Should you visit Volos or Athens?
Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Volos and Athens can help you decide which place is right for you.
The coastal port city of Volos on the mainland of Greece sits on a very unique and important location in the agricultural region of Thessaly. Situated between Athens and Thessaloniki, Volos provides a commercial outlet to the sea, allowing a bridge between Europe, the Middle East and Asia. It is the most recent of Greece's port cities, and is highly populated with many modern buildings.
Athens is the capital city of Greece and is home to a population of over 3.7 million people. It's most famous as the birthplace of Classical Greece and the history in the city is incomparable to that found anywhere. It became the national capital of the modern Greek State in the 1830s, before which it was just a small village with a very impressive history. The city was redesigned by architects and city planners and incorporated large public squares, lots of green space, and wide avenues. The city has had its ups and downs both economically and politically, but it remains a beautiful and impressive place to explore.
Which city is cheaper, Athens or Volos?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Volos is €76, while the average daily cost in Athens is €103. 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 Volos and Athens in more detail.
Double occupancy rooms typically run around €68 in Volos For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.
For a normal double-occupancy room in Athens, €102 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Athens, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is €51, such as in a hostel.
The average traveler spends about €24 per day in Volos for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.
In Athens travelers spend around €30 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.
Meals for one day
Typical Food prices in Athens
Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Athens:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Athens
For Athens, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Online 1hr Cooking Class: Santorini Tomato Fritters:
Flavors and Memories Self-Guided Mobile Food Tour:
Hard Rock Cafe Dinner Menu with Priority Seating:
Greek Meatballs Private Online Cooking Class:
Withlocals the 10 Tastings: Athens Private Food Tour with a Local:
Online Cooking Class: Greek mini cheese pies:
Favorite Food Tour - 10 Tastings w/ a Local:
Athens Food Tour and Lunch:
3.5-Hour Traditional Greek Cooking Class:
1.5-Hour Greek Cooking Class in Downtown Athens:
3-Hour Private Food Tour with Tastings:
Taste of Athens 3-Hour Walking Food Tour:
Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Volos than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend €30 on transportation in Volos on average per day.
Athens's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend €22 per person, per day on transportation in Athens.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Volos
Also for Volos, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Private Transfer from Volos to Igoumenitsa Port:
Private Transfer from Volos City to Parga:
Private Transfer from Volos to Syvota:
Private Transfer from Volos to Athens-Pireaus-Athens Airport:
From Volos to Athens Airport / Athens / Piraeus Private Transfer:
Typical Local Transportation prices in Athens
Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Athens:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Athens
Also for Athens, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
iMove Transfers Services Athens:
VIP VAN Piraeus Port Transfer 1 - 8 persons or Alimos Kalamaki Marina to Athens:
VIP VAN Athens Airport Transfer 1 - 4 persons:
VIP VAN Airport Transfer 5 - 8 persons:
VIP Ferry Ticket from Piraeus Port To Mykonos & Private Transfer included:
VIP Ferry Ticket From Piraeus Port To Santorini & Private Transfer Included:
VAN Piraeus Port Transfer 1 - 8 persons or Alimos Kalamaki Marina to Athens:
Ultra - Private Transfer from Athens City Centre to Piraeus Cruise Port:
Ultra - Athens Private Airport Transfer from City Centre to Athens Airport ATH:
Transfers around Athens and city tours:
Transfers and Guided Tours in all over Greece, sightseeing and Private hire!!:
Transfer to Loutraki/Corinth from Athens:
Is it cheaper to fly into Volos or Athens?
Prices for flights to both Athens and Volos 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.
Sightseeing expenses in Volos, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of €13 per day, per person.
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Athens can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around €28 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
Tours and Activities in Athens
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Athens.
"A Must-See" Anc. Epidaurus, Mycenae & Nafplion Premium Full Day Tour By Locals:
"Athens city tour":
"Private tour in Athens":
''Tour in Athens'':
1 Day Private Tour Corinth, Cave of Lakes at Kalavrita & Journey by Cog Railway:
1 Day Private tour to Meteora, visit the Monasteries are lying on the cliffs.:
1 Day Saronic Islands Cruise:
10 Day Greek Island Tour: Mykonos, Santorini-Volcano, Crete, Delos, Knossos,:
10 Day Ultimate Ancient Greece Tours Experience:
10 Day to Explore the Best Historical Gems in Greece and tour in Santorini:
10 Days Private Tour: North Greece:
10 Days Private Tour: Peloponnese:
Typically, people visiting Volos spend on average €6.29 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Athens, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is €18.
Sample the Local Flavors in Athens
Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Athens:
Athens Walking Tour with Food and Wine Tasting:
The Greek Wine Tasting Beginner's Class:
1-Hour Wine Tasting:
Athens Old City: Wine Tasting Experience:
Greek Wine Tasting Experience:
Greek Wine Tasting Experience:
Private Wine Tasting Experience in Athens:
Local Greek Wine Tasting and Meze:
Wine Tour and Tasting in a 19th-Century Tower:
Food and Wine Tasting Tour at Night:
From Wine Tasting Tour to a Greek Winery:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Volos and Athens, we can see that Athens is more expensive. And not only is Volos much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Volos would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Volos 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 Athens would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Athens than you might in Volos.
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