Should you visit Cinque Terre or Split?
If you're trying to decide where to visit between Cinque Terre or Split, 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.
Spit is a historic city in Central Dalmatia with many opportunities to glimpse its fascinating past in its historic city center. Centuries ago the city grew up around a Diocletian palace that was used as refuge by the locals.
Today, as you wander around the historic center, you can see the remains of the Roman walls, temples, and squares. Despite it's appeal to tourists, Split is much more than just a tourist destination. It is larger than you might initially realize and it spreads well beyond the historic center. There is a population of about 300,000 in the larger area and it is an economic center for the region.
Split is also a must-visit on a trip through the country. It can easily fit in to a one-week itinerary of Croatia, or many other routes, as it's centrally located and very accessible.
Split has a beautiful climate with mild winters, countless sunny days, and a generally pleasant temperature. As such, there are many opportunities to enjoy yourself outdoors, whether by participating in sports or walking around the city's quaint streets. Winters in Split are also quite mild, but there may be one snowy day, on average, every year. This rare snowfall can cause a significant disruption in the flow of traffic.
Which city is cheaper, Split 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 Split is €88. 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 Split 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 Split, €118 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Split, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is €59, 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.
Food in Split costs travelers about €19 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.
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 Split
For Split, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Krka Waterfalls with Dinner in Split included:Pizza or Burger with Fries & Drink:
Private Dining: Traditional Dalmatian family dinner near Marjan Hills:
Cooking Class in a Dalmatian Ethno Village Tour from Split:
The Real Split Food Tour:
Exclusive tour: NP Krka Bike Tour with traditional dinner:
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 Split than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend €12 on transportation in Split 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 Split
Also for Split, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Zadar Day Trip from Split with transfer to Plitvice Lakes:
Transfers and excursions:
Transfer from Split to airport (and vice versa):
Transfer from Split to Zadar:
Transfer from Split to Sibenik:
Transfer from Split to Dubrovnik:
Transfer Split airport to Split:
Transfer Split airport to Makarska:
Transfer Split - Novalja (economy or VIP):
Transfer Novalja - Split (economy or VIP):
Taxi transfer (private) from Split Airport to Split (hotels & port):
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 Split, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of €2.98 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 Split
For Split, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
"Blue Lagoon" Half day Chill out tour from Split:
1 Day Pass HOP ON-HOP OFF Bus tour from Split:
1.5-Hour Split Evening Walking Tour:
10-Day Adriatic Island Hopping Active Tour from Split:
2 Hours Private Guided Walking Tour in Split Old Town:
2 Hours Split Walking tour with free food tasting:
2-Hour Private Guided Tour of Split in a Classic Ford T:
3-Day Croatia Hiking and Biking Small-Group Tour:
3-Day Private Sailing Tour from Split:
3-Hour Split Deep Water Soloing and Cliff Jumping Adventure:
3-Island Split Boat Tour (Šolta Drvenik Mali, Drvenik Veli):
360 Virtual Tour of Ancient Split:
Typically, people visiting Cinque Terre spend on average €5.37 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Typically, people visiting Split spend on average €6.39 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 Split
Also in Split, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:
Day Tour from Krka Waterfalls Tour & Wine Tasting:
Tower Pub Crawl in Split:
Krka Waterfalls Tour & Wine Tasting from Split:
Krka Waterfalls and Sibenik Day Trip Including Wine Tasting from Split:
Wine Tasting With walking Small group Tour in Split:
Blue Lagoon & Wine tasting - 3 islands tour:
Split Wine Tasting Walking Tour:
Zinfandel Wine Tour:
Full-Day Split Food and wine tour to Peljesac:
Beer Tasting Split - visit to the local brewery:
Solta Island Wine Tasting Tour Including Lunch:
Imotski Wine Tasting Tour from Split:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Cinque Terre and Split, we can see that Cinque Terre is more expensive. And not only is Split much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Split would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Split 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 Split.
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