A Travel Price Comparison for Spain Catalonia vs. Basque Country for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Catalonia or Basque Country?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Catalonia and Basque Country. 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, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Where Should I go: Catalonia or Basque Country?


Catalonia is a famous autonomous community in Spain. It is situated in the northeastern part of the country and consists of four provinces. The provinces consist of Barcelona, Girona, Lleida and Tarragona. Barcelona is not only the capital of Catalonia, but is also the biggest city in the region. Because Barcelona is such a large city and Catalonia’s long history of international trade, the area is a very popular tourist destination. Another reason for Catalonia’s success is its temperate climate. Two other reasons that make Catalonia different from other areas in Spain are, people speak Catalan, Spanish and Aranese, and its climate has both beaches and mountain ranges.

Basque Country

Upon its lush green hills that tower over the deep blue waves of the Atlantic Ocean, you will find its perfected oceanic climate and breathtaking landscape to be only the beginning of Basque Country, Spain. Basque Country, or Euskadi, is an autonomous community located in northern Spain. This community was based off the Statute of Autonomy of the Basque Country, a legal document that enabled Basque people to develop on Spanish territory. Due to its strong traditional currents in Spanish heritage as well as magnificent architecture, Basque Country is a hotspot for tourists everywhere.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best 10-Day Tours in Spain, The Best One Week (7-Day) Tours in Spain, The Best 2-Week Tours in Spain, and The Best Bicycle Tours in Spain.

Which place is cheaper, Basque Country or Catalonia?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Catalonia is €0.00, while the average daily cost in Basque Country is €119. 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 destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Catalonia and Basque Country in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Catalonia -
    Basque Country 57
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Catalonia 0.00
    Basque Country 114
Compare Hotels in Catalonia and Basque Country

Looking for a hotel in Catalonia or Basque Country? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Catalonia

Hotels in Basque Country

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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
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Hired Cars and Shuttles in Catalonia

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

  • Private Transfer from Barcelona city to Harbor up to 15 people: $299
  • Private Transfer from Barcelona to Figueres: $292
  • Barcelona Private Transfer from Barcelona Airport to PortAventura hotels: $289
  • Barcelona Private Transfer from PortAventura Hotels to Barcelona airport: $289
  • transfer with wheelchair Accessible from Bcn airport/ port/city: $284
  • Private Transfer from Barcelona to Girona City (or vice versa): $282
  • Private Transfer Tarragona Port to Barcelona/Hotels: $282
  • Montserrat RoundTrip Transfer with lunch: $281
  • Private Transfer from Tarragona Cruise Terminal to Barcelona: $280
  • Montserrat Half Day Private Guided Tour with Transfers: $272
  • Barcelona to Andorra Private Transfer: $272
  • Private Transfer from Barcelona Airport to Port Aventura: $261

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Basque Country

Also for Basque Country, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Transfer San Sebastian to Bilbao or San Sebastian Airports by Van: $90
  • San Sebastián-Bilbao city or airport private transfer: $271
  • Private transfer from Bilbao City Center to Bilbao Airport (BIO): $33
  • Private transfer from Bilbao Airport (BIO) to Bilbao City Center: $33
  • Private one way arrival OR departure transfer in Bilbao from/to airport: $66
  • Private Transfer from Vitoria to Logroño: $243
  • Private Transfer from Vitoria to Elciego town: $197
  • Private Transfer from Vitoria city to Bilbao Airport: $152
  • Private Transfer from Vitoria Airport to Pamplona city: $228
  • Private Transfer from Vitoria Airport to Logroño city: $243
  • Private Transfer from San Sebastian to Vitoria: $288
  • Private Transfer from San Sebastian to Bilbao: $266

Is it cheaper to fly into Catalonia or Basque Country?

Prices for flights to both Basque Country and Catalonia 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.

  • Food Meals for one day
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Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Catalonia

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

  • Barcelona Street Food Tour with Local Market & City Center Visit: $21
  • Barcelona Guided Street Food Tour and Gothic Quarter Visit: $21
  • Hard Rock Cafe Barcelona with Set Lunch or Dinner: $30
  • Tasty Barcelona Street Food Tour With Local Market Visit : $32
  • Barcelona Street Food Tour: Local Market & Gothic Quarter with Expert Guide: $42
  • Paella Cooking Experience and Wine in Barcelona: $60
  • Barcelona street food tour La Boqueria Market: $63
  • Barcelona Food Tour - Do Eat Better Experience: $68
  • Tablao de Carmen Flamenco Show with Tasting Menu or Dinner: $74
  • Barcelona Tipsy Tapas Guided Food Tour with Dinner: $75
  • Guided Food Tour with Tapas and Dinner in El Born Barcelona: $75
  • Barcelona : Paella Cooking Experience + Boqueria Market Exclusive Tour: $75

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Basque Country

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

  • Pintxos and Tapas Cooking Class in Bilbao : $108
  • Insider Best Culinary Gems Guided Food Tour in San Sebastian: $108
  • The Original Bilbao Food Tour with Wine Pairing: $113
  • Basque Pintxos and Tapas Cooking Class in Bilbao: $114
  • San Sebastian Walking Food Tour With Secret Food Tours: $114
  • Basque Flavours: High End Food Tour of Bilbao with a Local: $119
  • Paella Cooking Class (with Basque Sangria) in Bilbao: $141
  • Basque Cuisine Cooking Class with Market Visit: $146
  • San Sebastian: Authentic Basque Cooking Class in the Old Town: $151
  • Private San Sebastian Walking Food Tour: $157
  • Dinner in a Gastronomic Club in San Sebastian: $173
  • Basque Cooking Class in San Sebastian: $211

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
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Tours and Activities in Catalonia

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

  • Barcelona Christmas Walking Tour: $29
  • Cruise into Barcelona? Get the Most out of Your Visit!: $117
  • Dali Museum, Besalu & Girona Tour from Barcelona by Fast Train : $119
  • Girona and Costa Brava with Lunch: VIP Small Group Tour: $16
  • Kids Buggy Experience in Salou: $65
  • Montserrat Mountains Half - Day Private Tour - From Barcelona : $260
  • Private Mountain Bike Tour in Barcelona: $33
  • Sagrada Familia "Fast Track" Guided Tour in Barcelona: $105
  • Sagrada Familia Comedy Tour: $3.25
  • Self-Guided Audio Tour - Legends of the Gothic Quarter: $10
  • Skip The Line - Early Picasso Museum and Born Neighborhood: $56
  • Sunset Sailing Tour in Barcelona: $75

Tours and Activities in Basque Country

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Basque Country.

  • PRIVATE San Sebastian and Basque Coast Tour from Bilbao: $287
  • Pintxos Tasting in Bilbao Small Group or Private Walking Tour: $80
  • "Basque Cider House" guided tour + meal from San Sebastian: $81
  • 3-day Bilbao Bike Tour and Guggenheim Museum Ticket: $255
  • Basque Coast Road Bike Tour: $107
  • Basque Coast Tour: Vizcaya Bridge, Gaztelugatxe, Bermeo and Gernika: $65
  • Biarritz & La Côte Basque Private tour: $244
  • Biarritz and French Basque coast small group tour lunch included: $258
  • Biarritz and French Coast Small Grop Tour from San Sebastian: $86
  • Bilbao & Guggenheim Museum Private Walking Tour with guide: $283
  • Bilbao : Private Custom Walking Tour with a Local Guide: $49
  • Bilbao Confidential Tour: Crime and Punishment: $13

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
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Sample the Local Flavors in Catalonia

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

  • Visit winery and wine tasting: $13
  • Barcelona: Original Pub Crawl: $13
  • Barcelona Pub Crawl by KING - Free shot and VIP Entry: $16
  • Night Pub Crawl Tour in Barcelona: $16
  • Estrella Damm Old Brewery Barcelona Guided Tour with Beer Tasting: $22
  • Nightlife Tour - Barcelona Bar Crawl with Flamingos: $23
  • Barcelona Bar Crawl: $26
  • Barcelona Halloween Bar Crawl: $27
  • Barcelona Art & Wine Tour: $30
  • Wine Tasting Experience in Barcelona: $33
  • Small-Group Natural and Organic Wine Tasting near Sitges: $33
  • Bar Crawl at Gaixample: $43

Sample the Local Flavors in Basque Country

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Basque Country:

  • Ultimate San Sebastian Pintxos & Wine Tour (Evening): $140
  • Getaria Txakoli Wine Tour with Hotel Pick-up from San Sebastian: $146
  • Guided tour of Txakoli wine tasting and tasting of wine and typical products: $146
  • Best quality food & wine tasting tour in San Sebastian. : $190
  • Rioja Wine Tour: 2 Wineries Visit with Tasting from San Sebastian: $239
  • Rioja Wine Tour: 2 Wineries From Vitoria: $239
  • Rioja Wine Tour: 2 Wineries From Bilbao: $244
  • Rioja Wine Tour: Winery, Tasting & Lunch from San Sebastian: $249
  • Rioja Wine Tour: Winery & Traditional Lunch From Vitoria: $249
  • La Rioja Boutique Wine Tour - 2 Wineries & Picnic Lunch (From Bilbao): $255
  • Architectural Rioja Small Group Wine Tour with Lunch from Bilbao : $255

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

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Catalonia Expensive? and Is Basque Country Expensive?.