Snorkeling?

Paphos
Toulon

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

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.

There are few places where you can go snorkeling in Toulon. There are a few beaches in the area that are worth checking out with a mask and snorkel. You'll likely see some underwater life hanging out by the rocks in the quieter areas.

Is Paphos or Toulon Better for Beaches?

Paphos
Toulon

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

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 Toulon. The beaches are sandy and less crowded than some of the more popular areas. The most accessible beach is Mourillon Beach which has public facilities and restaurants. If you're willing to venture a little farther from the center of town you'll find to Mitre Beach which has some snorkeling. Battere Basse Beach is a bit quieter and also has snorkeling. Anse de Méjean is a popular spot with the locals.


Is Paphos or Toulon Better for its Old Town?

Paphos
Toulon

Paphos and Toulon 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.

You can check out the historic old town in Toulon. The old town has plazas, terraced cafes, and plenty of outdoor shopping opportunities that visitors can enjoy.

Is Paphos or Toulon Better for Shopping?

Paphos
Toulon

Shopping is a popular activity in both Toulon 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.

Toulon is well-known for its shopping. If you're looking for traditional local shopping opportunities then this is your place. There are a number of traditional Provençal markets around town but the most famous is Cours Lafayette. You can shop with the locals looking for produce or flowers. There's also a weekend farmers market, Petit Cours, that is fun to explore.

Is Paphos or Toulon Better for Families?

Paphos
Toulon

Paphos and Toulon 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.

Toulon offers lots of family activities. The city may be known as a hub for the French navy, but there are also activities that kids and adults alike can enjoy. There are several military themed museums, a few good beaches, and local shopping. There's also the enjoyable cable car ride that you can take to the top of Mont Faron as well as several nice seaside walks in the area.

Is Paphos or Toulon Better for Couples?

Paphos
Toulon

Paphos offers a wider variety of romantic activities for couples than Toulon.

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.

Toulon makes for a fun place to visit for a couple. Couples will appreciate the walks along the coast or through the harbor. There are also nice restaurants, interesting art galleries, and a few good hotels around town that make for a nice couple's weekend.


Is Paphos or Toulon Better for Backpackers and Budget Travelers?

Paphos
Toulon

Paphos and Toulon 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 Toulon. It doesn't have the reputation of many nearby towns along the French Riviera, so you can still find some affordable hostels and cafes in the area. You also won't find the crowds so you can enjoy a touch of the authentic local culture.

Is Paphos or Toulon Better for Public Transit?

Paphos
Toulon

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

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 Toulon offers some public transit options, it might not be your first choice. There are buses as well as petits trains (little tourist trains) that you can take around town.

Is Paphos or Toulon a more walkable city?

Paphos
Toulon

Paphos and Toulon 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.

Toulon is a very walkable town. You can walk around the old town and harbor area where many of the sights are concentrated.

Should I spend more time in Toulon or Paphos?

How long in Paphos or Toulon?

You'll be able to find lots of things to do in Paphos or Toulon to fill your time. Many people usually spend more of their time in Paphos than Toulon.

The ideal length of time for a trip to Paphos is 3-5 days, and the ideal length of time for a trip to Toulon is 1-2 days.


  • How many days in Paphos or Toulon? Ideal Length of Stay
    Paphos 3-5 
    Toulon 1-2

One day in Paphos or Toulon?

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 museums and nightlife when visiting the destination of Toulon. One day is often enough time to do most activities.


A weekend in Paphos or Toulon?

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.

Toulon 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 Toulon?

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 Toulon. 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 Toulon?

Travelers enjoy the nightlife and food when visiting the ancient 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 shopping and museums when visiting the authentic destination of Toulon. This port city offers a variety of activities to choose from. Most people find that one week is more than enough time to see everything.

Which city is cheaper, Toulon 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 Toulon is €95. 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 Toulon in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Paphos 37
    Toulon 63
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Paphos 74
    Toulon 126
Compare Hotels in Paphos and Toulon

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Hotels in Paphos


Hotels in Toulon


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Paphos 9.29
    Toulon 5.71

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 Toulon

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Toulon:

  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Toulon-Hyères Airport to Toulon City - One Way: $73
  • Private Transfer Toulon Airport to Agay: $162
  • Private Transfer from Toulon Hyeres Airport to Antibes: $220
  • Private Transfer from Toulon Hyeres Airport to Bagnols en foret: $153
  • Private Transfer from Toulon Hyeres Airport to Boulouris: $149
  • Private Transfer from Toulon Hyeres Airport to Callian: $166
  • Private Transfer from Toulon Hyeres Airport to Cavalaire: $112
  • Private Transfer from Toulon Hyeres Airport to Cogolin: $124
  • Private Transfer from Toulon Hyeres Airport to Draguignan: $137
  • Private Transfer from Toulon Hyeres Airport to Fayence: $166
  • Private Transfer from Toulon Hyeres Airport to Frejus: $137
  • Private Transfer from Toulon Hyeres Airport to Gassin: $112

Is it cheaper to fly into Paphos or Toulon?

Prices for flights to both Toulon 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
    Toulon 24

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

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Paphos 9.56
    Toulon 11

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 Toulon

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

  • Guided Tour in Port & Old City: $50
  • Full-Day VIP Village Tour of Provence: $498
  • Provence Villages Private Day Tour including Cassis Toulon Shore Excursion: $998

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Paphos 7.98
    Toulon 11

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 Toulon

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Toulon:

  • Toulon Shore Excursion - Private Full Day Wine Tour in Provence: $349


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


When is the best time to visit Paphos or Toulon?

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 Toulon in the Summer?

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

Paphos is a little warmer than Toulon in the summer. The temperature in Paphos is usually 27°C (80°F) in July, and Toulon stays around 24°C (75°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Toulon this time of the year. In Paphos, it's very sunny this time of the year. Paphos usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Toulon during summer. Paphos gets 388 hours of sunny skies, while Toulon receives 366 hours of full sun in the summer.

In July, Paphos usually receives less rain than Toulon. Paphos gets 0 mm (0 in) of rain, while Toulon receives 5 mm (0.2 in) of rain each month for the summer.


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

Should I visit Paphos or Toulon in the Autumn?

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

In the autumn, Paphos is a little warmer than Toulon. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Paphos in October are around 21°C (70°F), and Toulon is about 16°C (61°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Toulon. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Paphos this time of the year. In the autumn, Paphos often gets more sunshine than Toulon. Paphos gets 270 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Toulon receives 205 hours of full sun.

Paphos usually gets less rain in October than Toulon. Paphos gets 19 mm (0.7 in) of rain, while Toulon receives 90 mm (3.5 in) of rain this time of the year.


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

Should I visit Paphos or Toulon in the Winter?

Both Toulon 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 Toulon for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine.

In January, Paphos is generally much warmer than Toulon. Temperatures in Paphos average around 12°C (53°F), and Toulon stays around 7°C (44°F).

Paphos usually receives more sunshine than Toulon during winter. Paphos gets 180 hours of sunny skies, while Toulon receives 150 hours of full sun in the winter.

In January, Paphos usually receives less rain than Toulon. Paphos gets 65 mm (2.6 in) of rain, while Toulon receives 73 mm (2.9 in) of rain each month for the winter.


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

Should I visit Paphos or Toulon in the Spring?

Both Toulon 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 Toulon in the spring for the beaches and the natural beauty.

Paphos is a little warmer than Toulon in the spring. The temperature in Paphos is usually 17°C (62°F) in April, and Toulon stays around 13°C (56°F).

In Toulon, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Paphos. In the spring, Paphos often gets more sunshine than Toulon. Paphos gets 270 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Toulon receives 245 hours of full sun.

Paphos usually gets less rain in April than Toulon. Paphos gets 11 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Toulon receives 52 mm (2 in) of rain this time of the year.


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

Typical Weather for Toulon and Paphos

Paphos Toulon
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 12°C (53°F) 65 mm (2.6 in) 7°C (44°F) 73 mm (2.9 in)
Feb 12°C (54°F) 57 mm (2.2 in) 8°C (46°F) 85 mm (3.3 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 (56°F) 52 mm (2 in)
May 20°C (69°F) 7 mm (0.3 in) 17°C (63°F) 41 mm (1.6 in)
Jun 24°C (75°F) 1 mm (0 in) 21°C (69°F) 20 mm (0.8 in)
Jul 27°C (80°F) 0 mm (0 in) 24°C (75°F) 5 mm (0.2 in)
Aug 27°C (80°F) 0 mm (0 in) 23°C (74°F) 26 mm (1 in)
Sep 25°C (76°F) 1 mm (0 in) 20°C (69°F) 48 mm (1.9 in)
Oct 21°C (70°F) 19 mm (0.7 in) 16°C (61°F) 90 mm (3.5 in)
Nov 17°C (62°F) 44 mm (1.7 in) 11°C (51°F) 65 mm (2.6 in)
Dec 13°C (56°F) 76 mm (3 in) 7°C (45°F) 70 mm (2.8 in)


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