Should you visit Volos or Thessaloniki?
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 Thessaloniki 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.
Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece and serves as the capital city of the Central Macedonia region. It also has a rich history dating back more than 3,000 years. As a visitor, you'll find that the city has been touched by the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires, all of which left their mark. In particular, the many Byzantine churches are quite impressive, with some of them listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Which city is cheaper, Thessaloniki 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 Thessaloniki 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 Thessaloniki 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.
An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about €126 in Thessaloniki For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.
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 Thessaloniki than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend €11 on transportation in Thessaloniki on average per day.
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 Thessaloniki
Also for Thessaloniki, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Transfer up to 8 People to Paralia - Katerini - Litochoro - Platamonas - Neoi Poroi:
Transfer up to 8 People to Kavala and Keramoti:
Transfer up to 8 People from Thessaloniki to Parga - Sivota - Igoumenitsa:
Transfer services from Thessaloniki(SKG) to Vourvourou Sithonia Halkidiki:
Transfer services from Thessaloniki to Ouranoupoli (Agion Oros):
Transfer services from Thessaloniki to Marmaras Halkidiki up to 8 passengers:
Transfer services from Thessaloniki to Katerini Pieria up to 8 passengers:
Transfer services from Thesaloniki to Sani Resort Halidiki up to 8 passengers:
Transfer service from Thessaloniki to Corfu, Ioannina, Parga, Syvota:
Transfer from airport Thessaloniki (SKG) to Kalithea chalkidiki:
Transfer from Thessaloniki to Peukochori:
Transfer from Thessaloniki to Ikos Olivia:
Is it cheaper to fly into Volos or Thessaloniki?
Prices for flights to both Thessaloniki 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.
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.
The average traveler spends about €33 per day in Thessaloniki 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.
Meals for one day
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Thessaloniki
For Thessaloniki, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Thessaloniki City Morning Walking Food Tour:
Dinner with a view in the historic center of Thessaloniki:
Thessaloniki Food Tour - Gastronomy Experience - 4 hrs:
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 Thessaloniki, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of €21 per day, per person.
Tours and Activities in Thessaloniki
For Thessaloniki, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
Athos Peninsula Day Cruise from Thessaloniki:
Authentic Balkan experience:
City Sightseeing Thessaloniki Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour:
City Sightseeing Thessaloniki Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour:
Day Tour of Philippi, Amphipolis, and Kavala:
Dion and Mount Olympus Full Day Tour from Thessaloniki:
Ecobike tour in Thessaloniki:
From 2-Day Rail Tour to Meteora:
From Pella and Vergina Full-Day Tour:
From Train Trip to Meteora & Monastery Tour:
Full Day Meteora Tour by Train from Thessaloniki:
Full Day Tour to Edessa - Loutra Pozar from Thessaloniki:
Typically, people visiting Volos spend on average €6.29 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Typically, people visiting Thessaloniki spend on average €12 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Sample the Local Flavors in Thessaloniki
Also in Thessaloniki, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:
Private tour: Full day Wine tasting Naousa & Ag. Nikolaos:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Volos and Thessaloniki, we can see that Thessaloniki 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 Thessaloniki would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Thessaloniki than you might in Volos.
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