A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Adelaide vs. Melbourne

Should you visit Adelaide or Melbourne?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Adelaide and Melbourne can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Adelaide

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.

Melbourne

Melbourne is the second largest city in Australia, after Sydney. It is also the capital city of the state of Victoria, in southeastern Australia. Melbourne is arguably the best city to experience culture and the arts in Australia. There is a friendly rivalry between Melbourne and Sydney over livability and popularity and Melbourne is definitely the city to visit for its parks, shopping, restaurants, galleries and theaters. Like Sydney, it is situated on the water, at the head of Port Phillip Bay. It's a beautiful city, and although it lacks the major sights that you'll find in Sydney such as the Sydney Opera House or the Harbour Bridge, you will never find yourself lacking for entertainment. It is also a wonderful base for exploring many of the nearby highlights, including Grampians National Park, The Great Ocean Road, and Phillip Island where you can view the penguin parade.

Which city is cheaper, Melbourne or Adelaide?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Adelaide is $62, while the average daily cost in Melbourne is $169. 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 Melbourne in more detail.



Accommodation

Travelers usually pay around $60 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 $236 in Melbourne For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Adelaide $30
    Melbourne $118
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Adelaide $60
    Melbourne $236

Food

The price of a meal in Adelaide can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $26 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $10 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.

While meal prices in Melbourne can vary, the average travelers spends about $26 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Melbourne should cost around $10 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Melbourne is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Adelaide $26
    Melbourne $26

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: $36
  • Best of Adelaide Tour with Hahndorf, River Cruise & Dinner: $141
  • Adelaide Central Market The Collaborators Dinner Tour: $154

Typical Food prices in Melbourne

For Melbourne, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Coffee
    $3.08
  • Pizza
    $5.40

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Melbourne

For Melbourne, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Eynesbury Homestead Dinner and Ghost Tour: $63
  • Private Australian Cooking Class in Melbourne using Native Produce: $125
  • Withlocals The 10 Tastings: Melbourne Private Food Tour: $131
  • Vegan Cooking Class: $146
  • Private Modern Australian Cooking Class with a Professional Chef in Melbourne: $166
  • Private Market Tour and Australian Cooking Class with a Local Chef in her Home: $203
  • [PRIVATE TOUR] Best Of Melbourne Food Tours: $462

Local Transportation

To get around in Adelaide, the average visitor spends $9.21 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 Melbourne than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $18 on transportation in Melbourne on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Adelaide $9.21
    Melbourne $18
Typical Local Transportation prices in Adelaide

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Adelaide are as follows:


  • Shuttle from the Train Station
    $4.24

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: $61
  • Transfer in private minivan from Adelaide Downtown to Adelaide Airport: $61
  • Private Transfer: Adelaide to Adelaide Airport (ADL): $64
  • Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Adelaide Airport: $40
  • One Day Kangaroo Island Sip & See tour with return ferry transfers from Adelaide: $240
  • Departure Private Transfers: Adelaide to Adelaide Airport ADL in Luxury Van: $99
  • Departure Private Transfers: Adelaide to Adelaide Airport ADL in Business Car: $67
  • Corporate transfers and wine tours: $43
  • AirPort Transfers & People Mover: $169
  • Adelaide Airport Transfers : Adelaide City to Airport ADL in Luxury Van: $99
  • Adelaide Airport Transfers : Adelaide City to Airport ADL in Luxury Car: $121
  • Adelaide Airport Transfers : Adelaide City to Airport ADL in Business Car: $71

Typical Local Transportation prices in Melbourne

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Melbourne:


  • Airport Bus
    $12
  • Tram Ride
    $2.93

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Melbourne

Also for Melbourne, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Transfer in private vehicle from Melbourne Downtown City to Airport: $53
  • Transfer in private Minivan from Melbourne City Downtown to Airport: $65
  • Private Transfer: Melbourne to Moorabbin Airport (MBW): $622
  • Private Transfer: Melbourne to Melbourne Airport (MEL): $80
  • Private Transfer: Melbourne to Essendon Fields Airport (MEB): $106
  • Private Transfer: Melbourne to Avalon International Airport (AVV): $212
  • Private Transfer from Melbourne to Port Canaveral: $246
  • Private Transfer from Melbourne to Orlando-Sanford (SFB) Airport: $333
  • Private Transfer from Melbourne to Orlando (MCO) Airport: $319
  • Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Melbourne Airports: $45
  • Private Car Transfer Melbourne Airport To CBD: $78
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Melbourne to Tullamarine Airport (MEL): $39

Entertainment

Sightseeing expenses in Melbourne, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $25 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Adelaide -
    Melbourne $25

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: $1,419
  • 2-Day Kangaroo Island 4WD Small-Group Tour from Adelaide: $990
  • 3 Day Flinders Ranges Outback Tour: $1,772
  • 3 Day Port Lincoln and Coffin Bay Tour: $1,577
  • 3 Day Whale Watching Tour from Adelaide: $1,679
  • 3 Days Flerieu Peninsula and Kangaroo Island Motorcycle Tour: $562
  • 3-Day Adelaide to Melbourne Tour Including the Great Ocean Road: $1,221
  • 3-Day Guided Seafood Lovers Tour of Ceduna from Adelaide: $1,814
  • 3-Day Private Adelaide to Melbourne tour: $2,442
  • 3-Day Small-Group Eco-Tour from Southern Yorke Peninsula: $1,102
  • 3-Night Murray River Cruise by Classic Paddle Wheeler PS Murray Princess: $1,095
  • 4 Knots Murray River Cruises offer Morning and Afternoon Tea and Lunch Cruises: $51

Tours and Activities in Melbourne

For Melbourne, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • '56 Chevrolet 3-Hour Bespoke Melbourne Classic Car Private Tour (4 person): $379
  • '56 Chevrolet 6-Hour Bespoke Melbourne Classic Car Private Tour (4 person): $683
  • '56 Chevrolet 6-Hour Dandenong Ranges Classic Car Private Tour (4 person): $683
  • '56 Chevrolet 6-Hour Yarra Valley Indulgence Classic Car Private Tour (4 person): $683
  • 1-Day Sovereign Hill “A Touch of Gold” Tour: $121
  • 12 Apostles Eco-Friendly Great Ocean Road Iconic Adventure from Melbourne: $119
  • 12 Apostles and Shipwreck Coast Express Private Tour: $375
  • 2 Day Exclusively Private Tour Of Phillip Island & The Great Ocean Road: $1,276
  • 2 Day Great Ocean Road Tour and Platypus paddle: $351
  • 2 Day Great Ocean Road Tour from Melbourne: $210
  • 2-Day Great Ocean Road and Grampians Tour Roundtrip from Melbourne: $257
  • 2-Day Great Ocean Road and Grampians Tour from Melbourne: $217

Alcohol

Typically, people visiting Adelaide spend on average $33 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.

Typically, people visiting Melbourne spend on average $12 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Adelaide $33
    Melbourne $12

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): $55
  • Adelaide Highlights, Hahndorf & McLaren Vale Wine Tasting and Sightseeing Tour: $78
  • Adelaide Hills Wine Tour: $81
  • From Barossa Valley Food and Wine Tour: $101
  • The Lane Vineyard: Panorama Private Wine Tasting Experience: $103
  • The Barossa Valley: Small Group Premium Wine Tour with Lunch: $109
  • Barossa Valley Wine Tours - Small Private Groups: $119
  • Barossa Valley Cellar Doors Luxury Wine Tour: $121
  • McLaren Vale Wine Tour by Bike: $126
  • Small-Group Barossa Valley Food and Wine Tour: $126
  • McLaren Vale Luxury Wine Tour: $155
  • McLaren Vale Winery Small Group Tour with Wine Tasting and Lunch: $158

Typical Alcohol prices in Melbourne

Here are a few samples of the prices for alcohol and nightlife in Melbourne from other travelers:


  • Bottle of Wine
    $5.98

Sample the Local Flavors in Melbourne

Also in Melbourne, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Melbourne Bar Hunt: Melbourne Breakout Bar Crawl: $12
  • Melbourne CBD Pub Crawl: $16
  • Carlton Brewhouse Brewery Tour with Beer Tasting: $24
  • The Melbourne Un-Pub Crawl: $40
  • Yarra Valley Wine Tasting Day Tour from Melbourne: $78
  • Hops and Barrels- Hop on Hop off Wine Tour Mornington Peninsula.: $83
  • Small-Group Guided Yarra Valley Winery Tour with Wine Tasting: $104
  • Yarra Valley Local Produce and Wine Tasting Tour: $115
  • Yarra Valley Wine Tour inc lunch with a glass of wine, tastings and chocolate: $115
  • Yarra Valley Wine Tour with Local Harvest Tastings from Melbourne: $115
  • Yarra Valley Wine Tasting Tour Departing from Melbourne: $118
  • Mornington Peninsula Winery Tour Including Wine Tastings and 2-Course Lunch: $118


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Adelaide and Melbourne, we can see that Melbourne 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 Melbourne would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Melbourne than you might in Adelaide.

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