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Cost of Living in Athens, Greece (Spending Report)

Yup, this is going to be a hefty post! I have recently moved to Bucharest after a month and 10 days living in Athens, Greece. I would like to report my expenses so you can get a better idea of how much to budget if you’re planning to visit Athens.

Cost of living in Athens

Spending By Category

Food

Euros USD
Gyro 2 $2.32
Market 5 $5.80
Supermarket 8 $9.28
Gyros 2 $2.32
New York Sandwiches – burgers 10 $11.60
Sandwich 3.5 $4.06
Lunch at Noodle Bar 3 $3.48
Souvlaki 3.5 $4.06
Hamburger meal 5 $5.80
Lunch and dinner at Noodle Bar 15 $17.40
Groceries at the market 3.5 $4.06
Sandwich 6 $6.96
Chinese food 5.5 $6.38
Instant noodles 2 $2.32
Gyros 3.8 $4.41
Orange juice + pork meal 5 $5.80
Chicken and potatoes 5.5 $6.38
Dinner at Street Wok 6 $6.96
Drink 3.5 $4.06
Sprite bottle 1 $1.16
Bakery pastries 0.4 $0.46
Smoothie 1.4 $1.62
Kebab 1.7 $1.97
Burger 5.5 $6.38
Chinese fried rice (Noodle Bar) 6.4 $7.42
Popcorn 2 $2.32
Water 0.5 $0.58
Water 0.5 $0.58
Water 0.5 $0.58
Gyros + coke + water 3.6 $4.18
Mall Asian Food 6.9 $8.00
Noodle Bar Schezuan Chicken 8.9 $10.32
Gyros + 2 water bottles 3.5 $4.06
Greek food – rice + beef 6 $6.96
Smoothie 2.7 $3.13
Peaches 0.33 $0.38
Spaghetti and coke 5.5 $6.38
2 water bottles 0.38 $0.44
2 peaches 0.28 $0.32
Sandwich 4 $4.64
Sandwich + water 4.9 $5.68
Sandwich + water 11.2 $12.99
Spaghetti 9.5 $11.02
Water 0.5 $0.58
Hamburger 3.4 $3.94
Ruffles 2 $2.32
Pizza + coke 10 $11.60
Water 0.5 $0.58
Sandwich + water 4.9 $5.68
Fish rice vegetables 8 $9.28
Peach + water 1 $1.16
Water + 2 peaches 0.83 $0.96
Smoothie 3.7 $4.29
Sandwich 2 $2.32
Spaghetti 6.5 $7.54
Tuna baguette 2 $2.32
Tuna baguette 2 $2.32
Water + pizza chips + peaches 3.5 $4.06
Gyros 3 $3.48
Spaghetti 5.3 $6.15
Noodle soup 7.5 $8.70
Noodle soup 10 $11.60
Chips 1.3 $1.51
Burger + fries 5.3 $6.15
Peach 0.75 $0.87
Instant noodles 1.07 $1.24
Apple juice drink 3.2 $3.71
Water + Peaches 1 $1.16
City Zen Meal with parents 37 $42.92
New York Sandwiches Meal 17 $19.72
Popcorn 2 $2.32
Lunch – 3 gyros, 2 drinks 9 $10.44
2 waters, 2 peaches 1 $1.16
Pizza chips 1.3 $1.51
Bakery pastries 1.8 $2.09
KitKat bar + pizza chips 2 $2.32
Mall food 5.6 $6.50
Bubble tea 2.3 $2.67
Water 1 $1.16
Hamburger meal 5.1 $5.92
McDonald’s 4.5 $5.22
$422.52

fish by the beach naxos

Entertainment

Euros USD
Cocktail 4 $4.64
Alcohol 7 $8.12
Alcohol 16 $18.56
Poseidon’s Temple admission 8 $9.28
Beer 1.35 $1.57
Beer 5 $5.80
Movie 6 $6.96
Shopping 19 $22.04
Alcohol at Gasoline 8 $9.28
Shisha 1 $1.16
Alcohol 6 $6.96
Alcohol 2.5 $2.90
Alcohol 2.5 $2.90
Alcohol 3.5 $4.06
Akrotiri Archaeological ruins 6 $6.96
Beer 5 $5.80
Beer 3 $3.48
Go Kart Racing 10 $11.60
Beer 4 $4.64
Cocktail 9 $10.44
Cocktail 10 $11.60
Movie (Tarzan) 6 $6.96
Games 4.2 $4.87
$170.58

The incredible Temple of Poseidon

Transportation

Euros USD
Bus Pass 6 $6.96
Taxi 3 $3.48
Taxi 3 $3.48
Bus from Fira to Oia 1.8 $2.09
Bus from Oia to Fira 1.8 $2.09
Bus to Akritori 2 $2.32
Bus to Akritori 2 $2.32
Bus to Athinios Port 2.3 $2.67
Change ferry 9 $10.44
Bus to airport 6 $6.96
Ferries around Greek Islands $104.40
Ferry again… $37
Stockholm to Athens $63.83
$248.03

ferry greece

Miscellaneous

Euros USD
Toilet Paper 1 $1.16
Nail polish / body soap / conditioner 5 $5.80
Toothpaste 1 $1.16
Mosquito repellent & lotion 10 $11.60
Coworking space 10 $11.60
Phone for the month $33.00
Collector’s souvenir 3 $3.48
Razors 2.5 $2.90
Phone for the month $39.00
Sim card for parents 15 $17.40
Skirt 4 $4.64
Donation 10 $11.60
Printing 1.6 $1.86
$145.20

Accommodations

USD
Athens AirBnB $405
Santorini hotel $68.00
Naxos hotel $38.66
$511.66

Overall Spend

Food $422.52
Entertainment $170.58
Transportation $248.03
Miscellaneous $145.20
Accommodations $511.66
$1,497.99

It cost around $1,497.99 for 1 month and 10 nights in Athens, Greece. This sum includes my trip to Santorini and Naxos as well and averages out to about $37.45 per day and $1,123.49 per month.

I’m actually pretty impressed with myself! As you know, my goal with my year abroad is to explore the world while building my businesses, and reduce expenses without sacrificing happiness. And happiness was something I DID NOT sacrifice! I was able to do a week vacation in the Greek islands, go out multiple times a week, and eat out almost every day (though I probably shouldn’t for health reasons).

The amount I’ve spent per month is actually less than average San Francisco rent, which shows how traveling the world does make financial sense. If I keep this average up, I could be spending a mere $14k for the entire year. We’ll see how I do!

cost of living in Athens

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