Travel Cost Comparison Italy vs. Belgium

Italy or Belgium: which country is more expensive?

This comparison of travel costs between Belgium and Italy examines average prices across multiple categories. Please visit each country's individual budget page for more detailed information.

  • Italy Prices
    Belgium Prices
  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
    Italy 121
    Belgium 107
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Italy 65
    Belgium 51
  • Food Meals for one day
    Italy 32
    Belgium 32
  • Water Bottled water for one day
    Italy 3.11
    Belgium 2.77
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Italy 16
    Belgium 14
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Italy 17
    Belgium 10
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Italy 9.96
    Belgium 11
Should you visit Italy or Belgium?
Italy and Belgium are two very different and interesting countries.

Italy is one of the most famous and popular travel destinations in the world. It attracts visitors from around the globe who come to the country to experience its rich culture, fascinating history, and delicious cuisine. There is no shortage of places to visit in Italy, but the transportation between cities is relatively efficient. Most of the major travel destinations aren't far apart and trains are reliable and reasonably affordable. Although Italy is significantly larger than Belgium, it is possible to pack a lot into a short period of time in Italy. Still, you'll likely have to concentrate your time in one region, particularly if you want to explore those areas in depth. Italy really has a lot to offer visitors throughout the country.

Belgium is a very small country, so if you're short on time or don't want to travel to a large number of different destinations, then Belgium is a good option. Many people choose to include a visit to Belgium into a larger trip through Europe. It's location and small size makes this a very feasible option. While you're in Belgium, its easy to pick a location that serves as a base, and explore the rest of the country through a series of day trips. The transportation network is excellent in Belgium so if you don't want to spend a lot of time packing and unpacking, this is the way to go.

Many people overlook Belgium when they're planning their trip to Europe, but the country is a great place to visit with a lot to offer all types of travelers.
When is the best time to visit Italy and Belgium?
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Italy is a popular tourist destination year around, but the crowds are definitely at their peak during the summer months. This is also when prices are the highest and temperatures can be quite hot, particularly in the south. Spring and fall are a wonderful time to visit Italy because crowds are less and prices are a bit more reasonable. Winter is the low season when temperatures are cool, crowds are low, and some places close for the season, particularly along the coast.

Belgium is a great country to visit year around, but most people head to the country between April and October. This is when the weather is most pleasant and there are a variety of music festivals during this time. The crowds usually peak during the months of July and August, which is also when the prices are at their highest.
Why is Italy more expensive than Belgium?
Italy is a bit more expensive to visit than Belgium, mainly because it is one of the top tourist destinations in the world. Italy is very popular with tour groups, school groups, and cruises, all of which can cause prices to rise. Most visitors also spend most of their time in the most touristy areas, so they pay more for restaurants and hotels. If you want to save a little money, get off the beaten path for a while.

Belgium is less popular with tourists than Italy, so there are still good deals to be found. The country's small size also means that you want spend much on transportation costs. Many visitors choose to base themselves in one place and explore the country through a series of day trips, which can be an affordable way to experience Belgium. In general, the country's small size makes it very accessible and easy to explore in a short amount of time.
What are the most expensive and cheapest cities and regions in Italy and Belgium?
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Italy's most touristy locations are also its most expensive places to visit. Cities like Florence and Venice are expensive in part because they are so popular. These cities also have a lot of museums and activities that visitors can enjoy, all of which come with a price tag. Coastal Italy can also be expensive, particularly during the peak summer months when cruise ships are a common sight.

Prices in Belgium are relatively consistent throughout the country. It's possible to find affordable hostels in most cities and towns in Belgium, and there are a variety of restaurants with reasonable prices as well. Travel times are also quite short within Belgium, so the cost of traveling between locations is reasonable.
How you can save money when visiting Italy and Belgium?
Because Italy is so touristy, the restaurants can be a bit more expensive than you'd expect. You'll get the best food for the best prices if you get off the beaten path a bit. Eat where the locals eat and you're sure to save some money and enjoy a delicious meal.

If you want to get off the beaten path and see a different side of Italy, head south. Southern Italy is more affordable than northern Italy and it offers a completely different character and personality.

Both Belgium and Italy are best visited during the spring and fall months, when prices aren't at their peak and the crowds aren't as overwhelming.

Belgium is small enough that it can be explored through a series of day trips. Pick a base and then spend some time in nearby towns. This lets you see a lot of the country without the hassle of traveling around.

Look into all of your transportation options before you book your tickets. Buses are usually more affordable than trains.

Head to a local market and pick up some local produce and cheese. A picnic is a great way to enjoy local specialties without paying for an expensive sit down meal. It also lets you enjoy the atmosphere of the area.

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