A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Carcassonne vs. Bordeaux

Should you visit Carcassonne or Bordeaux?

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the prices of travel for Carcassonne and Bordeaux. 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.

Carcassonne

Carcassonne is a hilltop town in southern France. Inhabited since the Neolithic period, Carcassonne is located in the Aude plain between historic trade routes, linking the Atlantic to the Mediterranean sea and the Massif Central to the Pyrenees. The Romans recognized its strategic importance and occupied its hilltop until the demise of the Western Roman Empire and was later taken over in the fifth century by the Visigoths who founded the city. Its desirable location led successive rulers to expand its fortifications until the Treaty of the Pyrenees in 1659. It is famous for its medieval citadel, La Cite, which has numerous watchtowers and double-walled fortifications. The first walls were built in Gallo-Roman times, with major additions made in the 13th and 14th centuries. With its position on a rocky hilltop, zigzag battlements, stout walls and spiky turrets, the fortified city of Carcassonne looks like something out of a children's storybook when it's seen from afar. A Unesco World Heritage Site since 1997, it's most people's idea of the perfect medieval castle. It attracts over four million visitors every year, peaking in high summer. Time your visit for late in the day (or even better in spring or fall) to truly appreciate the old town's medieval charm.

Bordeaux

Bordeaux is the place to go for fine wines. It's a very mellow, cultural city where you can enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of a quaint cafe or restaurant without being rushed. The city is the capital of Gironde, and the entire metropolitan area has over one million residents. The city also has a rather large and vibrant university and the population is known to be very tolerant and liberal. There is a very strong artistic vibe in the city and, due to it's history of English rule, there is an English flair to the area. The large student population means that there is no shortage of opportunities to see shows, hear music, or visit a museum.

Which city is cheaper, Bordeaux or Carcassonne?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Carcassonne is €85, while the average daily cost in Bordeaux is €95. 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 Carcassonne and Bordeaux in more detail.



Accommodation

For a normal double-occupancy room in Carcassonne, €98 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Carcassonne, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is €49, such as in a hostel.

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around €51. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Bordeaux the cost is €102 on average.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Carcassonne 49
    Bordeaux 51
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Carcassonne 98
    Bordeaux 102

Food

While meal prices in Carcassonne can vary, the average travelers spends about €31 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Carcassonne should cost around €12 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Carcassonne is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

The average traveler spends about €36 per day in Bordeaux for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Carcassonne 31
    Bordeaux 36

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bordeaux

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

  • Street Food Tour by Bike: $57
  • 2-Hour River Dinner Cruise: $72
  • Bordeaux Traditional Food Tour: $106
  • Small-group French Cooking Class in Bordeaux with Dinner: $108
  • Saint-Emilion Afternoon & French Cooking Class: $210
  • Bordeaux and La Cité du Vin Day Tour with French Cuisine Cooking Class: $514

Local Transportation

To get around in Carcassonne, the average visitor spends €5.71 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.

The average price of local transportation around Bordeaux is €12 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.
    Carcassonne 5.71
    Bordeaux 12

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bordeaux

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bordeaux:

  • Ultra - Private Transfer from Bordeaux to Pessac - Château Haut-Brion Winery: $9.54
  • Ultra - Private Transfer from Bordeaux to Pauillac - Chateau Lafite Rothschild: $9.54
  • Ultra - Private Transfer from Bordeaux to Margaux - Chateau Margaux: $9.54
  • Ultra - Private Transfer from Bordeaux City Centre to Saint Emilion: $9.54
  • Ultra - Bordeaux Airport Private Transfer City Centre to Bordeaux Airport BOD: $9.54
  • Private Transfer: Bordeaux to Bordeaux Airport (BOD): $68
  • Private Transfer: Bordeaux Airport to Bordeaux: $111
  • Private Transfer from Airport to Bordeaux City: $149
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Bordeaux to Bordeaux Airport (BOD): $42
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Bordeaux Airport (BOD) to Bordeaux: $42
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Bergerac-Roumanière Airport to Bordeaux City - One Way: $358
  • Departure Private Transfers : Bordeaux to Bordeaux Airport BOD in Luxury Van: $108

Entertainment

In Carcassonne, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average €11 per person, per day.

Bordeaux's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around €6.31 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.
    Carcassonne 11
    Bordeaux 6.31

Tours and Activities in Carcassonne

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

  • Castle and Ramparts Skip-the-Line Ticket: $11
  • Cité de Private Guided Tour: $24
  • 2-Hour Private Walking Tour: $35
  • Walking guided tour Carcassonne medieval town. Shared tour.: $60
  • 2 Hour Private Guided Tour Carcassonne Medieval: $101
  • Half day tour to Lastours. Shared tour from Carcassonne.: $116
  • Wine day tour. Shared tour from Carcassonne.: $153
  • Cité de Carcassonne Guided Walking tour. Private tour.: $168
  • Walking guided tour Carcassonne: $168
  • Day tour : Lastours Castles & Cité de Carcassonne. Shared tour from Carcassonne.: $184
  • Carcassonne Sightseeing Tour: $202
  • Private 2-hour Walking Tour of Carcassone with official tour guide: $236

Tours and Activities in Bordeaux

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

  • 1-Day Self-Guided Cabriolet Tour to Pauillac Médoc: $148
  • 1-Hour Bordeaux Electric Scooter Tour: $31
  • 1-Hour Bordeaux Electric Scooter Tour: $31
  • 1-Hour Electric Bike Tour of Bordeaux: $31
  • 2-Hour Bordeaux Electric Bike Tour: $56
  • 2-Hour Bordeaux Electric Scooter Tour: $56
  • 2-Hour Bordeaux Segway Tour: $106
  • 2-Hour Bordeaux Segway Tour: $68
  • 7-Hour Self-Guided Cabriolet Tour: Montesquieu's Homeland: $123
  • Architectural splendors of Bordeaux Walking Tour: $286
  • Bordeaux 2-Hour Electric Scooter Tour: $56
  • Bordeaux 2-Hour Segway Tour: $68

Alcohol

Typically, people visiting Carcassonne spend on average €10 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Bordeaux may vary from person to person, on average a person spends €21 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Carcassonne 10
    Bordeaux 21

Sample the Local Flavors in Carcassonne

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Carcassonne:

  • Half day wine tour. Shared tour from Carcassonne.: $102
  • Day to the Cité de Carcassonne and wine tasting. Shared tour from Carcassonne: $184
  • Wine Tours and Vineyard Adventures In The Languedoc: $211
  • Shared tour to Lastours, wine tasting, Minerve, Canal du Midi. From Carcassonne: $246

Sample the Local Flavors in Bordeaux

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

  • Bordeaux Wine and Trade Museum Admission Ticket with Wine Tasting: $8.71
  • Walking Tour and Wine Tasting: $20
  • La Cité du Vin Entrance Ticket and Wine Tasting: $24
  • Wine Tasting Cruise from Cité du Vin: $26
  • Discover Bordeaux vineyard : special wine tasting with two cellar men brothers: $37
  • Cheese & Wine Tasting in Bordeaux: $48
  • Bordeaux Cheese & Wine Tasting Walking Guided Tour: $49
  • Chateau du Taillan and Park including Wine Tasting Tour: $50
  • Bordeaux Urban Wine Tour: Wine Chateau and Wine Bar: $61
  • Bordeaux Morning Wine Tasting Class: $61
  • Bordeaux Small-Group Wine Tasting & Workshop with a Professional Sommelier: $61
  • Bordeaux Vineyards Wine Tasting Half-Day Trip: $61


When comparing the travel costs between Carcassonne and Bordeaux, we can see that Bordeaux 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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