A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Dubrovnik vs. Costa Vicentina for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Dubrovnik or Costa Vicentina?

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

Should I visit Dubrovnik or Costa Vicentina? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city has activities that align with your interests along with knowing which is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the details and the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Where Should I go: Dubrovnik or Costa Vicentina?


Dubrovnik, the "Pearl of the Adriatic", is a beautiful walled city in southern Croatia that sits on the edge of the Adriatic Sea. It's a small city, with only about 40,000 residents, but it's become one of the most significant tourist destinations in the Mediterranean. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The city was historically built on maritime trade, which is not surprising given its location near major Italian and Greek ports such as Venice, Bari, Corfu, and Trieste. It was a center of language and literature and was the home of many important poets, playwrights, painters, and scientists during the 15th and 16th centuries. Today its economy is dependent on tourism and it is one of the most popular destinations in the region. People visit the city for its impressive history, beautiful setting, great weather, and interesting architecture.

Costa Vicentina

Costa Vicentina is the beautiful coastal area in southwest Portugal which runs through both the Algarve and Alentejo Regions along the southern coast. This is actually part of the longest stretch of protected coastline in Portugal, making it one of the best places to experience the unadulterated beauty and nature of the country. Costa Vicentina offers miles of some of the best Portugal beaches, fantastic hiking trails, and lovely old villages to explore. The area sees far more Portuguese tourists than international ones, so expect Portuguese to be the only language spoken by many people, especially in the smaller villages.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best 2-Week Tours from Split, The Best Family-Friendly Tours to Croatia, The Best Walking Tours in Portugal, and The Best Luxury Tours to Portugal.

Which place is cheaper, Costa Vicentina or Dubrovnik?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Dubrovnik is $104, while the average daily cost in Costa Vicentina is $134. 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 destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Dubrovnik and Costa Vicentina in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Dubrovnik $54
    Costa Vicentina $71
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Dubrovnik $108
    Costa Vicentina $142
Compare Hotels in Dubrovnik and Costa Vicentina

Looking for a hotel in Dubrovnik or Costa Vicentina? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Dubrovnik

Hotels in Costa Vicentina

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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Dubrovnik Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Dubrovnik $13
    Costa Vicentina $43
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Dubrovnik

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Dubrovnik:

  • Bus Around Town

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dubrovnik

Also for Dubrovnik, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Dubrovnik City Private Departure Transfer to Dubrovnik Airport : $33
  • Airport Private Transfer Dubrovnik: $27
  • Airport Transfer Dubrovnik to Herceg Novi / Portonovi: $262
  • Arrival Private Transfers: Dubrovnik Airport DBV to Dubrovnik in Luxury Van: $54
  • Budva to Dubrovnik one way transfer: $203
  • Bus transfer between Dubrovnik and Herceg Novi: $26
  • Departure Private Transfers: Dubrovnik to Dubrovnik Airport DBV in Business Car: $48
  • Departure Private Transfers: Dubrovnik to Dubrovnik Airport DBV in Luxury Van: $54
  • Direct And Private Transfer From Dubrovnik To Split: $71
  • Dubrovnik Airport (DBV) to Dubrovnik Cruise Port - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $57
  • Dubrovnik Airport (DBV): Private Transfer to Dubrovnik: $181
  • Dubrovnik Airport (DBV): Transfer to Dubrovnik Cruise Port: $181

Is it cheaper to fly into Dubrovnik or Costa Vicentina?

Prices for flights to both Costa Vicentina and Dubrovnik 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 Meals for one day
    Dubrovnik $35
    Costa Vicentina $37
Typical Food Prices in Dubrovnik

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Dubrovnik:

  • Seafood Dinner (for 2)

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Dubrovnik

For Dubrovnik, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Sunset Dinner Cruise around the Old Town: $76
  • Secrets of traditional Dalmatian cuisine with a cooking class: $128
  • Old Town Food Tour: $143
  • Dubrovnik Old Town Food Tour: Small-Group Experience: $153
  • Private Old Town Highlights & Food Tour: $157
  • Konavle Wine& History&food Tour: $194
  • Traditional Dalmatian Cooking Class from Dubrovnik: $198
  • Traditional Cooking Class in Dubrovnik Countryside: $202
  • Pelješac Full-Day Wine and Food Tour from Dubrovnik: $209
  • Private Dinner with Wine and Homemade Tapas: $214
  • From Majkovi Village and Ston Private Food Tour: $476
  • Dubrovnik and Konavle gastro&food tour: $481

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Dubrovnik $21
    Costa Vicentina $18
Typical Entertainment Prices in Dubrovnik

For Dubrovnik, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:

  • Boat to Lokrum Island (for 2)
  • Dubrovnik City Wall Tour (for 2)
  • Dubrovnik Cable Car (for 2)

Tours and Activities in Dubrovnik

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Dubrovnik.

  • First Discovery Walk and Reading Walking Tour: $3.21
  • Self-Guided Highlights Scavenger Hunt & Tour: $5.13
  • Selfguided tour of the old town of Dubrovnik: $5.35
  • Self-guided tour of the old town of Dubrovnik: $5.46
  • Game Of Thrones Self-guided tour with mobile app: $5.98
  • City Exploration Game and Tour on your Phone: $6.41
  • City Exploration Game and Tour: $6.42
  • Dubrovnik Scavenger Hunt and Best Landmarks Self-Guided Tour: $6.55
  • Medieval Adventure City Game: $6.94
  • Cavtat Old Town Quest Experience: $7.09
  • Shell Museum Private Guided Tour: $7.64
  • Historic Center Self-Guided Audio Tour (ENG): $7.70

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Dubrovnik $15
    Costa Vicentina $9.37

Sample the Local Flavors in Dubrovnik

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Dubrovnik:

  • Konavle wine tasting tour from Dubrovnik with 2 vinery's: $53
  • Sunset Wine Tasting At Panorama Point: $67
  • Day Tour of Korcula Island from Dubrovnik with Wine Tasting: $70
  • From Korcula Island Tour with Wine Tasting: $74
  • Half-Day Wine Tasting with Snacks and Ston Place Visit: $75
  • Interactive Wine Tour: $80
  • Konavle Biking and Wine Tasting Tour - Dubrovnik: $80
  • Interactive Wine Tour in Dubrovnik: $91
  • 2-Hour Kayaking at Sunset with Wine Tasting and Appetizers: $93
  • Half-Day Tour from Dubrovnik to Konavle with Wine Tasting: $98
  • From Half-Day Wine Tasting and Cavtat City Tour: $103
  • Luxury Sunset Tour with Wine Tasting: $104

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

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Dubrovnik Expensive? and Is Costa Vicentina Expensive?.