A Travel Price Comparison for Spain Asturias vs. La Rioja for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Asturias or La Rioja?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Asturias and La Rioja can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Asturias or La Rioja?


Asturias is a region of Northwest Spain known for its rugged coastline, mountain landscapes, religious sites, and medieval architecture. While the natural landscapes answer the calling for outdoor adventures, the cities offer chances to experience the local history and culture. When it comes to sampling the best features of Asturias, there really is a little bit of everything.

La Rioja

La Rioja is an area in northern Spain located in the Iberia peninsula. It is not as commonly known as some of the bigger cities, but it is a great place to visit. The area has more than 500 wineries, and though the area may not be well known as a tourist location, the name is often recognizable for its quality wine. La Rioja is full of natural beauty and Spanish culture. Because it is not as touristy as some of the larger areas of Spain, you are more likely to get a more genuine idea of real Spanish life and culture by visiting this region. The La Rioja area is nestled between cities like Burgos, Bilbao, San Sebastian, Pamplona and Zaragoza, so you are never far from the more popular northern cities.

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Which place is cheaper, La Rioja or Asturias?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Asturias is €119, while the average daily cost in La Rioja is €0.00. 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 Asturias and La Rioja in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Asturias 69
    La Rioja -
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Asturias 138
    La Rioja 0.00
Compare Hotels in Asturias and La Rioja

Looking for a hotel in Asturias or La Rioja? 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 Asturias

Hotels in La Rioja

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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Asturias 16
    La Rioja -

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Asturias

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Asturias:

  • Private Transfer from Asturias Airport to Oviedo and Gijón: $71
  • Private Transfer from Asturias Airport (OVD) to Gijon Cruise Port: $39

Is it cheaper to fly into Asturias or La Rioja?

Prices for flights to both La Rioja and Asturias 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 Meals for one day
    Asturias 37
    La Rioja -

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Asturias 19
    La Rioja -

Tours and Activities in Asturias

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

  • Arriondas: Canoeing Adventure Descent on the Sella River: $27
  • Cangas de Onís: Sella River Canoeing Adventure: $27
  • From Santiago: Tour to Cathedral Beach, Asturias, and Pancha: $64
  • Full-Day Tour at Oviedo to Coastal Wonders of Asturias : $288
  • Guided Tour of the Cathedral of Oviedo: $12
  • Guided tour of Oviedo: $9.77
  • Northern Spain Tour in private 8 - 15 days Spanish English : $244
  • OVIEDO SCARY! Legends and Mysteries Tour: $11
  • Oviedo Scavenger Hunt and Sights Self Guided Private Tour: $8.98
  • Tour from Oviedo and Gijón to Covadonga lakes & sailors villages: $171
  • Tour to the Lakes of Covadonga and Sanctuary from Oviedo: $93

Tours and Activities in La Rioja

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

  • Private Vineyards Tour in San Vicente de la Sonsierra: $93
  • Private Tour to 3 Wineries with Tastings: $802

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Asturias 16
    La Rioja -

Sample the Local Flavors in La Rioja

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in La Rioja:

  • Private Wine Tasting in San Vicente de la Sonsierra: $60
  • Rioja: Private Wine Tasting Tour: $421

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

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

Which has a larger population, Asturias or La Rioja?

Asturias has a larger population, and is about 4 times larger than the population of La Rioja. When comparing the sizes of Asturias and La Rioja, 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.