Greece is home to picturesque islands, historic ruins, volcanic cliffs, delicious food, and friendly people. With the Mediterranean Sea hugging most of its coastline, it makes for an excellent getaway for those that love the water. Another positive about Greece is that it is one of the most affordable countries in Europe.
Many tourists enjoy hopping the Saronic Islands. Mykonos is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Greek islands and famous for its incredible beaches. Thrill-seekers will discover world-class kitesurfing, diving in the Mediterranean, or sailing the glittering blue beyond waters. Of course, dolphin watching or seeking sea turtles is also fun!
Although the islands get the most attention, the country’s interior has some of the most charming towns and mountains offering hiking adventures. Those that are adrenaline junkies can cycle through lush forests, rock climb, or meander the foothills of the Byzantine villages.
If you are looking for a culinary adventure, you will enjoy Greece. Greek cuisine combines fresh herbs, cheese, and olives unique to the region, along with fresh fish from the sea. Most locals spend their time socializing over a delicious meal.
Greece offers endless cultural pursuits and a calendar bursting with festivals, holidays, and exhibits. Greeks are passionate and friendly people who love enjoying life to its fullest.
This Greece travel guide combines all my knowledge and experiences to help you plan an epic, affordable trip!
Accommodation – Hostels start at 10-15 EUR for dorm-like arrangements and for a private room it starts from 30-60 EUR. During the off-season for a budget hotel, you can expect to pay 50-80 EUR per night. Airbnb is an excellent option which ranges from 30-50 EUR per night for a room, or if you wish to rent an entire house, they start at around 80 EUR per night.
Food – Eating locally produced food will reduce your cost. Greece is known for its seasonal vegetables, olives, seafood, bread, cheese, and yogurt. Stick to eating gyros, kebabs, and you can expect to pay 2-5 EUR. A café that serves traditional dishes will cost 7-10 EUR. A glass of wine will cost 2-4 EUR. A Greek salad costs between 6-8 EUR. Bread is not free when placed on your table. Fast food will cost around 7 EUR for a combo meal.
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Public Transportation – Public transportation is widely available in larger cities, costing around 1.50 EUR per ride. You can expect to pay approximately 1.30 EUR per ride (depending on the distance).
Buses – KTEL is the main bus operator in Greece. The best way to purchase a bus ticket is at the bus station (the website isn’t user-friendly). A ticket from Athens to Sparta costs around 20 EUR and takes about 3.5 hours.
Ferries – The best way to island-hop is riding the ferries. These ferries range from 12-70 EUR per trip, depending on the distance. But, of course, taking an overnight ferry is cheaper! Another option is high-speed ferries, but I don’t recommend it for what it costs. You can research routes and ticket prices sing FerryHopper and gtp.gr.
Activities – Visiting historical sites around the country generally costs 10-20 EUR for a ticket. Island activities like kayaking, parasailing, and banana boats cost between 25-45 EUR. You can rent bikes for 15 EUR a day or ATVs for around 30 EUR. Diving trips begin at about 90 EUR per person for a two-tank dive.
Suggested daily budget – The average daily budget should be approximately $110 per person, including hotel, transportation, meals, and sightseeing. A week’s vacation for two people costs roughly 1,540 staying at mid-range hotels