Should you visit Cinque Terre or La Spezia?
If you're trying to decide where to visit between Cinque Terre or La Spezia, 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.
Located on the coast beside the Ligurian Sea, La Spezia is known for its military and commercial harbors hosting the arsenal of the Italian Navy. It is also well connected by rail and by boat to Cinque Terre National Park - a unique collection of five medieval villages along the coastline - as well as other coastal towns of the region. Other attractions include a number of museums as well as an annual boat race called Palio de Golfo.
Which city is cheaper, La Spezia 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 La Spezia is €159. 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 La Spezia 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 La Spezia, €180 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in La Spezia, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is €90, 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.
While meal prices in La Spezia can vary, the average travelers spends about €45 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in La Spezia should cost around €18 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in La Spezia is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.
Meals for one day
Cinque Terre €33
La Spezia €45
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 La Spezia
For La Spezia, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
La Spezia Cinque Terre Food Tour - Do Eat Better Experience:
La Spezia Cinque Terre Food Tour:
Dining experience at a local's home in La Spezia with show cooking:
Small-group Street food tour in Cinque Terre:
Small-group Street food tour in La Spezia:
Small Group Market tour and Cooking class in La Spezia:
Cinque Terre Cooking Lesson in La Spezia:
Private Pizza & Tiramisu Class at a Cesarina's home with tasting in La Spezia:
Private Cooking Class at a Cesarina’s home with Tasting in Cinque Terre:
Private cooking class at a local's home with tasting in La Spezia:
Local Market Visit and Private Cooking Class in Local Home in La Spezia:
Local market visit + private cooking class at a Cesarina's home in Cinque Terre:
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.
Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in La Spezia than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend €33 on transportation in La Spezia on average per day.
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 La Spezia
Also for La Spezia, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Private Transfer: Fiumicino Airport (FCO) to La Spezia or vice versa:
Private Transfer: Civitavecchia Port to La Spezia or vice versa:
Private Transfer: Ciampino Airport (CIA) to La Spezia or vice versa:
Private Transfer to La Spezia Cruise Port or Railway Station by Luxury Vehicle:
Private Transfer from La Spezia Cruise Port or Railway Station by Luxury Vehicle:
Departure Private Transfer Cinque Terre to La Spezia by Luxury Vehicle:
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 expenses in La Spezia, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of €29 per day, per person.
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 La Spezia
For La Spezia, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
Boat Tour through Portovenere and Tellaro:
Cinque Terre 3-Day Tour from Florence:
Cinque Terre Private Boat Tour from La Spezia (2 hours max 4 people):
Cinque Terre Private Boat Tour from La Spezia (3 hours max 4 people):
Cinque Terre Private Cruise Ship Guests:
Cinque Terre Private Guided tour by ferry-boat or train from La Spezia:
Cinque Terre Private Tour by Minivan and Ferry-Boat from La Spezia:
Cinque Terre hiking tour from La Spezia port:
Cinque Terre tour with limoncino tasting from La Spezia Port:
Cinque Terre tour with limoncino tasting from La Spezia Train Station:
Cinque Terre unforgettable hiking experience:
Cinque Terre unforgettable hiking experience:
Typically, people visiting Cinque Terre spend on average €5.37 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Typically, people visiting La Spezia spend on average €28 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
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 La Spezia
Also in La Spezia, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:
Cinque Terre Private Tour with Wine Tasting:
Wine Tour between Liguria and Tuscany from La Spezia:
Authentic Cinque Terre Guided Tour with Wine Tasting:
Cinqueterre Private Shore Excursion from La Spezia with Top Guide & Wine Tasting:
Shore Excursion: Cinque Terre from La Spezia with Local Guide and Wine Tasting:
Shore Excursion from Chocolate & Truffle Valley, Pisa & Wine Tour.:
Day trip from La Spezia pier: San Gimignano and wine tasting - private tour:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Cinque Terre and La Spezia, we can see that La Spezia 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 La Spezia would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in La Spezia than you might in Cinque Terre.
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