A Travel Price Comparison for France Bordeaux vs. Mont-Saint-Michel for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Bordeaux or Mont-Saint-Michel?

Should I visit Bordeaux or Mont-Saint-Michel? 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.

Bordeaux

Bordeaux is the place to go for fine wines. It's a very mellow, cultural city where you can enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of a quaint cafe or restaurant without being rushed. The city is the capital of Gironde, and the entire metropolitan area has over one million residents. The city also has a rather large and vibrant university and the population is known to be very tolerant and liberal. There is a very strong artistic vibe in the city and, due to it's history of English rule, there is an English flair to the area. The large student population means that there is no shortage of opportunities to see shows, hear music, or visit a museum.

Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont Saint-Michel is an island community in Normandy, France. It is located about a half of a mile (or one kilometer) off of the country's northwest coast, at the mouth of the Couesnon River near Avranches. The population of the island, at last count, was just under 50 people. The island has been a strategic fortifications since ancient times and since the 8th century AD has been the seat of the monastery from which it was named. The structural composition of the town exemplifies the feudal society that constructed it: on top, God, the abbey and monastery; below, the great halls; then stores and housing; and at the bottom, outside the walls, houses for fishermen and farmers. One of France's most recognizable landmarks, visited by more than 3 million people each year, Mont Saint-Michel and its bay are on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. Over 60 buildings within the commune are protected in France as historical monuments.

Which city is cheaper, Mont-Saint-Michel or Bordeaux?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Bordeaux is €95, while the average daily cost in Mont-Saint-Michel is €125. 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 Bordeaux and Mont-Saint-Michel in more detail.



Accommodation

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around €51. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Bordeaux the cost is €102 on average.

Mont-Saint-Michel's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is €112. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is €56.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Bordeaux 51
    Mont-Saint-Michel 56
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Bordeaux 102
    Mont-Saint-Michel 112

Food

The average traveler spends about €36 per day in Bordeaux for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.

The average traveler spends about €35 per day in Mont-Saint-Michel for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Bordeaux 36
    Mont-Saint-Michel 35

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bordeaux

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

  • Street Food Tour by Bike: $57
  • 2-Hour River Dinner Cruise: $72
  • Bordeaux Traditional Food Tour: $106
  • Small-group French Cooking Class in Bordeaux with Dinner: $108
  • Saint-Emilion Afternoon & French Cooking Class: $210
  • Bordeaux and La Cité du Vin Day Tour with French Cuisine Cooking Class: $514

Local Transportation

The average price of local transportation around Bordeaux is €12 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.

The average price of local transportation around Mont-Saint-Michel is €56 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.
    Bordeaux 12
    Mont-Saint-Michel 56

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bordeaux

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bordeaux:

  • Arrival Private Transfer Bordeaux Airport BOD to Bordeaux City by Minivan: $115
  • Arrival Private Transfer Bordeaux Airport BOD to Bordeaux City in Business Car: $74
  • Bordeaux Airport Transfers: Bordeaux to Bordeaux Airport BOD in Business Car: $106
  • Bordeaux Airport Transfers: Bordeaux to Bordeaux Airport BOD in Luxury Car: $131
  • Bordeaux Airport Transfers: Bordeaux to Bordeaux Airport BOD in Luxury Van: $113
  • Bordeaux Private Transfer from Bordeaux city centre to Bordeaux Airport: $124
  • Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport Transfer to City Center Hotel: $87
  • Departure Private Transfer Bordeaux City to Bordeaux Airport BOD by Business Car: $74
  • Departure Private Transfer Bordeaux City to Bordeaux Airport BOD by Minivan: $117
  • Departure Private Transfers : Bordeaux to Bordeaux Airport BOD in Business Car: $106
  • Departure Private Transfers : Bordeaux to Bordeaux Airport BOD in Luxury Van: $108
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Bergerac-Roumanière Airport to Bordeaux City - One Way: $358

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Mont-Saint-Michel

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Mont-Saint-Michel:

  • Private Transfer from Mont Saint-Michel to Rennes - Up to 7 People: $297
  • Private Transfer: Mont Saint-Michel to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG): $1,096

Is it cheaper to fly into Bordeaux or Mont-Saint-Michel?

Prices for flights to both Mont-Saint-Michel and Bordeaux 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

Bordeaux's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around €6.31 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.

Mont-Saint-Michel's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around €24 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.
    Bordeaux 6.31
    Mont-Saint-Michel 24

Tours and Activities in Bordeaux

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

  • The Best of Find more than wine in the city centre on this audio tour: $5.00
  • Centre of Explore over 2,000 years of history on an audio tour: $5.00
  • Bordeaux Private Tour: Old Town Exploration Game: $5.59
  • Self-guided Discovery Walk in Bordeaux’s City Centre: a short local adventure: $10
  • Bordeaux River Cruise: $16
  • Bordeaux City Sights Walking Tour: $17
  • Musical Walking Tour of Bordeaux: $19
  • Bordeaux La Cité du Vin Wine Culture Museum Skip-the-Line Entrance Ticket: $25
  • 1-Hour Bordeaux Electric Scooter Tour: $31
  • 1-Hour Electric Bike Tour of Bordeaux: $31
  • Bordeaux Electric Bike Rental Self Guided City Tour: $31
  • 1-Hour Bordeaux Electric Scooter Tour: $31

Tours and Activities in Mont-Saint-Michel

Here are a few actual costs in Mont-Saint-Michel for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Private Walking Tour of Mont-St-Michel and Surroundings: $217
  • Private 3-hour Walking Tour of Mt St. Michel with official tour guide: $249
  • Private Mont Saint-Michel Family Walking Tour: $391

Alcohol

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Bordeaux may vary from person to person, on average a person spends €21 per day on alcoholic beverages.

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Mont-Saint-Michel may vary from person to person, on average a person spends €6.29 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Bordeaux 21
    Mont-Saint-Michel 6.29

Sample the Local Flavors in Bordeaux

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

  • Bordeaux Wine and Trade Museum Admission Ticket with Wine Tasting: $8.71
  • Walking Tour and Wine Tasting: $20
  • La Cité du Vin Entrance Ticket and Wine Tasting: $24
  • Wine Tasting Cruise from Cité du Vin: $26
  • Discover Bordeaux vineyard : special wine tasting with two cellar men brothers: $37
  • Cheese & Wine Tasting in Bordeaux: $48
  • Bordeaux Cheese & Wine Tasting Walking Guided Tour: $49
  • Chateau du Taillan and Park including Wine Tasting Tour: $50
  • Bordeaux Urban Wine Tour: Wine Chateau and Wine Bar: $61
  • Bordeaux Morning Wine Tasting Class: $61
  • Bordeaux Small-Group Wine Tasting & Workshop with a Professional Sommelier: $61
  • Bordeaux Vineyards Wine Tasting Half-Day Trip: $61


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

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