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

Should you visit Santorini or Saint Petersburg?

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

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

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.

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 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 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 Santorini and Saint Petersburg in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Santorini 93
    Saint Petersburg 34
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Santorini 186
    Saint Petersburg 68
Compare Hotels in Santorini and Saint Petersburg

Looking for a hotel in Santorini 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 Santorini


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: Santorini Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Santorini 28
    Saint Petersburg 6.89

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

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Saint Petersburg

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


  • Metro Passes
    1.27

Is it cheaper to fly into Santorini or Saint Petersburg?

Prices for flights to both Saint Petersburg 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
    Saint Petersburg 17

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 Saint Petersburg

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


  • Lunch for Two
    4.36

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Santorini 36
    Saint Petersburg 17

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

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Santorini 26
    Saint Petersburg 9.16

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


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Santorini and Saint Petersburg, we can see that Santorini 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 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 Saint Petersburg.

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


Which is Bigger, Santorini or Saint Petersburg?

Saint Petersburg has a larger population, and is about 7 times larger than the population of Santorini. When comparing the sizes of Santorini 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.