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

Should you visit Bern or Lima?

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

Should I visit Bern or Lima? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city has activities that align with your interests along with knowing which is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the details and the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Where Should I go: Bern or Lima?

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.

Lima

Lima, the capital city of Peru, is likely to be your point of entry for the country. Lima was founded in 1535 and was the seat of the Spanish rule for 300 years. It's a surprisingly modern city despite its rich history, but many beautiful churches and colonial architecture remain today. There are also large slum areas that highlight the poverty that exists in the city. The city and its surrounding metropolitan area have a population of about 8.5 million people, many of whom came from the Andes Mountains in search of work. Unfortunately the work opportunities are limited and the poverty is obvious as you arrive in Lima.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Family-Friendly Tours to Switzerland, The Best Hiking & Trekking Tours in Switzerland, Tours for Outdoor and Nature Lovers in Peru, and The Best Adventure Tours to Peru.


Which place is cheaper, Lima or Bern?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Bern is $256, while the average daily cost in Lima is $75. 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 Bern and Lima in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Bern $165
    Lima $48
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Bern $330
    Lima $96
Compare Hotels in Bern and Lima

Looking for a hotel in Bern or Lima? 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 Bern


Hotels in Lima


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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: Bern Hotel Prices and Lima Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Bern $34
    Lima $5.60

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bern

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bern:

  • Private Car Departure Transfer from Bern to Bern Airport BRN: $73
  • Private Direct Transfer From Bern to Basel: $191
  • Private Transfer From Bern to Zurich, English Speaking Driver: $227

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Lima

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


  • Taxi Ride
    $5.30
  • Taxi Ride
    $5.30
  • Short Taxi Ride
    $3.98

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Lima

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Lima:

  • QuickLlama: Door-to-door transfer from Miraflores to Lima Airport: $5.50
  • QuickLlama: Transfer from Lima Airport to Miraflores Kennedy Park: $5.50
  • QuickLlama: Door-to-door transfer from Lima Airport to Miraflores: $5.50
  • Lima Airport: Bus Transfer to/from Miraflores: $5.63
  • Lima Airport: BUS Transfer to/from Lima city center: $6.00
  • Private Transfer: Lima City Center to Jorge Chavez Airport (LIM) : $13
  • Private Taxi Transfers Lima Airport: $14
  • Private Transfer: Jorge Chavez Airport (LIM) to Lima City Center: $14
  • Private transfers from Lima Airport or to Lima Airport: $17
  • Transfer To Lima Airport: $18
  • Lima Jorge Airport (LIM) to Miraflores - Arrival Private Transfer: $21
  • Miraflores City to Lima Airport(LIM) - Departure Private Transfer: $23

Is it cheaper to fly into Bern or Lima?

Prices for flights to both Lima 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.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Bern $61
    Lima $17

Typical Food Prices in Lima

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


  • Lunch for Two
    $4.24
  • Ice cream
    $3.45
  • Coffee
    $2.92
  • Donut
    $0.93

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Lima

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

  • Lima Market Food Tour: $33
  • Ceviche Cooking Class Including Pisco Sour Lesson: $40
  • Peruvian Food Tour Through Local Markets: $40
  • Lima Street Food Tour: $40
  • Lima Market Food Tour: $43
  • Lima Street Food Tour: $45
  • Street Food Tour in Miraflores District: $45
  • Lima Food Tour: $45
  • Cooking Workshop and Water Circuit Tour: $45
  • Barranco Tour with Dinner: $47
  • Bohemian tour of Barranco with Dinner: $47
  • Private Cooking Class With a Local Family in Lima: $48

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Bern $34
    Lima $8.46

Tours and Activities in Bern

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

  • First Discovery Walk and Reading Walking Tour: $3.21
  • Self-Guided Reading City Tour in Bern: $3.44
  • Bern Scavenger Hunt and Best Landmarks Self-Guided Tour: $4.36
  • Self-Guided Reading City Tour in Bern: $4.49
  • Bern Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and Walking Tour: $6.96
  • Bern WarpSpeed Intro Sport Walking Tour by Expert and Born Native: $7.36
  • City Exploration Game and Tour on your Phone: $7.44
  • Escape Game and Tour: $8.56
  • Self-Guided Audio City Tour in Bern: $8.99
  • Self-Guided Audio City Tour in Bern: $9.17
  • Self-Guided Tour of Bern's Fountains, Clocktowers, and Legends: $9.99
  • Beautiful Bern's Old Town: Self Guided Audio Tour: $9.99

Typical Entertainment Prices in Lima

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Lima are as follows:


  • Entrance to Museo Larco (for 2)
    $16
  • Movie Tickets
    $2.25

Tours and Activities in Lima

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

  • Lima Historic Center Walking Tour: $8.00
  • Peru's Best Bike Experience since 2014 - 4 Hours Hire: $9.90
  • Customize your trip to Peru with Lima Experience: $12
  • bike tour: $12
  • Private City Kickstart Tour: Lima: $14
  • Peruvian Coffee Tasting Experience in Lima: $15
  • Jogging Activity through Tourist Places facing the Sea in Lima: $15
  • Peruvian Craft Coffee Tasting Experience - 1 hr: $15
  • Party tour Fridays Barranco / Saturdays Miraflores: $18
  • Private Bike Tour in Lima: $19
  • Miraflores and Barranco Private Bike Tour: $19
  • Tour Lima de día en bus panorámico + Catacumbas de San Francisco: $25

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Bern $27
    Lima $5.50

Typical Alcohol Prices in Lima

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


  • Bottle of Wine
    $7.13
  • Beer
    $3.98
  • Cocktail
    $3.18

Sample the Local Flavors in Lima

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Lima:

  • Gin and Rum Distillery Tour: $12
  • Party Tour in Miraflores with Bar Crawl and Drinks: $20
  • Party tour in Miraflores with Bar Crawl Lima: $20
  • Pub Crawl in Lima: $25
  • Local Wine Tour: $50


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Bern and Lima, we can see that Bern is more expensive. And not only is Lima much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Bern is in Europe and Lima 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 Lima would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Lima 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 Lima.

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


Which is Bigger, Bern or Lima?

Lima has a larger population, and is about 60 times larger than the population of Bern. When comparing the sizes of Bern and Lima, 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 Bern or Lima?

Bern has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, but Lima experiences a warm climate with fairly sunny weather most of the year.

Should I visit Bern or Lima in the Summer?

Both Lima and Bern are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities. Most visitors come to Bern for the family-friendly experiences during these months. Plenty of visitors come to Lima because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year.

Bern is a little warmer than Lima in the summer. The daily temperature in Bern averages around 21°C (70°F) in July, and Lima fluctuates around 18°C (64°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Bern. Bern usually receives more sunshine than Lima during summer. Bern gets 250 hours of sunny skies, while Lima receives 36 hours of full sun in the summer.

In July, Bern usually receives more rain than Lima. Bern gets 63 mm (2.5 in) of rain, while Lima receives 12 mm (0.5 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Bern 21°C (70°F) 
    Lima 18°C (64°F)

Should I visit Bern or Lima in the Autumn?

Both Lima and Bern during the autumn are popular places to visit. The autumn months attract visitors to Bern because of the shopping scene and the natural beauty of the area. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Lima year-round.

In the autumn, Bern is cooler than Lima. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Bern in October average around 13°C (55°F), and Lima averages at about 19°C (66°F).

In the autumn, Bern often gets more sunshine than Lima. Bern gets 126 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Lima receives 60 hours of full sun.

Bern usually gets more rain in October than Lima. Bern gets 49 mm (1.9 in) of rain, while Lima receives 7 mm (0.3 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Bern 13°C (55°F) 
    Lima 19°C (66°F)

Should I visit Bern or Lima in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Bern and Lima. The museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine are the main draw to Bern this time of year. Lima attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate.

It's quite cold in Bern in the winter. In January, Bern is generally much colder than Lima. Daily temperatures in Bern average around 3°C (37°F), and Lima fluctuates around 23°C (73°F).

Bern usually receives less sunshine than Lima during winter. Bern gets 65 hours of sunny skies, while Lima receives 185 hours of full sun in the winter.

In January, Bern usually receives more rain than Lima. Bern gets 54 mm (2.1 in) of rain, while Lima receives 4 mm (0.2 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Bern 3°C (37°F) 
    Lima 23°C (73°F)

Should I visit Bern or Lima in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Bern as well as Lima. Many travelers come to Bern for the natural beauty. The warm climate attracts visitors to Lima throughout the year.

Bern is much colder than Lima in the spring. The daily temperature in Bern averages around 11°C (52°F) in April, and Lima fluctuates around 22°C (72°F).

In the spring, Bern often gets less sunshine than Lima. Bern gets 164 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Lima receives 182 hours of full sun.

Bern usually gets more rain in April than Lima. Bern gets 59 mm (2.3 in) of rain, while Lima receives 2 mm (0.1 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Bern 11°C (52°F) 
    Lima 22°C (72°F)

Typical Weather for Lima and Bern

Bern Lima
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 3°C (37°F) 54 mm (2.1 in) 23°C (73°F) 4 mm (0.2 in)
Feb 4°C (40°F) 51 mm (2 in) 24°C (75°F) 2 mm (0.1 in)
Mar 8°C (46°F) 50 mm (2 in) 23°C (73°F) 3 mm (0.1 in)
Apr 11°C (52°F) 59 mm (2.3 in) 22°C (72°F) 2 mm (0.1 in)
May 15°C (60°F) 76 mm (3 in) 20°C (68°F) 5 mm (0.2 in)
Jun 19°C (65°F) 74 mm (2.9 in) 19°C (66°F) 11 mm (0.4 in)
Jul 21°C (70°F) 63 mm (2.5 in) 18°C (64°F) 12 mm (0.5 in)
Aug 20°C (69°F) 80 mm (3.1 in) 17°C (63°F) 15 mm (0.6 in)
Sep 18°C (64°F) 55 mm (2.2 in) 18°C (64°F) 13 mm (0.5 in)
Oct 13°C (55°F) 49 mm (1.9 in) 19°C (66°F) 7 mm (0.3 in)
Nov 7°C (45°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 20°C (68°F) 5 mm (0.2 in)
Dec 4°C (38°F) 55 mm (2.2 in) 22°C (72°F) 3 mm (0.1 in)