A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Alicante vs. Barcelona

Should you visit Alicante or Barcelona?

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Alicante and Barcelona can help you decide which place is right for you.

Alicante

Alicante is a gorgeous coastal city in the Costa Blanca region, on the east coast of Spain. The region is famous for its white sandy beaches, the party-haven of Benidorm and the stunning palm tree-lined boulevard in the city of Alicante. I have been visiting Alicante for close to 20 years, so, it has become almost a second home to me. Here are my top tips to have the best vacation in Alicante.

Barcelona

Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain with a population of over 1.5 million people. It's also the capital of Catalonia and is located on the northeastern part of the Mediterranean coast. Barcelona is one of the country's most popular travel destinations because of its rich history, interesting architecture, and vibrant culture. Barcelona hosted the 1992 Summer Olympic games and that had a strong influence over tourism in the area. Many different neighborhoods were renovated and rebuilt. Modern design became the norm in many parts of the city, although there is still an old city feel and many efforts at preservation.

Which city is cheaper, Barcelona or Alicante?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Alicante is €102, while the average daily cost in Barcelona is €122. 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 Alicante and Barcelona in more detail.



Accommodation

Alicante's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is €68. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is €34.

The average price for accommodation for two people in Barcelona is €148. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Alicante 34
    Barcelona 74
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Alicante 68
    Barcelona 148

Food

Food in Alicante costs travelers about €57 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.

The price of a meal in Barcelona 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 Meals for one day
    Alicante 57
    Barcelona 27

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Alicante

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Alicante.

  • Alicante Paella Experience with Market Visit and Cooking Class: $72
  • Spanish Italian fusion dinner in Mutxamel: $73

Typical Food prices in Barcelona

Some typical examples of dining costs in Barcelona are as follows:


  • Hot Cocoa & Churro
    4.15
  • Sandwich
    1.70
  • Baguette & Horchata
    3.80
  • Tapas on the beach
    8.28
  • Gelatto
    2.50

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Barcelona

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Barcelona.

  • Live from Potato Gnocchi Online Cooking Class: $23
  • Live from Barcelona to China: Potato Gnocchi Online Cooking Class: $23
  • Barcelona organic dinner in a beautiful rooftop garden: $35
  • Interactive Spanish Cooking Experience in Barcelona: $49
  • Hands-on Brunch Cooking Class with Bottomless Mimosas!: $50
  • Born district food tour and tasting in Barcelona: $51
  • Barcelona Street Food Tour: Local Market & Gothic Quarter with Expert Guide: $52
  • Street Food Tour & Gothic Quater Sightseeing with Local Expert: $52
  • Flamenco Show and Optional Dinner at a Tablao: $52
  • Bus and Walking Tour with Dinner: $58
  • Tasty Barcelona Street Food Tour With Local Market Visit: $59
  • Skip the Line: Flamenco Show and Dinner Ticket: $62

Local Transportation

The cost of a taxi ride in Barcelona is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent €15 per person, per day, on local transportation in Barcelona.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Alicante -
    Barcelona 15

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Alicante

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Alicante:

  • Private Airport Transfer: from Alicante to Alicante-Elche Airport (ALC): $25
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Alicante-Elche Airport (ALC) to Alicante: $25
  • Transfer from Alicante city to Alicante airport with private Sedan max. 3 passengers: $40
  • Private Transfer From/To Alicante Airport: $42
  • Departure Private Transfer: Alicante city to Alicante Airport (ALC) by Sedan Car: $49
  • Alicante Airport (El Altet) Departure Transfer (Alicante Hotels to Airport): $59
  • Alicante Airport (El Altet) (ALC) Arrival Transfer (Airport to Alicante Hotels): $60
  • Transfer from Alicante city to Alicante airport in private Minivan max. 6 passengers: $61
  • Private Transfer from Alicante Ciudad to Alicante–Elche (ALC) Airport: $62
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Alicante International Airport to Alicante City - One Way: $70
  • Departure Private Transfer: Alicante city to Airport (ALC) by Business Car: $71
  • Departure Private Transfer: Alicante city to Alicante Airport by Business Van: $82

Typical Local Transportation prices in Barcelona

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


  • 10 Trip Metro Ticket
    7.80
  • Airport Bus
    5.00
  • Metro
    2.10

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Barcelona

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Barcelona:

  • Airport Transfer: $127
  • Airport Transfers: $20
  • Airport, Port cruise & Hotel Transfers: $81
  • Ancient winery of vermouth, Tarragona & Reus: private Round-Trip Transfer: $311
  • Arrival Private Transfer Barcelona City or Airport to Andorra by Business Car: $445
  • Arrival Private Transfer Barcelona Port to Barcelona City by Business Car: $57
  • Arrival Private Transfer Luxury Van Barcelona Port to Barcelona City: $70
  • Arrival Private Transfers from Barcelona Cruise Port to Bacelona City: $88
  • Barcelona - Salou private transfer: $198
  • Barcelona Airport (BCN) to Cruise Port - Arrival Private Car Transfer: $46
  • Barcelona Airport (BCN) to Cruise Port - Arrival Private Van Transfer: $32
  • Barcelona Airport (BCN) to Cruise Port - Round-Trip Private Car Transfer: $92

Entertainment

Alicante's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around €42 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.

Entertainment and activities in Barcelona typically cost an average of €27 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Alicante 42
    Barcelona 27
Typical Entertainment prices in Alicante

Here are a few typical costs in Alicante for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:


  • Food and Tapas Tour (for 2)
    54
  • Catamaran Cruise (for 2)
    67
  • Wine Tasting Tour (for 2)
    120
  • Walking Tour (for 2)
    60

Tours and Activities in Alicante

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

  • Tour en bicicleta alrededor de Alicante: $38
  • Day Trip to Cartagena including Harbour Tour: $47
  • Alicante Virtual Guided Tour: $93
  • Private 4-hour City Tour of Alicante (Cruise port or hotel pick up): $434
  • Explore the old city center of Alicante private walking tour: $534
  • Guadalest Valley and Benidorm Private Tour from Alicante: $585
  • 5-Hour Private Tour from Alicante to Villena: $585
  • Enduro / Trail / All Mountain Mini Experience Package: $622
  • Discover the highlights of the Alicante city on a private full day tour: $934
  • Experience the World Heritage City of Elche private tour: $1,334
  • Enduro / Trail / All mountain Experience Package: $1,369
  • Xc Mountain Bike Experience Package: $1,369

Typical Entertainment prices in Barcelona

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Barcelona are as follows:


  • Picasso Walking Tour and Museum Pass
    42
  • Souvenir Gaudi Book
    8.55
  • Admission to Museo Picasso
    6.00

Tours and Activities in Barcelona

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Barcelona are as follows:

  • A Culinary Audio Tour of El Born by VoiceMap: $5.50
  • Museu de la Xocolata Tickets: $7.16
  • Private Barcelona Ghost Tour: Gothic Quarter Exploration Game: $7.45
  • Museu de la Xocolata Admission Ticket: $7.46
  • Gaudi House Museum Skip-the-Line Ticket: $8.95
  • Barcelona Port Traditional Boat Tour: $9.16
  • Guided Tour of Requesens Palace: $9.54
  • Guided Tour of Barcelona's Royal Academy of Sciences & Arts: $9.54
  • Skip the Line: History Museum of Catalonia & Rooftop Access Ticket: $9.95
  • Skip the Line: Human Bodies - Entrance to the exhibition Ticket: $9.95
  • Skip the Line: Erotic Museum of Barcelona Admission Ticket with free souvenir: $9.95
  • Guided Tour at Barcelona's Royal Academy of Sciences and Arts: $10

Alcohol

The average person spends about €14 on alcoholic beverages in Barcelona per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Alicante -
    Barcelona 14

Sample the Local Flavors in Alicante

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

  • Alicante Wine Tour with Wine Tasting and Hotel Pickup: $81

Sample the Local Flavors in Barcelona

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Barcelona:

  • Columbus Monument with Optional Wine Tasting: $7.16
  • Estrella Damm Brewery Guided Tour with Tasting: $9.54
  • Backpacker Pub Crawl: $18
  • The Original Barcelona Pub Crawl: $18
  • Barcelona Halloween Pub Crawl: $18
  • Generation Pub Crawl in Barcelona: $19
  • Barcelona Pub Crawl: $20
  • Barcelona Wine Tasting: Catalan and Spanish Wines: $21
  • Wine Tasting Experience in Barcelona: $22
  • Opera Samfaina: Food and Wine Tasting Interactive Experience in Barcelona: $26
  • Wine tasting & tapas: $39
  • Barcelona Guided Local Wine Tasting Tour: $44


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

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