A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Santorini vs. Addis Ababa for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Santorini or Addis Ababa?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Santorini or Addis Ababa, 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.

Where Should I go: Santorini or Addis Ababa?


Santorini is a volcanic island that is part of the Cyclades group of the Greek Islands. It has some spectacular views, beautiful sunsets, and excellent beaches. As one of the most popular of the Greek Islands to visit, Santorini sees many tourists every year. However, it's for a good reason, as the famous white-washed buildings that spill down the hill, some with blue domes that match the gorgeous color of the water, are set against the beautiful mountainous backdrop of one of the most scenic areas of the Mediterranean. Home to several of these small and scenic towns such as Oia, Kamari, Perissa, and Fira, visitors can explore the large island, enjoy delicious food, swim at the beaches, hike the hills, and sail the blue waters.

Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa is the capital city of Ethiopia and also the nation's largest when ranked by its population of over three million. There are also more than 120 international missions and embassies in Addis Ababa, making the city a hub for international diplomacy concerning Africa. Other draws include its thriving marketplaces, spicy food, and rich coffee.

Which place is cheaper, Addis Ababa or Santorini?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Santorini is €175, while the average daily cost in Addis Ababa is €62. 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 Santorini and Addis Ababa in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Santorini 93
    Addis Ababa 40
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Santorini 186
    Addis Ababa 80
Compare Hotels in Santorini and Addis Ababa

Looking for a hotel in Santorini or Addis Ababa? 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 Santorini

Hotels in Addis Ababa

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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: Santorini Hotel Prices and Addis Ababa Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Santorini 28
    Addis Ababa 7.26

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Santorini

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

  • Helicopter Transfer between Mykonos & Santorini: $3,788
  • Private Sunset Tour with Picnic & Transfer: $162
  • Santorini Airport(JTR) to Santorini - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $143
  • Santorini Small-Group Catamaran Sailing Trip(BBQ,drinks, transfer): $143
  • Santorini Luxury Catamaran Day Cruise with BBQ,drinks,transfer: $143
  • Santorini Luxury Catamaran Sunset Cruise with BBQ, Drink and Transfer: $143
  • Caldera Cruise with Greek Meal and Transfer: $141
  • Santorini to Heraklion Crete: Ferry Ticket & Hotel Transfer: $127
  • Santorini to Mykonos: Ferry Ticket & Hotel Transfer: $127
  • Santorini Sunset Luxury Sailing Catamaran Cruise with BBQ, drinks, transfer: $121
  • Santorini Luxury Sailing Catamaran Cruise with BBQ, Drinks and Transfer: $121
  • Santorini Private transfer up to 8 persons: $121

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Addis Ababa

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Addis Ababa are as follows:

  • Short Taxi Ride

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Addis Ababa

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

  • 4 Hours Addis Airport Transfer with Ethiopian Cultural Tour: $299
  • Private Transfer from Bole Airport Addis Ababa (ADD) to Addis Ababa: $110
  • Addis Ababa Private Airport-Hotel Transfer: $82
  • Transfer Services Addis Abeba Airport : $23
  • City/Airport Transfer in Addis Ababa - Shuttles: $22
  • Addis Shuttles: On-Time & Reliable, Airport Transfers: $19
  • City/Airport Transfers-Addis Ababa: $19

Is it cheaper to fly into Santorini or Addis Ababa?

Prices for flights to both Addis Ababa and Santorini 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
    Santorini 48
    Addis Ababa 16

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Santorini

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

  • Live Virtual Cooking Class: $25
  • Traditional Greek Night live Music & Dinner Show in Santorini: $55
  • Santorini Caldera: Sunset Cruise with Dinner: $70
  • Romantic Sunset Caldera Cruise with Dinner: $70
  • Virtual Private Cooking Class Live from Santorini: $72
  • Volcanic Sunset Cruise with Dinner: $81
  • Catamaran Tour with BBQ Dinner, Drinks, and Music: $92
  • Volcano and Hot Springs Sunset Dinner Cruise: $97
  • Santorini Sunset Dinner Cruise Including Nea Kameni Visit: $99
  • Greek Cuisine Cooking Class in Santorini: $105
  • Santorini Volcano Sunset Cruise Including Dinner on Board: $109
  • The Aegean Cooking Class: $110

Typical Food Prices in Addis Ababa

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Addis Ababa:

  • Slice of Cake

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Addis Ababa

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

  • Half Day Food Tour Addis Ababa With Airport pickUp And Drop-Off: $59
  • Local Ethiopian Food Tour Addis Ababa: $62
  • City Tour, Food Tour, Shopping in mercato: $72
  • Local Ethiopian Food Tour: $75
  • Ethiopian Cultural Dinner in Addis Ababa with LIVE Traditional Dance Show: $77
  • Culinary Class and Food Tour in Addis Ababa : $82
  • Local Ethiopian Food Tour: $108
  • Unique Ethiopian Cooking Class and Coffee Ceremony with a Local in Addis Ababa: $116
  • Food tours in Addis Ababa tastever with lunch: $120
  • Private Ethiopian Home Cooking Class in Addis Ababa with Transfer: $124
  • HALF DAY + DINNER Addis Ababa City Tour: $140
  • Half Day + Dinner Addis Ababa City Tour: $150

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Santorini 36
    Addis Ababa 7.49

Tours and Activities in Santorini

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Santorini.

  • Majestic Shore Adventure for the First-Time Cruisers: $74
  • Motor Yacht Day Cruise with Delicious Homemade Buffet Lunch: $171
  • Santorini Secrets & Gems for Cruise Passengers: $97
  • Santorini's Panoramic Blue Shade Tour : $63
  • 2-Day Santorini Bus Tour with Volcanic Cruise: $110
  • 3 Hour Sightseeing Tour in the Magical Santorini: $75
  • 3 Hours Private Santorini Tour: $138
  • 3-Hour Private Tour in Oia: $221
  • 3-Hour Santorini Highlights Tour: $72
  • 4 Hour Eat and Drink Private Tour in Santorini: $299
  • 4 Hour Private Guided Tour in Santorini: $221
  • 4 Hours Private Custom Tour in Santorini: $188

Tours and Activities in Addis Ababa

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Addis Ababa.

  • Addis Ababa City Tours Full-Day Tours : $113
  • Airport Layover Tour | Addis highlights, National Palace, Coffee Ceremony: $200
  • “Addis Ababa City Tours”: $75
  • 1 Day Addis Ababa City Tour: $180
  • 2 Days Awash National Park Safari Tours: $280
  • 2 Days Private Tour in Addis Ababa Ethiopia: $211
  • 3 Day Private Meskel Festival, Addis Ababa City and Debre Libanos Monastery Tour: $300
  • 3 Days Meskel Festival Package-Addis Ababa City Tour/Debre Libanos Monastery: $256
  • 9 Days Omo Valley and Danakil Danakil Depression tour: $3,896
  • Addis Ababa - Half Day City Tour: $180
  • Addis Ababa - Half Day Cultural Experience : $105
  • Addis Ababa Authentic Private City Tour: $75

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Santorini 26
    Addis Ababa 6.19

Sample the Local Flavors in Santorini

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

  • Top Sights Day Trip, Wine Tasting, & Oia Sunset: $75
  • Fira Town Walking Tour with Wine Tasting: $76
  • Visit to a Wine Museum and Wine Tasting in Santorini : $77
  • 2 Hours Private Wine Tasting Tour in Santorini With Pick Up: $88
  • Notos Day Tour through History & Wine Tasting: $99
  • Santorini 4 Hour Private Oia Tour & Wine Tasting : $106
  • Santorini Highlights Tour with Wine Tasting from Fira (small group up to 10): $110
  • 5 towns in 5 hours: Santorini Most Popular Tour with Wine tasting: $118
  • Wine Tour with Sunset in Oia: $119
  • Wine Tour Santorini: $119
  • Santorini Wine Tour with sunset in Oia: $121
  • 3-Hour Wine Tasting in Santorini : $127

Sample the Local Flavors in Addis Ababa

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Addis Ababa:

  • Pub-crawl Tour ( locally crafted beer and wine tasting ): $58
  • The Pub Crawl Royale: A Battle of the Best Drinks: $65
  • Locally crafted beer and wine tasting and nightlife in Addis tour: $65

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Santorini and Addis Ababa, we can see that Santorini is more expensive. And not only is Addis Ababa much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Santorini is in Europe and Addis Ababa is in Africa, this is one of the main reasons why the costs are so different, as different regions of the world tend to have overall different travel costs. So, traveling to Addis Ababa would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Addis Ababa 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 Santorini would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Santorini than you might in Addis Ababa.

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

Which is Bigger, Santorini or Addis Ababa?

Addis Ababa has a larger population, and is about 5 times larger than the population of Santorini. When comparing the sizes of Santorini and Addis Ababa, 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.