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Daily Travel Costs in Greece on a Shoestring Budget
US$45 | 40 Euros
As far as the Mediterranean goes, Greece offers some of the best value not to mention most appealing destinations. Greece has been crippled by economic woe for close to a decade now but prices have gone down as a result and visitors from the US or countries with currencies pegged to the dollar should find it much cheaper now than it was a few years ago. If you’ve been backpacking in the Balkans, particularly if you’re arriving from close neighbours Albania or Macedonia, you may still notice a pretty sharp increase in prices but that’s only relative and travellers heading here from Italy, France, Germany or Spain to Greece should notice the opposite effect to varying degrees.
Hostels are plentiful and pretty affordable by European standards although during the busier summer months, prices can go up and beds can sell out on the islands and coastal destinations. The food is fresh and relatively good value although to stick to our Greece backpacking budget of 40 Euros per day, you’ll need to do some self-catering or settle for cheaper snacks or sandwiches at lunch-time. Travelling around Greece is really good value too and with some advanced planning you can travel the length of the mainland or fly to one of the islands for under 20 Euros.
See where Greece ranks on our World Budget Travel Table.
More Comfortable Greece Backpacker Budget
US$60 | 55 Euros
If you’re planning on visiting Greece and particularly the more popular islands like Santorini, during the peak summer months then you might want to increase your budget by 10-15 Euros. This will cover the increase in the cost of accommodation and transport due to the big increase in visitors at that time.
At other times of year, adding 15 Euros to your budget would allow you to eat out twice a day or it could be put towards the cost of visiting more of the many Greek islands, which can be a bit of a hassle to get around.
Sample Prices in Greece
Train from Athens to Thessaloniki (5-6 hours) – from €9 (if bought online and in advance)
Flight from Athens to Crete (1 hour) – from €17 plus baggage
Meal at an inexpensive restaurant – €10
0.5 Litre beer in bar or restaurant – €3
Dorm bed in Athens – from €10/night
Cheap private twin/double room or apartment in Crete – from €25/night (more during peak summer months)
Entrance to Acropolis in Athens – €20 (€10 during the winter – 1st November to 31st March)
These prices are as of December 2016.
Compare Greece prices to the cost of travel in Italy
Currency – Euros
£1 = €1.19
US$1 = €0.94
(All exchange rates are correct as of December 2016)
With a rooftop terrace and bar and reasonably priced beds, the centrally located Athens Backpackers is the best place to meet other travellers in the heart of the Greek capital.
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This article was published in December 2016.