Should you visit Cinque Terre or Lucca?
If you're trying to decide where to visit between Cinque Terre or Lucca, 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.
Lucca is of interest to travelers for its impressive architecture, interesting history and unique defensive walls that were designed by Leonardo Da Vinci. Impressively, these walls were never breached. Today there is a ring park on top of the walls that is an enjoyable place to walk. The city dates back to the Etruscan and Ancient Roman times and much of the architecture remains today. The city was an independent city state until the 18th century and was the birth place of Giacomo Puccini, a world famous Italian opera composer.
Which city is cheaper, Lucca 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 Lucca is €85. 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 Lucca 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.
The average price for accommodation for two people in Lucca is €98. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.
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.
In Lucca travelers spend around €33 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.
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 Lucca
Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Lucca.
Pizza Making 2Italia:
Wine and Food Tour in the Lucca Countryside in small group:
Dining experience at a local's home in Lucca with show cooking:
Small-group Street food tour in Lucca:
Cooking Class in Lucca's Historic Center:
Private Lucca - Flavours of Lucca Morning Food Tour Including Authentic Local Treats:
Small Group Market tour and Cooking class in Lucca:
Private Lucca - Afternoon Bike and Food Tour with Local Guide:
Private pasta-making class at a local's home with with lunch or dinner in Lucca:
Private Pizza & Tiramisu Class at a Cesarina's home with tasting in Lucca:
Private cooking class at a Cesarina's home with tasting in Lucca:
Local market visit and private cooking class at a Cesarina's home in Lucca:
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 €3.43 per day to get around in Lucca.
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 Lucca
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Lucca:
Wind Cave tour with private transfer:
TRANSFER TOUR Lucca to Florence with a wine-tasting tour in CHIANTI:
Private Transfer: Fiumicino Airport (FCO) to Lucca or vice versa:
Private Transfer: Civitavecchia Port to Lucca or vice versa:
Private Transfer: Ciampino Airport (CIA) to Lucca or vice versa:
Private Transfer from Lucca to Pisa (PSA) Airport:
Private Transfer from Lucca to Firenze (FLR) Airport:
Private Transfer from Lucca to Bologna (BLQ) Airport:
Direct Transfer from your Hotel in LUCCA to your Hotel in ROME:
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 €4.54 per person, per day in Lucca. 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 Lucca
Here are a few actual costs in Lucca for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
2 wineries Small Group tour: Chianti and Supertuscan from Lucca:
2-Hours Relax Walking Tour Through Lucca:
Chianti Wine and Vinci half day Small Group Tour from Lucca:
Chianti and Supertuscan tour 3 Wineries with ligh lunch 8 people max more personal:
Cinque Terre Private Tour from Lucca:
Cinque Terre Small Group tour from Lucca:
Cinque Terre Tour Small Group Tour from Lucca:
Enjoyable music tour of the historical city of Lucca:
Flavors of Lucca Small Group Tour with Food Tasting and Wine:
Florence and Chianti experience Tour from Lucca Including Wine:
Food Market Tour And Workshop With a Cesarina in Lucca:
Food Walking Tour 2Italia:
Typically, people visiting Cinque Terre spend on average €5.37 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Lucca may vary from person to person, on average a person spends €10 per day on alcoholic beverages.
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 Lucca
Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Lucca:
Half-Day Wine Tour in the Tuscan Hills Small Group from Lucca:
Private Wine Tasting Experience in Lucca with Traditional Tuscan Lunch:
Private and exclusive wine tour in the beautiful hills of Lucca. Wine tasting.:
Lucca wine tour:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Cinque Terre and Lucca, we can see that Cinque Terre is more expensive. And not only is Lucca much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Lucca would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Lucca 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 Lucca.
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