A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Giverny vs. Bordeaux

Should you visit Giverny or Bordeaux?

Should I visit Giverny or Bordeaux? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Giverny

Giverny (pronounced jee-vair-knee) is a commune in Northern France. It sits on the right bank of the River Seine where it meets the River Epte. This area has been a settlement since Neolithic times and the town has various monuments from many periods of its long existence. Beginning around 1887, a number of American Impressionist artists settled to work in Giverny, drawn by the landscapes, the overall atmosphere, and the presence of Monet. It has now become a place of pilgrimage for many art lovers. It was here that Claude Monet lived for 43 years, until his death at the age of 86 in 1926. Although his house is now prized by connoisseurs of 19th-century interior decoration, it's his garden, with its Japanese-inspired water-lily pond and bridge, that remains the high point for many, as it is a 5-acre, three-dimensional Impressionist painting where you can stroll around at leisure. Most make this a day trip, but Giverny has some lovely lodgings, so you could also overnight here.

Bordeaux

Bordeaux is the place to go for fine wines. It's a very mellow, cultural city where you can enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of a quaint cafe or restaurant without being rushed. The city is the capital of Gironde, and the entire metropolitan area has over one million residents. The city also has a rather large and vibrant university and the population is known to be very tolerant and liberal. There is a very strong artistic vibe in the city and, due to it's history of English rule, there is an English flair to the area. The large student population means that there is no shortage of opportunities to see shows, hear music, or visit a museum.

Which city is cheaper, Bordeaux or Giverny?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Giverny is €100, while the average daily cost in Bordeaux is €95. 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 Giverny and Bordeaux in more detail.




Accommodation

An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about €96 in Giverny For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around €51. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Bordeaux the cost is €102 on average.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Giverny 48
    Bordeaux 51
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Giverny 96
    Bordeaux 102


Food

On average, meal and food prices in Giverny cost around €28 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 €11.

The average traveler spends about €36 per day in Bordeaux for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Giverny 28
    Bordeaux 36

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bordeaux

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

  • Street Food Tour by Bike: $57
  • 2-Hour River Dinner Cruise: $72
  • Bordeaux Traditional Food Tour: $106
  • Small-group French Cooking Class in Bordeaux with Dinner: $108
  • Saint-Emilion Afternoon & French Cooking Class: $210
  • Bordeaux and La Cité du Vin Day Tour with French Cuisine Cooking Class: $514


Local Transportation

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Giverny than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend €39 on transportation in Giverny on average per day.

The average price of local transportation around Bordeaux is €12 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.
    Giverny 39
    Bordeaux 12

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Giverny

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

  • Private Airport Transfer: Giverny to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG): $274
  • Private Transfer from House of Claude Monet to Paris City Center: $117
  • Ultra - Private Transfer from Giverny to visit Claude Monet's Garden to Paris: $9.41

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bordeaux

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bordeaux:

  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Bergerac-Roumanière Airport to Bordeaux City - One Way: $358
  • Private Transfer from Airport to Bordeaux City: $149
  • Bordeaux Airport Transfers: Bordeaux to Bordeaux Airport BOD in Luxury Car: $131
  • Bordeaux Private Transfer from Bordeaux city centre to Bordeaux Airport: $124
  • Departure Private Transfer Bordeaux City to Bordeaux Airport BOD by Minivan: $117
  • Arrival Private Transfer Bordeaux Airport BOD to Bordeaux City by Minivan: $115
  • Bordeaux Airport Transfers: Bordeaux to Bordeaux Airport BOD in Luxury Van: $113
  • Private Transfer: Bordeaux Airport to Bordeaux: $111
  • Departure Private Transfers : Bordeaux to Bordeaux Airport BOD in Luxury Van: $108
  • Bordeaux Airport Transfers: Bordeaux to Bordeaux Airport BOD in Business Car: $106
  • Departure Private Transfers : Bordeaux to Bordeaux Airport BOD in Business Car: $106
  • Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport Transfer to City Center Hotel: $87


Entertainment

Sightseeing expenses in Giverny, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of €21 per day, per person.

Bordeaux's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around €6.31 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.
    Giverny 21
    Bordeaux 6.31

Tours and Activities in Giverny

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

  • Guided tour Monet's house and gardens/Giverny: $72
  • Giverny Monet House and Gardens Skip the line Walking tour: $73
  • Paris - Giverny Tour : Claude Monet's House Private or Group Tour: $148
  • Le Havre Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Giverny, Rouen and Honfleur: $1,157

Tours and Activities in Bordeaux

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

  • 1-Day Self-Guided Cabriolet Tour to Pauillac Médoc: $148
  • 1-Hour Bordeaux Electric Scooter Tour: $31
  • 1-Hour Bordeaux Electric Scooter Tour: $31
  • 1-Hour Electric Bike Tour of Bordeaux: $31
  • 2-Hour Bordeaux Electric Bike Tour: $56
  • 2-Hour Bordeaux Electric Scooter Tour: $56
  • 2-Hour Bordeaux Segway Tour: $106
  • 2-Hour Bordeaux Segway Tour: $68
  • 7-Hour Self-Guided Cabriolet Tour: Montesquieu's Homeland: $123
  • Architectural splendors of Bordeaux Walking Tour: $286
  • Bordeaux 2-Hour Electric Scooter Tour: $56
  • Bordeaux 2-Hour Segway Tour: $68


Alcohol

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Giverny, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is €5.31.

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Bordeaux may vary from person to person, on average a person spends €21 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Giverny 5.31
    Bordeaux 21

Sample the Local Flavors in Bordeaux

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

  • Bordeaux Wine and Trade Museum Admission Ticket with Wine Tasting: $8.71
  • Walking Tour and Wine Tasting: $20
  • La Cité du Vin Entrance Ticket and Wine Tasting: $24
  • Wine Tasting Cruise from Cité du Vin: $26
  • Discover Bordeaux vineyard : special wine tasting with two cellar men brothers: $37
  • Cheese & Wine Tasting in Bordeaux: $48
  • Bordeaux Cheese & Wine Tasting Walking Guided Tour: $49
  • Chateau du Taillan and Park including Wine Tasting Tour: $50
  • Bordeaux Urban Wine Tour: Wine Chateau and Wine Bar: $61
  • Bordeaux Morning Wine Tasting Class: $61
  • Bordeaux Small-Group Wine Tasting & Workshop with a Professional Sommelier: $61
  • Bordeaux Vineyards Wine Tasting Half-Day Trip: $61



When comparing the travel costs between Giverny and Bordeaux, we can see that Giverny is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in Europe, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.

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