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 traveling.
Don't worry. I got you covered, like always.
I wrote this article to help you visit this famous Greek island without breaking the bank and also make sure you will enjoy exploring everything this magical island offers.
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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 will be warm, pleasant and sunny weather will wait for you, and prices will be much lower.
And you will also have the chance to take stunning pictures without the high-season crowd around you and still get an incredible tan without burning your skin.
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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.
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3. If traveling by ferry, choose to move in the afternoon or the evening:
If you look at the Greek ferry's prices, you will 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.
4. Don't book a ferry seat if traveling 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, you won't need to pay more for an assigned seat.
I traveled around Greece in September and the ferries (all 4 I traveled on) were basically empty, so I could sit everywhere I wanted (not in the first class).
5. If you are coming from a very distant island, book an overnight ferry:
Greece is massive, and some islands can be far more than 10 hours by ferry, so if you are planning to visit islands that are very 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 slept until I arrived.
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6. Most of the best activities to do in Mykonos are free:
Snorkeling is free, bring with you your snorkeling 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.
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 sweets are delicious, and you will find sweet and savory Greek delicacies in Greek bakeries at a very cheap price.
There are also some hostels in Mykonos, in case you are traveling alone or prefer a hostel to meet other travelers.
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 effortless for us to explore it and get everywhere in no time.
8. Avoid tourist traps:
You will see that some restaurants have pictures on the menu or outside the door.
The pictures look good, but they are tourist traps with mediocre food and high prices. So please avoid them. Read my article here to know what to buy in Greece as souvenirs.
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 going to 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 in Greece, I highly recommend you 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 will rent a car. Listen to me and protect yourself, please. (I sound so much like a mom sometimes, right? ).
11. Do not rent a car or a scooter near the airport or the city center:
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.com.
The car I booked was very nice. a guy came to meet us right at the ferry port, so we didn't have to go looking for a rental car while having our luggage with us. It was 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 something for dinner.
To give you an example, don't think of a bakery as a place where you only buy sweets and bread.
In Greece, you can buy sandwiches, savory pastries, and hot local Greek food.
Everything is freshly made overnight, and it is delicious (and cheap).
Read my article "39 Delicious Food and Drinks to Try in Greece" and if you like sweets, read "20 Most Amazing Sweets to Try in Greece".
Travel Tip: To have a great dinner while saving money, buy some food at a bakery and go to one of the top sunset spots in Mykonos to enjoy your dinner with a view.
13. Have lunch or dinner in small family-run restaurants:
There are many local family-run tavernas in Greece, you only need to find them. The best way is to ask locals.
Enter a shop and ask locals where they usually go for a nice cheap lunch. They know the area, so do not be shy, use Google Translate if you need, and find a delicious place where to eat amazing homemade food at a very reasonable price.
Read "11 Amazing Places Where to Eat on a Budget in Mykonos" to find all the
cheapest local restaurants.
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14. Eat Gyros on the go:
You are gonna find every kind of Gyros in Greece, they are made with different kinds of meat but also vegetarians, with grilled veggies or delicious falafel.
The price depends on where you are, but Gyros are always a delicious and cheap option,
even in most tourist places.
I got one in Athens in the city center for only 2.5 euros. I ate only one, and I was delighted.
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15. Bring sunscreen from home:
Sunscreen in Greece can be crazy expensive, so my advice to make you save money is to buy a good aloe vera sunscreen lotion before your travel and take it with you. If you are traveling with only a carry-on bag, just buy it at the airport, but do not wait to buy it in Greece, because it can cost you twice the price.
Also, don't forget to apply a good aloe vera aftersun lotion, to give your skin all the nutrition it needs to recover from the sun.
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