A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons London vs. Barcelona

Should you visit London or Barcelona?

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 London and Barcelona can help you decide which place is right for you.

London

The capital of the United Kingdom is a thriving multicultural metropolis. Steeped in iconic landmarks, world-class museums and royal parks, London is energetic, majestic, ambitious and one of the world's greatest cities. London is a cultural and fashion capital, a great place to go out, an amazing place to eat and one of those cities that is constantly changing with new and exciting things sprouting up almost every day. History and tradition greet you at every turn in the UK's capital. London is also a city with an edgy underbelly, delighting in neon pink dive bars, cheeky graffiti and mind-blowing street food. When you need a break from the action, pop into a pub or relax in one of the city's many parks. Blow through the city on a double-decker bus, and take a pinch-me-I'm-in-London walk through the West End. As one of the most visited cities in the world, London is busy, vibrant and very tourist friendly. The only problem with London is that it's very expensive; it can eat away at your budget if you aren't careful. Luckily, there are also tons of free or cheap things to do in London that can fill your time.

Barcelona

Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain with a population of over 1.5 million people. It's also the capital of Catalonia and is located on the northeastern part of the Mediterranean coast. Barcelona is one of the country's most popular travel destinations because of its rich history, interesting architecture, and vibrant culture. Barcelona hosted the 1992 Summer Olympic games and that had a strong influence over tourism in the area. Many different neighborhoods were renovated and rebuilt. Modern design became the norm in many parts of the city, although there is still an old city feel and many efforts at preservation.

Which city is cheaper, Barcelona or London?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in London is £145, while the average daily cost in Barcelona is £102. 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 London and Barcelona in more detail.


Accommodation

An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about £182 in London For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.

The average price for accommodation for two people in Barcelona is £126. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    London £91
    Barcelona £63
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    London £182
    Barcelona £126


Food

London food costs typically run travelers around £29 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.

While meal prices in Barcelona can vary, the average travelers spends about £21 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Barcelona should cost around £8.40 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Barcelona is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.


  • Food Meals for one day
    London £29
    Barcelona £21
Typical Food prices in London

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


  • Lunch at Starbucks
    £13
  • Tea
    £6.00
  • Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & Mason
    £39
  • Morning Tea
    £6.35
  • Pastry
    £5.00
  • Sushi Dinner for One
    £18

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in London

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

  • Moroccan Couscous Dinner in Shoreditch: $50
  • 3-Hour Secret British Food Tour: $82
  • London Gourmet Food Tour: $125
  • London Half-Day Food Tour: International Foods of Soho: $111
  • 3-Hour Thames Jazz Dinner Cruise: $92
  • The London Showboat: Dinner, Show & Sightseeing Cruise: $114
  • River Thames Dinner Cruise: $116
  • Modern British Dinner at Chef's Home in East London: $62
  • Dinner with Filmmakers & Filmmaking Experience in London: $74
  • 4-Hour East End Food Tour: $98

Typical Food prices in Barcelona

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


  • Hot Cocoa & Churro
    £3.56
  • Sandwich
    £1.46
  • Baguette & Horchata
    £3.26
  • Tapas on the beach
    £7.10
  • Gelatto
    £2.14

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Barcelona

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

  • Bus and Walking Tour with Dinner: $58
  • Barcelona Gourmet Food Tour with a 3 Michelin Star Sommelier: $89
  • Private Cooking Class & Market Tour: $101
  • Market to Fork: Market Tour and Private Cooking Class: $143
  • Half-Day Spanish Cooking Class & Market Tour: $78
  • Flamenco Show and Optional Dinner at a Tablao: $52
  • Requesens Palace Dinner with Medieval Show: $85
  • Casa Batlló: Tapas Dinner, Live Concert, and Audio Tour: $151
  • New Year's Eve Dinner and Flamenco Show: $91
  • Old Barcelona Tour, Boqueria Market & Cooking Workshop: $101


Local Transportation

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in London than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend £20 on transportation in London on average per day.

The cost of a taxi ride in Barcelona is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent £13 per person, per day, on local transportation in Barcelona.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    London £20
    Barcelona £13
Typical Local Transportation prices in London

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


  • Taxi Ride
    £15
  • Heathrow Express
    £18
  • Luggage Storage
    £8.00
  • London Map
    £1.29
  • Oyster Card
    £36
  • Train to Gatwick Airport (2)
    £22
  • Oyster Card
    £27

Hired Cars and Shuttles in London

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

  • Shared City Center Transfer to London City Airport: $30
  • Executive Transfer Between Heathrow and Central London: $115
  • Executive Transfer Gatwick to or from Central London: $169
  • Private Transfer: London to Southend Airport: $173
  • Oxford Full-Day Tour from London with Train Transfers: $57
  • Harry Potter Studios and Private Transfer from London: $126
  • Harry Potter Warner Brothers Studio Tour & Transfers: $117
  • Harry Potter: Warner Bros. Studio Tour with Transfer: $118
  • London Airports: Shared Transfer to London Hotels: $16
  • Warner Bros. Studio Tour and Transfer from London: $118

Typical Local Transportation prices in Barcelona

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


  • 10 Trip Metro Ticket
    £6.69
  • Airport Bus
    £4.29
  • Metro
    £1.80

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Barcelona

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Barcelona:

  • Barcelona Private Transfer Between Sants Station & City: $85
  • From Luxury Transfers to La Roca Village: $24
  • Barcelona Airport to Cruise Port: Private Transfers: $67
  • Barcelona Airport Private Transfer to/from City Center: $67
  • Barcelona Airport Private 1-Way or Round-Trip Transfer: $62
  • Barcelona Private 1-Way Transfer Between Airport & City: $88
  • Barcelona Airport to City Center Private Transfer: $48
  • Barcelona City to Cruise Terminal Private Transfers: $51
  • Barcelona Private Arrival Transfer: $89
  • Barcelona-El Prat Airport: Transfer to Barcelona City: $66


Entertainment

Sightseeing expenses in London, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of £26 per day, per person.

Entertainment and activities in Barcelona typically cost an average of £20 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.
    London £26
    Barcelona £20
Typical Entertainment prices in London

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


  • Two Tickets to a Concert
    £83
  • London Symphony Orchestra
    £34
  • London Pass
    £47
  • Comedy Show
    £8.00

Tours and Activities in London

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

  • 90 minute Jack the Ripper Guided Walking Tour: $14
  • Soho and Camden Market 3-Hour Tour in Spanish: $15
  • Hidden London Walking Tour: $17
  • World Rugby Museum Entrance Ticket: $18
  • Notting Hill 2–Hour Walking Tour: $20
  • South Bank 3-Hour Walking Tour and River Cruise: $28
  • The London Time Tour Bus: $28
  • Royal Parks and Palaces Bike Tour: $34
  • Gangster London Walking Tour with Celebrity Guide: $35
  • Small Group Children's Tour of Westminster in German: $35

Typical Entertainment prices in Barcelona

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Barcelona are as follows:


  • Picasso Walking Tour and Museum Pass
    £36
  • Souvenir Gaudi Book
    £7.33
  • Admission to Museo Picasso
    £5.14

Tours and Activities in Barcelona

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

  • Free Bike Tour: $0.00
  • 90 Minutes Kickstart Private Tour: $13
  • Barcelona Half-Day Modernist Walking Tour: $19
  • La Roca Shopping Village Express Tour from Barcelona: $24
  • Barcelona 3-h Bike Tour and optional lunch at Hard Rock Cafe: $26
  • Barcelona Private Bike Tour: $29
  • Art Nouveau & Gaudí Tour in German: $30
  • Ciutadella Park Segway Tour: $35
  • Barcelona 60 Minute Segway Tour: $35
  • 60-minutes Segway Tour: $35


Alcohol

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

The average person spends about £9.58 on alcoholic beverages in Barcelona per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    London £12
    Barcelona £9.58

Sample the Local Flavors in London

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

  • 2-Hour Historic Pub Tour: $28
  • West End Beer Tasting Pub Tour: $68
  • Drink London! Historical Pub Walking Tour: $35
  • 2.5-Hour East End Pub Tour: $48
  • London Pub Crawl and Nightlife Tour: $28
  • The London Pub Crawl - Shoreditch: $14
  • Camden Pub Crawl: $20
  • The Original Shoreditch Pub Crawl: $28
  • Central Daily 5-Hour Pub Crawl: $14
  • 5-Hour Shoreditch Pub Crawl: $14

Sample the Local Flavors in Barcelona

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Barcelona:

  • Wine Tasting & Tapas: $60
  • 4x4 Winery Tour with Tapas & Wine Tasting from Barcelona: $88
  • Barcelona Wine Tasting: Catalan and Spanish Wines: $21
  • Alta Alella Wine Tour by Electric Bike from Barcelona: $88
  • Montserrat, Sitges and Torres Wine Tour from Barcelona: $106
  • Estrella Damm Brewery Guided Tour with Tasting: $9.54
  • Backpacker Pub Crawl: $18
  • Columbus Monument with Optional Wine Tasting: $7.16
  • Barcelona Wine Tasting: $85
  • The Original Barcelona Pub Crawl: $18



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

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