Should you visit Le Mans or Auxerre?
Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Le Mans and Auxerre can help you decide which place is right for you.
Le Mans is a city in France, on the Sarthe River. Le Mans is found about 80 kilometers north of Tours, and south of Alencon. To many of course, Le Mans is famous only for a 24 hour racing event once a year. If you are not interested in cars and car racing, it is best to avoid visiting Le Mans in the middle of June. However, Le Mans also has a fantastic old town and is well worth the visit. Known as the Cite Plantagenet, this is where in 1129 Geoffrey Plantagenet married Matilda, daughter of Henry I of England and gave birth to Henry II.
Auxerre is a town in France on the Yonne River and in the Yonne department of the Burgundy region. Historically, the town owes its importance to its important position on the river, and also to the once important trade route between the Mediterranean and the North Sea. Auxerre has received the classification of a protected Historic Town in France as well as being one of the French towns of art and history. Auxerre is an interesting place to visit, with the town center towered over by the cathedral and by several churches. The part of the town of most interest to visitors occupies the hill that runs up from the west bank of the river, and includes the major churches and the historical old town.
Which city is cheaper, Auxerre or Le Mans?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Le Mans is €66, while the average daily cost in Auxerre is €90. 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 Le Mans and Auxerre in more detail.
Double occupancy rooms typically run around €60 in Le Mans For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.
Double occupancy rooms typically run around €82 in Auxerre For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.
The average traveler spends about €22 per day in Le Mans 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.
On average, meal and food prices in Auxerre cost around €27 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.
Meals for one day
Le Mans €22
To get around in Le Mans, the average visitor spends €24 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.
Auxerre'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 €37 per person, per day on transportation in Auxerre.
Is it cheaper to fly into Le Mans or Auxerre?
Prices for flights to both Auxerre and Le Mans change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.
In Le Mans, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average €12 per person, per day.
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Auxerre can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around €14 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
Tours and Activities in Auxerre
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Auxerre.
Private Half-Day Cruise Tour on the Canal-du-Nivernais:
Touristic highlights of Auxerre a Private half day tour (4 Hours) with a local:
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Le Mans, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is €9.60.
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Auxerre, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is €4.91.
Sample the Local Flavors in Auxerre
Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Auxerre:
Organic, biodynamic and natural wine tours in Burgundy (Chablis & Beaune):
Chablis & Northern Burgundy Wine Tour:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Le Mans and Auxerre, we can see that Auxerre is more expensive. And not only is Le Mans much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Le Mans would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Le Mans 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 Auxerre would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Auxerre than you might in Le Mans.
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