15 Tips to Visit Mykonos on a Budget

Mykonos is one of the most expensive islands in Greece.

But it doesn't mean you cannot visit it on a budget. There is always a way to visit a place. You need to do your research and find a way to save money while travelling.


Don't worry, I got you covered, like always.


15 tips to visit Mykonos on a budget

I wrote this article for you, to help you visit this famous island without breaking the bank, and also make sure you will have fun too, exploring everything this magical island has to offer.


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Valentina's Travel Guide, 15 Tips to Visit Mykonos on a Budget

1. Visit off-season:


The Greek high season is in July and August when everything gets crazy expensive.

So if you are planning to travel on a budget, I highly recommend you book your holiday in May, the beginning of June, September and the beginning of October.


The water is going to be warm, nice and sunny weather will wait for you and prices are going to be much lower.


And you will also have the chance to take stunning pictures without the high season crowd around you.

 

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2. Book everything a lot in advance:


Greece is a very famous holiday destination and the cheapest and best accommodations always get booked faster, so plan ahead and save some money.


Do you want to see everything Mykonos has to offer and save money at the same time?

Check here all the activities and tours available. You won't regret it!


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3. If travelling by ferry, choose to move in the afternoon or the evening:


If you have a look at Greek ferries prices, you are gonna see how cheaper they can be in the afternoon, evening or overnight.


You might end up saving for 1 trip only more than 30 euros only because you choose to travel in the afternoon.



Valentina's Travel Guide, 15 Tips to Visit Mykonos on a Budget

4. Don't book a ferry seat if travelling during the off-season:


If you choose to reach Mykonos from Athens or another island in high season by ferry, please book a seat because you might end up spending hours outside on the deck under the hot sun and trust me that is something you do not want to experience.


But if you decide to travel by ferry off-season, trust me that you won't need to pay more money for an assigned seat.


I travelled around Greece in September and the ferries (all the 4 I travelled on) were basically empty, so I could sit everywhere I wanted (not in the first class).


Check out ferries prices and time schedule here.

 

Book Your Accommodation Today

If you have already decided on your travel dates, you should book your accommodation as soon as possible. Prices changes overnight and accommodations in very tourists places are the first ones to get fully booked.


I always start my research on the best accommodation as soon as I decide my destination, check out the best website: Booking, Agoda, Hotellook and Expedia.


Book your favourite accommodation before someone else does.


Valentina's Travel Guide, 15 Tips to Visit Mykonos on a Budget

5. If you are coming from a very distant island, book an overnight ferry:


Greece is very big and some islands can be far more than 10 hours by ferry, so in case you are planning to visit islands that are so distant, why not save money on accommodation and sleep on a ferry?


I can guarantee you that ferry seats can be extremely comfortable. When I left Athens to get to Mykonos, I left early in the morning, and I slept all the time till I arrived at destination.


Use the widget below to check ferry prices and availability:




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6. Most of the best activities to do in Mykonos are free:


All the beaches are free so you just need a beach towel, a colourful swimsuit, some beach shoes, and you are set up for the day.


Snorkelling is free, just bring with yourself your snorkelling gear, walking around and exploring is free, enjoy a beautiful sunset alone or with your travel mates, well, that is priceless, and you can buy a bottle of wine or some beer at a supermarket to drink while losing your sight looking at the sea.


Read "11 Best Places Where to Watch the Sunset in Mykonos"


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7. Book a Room without Breakfast:


If you want to save some money on breakfast and eat local food, the best thing to do is how I did. Just book a room, and then have breakfast in local bakeries. Greek food is delicious and in Greek bakeries, you will find both sweet and savoury delicacies at a very cheap price.


There are also some hostels in Mykonos, in case you are travelling alone or prefer a hostel to meet other travellers.


They are more expensive than in other cities because Mykonos is very popular, but you can still find a bed in a shared room for 60 euros in the main town.


 

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I went to Mykonos right at the beginning of September and I book a wonderful room in Ftelia (10 mins by car from the main town) at Ftelia View.


I had a wonderful beach view, there was no noise during the night because there was nothing around us, it was very safe and we paid only 57 euros a night, without breakfast, but with free parking for our rental car.


We were right in the middle of the island so it was very easy for us to explore it and get everywhere in no time.


Valentina's Travel Guide, 15 Tips to Visit Mykonos on a Budget

8. Avoid tourist traps:


You are gonna see that some restaurants have pictures on the menu or outside the door.

The pictures look good, but they are tourists traps, where the food is mediocre and the prices are high.


So please avoid them.

 

Book Your Accommodation Today

If you have already decided on your travel dates, you should book your accommodation as soon as possible. Prices changes overnight and accommodations in very tourists places are the first ones to get fully booked.


I always start my research on the best accommodation as soon as I decide my destination, check out the best website: Booking, Agoda, Hotellook and Expedia.


Book your favourite accommodation before someone else does.


Valentina's Travel Guide, 15 Tips to Visit Mykonos on a Budget

9. Eat far from the main roads:


On the busiest streets, there is always a tourist restaurant. My advice is to go a little further, maybe only one or two streets away and you will find local restaurants full of Greek people where the food is gonna be exceptional at a reasonable price.


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10. Book a scooter to move around instead of a car:


If you know how to drive a scooter, I highly recommend you to rent one to visit Greece.

Otherwise, please do not risk your life and rent a car instead, or move by bus (there are buses to go everywhere in Mykonos).


Greece has the third highest motorcycles death in Europe and it is because young people rent them for the first time while on holiday, they get drunk and end up dying while on holiday.


When I arrived in Mykonos and the guy from the car rental met me at the port to give me my rental car, we chat a little and he told me that only that summer, in 3 months, more than 50 kids died while driving a scooter.


During my stay, I have seen a scooter incident and so many kids driving in the worst possible way, so I was not surprised.


That is why, if you have never driven a scooter, you are gonna rent a car. Listen to me and protect yourself, please. (I sound so much like a mom sometimes, I know, right? ).


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11. Do not rent a car or a scooter near the airport or the city centre:


In tourist locations, everything is more expensive, but if you look a little bit further, trust me that you are going to find great deals and save a lot of money, or as I always do, you can find the best prices by booking it a lot in advance online on Discovercars.


The car I booked was very nice. a guy came to meet us with ar right at the port so we didn't have to go looking for a rental car while having our luggage with us, it was really convenient and fast.

 

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12. Choose to eat in local Bakeries:


Greek bakeries offer delicious and cheap food. You can buy everything you need from breakfast to lunch and maybe also something for dinner.