Should you visit Cinque Terre or Bologna?
If you're trying to decide where to visit between Cinque Terre or Bologna, 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.
Bologna is the capital city of the northern region of Italy, Emilia-Romagna, with a population of 380,000. It is a historical city known well by Italians, however, not as well known among foreigners. The locals of Bologna speak little to no English. The city is most known for having the oldest university in the West. Another reason many visit this city is because of its exquisite cuisine. Many Italians would consider it one of the most beautiful cities in the entire country because of its impeccably preserved historic centers. The best time to visit Bologna is usually between March and October, although bare in mind that July and August can get quite hot.
Which city is cheaper, Bologna 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 Bologna is €141. 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 Bologna 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.
Bologna's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is €150. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is €75.
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.
The average traveler spends about €32 per day in Bologna 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.
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)
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cinque Terre
For Cinque Terre, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
La Spezia Cinque Terre Food Tour:
Market Tour, Home Cooking Class, Dinner:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bologna
Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Bologna.
Virtual Cooking Class: Ravioli variations with classic tomato sauce:
Bologna Traditional Home Cooking Class with Lunch or Dinner:
Traditional Home cooking class in Bologna:
Private Walking tour and Traditional Home Cooking Experience in Bologna:
Learn to Make Bolognese Pasta: Private Cooking Lesson in Bologna with Giovanna:
Bologna traditional food tour - Do Eat Better Experience:
Withlocals The 10 Tastings™: Bologna PRIVATE Food Tour:
Dining experience at a local's home in Bologna with cooking demo:
Small-group Street food tour in Bologna:
Bologna Half-Day Walking Food Tour and Tasting for Small Group:
Private Tour: Secret Food Tours Bologna:
Private Market Tour and Cooking Class in Bologna with a Local in Her Home:
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.
While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around €16 per day to get around in Bologna.
Typical Local Transportation prices in Cinque Terre
Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Cinque Terre:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cinque Terre
Also for Cinque Terre, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
From Florence: Round Trip Transfer to Cinque Terre:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bologna
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bologna:
Return Private Transfer from Bologna to Fico Eataly World:
Private transfer: Bologna to Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (BLQ):
Private transfer from Bologna to Ljubljana:
Private Transfer: Fiumicino Airport (FCO) to Bologna or vice versa:
Private Transfer: Civitavecchia Port to Bologna or vice versa:
Private Transfer: Ciampino Airport (CIA) to Bologna or vice versa:
Private Transfer from Bologna to Rimini (RMI) Airport:
Private Transfer from Bologna to Pisa (PSA) Airport:
Private Transfer from Bologna to Firenze (FLR) Airport:
Private Transfer from Bologna to Bologna Airport:
Private Departure Van Transfer: Hotel to Bologna Airport (BLQ):
Private Departure Transfer: Bologna City Center - Bologna Airport:
Is it cheaper to fly into Cinque Terre or Bologna?
Prices for flights to both Bologna and Cinque Terre 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.
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.
Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around €31 per person, per day in Bologna. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.
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 Cinque Terre
For Cinque Terre, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Tour with Limoncino Tasting:
Small Group Guided Tour from Florence:
Market Tour & Meal with a Local Cook:
From Pisa: Cinque Terre Small Group Tour:
From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Full-Day Boat Tour:
From Florence: Cinque Terre Small Group Tour with Lunch:
Private Tour of the Shelleys in Lerici nearby Cinque Terre:
From Florence: Cinque Terre, Vernazza, Lucca Guided Tour:
Typical Entertainment prices in Bologna
Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Bologna are as follows:
Food Tour (for 2)
Wine Tasting Tour (for 2)
Hop-on-Hop-off Bus Tour (for 2)
National Gallery Museum Bologna (for 2)
Archaeology Museum of Bologna (for 2)
Tours and Activities in Bologna
Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Bologna are as follows:
2-Hour Bike Tour of Bologna:
2-hour Walking Tour of Bologna:
2.5-Hour Bike Tour of Bologna with Food Tasting:
2.5-hour Bologna City and University Walking Tour:
Art tour of Ravenna from Bologna:
BOLOGNA, City & Food Private Tour:
Best of BOLOGNA on a Private Tour:
Best walking tour of Bologna:
Bike Tour of Bologna for Instagram:
Bologna 3 hour walking tour:
Bologna By Run: Sightseeing Running Tours:
Bologna City Center Private Tour with a Local Guide:
Typically, people visiting Cinque Terre spend on average €5.37 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
The average person spends about €23 on alcoholic beverages in Bologna per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.
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
Sample the Local Flavors in Cinque Terre
Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Cinque Terre:
Guided Tour with Wine Tasting from Florence:
Sample the Local Flavors in Bologna
Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Bologna:
Food & Wine Tasting Tour Bologna:
Amarone Classico Wine Tasting from Bologna by Train:
Bologna Food Experience: Factory Visits with Gourmet Lunch and Wine Tasting:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Cinque Terre and Bologna, we can see that Bologna is more expensive. And not only is Cinque Terre much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Cinque Terre would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Cinque Terre 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 Bologna would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Bologna than you might in Cinque Terre.
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