A Travel Price Comparison for Greece Paros vs. Heraklion for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Paros or Heraklion?

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the prices of travel for Paros and Heraklion. We’ll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget. So, let's dig into it.

Paros

A popular vacation destination for visitors to the Greek islands, Paros is the second largest island of the Cyclades group. It is characterized by beautiful Mediterranean beaches and charming seaside villages.

Heraklion

The largest city on the island of Crete, Heraklion on first glance is almost completely modern a frenzy of traffic, concrete, and dust. Do not expect pristine beaches and glittering waves (those can be found on other parts of Crete). Heraklion is first and foremost a city. Once you get past its grittiness, you will find that there are some attractive features beneath first impressions. The antiquity of the place lies embedded in the modern and is presented in one of the best museums in Greece, the food is excellent, and the people are friendly and welcoming. And though the sea is not great for swimming, its presence along the Venetian port will take you to another time if you need a break from Heraklion's bustling center.

Which city is cheaper, Heraklion or Paros?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Paros is €97, while the average daily cost in Heraklion is €126. 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 Paros and Heraklion in more detail.



Accommodation

For a normal double-occupancy room in Paros, €84 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Paros, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is €42, such as in a hostel.

Travelers usually pay around €130 for a double occupancy room in Heraklion If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Paros 42
    Heraklion 65
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Paros 84
    Heraklion 130

Food

Food in Paros costs travelers about €36 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.

The average traveler spends about €41 per day in Heraklion for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Paros 36
    Heraklion 41

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Heraklion

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

  • Live from Heraklion - Cheese Making and Vegeterian Pie Online Cooking class: $39
  • Cretan Cooking Class Gouves (Free Transfer Included): $86
  • 5-Hour Cooking Class: $97
  • Private Cooking Class Gouves (Free Transfer Included): $123
  • Heraklion Private Cretan Cooking Class at a Traditional Village: $218
  • Private Cooking Class and Wine Tasting in Heraklion: $440

Local Transportation

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Paros than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend €30 on transportation in Paros on average per day.

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Heraklion than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend €25 on transportation in Heraklion on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Paros 30
    Heraklion 25

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Heraklion

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

  • Wine Tour - Wine Stories (Transfer & Lunch Included): $117
  • VIP Private Transfer: Heraklion - Analipsi Hotels & Villas: $55
  • Transfer services from Heraklion Airport to Rethymnon city (all areas): $168
  • Transfer from Heraklion Airport/Port to Hersonissos: $50
  • Transfer Services From Heraklion To Rethymno Hotels: $106
  • Transfer Heraklion Airport or Port to Ammoudara Agios Nikolaos up to 7 customers: $198
  • Transfer Heraklion Airport or Port to Ammoudara Agios Nikolaos up to 4 customers: $133
  • Transfer From Heraklion or Rethymno 8 Pax: $174
  • Transfer Airport to SITIA area up to 7 customers: $385
  • Transfer Airport to SISSI area up to 6 customers: $132
  • Transfer Airport to RETHIMNO CITY area up to 7 customers: $237
  • Transfer Airport to PLATANIAS CHANIA area up to 7 customers: $459

Is it cheaper to fly into Paros or Heraklion?

Prices for flights to both Heraklion and Paros 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.





Entertainment

Sightseeing expenses in Paros, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of €18 per day, per person.

Sightseeing expenses in Heraklion, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of €30 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Paros 18
    Heraklion 30

Tours and Activities in Paros

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

  • Authentic foodie tasting experience of Paros! (Vegan Vegetarian Carnivore): $106
  • Paros Island Tour: $81
  • Paros Island Tour: $81
  • Paros Island Tour in French: $96
  • Paros Island Tour in French: $102
  • Round of Antiparos & Despotiko on Parian Cruises sailing boat: $268
  • Semi Private Tour of Paros Island: $243
  • Semi-Private Tour of Paros Island: $240

Tours and Activities in Heraklion

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

  • Accessible Heraklion tour to Knossos & Archaeological Museum or Shopping: $455
  • Agios Nikolaos - Elounda - Spinalonga - (Private tour): $523
  • Architectural- gastronomic Walking tour in Heraklion: $870
  • Best of Crete (3-days Tour package): $1,120
  • Chrissi Island Cruise from Heraklion: $61
  • Cretan Folklore Night Tour TR: $66
  • Crete private tour: Knossos Palace, Archaeological museum, and Heraklion Town: $485
  • Drive Tour Crete - Best of Heraklion Crete: $560
  • From Heraklio: Full-Day Knossos & Heraklion Tour Guided English and German: $45
  • From Spinalonga Island ,Elounda Barbeque and Agios Nikolaos Tour: $45
  • Full Day Tour to Samaria Gorge: $88
  • Full-Day Guided Spinalonga Island Tour: $137

Alcohol

Typically, people visiting Paros spend on average €20 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.

Typically, people visiting Heraklion spend on average €21 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Paros 20
    Heraklion 21

Sample the Local Flavors in Heraklion

Also in Heraklion, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • The Gourmet Wine Tour of Heraklion area: $187


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

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