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

Should you visit Lille or Bordeaux?

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Lille or Bordeaux, 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.

Lille

Lille is a city in northern France on the Deule River near France's border with Belgium. It has the fourth largest urban area in France behind Paris, Lyon, and Marseille. Lille (Rijsel in Flemish) may be France's most underrated major city. In recent decades this once-grimy industrial metropolis, with its economy based on declining industries, has transformed itself into a glittering and self-confident cultural and commercial hub. Highlights for the visitor include an attractive old town with a strong Flemish accent, three renowned art museums, stylish shopping, some excellent dining options and a cutting-edge, student-driven nightlife scene. The Lillois have a well-deserved reputation for friendliness – and they're so proud of being friendly that they often mention it.

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 Lille?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Lille is €92, 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 Lille and Bordeaux in more detail.



Accommodation

A hotel room in Lille is about €88 This assumes double occupancy and modest accommodations.

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
    Lille 44
    Bordeaux 51
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Lille 88
    Bordeaux 102

Local Transportation

The average price of local transportation around Lille is €22 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.

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.
    Lille 22
    Bordeaux 12

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Lille

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Lille:

  • Lille Private Transfer from Lille city centre to Lille Airport (LIL): $65
  • Private Transfer: Lille to Lille Airport (LIL): $622

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bordeaux

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bordeaux:

  • Ultra - Private Transfer from Bordeaux to Pauillac - Chateau Lafite Rothschild: $9.54
  • Ultra - Private Transfer from Bordeaux to Margaux - Chateau Margaux: $9.54
  • Ultra - Private Transfer from Bordeaux to Pessac - Château Haut-Brion Winery: $9.54
  • Ultra - Bordeaux Airport Private Transfer City Centre to Bordeaux Airport BOD: $9.54
  • Ultra - Private Transfer from Bordeaux City Centre to Saint Emilion: $9.54
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Bordeaux Airport (BOD) to Bordeaux: $42
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Bordeaux to Bordeaux Airport (BOD): $42
  • Private Transfer: Bordeaux to Bordeaux Airport (BOD): $68
  • Private Airport Transfer to/from Bordeaux Airport: $70
  • Private Transfer to/from Bordeaux Airport (BOD): $71
  • Arrival Private Transfer Bordeaux Airport BOD to Bordeaux City in Business Car: $74
  • Departure Private Transfer Bordeaux City to Bordeaux Airport BOD by Business Car: $74

Is it cheaper to fly into Lille or Bordeaux?

Prices for flights to both Bordeaux and Lille 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.





Food

While meal prices in Lille 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 Lille 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 Lille is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

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
    Lille 33
    Bordeaux 36
Typical Food prices in Lille

Some typical examples of dining costs in Lille are as follows:


  • Dinner for 2
    37

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Lille

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

  • Hands-on Cooking Class: $86

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bordeaux

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

  • Bordeaux Traditional Food Tour: $106
  • Bordeaux and La Cité du Vin Day Tour with French Cuisine Cooking Class: $514

Entertainment

Lille's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around €13 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.

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.
    Lille 13
    Bordeaux 6.31

Tours and Activities in Lille

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Lille are as follows:

  • Lille - Small Group Guided Walking Tour in French: $14
  • Small Group Guided Tour of the Old Lille in English: $17
  • Lille City Sightseeing Tour: $17
  • Lille Running Tour 10k: $31
  • Lille 2 Hour Bike Tour: $31
  • Self-Guided Walking Tour in Lille: $36
  • Unique Tour of Lille by Convertible 2CV with Champagne Break: $64
  • 2-Hour Segway Tour: $79
  • Chocolate Tasting Tour of Lille: $96
  • Australian and New Zealand Battlefield Day Tour in the Somme from Lille or Arras: $342
  • Australian Battlefields Private Tour in Fromelles and Flanders from Lille: $342
  • Vimy and Flanders Fields Canadian Battlefield Tour from Lille: $342

Tours and Activities in Bordeaux

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

  • Centre of Explore over 2,000 years of history on an audio tour: $5.00
  • The Best of Find more than wine in the city centre on this audio tour: $5.00
  • Bordeaux Private Tour: Old Town Exploration Game: $5.59
  • Self-guided Discovery Walk in Bordeaux’s City Centre: a short local adventure: $10
  • Bordeaux City Sights Walking Tour: $17
  • Street Art Guided Tour: $17
  • Musical Walking Tour of Bordeaux: $19
  • Bordeaux La Cité du Vin Wine Culture Museum Skip-the-Line Entrance Ticket: $25
  • Soussans: Guided Winery Tour and Barrel Tasting near Margaux: $28
  • 1-Hour Electric Bike Tour of Bordeaux: $31
  • Bordeaux Electric Bike Rental Self Guided City Tour: $31
  • 1-Hour Bordeaux Electric Scooter Tour: $31

Alcohol

The average person spends about €14 on alcoholic beverages in Lille per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

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
    Lille 14
    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
  • Soussans: Guided Winery Tour with Wine Tasting near Margaux: $9.08
  • Saint Emilion: Guided Winery Tour & Wine Tasting: $14
  • La Cité du Vin Skip-the-Line Entrance Ticket & Wine Tasting: $24
  • Discover Bordeaux vineyard : special wine tasting with two cellar men brothers: $37
  • Bordeaux Cheese & Wine Tasting Walking Guided Tour: $49
  • Chateau du Taillan and Park including Wine Tasting Tour: $50
  • Bordeaux Morning Wine Tasting Class: $56
  • Bordeaux Small-Group Wine Tasting & Workshop with a Professional Sommelier: $61
  • Bordeaux Vineyards Wine Tasting Half-Day Trip: $61
  • Morning & Breakfast Wine tour in Saint-Emilion: $74
  • From St. Emilion Village Half-Day Wine Tour: $85


When comparing the travel costs between Lille and Bordeaux, we can see that Bordeaux 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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