Island hopping in Greece doesn’t need to be expensive, especially if you follow our insider tips on how you can save money while making your way around some of the most beautiful islands in the world!
Don’t go during the peak of summer
August is the peak month of Greece’s summer season, as this is when most of the locals are on holiday, making hotels, car rentals, flights, and ferries pricier. Of course, you want the warm weather to make the most of the Aegean Sea but June, as well as September, are better months where you can enjoy the great climate with better deals.
Choose one area
The number one mistake people make when island hopping is trying to do too much, as well as going from one side of Greece to the other, which is a costly exercise. To save some dollars and travelling time, it’s best you stick to the same island group. For example, you can choose to hop between Rhodes, Symi, Kastelorizo, and Samos, which are all in the Dodecanese, or you might prefer Naxos, Folegandros, and Syros in the Cyclades. You will be pleasantly surprised to know that even though they are all nearby, each island is very unique and beautiful in its own way.
Steer clear of Mykonos and Santorini
Santorini and Mykonos are by far Greece’s most famous islands and there is no denying their beauty but there are so many more places in Greece that are just as stunning and worth seeing once in a lifetime. And if you are just dying to see Santorini and Mykonos, make sure you don’t book in June, July, or August. Santorini has the longest tourism season in Greece and is a spot that can be enjoyed just as much in April, May, or September and October.
Take a ferry instead of flying
If you are an international visitor, chances are you will arrive in Athens before starting your island hopping and the cheapest way to get to your next destination is by ferry. To save some more dollars take an overnight or a slow ferry, as the speed boats which get
their quicker are of course pricier. Sometimes airlines do have good sales, so always check but you will most likely find ferries are a cheaper option.
Stay in an apartment not a hotel
One of the priciest parts of travelling is accommodation and the great thing about Greece is you don’t need to stay at a 5-star hotel or resort to have an amazing time. The true beauty of the Greek islands will not be found inside a hotel room but outside where you can experience first- hand the magical sea, sun, local cuisine, and culture. All you need is a clean room, bathroom, and a good location.
Other tips while you are there
-Eat at small local taverns rather than fine dining restaurants.
-Try local house wine, which is great and not pricey.
-Avoid beaches that charge for sunbeds.
-Go for smaller islands where you can walk around or catch a bus, rather than needing to hire a car or scooter. And if you do want to venture out maybe pick 1 or 2 days to hire transport.
-Avoid touristy spots that always charge higher rates. You will always find the more authentic places in hidden spots away from crowds.
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