Should you visit Cannes or Arles?
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 Cannes and Arles can help you decide which place is right for you.
While Cannes was once little more than a small fishing village, today it is a popular, glamorous seaside town frequented by celebrities. It's the place to see and be seen, particularly during the Cannes Film Festival in the month of May. During this time the city comes alive with celebrities from all over the world. While Cannes has its share of exclusive clubs, bars and restaurants, there are alternatives for budget travelers, so don't shy away. There's a beautiful area, Le Suquet, which is nice to visit with its cobblestone streets and stunning views. It's also fun to pass some time people watching by the marina. You never know who you'll spot. At night, the city comes to life with casinos and luxurious restaurants and clubs that give the area a vibe of exclusivity.
Arles is a city (and commune) in the south of France, in the Bouches-du-Rhone department. A large part of the Camargue is located on the territory of the commune, making it the largest commune in Metropolitan France in terms of territory. The city has a long history, and was considerably important in the Roman province of Gallia Narbonensis. The Roman and Romanesque Monuments of Arles were listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1981. The Dutch post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh lived in Arles from 1888 to 1889 and produced over 300 paintings and drawings during his time there. The Arles area is full of culture and rich in history. It has many treasures, points of interest, and colorful sunbaked houses and is a great introduction into the Camarguais culture.
Which city is cheaper, Arles or Cannes?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Cannes is €110, while the average daily cost in Arles is €113. 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 Cannes and Arles in more detail.
Cannes's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is €120. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is €60.
Arles's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is €114. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is €57.
On average, meal and food prices in Cannes cost around €36 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 €14.
In Arles travelers spend around €41 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.
Meals for one day
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cannes
Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Cannes.
Summer Fireworks and Dinner Catamaran Cruise from Cannes:
From Evening Tour & Dinner in Monte Carlo:
Small-Group Evening Tour and Dinner in Monte Carlo from Cannes:
Unforgettable night photos of the French Riviera and dinner in Monaco:
Typical Food prices in Arles
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Arles:
While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around €13 per day to get around in Cannes.
While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around €18 per day to get around in Arles.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cannes
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Cannes:
Cannes Private Transfer from Cannes city centre to Nice Airport:
Departure Private Transfers from Cannes to Nice Airport NCE in Business Car:
French Riviera: Half-Day Private Tour and Transfer:
French Riviera: Private Luxury Transfer:
Nice Airport Private Departure Transfer from Cannes, Monaco or Eze:
Nice Airport Transfers : Cannes City to Nice Airport NCE in Business Car:
Nice Airport Transfers : Cannes City to Nice Airport NCE in Luxury Car:
Nice Airport Transfers : Cannes City to Nice Airport NCE in Luxury Van:
Nice Airport departure private transfer from Cannes - Mónaco - Cap d Antibes in Business Car:
Nice Airport departure private transfer from Cannes - Mónaco - Cap d Antibes in Luxury Car:
Nice Airport departure private transfer from Cannes - Mónaco - Cap d Antibes in Luxury Van:
Nice to Saint Tropez 2,5 hours return transfer by boat:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Arles
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Arles:
Transfer les baux de Provence to Marseille Airport:
Airport transfer from Arles to Marseille Airport:
Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around €24 per person, per day in Cannes. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.
Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around €24 per person, per day in Arles. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.
Tours and Activities in Cannes
Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Cannes are as follows:
Round-Trip Ferry Ticket: Cannes to Ste. Marguerite Island:
French Riviera: Aquasplash Entrance Ticket:
1-Hour Segway Tour:
Cannes Like a Local: Customized Private Tour:
Cruise to Corniche d'Or:
Photographic tour of Cannes with a Local:
Combo Ile Sainte-Marguerite Ferry & Corniche d'Or Cruise from Cannes:
Sunset cruise / Cannes Lerins Islands:
Cannes, Antibes & St Paul De Vence Tour from Nice:
Cannes 2 Hours Vespa Tour:
Cannes 2-Hour Segway Tour:
French Riviera Tour: Cannes, Antibes & Saint-Paul de Vence:
Typical Entertainment prices in Arles
Here are a few typical costs in Arles for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:
Castle Entrance Fee
Tours and Activities in Arles
Here are a few actual costs in Arles for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
Family Tour in the Footsteps of Van Gogh (Self-drive, plan 1 full day):
Half-Day Stone Monuments of Provence Tour:
Lavender Tour Full day from Arles:
Provence in a Day Full-Day Tour from Arles:
Classic old town Arles from Romans to Vincent Van Gogh - half day private tour:
Arles private walking tour: Van Gogh and Roman routes:
Arles 2-Hour Private Walking Tour:
2-Hour Private Walking Tour:
Marseille Shore Excursion: Private Arles and Les Baux de Provence Tour:
Private Tour of Avignon, Orange and Chateauneuf du Pape from Arles:
Private Tour of Aix-en-Provence and Marseille from Arles:
Half day Private Tour of Nimes:
The average person spends about €14 on alcoholic beverages in Cannes per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Arles may vary from person to person, on average a person spends €19 per day on alcoholic beverages.
Sample the Local Flavors in Cannes
Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Cannes:
Half and Full-Day Provencal Wine Tours:
Grasse, Valbonne & Gourdon: Day Tour with Wine Tasting:
Provence Wine Tour - Private Day Tour from Cannes:
Private Day Trip: Wine Tasting Tour Including Pinic Lunch From Cannes:
5-Hour Private Cannes Shore Excursion: Eze, Nice, Wine Tasting:
Sample the Local Flavors in Arles
Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Arles:
Full private day Avignon Chateuneuf du pape wine tasting:
When comparing the travel costs between Cannes and Arles, we can see that Arles is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in Europe, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.
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