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

Should you visit Bern or Prague?

Should I visit Bern or Prague? 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.

Prague

Prague is the capital city of the Czech Republic. It is also the largest city in the country and one of the largest cities in Central Europe. Prague has long enticed travelers for its beautiful architecture, impressive bridges, detailed cathedrals, and fascinating history. Prague is unique in that is remained almost completely undamaged during World War II. The medieval city center still feels like you've stepped back in time. Despite this historic atmosphere, there is still a lot of vibrant energy and you'll find many different live music venues, art galleries, modern restaurants, and unique festivals throughout the year.

Which city is cheaper, Prague 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 Prague is $95. 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 Prague 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.

Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about $116 for a double occupancy room in Prague.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Bern $128
    Prague $58
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Bern $256
    Prague $116

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.

In Prague travelers spend around $23 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
    Bern $48
    Prague $23

Typical Food prices in Prague

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


  • Fruit
    $4.66
  • Lunch for One
    $14
  • Bananas
    $0.66
  • Cookies
    $0.37

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Prague

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

  • Prague City Tour by Bus With Optional Boat Tour, Charles Bridge Museum and Dinner: $15
  • Traditional Balkan Burek cooking class and dinner in Prague for small groups: $59
  • Mozart Concert and Dinner in Prague: $82
  • Roman pasta cooking class and dinner in Prague: $90
  • Czech Folklore Show with dinner and private transfer: $96
  • Dinner cruise - open buffet - with 2 incl transfers: $106
  • Folklore Evening Including Traditional Czech Dinner in Prague: $107
  • Medieval dinner in Prague with incl transports: $118
  • Prague Cooking Class with Tereza: $121
  • Czech Traditional Folklore Show including Dinner and Transport: $159
  • Prague Cooking Class Including Market Visit and 3-Course Lunch: $173
  • Private Prague Food Tour: $174

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 Prague is $7.17 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
    Prague $7.17

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bern

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bern:

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

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Prague

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Prague:

  • Ultra - Prague Private Airport Transfer from City Centre to Prague Airport PRG: $8.71
  • Prague Airport Shared Departure Transfer: $12
  • Prague Airport Shared Arrival Transfer And Half-Day City Walking Tour: $13
  • Shared Departure Transfer: Prague Hotel to Prague Airport: $14
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Prague to Vaclav Havel Airport Prague (PRG): $17
  • Private Airport Transfer: Vaclav Havel Airport Prague (PRG) to Prague: $17
  • Private Departure Transfer from Prague to Prague Airports: $17
  • Private Departure Transfer from Prague City Center to Vaclav Airport (PRG): $18
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Vaclav Airport (PRG) to Prague City Center: $18
  • Private Arrival or Departure Transfer: Prague Airport: $19
  • Transfer in Private Vehicle from Prague City Center to Airport: $21
  • Private Prague Airport Arrival Transfer: $25

Is it cheaper to fly into Bern or Prague?

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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.

Prague's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $14 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
    Prague $14

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 Prague

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


  • Opera Tickets
    $4.66
  • Two Tickets for Charles Bridge Tower
    $6.52
  • Image Theatre for Two
    $45

Tours and Activities in Prague

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

  • Skip the Line: Prague Botanical Garden Outdoor Exposition Ticket: $4.35
  • Entrance Ticket: $5.29
  • Entrance Ticket: $6.22
  • Skip the Line: iFriday & iWeekend at Apple Museum: Discount PASS Ticket: $6.84
  • Skip the Line: iMonday at Apple Museum: Discount PASS Ticket: $7.09
  • Skip the Line: Prague - Papilonia - Butterfly House Ticket: $7.71
  • Skip the Line: Apple Museum in Prague Entrance Ticket: $8.71
  • Skip the Line Access to LEGO┬« Museum in the Centre of Prague: $9.21
  • Skip-the-Line Prague National Film Museum Ticket: $11
  • Everyday Prague Tour: $11
  • Skip the Line: iTuesday & iWednesday at Apple Museum: Discount PASS Ticket: $11
  • Skip the Line: iThursday at Apple Museum: Discount PASS Ticket: $12

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.

The average person spends about $9.74 on alcoholic beverages in Prague per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Bern $21
    Prague $9.74

Typical Alcohol prices in Prague

Here are a few samples of the prices for alcohol and nightlife in Prague from other travelers:


  • A Bottle of Wine
    $7.41

Sample the Local Flavors in Prague

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

  • Taste wine properly - wine tasting session: $30
  • Private Karlovy Vary with Royal Brewery or Mozer Full Day Trip: $128
  • Private Kutna Hora with Sedlec Ossuary and Local brewery Full Day Trip: $149
  • Pilsner Urquell brewery and Pilsen City Private tour from Prague All-Inclusive: $199
  • Prague Wine Tasting and Countryside Small-Group Tour with Lunch: $215
  • Private Tour: Chateau Lany and Krakovec Castle and Krusovice Royal Brewery from Prague Including Tasting and Czech Lunch: $217
  • Pilsner Urquell brewery private day trip and cheese tasting on family eco-farm: $220
  • Private Pilsner Urquell brewery, Pilsen City and Bohemian Glass factory day tour: $230
  • Private Walking Tour Prague with Lunch and Pilsner Urquell brewery day trip: $236
  • Pilsner Urquell brewery Private day trip, Pilsen City and Koneprusy Caves: $236
  • Pilsner Urquell brewery Private day trip, Pilsen City and Chateau tour + Lunch: $243
  • Pilsner Urquell brewery Private day trip, Chateau and Cheese tasting on eco-farm: $249


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

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