Athens is bursting with impressive ruins from the ancient world — which means it’s also bursting with people wanting to see those ruins. Sure, you have to visit the Parthenon and the Acropolis but you can escape the crowds by visiting other neighborhoods like Monastiráki, Pláka, and Psyrrí. The city, while kind of ugly and difficult to navigate, is vibrant and the cafés, bars, and restaurants bustle until early into the morning.
Hotels can be a little expensive but there are a lot of affordable rental apartment options — especially if you’re traveling with other people. Luckily, attraction prices are about average, so visiting a few won’t break the bank. You can find a lot of affordable food options once you leave the tourist zones.
Overall, Athens is an affordable option for budget travelers — but prices skyrocket on the surrounding islands.
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Average Daily Cost for Visiting Athens
These prices are based on what you’ll need to visit the city comfortably as a budget traveler — they don’t include things like big nights out at the bar/pub, club entry fees, souvenir/clothing shopping, tours, random purchases, nicer food, etc. Don’t forget to budget extra for those “non-essentials.”
Daily Cost of Budget Travel in Athens: 60€ (Approx. $70)
- Attractions: €10 (one paid attraction + any free sights)
- Food: €24
- Breakfast: €3
- Lunch: €6
- Dinner: €13
- Treat (dessert/beer/wine): €2.5
- Transportation: €2
- Accommodation (Hostel): €22
Daily Cost of Frugal Travel in Athens: €30 (Approx. $35)
- Attractions: €5(free walking tour + visit one of the free sights)
- Food: €12
- Breakfast: €0 (free hostel breakfast)
- Lunch: €3.5 (street food or takeaway shop fare)
- Dinner: €7 (make your own meal in the hostel or grab something cheap)
- Beer: €1.5 (chill out at the park and have a cold one)
- Transportation: €1.40
- Accommodation: €12 (cheap hostel bed)
Athens Attraction and Museum Prices
History buffs are in luck because Athens is full of a number of ancient ruins and cheap museums.
There is a €30 pass that covers all the major ancient sites. The pass is good for five days so you can take your time exploring. Check out the official Athens Ministry of Culture website for more details.
- Parthenon: €20
- Acropolis: €20
- National Archaeological Museum: 7€
- Ancient Agora: €8
- Benaki Museum: €9
- New Acropolis Museum: €5
- Temple of Olympian Zeus: €12
- Walking Tour: Free (but you should tip the guides at least 5€) – 35€
Athens Food Prices
Food prices in Athens are reasonable, so you shouldn’t have to live on bread and water. As always, food does get pricey around the main tourist areas, so you should seek out restaurants catering to locals. The best way to fill up on a warm meal is by hitting up the street food stalls or takeaway restaurants.
Budget Breakfast: Free – €5
- Many hostels will offer a free simple breakfast that normally consists of cereal, bread/croissant, and maybe milk, coffee, tea, or juice (some hostels will offer more and some less). Hotel breakfasts tend to be overpriced, so skip those in most cases.
- A breakfast pastry from a local bakery will cost €1–€2.
Budget Breakfast Spots
- Spiti Mas: A nice little breakfast place serving up generous portions.
- Meliartos: Plenty of breakfast options for everyone.
- Stani: Known for their home-made Greek yogurt.
- Happy Blender: Smoothie and Açai bowls.
Budget Lunch: €3-€6
- Super budget travelers can make a super cheap lunch of bread, cheese, and fruit from any grocery store for a few euros.
- Caesar or Greek salad: €4–€5
- Fresh sandwich: €4-€5
- Toasted cheese sandwich: €2.50
- Pita kebab: €3–€4
- Souvlaki (pita bread, fried potatoes, vegetable, chicken) with gyro meat: €2–€4
Budget Lunch Spots
- 5F: Family run lunch-only spot serving authentic Greek food.
- Atitamos: Traditional Greek food in a solid location.
- Falafellas: Grab and go falafels.
- Taqueria Maya Athens: Tacos in Athens? Sure, why not.
- Just Made 33: Sandwiches and a bit of everything.
Budget Dinner: €8-€15
- You should be able to find dinner at a restaurant in a less touristy part of town for around €12–€16.
- A basic Greek meal (moussaka for example) will cost around €7-€12.
- An upscale burger with fries runs €6-€10.
Many of the options from the Budget Lunch section above also apply for dinner.
- Bandiera: Solid Greek food in a laidback atmosphere.
- Sfika: A small gastropub featuring tasty tapas.
- Rakor: Greek restaurants with plenty of vegetarian options.
- Feyrouz: Off the tourist path serving up tasty Turkish/Lebanese dishes.
Drinks and Alcohol
- A pint of standard beer out: €2–€4
- Pint of beer from a grocery store: €1
- Bottle of (drinkable) wine from the grocery store: €8
- Espresso: €1–€2
Athens Transportation Prices
In addition to walking, Athens has a number of public transportation options. The bus, tram, and subway all operate on the same (affordable) ticket.
- 3-day unlimited travel (includes round-trip ticket to the airport): €22
- Individual ticket (valid for 90 minutes): €1.40
- Daily ticket: €4.50
Athens Hostel, Hotel, & Rental Apartment Prices
Accommodation prices in Athens are about normal but hotels tend to be more expensive than you might expect.
You should budget about €20/night per person for a decent hostel, although many hostels raise their prices on the weekend. Remember, these prices are for a bed in a shared dorm room. If you want a private room, expect to pay €70–€100 total (for two people).
We book our hostels through Hostelworld.
Budget Hotels: €50-€150
Hotels aren’t the cheapest since Athens is a very popular destination. A decent budget hotel in the city center will cost around 100€/night. You can find cheaper hotels if you want to stay farther away from the center of the city.
We recommend Booking.com because they have the biggest inventory of affordable hotels.
Rental Apartment: €30-€90/night
From my experience, rental apartments tend to be a bit bigger than similarly priced hotel rooms. Plus, you’ll get a kitchen so you can save more money by cooking your own meals but hotels do offer some nice conveniences.
There are quite a few nice rental apartment options available in Athens — you should be able to find a highly rated studio for around €40-€80/night or a 1-bedroom closer to €60-€70. If you want to rent a room in someone’s place, expect to pay around €25-€35/night.
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