Fortunately, there are more than enough places in Crete to spend a cheap vacation. With cities like Chania (Chania in Greek), with its colorful old town and Venetian heritage, to the charming coastal villages of Hersonissos , Agia Pelagia , Elounda or Agios Nikolaos Crete proves that it is worth visiting in its entirety! Crete is the largest and one of the cheapest Greek islands for tourists looking for a cheap vacation:
- Hotel prices tend to be cheaper here than in Mykonos or Santorini for example,
- The food, otherwise delicious, is also much cheaper than in France, Belgium or Switzerland, because Crete produces more locally than some Greek islands, where most things have to be shipped.
Cheap vacations in Crete : is it possible ?
Find the right promo
For a cheap vacation in Crete, one of the best tips is to trust the Booking promotions on hotels. Find your happiness below:
Hotel and accommodation budget
For a really cheap vacation, you can opt for the campsites and other youth hostels in Crete. In season, count from 15 to 25 €, even a little more, for 2 people with a tent and a vehicle, and around 10-12 € per person.
We estimate that for a one week stay on the island of Crete, the budget is usually around 350-450€ for one person with hotel.
For a cheap hotel in Crete, count on average 50-75€/person for a double room in a hotel with bathroom. Note that the island is also known for its luxury hotels which, compared to other destinations, are inexpensive, but not at this price.
For an overview of the prices of the hotels on site, feel free to explore this map:
Food and beverage budget
As for food, here is a small table that may be useful to help you set your vacation budget in Crete:
|Meals, Cheap restaurant||10,00 €|
|Meals for 2, Mid-range restaurant, Three courses||40,00 €|
|McMeal at McDonalds||6.00 €|
|Beer (1 pint)||3.25 €|
Vacations in Crete all inclusive
Of course, to reduce expenses in Greece, do not hesitate to consider an all-inclusive vacation in a hotel on the island.
Many hotels offer this and will allow you to have your 3 meals at the hotel (breakfast, lunch and dinner), where many establishments offer only one or two. This inevitably leads to restaurants every day, which, although very pleasant, make the vacation budget go up very quickly!
So try the option
all inclusive trip to Crete
for a more affordable vacation.
Where to find a cheap flight to Crete?
From France, you will have the opportunity to fly to 2 of the 3 airports of Crete: Chania (via Athens) and Heraklion. But how to find a cheap flight to Crete?
The best advice is to visit the Skyscanner website which will not only allow you to discover the airports serving Chania or Heraklion, but also the days offering the best prices. For a cheap vacation in Crete!
You will also discover that to travel cheap in Crete, all these French cities serve the island all year round:
- Paris (CDG and Orly)
As for the airlines :
- Aegan Airlines (from Bordeaux, Geneva, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Paris, Toulouse, Zurich…)
- Air France (Marseille and Paris)
- Delta (Paris)
- RyanAir (Marseille)
- JetAirFly (Lille)
- Transavia (Lyon, Nantes, Paris)
- EasyJet (Bordeaux, Lyon, Nantes, Nice, Paris)
- Volotea (Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Paris, Toulouse)
A LITTLE ADVICE FOR A CHEAP VACATION IN CRETE : DON’T HESITATE TO FLY (ROUND TRIP) DURING THE WEEK AND NOT AT THE BEGINNING AND END OF THE WEEKEND. NOT ONLY BECAUSE SOME COMPANIES ONLY OFFER THIS TYPE OF FLIGHT, BUT ALSO BECAUSE THE TICKETS ARE MUCH CHEAPER OF COURSE!
Also note that the cheapest month on average to fly to Crete is October. Month in which it is still possible to enjoy very nice temperatures outside and in the water.