A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Cannes vs. Portofino for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Cannes or Portofino?

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 Portofino 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.

Portofino

Located on the Italian Riviera coastline just southeast of Genoa, Portofino is known first and foremost as a resort town and popular yachting destination. The half-moon village sits in pastels, curving into a beautiful harbor of fishing boats and luxury yachts. A castle on a hill overlooks it all, while shops, restaurants, cafes, and luxury hotels make up the spread down below. Portofino also has opportunities for hiking, diving, and boating.

Which city is cheaper, Portofino 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 Portofino is €261. 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 Portofino 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.

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around €152. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Portofino the cost is €304 on average.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Cannes 60
    Portofino 152
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Cannes 120
    Portofino 304

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.

In Portofino travelers spend around €94 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.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Cannes 36
    Portofino 94

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 Portofino

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

  • Private cooking class at the old mill in Portofino: $261

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.

The average price of local transportation around Portofino is €18 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.
    Cannes 13
    Portofino 18

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
  • Private airport transfer Mandelieu to Cannes: $53
  • Private Departure Transfer from Cannes to Nice Airport: $55
  • Nice Airport Private Departure Transfer from Cannes, Monaco or Eze: $55
  • Private Airport Transfer: Cannes to Cote D'Azur Airport (NCE): $59
  • 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 Transfer: Cannes to Cannes - Mandelieu Airport (CEQ): $89
  • Private Transfer: Cannes - Mandelieu Airport (CEQ) to Cannes: $89
  • Nice to Saint Tropez 2,5 hours return transfer by boat: $92
  • Nice Airport departure private transfer from Cannes - Mónaco - Cap d Antibes in Business Car: $98

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Portofino

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Portofino:

  • Portofino - Genoa Airport (GOA) / Private Departure Car Transfer: $56
  • Portofino – Genoa / Private Van Transfer: $56
  • Portofino - Genoa Airport (GOA) / Private Departure Car Transfer: $100
  • Portofino – Genoa / Private Car Transfer: $100
  • Private Transfer from Portofino to Firenze (FLR) Airport: $952
  • Private Transfer from Portofino to Rimini (RMI) Airport: $1,512

Is it cheaper to fly into Cannes or Portofino?

Prices for flights to both Portofino and Cannes 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

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.

Portofino's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around €22 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.
    Cannes 24
    Portofino 22

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: $19
  • French Riviera: Aquasplash Entrance Ticket: $31
  • 1-Hour Segway Tour: $37
  • Cannes Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $43
  • Cruise to Corniche d'Or: $44
  • Photographic tour of Cannes with a Local: $46
  • Combo Ile Sainte-Marguerite Ferry & Corniche d'Or Cruise from Cannes: $54
  • Sunset cruise / Cannes Lerins Islands: $55
  • Cannes, Antibes & St Paul De Vence Tour from Nice: $61
  • Cannes 2 Hours Vespa Tour: $61
  • Cannes 2-Hour Segway Tour: $62
  • French Riviera Tour: Cannes, Antibes & Saint-Paul de Vence: $62

Tours and Activities in Portofino

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

  • 1-Hour Snorkeling Tour in Paraggi Bay, Portofino: $39
  • Snorkel Tour in Paraggi Bay: $44
  • Easy Kayak Tour to Portofino: $51
  • Portofino Stand Up Paddleboard Experience: $51
  • Portofino Kayak Tour: $60
  • Paddle Boarding Experience in Portofino: $61
  • SUP Adventure in Portofino, Stand Up Paddling in the Park: $86
  • Sea Kayak Tour with Sit-In Kayaks: $86
  • Portofino Private Walking Tour: $230
  • Portofino and Santa Margherita Ligure Small Group Tour with Local Dirver: $235
  • Half-Day Private Hike Adventure to Portofino and San Fruttuoso: $235
  • Portofino private boat tour: $1,058

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.

The average person spends about €13 on alcoholic beverages in Portofino per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Cannes 14
    Portofino 13

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


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Cannes and Portofino, we can see that Portofino 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 Portofino would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Portofino than you might in Cannes.

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