A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Paros vs. Saint Petersburg for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Paros or Saint Petersburg?

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

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Paros and Saint Petersburg. 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, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Where Should I go: Paros or Saint Petersburg?


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.

Saint Petersburg

Saint Petersburg is a beautiful city that sits on the eastern edge of the Baltic Sea. Its historical city center is threaded with canals and architecturally impressive buildings, leaving little doubt as to why this city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the second largest city in Russia, but perhaps a favorite among travelers. The metropolitan area has a population of over 5 million as well as an impressive culture with fascinating museums, restaurants, and architecture. The city has no shortage of sights and attractions, and many days can be passed while you wander its intricate streets.

Which place is cheaper, Saint Petersburg or Paros?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Paros is €122, while the average daily cost in Saint Petersburg is €60. 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 destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Paros and Saint Petersburg in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Paros 53
    Saint Petersburg 34
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Paros 106
    Saint Petersburg 68
Compare Hotels in Paros and Saint Petersburg

Looking for a hotel in Paros or Saint Petersburg? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Paros

Hotels in Saint Petersburg

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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: Paros Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Paros 37
    Saint Petersburg 6.89

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Paros

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

  • Private Transfer From Naxos Port-Airport To All Destinations: $55

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Saint Petersburg

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Saint Petersburg:

  • Metro Passes

Is it cheaper to fly into Paros or Saint Petersburg?

Prices for flights to both Saint Petersburg 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.

  • Food Meals for one day
    Paros 45
    Saint Petersburg 17

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Paros

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

  • Two and half-hours Traditional Greek Cooking Class in Amorgos: $60
  • Naxos Town Food Tour : $93
  • Cretan Cooking Class and Dinner: Evening in a Rethymno Home : $97
  • Naxos Perivoli Farm Experience & Wood-fire Cooking Class: $105
  • Naxos:Half-day cooking class at Basiliko : $107
  • Greek Cooking Class with Full Meal: $115
  • Food Tasting and Cooking Class on Naxos with Local Market Visit: $116
  • Meze cooking class in an open-air kitchen: $116
  • Paros Cooking Class: $117
  • Naxos Old Town Private Food Tour with Dinner and Pickup: $154
  • Naxos Villages Food Tour : $163
  • Cooking Class with 6-Course Menu and Drinks: $649

Typical Food Prices in Saint Petersburg

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

  • Lunch for Two

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Paros 22
    Saint Petersburg 17

Tours and Activities in Paros

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

  • Essence of Naxos Tour: $33
  • Full One-Day Tour Naxos & Heraklia: $176
  • 2-Hour Private Beach Picnic Experience in Paros: $82
  • 5 Hours Private Guided Tour Around Santorini : $127
  • Aeolus motoryacht cruise in Paros: $198
  • All inclusive day sailing tour from Naxos to the small cyclades: $154
  • All-Inclusive Catamaran Day Cruise: $165
  • Amazing Beach Hike Tour in Paros with a Local: $153
  • Antiparos & Despotiko full day cruise from Paros: $99
  • Archery on Paros Private Experience: $164
  • Authentic foodie tasting experience of Paros! (Vegan Vegetarian Carnivore): $286
  • Beautiful Sunset Photo Walk Tour on Paros: $164

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Paros 25
    Saint Petersburg 9.16

Sample the Local Flavors in Paros

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

  • Wine Tasting and Tour in Saint Anna Winery in Naxos: $61
  • Citron Tasting and Distillery 1-Hour Guided Tour in Naxos: $66
  • 3 Hour Tour in Paros Wine Tasting: $165

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

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Paros Expensive? and Is Saint Petersburg Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Paros or Saint Petersburg?

Saint Petersburg has a larger population, and is about 760 times larger than the population of Paros. When comparing the sizes of Paros and Saint Petersburg, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.