A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Hobart vs. Cairns

Should you visit Hobart or Cairns?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Hobart and Cairns can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Hobart

Hobart is the capital city of the Australian island state of Tasmania. It is small compared to the mainland's larger cities and has a cooler climate with four distinct seasons. Hobart is also the second oldest capital, behind Sydney, with remnants of its past visible in old sandstone warehouses now home to cafes and galleries, as well as a historic district with narrow lanes and colonial-era cottages.

Cairns

Most travelers go to Cairns specifically to visit Great Barrier Reef. The city itself is surprisingly large and cosmopolitan with a population of approximately 140,000. The city's economy is almost exclusively based on tourism, although you will find some jobs centered around agriculture, or more specifically sugar cane, bananas, coffee, tea, wine, and some tropical fruits. The city itself is surrounded by rainforest and makes a great base for exploring Kuranda, with the Barron Gorge National Park and the Daintree offering a quieter tropical getaway than Cairns.

Which city is cheaper, Cairns or Hobart?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Hobart is $113, while the average daily cost in Cairns is $77. 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 Hobart and Cairns in more detail.



Accommodation

Travelers usually pay around $142 for a double occupancy room in Hobart If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.

An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $62 in Cairns For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Hobart $71
    Cairns $31
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Hobart $142
    Cairns $62

Food

The price of a meal in Hobart can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $19 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $7.60 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.

Food in Cairns costs travelers about $24 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
    Hobart $19
    Cairns $24

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Hobart

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

  • East Coast Splendour Gourmet Food Tour: $233
  • Highlights Of Gourmet Food Tour: $258
  • Agrarian Kitchen Eatery and Derwent Valley Gourmet Food Tour: $261

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cairns

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

  • Spirit of Dinner Cruise: $77
  • Cairns Aquarium by Twilight with 3 Course Dinner: $99
  • Small-Group Afternoon Cairns City Tour with Harbour Dinner Cruise: $154

Local Transportation

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Hobart than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $22 on transportation in Hobart on average per day.

Cairns'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 $8.34 per person, per day on transportation in Cairns.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Hobart $22
    Cairns $8.34

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Hobart

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

  • Hobart and Port Arthur One-Way Transfer: $37

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cairns

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

  • Cairns to Mission Beach Private Transfer: $303
  • Cairns to Port Douglas Private Transfer: $252
  • Premium Van, Private Transfer, Cairns Airport - Port Douglas.: $244
  • Luxury Van, Private Transfer, Cairns Airport - Port Douglas.: $171
  • Corporate Bus, Private Transfer, Cairns Airport - Palm Cove: $171
  • Premium, private bus transfer. Cairns City - Cairns Airport.: $135
  • Premium Van, Private Transfer, Cairns Airport - Palm Cove.: $125
  • Port Douglas Transfers between Cairns Airport & Port Douglas (Private Chauffeur): $118
  • Cairns Airport (CNS) Departure Transfer (Cairns Hotels to Cairns CNS Airport): $112
  • Premium Van, Private Transfer, Cairns Airport - Trinity Beach: $107
  • Premium Van, Private Transfer, Cairns City - Cairns Airport: $89
  • Luxury Van, Private Transfer, Cairns Airport - Palm Cove.: $89

Entertainment

Sightseeing expenses in Hobart, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $12 per day, per person.

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Cairns can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $37 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Hobart $12
    Cairns $37

Tours and Activities in Hobart

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

  • 2-Day Tas East Coast Escape Tour including Bay of Fires, Wineglass Bay & Devils: $241
  • 2-Day: Hiking Tour: Maria Island & Mount Field: $312
  • 2-Day: Hobart Hiking Tour: Cape Raoul and Mount Field - Tarn Shelf: $191
  • 2-Hour Small-Group Walking Tour of Hobart: $30
  • 3 Day Tasmanian Wild West Coast Tour from Hobart to Launceston: $379
  • 3 Hours Guided Walking Tour in Hobart with Cafe Tasting: $162
  • 3-Day Tasmania Combo: Hobart to Launceston Active Tour Including Port Arthur, Freycinet National Park and Cradle Mountain: $328
  • 3-Day West Coast Tasmania Tour from Hobart Including Cradle Mountain, Montezuma Falls and Strahan: $365
  • 3-Day: Hobart Nature Walking Tour: Maria Island, Cape Raoul & Mount Field: $391
  • 3-Hour Hobart City Sightseeing Tour: $40
  • 4-Day Fabulous Tasmania Tour: Wineglass Bay, Port Arthur, Devils & Bruny Island: $470
  • 5 Day 4 Night Guided Tasmania Tour: $837

Typical Entertainment prices in Cairns

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


  • Scuba Diving
    $41

Tours and Activities in Cairns

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

  • 1.5-Hour Segway Tour of Cairns and Botanic Gardens: $72
  • 14-Day Cape York Camping Tour: $2,350
  • 2 Day Liveaboard Yacht Great Barrier Reef Tour: $358
  • 2 Day Reef & Rainforest Adventure: $619
  • 2-Day Cape Tribulation and Daintree Rainforest Tour from Cairns /Port Douglas: $221
  • 2-Day Green Island Cruise and Kuranda Day Trip: $316
  • ATV Buggy Adventure & Rainforest experience Half-Day Tour: $102
  • Aboriginal Cultural Daintree Rainforest Tour from Cairns or Port Douglas: $210
  • Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls and Rainforest Day Tour Departing Cairns: $95
  • Barron Gorge and Kuranda National Park Half Day Rainforest and Waterfall 4WD Tour from Cairns: $124
  • Barron River Half-Day Rafting Tour from Cairns: $88
  • Best of the Kuranda Rainforest Full-Day Tour: $203

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 Hobart, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $8.91.

Typically, people visiting Cairns spend on average $8.24 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Hobart $8.91
    Cairns $8.24

Sample the Local Flavors in Hobart

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

  • Old Hobart Pub Walking Tour: $30
  • Tasmania's Domaine Simha Wine Tasting Experience: $47
  • Hobart Hop-On Hop-Off Bus & Cascade Brewery Tour: $51
  • 48-Hour Hobart City Loop Tour & Cascade Brewery: $53
  • Hobart Brewery Walking Tour: $111
  • Tasmanian Wine Tour: $118
  • 7- 8 Hour StelaVino Guided Wine Tours From Hobart: $187
  • Tasmanian Whisky Distillery Tour: $236

Sample the Local Flavors in Cairns

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

  • Tablelands Food & Wine Tour: $233


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

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