Should you visit Carcassonne or Cannes?
Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the prices of travel for Carcassonne and Cannes. 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 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.
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.
Which city is cheaper, Cannes 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 Cannes is €110. 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 Cannes in more detail.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around €13 per day to get around in Cannes.
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:
Transfer from Cannes to Nice airport:
Saint Tropez Round-Trip Boat Transfer from Cannes:
Round-Trip Ferry Transfer to St Tropez from Cannes:
Private transfer from Cannes to Nice City or Nice Airport:
Private airport transfer Mandelieu to Cannes:
Private Transfer: Cannes to Cannes - Mandelieu Airport (CEQ):
Private Transfer: Cannes - Mandelieu Airport (CEQ) to Cannes:
Private Departure Transfer from Cannes to Nice Airport:
Private Departure Transfer from Cannes to Nice Airport:
Private Airport Transfer: Cannes to Cote D'Azur Airport (NCE):
Nice to Saint Tropez 2,5 hours return transfer by boat:
Is it cheaper to fly into Carcassonne or Cannes?
Prices for flights to both Cannes and Carcassonne 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.
In Carcassonne, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average €11 per person, per day.
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.
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:
Cité de Private Guided Tour:
2-Hour Private Walking Tour:
Walking guided tour Carcassonne medieval town. Shared tour.:
2 Hour Private Guided Tour Carcassonne Medieval:
Half day tour to Lastours. Shared tour from Carcassonne.:
Wine day tour. Shared tour from Carcassonne.:
Cité de Carcassonne Guided Walking tour. Private tour.:
Walking guided tour Carcassonne:
Day tour : Lastours Castles & Cité de Carcassonne. Shared tour from Carcassonne.:
Carcassonne Sightseeing Tour:
Private 2-hour Walking Tour of Carcassone with official tour guide:
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:
A Day in Monaco & Eze: Full-Day Guided Tour:
All French Riviera For One Day Sightseeing Tours From Cannes:
Antibes, St. Paul-de-Vence, St. Jeannet, and Gourdon Private Tour from Cannes:
Best of Riviera Tour: Coastal Day trip from Antibes (Nice, Monaco, Cannes):
Cannes 2 Hours Vespa Tour:
Cannes 2-Hour Segway Tour:
Cannes 2.5-Hour E-bike Tour:
Cannes Like a Local: Customized Private Tour:
Cannes Private Walking Tour:
Cannes Private Walking tour:
Cannes Shore Excursion: French Riviera Private Tour of Nice - Eze - Monaco - Monte Carlo:
Typically, people visiting Carcassonne spend on average €10 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
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.
Sample the Local Flavors in Carcassonne
Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Carcassonne:
Half day wine tour. Shared tour from Carcassonne.:
Day to the Cité de Carcassonne and wine tasting. Shared tour from Carcassonne:
Wine Tours and Vineyard Adventures In The Languedoc:
Shared tour to Lastours, wine tasting, Minerve, Canal du Midi. From Carcassonne:
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:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Carcassonne and Cannes, we can see that Cannes is more expensive. And not only is Carcassonne much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Carcassonne would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Carcassonne 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 Cannes would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Cannes than you might in Carcassonne.
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