A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Cinque Terre vs. Dubrovnik for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Cinque Terre or Dubrovnik?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Cinque Terre or Dubrovnik, this travel comparison, which includes costs, can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison down below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Where Should I go: Cinque Terre or Dubrovnik?

Cinque Terre

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.

Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik, the "Pearl of the Adriatic", is a beautiful walled city in southern Croatia that sits on the edge of the Adriatic Sea. It's a small city, with only about 40,000 residents, but it's become one of the most significant tourist destinations in the Mediterranean. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The city was historically built on maritime trade, which is not surprising given its location near major Italian and Greek ports such as Venice, Bari, Corfu, and Trieste. It was a center of language and literature and was the home of many important poets, playwrights, painters, and scientists during the 15th and 16th centuries. Today its economy is dependent on tourism and it is one of the most popular destinations in the region. People visit the city for its impressive history, beautiful setting, great weather, and interesting architecture.

Which city is cheaper, Dubrovnik 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 Dubrovnik is €77. 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. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Cinque Terre and Dubrovnik in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Cinque Terre 56
    Dubrovnik 40
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Cinque Terre 112
    Dubrovnik 80
Compare Hotels in Cinque Terre and Dubrovnik

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Hotels in Cinque Terre


Hotels in Dubrovnik


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Cinque Terre 12
    Dubrovnik 9.93
Typical Local Transportation prices in Cinque Terre

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Cinque Terre:


  • Ferry Day Pass
    15

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: $64

Typical Local Transportation prices in Dubrovnik

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Dubrovnik:


  • Bus Around Town
    1.43

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dubrovnik

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

  • Ultra - Private Transfer from Dubrovnik Port to Cavtat: $9.41
  • Transfers up to 3 persons to or from Dubrovnik airport to Dubrovnik: $41
  • Transfers to/from Dubrovnik: $87
  • Transfers to and from Ston area to and from Dubrovnik or Dubrovnik airport: $139
  • Transfers: $68
  • Transfer to or from Dubrovnik airport or Dubrovnik to or from Kotor and Tivat: $226
  • Transfer to from Slano up to 7 persons to or from Dubrovnik or Dubrovnik APT: $89
  • Transfer from airport to Dubrovnik: $66
  • Transfer from Dubrovnik to Split: $423
  • Transfer from Dubrovnik to Plitvice Lakes: $1,173
  • Transfer from Dubrovnik to Krka waterfalls: $200
  • Transfer from Dubrovnik airport to Kolašin (Montenegro) ski resorts: $597

Is it cheaper to fly into Cinque Terre or Dubrovnik?

Prices for flights to both Dubrovnik 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.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Cinque Terre 33
    Dubrovnik 25
Typical Food prices in Cinque Terre

For Cinque Terre, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Whole Pizza
    9.50
  • Panini
    3.75
  • Sitdown Dinner (for Two)
    52
  • Fresh Focaccia
    2.12

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: $93
  • Market Tour, Home Cooking Class, Dinner: $214

Typical Food prices in Dubrovnik

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Dubrovnik:


  • Seafood Dinner (for 2)
    29

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Dubrovnik

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

  • 2-Hour Sunset Cruise with Dinner: $73
  • Unique Sunset and Dinner Cruise in the Magnificent Traditional Karaka boat: $96
  • Dubrovnik Traditional Food Tour: $108
  • Old Town Food Tour: $130
  • Flavours of Dubrovnik - Food Tour: $131
  • Traditional Dalmatian Cooking Class from Dubrovnik: $147
  • Croatian Traditional Cuisine: Peka Cooking Lesson: $149
  • Traditional Cooking Class in Dubrovnik Countryside: $164
  • Cooking Classes Traditional Meals of Konavle region: $166
  • Dubrovnik Food Tour with Friendly Local Guide: $167
  • E-Bike Tour + Farm To Table Cooking Class: $184
  • Dubrovnik Food Tour by Vidokrug: $192

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Cinque Terre 10
    Dubrovnik 15
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)
    10
  • Bagni Eden Beach Club Umbrella
    16
  • Cinque Terre Card (One Day)
    5.00
  • Cinque Terre Card (Three Days)
    12

Tours and Activities in Cinque Terre

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

  • Market Tour & Meal with a Local Cook: $158
  • Small Group Guided Tour from Florence: $146
  • From Florence: Cinque Terre Small Group Tour with Lunch: $271
  • From Florence: Cinque Terre, Vernazza, Lucca Guided Tour: $624
  • From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Full-Day Boat Tour: $169
  • From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Tour with Limoncino Tasting: $56
  • From Pisa: Cinque Terre Small Group Tour: $169
  • Private Tour of the Shelleys in Lerici nearby Cinque Terre: $278

Typical Entertainment prices in Dubrovnik

For Dubrovnik, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:


  • Boat to Lokrum Island (for 2)
    13
  • Dubrovnik City Wall Tour (for 2)
    53
  • Dubrovnik Cable Car (for 2)
    45

Tours and Activities in Dubrovnik

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

  • 'Up with the Chickens' or "Sunset chasing" Old Town Tour: $16
  • 2 hours Elafiti Islands Private Tour by Barracuda 545: $284
  • 4 Days Montenegro-Albania-Kosovo Tour from Dubrovnik or Kotor: $918
  • 4 days hiking tour Valbona Valley National Park from Dubrovnik: $762
  • 4 hours Private Speedboat Tour to Elaphite Islands by RANIERI SUN CRUISER 23: $477
  • 4-Hours Dubrovnik Elaphiti Islands & Blue Cave Snorkeling Tour: $75
  • 4-Night Three Countries Tour from Croatia, Montenegro and Bosnia-Herzegovina: $954
  • 5 Days Deluxe Cruise from Dubrovnik to Split All Inclusive: $1,534
  • 6-Night Independent Tour of Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast: Dubrovnik, Hvar, Korcula and Split: $952
  • 7 Days Small-Group Tour from Dubrovnik to Athens via Albania: $1,757
  • 8 h Private Speedboat Tour to Elaphite Islands by QUICKSILVER activ 675 open: $584
  • 8 hours Dubrovnik Blue Cave Private Tour with boat: $498

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Cinque Terre 5.37
    Dubrovnik 11
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
    2.90

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: $681

Sample the Local Flavors in Dubrovnik

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Dubrovnik:

  • Sunset Sea Kayaking and Wine Tasting Tour Dubrovnik: $44
  • Wine tasting and visit to Ston- Group Tour: $60
  • Peljesac Peninsula Wine Tour from Dubrovnik: $61
  • Day Tour of Korcula Island from Dubrovnik with Wine Tasting: $63
  • FAMOUS LEGENDS OF PELJESAC and KORCULA with WINE TASTING: $65
  • Island of Korcula with Wine Tasting Day Trip from Dubrovnik: $69
  • Korčula tour with wine tasting from Dubrovnik: $69
  • Wine tasting and visit to Ston: $72
  • Wine Tasting Pelješac and a visit to Ston: $72
  • Konavle Valley Wine Tour from Dubrovnik with Train Ride and Wine Tasting: $75
  • Smiley wine tasting on peninsula Peljesac: $76
  • Smiley Hercegovina wine tour: $77


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Cinque Terre and Dubrovnik, we can see that Cinque Terre is more expensive. And not only is Dubrovnik much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Dubrovnik would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Dubrovnik 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 Dubrovnik.


When is the best time to visit Cinque Terre or Dubrovnik?

Both destinations experience a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. And since both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Cinque Terre or Dubrovnik in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Cinque Terre and Dubrovnik. Furthermore, most visitors come to Dubrovnik for the beaches, snorkeling, the hiking, and the family-friendly experiences during these months.

Cinque Terre is around the same temperature as Dubrovnik in the summer. The temperature in Cinque Terre is usually 24°C (75°F) in July, and Dubrovnik stays around 25°C (77°F).

In July, Cinque Terre usually receives more rain than Dubrovnik. At this time of the year, Cinque Terre gets 30 mm (1.2 in) of rain, while Dubrovnik receives 26 mm (1 in) of rain.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Cinque Terre 24°C (75°F) 
    Dubrovnik 25°C (77°F)

Should I visit Cinque Terre or Dubrovnik in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Cinque Terre as well as Dubrovnik. Additionally, the autumn months attract visitors to Dubrovnik because of the hiking trails, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area.

In the autumn, Cinque Terre is around the same temperature as Dubrovnik. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Cinque Terre in October are around 17°C (63°F), and Dubrovnik is about 18°C (64°F).

It's quite rainy in Dubrovnik. Cinque Terre receives a lot of rain in the autumn. Cinque Terre usually gets less rain in October than Dubrovnik. Cinque Terre gets 150 mm (5.9 in) of rain, while Dubrovnik receives 162 mm (6.4 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Cinque Terre 17°C (63°F) 
    Dubrovnik 18°C (64°F)

Should I visit Cinque Terre or Dubrovnik in the Winter?

Both Dubrovnik and Cinque Terre are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities. Also, the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine are the main draw to Dubrovnik this time of year.

In January, Cinque Terre is generally cooler than Dubrovnik. Temperatures in Cinque Terre average around 8°C (46°F), and Dubrovnik stays around 9°C (48°F).

It rains a lot this time of the year in Dubrovnik. It's quite rainy in Cinque Terre. In January, Cinque Terre usually receives less rain than Dubrovnik. At this time of the year, Cinque Terre gets 100 mm (3.9 in) of rain, while Dubrovnik receives 139 mm (5.5 in) of rain.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Cinque Terre 8°C (46°F) 
    Dubrovnik 9°C (48°F)

Should I visit Cinque Terre or Dubrovnik in the Spring?

Both Dubrovnik and Cinque Terre during the spring are popular places to visit. Also, many travelers come to Dubrovnik for the beaches and the natural beauty.

Cinque Terre is around the same temperature as Dubrovnik in the spring. The temperature in Cinque Terre is usually 14°C (57°F) in April, and Dubrovnik stays around 14°C (57°F).

Dubrovnik gets a good bit of rain this time of year. Cinque Terre usually gets less rain in April than Dubrovnik. Cinque Terre gets 85 mm (3.3 in) of rain, while Dubrovnik receives 104 mm (4.1 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Cinque Terre 14°C (57°F) 
    Dubrovnik 14°C (57°F)

Typical Weather for Dubrovnik and Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre Dubrovnik
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 8°C (46°F) 100 mm (3.9 in) 9°C (48°F) 139 mm (5.5 in)
Feb 8°C (46°F) 95 mm (3.7 in) 10°C (50°F) 125 mm (4.9 in)
Mar 11°C (52°F) 100 mm (3.9 in) 11°C (52°F) 104 mm (4.1 in)
Apr 14°C (57°F) 85 mm (3.3 in) 14°C (57°F) 104 mm (4.1 in)
May 18°C (64°F) 75 mm (3 in) 18°C (64°F) 75 mm (3 in)
Jun 22°C (72°F) 55 mm (2.2 in) 22°C (72°F) 48 mm (1.9 in)
Jul 24°C (75°F) 30 mm (1.2 in) 25°C (77°F) 26 mm (1 in)
Aug 24°C (75°F) 80 mm (3.1 in) 25°C (77°F) 38 mm (1.5 in)
Sep 21°C (70°F) 100 mm (3.9 in) 22°C (72°F) 101 mm (4 in)
Oct 17°C (63°F) 150 mm (5.9 in) 18°C (64°F) 162 mm (6.4 in)
Nov 12°C (54°F) 110 mm (4.3 in) 14°C (57°F) 198 mm (7.8 in)
Dec 9°C (48°F) 80 mm (3.1 in) 11°C (52°F) 178 mm (7 in)


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