Last updated 15 July 2021
While Greece is one of the most popular travel destinations in Europe, it can also be a relatively affordable place to visit.
Accommodation costs vary between regions (for example, Santorini tends to be a bit more expensive) and depending on the season. Food is generally reasonably priced, particular if you cook some meals yourself. Many of Greece’s best attractions are also reasonably priced or even free. While some activities could set you back a fair amount, there’s plenty to do at lower price points too.
A reasonable budget for two for a week in Greece is around €1,257.
This is based on staying in good, mid-range accommodation and having a few meals out per week, while making some yourself. It makes allowances for a couple of sightseeing activities, but doesn’t take into account expensive activities like boat charters or private tours.
Generally speaking, the longer you travel, the cheaper it costs per day, while fly-in, fly-out trips can be more expensive.
You can expect to spend between €40-€100 a night per couple on accommodation in Greece is usually. This will get you a room in a good quality accommodation with a private room and your own bathroom in a 3-4-star hotel or apartment rental.
Hostels are, of course, cheaper, but a private room will still cost around €35 per night, for up to two people, with a shared bathroom. A bed in a dorm room also averages around €15 per night, per person, although there are definitely cheaper options out there.
Budget to spend around €447 for two for a week in Greece. This assumes you’re cooking some of the time and drinking a small amount of alcohol.
If you enjoy eating out, you can expect to pay around €49 for a nice dinner for two, including an alcoholic drink. A meal at a taverna is likely to be around €33 for two, with cheaper meals available (especially for lunch) for around €14 each, including a drink.
Assuming that you’ll be eating out some of the time, budget at least €40 a week for groceries. If you enjoy a few drinks, you’ll need to increase this amount – beer costs around €4 for a 500ml bottle and good bottle of wine is around €10, although you can always find cheaper options in the supermarket. Milk typically costs around €1 for a two-litre bottle and you can expect to pay around €1 for a loaf of bread.
Getting around Greece is easiest by bus and ferry. Transport costs fluctuate depending how much you travel, but around €200 for two is a good starting point. This should allow you to take a couple of ferries to popular islands or longer bus trips. If you’re planning on doing any tours or using hop-on hop-off buses, you’ll need to up your budget a bit.
A lot of the best things to do in Greece are free. However, there definitely are some attractions that cost money – going to a museum or an art gallery will cost around €12 per person.
If you want to do day trips or join smaller tour groups to learn about the sites, budget around €60 - €100 per activity per person.
Greece is a beautiful destination to visit and is an affordable place to travel. Cooking your own meals, carefully selecting accommodation or limiting meals out will definitely help you to reduce your travel costs. Slow travel is another a great way to help your budget to stretch further, while exploring a place in more depth.
Travelling through Greece is definitely possible on a budget – just pick your priorities and compromise on the rest or consider travelling in the off-season (Spring, Autumn and avoiding school holidays) to cut down on costs. And, if you’re on the luxury end of the scale or wanting to treat yourself, the sky’s the limit.