A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Dublin vs. Monaco for Nightlife, Couples, Food, and Families

Should you visit Dublin or Monaco?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Dublin or Monaco, this travel comparison, which includes costs, can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison down below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Dublin

Dublin is a fun, laid-back, and friendly city. And you can't forget about the shopping, museums, and nightlife.

Monaco

Monaco is a thrilling, posh, and glitzy coastal resort area. Travelers will also find plenty of sights and attractions here, as it's a big city that attracts lots of visitors. The beauty of this spot is also one of the main reasons why visitors come. And you can't forget about the shopping, nightlife, and food.

Dublin and Monaco: Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
Cons
  • Less popular with couples
Pros
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Big city activities
  • Impressive beauty
Cons
  • Less family-friendly
  • Less popular with backpackers


How is Dublin different from Monaco?

Which is Better for a Holiday?

Let's take a look at the differences and similarities between Monaco and Dublin. Then, you can decide for yourself which place is better for your next trip.

Is Dublin or Monaco Better for Food?

Dublin
Monaco

Local dishes at restaurants are fun to try in both Dublin and Monaco.

Visitors will find a budding food and restaurant scene in Dublin. Seafood has become popular around town, but you can also try traditional favorites like stew, pancakes, or coddle.

Monaco has a number of nationally recognized food spots and restaurants. The cuisine is heavily influenced by both French and Italian cuisines. You'll find many dishes that take advantage of the coastal location, with seafood being very common. The national dish is Barbagiuan, which is a deep-fried pastry that is filled with ricotta cheese, Swiss chard, and other vegetables.


Is Dublin or Monaco Better for Nightlife?

Dublin
Monaco

It's hard to distinguish whether Dublin or Monaco has a better nightlife scene.

Dublin is a must-see party destination. Temple Bar is where you'll find the greatest concentration of pubs and nightlife. The city is among the friendliest and most welcoming, and this is seen even in the vibe around town at night.

Monaco is a destination that you simply have to visit at least once for nightlife. It's where sophistication meets glam, with many luxury nightclubs, cocktail bars, casinos, and even opera houses that you can explore. The city attracts celebrities, wealthy business people, and jetsetters who are looking to socialize, see, and be seen.

Is Dublin or Monaco Better for Shopping?

Dublin
Monaco

Shopping is a popular activity in both Monaco and Dublin.

Dublin is a popular shopping destination with plenty of stores. Head to Grafton Street to see a number of brand name and local shops. It's a pedestrian street that is fun to wander around.

Many people travel to Monaco specifically to go shopping. A visit would not be complete without experiencing the city's shopping. There are couture, luxury brands as well as local boutiques that are frequented by the wealthy and famous. Popular shopping areas include Le Metropole Shopping Center, Fontvieille Shopping Centre, and La Condamine Market.

Is Dublin or Monaco Better for Families?

Dublin
Monaco

Families will find a wider variety of activities in Dublin than Monaco.

Dublin is a very kid-friendly city. Explore the waterways with the viking splash, learn about the vikings at the museum Dublina, or visit any of the other kid-friendly museums around town, or see a show at The Gaiety.

For families, Monaco is not always the best place to visit. The city has a few family-friendly activities like an Oceanography Museum, a Zoological Park, and a harbor where kids can explore. You can also check out the Changing of the Guards in the Old Town. The public beach in town, Plage du Larvotto, is very family-friendly as well.

Is Dublin or Monaco Better for Couples?

Dublin
Monaco

Monaco offers a wider variety of romantic activities for couples than Dublin.

Monaco has so much to offer for a romantic couple's vacation. Filled with luxury, a couple can enjoy perusing the yachts in the harbor, dining on fine cuisine at an award winning restaurant, or staying at one of the many fancy hotels in town. You can also explore the area by air, by taking a truly spectacular helicopter tour.

Dublin is a good city for couples to visit. It's laid-back vibe and countless pubs make it a fun weekend getaway for couples.


Is Dublin or Monaco Better for Public Transit?

Dublin
Monaco

You'll find somewhat comparable public transit options in both Dublin and Monaco.

You'll find some public transit in Dublin, but it may not be enough to take you everywhere. There is a comprehensive bus system around town.

While Monaco offers some public transit options, it might not be your first choice. There is a bus system.

Is Dublin or Monaco a more walkable city?

Dublin
Monaco

Dublin and Monaco both are comparable when exploring on foot.

Getting around Dublin on foot is easy. Because it is so compact and flat, it is easy to explore the city center on foot.

Monaco is a very easy city to get around on foot. It's small and compact size means that it is easy to explore the entire area on foot in a short amount of time.

Should I spend more time in Monaco or Dublin?

How long in Dublin or Monaco?

Visitors can find plenty of fun things to do in both Dublin and Monaco. With generally more activities and things to do, visitors tend to spend more time in Dublin than Monaco.

The ideal length of time for a trip to Dublin is 2-5 days, and the ideal length of time for a trip to Monaco is 1-3 days.


  • How many days in Dublin or Monaco? Ideal Length of Stay
    Dublin 2-5 
    Monaco 1-3

One day in Dublin or Monaco?

Many travelers enjoy the food and shopping when visiting the destination of Dublin. But since there are so many activities, you'll likely want to spend more than one day exploring.

Monaco is a bustling city that offers something for everyone. You can also relax and pamper yourself at one of the resorts. One day is often enough time to do most activities.

A weekend in Dublin or Monaco?

Dublin is a great place to explore. It is common to spend a weekend here. Don't miss the nightlife, as that's what most people do. With all of its activities, you can easily fill a weekend here. Your budget might influence how long you stay.

Monaco is a great place to explore. It is common to spend a weekend here. With all of its activities, you can easily fill a weekend here. Your budget might influence how long you stay.


Five days in Dublin or Monaco?

It's hard to know how much time to spend in Dublin. Don't miss the nightlife, as that's what most people do. For many, it makes a great getaway for five days. With all of its activities, you can easily fill five days here. It has many unique tourist attractions and fascinating things to do.

It's hard to know how much time to spend in Monaco. People enjoy relaxing at one of the resorts. Five days may feel like too much time unless you plan to do a lot of relaxing. It has many unique tourist attractions and fascinating things to do.

A week in Dublin or Monaco?

Travelers enjoy the nightlife and live music when visiting the laid-back destination of Dublin. This city offers a variety of activities to choose from. Most people find that one week is more than enough time to see everything.

Travelers enjoy the scuba diving and snorkeling and shopping when visiting the captivating big city of Monaco. This coastal resort area offers a variety of activities to choose from. Travelers enjoy the resorts in the area as well. Most people find that one week is more than enough time to see everything.

Which city is cheaper, Monaco or Dublin?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Dublin is €112, while the average daily cost in Monaco is €148. 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. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Dublin and Monaco in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Dublin 53
    Monaco 94
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Dublin 106
    Monaco 188
Compare Hotels in Dublin and Monaco

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Hotels in Dublin


Hotels in Monaco


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Dublin 14
    Monaco 14
Typical Local Transportation prices in Dublin

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Dublin:


  • Rental Car for a Day
    15

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dublin

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Dublin:

  • 1st Class Dublin Airport Transfers: $162
  • Arrival Private Transfer Business Car Dublin airport DUB to Dublin: $85
  • Arrival Private Transfer Luxury Van Dublin airport DUB to Dublin City: $121
  • Ballsbridge Hotel To Dublin Airport Private Chauffeur Transfer: $274
  • Ballsbridge Hotel To Dublin Airport Private Chauffeur Transfer: $162
  • Citywest Hotel To Dublin Airport Private Chauffeur Transfer Pending: $146
  • Clayton Hotel Burlington Road To Dublin Airport Private Chauffeur Transfer: $187
  • Clayton Hotel Burlington Road To Dublin Airport Private Chauffeur Transfer: $274
  • Clontarf Castle Hotel Dublin To Dublin Airport Private Chauffeur Transfer: $248
  • Clontarf Castle Hotel Dublin To Dublin Airport Private Chauffeur Transfer: $174
  • Collon House & Garden To Dublin Airport Or City Private Chauffeur Transfer: $311
  • Conrad Hotel Dublin To Dublin Airport Private Chauffeur Transfer: $248

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Monaco

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Monaco:

  • Between Monaco and Nice: Single Helicopter Transfer: $199
  • Departure Private Transfers from Monaco City to Nice Airport NCE: $98
  • Departure Private Transfers from Monaco City to Nice Airport NCE in Luxury Van: $118
  • Monaco Private Transfer from Monaco-Ville to Nice Airport: $174
  • Monaco Transfer: Monaco Cruise Port to Nice Airport: $80
  • Nice Airport Transfers : Monaco City to Nice Airport NCE in Business Car: $108
  • Nice Airport Transfers : Monaco City to Nice Airport NCE in Luxury Car: $157
  • Nice Airport Transfers : Monaco City to Nice Airport NCE in Luxury Van: $124
  • Private Departure Transfer from Monaco Hotels to Nice Airport: $65
  • Private transfer: Monaco Airport (MCM) to Monaco: $622

Is it cheaper to fly into Dublin or Monaco?

Prices for flights to both Monaco and Dublin 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.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Dublin 39
    Monaco 43
Typical Food prices in Dublin

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Dublin:


  • Lunch Lynam's Pub
    3.95

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Dublin

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

  • Skip the Line:Traditional Irish Night Show Ticket in Dublin with 3-Course Dinner: $37
  • Irish Craic & Cuisine (Cooking Class & Dinner): $68
  • Delicious Walking Food Tour: $74
  • Private Cooking Class in a Modern Home with Sea Views in Skerries, Dublin: $77
  • Skip the Line: Irish Night Show Including 4-Course Dinner Ticket: $77
  • Howth Craft Beer and Seafood Tour for private groups: $87
  • Private Tour: Secret Food Tours Dublin: $95
  • Christmas Finger Food & CanapĂ© Cooking Class in Dublin City Center: $106
  • Learn to Make Your Own Sushi - 2.5 hour Cooking Class: $106
  • Private Dublin Walking Food Tour with a Local Food Historian: $180
  • Dublin Secret Food Tour w/ Private Tour Option: $206
  • 5-Day Essential Cooking Class in Dublin with Professional Chef: $485

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Dublin 20
    Monaco 18
Typical Entertainment prices in Dublin

Here are a few typical costs in Dublin for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:


  • Wild Wicklow Tour
    26
  • Guinness Brewery for Two
    27
  • St Pauls Cathedral
    4.50
  • Dublin Writer's Museum
    6.30

Tours and Activities in Dublin

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

  • Skip the Line: Dublin Christ Church Cathedral Admission Ticket: $9.33
  • Self-Guided City Experience: $12
  • Dublin Rogues Tour is a walking tour in Merrion Square Park: $12
  • Self-Guided Audio Tour in English: $14
  • Virtual Dublin History, Culture & Craic Tour: $15
  • Dublin Walking Tour: The Dark Side: $16
  • Lonely Planet Experience: Dublin Highlights & Hidden Gems with a Local: $17
  • Silent Disco Walking Tour: $17
  • Historical 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour of Dublin: $17
  • Skip the Line: GPO Witness History Visitor Centre Admission Ticket: $17
  • Tour a piedi di Dublino in Italiano: $18
  • Dead Interesting Tour at Glasnevin Cemetery Museum: $18

Typical Entertainment prices in Monaco

Here are a few typical costs in Monaco for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:


  • Grand Prix for Two
    101

Tours and Activities in Monaco

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

  • Oceanographic Museum of Monaco Ticket: $20
  • Monaco Hop on Hop Off Sightseeing Bus Tour: $29
  • Nice: Guided Monte-Carlo Tour: $45
  • From Nice: Eze, Monaco & Monte Carlo Half-Day Tour: $51
  • Monte-Carlo and Monaco sightseeing walking tour with an expert guide: $56
  • Full-Day Small Group Tour to Monaco and Eze: $90
  • From Cannes: Monaco Small Group Night Tour: $96
  • From Nice: Full-Day Monaco, Monte-Carlo & Eze Tour: $104
  • Group tour of French Riviera from the port of Monaco/Monte-Carlo: $112
  • Helicopter Sightseeing Flight: $164
  • Monaco 30/60-Minute Ferrari Driving Experience: $172
  • Lamborghini Sports Car Experience from Monaco: $211

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Dublin 14
    Monaco 21

Sample the Local Flavors in Dublin

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

  • Authentic Brewery Tour: $11
  • Generation Pub Crawl: $14
  • Dublin Literary Pub Crawl: $19
  • Jameson Distillery Guided Tour with Whiskey Tasting: $31
  • Lonely Planet Experiences: Private Whiskey Distillery Excursion: $541

Sample the Local Flavors in Monaco

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

  • Authentic Wine Tasting Experience: $48
  • Monaco Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Nice and Eze with Wine Tasting: $657
  • Private St-Jeannet, St-Paul-de-Vence, and Wine Tour from Monaco: $843


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

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