A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Budapest vs. Milan

Should you visit Budapest or Milan?

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Budapest and Milan can help you decide which place is right for you.

Budapest

Budapest is the capital city of Hungary. It has been called the "Paris of the East" because of its impressive architecture and general beauty. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage List in 1987 because of its cultural importance, its location on the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrassy Avenue. In addition to its rich history, Budapest still has a young vibe with a lot of energy. There's an active night life, an impressive music scene, and a good reputation with European youth.

Milan

Milan, known to most of the world as the capital of fashion and style, is also the heart of Italian industry and economics. Between the stock exchange, cathedrals and boutiques, this metropolis is a city-lover's dream come true. It is an escape from the stresses of the real world, and provides a playground for all the world's most lavish luxuries.

Which city is cheaper, Milan or Budapest?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Budapest is $88, while the average daily cost in Milan is $157. 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 Budapest and Milan in more detail.



Accommodation

Double occupancy rooms typically run around $96 in Budapest For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.

Travelers usually pay around $180 for a double occupancy room in Milan If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Budapest $48
    Milan $90
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Budapest $96
    Milan $180

Food

Food in Budapest costs travelers about $22 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.

On average, meal and food prices in Milan cost around $37 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 $15.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Budapest $22
    Milan $37
Typical Food prices in Budapest

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Budapest:


  • Lunch
    $4.15

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Budapest

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

  • Lángos (hungarian streetfood) cooking class: $19
  • Dinner & Cruise on the Danube in Budapest: $23
  • Traveling Spoon Hungarian Goulash Private Online Cooking Class: $27
  • Vegan Food Tour / Local delights: $36
  • Private Budapest Food Tour with a Local Foodie: $37
  • Live from Hungarian Online Cooking class: $39
  • Bitemojo Self Guided Food Tour Night & The City Budapest: $47
  • Food Tour in Budapest: $50
  • Bitemojo Self Guided Food Tour of Trendy Budapest: $51
  • BBQ dinner and a Quiz Night - welcome shots (hungaricums) and 88 craft beers: $52
  • 2-Hours Strudel Cooking Class and Wine Tasting in Central Budapest: $53
  • Dinner Cruise with Live Music: $54

Typical Food prices in Milan

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Milan:


  • Snack at Train Station
    $10
  • Restaurant Pizza
    $7.83
  • Casual Cafe Lunch (for Two)
    $33
  • Three Course Dinner (for Two)
    $76
  • Cappuccino
    $1.93

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Milan

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

  • Florence: Private Family Food Tour: $46
  • Dinner and Show at Maison Milano: $66
  • Home Dinner Experience: $70
  • Traditional Pasta, Pizza or Risotto Cooking Class: $70
  • Homemade Tiramisu Cooking Class in Milan: $72
  • Half-Day Food Tour on Foot: $78
  • Afternoon Food Tour with Evening Food Tour in Milan: $78
  • 3-Hour Traditional Home Cooking Class: $84
  • Pasta, Pizza & Dessert Evening Cooking Class: $89
  • Dining experience at a local's home in Milan with show cooking: $106
  • Half-Day Italian Cooking Class in Milano: $106
  • Food Tour of Brera: $110

Local Transportation

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Budapest than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $10 on transportation in Budapest on average per day.

Milan's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend $33 per person, per day on transportation in Milan.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Budapest $10
    Milan $33
Typical Local Transportation prices in Budapest

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


  • Short Taxi Ride
    $8.50
  • Metro Pass
    $4.67

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Budapest

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

  • Luxury transfer from Budapest to Zagreb with 5+ stops along the way: $1,081
  • Private transfer from Budapest to Prague: $987
  • Private Budapest-Ljubljana(Ljubljana- Budapest)Transfer with a comfortable car: $871
  • Private Transfer to Bucharest from Budapest (Hungary): $809
  • Budapest -Belgrade(Belgrade-Budapest)private transfer with a comfortable car/van: $809
  • Budapest-Prague (Prague-Budapest) private transfer with a comfortable car / van: $759
  • From Budapest to Frankfurt Airport Private Transfer - punctual & friendly Driver: $705
  • One-way Transfer from Budapest Airport to Prague City Centre: $695
  • Private transfer from Budapest to Vienna: $683
  • Budapest - Kraków(Kraków -Budapest) private transfer with a comfortable car /van: $666
  • Private transfer from airport Budapest (BUD) to Ljubljana: $664
  • Private Transfer from Budapest to Prague: $664

Typical Local Transportation prices in Milan

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Milan:


  • Train to Airport
    $8.31
  • Malpensa Airport Train (for Two)
    $26
  • Taxi From Airport
    $107
  • Public Transit Day Pass
    $5.34
  • Short Taxi Ride
    $8.46

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Milan

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

  • 50 seats Coach transfer from Milan to Venice: $3,098
  • Private Transfer from Milano to Rimini (RMI) Airport: $1,291
  • Private Transfer from Milano to Firenze (FLR) Airport: $1,288
  • Milan - Venice / Private Transfer + Water Taxi (up to 8 pass.): $1,245
  • Taxi Transfer Malpensa Airport or Milan City ⇔ Zermatt both ways: $1,151
  • Milan - Florence / Private Transfer (up to 8 pass.): $1,145
  • Milan - Venice / Private Transfer + Water Taxi (up to 3 pass.): $1,112
  • Milan - Florence / Private Transfer (up to 3 pass.): $1,079
  • Milan - Venice, piazzale Roma / Private Transfer (up to 8 pass.): $1,028
  • Milan - Venice, piazzale Roma / Private Transfer (up to 3 pass.): $946
  • Private Transfer: Fiumicino Airport (FCO) to Milan City or vice versa: $853
  • Private Transfer: Civitavecchia Port to Milan City or vice versa: $836

Entertainment

Sightseeing expenses in Budapest, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $22 per day, per person.

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Milan can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $29 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Budapest $22
    Milan $29
Typical Entertainment prices in Budapest

For Budapest, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:


  • Entrance to the Baths for Two
    $8.34

Tours and Activities in Budapest

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Budapest.

  • "This is the Way!" - Budapest Photo Tour by Birta Photo: $124
  • 'Best of Pest' 3.5 Hour Private Photography Tour: $112
  • 1 Hour 30 Minutes Downtown Budapest Guided Segway Tour: $93
  • 1. Downtown Pest Side Segway Tour Budapest: $54
  • 10 days private sightseeing tour from Budapest to Prague: $3,109
  • 101 things you have to see in Budapest - Full Day Private Tour: $203
  • 2 Hour Budapest Market and Tasting Tour: $54
  • 2 Hours Cultural and Food Experiences in Budapest: $60
  • 2 Hours Walking Tour in Budapest: $11
  • 2 days Vienna - Bratislava PRIVATE guided tour package from Budapest with lunch: $1,070
  • 2 days Vienna - Wachau Valley PRIVATE guided tour package from Budapest: $1,070
  • 2 hours long private orientation tour in Budapest: $101

Typical Entertainment prices in Milan

For Milan, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:


  • Stairs to Duomo Rooftop
    $8.31

Tours and Activities in Milan

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Milan.

  • 1.5-Hour Milan Fashion Walking Tour: $44
  • 1.5-Hour Milan Segway Tour: $68
  • 2-Hour Milan by Night Walking Tour: $101
  • 2-Hour Milan by night walking tour: $75
  • 2-Hours Milan Segway Tour with Brera and skyline: $87
  • 2-Night Garda Lake and Verona Tour from Milan or Venice: $866
  • 3 Hours Milan Walking Tour: Leonardo Da Vinci and Renaissance: $149
  • 3-Hour Milan Private Segway Tour: $95
  • 3-Hour Milan Segway PT Authorized Private Tour: $185
  • 3-Hour Private Fashion & Shopping Walking Tour: $167
  • 4-Day Northern Italy Lakes Tour from Milan: $1,131
  • 5-Night Milan Verona and Venice Tour: $1,646

Alcohol

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Budapest, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $16.

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Milan, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $23.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Budapest $16
    Milan $23

Sample the Local Flavors in Budapest

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

  • Bingo Bar Crawl: $15
  • Bingo Bar Crawl: $15
  • Ultimate Ruin Pub Crawl: $18
  • Generation Pub Crawl Budapest: $19
  • Ruin Pub Crawl - Your Keys to the Nightlife of Budapest: $21
  • Budapest Pub Crawl: $24
  • Pest side Pub Crawl - Unlimited drinks for an hour, discover hidden ruin pubs: $25
  • Re-opening Pub Crawls 2020 Summer-Autumn: $25
  • Budapest Pub Crawl with Skip-the-Line Access: $26
  • Epic Local Insider Pub Crawl in Budapest - Every weekend: $30
  • Party Cruise with Pub Crawl option: $37
  • Hungarian Wine Tasting (with Cheese and Charcuterie) in Budapest: $40

Typical Alcohol prices in Milan

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Milan:


  • Cocktail at a Bar
    $9.97
  • Beer
    $3.97

Sample the Local Flavors in Milan

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

  • Wine Tasting Experience: $32
  • Wine Tasting Experience in the City Centre: $40
  • Milan Wine Tasting Experience: $45
  • Gourmet Food and Wine Tasting Experience in Milan: $52
  • Brera Wine Tasting Tour: $54
  • From Franciacorta Wine Tasting and Shopping Tour: $55
  • Last Supper & Wine Tasting Tour: $71
  • Wine Tasting with an Italian Sommelier: $83
  • Wine Tastings with Chef Luigi Gandola: $93
  • From Sparkling Wine Tasting Tour: $100
  • Food and Wine Tasting enjoying the New Milan: $127
  • From Half-Day Franciacorta Wine Tour & Tasting: $137


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

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