A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Cesis vs. Kaunas for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Cesis or Kaunas?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Cesis and Kaunas can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.


Cesis is the quintessential old world town in Latvia. It is nestled among rolling hills, giving it a beautiful, fantasy world like setting. The small town is sprinkled with old castles, fortresses, and parks that you can leisurely wander through to pass the time. There's a lovely town square that is the perfect place to grab a seat on a bench and people watch. Because of the square's central location, many residents pass through it on their way to and from the market. The town is intertwined with lovely cobblestone streets that are lined with old homes, in various stages of disrepair. Cesis manages to perfectly balance a level of authentic wear and tear with a fairytale ambiance. Outside of town you'll find great hiking trails that you can use to explore the rolling hills and picturesque countryside. The small town is also conveniently located less than 100 kilometers from Riga, making it an easy trip on a bus.


Kaunas is the second biggest city in Lithuania, located at the country's center. It is a city of medieval history as well as modern entertainment with castle ruins, churches, and cathedrals, as well as galleries, museums, theatres, and outdoor recreation.

Which city is cheaper, Kaunas or Cesis?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Cesis is €86, while the average daily cost in Kaunas is €76. 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 Cesis and Kaunas in more detail.


The average price for accommodation for two people in Cesis is €76. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.

Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about €72 for a double occupancy room in Kaunas.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Cesis 38
    Kaunas 36
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Cesis 76
    Kaunas 72


The price of a meal in Cesis can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is €33 per person, and a typical meal will cost around €13 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.

The price of a meal in Kaunas can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is €30 per person, and a typical meal will cost around €12 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.

  • Food Meals for one day
    Cesis 33
    Kaunas 30
Typical Food prices in Cesis

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Cesis:

  • Lunch in town for two

Local Transportation

The average price of local transportation around Cesis is €24 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.

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

  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Cesis 24
    Kaunas 13

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Kaunas

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Kaunas:

  • Departure Private Transfer Kaunas City to Kaunas Airport KUN by Business Car: $41
  • Departure Private Transfer Kaunas City to Kaunas Airport KUN by Luxury Car: $93
  • Departure Private Transfer Kaunas City to Kaunas Airport KUN by Minivan: $47
  • Private Kaunas Airport to City Transfer: $51
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Kaunas Airport to Kaunas City: $22
  • Private Departure Transfer from Kaunas City to Kaunas Airport: $22
  • Private Kaunas Airport - Kaunas City Round-Trip Transfer: $44
  • Private transfer from Kaunas to Vilnius: $118
  • Transfer from Kaunas Airport to Vilnius: $227

Is it cheaper to fly into Cesis or Kaunas?

Prices for flights to both Kaunas and Cesis 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.


Cesis's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around €13 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.

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around €15 per person, per day in Kaunas. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Cesis 13
    Kaunas 15

Tours and Activities in Cesis

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

  • From Riga: Cēsis, Sigulda & Turaida Castle Tour: $193

Tours and Activities in Kaunas

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

  • Kaunas Modernism Architecture Tour: $32
  • Kaunas Old Town tour: $44
  • Kayak Tour in Nemunas: $196
  • Kaunas Private Walking Tour: $199
  • Tour in Kaunas tour English or Norwegian: $249
  • Kaunas Tour: Love Stories: $272
  • 2-Hour Sightseeing Walking Tour: $272
  • Kaunas Old Town: 2-Hour Ghost Tour: $272


While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Cesis may vary from person to person, on average a person spends €14 per day on alcoholic beverages.

The average person spends about €12 on alcoholic beverages in Kaunas per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Cesis 14
    Kaunas 12

When comparing the travel costs between Cesis and Kaunas, we can see that Cesis 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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