A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Glasgow vs. Edinburgh

Should you visit Glasgow or Edinburgh?

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Glasgow or Edinburgh, 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.

Glasgow

Glasgow is the biggest city in Scotland with a population of about 600,000 and more than 2 million in the surrounding areas. It is located on the edge of River Clyde and has long been acclaimed as Scotland's main industrial city. It remains a major economic center for the United Kingdom outside of London. In recent years it has also been awarded the European titles as both the City of Culture as well as the City of Architecture and Design.

Edinburgh

Edinburgh is the moderately sized capital of Scotland. It is a medieval city that has managed to perfect the combination of Georgian architecture and medieval relics with a cosmopolitan population and avant-garde atmosphere. The city's population is quite young, in large part because of the University of Edinburgh. This youthful vibe gives this city a lot of vitality. There's a thriving nightlife, many restaurants, theatres, galleries and museums.

Which city is cheaper, Edinburgh or Glasgow?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Glasgow is £112, while the average daily cost in Edinburgh is £115. 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 Glasgow and Edinburgh in more detail.




Accommodation

The prices for places to stay in Glasgow can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is £56, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around £112.

Travelers usually pay around £120 for a double occupancy room in Edinburgh If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Glasgow £56
    Edinburgh £60
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Glasgow £112
    Edinburgh £120


Food

Glasgow food costs typically run travelers around £36 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.

Food in Edinburgh costs travelers about £31 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Glasgow £36
    Edinburgh £31
Typical Food prices in Glasgow

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


  • Dessert at Farmer's Market
    £1.80

Typical Food prices in Edinburgh

For Edinburgh, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Breakfast
    £8.50
  • Dinner at Filling Station
    £10
  • Lunch for Two
    £15
  • Sandwich
    £1.85
  • Cheese & bread
    £7.23
  • Thai Restaurant Dinner (for 2)
    £25
  • 2 Coffees and Scones
    £5.80
  • Turkish Delight
    £1.40
  • Soup at the Pub
    £5.90

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Edinburgh

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

  • Scottish Classic Desserts private cooking class with professional chef: $66
  • Discover Royal Mile-Old Town & ENJOY Indian Dinner ~ Walking Tour!: $79
  • 3-Hour Guided Secret Food Tour: $82
  • Vegetarian/Vegan Curry Cooking Class – pure comfort food for the soul!: $97
  • Curry Around The World Cooking Class: $97
  • Scottish Storytelling 3 Course Dinner and Whisky: $104
  • Private Tour: Secret Food Tours Edinburgh: $106
  • Relaxing Handmade Pasta with meal and wine - Safe Cooking Class: $110
  • Vegetarian/Vegan Curry Private Cooking Class with professional chef: $116
  • "Curry Around The World" Private Cooking Class with professional chef: $116
  • Private Food Tour with a Local Expert including 10 Tastings in Edinburgh: $136
  • Handmade Pasta Cooking Class & Dinner with professional chef for private groups: $137


Local Transportation

Glasgow's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend £22 per person, per day on transportation in Glasgow.

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Edinburgh than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend £13 on transportation in Edinburgh on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Glasgow £22
    Edinburgh £13

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Glasgow

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

  • Private Transfer: Glasgow to Glasgow International Airport (GLA): $56
  • Private Transfer from Glasgow to Manchester Airport (MAN): $602
  • Private Transfer GLA Airport or Glasgow City to Greenock Port by Business Car: $105
  • Private Glasgow Departure Transfer: Hotel / Accommodation to Airport: $38
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Glasgow to Glasgow International Airport (GLA): $19
  • Luxury Private Transfer: $97
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Glasgow Prestwick Airport to Edinburgh City - One Way: $460
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Glasgow International Airport to Edinburgh City - One Way: $353
  • Glasgow to Trump Turnberry Resort Luxury Taxi Transfer: $379
  • Glasgow to Trump Turnberry Private Premium Transfer With Chauffeur: $274
  • Glasgow to Stirling Private Premium Transfer With Chauffeur: $184
  • Glasgow to Stirling Luxury Taxi Transfer: $228

Typical Local Transportation prices in Edinburgh

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


  • Local Bus
    £3.60

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Edinburgh

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

  • Edinburgh To Aberdeen Private Premium Transfer With Chauffeur: $804
  • Edinburgh to Inverness Private Premium Transfer With Chauffeur: $758
  • Edinburgh to Oban Luxury Taxi Transfer: $697
  • Edinburgh to Aberdeen Luxury Taxi Transfer: $655
  • Edinburgh To Oban Private Premium Transfer With Chauffeur: $559
  • Luxury Airport Transfer Service from , Edinburgh ,Glasgow ,Aberdeen & Inverness: $538
  • Airport Transfers , Edinburgh to Aberdeen , or Aberdeen to Edinburgh: $538
  • Edinburgh to Trump Turnberry Luxury Taxi Transfer: $483
  • Edinburgh to Trump Turnberry Private Premium Transfer With Chauffeur: $427
  • Edinburgh to Dundee Luxury Taxi Transfer: $414
  • Edinburgh to Inverness Luxury Taxi Transfer: $369
  • Edinburgh to Gleneagles Resort Luxury Taxi Transfer: $317


Entertainment

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Glasgow can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around £18 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.

Sightseeing expenses in Edinburgh, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of £16 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Glasgow £18
    Edinburgh £16
Typical Entertainment prices in Glasgow

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


  • Luss Highland Games Entrance Fee (for 2)
    £12
  • Two Bike Rental
    £34

Tours and Activities in Glasgow

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

  • 8 Hours Scotland Lochs & Glens Tour: $821
  • Bespoke Luxury tours of Scotland: $920
  • Braveheart Luxury Private Tour with Scottish Driver: $911
  • Clyde Coast Tours, see the stunning river Clyde and Argyll hills from Glasgow: $280
  • Craigs 4 day Highland Whisky Tour from Glasgow - Inclusive of up to 6 Persons: $3,841
  • Craigs Isle of Arran Private Whisky Tour - 2 day version - up to 5 guests: $2,238
  • Customizable Private Day Tour of Scotland: $690
  • From 2-Day Eilean Donan, Loch Ness & Highlands Tour: $110
  • From 2-Day Loch Ness, Inverness and Highlands Tour: $214
  • From 3-Day Isle of Skye, Highlands & Loch Ness Tour: $175
  • From Loch Lomond, Trossachs & Stirling Castle Tour: $50
  • From Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Tour: $61

Typical Entertainment prices in Edinburgh

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Edinburgh's activities, tours, and tickets:


  • Show Tickets
    £32
  • Movie Tickets for Two
    £12
  • Donation for Storytellers
    £6.00

Tours and Activities in Edinburgh

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

  • 1 Day Malt Whisky, Craft Gin, & Craft Beer Tour: $116
  • 1 day Outlander tour: $723
  • 2 Day Loch Ness, Glencoe, Glenfinnan Viaduct & St Andrews Tour: $123
  • 2 Days Private Custom Tour of Scotland from Edinburgh: $1,104
  • 2 Hours Ghost Tour - English Tour Guide: $18
  • 2-Day Highlands and Loch Ness Tour from Edinburgh: $228
  • 2-Day Inverness and the Highlands Small Group Tour from Edinburgh: $112
  • 2-Day Lake District Tour from Edinburgh: $344
  • 2-Day Loch Ness and Inverness Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh: $237
  • 2-Day Outlander Experience Small Group Tour from Edinburgh: $248
  • 2-Hour Harry Potter Walking Tour with Games & Quizzes: $21
  • 2-hour Whisky Tasting Tour of Edinburgh: $54


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 Glasgow, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is £12.

Typically, people visiting Edinburgh spend on average £12 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Glasgow £12
    Edinburgh £12
Typical Alcohol prices in Glasgow

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Glasgow:


  • Bottle of Wine
    £12
  • Ciders at Kilted Skirlie
    £3.50

Sample the Local Flavors in Glasgow

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

  • Whisky Distillery Tours from Glasgow by Business Private Vehicle: $275
  • Lowlands & Highlands Double Whisky Distillery Private Luxury Tour: $821
  • Highlands & Loch Lomond Whisky Distillery Private Tour: $1,097
  • Exclusive Scottish Gin & Whisky Distillery Experience: $1,504
  • Luxury Whisky Experience at The Macallan Distillery: $1,897

Typical Alcohol prices in Edinburgh

Here are a few samples of the prices for alcohol and nightlife in Edinburgh from other travelers:


  • Beer & Wine
    £14
  • Half Pint at Tollbooth Tavern
    £1.65
  • Pint of Beer
    £3.50

Sample the Local Flavors in Edinburgh

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

  • 4-Hour Pub Crawl with Free Shots & Discounts: $9.68
  • 3-Hour Alternative Pub Crawl: $11
  • 4-Hour Pub Crawl with Free Drinks & Specials: $17
  • The Orange Pub Crawl - Edinburgh: $18
  • Edinburgh Brewery Tour: $22
  • Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour: $24
  • Rosslyn Chapel, Scottish Borders & Glenkinchie Distillery: $51
  • Loch Lomond, Stirling, and Glengoyne Distillery Tour from Edinburgh: $52
  • Rosslyn Chapel, Scottish Borders & Glenkinchie Distillery from Edinburgh: $54
  • Stirling, Distillery, St.Andrews & Italian Tour Guide: $62
  • Loch Ness, Highlands & Whisky Distillery Tour from Edinburgh: $63
  • Loch Ness, Highlands and Whisky Distillery Day Tour from Edinburgh: $66



When comparing the travel costs between Glasgow and Edinburgh, we can see that Edinburgh 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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