A Travel Price Comparison for Spain Marbella vs. Girona for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Marbella or Girona?

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Marbella or Girona, this travel cost comparison can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Marbella

Marbella is a city in southern Spain in the province of Malaga. It is part of the Costa del Sol (Coast of the Sun) and is located on the Mediterranean Sea between Malaga and the Strait of Gibraltar. It is one of the most important tourist cities in the area and receives many national and international tourists year round due to its climate and tourism structures. Marbella is a bit of a glamorous city due to its beauty and resort-type environment. The old town with its narrow cobbled streets and flower-filled plazas is packed with shops and art galleries selling boutique clothes and accessories, and handmade wares. The city has significant archaeological and historical heritage and many events and performances throughout the year.

Girona

Girona is an ancient town in northeastern Spain, and serves as the capital of the province of the same name in Spain's Catalonia region. It is characterized by narrow medieval alleys, architecture, and an impressive wall that once served to fortify the city.

Which city is cheaper, Girona or Marbella?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Marbella is €93, while the average daily cost in Girona is €112. 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 Marbella and Girona in more detail.



Accommodation

The prices for places to stay in Marbella can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is €49, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around €98.

Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about €110 for a double occupancy room in Girona.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Marbella 49
    Girona 55
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Marbella 98
    Girona 110

Food

While meal prices in Marbella can vary, the average travelers spends about €31 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Marbella should cost around €12 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Marbella is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

In Girona 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 Meals for one day
    Marbella 31
    Girona 33

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Marbella

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

  • Cooking courses at home & online: $75
  • Tapas & Paella Cooking Course: $80

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Girona

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

  • Tasting of Craft Beers & Dinner with Tapas: $31
  • Private Catalan Cuisine and French Pastry Cooking Class in Costa Brava: $99

Local Transportation

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Marbella than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend €19 on transportation in Marbella on average per day.

The average price of local transportation around Girona is €39 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Marbella 19
    Girona 39

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Marbella

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

  • Marbella to Malaga Airport (AGP) - Departure Private Van Transfer: $45
  • Marbella to Malaga Airport (AGP) - Departure Private Car Transfer: $61
  • Departure Private Transfer Business Car Marbella to Malaga airport AGP: $62
  • Departure Private Transfer Luxury Van Marbella to Malaga airport AGP: $92
  • TRANSFER MALAGA AIRPORT from/to PUERTO BANUS-PRICE ALL INCUSIVE: $106
  • TRANSFER MALAGA AIRPORT from/to MARBELLA-PRICE ALL INCLUSIVE: $106
  • Private Transfer from Las Chapas to Malaga (AGP) Airport: $111
  • Private Transfer from Elviria to Malaga (AGP) Airport: $111
  • Private Transfer from Hotel Marbella Beach Resort to Malaga (AGP) Airport: $111
  • Private Transfer from Marbesa to Malaga (AGP) Airport: $111
  • Private Transfer from Lomas De Cabopino to Malaga (AGP) Airport: $111
  • Private Transfer from Los Monteros to Malaga (AGP) Airport: $122

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Girona

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Girona:

  • Private Transfer: Girona to Girona–Costa Brava Airport (GRO): $622
  • Private Transfer from Girona city to Barcelona Airport: $371
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Girona Airport to Girona City - One Way: $45
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Gerona Airport to Canet de Mar City - One Way: $97
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Gerona Airport to Camprodon City - One Way: $184
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Gerona Airport to Cadaqués City - One Way: $164
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Gerona Airport to Blanes City - One Way: $100
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Gerona Airport to Beuda City - One Way: $143
  • Girona Airport (GRO) to Costa Brava - Round-Trip Private Van Transfer: $142
  • Girona Airport (GRO) Private Transfer: $191
  • Costa Brava to Girona Airport (GRO) - Departure Private Van Transfer: $71
  • Costa Brava to Girona Airport (GRO) - Departure Private Car Transfer: $111

Is it cheaper to fly into Marbella or Girona?

Prices for flights to both Girona and Marbella 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 expenses in Marbella, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of €15 per day, per person.

Girona's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around €20 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Marbella 15
    Girona 20

Tours and Activities in Marbella

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

  • Secrets of Marbella walking tour (Group): $19
  • Marbella small group walking Tour: $24
  • Marbella group walking tour: $32
  • Bike City Tour Marbella: $32
  • Marbella Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $41
  • Paddle Boarding Tour on the beautiful Marbella Coast: $49
  • Sunset SUP Tour in Marbella: $61
  • Can-am Route Experience: $77
  • Original Marbella Tapas Adventure: $86
  • Marbella Gourmet Tapas Tour - Do Eat Better Experience: $88
  • Stand-up Paddle Sunset Tour in Marbella: $91
  • E-Mountain Bike Explorer Tour departing from Marbella: $93

Tours and Activities in Girona

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

  • Cathedral Guided Tour: $22
  • Dalí Museum and Costa Brava Small Group Tour from Girona: $156
  • Girona City Tour Train: $5.37
  • Girona Exclusive Walking Tour : Guided Tour with Small Group (3 Hours): $49
  • Girona Old Town and Cathedral Tour: tickets included: $44
  • Girona Private Small-Group Walking Tour: $239
  • Girona Private Walking Tour: $256
  • Girona Private Walking Tour with Food Tasting: $93
  • Girona Walking Tour Small Group from Girona: $31
  • Girona Walking Tour with Monuments Entrance and Guide: $100
  • Girona and Besalu, Jewish History tour Small Group from Girona: $143
  • Girona from home, online virtual live tour: $49

Alcohol

Typically, people visiting Marbella spend on average €4.57 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.

The average person spends about €7.75 on alcoholic beverages in Girona per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Marbella 4.57
    Girona 7.75

Sample the Local Flavors in Marbella

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

  • E-Mountain Bike & Wine Tour from Marbella to Sierra Blanca: $123
  • Manilva & Gaucin Wine Tour from the Costa del Sol: $160
  • Ronda Full Day Wine Tour from Marbella: $210
  • VIP Wine Tour through the Guadalhorce Valley & Wolf Sanctuary Visit: $360
  • Ronda Private Wine Tour and Tapas from Marbella: $406
  • VIP Ronda Wine Tour and Tasting and Gourmet Lunch Experience with Winemaker: $778

Sample the Local Flavors in Girona

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

  • Pals Small Group Tour & Wine Tasting from Girona: $106
  • Wine Tasting and Brunch Small Group Tour from Girona: $124
  • Cadaqués & Wine Tasting Day Trip: $156


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

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