Tips for Traveling in Greece on a Budget • The blonde abroad

budget travel tips in Greece

The birthplace of Western civilization and home to some of the most beautiful beaches on the planet, Greece is truly thrilled. Whether you want to enjoy the sun, explore the ruins of the past, or party the night away, this is easily one of Europe's top spots.

But it comes in a pretty penny.

While places like Zakynthos and Mykonos can get you serious, it's perfectly possible to see the best of Greece without breaking the bank.

So grab your flip flops and your camera, and let's take a look at the top tips for traveling to Greece on a budget.

Where to stay

Unlike most countries in Greece, you will find decent prices in the larger cities. Your stay in Athens and Thessaloniki will give you some of the cheapest accommodation in the country. If you choose a dorm hostel hostel, you can break one spot for under $ 20 a night.

As soon as you start searching for hotels in the islands, prices will rise significantly. If you come prepared to stay at a fitness hostel, you can still make it happen around 20 in the evening if you book in advance.

Hostelworld is a great source for finding affordable accommodation.

Crazy summer oia santorini

When to go

Like most places in Europe, the era of so-called "shoulder" is the best time to visit. Traveling to Greece from May to June or September to early October will still have nice weather, but less crowds and better prices.

July and August are peak season and prices are high. The heat and the crowds can get unbearable and, in fact, many of the locals are leaving town. If you love to have an authentic sense of culture and blend in with the locals, summer is not the time to do so.

Having said that, some places are closed out of peak season so you need to plan ahead. Before booking, read our complete guide to when to visit Greece.

Greek ferry


There are a few different ways to get out of Greece. You will find that the train and bus services are relatively cheap and convenient for short distances.

For longer trips, however, flights are actually surprisingly affordable. Instead of taking a five-hour bus journey, for example, you might be able to take a short flight for as low as $ 35 and save a lot of time.

Using sites like Skyscanner and other travel resources save money making travel to Greece extremely affordable. Look for companies like Aegean, Olympic and RyanAir. You can fly from Athens to some of the best Greek islands in an hour. Meanwhile, boats can take up to ten hours.

Once you reach the Greek Islands, ferries are a good choice. They run regularly and you can choose an affordable ticket since no cab is needed for shorts travel.

If you decide to take a longer trip to the seas, go for an overnight ferry such as the Blue Star Ferries. It's half the cost of a high-speed ferry and it's easy to get to easily.

Street Travel

When it comes to short trips around town, there are some applications to use. First, there's Uber. While Greece does not allow Uber drivers like most countries do, you can still use the app to call a regular taxi to Athens.

For the rest of Greece, there is an application called Beat (formerly Taxibeat) where you can find revised guides. Taxi trips are cheap in Greece and applications will run around the same price as cabs you can find on the road.

If you are staying in a place for a while, a moped is an excellent choice. It's fast, cheap and the way many locals come around.

Oia, Santorini

Which islands

For a number of reasons, I strongly recommend that we get off the beaten track. Tourist traps are plentiful and a quick way to increase costs. You can easily reduce 30 percent of your total cost by making check out less popular.

Not sure where to go? Check out my quick guide to the best Greek islands for any budget!

For an unforgettable view of the turquoise seas, Oia in Santorini has it all, but don't forget it's a bucket list destination! It's more of a honeymoon destination than a budget destination.

Mykonos is the ultimate seaside destination. Although it is a beautiful spot and not overpriced, it is the most expensive island in Greece. When it comes to restaurants and hotels, budget choices are few and far between. Spend it if you want to save money.

While vibrant Mykonos and romantic Santorini are beloved all over the world, there are incredibly hidden gems that can save you some real money.

Get away from the crowd and see amazing places like Corfu and Milos. Not only are they relatively less expensive Greek islands, but they will also give you a look at authentic local culture.

Cheap eats

Greece has some of the best food on the planet! As always, street food is a prime way to experience the best grub.

You will find a gyroscope and a skewer in almost every corner. "Gyro" means any meat cooked on a vertical grill. Usually, it will be chicken or pork wrapped in pie with tomatoes, onions and potatoes. Souvlaki is a coiled meat with few vegetables tossed sometimes. None of these fatty foods will set you back more than € 2.50.

One of my favorite flavors is spinach pie. You'll find these spinach and slice specialties in bakeries around town for about $ 2.

And that's just the tip of the iceberg! Here is mine top ten local foods to try in Greece.

Inspired to go on a dream Mediterranean getaway? Here is my final guide to traveling to Greece.