A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Monaco vs. Cannes for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Monaco or Cannes?

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 Monaco and Cannes can help you decide which place is right for you.

Monaco

Monaco is a small city-state that is completely surrounded by France. The Italian Riviera is only a few kilometers to the east and the country enjoys a wonderful, Mediterranean climate. Monaco is also the second smallest independent state in the world, with the Vatican being the smallest. It is six times as large of the Vatican and also the world's most densely populated independent country. It is entirely urban and a fun place to spend a few days.

Cannes

While Cannes was once little more than a small fishing village, today it is a popular, glamorous seaside town frequented by celebrities. It's the place to see and be seen, particularly during the Cannes Film Festival in the month of May. During this time the city comes alive with celebrities from all over the world. While Cannes has its share of exclusive clubs, bars and restaurants, there are alternatives for budget travelers, so don't shy away. There's a beautiful area, Le Suquet, which is nice to visit with its cobblestone streets and stunning views. It's also fun to pass some time people watching by the marina. You never know who you'll spot. At night, the city comes to life with casinos and luxurious restaurants and clubs that give the area a vibe of exclusivity.

Which city is cheaper, Cannes or Monaco?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Monaco is €148, while the average daily cost in Cannes is €110. 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 Monaco and Cannes in more detail.



Accommodation

Monaco's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is €188. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is €94.

Cannes's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is €120. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is €60.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Monaco 94
    Cannes 60
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Monaco 188
    Cannes 120

Food

On average, meal and food prices in Monaco cost around €43 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around €17.

On average, meal and food prices in Cannes cost around €36 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around €14.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Monaco 43
    Cannes 36

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cannes

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

  • Summer Fireworks and Dinner Catamaran Cruise from Cannes: $135
  • Small-Group Evening Tour and Dinner in Monte Carlo from Cannes: $223
  • Unforgettable night photos of the French Riviera and dinner in Monaco: $622

Local Transportation

The average price of local transportation around Monaco is €14 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.

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around €13 per day to get around in Cannes.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Monaco 14
    Cannes 13

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Monaco

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Monaco:

  • Private Departure Transfer from Monaco Hotels to Nice Airport: $65
  • Monaco Transfer: Monaco Cruise Port to Nice Airport: $80
  • Departure Private Transfers from Monaco City to Nice Airport NCE: $98
  • Nice Airport Transfers : Monaco City to Nice Airport NCE in Business Car: $108
  • Departure Private Transfers from Monaco City to Nice Airport NCE in Luxury Van: $118
  • Nice Airport Transfers : Monaco City to Nice Airport NCE in Luxury Van: $124
  • Nice Airport Transfers : Monaco City to Nice Airport NCE in Luxury Car: $157
  • Monaco Private Transfer from Monaco-Ville to Nice Airport: $174
  • Between Monaco and Nice: Single Helicopter Transfer: $199
  • Private transfer: Monaco Airport (MCM) to Monaco: $622

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cannes

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Cannes:

  • Cannes Private Transfer from Cannes city centre to Nice Airport: $146
  • Departure Private Transfers from Cannes to Nice Airport NCE in Business Car: $108
  • French Riviera: Half-Day Private Tour and Transfer: $397
  • Nice Airport Private Departure Transfer from Cannes, Monaco or Eze: $55
  • Nice Airport Transfers : Cannes City to Nice Airport NCE in Business Car: $108
  • Nice Airport Transfers : Cannes City to Nice Airport NCE in Luxury Car: $157
  • Nice Airport Transfers : Cannes City to Nice Airport NCE in Luxury Van: $124
  • Nice Airport departure private transfer from Cannes - Mónaco - Cap d Antibes in Business Car: $98
  • Nice Airport departure private transfer from Cannes - Mónaco - Cap d Antibes in Luxury Car: $140
  • Nice Airport departure private transfer from Cannes - Mónaco - Cap d Antibes in Luxury Van: $114
  • Private Airport Transfer: Cannes to Cote D'Azur Airport (NCE): $59
  • Private Departure Transfer from Cannes to Nice Airport: $55

Is it cheaper to fly into Monaco or Cannes?

Prices for flights to both Cannes and Monaco 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

Monaco's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around €18 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.

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around €24 per person, per day in Cannes. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Monaco 18
    Cannes 24
Typical Entertainment prices in Monaco

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


  • Grand Prix for Two
    101

Tours and Activities in Monaco

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

  • Oceanographic Museum of Monaco Ticket: $20
  • Monaco Hop on Hop Off Sightseeing Bus Tour: $29
  • Nice: Guided Monte-Carlo Tour: $45
  • From Nice: Eze, Monaco & Monte Carlo Half-Day Tour: $51
  • Monte-Carlo and Monaco sightseeing walking tour with an expert guide: $56
  • Full-Day Small Group Tour to Monaco and Eze: $90
  • From Cannes: Monaco Small Group Night Tour: $96
  • From Nice: Full-Day Monaco, Monte-Carlo & Eze Tour: $104
  • Group tour of French Riviera from the port of Monaco/Monte-Carlo: $112
  • Helicopter Sightseeing Flight: $164
  • Monaco 30/60-Minute Ferrari Driving Experience: $172
  • Lamborghini Sports Car Experience from Monaco: $211

Tours and Activities in Cannes

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

  • Round-Trip Ferry Ticket: Cannes to Ste. Marguerite Island: $19
  • Cannes Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $43
  • Cruise to Corniche d'Or: $44
  • 4-Hour Boat and Snorkeling Tour: $44
  • Photographic tour of Cannes with a Local: $46
  • French Riviera Tour: Cannes, Antibes & Saint-Paul de Vence: $51
  • Nice: Small-Group City Sightseeing Tour: $53
  • Combo Ile Sainte-Marguerite Ferry & Corniche d'Or Cruise from Cannes: $54
  • Sunset cruise / Cannes Lerins Islands: $55
  • Guided Tour in History, Glamour & Cinema: $62
  • Daytime or Sunset Catamaran Cruise from Cannes with Optional Lunch: $62
  • Cannes 2.5-Hour E-bike Tour: $67

Alcohol

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Monaco may vary from person to person, on average a person spends €21 per day on alcoholic beverages.

The average person spends about €14 on alcoholic beverages in Cannes per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Monaco 21
    Cannes 14

Sample the Local Flavors in Monaco

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

  • Authentic Wine Tasting Experience: $48
  • Monaco Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Nice and Eze with Wine Tasting: $657
  • Private St-Jeannet, St-Paul-de-Vence, and Wine Tour from Monaco: $843

Sample the Local Flavors in Cannes

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Cannes:

  • Grasse, Valbonne & Gourdon: Day Tour with Wine Tasting: $132
  • Provence Wine Tour - Private Day Tour from Cannes: $342
  • Private Day Trip: Wine Tasting Tour Including Pinic Lunch From Cannes: $559
  • 5-Hour Private Cannes Shore Excursion: Eze, Nice, Wine Tasting: $658


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

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