A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Lisbon vs. Rome

Should you visit Lisbon or Rome?

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

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.

Rome

Rome is the capital and largest city in Italy. It is also a common entry point for most visitors flying into the country. Rome has been a center of power, culture, and religion for the last millenium, making it one of the most famous and popular destinations in not only Europe, but the world. The influence of the Roman Empire can be seen across continents.

Which city is cheaper, Rome or Lisbon?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Lisbon is €96, while the average daily cost in Rome is €131. 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 Rome in more detail.


Accommodation

For a normal double-occupancy room in Lisbon, €86 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Lisbon, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is €43, such as in a hostel.

Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about €134 for a double occupancy room in Rome.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Lisbon 43
    Rome 67
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Lisbon 86
    Rome 134


Food

In Lisbon travelers spend around €31 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.

While meal prices in Rome can vary, the average travelers spends about €37 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Rome should cost around €15 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Rome is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Lisbon 31
    Rome 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:

  • 2-Hour Pastel de Nata Cooking Class: $55
  • Private Family-Friendly Food Tour: $67
  • 3-Hour Bike Food Tour: $70
  • Lisbon Hands-on Portuguese Cooking Class: $80
  • Lisbon by night - Walking Tour, Fado and Dinner: $108
  • Drag Queen Cooking Party and Live Show: $119
  • Half–Day Private Electric Tuk Tuk Guided Food Tour: $119
  • Azeitão and Alentejo Wine and Food Tour from Lisbon: $182
  • Lisbon Fado and Dinner Private Prestige Tour: $327
  • Fado Dinner Show Private Night Lisbon Tour: $273

Typical Food prices in Rome

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


  • Casual Lunch (for Two)
    14
  • 4 Ice Cream Sandwiches
    2.99
  • Cafe e doce
    4.00
  • Pizza (Fast Food)
    2.65
  • Sitdown Lunch (for Two)
    32
  • Cheese and bread
    10
  • Espresso
    2.00
  • Dinner
    58

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Rome

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

  • Illuminated Rome Tour for Kids with Gelato & Pizza: $56
  • Gourmet Pizza at Sunset Near the Colosseum: $63
  • 3-in-1 Fettuccine, Ravioli and Tiramisu Cooking Class: $73
  • Rome 3-Hour Pizza-Themed Food & Colosseum Tour: $78
  • Traditional Cooking Class in the Jewish Ghetto: $82
  • From Market to Table: 4-Hour Cooking Class in Rome: $118
  • Rome Cooking Class & Gourmet Lunch: $137
  • Vineyard Visit by Minibus with Lakeside Dinner: $142
  • Authentic Cooking Class: $154
  • Rome Trastevere: Semi-Private Food Tour: $79


Local Transportation

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Lisbon than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend €17 on transportation in Lisbon on average per day.

The cost of a taxi ride in Rome is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent €17 per person, per day, on local transportation in Rome.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Lisbon 17
    Rome 17
Typical Local Transportation prices in Lisbon

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


  • Taxi Ride
    6.50

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Lisbon

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

  • Lisbon Airport: Shared Arrival and Departure Transfers: $12
  • Lisbon Sailing Tour with Transfers: $35
  • Lisbon Airport Transfer Service to Cascais Hotels: $46
  • Private Transfer from/to Lisbon Airport: $46
  • Lisbon Airport Transfer to Cascais, Estoril or Sintra: $64
  • Lisbon Airport to City Center Private Transfer: $68
  • Full-Day Kayak Tour with Picnic and Transfer: $97
  • Transfer between Lisbon and Popular Cities in Portugal: $260
  • Lisbon Airport to or from Algarve Private Transfer: $358
  • Lisbon to Seville Private Transfer: $666

Typical Local Transportation prices in Rome

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


  • Metro Ride (for Two)
    2.00
  • Train to the Airport
    15
  • Taxi to Airport
    45
  • Bicycle Rental (Full Day)
    10

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Rome

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Rome:

  • Private Transfer from Airport or Cruise Ship Port: $38
  • Transfer from Fiumicino Airport With a Guided Tour of Rome: $49
  • Pre-Cruise Rome Tour & Transfer: $56
  • Fiumicino Airport – Civitavecchia Cruise Port Transfer: $74
  • Private Transfer between Rome Ciampino and City Hotels: $80
  • Rome Ciampino Airport: Private Luxury Limo Transfer: $95
  • Transfer between Rome Fiumicino and Civitavecchia Port: $181
  • Rome Airport: Positano Private Transfer: $391
  • The Ruins of Pompeii: Round-Trip Transfer from Rome: $503
  • Private Transfer from Sorrento to Rome and Vice Versa: $513


Entertainment

Sightseeing expenses in Lisbon, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of €14 per day, per person.

Entertainment and activities in Rome typically cost an average of €29 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Lisbon 14
    Rome 29

Tours and Activities in Lisbon

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

  • Lisboa Story Centre: 1-Day Admission Ticket: $8.48
  • Private 1.5-Hour Kickstart Tour w/ a Local: $9.10
  • 4-Hour Walking Tour and Free Tram Ride: $16
  • Belém Guided Tour: $17
  • Small Group Walking Tour of Belém: $18
  • Self-Drive City Tour With GPS Audio Guide: $20
  • Lisbon’s South Side, River Tejo & 3-Hour Walking Tour: $22
  • Private Off the Beaten Path Tour with a Local: $26
  • Old Lisbon Private Walk Tour: $26
  • Lisbon Half-Day Private Tour: $28

Typical Entertainment prices in Rome

Here are a few typical costs in Rome for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:


  • Rome Museum Vaticano (for 2)
    69
  • Coliseum Tickets (for Two)
    33
  • Roma Pass
    30
  • Hop on Hop Off Bus (All Day)
    20
  • Segway Tour
    75

Tours and Activities in Rome

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

  • 90-Minute Kickstart Tour with a Local: $17
  • Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo Guided Tour: $18
  • Guided Evening Walking Tour in French: $40
  • Best of Squares & Fountains Walking City Tour: $40
  • Rome Center: 4-Hour Bike Tour: $42
  • Kid-Friendly Skip-the-Line Colosseum and History Tour: $44
  • Early-Bird Streets, Piazzas and Fountains City Tour: $44
  • 1-hour Colosseum Guided Tour with Fast-Track Entry: $45
  • Unusual Sights Bicycle Tour with Optional E-bike: $47
  • Heart of Trevi Fountain & More Guided Tour: $47


Alcohol

The average person spends about €12 on alcoholic beverages in Lisbon per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

The average person spends about €15 on alcoholic beverages in Rome per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Lisbon 12
    Rome 15

Sample the Local Flavors in Lisbon

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

  • From Private Wine Tour with Setúbal & Arrábida: $61
  • Arrábida: Full-Day Private Tour with Wine Tasting: $71
  • Port Wine Tasting & Tapas: $90
  • Private Van Tour Evora and Alentejo Wine Tasting: $91
  • Private Wine Tour in Lisbon: $91
  • Lisbon Wine Tasting, Tapas and Old City Tour: $118
  • Cheleiros and Bucelas Wine Tasting Tour from Lisbon: $205
  • Setúbal Region & Arrábida: Full-Day Private Wine Tour: $239
  • Sintra: Full-Day Tour from Lisbon with Wine Tasting: $64
  • Portuguese Wine Tasting and Cheese Lunch: $44

Typical Alcohol prices in Rome

Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Rome are as follows:


  • Bottle of Wine
    6.50
  • Pint of Beer
    6.34
  • Beer
    10

Sample the Local Flavors in Rome

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Rome:

  • Colosseum Fast Track and Wine Tasting Day Tour: $119
  • Vintage Fiat 500 Driving Tour and Wine Tasting: $204
  • 4-Hour Food and Wine Tasting Tour: $69
  • 4-Hour Food and Wine Tasting Tour: $91
  • Roman Countryside Vineyards and Wine Tasting: $67
  • 3.5-Hour Castelli Romani Wine Tasting Tour: $50
  • Campo De' Fiori Market and Trevi Food & Wine Tour: $90
  • Small-Group Food and Wine Tour with Pickup: $131
  • San Gimignano & Siena: Small Group Wine Tour from Rome: $177
  • Siena & San Gimignano Day Tour & Wine Tasting from Rome: $215



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

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