A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Hondarribia vs. Bilbao

Should you visit Hondarribia or Bilbao?

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

Hondarribia

The characteristic Spanish buildings painted in the brightest, most vibrant of colors only match the true spirit of the town, Hondarribia, Spain. Hondarribia is located on the west shore of Bidasoa river's mouth in Gipuzkoa of Basque Country. The town is rich in its Spanish history, holding both an ancient old quarter with walls and a castle within. Hondarribia is also known for its gorgeous beach of bright blue water across the Bidasoa alongside the fertile, roaming mountain of Jaizkibel. What's more, Hondarribia faces the border of Hendaye, France, so if you are yearning to expand your cultural learning, take a service boat over to Spain's friendly neighbor! No matter if you want to explore the ancient architecture or enjoy the cooling waters of the bay, Hondarribia is definitely a location known for its beauty and activity!

Bilbao

The industrial city of Bilbao is located on a port of the Nervión River in northern Spain, an important location of Basque country. While the downtown is filled with skyscrapers and innovative architecture, it sits between a river and mountains of natural allure. A city of hard-workers to the core, Bilbao displays remnants of its industrial past, though in more recent years it has transformed into a center for art. It is now a popular location for visitors looking to experience art galleries and museums.

Which city is cheaper, Bilbao or Hondarribia?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Hondarribia is €106, while the average daily cost in Bilbao is €110. 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 Hondarribia and Bilbao in more detail.



Accommodation

For a normal double-occupancy room in Hondarribia, €112 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Hondarribia, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is €56, such as in a hostel.

Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about €114 for a double occupancy room in Bilbao.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Hondarribia 56
    Bilbao 57
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Hondarribia 112
    Bilbao 114

Food

While meal prices in Hondarribia can vary, the average travelers spends about €33 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Hondarribia should cost around €13 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Hondarribia is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

On average, meal and food prices in Bilbao cost around €37 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 €15.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Hondarribia 33
    Bilbao 37

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bilbao

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

  • The authentic Bilbao food tour: $96

Local Transportation

To get around in Hondarribia, the average visitor spends €25 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.

The average price of local transportation around Bilbao is €21 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.
    Hondarribia 25
    Bilbao 21

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Hondarribia

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

  • Private Transfer from San Sebastian Airport to Biarritz city: $135
  • Private Transfer from San Sebastian Airport to Bilbao city: $219
  • Private Transfer from San Sebastian Airport to Elciego town: $356
  • Private Transfer from San Sebastian Airport to Laguardia city: $356
  • Private Transfer from San Sebastian Airport to Logroño city: $356
  • Private Transfer from San Sebastian Airport to Pamplona city: $205
  • Private Transfer from San Sebastian Airport to Santander city: $356
  • Private Transfer from San Sebastian Airport to Vitoria city: $239
  • Private Transfer from the Airport to San Sebastian City: $68

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bilbao

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bilbao:

  • Round Trip Transfer Bilbao Airport (BIO) to Bilbao City Center: $70
  • Private one way arrival OR departure transfer in Bilbao from/to airport: $100
  • Private Transfer from Bilbao to Santander Port: $205
  • Private Transfer from Bilbao to San Sebastian: $219
  • Private Transfer from Bilbao to Laguardia: $287
  • Private Transfer from Bilbao to Elciego town: $287
  • Private Transfer from Bilbao city to Vitoria Airport: $137
  • Private Transfer from Bilbao city to Vitoria: $137
  • Private Transfer from Bilbao city to Santander Airport: $205
  • Private Transfer from Bilbao city to Santander: $205
  • Private Transfer from Bilbao city to San Sebastian Airport: $219
  • Private Transfer from Bilbao city to Pamplona Airport: $287

Entertainment

In Hondarribia, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average €18 per person, per day.

Bilbao's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around €23 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.
    Hondarribia 18
    Bilbao 23

Tours and Activities in Hondarribia

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

  • Private tour San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, Zumaia flysch and Getaria.: $186

Tours and Activities in Bilbao

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

  • 2-day Bilbao Pinxos Experience with Guggenheim Museum Ticket: $261
  • 3 Days Walking holidays in the Basque Mountains: Nature & Gastronomy experiences: $454
  • 3-day Bilbao Basic Golf Experience: $360
  • 3-day Bilbao Bike Tour and Guggenheim Museum Ticket: $256
  • 5 Day Tour through northern Spain: $5,359
  • 5-day Basque Country Tour: $948
  • 7-day Basque Country Tour with Guggenheim Museum Ticket: $1,228
  • 7-day Basque Country Tour with Guggenheim Museum Ticket: $1,019
  • Accessible Guggenheim Museum Tour - Coastline Tour: $451
  • Basque Coast Tour: Vizcaya Bridge, Gaztelugatxe, Bermeo and Gernika: $75
  • Basque Country Full Day Tour from Bilbao: $112
  • Basque Towns Private Tour with Hotel or Cruise Pickup from Bilbao: $779

Alcohol

Typically, people visiting Hondarribia spend on average €15 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Bilbao may vary from person to person, on average a person spends €17 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Hondarribia 15
    Bilbao 17

Sample the Local Flavors in Bilbao

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

  • La Rioja and Vitoria Wine Tour with Winery Visit: $87
  • Cantabric Sea Experience: Food & Wine Tasting: $199
  • La Rioja Wine Tour with Two Winery Visits with Wine Tasting from Bilbao: $243
  • Architectural Rioja Wine Tour from Bilbao: $287
  • San Sebastian & The Basque Wine Region with Lunch and Wine Tasting (From Bilbao): $305
  • Essential Rioja Private Wine Tour from Bilbao: $311
  • La Rioja Wine Tour with Gourmet lunch from Bilbao: $383


When comparing the travel costs between Hondarribia and Bilbao, we can see that Bilbao 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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