A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Avignon vs. Arles

Should you visit Avignon or Arles?

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the prices of travel for Avignon and Arles. We’ll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget. So, let's dig into it.

Avignon

Avignon is a beautiful medieval walled city southeast of Paris. Often referred to as the City of Popes due to the large number of popes who have resided there over the years, Avignon boasts a wonderful history of art and culture. Located on the leafy banks of the Rhone, it is probably best-known these days for the children's song - Sur le pont d'Avignon. But for several decades in the 14th century it was the capital of Christendom, after Pope Clement V moved his court here to avoid the chaos in Rome. The legacy of that papal schism can be seen today in the city's Unesco-protected architecture, including the vast Palais des Papes. And nearby Chateauneuf-du-Pape, site of a now-ruined castle built by a later pope, still produces acclaimed red wines. The city's intact ramparts and pedestrianized center lend Avignon a small-town, medieval feel. Yet each summer, the city goes totally 21st century, as thousands of visitors descend for a contemporary performing arts extravaganza, the Festival d'Avignon. History surrounds you, sharing its secrets as you roam Avignon's quiet, shaded, cobblestone streets. Decorated with gorgeous fountains, avenues and squares, although Avignon is quite a big township, you'll see that this beautiful walled city still maintains its small town charm.

Arles

Arles is a city (and commune) in the south of France, in the Bouches-du-Rhone department. A large part of the Camargue is located on the territory of the commune, making it the largest commune in Metropolitan France in terms of territory. The city has a long history, and was considerably important in the Roman province of Gallia Narbonensis. The Roman and Romanesque Monuments of Arles were listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1981. The Dutch post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh lived in Arles from 1888 to 1889 and produced over 300 paintings and drawings during his time there. The Arles area is full of culture and rich in history. It has many treasures, points of interest, and colorful sunbaked houses and is a great introduction into the Camarguais culture.

Which city is cheaper, Arles or Avignon?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Avignon is €560, while the average daily cost in Arles is €113. 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 Avignon and Arles in more detail.



Accommodation

For a normal double-occupancy room in Avignon, €1,036 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Avignon, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is €518, such as in a hostel.

Arles's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is €114. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is €57.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Avignon 518
    Arles 57
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Avignon 1,036
    Arles 114

Food

The price of a meal in Avignon 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.

In Arles travelers spend around €41 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Avignon 27
    Arles 41

Typical Food prices in Arles

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Arles:


  • Cooked Clams
    4.50
  • Ice Cream
    1.00

Local Transportation

Avignon's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend €17 per person, per day on transportation in Avignon.

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around €18 per day to get around in Arles.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Avignon 17
    Arles 18

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Avignon

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

  • Arrival Priate Transfer Avignon Airport AVN to Avignon City by Luxury Van: $148
  • Arrival Private Transfer Avignon Airport AVN to Avignon City by Business Car: $101
  • Arrival Private Transfer Avignon Airport AVN to Avignon City by Luxury Minibus: $182
  • Departure Private Transfer Avignon City to Avignon Airport AVN by Business Car: $102
  • Departure Private Transfer Avignon City to Avignon Airport AVN by Luxury Minibus: $182
  • Departure Private Transfer Avignon City to Avignon Airport AVN by Luxury Van: $148
  • Private Transfer from Avignon to Marseille Airport: $269
  • Private transfer from Avignon to Marseille Airport: $297
  • Private transfert: Marseille Airport Avignon / 7/7 / 24H: $202
  • Transfer Avignon Center to Marseille Center: $338
  • Transfer Avignon Railway station to St Remy: $149
  • Transfer Avignon to Vaison la Romaine and surroundings: $177

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Arles

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Arles:

  • Transfer les baux de Provence to Marseille Airport: $332
  • Airport transfer from Arles to Marseille Airport: $415

Entertainment

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Avignon can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around €12 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around €24 per person, per day in Arles. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Avignon 12
    Arles 24

Tours and Activities in Avignon

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

  • Sunset Walking Tour: $11
  • Palace of the Popes and Avignon Bridge Combined Ticket: $18
  • 1-Hour Segway Tour: $37
  • Guided Night Canoe Tour to Pont du Gard: $43
  • Guided E-Bike Tour in Provence: $62
  • Luberon Valley Lavender Road Half-Day Tour: $68
  • From Half-Day Afternoon Lavender Tour: $68
  • From Half-Day Morning Lavender Tour: $68
  • Avignon Walking Tour including Skip-the-Line Entrance to the Pope's Palace: $70
  • 5-Hour Stone Monuments of Provence Tour: $74
  • Lavender Beauty Small Group Half Day Tour from Avignon: $81
  • Côtes du Rhône Great Vineyards Day Tour from Avignon: $87

Typical Entertainment prices in Arles

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


  • Castle Entrance Fee
    5.50

Tours and Activities in Arles

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

  • Arles 2-Hour Private Walking Tour: $261
  • Arles Shore Excursion: Full Day Private Tour of Aix en Provence, Cap Canaille and Cassis: $750
  • Arles Small groupe tour : Private Day Trip to Luberon Villages: $1,072
  • Arles private walking tour: Van Gogh and Roman routes: $249
  • 2-Hour Private Walking Tour: $285
  • Half-Day Stone Monuments of Provence Tour: $81
  • Classic old town Arles from Romans to Vincent Van Gogh - half day private tour: $168
  • Family Tour in the Footsteps of Van Gogh (Self-drive, plan 1 full day): $35
  • Half day Private Tour of Nimes: $498
  • Lavender Tour Full day from Arles: $130
  • Marseille Half day City tour: $670
  • Marseille Shore Excursion: Private Arles and Les Baux de Provence Tour: $454

Alcohol

Typically, people visiting Avignon spend on average €13 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Arles may vary from person to person, on average a person spends €19 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Avignon 13
    Arles 19

Sample the Local Flavors in Avignon

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Avignon:

  • Avignon 3-Hour Walking Tour & Wine Tasting: $68
  • Tavel and Châteauneuf-du-Pape Wine Tour: $81
  • From Avignon : Culture & Wine Tour in Châteauneuf-du-Pape: $83
  • Half-Day Wine Tasting Initiation Tour: $87
  • Half-Day Provence Pont du Gard and Wine Tasting Tour from Avignon: $87
  • Rhone Valley Wine Tour with Chateauneuf-du-Pape & Tavel from Avignon: $89
  • Rhône Valley Wine Tasting and Education Tour: $143
  • From Marseille: Provence Sightseeing Tour & Wine Tasting: $161
  • History, Chocolate and Wine Tour of Provence from Avignon: $162
  • Marseille Shore Excursion : Avignon & Chateauneuf du Pape Wine Tour: $179
  • Full Day Pont du Gard, Orange theatre, Wine Tasting including lunch from Avignon: $212
  • Private Rhone Valley Wine Tour from Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Tavel: $265

Sample the Local Flavors in Arles

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Arles:

  • Full private day Avignon Chateuneuf du pape wine tasting: $829


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

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