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

Should you visit Barcelona or Rome?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Barcelona and Rome can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

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.

Rome

Rome is the capital and largest city in Italy. It is also a common entry point for most visitors flying into the country. Rome has been a center of power, culture, and religion for the last millenium, making it one of the most famous and popular destinations in not only Europe, but the world. The influence of the Roman Empire can be seen across continents.

Which city is cheaper, Rome or Barcelona?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Barcelona is €119, while the average daily cost in Rome is €131. 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 Barcelona and Rome in more detail.


Accommodation

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 prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about €134 for a double occupancy room in Rome.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Barcelona 74
    Rome 67
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Barcelona 148
    Rome 134


Food

While meal prices in Barcelona can vary, the average travelers spends about €25 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Barcelona should cost around €10 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Barcelona is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

While meal prices in Rome can vary, the average travelers spends about €37 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Rome should cost around €15 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Rome is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Barcelona 25
    Rome 37
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.

  • Bus and Walking Tour with Dinner: $58
  • Barcelona Gourmet Food Tour with a 3 Michelin Star Sommelier: $89
  • Private Cooking Class & Market Tour: $101
  • Market to Fork: Market Tour and Private Cooking Class: $143
  • Half-Day Spanish Cooking Class & Market Tour: $78
  • Flamenco Show and Optional Dinner at a Tablao: $52
  • Requesens Palace Dinner with Medieval Show: $85
  • Casa Batlló: Tapas Dinner, Live Concert, and Audio Tour: $151
  • New Year's Eve Dinner and Flamenco Show: $91
  • Old Barcelona Tour, Boqueria Market & Cooking Workshop: $101

Typical Food prices in Rome

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


  • Casual Lunch (for Two)
    14
  • 4 Ice Cream Sandwiches
    2.99
  • Cafe e doce
    4.00
  • Pizza (Fast Food)
    2.65
  • Sitdown Lunch (for Two)
    32
  • Cheese and bread
    10
  • Espresso
    2.00
  • Dinner
    58

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Rome

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

  • Illuminated Rome Tour for Kids with Gelato & Pizza: $56
  • Gourmet Pizza at Sunset Near the Colosseum: $63
  • 3-in-1 Fettuccine, Ravioli and Tiramisu Cooking Class: $73
  • Rome 3-Hour Pizza-Themed Food & Colosseum Tour: $78
  • Traditional Cooking Class in the Jewish Ghetto: $82
  • From Market to Table: 4-Hour Cooking Class in Rome: $118
  • Rome Cooking Class & Gourmet Lunch: $137
  • Vineyard Visit by Minibus with Lakeside Dinner: $142
  • Authentic Cooking Class: $154
  • Rome Trastevere: Semi-Private Food Tour: $79


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.

The cost of a taxi ride in Rome is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent €17 per person, per day, on local transportation in Rome.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Barcelona 15
    Rome 17
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:

  • Barcelona Private Transfer Between Sants Station & City: $85
  • From Luxury Transfers to La Roca Village: $24
  • Barcelona Airport to Cruise Port: Private Transfers: $67
  • Barcelona Airport Private Transfer to/from City Center: $67
  • Barcelona Airport Private 1-Way or Round-Trip Transfer: $62
  • Barcelona Private 1-Way Transfer Between Airport & City: $88
  • Barcelona Airport to City Center Private Transfer: $48
  • Barcelona City to Cruise Terminal Private Transfers: $51
  • Barcelona Private Arrival Transfer: $89
  • Barcelona-El Prat Airport: Transfer to Barcelona City: $66

Typical Local Transportation prices in Rome

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


  • Metro Ride (for Two)
    2.00
  • Train to the Airport
    15
  • Taxi to Airport
    45
  • Bicycle Rental (Full Day)
    10

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Rome

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Rome:

  • Private Transfer from Airport or Cruise Ship Port: $38
  • Transfer from Fiumicino Airport With a Guided Tour of Rome: $49
  • Pre-Cruise Rome Tour & Transfer: $56
  • Fiumicino Airport – Civitavecchia Cruise Port Transfer: $74
  • Private Transfer between Rome Ciampino and City Hotels: $80
  • Rome Ciampino Airport: Private Luxury Limo Transfer: $95
  • Transfer between Rome Fiumicino and Civitavecchia Port: $181
  • Rome Airport: Positano Private Transfer: $391
  • The Ruins of Pompeii: Round-Trip Transfer from Rome: $503
  • Private Transfer from Sorrento to Rome and Vice Versa: $513


Entertainment

Entertainment and activities in Barcelona typically cost an average of €23 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

Entertainment and activities in Rome typically cost an average of €29 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.
    Barcelona 23
    Rome 29
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:

  • Free Bike Tour: $0.00
  • 90 Minutes Kickstart Private Tour: $13
  • Barcelona Half-Day Modernist Walking Tour: $19
  • La Roca Shopping Village Express Tour from Barcelona: $24
  • Barcelona 3-h Bike Tour and optional lunch at Hard Rock Cafe: $26
  • Barcelona Private Bike Tour: $29
  • Art Nouveau & Gaudí Tour in German: $30
  • Ciutadella Park Segway Tour: $35
  • Barcelona 60 Minute Segway Tour: $35
  • 60-minutes Segway Tour: $35

Typical Entertainment prices in Rome

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


  • Rome Museum Vaticano (for 2)
    69
  • Coliseum Tickets (for Two)
    33
  • Roma Pass
    30
  • Hop on Hop Off Bus (All Day)
    20
  • Segway Tour
    75

Tours and Activities in Rome

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

  • 90-Minute Kickstart Tour with a Local: $17
  • Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo Guided Tour: $18
  • Guided Evening Walking Tour in French: $40
  • Best of Squares & Fountains Walking City Tour: $40
  • Rome Center: 4-Hour Bike Tour: $42
  • Kid-Friendly Skip-the-Line Colosseum and History Tour: $44
  • Early-Bird Streets, Piazzas and Fountains City Tour: $44
  • 1-hour Colosseum Guided Tour with Fast-Track Entry: $45
  • Unusual Sights Bicycle Tour with Optional E-bike: $47
  • Heart of Trevi Fountain & More Guided Tour: $47


Alcohol

The average person spends about €11 on alcoholic beverages in Barcelona per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

The average person spends about €15 on alcoholic beverages in Rome per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Barcelona 11
    Rome 15

Sample the Local Flavors in Barcelona

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Barcelona:

  • Wine Tasting & Tapas: $60
  • 4x4 Winery Tour with Tapas & Wine Tasting from Barcelona: $88
  • Barcelona Wine Tasting: Catalan and Spanish Wines: $21
  • Alta Alella Wine Tour by Electric Bike from Barcelona: $88
  • Montserrat, Sitges and Torres Wine Tour from Barcelona: $106
  • Estrella Damm Brewery Guided Tour with Tasting: $9.54
  • Backpacker Pub Crawl: $18
  • Columbus Monument with Optional Wine Tasting: $7.16
  • Barcelona Wine Tasting: $85
  • The Original Barcelona Pub Crawl: $18

Typical Alcohol prices in Rome

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


  • Bottle of Wine
    6.50
  • Pint of Beer
    6.34
  • Beer
    10

Sample the Local Flavors in Rome

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Rome:

  • Colosseum Fast Track and Wine Tasting Day Tour: $119
  • Vintage Fiat 500 Driving Tour and Wine Tasting: $204
  • 4-Hour Food and Wine Tasting Tour: $69
  • 4-Hour Food and Wine Tasting Tour: $91
  • Roman Countryside Vineyards and Wine Tasting: $67
  • 3.5-Hour Castelli Romani Wine Tasting Tour: $50
  • Campo De' Fiori Market and Trevi Food & Wine Tour: $90
  • Small-Group Food and Wine Tour with Pickup: $131
  • San Gimignano & Siena: Small Group Wine Tour from Rome: $177
  • Siena & San Gimignano Day Tour & Wine Tasting from Rome: $215



When comparing the travel costs between Barcelona and Rome, we can see that Rome is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in Europe, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.

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