A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Akureyri vs. Paris for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Akureyri or Paris?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Akureyri or Paris, this travel comparison, which includes costs, can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison down below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Where Should I go: Akureyri or Paris?

Akureyri

Akureyri is the largest town in the northern region of Iceland, and is often considered the unofficial capital of the north. The town is a popular fishing port and is often used as a basecamp for visiting the more rural surrounding area. Akureyri is known for their great art scene, beautiful architecture, and stunning natural scenery.

Paris

Paris is a dream destination for many people. It's location on the river Seine contributes to its stunning beauty and you can spend many days wandering through its wonderfully diverse neighborhoods. It's known as a city of culture, fashion, food and fun. There is never a shortage of entertainment and activities around town and a highlight of many people's trips to Paris is to explore the city at night, when it truly comes to life. It is not hard to see why this city has received the nickname as the "City of Lights."

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Romantic Tours for Couples in Iceland, The Best Northern Lights Tours in Iceland, The Best Historical Tours in France, and The Best 10-Day Tours in France.


Which place is cheaper, Paris or Akureyri?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Akureyri is $140, while the average daily cost in Paris is $250. 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 destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Akureyri and Paris in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Akureyri $90
    Paris $162
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Akureyri $180
    Paris $324
Compare Hotels in Akureyri and Paris

Looking for a hotel in Akureyri or Paris? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Akureyri


Hotels in Paris


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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Akureyri Hotel Prices and Paris Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Akureyri $20
    Paris $23

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Paris

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


  • Metro
    $6.88
  • Train from Airport
    $9.68
  • Metro tickets
    $7.31
  • Train
    $22

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Paris

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

  • Bus Transfer : Paris to the Palace of Versailles Round-Trip : $44
  • Disneyland Private Transfer - Luxury Minivan Service: $184
  • Private Roundtrip Airport Transfer for 1 to 3 Persons in Paris: $196
  • Private Transfer from Paris to Charles de Gaulle Airport: $84
  • Airport Transfer Service Shuttle Disneyland Paris Taxi: $120
  • Airport Transfer: Paris Airport CDG to Paris City by Business Car: $100
  • Airport Transfer: Paris Airport CDG to Paris City by Luxury EQS: $151
  • Airport Transfer: Paris City to Paris Airport CDG by Business Car: $100
  • Airport transfer from Paris to Disneyland Paris/Parc Asterix (8pax): $217
  • Arrival Private Transfer Paris Airport CDG to Paris by Sedan : $87
  • Arrival Private Transfer: Airport Charles de Gaulle OR Orly TO La Defense: $23
  • Arrival Transfer from Paris Airport CDG to Paris in Private Car: $98

Is it cheaper to fly into Akureyri or Paris?

Prices for flights to both Paris and Akureyri 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.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Akureyri $36
    Paris $44

Typical Food Prices in Paris

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Paris:


  • Ice Cream
    $8.61
  • Breakfast
    $7.53
  • Breakfast for 2
    $32
  • Dinner on River Cruise
    $93
  • Dinner
    $61
  • Cheese
    $14

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Paris

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

  • 1h30 Cooking Activity in English: $22
  • Hard Rock Cafe Paris with Set Menu for Lunch or Dinner : $33
  • Authentic Indian Dinner in Paris : $49
  • Paris Capitaine Fracasse 3 Course Seine River Dinner Cruise: $51
  • Paris en Scene 3 Course Seine River Dinner Cruise: $68
  • Paris - Pastries and Tragedies Food Tour in Montmartre: $75
  • Paris Food Tour: $75
  • Paris Theo Boat Seine River Italian Trattoria Style Dinner Cruise: $79
  • Dinner in a Bohemian Artist Apartment in Central Paris: $87
  • Food Tour with Montmartre History & Highlights: $87
  • Guided Boat Cruise on Paris Seine, Optional Eiffel Tower Dinner: $87
  • Eiffel Tower Food Tour : $89

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Akureyri $16
    Paris $83

Tours and Activities in Akureyri

Here are a few actual costs in Akureyri for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Akureyri Godafoss Waterfall Circle Guided Tour: $78
  • Big Whales & Puffins RIB boat tour from Húsavík : $153
  • Cruise Tour Godafoss Turf Houses and Forest Baths Small Group: $196
  • Cruise Tour Godafoss and Myvatn Lake and Baths Small Group: $256
  • Cruise Tour Godafoss and Myvatn Lake and Dettifoss Small Group: $246
  • Deacon Horse Riding Tour: $141
  • Dettifoss Waterfall, Ásbyrgi and Lake Mývatn Tour from Húsavík: $178
  • Diamond Circle Day Tour from Akureyri: $294
  • Diamond Circle Myvatn Waterfalls, and Husavik from Akureyri Tour: $192
  • E-Bike Kjarnaskógur and Akureyri City Tour: $109
  • From Reykjavík: 6-Day Around Iceland Ring Road Tour: $1,938
  • Full day Lake Myvatn Classic tour: $177

Typical Entertainment Prices in Paris

For Paris, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:


  • Louvre Entry for Two
    $19
  • Admission to Pantheon
    $5.38
  • Catacombs (2)
    $25

Tours and Activities in Paris

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Paris.

  • Montmartre Scavenger Hunt and Best Landmarks Self-Guided Tour: $3.26
  • Self Guided Tours in Paris with 100 Captivating Audio Stories: $3.26
  • Self-Guided Tour - Louvre Audioguide, Paris: $5.45
  • Private Self Guided Walking Tour in Montmartre Paris: $5.45
  • Paris Scavenger Hunt and Best Landmarks Self-Guided Tour: $5.45
  • Self-Guided Tour - Père Lachaise Cemetery Audioguide, Paris: $5.45
  • Visit the Eiffel Tower at your own pace Self-guided audio tour: $5.90
  • Eiffel Tower Audio Tour Experience: $5.99
  • Sainte Chapelle and Notre Dame Self Guided Audio Tours: $6.42
  • Coco Chanel's A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $6.99
  • Edith Piaf in Quest Experience: $7.07
  • WWII Occupation & Liberation Quest Experience in Paris: $7.10

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Akureyri $13
    Paris $26

Typical Alcohol Prices in Paris

Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Paris are as follows:


  • Wine
    $15

Sample the Local Flavors in Paris

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Paris:

  • Paris : Châtelet to Grands Boulevards Guided Pub Crawl : $13
  • Private Tour of the Grands Boulevards Pub Crawl: $22
  • Private Pub Crawl Châtelet Tour: $22
  • Paris Latin Quarter Pub Crawl Bars and Clubs: $24
  • Paris Gin Craft Distillery Tour and Tasting: $26
  • Audio guided tour and wine tasting at Caves du Louvre: $32
  • Guided Visit and Wine Tasting in a Royal Wine Cellar in Paris: $39
  • French Rosé Wine Tasting in Paris: $44
  • Wine Tasting in Paris right next to Père Lachaise & l'Atelier des lumières: $49
  • Vegan Wine Tasting in Paris right next to Père Lachaise: $49
  • Wine tasting Paris Saint Germain des Pres: $51
  • The only Paris Wine Tasting experience you need to do - 2 hours : $69


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Akureyri and Paris, we can see that Paris is more expensive. And not only is Akureyri much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Akureyri would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Akureyri 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 Paris would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Paris than you might in Akureyri.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Akureyri Expensive? and Is Paris Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Akureyri or Paris?

Paris has a larger population, and is about 130 times larger than the population of Akureyri. When comparing the sizes of Akureyri and Paris, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.


When is the best time to visit Akureyri or Paris?

Both places have a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. As both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Akureyri or Paris in the Summer?

Both Paris and Akureyri during the summer are popular places to visit. Also, most visitors come to Paris for the city activities, the music scene, and the family-friendly experiences during these months.

Akureyri is much colder than Paris in the summer. The daily temperature in Akureyri averages around 11°C (52°F) in July, and Paris fluctuates around 20°C (68°F).

In Paris, it's very sunny this time of the year. In the summer, Akureyri often gets less sunshine than Paris. Akureyri gets 158 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Paris receives 241 hours of full sun.

Akureyri usually gets less rain in July than Paris. Akureyri gets 33 mm (1.3 in) of rain, while Paris receives 58 mm (2.3 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Akureyri 11°C (52°F) 
    Paris 20°C (68°F)

Should I visit Akureyri or Paris in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Akureyri and Paris. Also, the autumn months attract visitors to Paris because of the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, the music scene, and the natural beauty of the area.

Akureyri can be very cold during autumn. In the autumn, Akureyri is much colder than Paris. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Akureyri in October average around 3°C (38°F), and Paris averages at about 13°C (56°F).

Akureyri usually receives less sunshine than Paris during autumn. Akureyri gets 52 hours of sunny skies, while Paris receives 127 hours of full sun in the autumn.

In October, Akureyri usually receives around the same amount of rain as Paris. Akureyri gets 58 mm (2.3 in) of rain, while Paris receives 55 mm (2.2 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Akureyri 3°C (38°F) 
    Paris 13°C (56°F)

Should I visit Akureyri or Paris in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Akureyri as well as Paris. Also, the museums, the Christmas ambience, the shopping scene, the theater shows, and the cuisine are the main draw to Paris this time of year.

It's quite cold in Paris in the winter. The weather in Akureyri can be very cold. In January, Akureyri is generally much colder than Paris. Daily temperatures in Akureyri average around -2°C (28°F), and Paris fluctuates around 5°C (40°F).

In the winter, Akureyri often gets less sunshine than Paris. Akureyri gets 7 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Paris receives 62 hours of full sun.

Akureyri usually gets around the same amount of rain in January as Paris. Akureyri gets 55 mm (2.2 in) of rain, while Paris receives 55 mm (2.2 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Akureyri -2°C (28°F) 
    Paris 5°C (40°F)

Should I visit Akureyri or Paris in the Spring?

Both Paris and Akureyri are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities. Also, many travelers come to Paris for the activities around the city and the natural beauty.

It's quite cold in Akureyri in the spring. Akureyri is much colder than Paris in the spring. The daily temperature in Akureyri averages around 2°C (36°F) in April, and Paris fluctuates around 11°C (52°F).

Akureyri usually receives less sunshine than Paris during spring. Akureyri gets 130 hours of sunny skies, while Paris receives 172 hours of full sun in the spring.

In April, Akureyri usually receives less rain than Paris. Akureyri gets 29 mm (1.1 in) of rain, while Paris receives 50 mm (1.9 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Akureyri 2°C (36°F) 
    Paris 11°C (52°F)

Typical Weather for Paris and Akureyri

Akureyri Paris
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan -2°C (28°F) 55 mm (2.2 in) 5°C (40°F) 55 mm (2.2 in)
Feb -1°C (30°F) 43 mm (1.7 in) 6°C (42°F) 45 mm (1.8 in)
Mar -1°C (31°F) 43 mm (1.7 in) 8°C (47°F) 52 mm (2.1 in)
Apr 2°C (36°F) 29 mm (1.1 in) 11°C (52°F) 50 mm (1.9 in)
May 6°C (43°F) 19 mm (0.8 in) 15°C (59°F) 62 mm (2.4 in)
Jun 10°C (50°F) 28 mm (1.1 in) 18°C (64°F) 53 mm (2.1 in)
Jul 11°C (52°F) 33 mm (1.3 in) 20°C (68°F) 58 mm (2.3 in)
Aug 11°C (51°F) 34 mm (1.3 in) 20°C (67°F) 46 mm (1.8 in)
Sep 7°C (44°F) 39 mm (1.5 in) 17°C (63°F) 53 mm (2.1 in)
Oct 3°C (38°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 13°C (56°F) 55 mm (2.2 in)
Nov -0°C (32°F) 54 mm (2.1 in) 8°C (47°F) 57 mm (2.2 in)
Dec -2°C (29°F) 53 mm (2.1 in) 5°C (42°F) 55 mm (2.2 in)