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Crete, Greece

How much does it cost to travel to Crete?

You should plan to spend around $110 (€102) per day on your vacation in Crete. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $37 (€34) on meals
  • $25 (€23) on local transportation
  • $105 (€97) on hotels

A one week trip to Crete for two people costs, on average, $1,542 (€1,424). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Crete cost?

A one week trip to Crete usually costs around $771 (€712) for one person and $1,542 (€1,424) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Crete on average costs around $1,542 (€1,424) for one person and $3,084 (€2,847) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Crete will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Crete on average costs around $3,305 (€3,050) for one person and $6,609 (€6,101) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Crete has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Crete expensive to visit?

Prices in Crete are reasonable and comparable to your average travel destination. Hotels, food, and sightseeing are generally within normal price ranges.

Within Europe, which is known to be an expensive region, Crete is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to many other destinations.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Crete Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Crete?

The average Crete trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Crete travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) 97 ($105)
Local Transportation 1 23 ($25)
Food 2 34 ($37)
Entertainment 1 26 ($28)
Tips and Handouts 1 1 - 3 ($1 - 3)
Alcohol 2 10 - 29 ($11 - 32)
Accommodation Budget in Crete
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Crete is $52 (€48). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Crete is $105 (€97). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Crete

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Transportation Budget in Crete
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Crete is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $25 (€23) per person, per day, on local transportation in Crete.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Food Budget in Crete
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Crete can vary, the average cost of food in Crete is $37 (€34) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Crete should cost around $15 (€14) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Crete is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in Crete
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  • Entertainment and activities in Crete typically cost an average of $28 (€26) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Tips and Handouts Budget in Crete
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  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Crete is $2.03 (€1.88) per day. The usual amount for a tip in Crete is 5% - 15%.

  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers

Alcohol Budget in Crete
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $21 (€20) on alcoholic beverages in Crete per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day


Crete On a Budget
Crete Heraklion, Crete, Greece
The largest and most populous island of Greece, Crete has become a frequent vacation destination for many visitors. The terrain of the place is quite varied - very mountainous stretching east to west, with lush valleys, fertile plateaus, gorges, and famous caves like Idaion, the birthplace of the Greek god Zeus. The surrounding smaller islands and beaches are key attractions as well.

Beyond the natural wonders, Crete is also famously home to the ancient Minoan civilization, one of the oldest recorded civilizations in Europe. There are a few archaeological sites on the island, like the Palace of Knossos, and numerous museums worth the while for those looking to dive into the history of the place.

Whether you plan on basking in the natural wonders of Crete, prefer to explore the culture of its cities and history, or wish to do a little bit of everything, this island has enough to occupy an extended visit.
The two biggest cities of the island-Heraklion and Chania-hold a fa├žade of modernity with the air of antiquity hiding beneath it all. While Heraklion is more of a metropolis teeming with traffic, cement, and dust, it does hold a few gems of Venetian architecture like the Koules Fortress on the old port, as well as one of the best archaeological museums of Greece. This museum alone, paired with a visit to the archaeological site of the Knossos Palace (on the city's outskirts), will give you a rich knowledge of Minoan culture. The port of Chania is a bit more charming in appearance with beautiful Venetian architecture wherever you turn. Here you can explore the old Venetian Harbor and lighthouse, visit the maritime museum of Crete, of get lost on one of the nearby beaches.

Other popular attractions on Crete include the Venetian castle at Rethymno, the gorge of Samaria, the islands of Chrysi, Elafonisi, Gramvousa, and Spinalonga and the Palm Beach of Vai, which is the largest natural palm forest in Europe.
As mentioned above, Heraklion and Chania, are Crete's two largest cities. In addition to the Venetian architecture, museums, and archaeological sites, the two also have much to offer in places to stay, shopping, and dining. One could spend days getting lost in the bustling nature of Crete's modern culture on the sea.

The next largest populated areas on the island are Rethymno, Ierapetra, Agios Nikolaos, and Sitia. As far as demographics go, nearly half of the populous lives in Crete's main cities and towns, while the other half resides in the rural parts.

Outside of the city sights, Crete has a few attractions that appeal to the naturalists out there. Just east of Heraklion on the north side of Crete sits the town of Chersonisos, which houses the Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre. A Travelers' Choice 2015 winner on TripAdvisor, this marine rescue center is home to some of the local sea life and reptiles from all over. The center offers a unique aquarium experience in that hands-on interaction with many of the animals is encouraged.

As far as beaches go, one of the most beautiful on Crete is Elafonissi Beach located on the west end of the island. It is actually an island just off of Crete's southwestern corner, and much of its pristine condition is due to its status as a protected nature reserve. The surrounding area is a turquoise lagoon with white sandy beaches, and shallow waters so calm that you can walk across the sea from Crete to Elafonissi. Another breathtaking place by the sea is Balos Beach and Lagoon, on the northwest corner of Crete. Similar to Elafonissi, the waters are shallow and turquoise and the beaches are white and sandy. There is also an area just past the lagoon good for snorkeling, and it is closer to civilization for those wanting to be close to amenities.
Food and Dining
Any of Crete's major cities will have more than enough tavernas and restaurants for visitors to choose from. Being the largest city, Heraklion offers just about any kind of food from Starbucks to traditional Greek cuisine, so if you seek variety, one of Crete's cities is your best bet. All over the island you will come across eateries including classic Greek tavernas, traditional cuisine, and some of the best fresh fish taken right out of the sea.

Local markets will allow you to sample all kinds of Cretan cheeses, from goat's to sheep's, mild and soft to earthy and hard, and even some fried varieties that will melt in your mouth. Most markets also offer all sorts of fresh vegetables and baked goods. And be sure not forget the olive oil. With over 15 million olive trees, the island of Crete uses olive oil in just about everything.

Greek Island Ferry Tickets

Crete has three significant airports. Nikos Kazantzakis at Heraklion and the Daskalogiannis airport at Chania serve international routes and act as the main gateways to the island for travelers. There is also a smaller one located in Sitia.

The island is also well served by ferries. Minoan, Anek and Blue Star all operate daily between Athens and Heraklion. From Heraklion, Anek also has a weekly service to Karpathos, Kasos, Milos, Rhodes, and Santorini - and Hellenic Seaways goes to Mykonos, Paros, and Santorini daily.

Once you are on the island, you can choose to navigate by rental car, taxi, or bus. There are three bus stations in Heraklion, one local and the other two catering to most of the other main attractions on the island.
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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.