A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Brussels vs. Reykjavik

Should you visit Brussels or Reykjavik?

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the prices of travel for Brussels and Reykjavik. 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. So, let's dig into it.

Brussels

Brussels is the capital of Belgium and also the sight of the headquarters of the European Union. Generally speaking, it's an expensive city that sees a good amount of travelers. It is also a highly political city that has an air of importance and power. It's an incredibly international city, with people from all over the world flocking to it due to its political, economical, and cultural significance.

Reykjavik

Reykjavik is the capital and largest city in the country of Iceland. The city is where the vast majority of the country's population resides and the urban area has about 200,000 residents. The city is sprawling, with a large area covered in suburbs. The the city center is quite compact, with many interesting and colorful houses. There are a lot of things that attract tourists to this city, including an interesting culture and history as well as plenty of shopping and dining opportunities.

Which city is cheaper, Reykjavik or Brussels?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Brussels is €97, while the average daily cost in Reykjavik is €186. 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 Brussels and Reykjavik in more detail.



Accommodation

Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about €108 for a double occupancy room in Brussels.

The prices for places to stay in Reykjavik can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is €106, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around €212.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Brussels 54
    Reykjavik 106
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Brussels 108
    Reykjavik 212

Food

The price of a meal in Brussels can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is €25 per person, and a typical meal will cost around €10 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.

On average, meal and food prices in Reykjavik cost around €23 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around €9.20.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Brussels 25
    Reykjavik 23
Typical Food prices in Brussels

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Brussels:


  • Ice Cream & Macaroons
    4.60
  • Dessert (Turkish Delights)
    4.75
  • Cheese
    5.60
  • Olives and Snacks
    6.98
  • Waffle
    3.00

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Brussels

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

  • Classic Belgian cooking class and lunch: $79
  • Your Private Tailored Belgian Food Tour with a Local: $93
  • Cooking Lesson and Gourmet Belgian-Inspired Meal with a Local in Brussels: $115
  • Private Brussels Food Tour (walking lunch or dinner): $373

Typical Food prices in Reykjavik

For Reykjavik, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Dinner (Fish Market)
    168

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Reykjavik

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

  • Exclusive dinner with a local family: $112
  • Weekend Reykjavik Food Tour with a stop at the Reykjavik Flea Market: $123
  • Dinner with an Icelandic Artist in Reykjavik Home: $151
  • Secret Lagoon, Buffet Dinner, and Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik: $159
  • South Coast: Volcanoes, waterfalls & Viking dinner at the Viking house: $179
  • Private Reykjavik Food Tour: $198
  • South Coast: Small group glacier hike, fire & ice with dinner at Viking lodge: $199
  • Cook and Dine Icelandic Cooking Class Gourmet Lunch or Dinner: $204
  • Kopar Fine Dining Dinner and Northern Lights Cruise from Reykjavik: $229
  • West Iceland Private Food Tour from Reykjavik: $723

Local Transportation

The cost of a taxi ride in Brussels is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent €13 per person, per day, on local transportation in Brussels.

To get around in Reykjavik, the average visitor spends €35 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Brussels 13
    Reykjavik 35
Typical Local Transportation prices in Brussels

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


  • Subway Pass
    4.50
  • Atomium train ticket (2)
    8.00

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Brussels

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Brussels:

  • private Transfer to Outlet Roermond by luxury car from Brussels Roundtrip: $317
  • private Transfer to Outlet Maasmechelen by luxury car from Brussels Roundtrip: $267
  • Transfer from Charleroi Airport (CRL) to Brussels city (any hotel or address): $153
  • Transfer from Charleroi Airport (CRL) to Brussels city (any hotel or address): $186
  • Transfer from Brussels city to BRU Airport with luxury Mercedes e class: $77
  • Transfer from Brussels city (any hotel or address) to Paris: $995
  • Transfer from Brussels city (any hotel or address) to Paris: $829
  • Transfer from Brussels city (any hotel or address) to Luxembourg: $657
  • Transfer from Brussels city (any hotel or address) to Luxembourg: $763
  • Transfer from Brussels city (any hotel or address) to Amsterdam: $763
  • Transfer from Brussels city (any hotel or address) to Amsterdam: $657
  • Transfer Shuttle Brussels London (1-8 Seats): $491

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Reykjavik

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

  • 3-Hour Lava Caving Tour Including Transfers from Reykjavik: $84
  • Airport Express Shared Departure Transfer from Reykjavik Hotels to Keflavik Airport: $37
  • Airport Express Shared Departure transfer from Reykjavik City to Keflavik Airport: $28
  • Airport Transfer: $230
  • Airport Transfer in Iceland from Reykjavik City to Keflavik Airport One Way: $31
  • Airport Transfer in Iceland from Reykjavik City to Keflavik Airport with Hotel Pick Up: $43
  • Airport transfer to or from Reykjavik with up to 3 hours stop in Blue Lagoon: $485
  • Blue Lagoon Admission Including Transfer: $229
  • Blue Lagoon Return Bus Transfer from Reykjavik: $33
  • Blue Lagoon with transfer: $217
  • Departure Private Transfer Business Car Reykjavik City to Reykjavik Airport KEF: $112
  • Departure Private Transfer Luxury Van Reykjavik City to Reykjavik Airport KEF: $184

Entertainment

Entertainment and activities in Brussels typically cost an average of €12 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

In Reykjavik, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average €55 per person, per day.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Brussels 12
    Reykjavik 55

Tours and Activities in Brussels

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

  • 2-Hours Private Sightseeing Trip in Brussels: $83
  • 3 hours Private walking tour of Brussels with ParisRio Local guide: $345
  • 3-Day Rail Tour - Brussels to Bruges & Amsterdam (Return): $683
  • 5 Day Rail Tour - Belgium & The Netherlands: $1,000
  • 5-Day Rail Tour - Brussels, Bruges & Amsterdam: $890
  • 7 Day Rail Tour - Belgium & The Netherlands: $1,207
  • 7 Day Rail Tour - Bruges, Antwerp and Amsterdam (Brussels Return): $1,166
  • Amsterdam Private City Tour from Brussels with licensed Guide and Limo Driver: $683
  • Antwerp Private City Tour Half-Day From Brussels +Licensed Guide and Limo Driver: $311
  • Artistic Bruges on a Private Tour with a local: $75
  • BEST Brussels Sightseeing Tour Including View of the City from the Basilica Dome: $386
  • Battle of the Bulge Battlefields of WWII Full Day Private Tour: $653

Typical Entertainment prices in Reykjavik

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Reykjavik's activities, tours, and tickets:


  • Art Museum
    10
  • Wine and Spa
    28

Tours and Activities in Reykjavik

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

  • Admission Ticket to Viking World Museum: $14
  • Aurora Reykjavík, The Northern Lights Center Entrance Ticket: $16
  • Skip the Line: Volcano House Admission Ticket: $17
  • Tales from Iceland Admission Ticket: $18
  • Skip the Line: Admission Ticket - The Culture House Reykjavik: $19
  • Skip the Line: The National Museum of Iceland Ticket: $20
  • Whales Of Iceland Admission Ticket: $26
  • Bryggjan Brugghús Craft Beer Tour: $27
  • Reykjavik Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Reykjavik Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour: $32
  • Perlan Wonders of Iceland - Ice cave & Nature Exhibition Ticket: $36
  • Reykjavik Escape Game Experience - Hangover: $36
  • Reykjavik Escape Game Experience - Taken: $36

Alcohol

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Brussels may vary from person to person, on average a person spends €9.36 per day on alcoholic beverages.

Typically, people visiting Reykjavik spend on average €21 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Brussels 9.36
    Reykjavik 21
Typical Alcohol prices in Brussels

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


  • Bottle of Wine
    10
  • Beer
    6.00

Typical Alcohol prices in Reykjavik

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


  • Beer
    8.31

Sample the Local Flavors in Reykjavik

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Reykjavik:

  • Private Reykjavik Pub Crawl: $181
  • Reykjavik Food & Wine Tour: $249


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

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