A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Cannes vs. La Spezia

Should you visit Cannes or La Spezia?

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 La Spezia can help you decide which place is right for you.

Cannes

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.

La Spezia

Located on the coast beside the Ligurian Sea, La Spezia is known for its military and commercial harbors hosting the arsenal of the Italian Navy. It is also well connected by rail and by boat to Cinque Terre National Park - a unique collection of five medieval villages along the coastline - as well as other coastal towns of the region. Other attractions include a number of museums as well as an annual boat race called Palio de Golfo.

Which city is cheaper, La Spezia 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 La Spezia is €159. 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 La Spezia in more detail.



Accommodation

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.

For a normal double-occupancy room in La Spezia, €180 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in La Spezia, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is €90, such as in a hostel.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Cannes 60
    La Spezia 90
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Cannes 120
    La Spezia 180

Food

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.

While meal prices in La Spezia can vary, the average travelers spends about €45 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in La Spezia should cost around €18 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in La Spezia is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Cannes 36
    La Spezia 45

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: $135
  • From Evening Tour & Dinner in Monte Carlo: $217
  • Small-Group Evening Tour and Dinner in Monte Carlo from Cannes: $223
  • Unforgettable night photos of the French Riviera and dinner in Monaco: $622

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in La Spezia

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

  • La Spezia Cinque Terre Food Tour - Do Eat Better Experience: $95
  • La Spezia Cinque Terre Food Tour: $97
  • Dining experience at a local's home in La Spezia with show cooking: $106
  • Small-group Street food tour in Cinque Terre: $111
  • Small-group Street food tour in La Spezia: $111
  • Small Group Market tour and Cooking class in La Spezia: $162
  • Cinque Terre Cooking Lesson in La Spezia: $174
  • Private Pizza & Tiramisu Class at a Cesarina's home with tasting in La Spezia: $180
  • Private Cooking Class at a Cesarina‚Äôs home with Tasting in Cinque Terre: $180
  • Private cooking class at a local's home with tasting in La Spezia: $180
  • Local Market Visit and Private Cooking Class in Local Home in La Spezia: $267
  • Local market visit + private cooking class at a Cesarina's home in Cinque Terre: $267

Local Transportation

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around €13 per day to get around in Cannes.

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in La Spezia than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend €33 on transportation in La Spezia on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Cannes 13
    La Spezia 33

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cannes

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Cannes:

  • Ultra - Private Airport Transfer from Cannes City Centre to Nice Airport: $9.41
  • Transfer from Cannes to Nice airport: $111
  • Saint Tropez Round-Trip Boat Transfer from Cannes: $70
  • Round-Trip Ferry Transfer to St Tropez from Cannes: $80
  • Private transfer from Cannes to Nice City or Nice Airport: $80
  • Private airport transfer Mandelieu to Cannes: $53
  • Private Transfer: Cannes to Cannes - Mandelieu Airport (CEQ): $89
  • Private Transfer: Cannes - Mandelieu Airport (CEQ) to Cannes: $89
  • Private Departure Transfer from Cannes to Nice Airport: $55
  • Private Departure Transfer from Cannes to Nice Airport: $148
  • Private Airport Transfer: Cannes to Cote D'Azur Airport (NCE): $59
  • Nice to Saint Tropez 2,5 hours return transfer by boat: $92

Hired Cars and Shuttles in La Spezia

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

  • Private Transfer from La Spezia Cruise Port or Railway Station by Luxury Vehicle: $31
  • Private Transfer to La Spezia Cruise Port or Railway Station by Luxury Vehicle: $31
  • Departure Private Transfer Cinque Terre to La Spezia by Luxury Vehicle: $93
  • Private Transfer: Civitavecchia Port to La Spezia or vice versa: $585
  • Private Transfer: Fiumicino Airport (FCO) to La Spezia or vice versa: $602
  • Private Transfer: Ciampino Airport (CIA) to La Spezia or vice versa: $619

Entertainment

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.

Sightseeing expenses in La Spezia, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of €29 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Cannes 24
    La Spezia 29

Tours and Activities in Cannes

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Cannes are as follows:

  • 4-Hour Private Sightseeing Tour of Nice from Cannes: $547
  • A Day in Monaco & Eze: Full-Day Guided Tour: $98
  • All French Riviera For One Day Sightseeing Tours From Cannes: $1,011
  • Antibes, St. Paul-de-Vence, St. Jeannet, and Gourdon Private Tour from Cannes: $675
  • Best of Riviera Tour: Coastal Day trip from Antibes (Nice, Monaco, Cannes): $747
  • Cannes 2 Hours Vespa Tour: $61
  • Cannes 2-Hour Segway Tour: $62
  • Cannes 2.5-Hour E-bike Tour: $73
  • Cannes Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $43
  • Cannes Private Walking Tour: $338
  • Cannes Private Walking tour: $214
  • Cannes Shore Excursion: French Riviera Private Tour of Nice - Eze - Monaco - Monte Carlo: $827

Tours and Activities in La Spezia

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

  • PISA BUS TOUR n.1: $50
  • Cinque Terre unforgettable hiking experience: $56
  • From Cinque Terre Tour with Limoncino Tasting: $58
  • Cinque Terre tour with limoncino tasting from La Spezia Port: $61
  • Cinque Terre tour with limoncino tasting from La Spezia Train Station: $61
  • Cinque Terre hiking tour from La Spezia port: $68
  • Private E-bike Tour Provincial Road Levanto to Genoa: $87
  • Food & Wine evening tour La Spezia: $100
  • Private Tour of the Shelleys in Lerici nearby Cinque Terre: $106
  • E-bike tours from La Spezia: $128
  • From Sailing Tour to La Palmaria and Cinque Terre: $129
  • Guided Tour of Florence and Panoramic Pisa from La Spezia Port: $132

Alcohol

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.

Typically, people visiting La Spezia spend on average €28 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Cannes 14
    La Spezia 28

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: $74
  • Grasse, Valbonne & Gourdon: Day Tour with Wine Tasting: $135
  • Provence Wine Tour - Private Day Tour from Cannes: $342
  • Private Day Trip: Wine Tasting Tour Including Pinic Lunch From Cannes: $559
  • 5-Hour Private Cannes Shore Excursion: Eze, Nice, Wine Tasting: $658

Sample the Local Flavors in La Spezia

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

  • Cinque Terre Private Tour with Wine Tasting: $83
  • Wine Tour between Liguria and Tuscany from La Spezia: $195
  • Authentic Cinque Terre Guided Tour with Wine Tasting: $198
  • Cinqueterre Private Shore Excursion from La Spezia with Top Guide & Wine Tasting: $335
  • Shore Excursion: Cinque Terre from La Spezia with Local Guide and Wine Tasting: $348
  • Shore Excursion from Chocolate & Truffle Valley, Pisa & Wine Tour.: $756
  • Day trip from La Spezia pier: San Gimignano and wine tasting - private tour: $756


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

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