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

Should you visit Nice or Lyon?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Nice and Lyon 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.

Lyon

Lyon, located within the region of Southeastern France, is France's third largest city in terms of population, with just over 500,000 inhabitants. This makes the city large, yet still small and personable enough to be explored properly in a short visit. Known as the gastronomic capital of Europe, your culinary needs are exceptionally well catered to here, and for those with historical and cultural interests, you will never be at a loss for new things to do and see.

Which city is cheaper, Lyon 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 Lyon is €100. 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 Lyon 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.

The average price for accommodation for two people in Lyon is €84. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Nice 47
    Lyon 42
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Nice 94
    Lyon 85


Food

While meal prices in Nice can vary, the average travelers spends about €39 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Nice should cost around €16 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Nice is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

Food in Lyon costs travelers about €33 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
    Nice 39
    Lyon 33
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.

  • From Evening Tour & Dinner in Monte Carlo: $191
  • Meditation and Indian Wholistic Cooking Class: $168
  • 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

Typical Food prices in Lyon

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


  • Pastry
    1.70

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Lyon

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

  • Presqu'île Food Tour with a Local Guide: $68
  • Secret Food Tour: $107
  • Half-Day Gourmet Food Tour with Tastings: $78
  • Old Town Food Tour: $102
  • Lyon 2.5-Hour Dinner Cruise: $67
  • Lyon Old Town Walking Guided Food Tour: $68
  • Lyon Old Town Half-Day Walking Food Tour with Local Specialties Tasting & Lunch: $93
  • Lyon Old Town Five Tasting Stops Walking Food Tour with Lunch: $108
  • Lyon Quais Saint Antoine Private Gastronomic Food Tour: $111
  • Private Tour: Secret Food Tours Lyon: $137


Local Transportation

The cost of a taxi ride in Nice is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent €20 per person, per day, on local transportation in Nice.

The cost of a taxi ride in Lyon is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent €14 per person, per day, on local transportation in Lyon.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Nice 20
    Lyon 14

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Nice

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Nice:

  • Transfer Between Nice Airports and the French Riviera: $15
  • Private Transfer between Nice Airport and Nice City: $56
  • Nice Private Airport Transfer to/from Cannes City: $106
  • Nice Airport Private Transfers to/from Monaco: $106
  • From Helicopter Transfer & Lunch in Monaco: $495
  • Nice Airport Private Transfer to/from Nice City: $50
  • Private One–Way Airport Transfer: $52
  • Private Transfer between Nice Airport and Monaco: $118
  • Private One–Way Airport Transfer to Monaco: $123
  • Nice Airport Transfer to Cannes / Monaco: $348

Typical Local Transportation prices in Lyon

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Lyon are as follows:


  • Funiculaire
    5.20
  • Hop-on Hop-off Tourist Bus
    19

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Lyon

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Lyon:

  • Lyon City Card with Airport Transfer: $49
  • Lyon–Saint Exupéry Airport: Luxury Transfer and Tour: $99
  • Private Airport Transfer Service: $90
  • Private Airport Transfer: Lyon to Lyon Saint-Exupery International Airport (LYS): $47
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Lyon-Bron Airport to Lyon City - One Way: $65
  • Lyon Private Transfer : Port of LYON to Lyon Railway Stations in Business Car: $65
  • Departure Private Transfer Lyon City to Lyon Airport LYS by Business Car: $66
  • Private arrival OR departure transfer in Lyon (hotel OR airport pick-up): $75
  • Departure Private Transfer Lyon City to Lyon Airport LYS by Luxury Van: $87
  • Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Gare de Lyon Saint-Exupery: $91


Entertainment

Entertainment and activities in Nice typically cost an average of €9.45 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

Entertainment and activities in Lyon typically cost an average of €16 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Nice 9.45
    Lyon 16

Tours and Activities in Nice

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

  • Allianz Stadium & National Sports Museum Tour: $16
  • Nice Welcome Tour: Private Tour with a Local: $37
  • City Highlights Bike tour: $43
  • Guided Nice City Tour by Electric Rickshaw: $50
  • From Italian Market Tour: $62
  • Monaco, Monte-Carlo & Eze Half-Day Small Group Tour: $76
  • Monaco, Monte Carlo, Èze, Full-Day Private Tour: $81
  • Half-Day Tour of Cannes & Antibes - Billionaire's Splendors: $82
  • Monaco and Monte-Carlo by Night: 5-Hour Tour from Nice: $86
  • Monaco by Night 4-Hour Minivan Tour from Nice: $87

Typical Entertainment prices in Lyon

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


  • Lunch for 2
    45

Tours and Activities in Lyon

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

  • Haunted Lyon City Exploration Game & Tour: $11
  • 1 or 2-Hour Pedicab Tour: $28
  • Lyon Express e-Bike Tour: $31
  • 1-Hour Night Tour by Segway: $56
  • E-Bike Tour with Paul Bocuse Market: $88
  • 2-Hour Guided City Tour by Electric Tuk Tuk: $171
  • From Rhône Valley Wine and Chocolate Day Tour: $211
  • 2-Hour City Tour by Vintage VW Kombi: $50
  • 4-Hour Electric Bike Tour with Tasting Break: $80
  • Ticket to Mini World Lyon Museum: $17


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 €19 on alcoholic beverages in Lyon 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
    Lyon 19

Sample the Local Flavors in Nice

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Nice:

  • The Bellet Wine Tasting: $360
  • Half-Day Walking, Food & Wine Tour: $87
  • Half-Day Saint Paul de Vence and Wine Tasting Tour from Nice: $78
  • 1.5-Hour Organic Wine Tasting in Nice: $56
  • Full-Day Wine Tour in Côtes de Provence From Nice: $137
  • Full-Day Wine Tour in Bellet & Saint-Paul de Vence From Nice: $137
  • Provence Wine Tasting Experience: $918
  • Nice Bar Crawl and Clubbing: $25
  • Cheese and Wine Tasting in an awesome apartment in the heart of Nice: $62
  • Half-Day Wine Tasting and Saint Paul de Vence Tour from Nice: $81

Typical Alcohol prices in Lyon

Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Lyon are as follows:


  • Drinks for 2
    6.80
  • Bottle of Wine
    15

Sample the Local Flavors in Lyon

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Lyon:

  • Beaujolais Segway Tour With Wine Tasting: $52
  • Golden Stones Beaujolais Wine Tasting Trip from Lyon: $101
  • Half-Day Vienne & Côte-Rotie Wine Tasting Tour: $101
  • Half-Day Beaujolais Wine Tour from Lyon: $101
  • Northern Rhône Valley Cheese & Wine Tasting Half Day Tour from Lyon: $111
  • Lyon Old Town Food & Wine Tasting Tour including a Bouchon Lyonnais: $112
  • The Original Syrah Wine Tour - Afternoon - Small Group Tour from Lyon: $114
  • The Original Syrah Wine Tour - Morning - Small Group Tours from Lyon: $114
  • Beaujolais Gourmet Wine Tour with Tastings from Lyon: $123
  • Macon & Beaujolais Wine Tour - Full Day - Small Group Tour from Lyon: $147



When comparing the travel costs between Nice and Lyon, we can see that Nice 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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