A Travel Price Comparison for France Dijon vs. Bordeaux for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Dijon or Bordeaux?

Should I visit Dijon or Bordeaux? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Dijon

Dijon is a city in eastern France, capital of the Cote-d'Or department and of the Bourgogne-Franche-Comte region. Archaeological finds in this area date back to the Neolithic period, but Dijon later became a Roman settlement before later becoming home to the Dukes of Burgundy between the 11th and 15th centuries. Dijon was a place of tremendous wealth and power, one of the great European centers of art, learning and science. The city has retained varied architectural styles from many of the main periods of the past millennium, including Capetian, Gothic, and Renaissance. Many still-inhabited town houses in the city's central district date from the 18th century and earlier. Dijon is famous for Dijon mustard which originated in 1856, when Jean Naigeon of Dijon substituted verjuice, the acidic green juice of not-quite-ripe grapes, for vinegar in the traditional mustard recipe. Dijon is one of France's most appealing cities. Filled with elegant medieval and Renaissance buildings, the lively center is wonderful for strolling, especially if you like to mix your cultural enrichment with excellent food, fine wine and shopping.

Bordeaux

Bordeaux is the place to go for fine wines. It's a very mellow, cultural city where you can enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of a quaint cafe or restaurant without being rushed. The city is the capital of Gironde, and the entire metropolitan area has over one million residents. The city also has a rather large and vibrant university and the population is known to be very tolerant and liberal. There is a very strong artistic vibe in the city and, due to it's history of English rule, there is an English flair to the area. The large student population means that there is no shortage of opportunities to see shows, hear music, or visit a museum.

Which city is cheaper, Bordeaux or Dijon?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Dijon is €122, while the average daily cost in Bordeaux is €95. 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 Dijon and Bordeaux in more detail.



Accommodation

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around €64. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Dijon the cost is €128 on average.

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around €51. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Bordeaux the cost is €102 on average.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Dijon 64
    Bordeaux 51
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Dijon 128
    Bordeaux 102

Food

Food in Dijon costs travelers about €39 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.

The average traveler spends about €36 per day in Bordeaux for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Dijon 39
    Bordeaux 36

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bordeaux

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Bordeaux.

  • Street Food Tour by Bike: $57
  • 2-Hour River Dinner Cruise: $72
  • Bordeaux Traditional Food Tour: $106
  • Small-group French Cooking Class in Bordeaux with Dinner: $108
  • Saint-Emilion Afternoon & French Cooking Class: $210
  • Bordeaux and La Cité du Vin Day Tour with French Cuisine Cooking Class: $514

Local Transportation

The cost of a taxi ride in Dijon is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent €29 per person, per day, on local transportation in Dijon.

The average price of local transportation around Bordeaux is €12 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Dijon 29
    Bordeaux 12

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bordeaux

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bordeaux:

  • Ultra - Private Transfer from Bordeaux to Pauillac - Chateau Lafite Rothschild: $9.54
  • Ultra - Private Transfer from Bordeaux to Margaux - Chateau Margaux: $9.54
  • Ultra - Private Transfer from Bordeaux to Pessac - Château Haut-Brion Winery: $9.54
  • Ultra - Bordeaux Airport Private Transfer City Centre to Bordeaux Airport BOD: $9.54
  • Ultra - Private Transfer from Bordeaux City Centre to Saint Emilion: $9.54
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Bordeaux Airport (BOD) to Bordeaux: $42
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Bordeaux to Bordeaux Airport (BOD): $42
  • Private Transfer: Bordeaux to Bordeaux Airport (BOD): $68
  • Departure Private Transfer Bordeaux City to Bordeaux Airport BOD by Business Car: $74
  • Arrival Private Transfer Bordeaux Airport BOD to Bordeaux City in Business Car: $74
  • Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport Transfer to City Center Hotel: $87
  • Departure Private Transfers : Bordeaux to Bordeaux Airport BOD in Business Car: $106

Is it cheaper to fly into Dijon or Bordeaux?

Prices for flights to both Bordeaux and Dijon 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.





Entertainment

Entertainment and activities in Dijon typically cost an average of €20 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

Bordeaux's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around €6.31 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Dijon 20
    Bordeaux 6.31

Tours and Activities in Dijon

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Dijon are as follows:

  • 105-Minute Tour with a French-Speaking Guide: $9.93
  • Wines of Burgundy Half-Day Tour of Beaune: $106
  • From Half-Day Tour of Cote de Nuits Vineyards: $107
  • Half Day Tour of the Cote de Nuits Vineyards from Dijon: $110
  • Small-Group Full-Day Tour of Côte de Nuits, Côte de Beaune Vineyards and Beaune Historical District: $166
  • Half-day Private Tour in Côte de Nuits: $218
  • Burgundy Wine Lovers Tasting Tour with Private Driver: $311
  • Dijon Walking Tour with professional guide: $355
  • Private Full Day Tour Burgundy Gourmet: $358
  • Private Tour: Wines of Burgundy Day Tour from Dijon: $361
  • E-Bike Burgundy Champs Elysées Tour: $452
  • Private Full Day Tour Unesco: $467

Tours and Activities in Bordeaux

Here are a few actual costs in Bordeaux for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • The Best of Find more than wine in the city centre on this audio tour: $5.00
  • Centre of Explore over 2,000 years of history on an audio tour: $5.00
  • Bordeaux Private Tour: Old Town Exploration Game: $5.59
  • Self-guided Discovery Walk in Bordeaux’s City Centre: a short local adventure: $10
  • Bordeaux River Cruise: $16
  • Bordeaux City Sights Walking Tour: $17
  • Musical Walking Tour of Bordeaux: $19
  • Bordeaux La Cité du Vin Wine Culture Museum Skip-the-Line Entrance Ticket: $25
  • 1-Hour Bordeaux Electric Scooter Tour: $31
  • 1-Hour Electric Bike Tour of Bordeaux: $31
  • Bordeaux Electric Bike Rental Self Guided City Tour: $31
  • 1-Hour Bordeaux Electric Scooter Tour: $31

Alcohol

The average person spends about €23 on alcoholic beverages in Dijon per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Bordeaux may vary from person to person, on average a person spends €21 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Dijon 23
    Bordeaux 21

Sample the Local Flavors in Dijon

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Dijon:

  • Half-Day Wine Tour of Burgundy: $81
  • Small-Group Burgundy Tour with Wine Tastings from Dijon: $84
  • Côte de Nuits: 3-Hour Wine Tour with Tastings: $89
  • Half-Day Tour of Beaune with Wine Tasting from Dijon: $108
  • Dijon Small-Group Day Tour including Wine Tastings and Lunch: $233

Sample the Local Flavors in Bordeaux

Also in Bordeaux, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Bordeaux Wine and Trade Museum Admission Ticket with Wine Tasting: $8.71
  • Walking Tour and Wine Tasting: $20
  • La Cité du Vin Entrance Ticket and Wine Tasting: $24
  • Wine Tasting Cruise from Cité du Vin: $26
  • Discover Bordeaux vineyard : special wine tasting with two cellar men brothers: $37
  • Cheese & Wine Tasting in Bordeaux: $48
  • Bordeaux Cheese & Wine Tasting Walking Guided Tour: $49
  • Chateau du Taillan and Park including Wine Tasting Tour: $50
  • Bordeaux Urban Wine Tour: Wine Chateau and Wine Bar: $61
  • Bordeaux Morning Wine Tasting Class: $61
  • Bordeaux Small-Group Wine Tasting & Workshop with a Professional Sommelier: $61
  • Bordeaux Vineyards Wine Tasting Half-Day Trip: $61


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Dijon and Bordeaux, we can see that Dijon is more expensive. And not only is Bordeaux much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Bordeaux would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Bordeaux 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 Dijon would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Dijon than you might in Bordeaux.

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