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

Should you visit Geneva or Vienna?

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the prices of travel for Geneva and Vienna. 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.

Vienna

Vienna is the largest city and capital of Austria. It has a population of over 1.7 million and is a cultural, political and economic center for the country. The historical center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and some complain that it feels more like a museum than a real city. Outside of the historical center though, is a young and vibrant city with a huge music scene, many street performers, and eclectic and fun restaurants and nightclubs.

Which city is cheaper, Vienna or Geneva?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Geneva is $166, while the average daily cost in Vienna is $139. 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 Vienna in more detail.



Accommodation

Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about $230 for a double occupancy room in Geneva.

The prices for places to stay in Vienna can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is $91, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around $182.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Geneva $115
    Vienna $91
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Geneva $230
    Vienna $182

Food

In Geneva travelers spend around $42 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.

In Vienna travelers spend around $27 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.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Geneva $42
    Vienna $27

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

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Vienna

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

  • Performance Of The Lipizzans At Spanish Riding School: $37
  • Christmas Day Dinner Cruise to Korneuburg: $43
  • Boxing Day Dinner Cruise to Korneuburg: $43
  • Naschmarkt Guided Food Tour: $44
  • Vienna Small-Group Food Tour of Naschmarkt: $46
  • Naschmarkt Food Tour: $50
  • Christmas Eve Dinner Cruise: $51
  • Evening Dinner Cruise: $63
  • Murder Mystery Dinner Cruise: $68
  • The Austrian Taste Dinner: $74
  • Traditional Dinner Show at the Wiener Rathauskeller: $74
  • Skip the Line: Austrian Dinner Show Ticket in Vienna: $85

Local Transportation

The cost of a taxi ride in Geneva is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $7.43 per person, per day, on local transportation in Geneva.

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Vienna than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $14 on transportation in Vienna on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Geneva $7.43
    Vienna $14

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Geneva

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Geneva:

  • VIP Transfer: $74
  • Transfer to Chamonix: $448
  • Taxi Transfer Geneva City or Airport ⇔ Zermatt both ways: $1,178
  • Superior Private Transfer from Geneva Hotels to Geneva Airport: $47
  • Superior Private Transfer From Geneva City to Lyon City: $156
  • Private Transfer from Geneva City to Geneva Airport: $100
  • Private Departure Transfer: Geneva Hotel to Geneva Airport: $37
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Geneva to Geneva International Airport (GVA): $39
  • Geneva to Geneva Airport (GVA)- Departure Private Car Transfer: $68
  • Geneva to Geneva Airport (GVA) - Departure Private Van Transfer: $41
  • Geneva to Geneva Airport (GVA) - Departure Private Car Transfer: $68
  • Geneva Private Transfer from Geneva city centre to Geneva Airport: $208

Typical Local Transportation prices in Vienna

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


  • Bus to Airport
    $36

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Vienna

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

  • Airport Transfer Vienna: $50
  • Airport Transfer Vienna with RSL Premium Chauffeured Services: $123
  • CAT Transfer: Vienna Airport – Wien Mitte: $12
  • Customizable One-Way Transfer in a Audi A6 Vehicle from Vienna: $116
  • Deluxe Private Transfer from Hotel in Vienna to Vienna Airport: $37
  • Deluxe Private Transfer from Vienna City to Bratislava City: $50
  • Departure Private Transfer from Vienna City to Vienna Airport VIE by Luxury Van: $62
  • Departure Private Transfer from Vienna City to Vienna Airport VIE by Minibus: $194
  • Departure Private Transfer: Vienna City to Vienna Airport VIE by Business Car: $52
  • Departure PrivateTransfer from Vienna City to Vienna Airport VIE by Luxury Car: $98
  • Direct one way transfer from Vienna to Prague: $655
  • From Vienna to Frankfurt Airport Private Transfer - punctual & friendly Driver: $644

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.

Sightseeing expenses in Vienna, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $34 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Geneva $24
    Vienna $34

Tours and Activities in Geneva

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

  • Annecy Half-Day Tour from Geneva: $80
  • Annecy Half-Day Trip + Geneva City Tour: $128
  • Annecy and Geneva private sightseeing tour: $379
  • Annecy, the Venice of the Alps private tour: $329
  • Chamonix Day Trip and Geneva city tour: $178
  • Chamonix Gold private exclusive tour from Geneva: $619
  • Chamonix Mont Blanc Private Sightseeing Tour: $379
  • Chamonix Mont Blanc Private Tour from Geneva: $387
  • Chamonix, Mont-Blanc Day Tour from Geneva: $107
  • Chocolate and cheese factory private tour in Gruyères: $394
  • Europa-Park Theme Park Ticket with Transport from Geneva: $172
  • From Yvoire Castle & Lake Geneva Cruise: $98

Tours and Activities in Vienna

For Vienna, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Explore the cultural heart of Vienna on an audio walking tour: $5.20
  • Vienna Private Tour: The 7 Wonders of Vienna Spy Game: $5.65
  • 1–Hour MuseumsQuartier Guided Site Tour: $6.79
  • Entrance Ticket for the Museum of Torture: $6.79
  • Medieval Tour of The City's Legends and Hidden Past: $8.48
  • Schmetterlinghaus - Imperial Butterfly House Vienna Admission Ticket: $8.71
  • Imperial Carriage Museum in Schönbrunn Palace Ticket: $9.05
  • Guided Tour of Museum Quarter in Vienna: $10
  • Skip the Line Third Man Museum Admission Ticket Vienna: $11
  • Digital Tour of Over 100 Sights: $11
  • Jewish Museum and Museum Judenplatz Tickets: $11
  • Dom Museum Wien Ticket and Multimedia Guide: $12

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.

Typically, people visiting Vienna spend on average $11 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Geneva $18
    Vienna $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

Sample the Local Flavors in Vienna

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

  • Alternative Pub Crawl: $17
  • CLASSICAL TOUR Individual cellar tour with audio guide and 1 free wine tasting: $17
  • Local Wine Tasting in a Historic Roman Wine Cellar: $31
  • Wine Tasting and Cellar Tour in German: $63
  • Wine Tasting Tour: $90
  • From Half-day Countryside Wine Tour: $130
  • Wachau Valley Day Tour with Wine Tasting: $141
  • Romantic Old Vienna City Walk and Wine Tasting: $351
  • Private tour to Lednice castle and chateau Valtice with wine tasting from Vienna: $498
  • Private Tour: Wachau Valley Tour, Melk Abbey Visit, and Wine Tastings from Vienna: $560


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Geneva and Vienna, we can see that Geneva is more expensive. And not only is Vienna much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Vienna would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Vienna 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 Vienna.

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