How Much Does it Cost to Backpack Crete?

As with most places, it’s fairly inexpensive if you want to do it on the cheap. Or it could be extremely expensive if you don’t need to do it cheaply and want to see all the island has to offer.

On a day to day basis:

  • We spent 1 night at Youth Hostel Rethymno for 11 Euro a night – we were in a 20 person room, with small & uncomfortable beds, and the whole place was filled with 14-16 years olds for the most part. If you’re a bit younger and wanting to go party every night, I’d recommend staying here — but otherwise, no.
  • We’re now paying 20 Euro per person a night for a nice 2 bed room about 10 blocks from the hostel (actually a better location than the hostel). The hostel is named “Seeblick” and I’d highly highly recommend it!
  • Meals cost in the 5-9 Euro range for a decent dish of either pasta, pizza, fish, salad, etc.
  • You can get to go food like a sandwich or panini for 3 Euro, which will fill you up for awhile
  • We didn’t rent a car while we were here, but we asked and it costs about 30 or 35 Euro a day for a car plus gas
  • A big water costs about .80 Euro
  • Mythos are between 2.50 and 4 Euro

We paid 30 Euro for a tour from Rethymno to the Samaria Gorge. And seriously, it was well worth it — you shouldn’t come to Crete and NOT hike through the gorge (unless you are super super broke).

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Drew Meyers

Drew Meyers is the co-founder of Horizon & Oh Hey World. He worked for Zillow from September of 2005 to January of 2010 on the marketing team managing Zillow’s API program and various online partnerships. Founder of Geek Estate Blog, a multi-author blog focused on real estate technology for real estate professionals, and myKRO.org, a blog devoted to exploring the world of microfinance. As passionate as you get about travel.

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