A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Milan vs. Florence

Should you visit Milan or Florence?

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 Milan and Florence can help you decide which place is right for you.

Milan

Milan, known to most of the world as the capital of fashion and style, is also the heart of Italian industry and economics. Between the stock exchange, cathedrals and boutiques, this metropolis is a city-lover's dream come true. It is an escape from the stresses of the real world, and provides a playground for all the world's most lavish luxuries.

Florence

Florence is the capital of Tuscany and one of the most well known cities in Italy for its art and cultural scenes. The city is rooted in history and you can see this in the architecture, statues, gardens, and art that are everywhere around town. This city truly is a living museum. You should allow yourself at least a couple of days to explore Florence and if you can afford more, it is well worth the time. In particular, if art history is your passion then you will need a week or more to satisfy your interest as the museums and architecturally impressive buildings throughout the city are endless.

Which city is cheaper, Florence or Milan?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Milan is €114, while the average daily cost in Florence is €116. 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 Milan and Florence in more detail.


Accommodation

Double occupancy rooms typically run around €142 in Milan For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.

An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about €136 in Florence For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Milan 71
    Florence 68
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Milan 142
    Florence 135


Food

While meal prices in Milan can vary, the average travelers spends about €28 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Milan should cost around €11 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Milan is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

Food in Florence costs travelers about €24 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Milan 28
    Florence 24
Typical Food prices in Milan

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


  • Snack at Train Station
    8.60
  • Restaurant Pizza
    6.60
  • Casual Cafe Lunch (for Two)
    27
  • Three Course Dinner (for Two)
    64
  • Cappuccino
    1.63

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Milan

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

  • Homemade Tiramisu Cooking Class in Milan: $72
  • Afternoon Food Tour with Evening Food Tour in Milan: $78
  • Pasta, Pizza & Dessert Evening Cooking Class: $89
  • Gourmet Food Tour: $112
  • Italian Food Tour: $143
  • Market Tour and Lunch or Dinner at a Cesarina's Home: $162
  • Milan Private Home Cooking Class: $162
  • Como: Half-Day Authentic Market Tour and Cooking Class: $240
  • Milan 1-Day Private Sightseeing Tour and Cooking Class: $280
  • Half-Day Italian Cooking Class in Milano: $106

Typical Food prices in Florence

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


  • Panini Sandwich
    6.50
  • Casual Lunch (for Two)
    17

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Florence

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

  • Illuminated Florence Tour for Kids with Gelato & Pizza: $45
  • Cooking Lesson Traditional Italian Pasta: $67
  • Pizza and Ice Cream Cooking Course in Florence: $67
  • Small Group Cooking Lesson in Florence from Pisa: $79
  • Secret Food Tours: $84
  • Chianti: Half-Day Tuscan Pizza and Gelato Making Class: $90
  • Fiat 500 Vintage Tour of Florence by Night Plus Dinner: $91
  • Florence Food Tour: $94
  • Florence 4-Hour Cooking Class at Your AirBnb: $96
  • Electric Bike Evening Tour with Dinner: $113


Local Transportation

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Milan than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend €12 on transportation in Milan on average per day.

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


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Milan 12
    Florence 19
Typical Local Transportation prices in Milan

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


  • Train to Airport
    7.00
  • Malpensa Airport Train (for Two)
    22
  • Taxi From Airport
    90
  • Public Transit Day Pass
    4.50
  • Short Taxi Ride
    7.13

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Milan

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

  • From Luxury Transfers to Fidenza Village: $22
  • Milan 1-Way VIP Linate Airport Transfer for 3 Persons: $73
  • Bus Transfer Milan Bergamo Airport to Milan Central Station: $6.71
  • Malpensa Airport to Milan VIP Transfers: $168
  • Private One-Way Transfer from Malpensa Airport to Milan: $162
  • Milan Linate Airport 1-Way Private Transfer: $88
  • Private Transfer between Milan and Trentino South Tyrol: $465
  • Milan Linate to Genoa City Private Minivan Transfer: $474
  • Private Transfer between Siena and Milan City Center: $705
  • Ultra - Milan Private Airport Transfer from city centre to Milan train station: $9.41

Typical Local Transportation prices in Florence

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


  • Taxi Ride Within City
    8.00
  • Taxi from Airport
    25
  • In City Parking (Full Day)
    30
  • Bus Pass (Full Day)
    5.00
  • Bus From Airport
    5.00

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Florence

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

  • Florence Train Station to City Hotels: Private Transfer: $48
  • City Hotels to Florence Airport: Private Transfer: $56
  • Florence Airport to Florence Center 1-Way VIP Transfer: $57
  • Full-Day Tour from Rome with Transfers: $135
  • Florence to Montecatini 1-Way Private Transfer: $148
  • Florence Private 1-Way Transfer to Siena: $188
  • 1-Way Private Transfer Between Florence and Pisa: $217
  • Florence to Livorno Private 1-Way Luxury Transfer: $251
  • Florence to Central Milan 1-Way Private Transfer: $559
  • Florence Airport Transfer: Shared Round-Trip: $11


Entertainment

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

Sightseeing expenses in Florence, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of €19 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Milan 14
    Florence 19
Typical Entertainment prices in Milan

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


  • Stairs to Duomo Rooftop
    7.00

Tours and Activities in Milan

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

  • Milan Off the Beaten Path: 3-Hour Walking Tour: $28
  • Milan's Modern Architecture: 3-Hour Bike Tour: $45
  • Private Tour of Teatro alla Scala and Church of San Fedele: $45
  • Milan 3–Hour Cultural Bike Tour: $45
  • 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour: $49
  • Private 4-Hour Walking Tour: $50
  • Porta Nuova Walking Experience: $52
  • Navigli Walking Tour and Basilica of Sant'Eustorgio: $55
  • Walking Fashion Tour: $56
  • Bergamo Sightseeing Day Trip from Milan: $60

Typical Entertainment prices in Florence

Below are a few samples prices from actual travelers for Florence's activities, tours, and tickets:


  • Admission to Uffizi
    11
  • Phone Booking Fee for Uffizi
    4.00
  • Firenze Card (for Two)
    100
  • Audioguides at Uffizi (for Two)
    20
  • Giotto's Tower Entrance Fee
    6.00
  • Boboli Gardens Entrance Fee
    7.00

Tours and Activities in Florence

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

  • Florence Animal Art Treasure Hunt Family Tour: $17
  • Parks and Playgrounds Private Tour: $18
  • Secret History Private Tour: $30
  • From Pisa: Walking Tour of Florence with Aperitif: $30
  • Opera del Duomo Museum and Baptistry Guided Tour: $34
  • Florence Tour by Night: $36
  • The Medici Dynasty Show Ticket: $36
  • Florence VIP Guided City Bike Tour: $40
  • 2 Hours Bike Tour from Lucca: $43
  • Michelangelo and Santa Croce Private Tour: $45


Alcohol

The average person spends about €9.64 on alcoholic beverages in Milan per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

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


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Milan 9.64
    Florence 12
Typical Alcohol prices in Milan

Here are a few samples of the prices for alcohol and nightlife in Milan from other travelers:


  • Cocktail at a Bar
    8.40
  • Beer
    3.35

Sample the Local Flavors in Milan

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

  • Full-Day Barbaresco Wine Tour with Truffle Hunting and Lunch: $302
  • Lugana Wine Tour w/ Private Panoramic Boat on Lake Garda: $418
  • Barolo and Spumante VIP Wine Tour for Small Groups: $223
  • Milan Wine Tasting Experience: $45
  • Wine Tasting Experience: $32
  • From Sparkling Wine Tasting Tour: $100
  • Wine Tasting with an Italian Sommelier: $83
  • From Franciacorta Wine Tasting and Shopping Tour: $55
  • Brera Wine Tasting Tour: $54
  • Gourmet Food and Wine Tasting Experience in Milan: $52

Typical Alcohol prices in Florence

Here are a few samples of the prices for alcohol and nightlife in Florence from other travelers:


  • Glass of Chianti
    4.20
  • Bottle of Wine
    7.50

Sample the Local Flavors in Florence

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

  • Barricaia Wine Tasting at the Antinori Winery: $49
  • VIP Small-Group SuperTuscan Wine Tour from Florence: $193
  • Chianti & San Gimignano Full-Day Wine Tour: $219
  • Castle and Chianti Wine Tour - Monday to Saturday: $243
  • Wine Tasting & Gourmet Tuscan Lunch at Banfi Winery: $357
  • Tuscany Wine Tour from Florence: $80
  • 60-Minute Wine Tasting Tour: $46
  • Florence Wine Tasting and Tuscan Lunch in a Vintage Fiat 500: $188
  • From Small Group Wine Tasting Tour to Tuscany: $90
  • Tuscany: 12-Hour Regional Tour with Lunch and Wine Tasting: $97



When comparing the travel costs between Milan and Florence, we can see that Florence 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.

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