Should you visit Cinque Terre or Dubrovnik?
If you're trying to decide where to visit between Cinque Terre or Dubrovnik, 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.
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. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Cinque Terre and Dubrovnik 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.
An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about €80 in Dubrovnik For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.
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.
Dubrovnik food costs typically run travelers around €26 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.
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 Dubrovnik
Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Dubrovnik:
Seafood Dinner (for 2)
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Dubrovnik
For Dubrovnik, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Unique Sunset and Dinner Cruise in the Magnificent Traditional Karaka boat:
Old Town Food Tour:
Flavours of Dubrovnik - Food Tour:
Croatian Traditional Cuisine: Peka Cooking Lesson:
Traditional Cooking Class in Dubrovnik Countryside:
Cooking Classes Traditional Meals of Konavle region:
Dubrovnik Food Tour with Friendly Local Guide:
E-Bike Tour + Farm To Table Cooking Class:
Dubrovnik Food Tour by Vidokrug:
Rural Side of Cooking Class in Local Household:
Croatian Cooking Class in a Local's Home in Rural Konavle:
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.
Dubrovnik'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 €9.95 per person, per day on transportation in Dubrovnik.
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 Dubrovnik
Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Dubrovnik:
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:
Transfers up to 3 persons to or from Dubrovnik airport to Dubrovnik:
Transfers to/from Dubrovnik:
Transfers to and from Ston area to and from Dubrovnik or Dubrovnik airport:
Transfer to or from Dubrovnik airport or Dubrovnik to or from Kotor and Tivat:
Transfer to from Slano up to 7 persons to or from Dubrovnik or Dubrovnik APT:
Transfer from airport to Dubrovnik:
Transfer from Dubrovnik to Split:
Transfer from Dubrovnik to Plitvice Lakes:
Transfer from Dubrovnik to Krka waterfalls:
Transfer from Dubrovnik airport to Kolašin (Montenegro) ski resorts:
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 Dubrovnik can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around €15 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)
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)
Dubrovnik City Wall Tour (for 2)
Dubrovnik Cable Car (for 2)
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:
2 hours Elafiti Islands Private Tour by Barracuda 545:
4 Days Montenegro-Albania-Kosovo Tour from Dubrovnik or Kotor:
4 days hiking tour Valbona Valley National Park from Dubrovnik:
4 hours Private Speedboat Tour to Elaphite Islands by RANIERI SUN CRUISER 23:
4-Hours Dubrovnik Elaphiti Islands & Blue Cave Snorkeling Tour:
4-Night Three Countries Tour from Croatia, Montenegro and Bosnia-Herzegovina:
5 Days Deluxe Cruise from Dubrovnik to Split All Inclusive:
6-Night Independent Tour of Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast: Dubrovnik, Hvar, Korcula and Split:
7 Days Small-Group Tour from Dubrovnik to Athens via Albania:
8 h Private Speedboat Tour to Elaphite Islands by QUICKSILVER activ 675 open:
8 hours Dubrovnik Blue Cave Private Tour with boat:
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 Dubrovnik, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is €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
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:
Wine tasting and visit to Ston- Group Tour:
Peljesac Peninsula Wine Tour from Dubrovnik:
Day Tour of Korcula Island from Dubrovnik with Wine Tasting:
FAMOUS LEGENDS OF PELJESAC and KORCULA with WINE TASTING:
Island of Korcula with Wine Tasting Day Trip from Dubrovnik:
Korčula tour with wine tasting from Dubrovnik:
Wine tasting and visit to Ston:
Wine Tasting Pelješac and a visit to Ston:
Konavle Valley Wine Tour from Dubrovnik with Train Ride and Wine Tasting:
Smiley wine tasting on peninsula Peljesac:
Smiley Hercegovina wine tour:
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.
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