Should you visit Adelaide or Canberra?
Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Adelaide and Canberra can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.
Adelaide is the often overlooked capital city of the State of South Australia. It's also the fifth largest city in the country. Despite being skipped by most travelers, Adelaide is an interesting city to explore and has a decent amount to offer open minded travelers. It has some fascinating architecture, unique shopping, and wonderful cafes and restaurants. Part of the appeal of Adelaide is its location in the midst of Australia's wine regions, including McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley, and Clare Valley. Any of these destinations could be visited as a day trip from Adelaide.
There is something special about the capital city of Australia. Canberra's not just a wonderful spot for outdoor adventures. It's a city completely designed and built up around the coast of an artificial lake. When architects Walter Burley and Marion Mahony Griffin proposed their plans for Canberra it was met with a lot of criticism. Many people thought it would be a "waste of a good sheep pasture."
Which city is cheaper, Canberra or Adelaide?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Adelaide is $97, while the average daily cost in Canberra is $118. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Adelaide and Canberra in more detail.
Travelers usually pay around $116 for a double occupancy room in Adelaide If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.
An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $146 in Canberra For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.
The price of a meal in Adelaide can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $27 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $11 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.
Food in Canberra costs travelers about $31 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.
Meals for one day
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Adelaide
For Adelaide, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
The F Factor: Adelaide food tour:
Adelaide Central Market The Collaborators Dinner Tour:
Typical Food prices in Canberra
For Canberra, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:
To get around in Adelaide, the average visitor spends $16 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.
Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Canberra than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $22 on transportation in Canberra on average per day.
Typical Local Transportation prices in Adelaide
Some typical examples of transportation costs in Adelaide are as follows:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Adelaide
Also for Adelaide, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Transfer in private vehicle from Adelaide Downtown to Adelaide Airport:
Transfer in private minivan from Adelaide Downtown to Adelaide Airport:
Private Transfer: Adelaide to Adelaide Airport (ADL):
Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Adelaide Airport:
One Day Kangaroo Island Sip & See tour with return ferry transfers from Adelaide:
Departure Private Transfers: Adelaide to Adelaide Airport ADL in Luxury Van:
Departure Private Transfers: Adelaide to Adelaide Airport ADL in Business Car:
Corporate transfers and wine tours:
AirPort Transfers & People Mover:
Adelaide Airport Transfers : Adelaide City to Airport ADL in Luxury Van:
Adelaide Airport Transfers : Adelaide City to Airport ADL in Luxury Car:
Adelaide Airport Transfers : Adelaide City to Airport ADL in Business Car:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Canberra
Also for Canberra, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Private Airport Transfer: from Canberra to Canberra Airport (CBR):
Canberra -> Sydney -> Jindabyne -> Perisher Ski Resort : Private Transfer:
Canberra - Sydney Private Transfers:
Is it cheaper to fly into Adelaide or Canberra?
Prices for flights to both Canberra and Adelaide change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.
In Adelaide, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $12 per person, per day.
Sightseeing expenses in Canberra, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $15 per day, per person.
Tours and Activities in Adelaide
For Adelaide, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
10-Day Adelaide to Perth Adventure Tour:
2-Day Kangaroo Island 4WD Small-Group Tour from Adelaide:
3 Day Flinders Ranges Outback Tour:
3 Day Port Lincoln and Coffin Bay Tour:
3 Day Whale Watching Tour from Adelaide:
3 Days Flerieu Peninsula and Kangaroo Island Motorcycle Tour:
3-Day Adelaide to Melbourne Tour Including the Great Ocean Road:
3-Day Guided Seafood Lovers Tour of Ceduna from Adelaide:
3-Day Private Adelaide to Melbourne tour:
3-Day Small-Group Eco-Tour from Southern Yorke Peninsula:
3-Night Murray River Cruise by Classic Paddle Wheeler PS Murray Princess:
4 Knots Murray River Cruises offer Morning and Afternoon Tea and Lunch Cruises:
Tours and Activities in Canberra
For Canberra, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
Batemans Bay Overnight Kayak Camping Tour from Canberra - All Inclusive:
Building and Architecture Tour | 10am Daily:
Canberra - Murrumbateman Private Group Winery Tours:
Canberra - Southern Highlands Winery Tour:
Capture Canberra Photography Tours:
Day Tour from Canberra to Batemans Bay - with Oyster Tasting Kayak Tour:
Day Tour from Canberra to Batemans Bay With Indigenous Experience:
Private Canberra Secrets Highlights Tour:
Skip the Line: Telstra Tower Observation Deck Ticket:
Ultimate Museum Experience | Tour + Dine + Shop (10am daily):
Typically, people visiting Adelaide spend on average $20 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Typically, people visiting Canberra spend on average $14 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Sample the Local Flavors in Adelaide
Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Adelaide:
McLaren Vale and Glenelg Wine Tasting and Sightseeing (Half-day Afternoon):
Adelaide Highlights, Hahndorf & McLaren Vale Wine Tasting and Sightseeing Tour:
Adelaide Hills Wine Tour:
The Lane Vineyard: Panorama Private Wine Tasting Experience:
From Barossa Valley Food and Wine Tour:
Barossa Valley Wine Tours - Small Private Groups:
Barossa Valley Cellar Doors Luxury Wine Tour:
McLaren Vale Wine Tour by Bike:
Small-Group Barossa Valley Food and Wine Tour:
McLaren Vale Luxury Wine Tour:
McLaren Vale Winery Small Group Tour with Wine Tasting and Lunch:
Small-Group Full-Day Adelaide Hills and Hahndorf Wine Tour from Adelaide:
Typical Alcohol prices in Canberra
Here are a few samples of the prices for alcohol and nightlife in Canberra from other travelers:
Sample the Local Flavors in Canberra
Also in Canberra, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:
Capital Brewery Full-Day Tour:
From Winery, Distillery, & Tasting Tour with Lunch:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Adelaide and Canberra, we can see that Canberra is more expensive. And not only is Adelaide much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Adelaide would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Adelaide and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Canberra would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Canberra than you might in Adelaide.
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