In this article, we aim to present the basic costs in Greece for tourists. As we receive messages from people who ask questions on how expensive is Greece, we have decided to give you an idea of the basic costs for Greek hotels, ways of transportation, dining, tickets of archaeological sites and more. This way you can calculate more easily your budget for your Greek holidays.
# Cost of hotels
Naturally the cost of accommodation in Greece depends on many factors: the stars, the popularity of destination, the type of room and the season. In low season, which ranges from April to June and from September to October in Greece, prices of hotels are cheaper, even 40-50% more economic than high season (July and August). In general, hotels are more expensive than studios and apartments. Accommodation in popular destinations, such as Santorini, Mykonos, Rhodes or Athens, is more expensive than accommodation in off the beaten track destinations.
To set few examples, the cost of a hotel in the centre of Athens ranges in average 40 euros per room (double) in low season and may reach 200 euros per room (or more, depending on the hotel stars) in high season. A double room in 3-star hotel in Milos, an uprising island in the Aegean Sea, costs about 45 euros in low season and 80 euros in high season. If you want to visit a more popular destination, such as Santorini, Mykonos or Paros, you should be prepared to pay about 50-70 euros for a double room in low season and 100-200 euros in high season.
Of course, all these rates are per average. Prices differ from one accommodation to the other. Visitors may find better prices if they book early or if they find a last minute offer.
Although there are many upscale type of restaurants in the popular Greek destinations, the most common place to eat in Greece is a tavern by the sea or at the squares of the little villages. In these taverns, you will find handmade dishes with fresh products, most of which are produced locally. A meal with a salad to share and house wine (no need to order bottle, house wine is excellent in Greece) costs about 15-20 euros per person. For a more economic solution, you can eat in a souvlaki house. The normal wrapped souvlaki will cost 2.5-3 euros if you take it to go, while if you seat at a table the cost will be about 10 euros per person.
The most usual way to travel to a Greek island or to hop from one island to the other is by ferry. The cost of a ferry ticket varies depending on the seat type (salon, air seat, cabin, etc) and the speed of the ferry. For some routes, for example from Athens to the Cyclades islands, there are both normal and high speed ferries. You can check schedules and prices of Greek ferries at an online ferry booking engine.
Some islands also have airports, but the flight cost with the Greek national carriers, Olympic Air and Aegean Airlines, can be expensive. Over the last couple of years, the low cost company Ryan Air has launched flights from Athens to popular destinations with prices starting from 10 euros per way.
If you want to get around on the island, the most usual way to get around is by bus. The local bus is pretty economic, especially for small islands where distances are short. Bus tickets in the islands usually range from 1.5 to 3 euros per person one way.
# Tickets for museums and sites
Depending on the size of the archaeological site and the museum, entrance tickets range from 3 to 8 euros per person. In some cases, there is a combined ticket for entrance to site and museum. For example, the combined entrance ticket for site and museum of Ancient Delphi is 9 euros per person (2016) and the combined ticket for the 12 main archaeological sites of Athens including the Acropolis Hill is 16 euros (2016).