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

Should you visit Santorini or Beirut?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Santorini or Beirut, 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 Beirut?

Santorini

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.

Beirut

Some travelers are seeking the hustle, bustle and posh atmosphere that only comes from a big city. Those travelers should have Beirut, Lebanon at the top of their list. The capital city is jam packed with 2.1 million people that are constantly on the go. As the commercial and financial hub of Lebanon, this city is fast-paced, fashion conscious and always ready for a night on the town.

Which place is cheaper, Beirut 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 Beirut is €12. 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 Beirut in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Santorini 93
    Beirut 6.95
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Santorini 186
    Beirut 14
Compare Hotels in Santorini and Beirut

Looking for a hotel in Santorini or Beirut? 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 Beirut


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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 Beirut Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Santorini 28
    Beirut 2.44

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Santorini

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

  • Wedding Transfer for Guests: $25
  • VIP Limo Transfers From & To Santorini Port: $83
  • VIP Limo Transfers From & To Santorini Airport: $33
  • Try find your better than us! Airport transfer service in Santorini HTL-APT(JTR): $32
  • Try find your better than us! Airport transfer service in Santorini APT-HTL(JTR): $32
  • Transfer to Akrotiri : $43
  • Transfer Perissa To Oia : $46
  • Transfer From & To Santorini Port Designed By You: $28
  • Transfer From & To Santorini Airport Designed By You: $15
  • Transfer & Tours: $18
  • TRANSFERS Santorini PRIVATE Transfer: $33
  • Shuttle Transfers From or To Santorini Port: $21

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Beirut

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

  • Beirut Airport Transfer in a Limousine: $201
  • Hiking Day Trip to Chouwen Lake with Hotel Transfers: $86
  • Private Transfer from Rafic Hariri (BEY) Airport to Beirut: $46
  • Private Transfer from Beirut to Rafic Hariri (BEY) Airport: $46
  • Private Arrival Transfer: From Airport to your hotel in Beirut: $20
  • Private Departure Transfer: From your hotel in Beirut to Airport: $18
  • Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Beirut International Airport: $18
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Beirut International Airport to Hotel: $18
  • Beirut Airport one Way Private Transfer to the hotel: $15
  • Beirut Arrival Airport Transfer: $13
  • Departure Transfer:From Hotel To Beirut-Rafic Hariri International Airport (BEY): $10
  • BEY Airport to Hotel, Private Arrival Transfer: $10

Is it cheaper to fly into Santorini or Beirut?

Prices for flights to both Beirut 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
  • Food Meals for one day
    Santorini 48
    Beirut 3.93

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

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Beirut

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

  • Authentic Lebanese Virtual Cooking Class Live from Lebanon: $30
  • Traveling Spoon Lebanese Mezze Private Online Cooking Class : $40
  • Private, Traditional Lebanese Cooking Class with a Contemporary Twist: $72
  • Beirut Street Food Tour, Lebanon: $80
  • Private Lebanese Home Cooking Class in Byblos with a Local Family: $86
  • Authentic Lebanese Cooking Lesson and Meal with Tania's Family in Beirut: $100
  • Private Lebanese Cooking Class in Beirut with Amal and Hotel Transfers: $142

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Santorini 36
    Beirut 1.45

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 Beirut

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

  • Jeita Grotto & Baatara Gorge Full day private tour : $215
  • 2-Day Tour of Jeitta Grotto, Harrisa Telefrique and Byblos City: $90
  • 3 Days Lebanon Holiday Tour Package: $250
  • 3 days tour package : Jeita grotto-Byblos-Baalbek & Beirut tour: $295
  • 3-Day Tour of Beirut with Pick Up: $250
  • ATV (2 Seat) Full Day Off-Road Tour & Scenic Adventure: $150
  • ATV (2 Seat) Half Day Off-Road Tour & Scenic Adventure: $120
  • All in 1 Lebanon Local Multi day Tour, 3 days: $289
  • All-inclusive Baalbek, Anjar, Chateau Ksara Small Group Tour: $99
  • Anjar baalback & Ksara tour: $130
  • Baalback Roman temples tour: $128
  • Baalbek Tour: $111

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Santorini 26
    Beirut 1.28

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 Beirut

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

  • Full-Day Private Wine Tour in Bekaa Valley with Tasting : $60
  • Budget Wine Tasting Tour at the Bekaa Valley Wineries: $60
  • Private Wine Tasting Tour: $65
  • Full-Day Private Wine Tasting Tour at Chateau Musar and Ixsir : $75
  • Full-Day Wine Tasting Tour in The Bekaa Valley: $75
  • Lebanon Wine Tasting Tour From Beirut: $75
  • Half-Day Private Chateau Musar and Ixsir Wine Tour from Beirut: $82
  • Full Day Deluxe Wine Tour in Lebanon: $90
  • From Full Day Wine Tasting in the Bekaa Valley Tour: $90
  • Private Wine Tasting Day Tour from Beirut: $100
  • Full-Day Private Wine Tasting Tour to Chateau Musar and Ixsir Winery: $100
  • Full-Day Private Bekaa Valley Wine Tour from Beirut: $104


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Santorini and Beirut, we can see that Santorini is more expensive. And not only is Beirut much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Santorini is in Europe and Beirut is in Middle East, 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 Beirut would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Beirut 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 Beirut.

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


Which is Bigger, Santorini or Beirut?

Beirut has a larger population, and is about 3 times larger than the population of Santorini. When comparing the sizes of Santorini and Beirut, 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.