A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Bern vs. Vienna

Should you visit Bern or Vienna?

Should I visit Bern or Vienna? 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.

Vienna

Vienna is the largest city and capital of Austria. It has a population of over 1.7 million and is a cultural, political and economic center for the country. The historical center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and some complain that it feels more like a museum than a real city. Outside of the historical center though, is a young and vibrant city with a huge music scene, many street performers, and eclectic and fun restaurants and nightclubs.

Which city is cheaper, Vienna or Bern?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Bern is $203, while the average daily cost in Vienna is $143. 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 Vienna in more detail.



Accommodation

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around $131. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Bern the cost is $262 on average.

The prices for places to stay in Vienna can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is $93, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around $186.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Bern $131
    Vienna $93
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Bern $262
    Vienna $186

Food

The price of a meal in Bern can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $49 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $20 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.

In Vienna travelers spend around $28 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 $49
    Vienna $28

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Vienna

For Vienna, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Performance Of The Lipizzans At Spanish Riding School: $37
  • Christmas Day Dinner Cruise to Korneuburg: $43
  • Boxing Day Dinner Cruise to Korneuburg: $43
  • Naschmarkt Guided Food Tour: $44
  • Vienna Small-Group Food Tour of Naschmarkt: $46
  • Naschmarkt Food Tour: $50
  • Christmas Eve Dinner Cruise: $51
  • Evening Dinner Cruise: $63
  • Murder Mystery Dinner Cruise: $68
  • The Austrian Taste Dinner: $74
  • Traditional Dinner Show at the Wiener Rathauskeller: $74
  • Skip the Line: Austrian Dinner Show Ticket in Vienna: $85

Local Transportation

The cost of a taxi ride in Bern is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $27 per person, per day, on local transportation in Bern.

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Vienna than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $14 on transportation in Vienna on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Bern $27
    Vienna $14

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bern

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bern:

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

Typical Local Transportation prices in Vienna

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


  • Bus to Airport
    $37

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Vienna

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

  • Vienna Airport: Private One-Way or Round-Trip Transfer: $12
  • CAT Transfer: Vienna Airport – Wien Mitte: $12
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Vienna to Vienna International Airport (VIE): $26
  • Private Departure Transfer from Vienna City Center to Vienna Airport (VIE): $28
  • Low Cost Vienna Airport Vienna City Private Transfer with Professional Driver: $28
  • Low Cost Vienna City Vienna Airport Private Transfer: $28
  • Transfer in Private Vehicle from Viena City (1010 - 1230) to Airport: $30
  • Transfer in Private Minivan from Viena City (1010 - 1230) to Airport: $33
  • Private Business Transfer from Vienna City Center to Vienna Airport (VIE): $35
  • Deluxe Private Transfer from Hotel in Vienna to Vienna Airport: $37
  • Hop-On Hop-Off Bus and Airport Transfer by Bus: $40
  • Airport Transfer Vienna: $50

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.

Sightseeing expenses in Vienna, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $35 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Bern $27
    Vienna $35

Tours and Activities in Bern

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

  • Adventure: Diamond Skull Virtual Reality: $230
  • Bern - Walking Tour with Licensed Guide: $446
  • Bern Capital City Private Tour: $194
  • Bern Capital City Small Group Tour: $90
  • Bern Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $45
  • Bern Old Town- Private Tour: $435
  • Bern Private Walking Tour: $366
  • Bern Private Walking Tour with Professional Guide: $497
  • Best Introduction Tour of Bern with a Local: $91
  • GAILY TOUR in BERN - Gay & Lesbian Tour: $187
  • Glacier Express Panoramic Train Round Trip in one Day Private Tour from Bern: $399
  • Guided tour “Love stories of Bern”: $496

Tours and Activities in Vienna

For Vienna, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Explore the cultural heart of Vienna on an audio walking tour: $5.20
  • Vienna Private Tour: The 7 Wonders of Vienna Spy Game: $5.65
  • 1–Hour MuseumsQuartier Guided Site Tour: $6.79
  • Entrance Ticket for the Museum of Torture: $6.79
  • Medieval Tour of The City's Legends and Hidden Past: $8.48
  • Schmetterlinghaus - Imperial Butterfly House Vienna Admission Ticket: $8.71
  • Imperial Carriage Museum in Schönbrunn Palace Ticket: $9.05
  • Guided Tour of Museum Quarter in Vienna: $10
  • Skip the Line Third Man Museum Admission Ticket Vienna: $11
  • Digital Tour of Over 100 Sights: $11
  • Jewish Museum and Museum Judenplatz Tickets: $11
  • Dom Museum Wien Ticket and Multimedia Guide: $12

Alcohol

The average person spends about $22 on alcoholic beverages in Bern per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

Typically, people visiting Vienna spend on average $11 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Bern $22
    Vienna $11

Sample the Local Flavors in Vienna

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

  • Alternative Pub Crawl: $17
  • CLASSICAL TOUR Individual cellar tour with audio guide and 1 free wine tasting: $17
  • Local Wine Tasting in a Historic Roman Wine Cellar: $31
  • Wine Tasting and Cellar Tour in German: $63
  • Wine Tasting Tour: $90
  • From Half-day Countryside Wine Tour: $130
  • Wachau Valley Day Tour with Wine Tasting: $141
  • Romantic Old Vienna City Walk and Wine Tasting: $351
  • Private tour to Lednice castle and chateau Valtice with wine tasting from Vienna: $498
  • Private Tour: Wachau Valley Tour, Melk Abbey Visit, and Wine Tastings from Vienna: $560


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

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Bern vs. Vienna Travel Comparison

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