A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Bilbao vs. Kingston for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Bilbao or Kingston?

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

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Bilbao and Kingston. We'll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Where Should I go: Bilbao or Kingston?

Bilbao

The industrial city of Bilbao is located on a port of the Nervión River in northern Spain, an important location of Basque country. While the downtown is filled with skyscrapers and innovative architecture, it sits between a river and mountains of natural allure. A city of hard-workers to the core, Bilbao displays remnants of its industrial past, though in more recent years it has transformed into a center for art. It is now a popular location for visitors looking to experience art galleries and museums.

Kingston

Kingston is Jamaica's capital city with a population of about 579,000. For being located on an island, Kingston is a very large city with several different zip codes. Not only is Kingston the cultural capital of the country, but also the commercial one as well.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best G Adventures Tours to Spain, and The Best 3-Day Tours from Madrid.


Which place is cheaper, Kingston or Bilbao?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Bilbao is €137, while the average daily cost in Kingston is €99. 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 Bilbao and Kingston in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Bilbao 72
    Kingston 59
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Bilbao 144
    Kingston 118
Compare Hotels in Bilbao and Kingston

Looking for a hotel in Bilbao or Kingston? 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 Bilbao


Hotels in Kingston


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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: Bilbao Hotel Prices and Kingston Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Bilbao 26
    Kingston 27

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bilbao

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bilbao:

  • Arrival Private Transfer from Bilbao airport BIO to Bilbao City by Business Car: $61
  • Bilbao Airport (BIO) to Bilbao City Center Transfer: $113
  • Bilbao Airport (BIO) to San Sebastian City Center Transfer: $427
  • Bilbao Airport Private Arrival Transfer to Various Cities : $46
  • Bilbao Airport Transfers to Pamplona: $421
  • Bilbao Airport Transfers to San Sebastian: $319
  • Bilbao Airport Transfers to Santander: $319
  • Bilbao Airport Transfers to Vitoria-Gasteiz: $211
  • Bilbao Airport to the Basque Country: Private Transfers: $92
  • Bilbao Private Transfer from Bilbao city centre to Bilbao Airport: $60
  • Bilbao city to Bilbao Airport (BIO) - Departure Private Transfer: $50
  • Departure Private Transfer from Bilbao City to Bilbao airport BIO by Luxury Van: $82

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Kingston

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Kingston:

  • Kingston Airport Private Transfer to Riu Ocho Rios: $200
  • 10. Norman Manley Intl Kingston Airport Fun-Transfer to/from Montego Bay Resorts: $125
  • Airport Transfer Norman Manley international airport: $30
  • Airport Transfer in Kingston: $50
  • Airport transfer from Norman Manley international to Ocho: $240
  • All Island Private Transfer To/From Kingston Airport (KIN): $22
  • From Montego Bay Airport (MBJ): Private Transfer to Kingston: $388
  • Kingston : Private Airport Transfer to Montego Bay: $169
  • Kingston Airport Transfers to Jewel Dunn's Resort : $160
  • Kingston Airport Transfers to Runaway Bay: $127
  • Kingston Airport to & From Sandals Ocho Rios Transfer: $200
  • Kingston Private Airport Transfer : $161

Is it cheaper to fly into Bilbao or Kingston?

Prices for flights to both Kingston and Bilbao 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
    Bilbao 45
    Kingston 24

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bilbao

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

  • Basque Food Tour with Guide: $86
  • The Original Bilbao Food Tour with Wine Pairings: $92
  • The High End Food Tour: $108
  • Pintxos and Tapas Cooking Class in Bilbao : $111
  • Basque Pintxos and Tapas Cooking Class with Open Bar: $113
  • The Award-Winning Bilbao Food Tour & Wine Pairing by Basque Local: $114
  • Basque Pintxos and Tapas Cooking Class in Bilbao: $117
  • Paella Cooking Class with Sangria in Bilbao: $135
  • Private Food Tour, Food Lovers with Tastings: $135
  • Paella Cooking Class (with Basque Sangria) in Bilbao: $144
  • Traditional Basque Cooking Class with Wine Tasting: $157
  • Guggenheim Museum Visit & Private Walking Food Tour: $199

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Bilbao 29
    Kingston 12

Tours and Activities in Bilbao

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

  • Bilbao Cathedral and San Anton Church Entry Ticket: $4.32
  • City Exploration Game and Tour on your Phone: $6.47
  • Bilbao Self-Guided Historical Walking Tour: $7.55
  • PURE HAPPINESS: A PURR-FECT CAT EXPERIENCE !: $7.56
  • Year of Love in Quest Experience: $8.32
  • VITORIA DE LEGEND night tour: $11
  • 1- or 2-Hour Sightseeing Boat Tour: $15
  • Bilbao tour: $18
  • San Mamés Museum and Stadium Tour: $18
  • Bilbao Estuary and Abra Bay Boat Tour: $21
  • Old Town Bilbao Tour in small group: $22
  • Bilbao Historical Small Group Tour : $28

Tours and Activities in Kingston

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

  • Walking Tour with Mural Exploration: $26
  • Montego Bay: All inclusive tours: $30
  • Club Kingston VIP Departure Lounge Experience: $38
  • Cannabis Shopping Tour with Lunch: $50
  • Ocho Rios Shore Excursion: Bus Tour of Ocho Rios, Fern Gully and Turtle Beach: $62
  • Devon House Heritage Tour with Ice Cream from Kingston: $63
  • Devon House Tour with Ice Cream from Kingston: $64
  • Kingston Half Day Community and Art Tour: $70
  • Kingston City Tour (starting in Kingston): $72
  • Shared Tour: Irie Blue Hole & Secret Falls Adventure Tour from Ocho Rios: $73
  • Kingston City Guided Tour - Classic: $74
  • Friday Evening Kingston Harbour Cruise, Sunday Beach Cruise or Charter Our Boats: $75

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Bilbao 21
    Kingston 10

Sample the Local Flavors in Bilbao

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

  • Immersive Evening Spanish Wine Tasting w/ Sommelier: $53
  • Pintxos and Wine Tasting Tour with Local Guide: $80
  • From La Rioja Wineries Day Trip with Wine Tastings: $81
  • Txakoli, Gaztelugatxe, & Urdaibai with wine tasting: $81
  • Guided tour of Txakoli wine tasting and tasting of wine and typical products: $150
  • Bilbao Txakoli Wine Tour: $178
  • Guided Txacoli Wine Tasting: $189
  • Rioja Wine Tour: 2 Wineries From Bilbao: $250
  • Rioja Wine Tour: Winery & Traditional Lunch From Vitoria: $255
  • From Rioja Architecture and Wine Tour: $265
  • From Private San Sebastian, Pintxo, and Wine Tour: $267
  • Architectural Rioja Small Group Wine Tour with Lunch from Bilbao : $272

Sample the Local Flavors in Kingston

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Kingston:

  • Ocho Rios Pub Crawl and Sightseeing Tour from Ocho Rios: $185


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

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


Which is Bigger, Bilbao or Kingston?

Kingston has a larger population, and is about 3 times larger than the population of Bilbao. When comparing the sizes of Bilbao and Kingston, 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 Bilbao or Kingston?

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

Should I visit Bilbao or Kingston in the Summer?

Both Kingston and Bilbao are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities. Many visitors come to Bilbao in the summer for the city activities and the family-friendly experiences. Plenty of visitors come to Kingston because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year.

In the summer, Bilbao is cooler than Kingston. Typically, the summer temperatures in Bilbao in July average around 20°C (68°F), and Kingston averages at about 29°C (83°F).

It's quite sunny in Kingston. Bilbao usually receives less sunshine than Kingston during summer. Bilbao gets 188 hours of sunny skies, while Kingston receives 254 hours of full sun in the summer.

In July, Bilbao usually receives more rain than Kingston. Bilbao gets 51 mm (2 in) of rain, while Kingston receives 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Bilbao 20°C (68°F) 
    Kingston 29°C (83°F)

Should I visit Bilbao or Kingston in the Autumn?

Both Kingston and Bilbao during the autumn are popular places to visit. Most visitors come to Bilbao for the city's sights and attractions and the shopping scene during these months. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Kingston year-round.

In October, Bilbao is generally much colder than Kingston. Daily temperatures in Bilbao average around 16°C (62°F), and Kingston fluctuates around 28°C (82°F).

In Kingston, it's very sunny this time of the year. In the autumn, Bilbao often gets less sunshine than Kingston. Bilbao gets 125 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Kingston receives 229 hours of full sun.

Kingston gets a good bit of rain this time of year. It rains a lot this time of the year in Bilbao. Bilbao usually gets less rain in October than Kingston. Bilbao gets 111 mm (4.4 in) of rain, while Kingston receives 167 mm (6.6 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Bilbao 16°C (62°F) 
    Kingston 28°C (82°F)

Should I visit Bilbao or Kingston in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Bilbao and Kingston. The winter months attract visitors to Bilbao because of the museums and the shopping scene. Kingston attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate.

Bilbao is much colder than Kingston in the winter. The daily temperature in Bilbao averages around 9°C (48°F) in January, and Kingston fluctuates around 26°C (79°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Kingston this time of the year. Bilbao usually receives less sunshine than Kingston during winter. Bilbao gets 77 hours of sunny skies, while Kingston receives 257 hours of full sun in the winter.

Bilbao gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In January, Bilbao usually receives more rain than Kingston. Bilbao gets 130 mm (5.1 in) of rain, while Kingston receives 18 mm (0.7 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Bilbao 9°C (48°F) 
    Kingston 26°C (79°F)

Should I visit Bilbao or Kingston in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Bilbao as well as Kingston. The activities around the city are the main draw to Bilbao this time of year. The warm climate attracts visitors to Kingston throughout the year.

In the spring, Bilbao is much colder than Kingston. Typically, the spring temperatures in Bilbao in April average around 12°C (54°F), and Kingston averages at about 26°C (80°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Kingston. In the spring, Bilbao often gets less sunshine than Kingston. Bilbao gets 117 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Kingston receives 251 hours of full sun.

Bilbao receives a lot of rain in the spring. Bilbao usually gets more rain in April than Kingston. Bilbao gets 129 mm (5.1 in) of rain, while Kingston receives 27 mm (1.1 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Bilbao 12°C (54°F) 
    Kingston 26°C (80°F)

Typical Weather for Kingston and Bilbao

Bilbao Kingston
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 9°C (48°F) 130 mm (5.1 in) 26°C (79°F) 18 mm (0.7 in)
Feb 10°C (50°F) 108 mm (4.3 in) 26°C (79°F) 16 mm (0.6 in)
Mar 11°C (51°F) 100 mm (3.9 in) 26°C (80°F) 14 mm (0.6 in)
Apr 12°C (54°F) 129 mm (5.1 in) 26°C (80°F) 27 mm (1.1 in)
May 15°C (59°F) 92 mm (3.6 in) 28°C (82°F) 100 mm (3.9 in)
Jun 18°C (64°F) 65 mm (2.6 in) 28°C (83°F) 83 mm (3.3 in)
Jul 20°C (68°F) 51 mm (2 in) 29°C (83°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
Aug 20°C (68°F) 89 mm (3.5 in) 29°C (83°F) 81 mm (3.2 in)
Sep 19°C (66°F) 75 mm (3 in) 29°C (83°F) 107 mm (4.2 in)
Oct 16°C (62°F) 111 mm (4.4 in) 28°C (82°F) 167 mm (6.6 in)
Nov 12°C (54°F) 152 mm (6 in) 28°C (82°F) 61 mm (2.4 in)
Dec 10°C (50°F) 135 mm (5.3 in) 27°C (80°F) 31 mm (1.2 in)