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

Should you visit Lisbon or Interlaken?

Should I visit Lisbon or Interlaken? 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.

Interlaken

Interlaken is a small city that is located in the Bernese Highlands Region of central Switzerland. It sits pleasantly between two Alpine Lakes, Brienzersee and Thunersee. This scenic setting and its easy accessibility make it a popular base camp for travel into the Bernese Oberland Alps. It has become a top tourist destination in Switzerland and it is also a hub for outdoor sports enthusiasts, as there are plenty of things to do in Interlaken in the summer. Interlaken is a great hoping off point to explore many of the nearby mountains, lakes, and valleys. It offers easy transportation to most major Swiss cities by train or car.

Which city is cheaper, Interlaken 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 Interlaken is €156. 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 Interlaken 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.

Double occupancy rooms typically run around €180 in Interlaken For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Lisbon 46
    Interlaken 90
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Lisbon 92
    Interlaken 180

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.

The average traveler spends about €43 per day in Interlaken 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
    Lisbon 33
    Interlaken 43
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 Interlaken

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


  • Tea at Interlaken
    28

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.

To get around in Interlaken, the average visitor spends €8.77 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.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Lisbon 19
    Interlaken 8.77
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 Interlaken

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Interlaken are as follows:


  • Cable Cars (for 2)
    55

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Interlaken

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

  • Private transfer from Interlaken to Zurich Airport: $485
  • Private Transfer from interlaken City to Lucerne City: $174
  • Private Transfer from Interlaken to Geneva Airport: $670

Is it cheaper to fly into Lisbon or Interlaken?

Prices for flights to both Interlaken 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.

In Interlaken, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average €70 per person, per day.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Lisbon 19
    Interlaken 70

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

Tours and Activities in Interlaken

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

  • Aare River Gorge Walk Private Tour from Interlaken: $238
  • Aare River Gorge Walk Small-Group Tour from Interlaken: $106
  • Aare River Gorge Walk plus Lake Brienz Cruise - Private Tour from Interlaken: $238
  • Best of Bernese Oberland Tour from Interlaken: $689
  • Blue Lake & Öschinen lake - Private day tour from Interlaken: $750
  • Blue Lake and Winter wonderland - Private day tour from Interlaken: $1,328
  • GAILY TOUR in INTERLAKEN - Gay & Lesbian Tour: $187
  • High Ropes Adventure Park Admission in Interlaken: $46
  • Interlaken City Tour plus Harder Mountain (Top of Interlaken) Private Tour: $247
  • Interlaken Private Tour: Mountains Cows, Thun Lake, and Brienz Lake: $421
  • Interlaken Private Walking Tour with Professional Guide: $415
  • Funicular Ticket to Harder Kulm: $19

Alcohol

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

Typically, people visiting Interlaken spend on average €11 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Lisbon 14
    Interlaken 11

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


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Lisbon and Interlaken, we can see that Interlaken 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 Interlaken would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Interlaken than you might in Lisbon.

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