Should you visit Rhodes or Zadar?
Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the prices of travel for Rhodes and Zadar. 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.
Rhodes Island is one of the largest and most visited islands in Greece both because of its diversity of sights and its wonderful climate. On the island are some beautiful beaches, well preserved historic sights, and lovely towns. Rhodes City is the capital city on the island of Rhodes and is famous as the former site of the Colossus. Colossus is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world and the oldest inhabited medieval town in Europe. Today Rhodes City has an interesting old town that is surrounded by the medieval wall. Inside you'll find countless souvenir shops and restaurants that cater to tourists. Cruise ships also frequent the island, so it's best visited during the off season when the crowds may be slightly less. You will also find that prices drop when the crowds are thinner and the cruise ships are scarce.
You'll find Zadar in northern Dalmatia, Croatia. It is located on the Adriatic Sea and is the center of Zadar County. It is both the historic center for the region and the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Zadar. There are a handful of sights around town, most of which can be explored on foot.
The climate for the city is a mix between humid subtropical and a Mediterranean climate. The winters are usually mild and wet, and the summers are humid and warm. The hottest months are July and August when temperatures can exceed 30 degrees Celsius. Average yearly rainfall usually exceeds 917 mm. Fall months often remain warm and temperatures are often around 30 degrees Celsius as well. In general, the temperatures rarely drop below freezing, even during the coldest month of January. The rainiest months are October and November, although winter is considered the wet season. July is usually the driest month. Water temperatures are around 25 degrees Celsius in July and August and it may be possible to swim any time between May and October.
Which city is cheaper, Zadar or Rhodes?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Rhodes is €108, while the average daily cost in Zadar is €72. 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 Rhodes and Zadar in more detail.
Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about €92 for a double occupancy room in Rhodes.
If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around €41. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Zadar the cost is €82 on average.
While meal prices in Rhodes can vary, the average travelers spends about €38 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Rhodes should cost around €15 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Rhodes is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.
On average, meal and food prices in Zadar cost around €23 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around €9.20.
Meals for one day
Typical Food prices in Rhodes
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Rhodes:
Dinner for Two
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Zadar
Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Zadar.
Traditional Dalmatian dinner:
Zadar Market Tour and Cooking Class:
Zadar - Private Market Tour & Cooking Class:
From Taste Dalmatian Peka - Countryside Cooking Class:
Dalmatian dinner in rented holiday home:
The average price of local transportation around Rhodes is €39 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.
The average price of local transportation around Zadar is €7.66 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.
Typical Local Transportation prices in Rhodes
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Rhodes:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Rhodes
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Rhodes:
Private Airport Transfer: from Rhodes to Rhodes Airport (RHO):
Rhodes Private Departure Transfer to Rhodes Airport:
Diagoras Airport Private Hotel Transfer:
Rhodes Private Departure Transfer:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Zadar
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Zadar:
Dubrovnik Full Day Private Tour & FREE transfer from or to the airport included:
Krka National Park Private Tour from Zadar with Transfer to Dubrovnik:
Krka National Park Private Tour from Zadar with transfer to Split:
Krka Waterfalls National Park - Day Tour Transfer:
National Park Krka Private Return Day Transfer by Minivan:
Plitvice Lakes National Park - Day Tour Transfer:
Plitvice Lakes Private Group & FREE transfer from or to the airport included:
Plitvice Lakes Private Guided Tour from Zadar with Transfer to Zagreb:
Private Arrival Transfer to Novalja from Zadar Airport:
Private Departure Airport Transfer From Zadar City to Zadar Airport:
Private Tour from Zadar to Mostar and Medjugorje with transfer to Dubrovnik:
Private Transfer Zadar to Split with Krka National Park:
Is it cheaper to fly into Rhodes or Zadar?
Prices for flights to both Zadar and Rhodes 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.
Rhodes's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around €15 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.
Zadar's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around €15 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.
Tours and Activities in Rhodes
Here are a few actual costs in Rhodes for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
Rhodes Shore Excursion: Rhodes City Tour:
Rhodes Shore Excursion: Private Lindos Tour:
Private Tour: Lindos Acropolis and Village:
Rhodes Private Tours:
Private Tour: Lindos and Rhodes Old Town Day Trip:
Rhodes Shore Excursion: Private Lindos and Rhodes Old Town Tour:
Hike around Rhodes in a 8 day tour! (Walking holidays):
Rhodes Family Adventure Week:
Tours and Activities in Zadar
Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Zadar are as follows:
Zadar Walking Tour:
Zadar City Tour 90min Walk:
Rome vs. Venice - Zadar City Tour:
Walking tour of Zadar city:
Zadar City Tour 120min Walk:
Croatian Homeland War Walking Tour:
Zadar Walking Tour:
Guided Communist City Tour of Zadar:
Zadar Walking Tour with Virtual Reality Experience:
Krka Waterfalls Day Tour from Zadar - simple, comfortable and safe:
Plitvice lakes excursion , no guide ,no group , entrance ticket not included, simple and cheap:
Plitvice Lakes National Park Day Tour from Zadar - simple, comfortable and safe:
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Rhodes may vary from person to person, on average a person spends €9.71 per day on alcoholic beverages.
The average person spends about €9.34 on alcoholic beverages in Zadar per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.
Sample the Local Flavors in Zadar
Also in Zadar, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Rhodes and Zadar, we can see that Rhodes is more expensive. And not only is Zadar much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Zadar would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Zadar 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 Rhodes would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Rhodes than you might in Zadar.
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