Should you visit Cinque Terre or Bari?
If you're trying to decide where to visit between Cinque Terre or Bari, this travel cost comparison can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.
Located on the rugged Italian Riviera coastline, Cinque Terra consists of five seaside villages exuding a charm that dates back to medieval times. Fishing boats bob in the harbors, bringing fresh seafood to the tables of the region, while age old vineyards make for fragrant signature wines. Cinque Terre is considered to be a National Park, with its five villages earning a spot on the UNESCO World Heritage List for their beauty and timelessness.
Off the lustrous, aquamarine waters of the Adriatic Sea, a bustling city hums to life as the sun sets. Though an ancient city, Bari still attains its youthful air, with a thriving nightlife and breathtaking boulevards. The capital city of Apulia region, Bari is the second most important economic center of mainland Southern Italy, as well as a significant port and university city. Despite this, Bari is on the list of Southern Italy's best off the beaten path locations, and is a must-see for everyone - even though it doesn't get as many visitors as Italy's more popular destinations.
Which city is cheaper, Bari or Cinque Terre?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Cinque Terre is €110, while the average daily cost in Bari is €91. 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 Cinque Terre and Bari in more detail.
The prices for places to stay in Cinque Terre can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is €56, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around €112.
For a normal double-occupancy room in Bari, €118 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Bari, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is €59, such as in a hostel.
The price of a meal in Cinque Terre 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.
Food in Bari costs travelers about €26 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.
Meals for one day
Cinque Terre €33
Typical Food prices in Cinque Terre
For Cinque Terre, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:
Sitdown Dinner (for Two)
Typical Food prices in Bari
Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Bari:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bari
For Bari, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Private Bari Street Food Tour by Rickshaw:
Bari Rickshaw and Street Food Tour:
Puglia Plates - Bari Food Tour:
Traditional Italian pasta Hands-on cooking class:
Hands on home made Panzerotti cooking class in Bari:
Dining experience at a Cesarina's home in Bari with show cooking:
Small-group Street food tour in Bari:
Private Cooking class in a Local Apulian Masseria:
Private Tour: Pane and Pomodoro Beach Excursion plus Cooking Class with Lunch:
Small Group Market tour and Cooking class in Bari:
Private Pizza & Tiramisu Class at a Cesarina's home with tasting in Bari:
Private cooking class at a local's home with tasting in Bari:
Cinque Terre's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend €12 per person, per day on transportation in Cinque Terre.
Bari's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend €9.18 per person, per day on transportation in Bari.
Typical Local Transportation prices in Cinque Terre
Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Cinque Terre:
Typical Local Transportation prices in Bari
Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Bari:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bari
Also for Bari, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Tour with transfer from Bari to Matera & Alberobello - 1 day:
Tour with transfer from Bari to Castel del Monte:
Tour with transfer from Bari to Alberobello:
Tour with transfer From Bari to Matera:
TOUR - Matera (complimentary transfer service from/to Bari and surroundings):
TOUR - Bari, Polignano a Mare and Alberobello (complimentary transfer service):
Private transfer: Bari to Bari Airport (BRI):
Private transfer from Bari to Polignano or vice versa:
Private transfer from Bari to Matera or vice versa:
Private transfer from Bari to Martina Franca or vice versa:
Private transfer from Bari to Lecce or vice versa:
Private transfer from Bari to Alberobello or vice versa:
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Cinque Terre can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around €10 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Bari can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around €6.89 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
Typical Entertainment prices in Cinque Terre
Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Cinque Terre's activities, tours, and tickets:
Double Kayak Rental (One Hour)
Bagni Eden Beach Club Umbrella
Cinque Terre Card (One Day)
Cinque Terre Card (Three Days)
Tours and Activities in Bari
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Bari.
1 Hour Bari Electric Scooter Guided Tour:
2 days mini tour from Bari to Matera and Alberobello:
2-Hour Private Tour of Bitonto: a jewel you cannot miss:
2-hour private walking tour of Bari with a local guide:
3 Days Private Tour Unesco Wonders Puglia & Matera:
5 DAYS TOUR UNESCO WONDERS OF PUGLIA & MATERA Small group tour:
5 Days Self Drive Tour Unesco Wonders Puglia & Matera - (hotel + Guides):
6 DAYS TOUR UNESCO WONDERS PUGLIA & MATERA Small group every friday:
7 Days Private Tour Puglia & Matera:
ALBEROBELLO shore excursion from BARI or BRINDISI cruise ports:
Apulia in 4 Nights with Sightseeing tours and Accomodation:
BARI enogastronomic tour with passion!:
Typically, people visiting Cinque Terre spend on average €5.37 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Bari, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is €10.
Typical Alcohol prices in Cinque Terre
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Cinque Terre:
Glass of Local Wine
Typical Alcohol prices in Bari
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Bari:
Sample the Local Flavors in Bari
Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Bari:
Private guide Altamura with a visit to the wine museum and wine tasting:
Private Tour: Trulli of Alberobello plus Wine Tasting:
Trani, Wine Tasting, and Castel Del Monte tour from Bari or Ostuni:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Cinque Terre and Bari, we can see that Cinque Terre is more expensive. And not only is Bari much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Bari would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Bari 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 Cinque Terre would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Cinque Terre than you might in Bari.
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