A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Lisbon vs. Edinburgh for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Lisbon or Edinburgh?

Should I visit Lisbon or Edinburgh? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Lisbon

Portugal's capital city of Lisbon continues to grow in popularity as a travel destination. The cultural scene has come to life in recent years and the city itself is stunningly beautiful. It sits on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean and is made up of hills that create a dramatic and scenic layout. The city has many white-bleached limestone buildings, narrow alleyways, and a laidback charm that appeals to visitors.

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 Lisbon?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Lisbon is €103, while the average daily cost in Edinburgh is €135. 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 Lisbon and Edinburgh in more detail.



Accommodation

An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about €92 in Lisbon For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.

Travelers usually pay around €142 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
    Lisbon 46
    Edinburgh 71
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Lisbon 92
    Edinburgh 142

Food

In Lisbon travelers spend around €33 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.

Food in Edinburgh costs travelers about €37 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
    Lisbon 33
    Edinburgh 37
Typical Food prices in Lisbon

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


  • Coffee
    2.50

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Lisbon

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

  • Wine & Dine Food Tour: $22
  • History and Flavors Half-Day Food Tour: $29
  • Virtual Portuguese Cooking Lesson: $31
  • Live Online Cooking Class from Pastel de Nata with Filipa: $39
  • Live Fado & Alfama Tour with Traditional Dinner: $40
  • Bohemian dinner party on a beautiful rooftop near the coast: $42
  • 3-Hour Self-Guided Locals' Food Tour: $48
  • The magic of Pasteis de Nata cooking class in Lisbon: $53
  • Bitemojo Self Guided Food Tour New To Lisbon: $54
  • 2-Hour Pastel de Nata Cooking Class: $55
  • Zero-Waste Cooking Workshop: $56
  • Withlocals Your Way: Lisbon Personalised Private Food Tour: $56

Typical Food prices in Edinburgh

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


  • Breakfast
    9.96
  • Dinner at Filling Station
    12
  • Lunch for Two
    18
  • Sandwich
    2.17
  • Cheese & bread
    8.48
  • Thai Restaurant Dinner (for 2)
    29
  • 2 Coffees and Scones
    6.80
  • Turkish Delight
    1.64
  • Soup at the Pub
    6.92

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

Lisbon'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 €19 per person, per day on transportation in Lisbon.

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 €16 on transportation in Edinburgh on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Lisbon 19
    Edinburgh 16
Typical Local Transportation prices in Lisbon

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Lisbon:


  • Taxi Ride
    6.50

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Lisbon

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

  • Óbidos Nazaré Alcobaça Batalha Fatima Private Transfer From Lisbon to Coimbra: $280
  • Transfers from/to Lisbon Airport to: Fátima Nazaré Alcobaça Óbidos Tomar Leiria: $203
  • Transfers from and to Lisbon-Algarve (Center Cities): $625
  • Transfer/Transport: $45
  • Transfer to Povoa do Varzim: $591
  • Transfer in Private Vehicle from Lisbon City to Airport: $18
  • Transfer in Private Minivan from Lisbon City to Airport: $22
  • Transfer in Lisbon: $50
  • Transfer from Sintra-Cascais to Lisbon Airport: $84
  • Transfer from Lisbon to Óbidos (And Vice Versa): $245
  • Transfer from Lisbon to Évora (And Vice Versa): $228
  • Transfer from Lisbon to Vilamoura or Quarteira: $398

Typical Local Transportation prices in Edinburgh

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


  • Local Bus
    4.22

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Edinburgh

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

  • VIP Airport Transfer: $103
  • Royal Highland Braemar Gathering, transfer from Edinburgh: $50
  • Round Trip Edinburgh Airport (EDI) Transfer to Edinburgh City Center: $58
  • Private luxury transfer from Edinburgh to Edinburgh Airport: $28
  • Private luxury transfer from Edinburgh Airport to Edinburgh: $28
  • Private Transfer: Edinburgh to Edinburgh Airport (EDI): $75
  • Private Transfer: Edinburgh Airport (EDI) to Edinburgh: $75
  • Private Transfer Edinburgh City to Edinburgh Airport: $76
  • Private One-Way Transfer From Edinburgh Airport to City Center: $116
  • Private Minibus Transfer - Edinburgh Airport to Edinburgh City: $241
  • Private Edinburgh city to Edinburgh Airport transfer - Or airport to city: $45
  • Private Edinburgh Departure Transfer - Hotel / Accommodation to Airport: $29

Is it cheaper to fly into Lisbon or Edinburgh?

Prices for flights to both Edinburgh and Lisbon 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.





Entertainment

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Lisbon can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around €19 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 €19 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Lisbon 19
    Edinburgh 19

Tours and Activities in Lisbon

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

  • Évora Private Tour from Lisbon: $326
  • Évora and Arraiolos - 8 Hour Private Tour: $54
  • Évora and Estremoz: Private Full-Day Tour from Lisbon: $388
  • Évora and Megaliths Full-Day Private Tour from Lisbon: $315
  • Óbidos Experience: $40
  • Óbidos, Alcobaça, Batalha & Nazare Private Tour: $121
  • 10 Days Private Tour in Portugal from Lisbon: $2,476
  • 10 Hour Private Tour: Lisbon, Sintra, Cascais and Estoril Highlights: $213
  • 12-Day Portugal and Andalucia Tour from Madrid: $1,595
  • 2 Day Street Art Private Tour from Lisbon: $933
  • 2 Days Private Tour In the Algarve from Lisbon: $682
  • 2 Days Tour to Heart of Serra da Estrela from Lisbon: $398

Typical Entertainment prices in Edinburgh

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


  • Show Tickets
    38
  • Movie Tickets for Two
    14
  • Donation for Storytellers
    7.03

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

Typically, people visiting Lisbon spend on average €14 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.

Typically, people visiting Edinburgh spend on average €14 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Lisbon 14
    Edinburgh 14

Sample the Local Flavors in Lisbon

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

  • Lisbon Pub Crawl: $17
  • Lisbon Pub Crawl with Free Drinks: $18
  • Lisbon Pub Crawl: $18
  • Lisbon 4-Hour Pub Crawl: $18
  • Alternative Pub Crawl with a Local Guide: $28
  • 3-Hour Portuguese History & Flavors Food & Wine Tour: $30
  • Portuguese Wine Tasting and Cheese Lunch: $44
  • From Half-Day Wine Tasting Tour: $50
  • Christ the King and Arrábida Small-Group Tour with Wine Tasting from Lisbon: $58
  • From Private Wine Tour with Setúbal & Arrábida: $61
  • Sintra: Full-Day Tour from Lisbon with Wine Tasting: $64
  • Private Full-Day Arrábida Park and Wine Tour: $67

Typical Alcohol prices in Edinburgh

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


  • Beer & Wine
    17
  • Half Pint at Tollbooth Tavern
    1.93
  • Pint of Beer
    4.10

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

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