A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Barcelona vs. Cordoba for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Barcelona or Cordoba?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Barcelona and Cordoba 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: Barcelona or Cordoba?

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.

Cordoba

Cordoba is the capital of the Cordoba province and the second largest city in all of Argentina. The city is in a beautiful setting surrounded by valleys and hills. Within the city you will find many colonial buildings and beautiful architecture. Cordoba also has many universities and scientific institutes, giving it the nickname "La Docta." Because of the large number of students, Cordoba's population is young and active, which keeps the atmosphere light and fun.

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Which place is cheaper, Cordoba or Barcelona?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Barcelona is €156, while the average daily cost in Cordoba is €7.83. 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 Barcelona and Cordoba in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Barcelona 96
    Cordoba 2.85
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Barcelona 192
    Cordoba 5.70
Compare Hotels in Barcelona and Cordoba

Looking for a hotel in Barcelona or Cordoba? 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 Barcelona


Hotels in Cordoba


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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: Barcelona Hotel Prices and Cordoba Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Barcelona 19
    Cordoba 1.94
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:

  • Private Transfer Barcelona - Benidorm: $522
  • Private Transfer from Barcelona city to Harbor up to 15 people: $299
  • Private Transfer from Barcelona to Figueres: $292
  • Barcelona Private Transfer from Barcelona Airport to PortAventura hotels: $289
  • transfer with wheelchair Accessible from Bcn airport/ port/city: $284
  • Private Transfer from Barcelona to Girona City (or vice versa): $282
  • Private Transfer Tarragona Port to Barcelona/Hotels: $282
  • Montserrat RoundTrip Transfer with lunch: $281
  • Montserrat Half Day Private Guided Tour with Transfers: $272
  • Barcelona to Andorra Private Transfer: $272
  • Private Transfer from Barcelona Airport to Port Aventura: $261
  • La Roca Village: private Round-Trip Transfer: $256

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Cordoba

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


  • Taxi Ride
    0.01

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cordoba

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

  • Transfer in private minivan from Cordoba to Ingeniero Ambrosio Taravella Airport: $61

Is it cheaper to fly into Barcelona or Cordoba?

Prices for flights to both Cordoba and Barcelona 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
    Barcelona 33
    Cordoba 3.58
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.

  • Barcelona Street Food Tour with Local Market & City Center Visit: $21
  • Barcelona Guided Street Food Tour and Gothic Quarter Visit: $21
  • Walking Tour + Flamenco + Tapas Dinner (choose options): $27
  • Flamenco at El Patio Andaluz with Optional Dinner: $27
  • Hard Rock Cafe Barcelona with Set Lunch or Dinner: $30
  • Tasty Barcelona Street Food Tour With Local Market Visit : $32
  • La Barceloneta: Tapas Food Tour: $37
  • Barcelona Street Food Tour: Local Market & Gothic Quarter with Expert Guide: $42
  • Boqueria Market & Barrio Gotico Street Food Tour: $56
  • Wine Tasting and Tapas 5-Course Pairing Dinner: $59
  • Paella Cooking Experience & Wine: $59
  • Paella Cooking Experience and Wine in Barcelona: $60

Typical Food Prices in Cordoba

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


  • Empanadas
    0.01
  • Sandwich
    0.00
  • Ice Cream
    0.00

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Barcelona 33
    Cordoba 1.75
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:

  • Barcelona Christmas Walking Tour: $29
  • Cruise into Barcelona? Get the Most out of Your Visit!: $117
  • Dali Museum, Besalu & Girona Tour from Barcelona by Fast Train : $119
  • Girona and Costa Brava with Lunch: VIP Small Group Tour: $16
  • Montserrat Mountains Half - Day Private Tour - From Barcelona : $260
  • Private Mountain Bike Tour in Barcelona: $33
  • Sagrada Familia "Fast Track" Guided Tour in Barcelona: $105
  • Sagrada Familia Comedy Tour: $3.25
  • Self-Guided Audio Tour - Legends of the Gothic Quarter: $10
  • Skip The Line - Early Picasso Museum and Born Neighborhood: $56
  • Sunset Sailing Tour in Barcelona: $75
  •  Big Fun Museum Ticket: $27

Tours and Activities in Cordoba

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

  • Traditional Córdoba CityTour x 2 Pax: $45
  • Exploring Villa Carlos Paz: Guided Sightseeing Tour: $50
  • Alta Gracia: Unveiling Cordoba's Cultural Heritage Tour: $50
  • Cordoba City Tour: $50
  • Private Cordoba City Tour: $53
  • Córdoba: Villa Carlos Paz Tour: $59
  • Córdoba CityTour FULLDAY x 2 pax: $60
  • Caroya WineTour x 2 Pax: $60
  • Cordoba City Tour with Optional Jesuitic Square: $62
  • Full Day Tour to Punilla Valley from Cordoba: $75
  • La Cumbrecita and Villa General Belgrano Full Day Tour: $75
  • Full Day Jesuit Legacy Tour from Cordoba: $80

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Barcelona 17
    Cordoba 1.38

Sample the Local Flavors in Barcelona

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Barcelona:

  • Original Pub Crawl: $13
  • Barcelona Pub Crawl by King - Bar & Nightclub Hopping Tour: $14
  • Barcelona Pub Crawl by KING - Nightlife Party Experience: $16
  • Estrella Damm Brewery Guided Tour with Tasting: $16
  • Barcelona Pub Crawl by KING - Free shot and VIP Entry: $16
  • Night Pub Crawl Tour in Barcelona: $16
  • Barcelona Bar Crawl: 4+ Venues, Free shots, Free Club Entry: $19
  • Estrella Damm Old Brewery Tour with Tasting: $21
  • Estrella Damm Old Brewery Barcelona Guided Tour with Beer Tasting: $22
  • Nightlife Tour - Barcelona Bar Crawl with Flamingos: $23
  • Barcelona Bar Crawl: $26
  • Barcelona Halloween Bar Crawl: $27

Sample the Local Flavors in Cordoba

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Cordoba:

  • Full-Day Private Colonia Caroya Wine Tour from Córdoba: $119
  • Wine Tour Privado - Colonia Caroya: $130
  • Wine Tour Privado - Calamuchita: $150


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Barcelona and Cordoba, we can see that Barcelona is more expensive. And not only is Cordoba much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Barcelona is in Europe and Cordoba is in South America, this is one of the main reasons why the costs are so different, as different regions of the world tend to have overall different travel costs. So, traveling to Cordoba would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Cordoba 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 Cordoba.

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


Which is Bigger, Barcelona or Cordoba?

Barcelona has a larger population, and is about 11% larger than the population of Cordoba. When comparing the sizes of Barcelona and Cordoba, 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 Barcelona or Cordoba?

Even though both destinations experience a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, they experience these seasons at different times of the year. Cordoba is in the southern hemisphere and summer is in January and winter is in July, but Barcelona has summer in [NORTHERNSUMMERMONTH] and winter in [NORTHERNWINTERMONTH].

Should I visit Barcelona or Cordoba in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Barcelona as well as Cordoba. Most visitors come to Barcelona for the beaches, the city activities, the music scene, and the family-friendly experiences during these months.

Barcelona is much warmer than Cordoba in the summer. The daily temperature in Barcelona averages around 23°C (73°F) in July, and Cordoba fluctuates around 10°C (50°F)in January.

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Cordoba. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Barcelona this time of the year. In the summer, Barcelona often gets more sunshine than Cordobain January. Barcelona gets 308 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Cordoba receives 277 hours of full sun.

Barcelona usually gets less rain in July than Cordobain January. Barcelona gets 22 mm (0.9 in) of rain, while Cordoba receives 60 mm (2.4 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July and January
    Barcelona 23°C (73°F) 
    Cordoba 10°C (50°F)

Should I visit Barcelona or Cordoba in the Autumn?

Both Cordoba and Barcelona are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities. The autumn months attract visitors to Barcelona because of the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, the music scene, and the natural beauty of the area.

In the autumn, Barcelona is around the same temperature as Cordoba. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Barcelona in October average around 17°C (63°F), and Cordoba averages at about 16°C (61°F)in April.

Barcelona usually receives less sunshine than Cordoba during autumn. Barcelona gets 181 hours of sunny skies, while Cordoba receives 196 hours of full sun in the autumn.

In October, Barcelona usually receives more rain than Cordobain April. Barcelona gets 94 mm (3.7 in) of rain, while Cordoba receives 50 mm (2 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October and April
    Barcelona 17°C (63°F) 
    Cordoba 16°C (61°F)

Should I visit Barcelona or Cordoba in the Winter?

Both Cordoba and Barcelona during the winter are popular places to visit. The museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine are the main draw to Barcelona this time of year.

In January, Barcelona is generally much colder than Cordobain July. Daily temperatures in Barcelona average around 9°C (48°F), and Cordoba fluctuates around 27°C (81°F).

In the winter, Barcelona often gets less sunshine than Cordobain July. Barcelona gets 146 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Cordoba receives 189 hours of full sun.

Barcelona usually gets more rain in January than Cordobain July. Barcelona gets 44 mm (1.7 in) of rain, while Cordoba receives 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January and July
    Barcelona 9°C (48°F) 
    Cordoba 27°C (81°F)

Should I visit Barcelona or Cordoba in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Barcelona and Cordoba. Many travelers come to Barcelona for the beaches, the activities around the city, and the natural beauty.

Barcelona is cooler than Cordoba in the spring. The daily temperature in Barcelona averages around 13°C (55°F) in April, and Cordoba fluctuates around 19°C (66°F)in October.

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Cordoba this time of the year. In Barcelona, it's very sunny this time of the year. Barcelona usually receives less sunshine than Cordoba during spring. Barcelona gets 204 hours of sunny skies, while Cordoba receives 243 hours of full sun in the spring.

In April, Barcelona usually receives less rain than Cordobain October. Barcelona gets 51 mm (2 in) of rain, while Cordoba receives 60 mm (2.4 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April and October
    Barcelona 13°C (55°F) 
    Cordoba 19°C (66°F)

Typical Weather for Cordoba and Barcelona

Barcelona Cordoba
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 9°C (48°F) 44 mm (1.7 in) 10°C (50°F) 60 mm (2.4 in)
Feb 10°C (50°F) 36 mm (1.4 in) 11°C (52°F) 50 mm (2 in)
Mar 11°C (52°F) 48 mm (1.9 in) 14°C (57°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
Apr 13°C (55°F) 51 mm (2 in) 16°C (61°F) 50 mm (2 in)
May 16°C (61°F) 57 mm (2.2 in) 19°C (66°F) 30 mm (1.2 in)
Jun 20°C (67°F) 38 mm (1.5 in) 24°C (75°F) 20 mm (0.8 in)
Jul 23°C (73°F) 22 mm (0.9 in) 27°C (81°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Aug 23°C (74°F) 66 mm (2.6 in) 28°C (82°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Sep 21°C (70°F) 79 mm (3.1 in) 25°C (77°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Oct 17°C (63°F) 94 mm (3.7 in) 19°C (66°F) 60 mm (2.4 in)
Nov 13°C (55°F) 74 mm (2.9 in) 14°C (57°F) 100 mm (3.9 in)
Dec 10°C (49°F) 50 mm (2 in) 11°C (52°F) 70 mm (2.8 in)