A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Geneva vs. Brussels

Should you visit Geneva or Brussels?

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the prices of travel for Geneva and Brussels. We’ll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget. So, let's dig into it.

Geneva

Geneva is the second largest city in Switzerland and was previously the home for the United Nations Headquarters. The UN is now housed in New York City, but there is still a very strong presence in Geneva. Geneva is not known to be as energetic as some other European cities, but if you search it out, then you're sure to find some interesting places and lively nightlife. It's a very international city, in part because of the heavy UN presence, giving it an interesting feel. It is a French speaking city, and advertisements, signs, and television are all done in French.

Brussels

Brussels is the capital of Belgium and also the sight of the headquarters of the European Union. Generally speaking, it's an expensive city that sees a good amount of travelers. It is also a highly political city that has an air of importance and power. It's an incredibly international city, with people from all over the world flocking to it due to its political, economical, and cultural significance.

Which city is cheaper, Brussels or Geneva?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Geneva is $170, while the average daily cost in Brussels is $118. 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 Geneva and Brussels in more detail.




Accommodation

Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about $236 for a double occupancy room in Geneva.

Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about $130 for a double occupancy room in Brussels.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Geneva $118
    Brussels $65
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Geneva $236
    Brussels $130


Food

In Geneva travelers spend around $43 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.

The price of a meal in Brussels can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $30 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $12 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Geneva $43
    Brussels $30

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Geneva

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

  • Taste My Swiss City Self-Guided Food Tour: $77
  • Old Geneva food tour: $268

Typical Food prices in Brussels

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


  • Ice Cream & Macaroons
    $5.61
  • Dessert (Turkish Delights)
    $5.79
  • Cheese
    $6.83
  • Olives and Snacks
    $8.51
  • Waffle
    $3.66

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Brussels

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

  • Classic Belgian cooking class and lunch: $79
  • Your Private Tailored Belgian Food Tour with a Local: $93
  • Cooking Lesson and Gourmet Belgian-Inspired Meal with a Local in Brussels: $115
  • Private Brussels Food Tour (walking lunch or dinner): $373


Local Transportation

The cost of a taxi ride in Geneva is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $7.62 per person, per day, on local transportation in Geneva.

The cost of a taxi ride in Brussels is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $15 per person, per day, on local transportation in Brussels.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Geneva $7.62
    Brussels $15

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Geneva

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Geneva:

  • Departure Private Transfer Business Car Geneva City to Geneva airport GVA: $93
  • Departure Private Transfer Geneva City to Zurich Airport ZRH by Business Car: $548
  • Departure Private Transfer Luxury Car Geneva City to Geneva airport GVA: $135
  • Departure Private Transfer Luxury Van Geneva City to Geneva airport GVA: $114
  • Geneva Airport (GVA) to Geneva - Arrival Private Car Transfer: $68
  • Geneva Airport Transfers : Geneva City to Geneva Airport GVA in Business Car: $100
  • Geneva Airport Transfers : Geneva City to Geneva Airport GVA in Business Van: $116
  • Geneva Airport Transfers : Geneva City to Geneva Airport GVA in Luxury Van: $121
  • Geneva Departure Private Transfers from Geneva City to Geneva Airport GVA: $95
  • Geneva Private Transfer from Geneva city centre to Geneva Airport: $208
  • Geneva to Geneva Airport (GVA) - Departure Private Car Transfer: $68
  • Geneva to Geneva Airport (GVA) - Departure Private Van Transfer: $41

Typical Local Transportation prices in Brussels

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Brussels are as follows:


  • Subway Pass
    $5.49
  • Atomium train ticket (2)
    $9.75

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Brussels

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Brussels:

  • Airport Transfer Charleroi To Bruges: $411
  • Airport Transfer Charleroi To Brussels: $179
  • Airport transfers from Brussels to Zaventem Brussels airport by luxury car: $85
  • Brussels Airport Departure Transfer (Brussels Hotels to Brussels Airport): $81
  • Brussels Airport Transfers : Brussels City to Airport BRU in Business Car: $79
  • Brussels Airport Transfers : Brussels to Airport BRU in Luxury Van: $79
  • Brussels City all area to Brussels Airport BRU - Private Airport transfer 1-3pax: $60
  • Brussels City all area to Brussels Airport BRU - Private Airport transfer 1-7pax: $60
  • Brussels Departure Private Transfers from Brussels City to Brussels Airport BRU: $87
  • Brussels Departure Private Transfers from Brussels City to Brussels Airport BRU: $83
  • Brussels Private Transfer from Brussels city centre to Brussels Airport (BRU): $108
  • Brussels Private Transfer from Brussels city centre to Brussels Charleroi Airport (CRL): $263


Entertainment

Entertainment and activities in Geneva typically cost an average of $24 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

Entertainment and activities in Brussels typically cost an average of $14 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Geneva $24
    Brussels $14

Tours and Activities in Geneva

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

  • 1-Hour Lake Geneva Cruise: $20
  • International District and Lake Geneva Shore Tour: $27
  • Geneva City Tour: $64
  • Annecy Half-Day Tour from Geneva: $80
  • Independent Chamonix and Mont Blanc Tour from Geneva: $90
  • Geneva E-Bike Tour Lake Leman and Old Town: $93
  • From Yvoire Castle & Lake Geneva Cruise: $98
  • Chamonix, Mont-Blanc Day Tour from Geneva: $107
  • Annecy Half-Day Trip + Geneva City Tour: $128
  • Europa-Park Theme Park Ticket with Transport from Geneva: $172
  • Chamonix Day Trip and Geneva city tour: $178
  • Full Bahir Dar Tour, Lake Tana Monasteries and Blue Nile Fall: $204

Tours and Activities in Brussels

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

  • Brussels Autoworld Museum Entrance Ticket: $15
  • Brussels Atomium Admission Ticket: $19
  • Pick Up from your Hotel in Brussels to Departure point Brussels City Tours: $22
  • Self-Guided Interactive Place Saint Catherine Tour: $26
  • The Best Of Brussels Walking Tour: $54
  • Artistic Bruges on a Private Tour with a local: $75
  • 2-Hours Private Sightseeing Trip in Brussels: $83
  • Private And Personalized Experience: See Brussels With A Local: $84
  • Politics Experience With A Local Host: $84
  • Private 2-Hour Sightseeing Tour in Brussels: $84
  • Touristic highlights of Bruges on a Half Day (4 Hours) Private Tour with a local: $93
  • Experience the best of Bruges on a Private Tour with Boat Ride with a local: $93


Alcohol

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Geneva may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $18 per day on alcoholic beverages.

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Brussels may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $11 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Geneva $18
    Brussels $11

Sample the Local Flavors in Geneva

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Geneva:

  • Seneca Lake Wine Tasting & Tour: $167
  • Farms, Flights: Finger Lakes Brewery Tour: $180
  • Lavaux Panoramic Wine Tour from Geneva: $289
  • Winter ski tour: Wine tasting tour in Rhine region: $746
  • Swiss Wine Tasting at Lavaux Vineyards: Private Trip From Geneva: $1,097

Typical Alcohol prices in Brussels

Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Brussels are as follows:


  • Bottle of Wine
    $12
  • Beer
    $7.32



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

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