Should you visit Volos or Kos?
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 Kos 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.
Kos is a Greek island and third largest island of the Dodecanese group, located near the Turkish coast in the southeast Aegean Sea. It is best known for its beautiful sandy beaches, which make it a popular tourist destination, as well as its ancient Greek and Roman landmarks.
Which city is cheaper, Kos 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 Kos is €107. 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 Kos 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.
Travelers usually pay around €98 for a double occupancy room in Kos If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.
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.
While meal prices in Kos can vary, the average travelers spends about €35 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Kos should cost around €14 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Kos is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.
Meals for one day
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.
To get around in Kos, the average visitor spends €29 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Volos
Also for Volos, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Private Transfer from Volos to Syvota:
Private Transfer from Volos to Igoumenitsa Port:
Private Transfer from Volos to Athens-Pireaus-Athens Airport:
Private Transfer from Volos City to Parga:
From Volos to Athens Airport / Athens / Piraeus Private Transfer:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Kos
Also for Kos, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Private departure Transfer from Kos island resorts to Kos airport:
Private Airport Transfer: from Kos Island to Kos Airport (KGS):
Kos - Airport Private Transfer:
Is it cheaper to fly into Volos or Kos?
Prices for flights to both Kos 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.
In Kos, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average €26 per person, per day.
Tours and Activities in Kos
For Kos, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
Kalymnos and Pserimos Day Cruise:
Photo tour island of Kos:
Typically, people visiting Volos spend on average €6.29 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Typically, people visiting Kos spend on average €16 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Volos and Kos, we can see that Kos 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 Kos would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Kos than you might in Volos.
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