A Travel Price Comparison for Greece Volos vs. Santorini for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Volos or Santorini?

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 Santorini can help you decide which place is right for you.

Volos

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.

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.

Which city is cheaper, Santorini 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 Santorini is €131. 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 Santorini in more detail.



Accommodation

Double occupancy rooms typically run around €68 in Volos For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.

The prices for places to stay in Santorini can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is €66, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around €132.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Volos 34
    Santorini 66
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Volos 68
    Santorini 132

Food

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 Santorini travelers spend around €38 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.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Volos 24
    Santorini 38

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Santorini

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

  • Santorini Caldera: Sunset Cruise with Dinner: $56
  • Wine & Food Tour: $69
  • A taste of Mediterranean Cuisine Dinner: $86
  • Santorini Volcano and Thirassia Sunset Dinner Cruise: $92
  • Fira: 4-Hour Walking Food Tour With Tastings: $100
  • Akrotiri Easy Hike, Beach Visit and Cooking Class: $106
  • Santorini : Sunset Sea Kayak & Snorkel with Dinner: $118
  • Santorini : Cooking Class, Easy Hike, and Snorkeling: $131
  • Santorini Sunset Fishing Trip with Dinner and Drinks: $154
  • Santorini Cooking Class with Wine Tasting & Lunch: $177
  • Santorini Cooking Class and Wine-Tasting Tour: $177
  • 5-Hour Food Tour w/ Minibus: $194

Local Transportation

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.

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Santorini than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend €23 on transportation in Santorini on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Volos 30
    Santorini 23

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: $1,275
  • Private Transfer from Volos City to Parga: $883
  • Private Transfer from Volos to Syvota: $871
  • Private Transfer from Volos to Athens-Pireaus-Athens Airport: $543
  • From Volos to Athens Airport / Athens / Piraeus Private Transfer: $299

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Santorini

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

  • Transfer from Santorini Airport&Port all destination except OIA up to 4 customer: $37
  • Tour of Caldera on Sailing Boat & Bus Transfer:Volcano-Hot springs-Thirassia-Oia: $75
  • Transfer Service: $12
  • Private Deluxe Transfer: $86
  • Airport, Port, and Hotels Minibus Transfer: $8.07
  • Santorini transfer service: $17
  • Santorini Taxi Service & Airport, Hotel and Port Transfers: $65
  • Santorini Private Ride Transfer Services: $65
  • Santorini Airport and Ferry Ports Shared Transfer: $10
  • Santorini Airport Transfer to Fira or Imerovigli: $56
  • Santorini Airport Hotels Transfer Shuttle Bus Service: $28
  • Premium Santorini Private Day Tour Lagoon 450, BBQ, drinks, transfer: $933

Is it cheaper to fly into Volos or Santorini?

Prices for flights to both Santorini 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.





Entertainment

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 expenses in Santorini, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of €29 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Volos 13
    Santorini 29

Tours and Activities in Santorini

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

  • 2-Hour Private Guided Tour in Akrotiri Prehistoric City: $179
  • 3 Hour Santorini Walking Tour with Hotel Pickup: $50
  • 5-Hour Private Tour of Southern Santorini: $346
  • 5-Hour Santorini Photography Day Tour: $606
  • Archaeological Bus Tour To Akrotiri Excavations & Red Beach: $40
  • Best of Santorini Experience: 6-Hour Private Tour: $58
  • Best of Santorini Full-Day Private Guided Tour: $649
  • Cruise Traveller's Shore Excursion: $59
  • Discover Prehistoric Akrotiri & Winery Tour: $171
  • DreamCatcher Sunset Sailing Cruise in the Caldera: $121
  • Explore Akrotiri GroupTour: $583
  • Explore Akrotiri: Private Guided Tour with Hotel Pick-Up: $272

Alcohol

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 Santorini, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is €21.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Volos 6.29
    Santorini 21

Sample the Local Flavors in Santorini

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

  • 5-Hour Santorini Tour with Wine Tasting: $59
  • Private Wine Tasting in a Winery With Caldera View: $65
  • Santorini Highlights Tour with Wine Tasting: $69
  • 4-Hours Santorini Vothonas Village Tour with Wine Tasting: $89
  • Half-Day Santorini Tour Vothonas Village with Wine Tasting: $93
  • Authentic Santorinian Tour at Vothonas Village with Wine Tasting: $93
  • Santorini Small-Group Wine Tour: $98
  • Sunset and Wine Tasting Tour by Electric Bike: $100
  • Santorini-Wine Tour Αround Megalochori Village: $111
  • Santorini Small Group Tour with Wine Tasting: $115
  • Santorini-Wine Tour Around Megalochori Village: $117
  • Santorini-Wine Tour Around Megalochori Village: $124


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

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