A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Bern vs. Dublin for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Bern or Dublin?

Should I visit Bern or Dublin? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Bern

The capital city of Switzerland, Bern, is a surprisingly small city with a population of only about 130,000. It's located on a peninsula that is created by the turns of the River Aare. The city is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site because it has a wonderfully preserved old town area. There are about four miles worth of quaint walkways that are lined with clock towers and fountains.

Dublin

Dublin is the vibrant and fun capital city of Ireland and home to over a third of the country's population. There are almost 2 million people in the metropolitan area. It's also the most common entry point into the country for visitors. Once you arrive, its a good idea to head over to the main tourist office in St. Andrew's Church off Grafton Street. They can give you maps and information to make sure your trip is efficient and fun. Many people enjoy seeing what remains of the Georgian architecture throughout the city. Much of the city is also modernist in style with many blocks made up of offices.

Which city is cheaper, Dublin or Bern?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Bern is $199, while the average daily cost in Dublin is $132. 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 Bern and Dublin in more detail.



Accommodation

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around $128. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Bern the cost is $256 on average.

A hotel room in Dublin is about $126 This assumes double occupancy and modest accommodations.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Bern $128
    Dublin $63
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Bern $256
    Dublin $126

Food

The price of a meal in Bern can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $48 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $19 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.

Food in Dublin costs travelers about $46 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.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Bern $48
    Dublin $46

Typical Food prices in Dublin

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


  • Lunch Lynam's Pub
    $4.67

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Dublin

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

  • Skip the Line:Traditional Irish Night Show Ticket in Dublin with 3-Course Dinner: $37
  • Irish Craic & Cuisine (Cooking Class & Dinner): $68
  • Local Food Tour: $75
  • Private Cooking Class in a Modern Home with Sea Views in Skerries, Dublin: $77
  • Skip the Line: Irish Night Show Including 4-Course Dinner Ticket: $77
  • Howth Craft Beer and Seafood Tour for private groups: $87
  • Private Tour: Secret Food Tours Dublin: $95
  • Christmas Finger Food & CanapĂ© Cooking Class in Dublin City Center: $106
  • Learn to Make Your Own Sushi - 2.5 hour Cooking Class: $106
  • Authentic Dinner Experience with Local Chef: $108
  • Private Dublin Walking Food Tour with a Local Food Historian: $180
  • Dublin Secret Food Tour w/ Private Tour Option: $206

Local Transportation

The cost of a taxi ride in Bern is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $26 per person, per day, on local transportation in Bern.

The average price of local transportation around Dublin is $16 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Bern $26
    Dublin $16

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bern

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bern:

  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Bern Belp Airport to Basel City - One Way: $586
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Bern Belp Airport to Bern City - One Way: $105
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Bern Belp Airport to Zurich City - One Way: $661
  • Private Transfer from Bern City Center to Zurich City Center: $318
  • Private transfer from Bern City to Zurich Airport: $416

Typical Local Transportation prices in Dublin

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Dublin:


  • Rental Car for a Day
    $18

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dublin

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Dublin:

  • Ultra - Dublin Private Airport Transfer from Dublin Airport DUB to Cruise Port: $8.71
  • Ultra - Dublin Private Airport Transfer from Cruise Port to Dublin Airport DUB: $8.71
  • Ultra - Dublin Private Airport Transfer from City Centre to Dublin Airport DUB: $9.41
  • Ultra - Dublin Private Airport Transfer from Dublin Airport DUB to City Centre: $9.41
  • From Luxury Transfers to Kildare Village: $13
  • Private Airport Transfer from Dublin Airport to Dublin City Center: $28
  • Private Departure Airport transfer from Dublin City To Dublin Airport: $30
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Dublin to Dublin Airport (DUB): $36
  • Private Departure Transfer from Dublin City Center to Dublin Airport (DUB): $36
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Dublin Airport (DUB) to Dublin City Center: $36
  • From Cuilcagh Mountain Park with Shuttle Transfer: $36
  • From Cliffs of Moher Hike and Transfers by Bus: $40

Is it cheaper to fly into Bern or Dublin?

Prices for flights to both Dublin and Bern 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.





Entertainment

Entertainment and activities in Bern 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.

Dublin's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $23 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 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Bern $27
    Dublin $23

Tours and Activities in Bern

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

  • Bern Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $45
  • Bern Capital City Small Group Tour: $90
  • Best Introduction Tour of Bern with a Local: $91
  • Schilthorn Piz Gloria (James Bond Location) Small Group Tour from Bern: $179
  • GAILY TOUR in BERN - Gay & Lesbian Tour: $187
  • Bern Capital City Private Tour: $194
  • Zermatt Village Matterhorn Area plus Mt. Gornergrat Small Group Tour from Bern: $227
  • Adventure: Diamond Skull Virtual Reality: $230
  • Private tour of the best of Bern - Sightseeing, Food & Culture with a local: $249
  • Layover in Bern a Private Tour with a local: Best Highlights of Bern: $249
  • Zermatt Village Matterhorn Area plus Mt. Gornergrat Private Tour from Bern: $305
  • Jungfraujoch Top of Europe Small Group Tour from Bern: $329

Typical Entertainment prices in Dublin

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


  • Wild Wicklow Tour
    $31
  • Guinness Brewery for Two
    $32
  • St Pauls Cathedral
    $5.32
  • Dublin Writer's Museum
    $7.44

Tours and Activities in Dublin

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

  • Christ Church Cathedral Tour: $8.17
  • Skip the Line: Dublin Christ Church Cathedral Admission Ticket: $9.33
  • St Stephen's Green Park Walking Tour: $12
  • Self-Guided City Experience: $12
  • Dublin Rogues Tour is a walking tour in Merrion Square Park: $12
  • 2-Hour History of Dublin Walking Tour: $13
  • Jeanie Johnston Tallship Emigrant Experience: $13
  • Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket: $13
  • Aviva Stadium 1-Hour Guided Tour: $13
  • Virtual Dublin History, Culture & Craic Tour: $15
  • Dublin Beer Tour with a Spanish Tour Guide: $15
  • General Post Office 2–Hour Tumultuous History Tour: $15

Alcohol

The average person spends about $21 on alcoholic beverages in Bern per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Dublin may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $16 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Bern $21
    Dublin $16

Sample the Local Flavors in Dublin

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

  • The Backpacker Pub Crawl: $15
  • New Pub Crawl: $15
  • Dublin Literary Pub Crawl: $19
  • Jameson Whiskey Distillery Tour and Tastings: $25
  • Teeling Whiskey Distillery Tour and Tasting: $25
  • Jameson Distillery Guided Tour with Whiskey Tasting: $31
  • Whiskey Distillery Tour and Cocktail Workshop in Dublin: $87
  • Lonely Planet Experiences: Private Whiskey Distillery Excursion: $541


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

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