A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Ezcaray vs. Bilbao

Should you visit Ezcaray or Bilbao?

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Ezcaray or Bilbao, 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.

Ezcaray

Ezcaray, Spain is a great place to go if you are looking for a scenic, relaxing, and peaceful destination. It is located in the Sierra de la Demanda mountains on the banks of the Oja river. Because of the mountain range nearby, it is also a great place for mountaineers. Ezcaray is a small town with big charm and momentous possibilities. It is located right at the base of the San Lorenzo peak in the Oja valley in the La Rioja region of Spain. The town has a population of less than 2,000, so it is a far cry from big city life, but that's part of what makes it such a gem to visit. Some say it is one of the best locations to get an authentic feel of real Spain without the big touristy populations. Its sheer beauty has also been compared to something out of a fairy tale.

Bilbao

The industrial city of Bilbao is located on a port of the Nervión River in northern Spain, an important location of Basque country. While the downtown is filled with skyscrapers and innovative architecture, it sits between a river and mountains of natural allure. A city of hard-workers to the core, Bilbao displays remnants of its industrial past, though in more recent years it has transformed into a center for art. It is now a popular location for visitors looking to experience art galleries and museums.

Which city is cheaper, Bilbao or Ezcaray?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Ezcaray is €89, while the average daily cost in Bilbao is €110. 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 Ezcaray and Bilbao in more detail.




Accommodation

The prices for places to stay in Ezcaray can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is €45, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around €90.

Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about €114 for a double occupancy room in Bilbao.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Ezcaray 45
    Bilbao 57
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Ezcaray 90
    Bilbao 114


Food

In Ezcaray travelers spend around €32 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.

On average, meal and food prices in Bilbao cost around €37 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around €15.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Ezcaray 32
    Bilbao 37

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bilbao

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

  • The authentic Bilbao food tour: $96


Local Transportation

To get around in Ezcaray, the average visitor spends €17 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.

The average price of local transportation around Bilbao is €21 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.
    Ezcaray 17
    Bilbao 21

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bilbao

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bilbao:

  • Round Trip Transfer Bilbao Airport (BIO) to Bilbao City Center: $70
  • Private one way arrival OR departure transfer in Bilbao from/to airport: $100
  • Private Transfer from Bilbao to Santander Port: $205
  • Private Transfer from Bilbao to San Sebastian: $219
  • Private Transfer from Bilbao to Laguardia: $287
  • Private Transfer from Bilbao to Elciego town: $287
  • Private Transfer from Bilbao city to Vitoria Airport: $137
  • Private Transfer from Bilbao city to Vitoria: $137
  • Private Transfer from Bilbao city to Santander Airport: $205
  • Private Transfer from Bilbao city to Santander: $205
  • Private Transfer from Bilbao city to San Sebastian Airport: $219
  • Private Transfer from Bilbao city to Pamplona Airport: $287


Entertainment

In Ezcaray, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average €17 per person, per day.

Bilbao's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around €23 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.
    Ezcaray 17
    Bilbao 23

Tours and Activities in Bilbao

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

  • 2-day Bilbao Pinxos Experience with Guggenheim Museum Ticket: $261
  • 3 Days Walking holidays in the Basque Mountains: Nature & Gastronomy experiences: $454
  • 3-day Bilbao Basic Golf Experience: $360
  • 3-day Bilbao Bike Tour and Guggenheim Museum Ticket: $256
  • 5 Day Tour through northern Spain: $5,359
  • 5-day Basque Country Tour: $948
  • 7-day Basque Country Tour with Guggenheim Museum Ticket: $1,228
  • 7-day Basque Country Tour with Guggenheim Museum Ticket: $1,019
  • Accessible Guggenheim Museum Tour - Coastline Tour: $451
  • Basque Coast Tour: Vizcaya Bridge, Gaztelugatxe, Bermeo and Gernika: $75
  • Basque Country Full Day Tour from Bilbao: $112
  • Basque Towns Private Tour with Hotel or Cruise Pickup from Bilbao: $779


Alcohol

Typically, people visiting Ezcaray spend on average €15 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Bilbao may vary from person to person, on average a person spends €17 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Ezcaray 15
    Bilbao 17

Sample the Local Flavors in Bilbao

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

  • La Rioja and Vitoria Wine Tour with Winery Visit: $87
  • Cantabric Sea Experience: Food & Wine Tasting: $199
  • La Rioja Wine Tour with Two Winery Visits with Wine Tasting from Bilbao: $243
  • Architectural Rioja Wine Tour from Bilbao: $287
  • San Sebastian & The Basque Wine Region with Lunch and Wine Tasting (From Bilbao): $305
  • Essential Rioja Private Wine Tour from Bilbao: $311
  • La Rioja Wine Tour with Gourmet lunch from Bilbao: $383



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

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