A Travel Price Comparison for Spain Los Cristianos vs. Bilbao for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Los Cristianos or Bilbao?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Los Cristianos and Bilbao. 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, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Where Should I go: Los Cristianos or Bilbao?

Los Cristianos

Picture your ultimate beach vacation. It probably consists of sand, sun and the most pristine resorts to pamper and spoil you. You've just dreamed up a place that actually exists - Los Cristianos. Located in the south of the Canary Island of Tenerife, Los Cristianos is one of the most popular tourist centers in this area, and for good reason. This area knows how to treat vacationers. The sea is a way of life in this area of the world, and that's apparent everywhere you look. Harbor tours, fishing trips and dolphin watching excursions are being advertised everywhere you look - all ready to give you the Los Cristianos experience.


The industrial city of Bilbao is located on a port of the Nervión River in northern Spain, an important location of Basque country. While the downtown is filled with skyscrapers and innovative architecture, it sits between a river and mountains of natural allure. A city of hard-workers to the core, Bilbao displays remnants of its industrial past, though in more recent years it has transformed into a center for art. It is now a popular location for visitors looking to experience art galleries and museums.

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Which place is cheaper, Bilbao or Los Cristianos?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Los Cristianos is €125, while the average daily cost in Bilbao is €137. 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 destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Los Cristianos and Bilbao in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Los Cristianos 57
    Bilbao 72
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Los Cristianos 114
    Bilbao 144
Compare Hotels in Los Cristianos and Bilbao

Looking for a hotel in Los Cristianos or Bilbao? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Los Cristianos

Hotels in Bilbao

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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Los Cristianos Hotel Prices and Bilbao Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Los Cristianos 49
    Bilbao 26

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bilbao

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bilbao:

  • Transfer Bilbao or San Sebastian Airports to San Sebastian by Van: $94
  • Private Transfer from the Airport to Vitoria city: $85
  • Private Transfer from Vitoria to San Sebastian: $295
  • Private Transfer from Vitoria to Pamplona: $233
  • Private Transfer from Vitoria to Logroño: $248
  • Private Transfer from Vitoria city to Logroño Airport : $248
  • Private Transfer from Vitoria city to Bilbao Airport: $155
  • Private Transfer from Vitoria Airport to San Sebastian city: $295
  • Private Transfer from Vitoria Airport to Logroño city: $248
  • Private Transfer from Bilbao to San Sebastian: $271
  • Private Transfer from Bilbao city to Santander: $256
  • Private Transfer from Bilbao city to San Sebastian Airport: $271

Is it cheaper to fly into Los Cristianos or Bilbao?

Prices for flights to both Bilbao and Los Cristianos 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 Meals for one day
    Los Cristianos 38
    Bilbao 45

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bilbao

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

  • Pintxos and Tapas Cooking Class in Bilbao : $111
  • The High End Food Tour of Bilbao with a Local: $111
  • The Award-Winning Bilbao Food Tour & Wine Pairing by Basque Local: $114
  • Paella Cooking Class (with Basque Sangria) in Bilbao: $144
  • Small-group Immersive Basque Cooking Class in Bilbao with Open Bar: $166

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Los Cristianos 23
    Bilbao 29

Tours and Activities in Bilbao

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

  • PRIVATE San Sebastian and Basque Coast Tour from Bilbao: $294
  • Pintxos Tasting in Bilbao Small Group or Private Walking Tour: $82
  • 2 Hours Private Family Guided Walking Tour in Bilbao: $199
  • 3-day Bilbao Bike Tour and Guggenheim Museum Ticket: $260
  • BILBAO-City Highlights Bike Tour: $39
  • Biarritz and French Basque coast small group tour lunch included: $264
  • Bike tour with Pintxos & Drinks in Getxo (Scenic Bilbao Seaside): $61
  • Bilbao : Private Custom Walking Tour with a Local Guide: $50
  • Bilbao Gourmet Tapas Tour - Do Eat Better Experience: $75
  • Bilbao Guggenheim Museum Private Tour with Official Tour Guide 100% Personalised: $133
  • Bilbao Guggenheim Museum tour: $80
  • Bilbao Highlights Half Day EBike Small Group or Private Tour: $48

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Los Cristianos 7.14
    Bilbao 21

Sample the Local Flavors in Bilbao

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

  • Spanish Wine Tasting with Sommelier (close to Guggenheim museum): $55
  • Guided tour of Txakoli wine tasting and tasting of wine and typical products: $150
  • Rioja Wine Tour: 2 Wineries From Vitoria: $244
  • Rioja Wine Tour: 2 Wineries From Bilbao: $249
  • Rioja Wine Tour: Winery & Traditional Lunch From Vitoria: $255
  • La Rioja Boutique Wine Tour - 2 Wineries & Picnic Lunch (From Bilbao): $255
  • Architectural Rioja Small Group Wine Tour with Lunch from Bilbao : $260

When comparing the travel costs between Los Cristianos and Bilbao, we can see that Bilbao 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.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Los Cristianos Expensive? and Is Bilbao Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Los Cristianos or Bilbao?

Bilbao has a larger population, and is about 15280 times larger than the population of Los Cristianos. When comparing the sizes of Los Cristianos and Bilbao, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.