A Travel Price Comparison for France Nice vs. Cannes for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Nice or Cannes?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Nice and Cannes can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Nice

Nice, in the French Riviera, is one of the most popular destinations in France. It's located on the southeast coast along the Mediterranean Sea and is the second largest French city on the Mediterranean. It is an energetic city that attracts all types of vacationers from every age group and demographic. It's the 5th largest city in the country and is the capital of the Alpes Maritimes departement. The metropolitan area has a population of about 1 million.

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 Nice?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Nice is €105, 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 Nice and Cannes in more detail.



Accommodation

The average price for accommodation for two people in Nice is €94. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.

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
    Nice 47
    Cannes 60
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Nice 94
    Cannes 120

Food

The price of a meal in Nice can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is €39 per person, and a typical meal will cost around €16 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.

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
    Nice 39
    Cannes 36
Typical Food prices in Nice

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


  • Slushee
    2.50
  • Strawberries
    4.00
  • Loaf of Bread
    3.20

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Nice

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

  • Mamaz Social Food Lamb Dinner: $38
  • French dinner with a Mediterranean touch in the heart of Nice: $44
  • Mediterranean Cooking Class & Dinner with View of Nice: $49
  • Nice Food Tour: $50
  • Garden-Fresh Dinner with a View of Nice: $54
  • Provencal cuisine cooking class and meal in Nice: $77
  • Mediterranean fish dinner in Nice: $79
  • Nice Small-Group Walking Food Tour with Local Specialties & Wine Tasting: $87
  • Food Tour Specialities Half-day from Nice Small-Group: $95
  • Nice Small Group Half-Day Walking Food Tour with Lunch: $100
  • Small-group French Cooking Experience in Saint-Jeannet: $114
  • Nice Afternoon Walking Food Tour with Dinner: $118

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
  • From Evening Tour & Dinner in Monte Carlo: $217
  • 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 Nice is €20 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.
    Nice 20
    Cannes 13

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Nice

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Nice:

  • Ultra - Nice Private Airport Transfer from Nice Cruise Port to Nice Airport NCE: $9.46
  • Ultra - Nice Private Airport Transfer from Nice Airport NCE to City Centre: $9.46
  • Ultra - Nice Private Airport Transfer from Nice Airport NCE to Cruise Port: $9.46
  • Ultra - Private Airport Transfer from Nice Airport NCE to Cannes City Centre: $9.46
  • Ultra - Nice Private Airport Transfer from City Centre to Nice Airport NCE: $9.46
  • Transfer Between Nice Airports and the French Riviera: $15
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Nice Côte d'Azur Airport (NCE) to Nice City Center: $23
  • Private DepartureTransfer from Nice City Center to Nice Côte d'Azur Airport(NCE): $23
  • Private Departure Transfer from Nice Hotels to Nice Airport: $26
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Nice Airport to Nice Hotels: $26
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Nice Airport to Hotel: $32
  • Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Nice Airport: $32

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cannes

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Cannes:

  • Ultra - Private Airport Transfer from Cannes City Centre to Nice Airport: $9.41
  • Private airport transfer Mandelieu to Cannes: $53
  • Private Departure Transfer from Cannes to Nice Airport: $55
  • Nice Airport Private Departure Transfer from Cannes, Monaco or Eze: $55
  • Private Airport Transfer: Cannes to Cote D'Azur Airport (NCE): $59
  • Saint Tropez Round-Trip Boat Transfer from Cannes: $70
  • Round-Trip Ferry Transfer to St Tropez from Cannes: $80
  • Private transfer from Cannes to Nice City or Nice Airport: $80
  • Private Transfer: Cannes to Cannes - Mandelieu Airport (CEQ): $89
  • Private Transfer: Cannes - Mandelieu Airport (CEQ) to Cannes: $89
  • Nice to Saint Tropez 2,5 hours return transfer by boat: $92
  • Nice Airport departure private transfer from Cannes - Mónaco - Cap d Antibes in Business Car: $98

Is it cheaper to fly into Nice or Cannes?

Prices for flights to both Cannes and Nice 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

Nice's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around €9.45 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.
    Nice 9.45
    Cannes 24

Tours and Activities in Nice

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

  • Old Town of Nice Private Tour and Exploration Game: $4.84
  • Allianz Stadium & National Sports Museum Tour: $16
  • The Treasures of Nice Guided Walking Tour: $17
  • Nice Le Grand Tour Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus: $19
  • One Hour Nice Highlights Pedicab Tour: $24
  • 1-Hour Sightseeing Cruise to Villefranche Bay: $26
  • French Riviera Mediterranean Coastline Sightseeing Cruise from Nice: $27
  • 1 or 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour: $27
  • Skip the Line: Hard Rock Cafe Nice Including Meal: $27
  • Nice Le Grand Tour Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus: $29
  • Small-Group Nice Walking Tour of the Old Town with Guide: $30
  • New Walking Tour of Old Nice / Castle Hill: $33

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
  • French Riviera: Aquasplash Entrance Ticket: $31
  • 1-Hour Segway Tour: $37
  • Cannes Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $43
  • Cruise to Corniche d'Or: $44
  • Photographic tour of Cannes with a Local: $46
  • Combo Ile Sainte-Marguerite Ferry & Corniche d'Or Cruise from Cannes: $54
  • Sunset cruise / Cannes Lerins Islands: $55
  • Cannes, Antibes & St Paul De Vence Tour from Nice: $61
  • Cannes 2 Hours Vespa Tour: $61
  • Cannes 2-Hour Segway Tour: $62
  • French Riviera Tour: Cannes, Antibes & Saint-Paul de Vence: $62

Alcohol

The average person spends about €13 on alcoholic beverages in Nice per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

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
    Nice 13
    Cannes 14

Sample the Local Flavors in Nice

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

  • Nice Bar Crawl and Clubbing: $25
  • 1.5-Hour Organic Wine Tasting in Nice: $56
  • Cheese and Wine Tasting in an awesome apartment in the heart of Nice: $62
  • Half-Day Saint Paul de Vence and Wine Tasting Tour from Nice: $78
  • Half-Day Wine Tasting and Saint Paul de Vence Tour from Nice: $81
  • Half-Day Walking, Food & Wine Tour: $87
  • Nice Local Vineyards Small Group Half Day E-Bike Tour with Wine Tasting: $100
  • Full Day Tour of French Riviera Perched Villages and Wine Tasting from St Jeannet: $118
  • Nice Evening Food & Wine Tasting Tour with a Local: $124
  • Grasse, Gourdon, Valbonne and Wine Tasting Full-day from Nice Small-Group Tour: $136
  • Full-Day Wine Tour in Côtes de Provence From Nice: $137
  • Full-Day Wine Tour in Bellet & Saint-Paul de Vence From Nice: $137

Sample the Local Flavors in Cannes

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

  • Half and Full-Day Provencal Wine Tours: $74
  • Grasse, Valbonne & Gourdon: Day Tour with Wine Tasting: $135
  • 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 comparing the travel costs between Nice and Cannes, we can see that Cannes 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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