A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Orlando vs. Saint Petersburg

Should you visit Orlando or Saint Petersburg?

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 Orlando and Saint Petersburg can help you decide which place is right for you.

Orlando

Orlando is a haven for tourists from the entire United States and abroad. The most famous sight in Orlando, Walt Disney World, is not actually located in the city at all, but in nearby Lake Buena Vista. The area attracts over 50 million visitors a year and the city's sprawling development has created amenities and entertainment options for tourists of all ages.

Saint Petersburg

Located at the base of the Tampa Bay peninsula of Florida, Saint Petersburg is a city known for its pleasant weather, coastal activities, and downtown arts scene. Nicknamed the "Sunshine City," Saint Petersburg is also a popular location for golfing, boating, fishing and beachgoing in addition to the usual entertainment options to be found in a thriving city.

Which city is cheaper, Saint Petersburg or Orlando?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Orlando is $240, while the average daily cost in Saint Petersburg is $163. 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 Orlando and Saint Petersburg in more detail.


Accommodation

Double occupancy rooms typically run around $224 in Orlando For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.

Double occupancy rooms typically run around $202 in Saint Petersburg For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Orlando $112
    Saint Petersburg $101
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Orlando $225
    Saint Petersburg $203


Food

In Orlando travelers spend around $50 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.

Saint Petersburg food costs typically run travelers around $39 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Orlando $50
    Saint Petersburg $39
Typical Food prices in Orlando

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


  • Lunch for Two at Epcot
    $29

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Orlando

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

  • WonderWorks and Outta Control Dinner Show VIP Combo: $64
  • The Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show: $34
  • Cowboy Rodeo Adventure Tour & BBQ Dinner from Orlando: $89
  • Mango's Tropical Cafe Dinner & Show Tickets: $50
  • Downtown Food Tour: $60
  • Audubon Park Garden District Food Tour: $85
  • Dinner with Disney Characters by Limousine: $119
  • Chef Mickey Dinner with Round-Trip VIP Limousine: $119
  • The Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show, Orlando: $34
  • Mango's Tropical Cafe Orlando Dinner and Show Ticket: $50

Typical Food prices in Saint Petersburg

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


  • Burger Dinner (for 2)
    $20
  • Indian Food Dinner (for 2)
    $37
  • Gelato (for 2)
    $8.00
  • Breakfast at Piper's Patio (for 2)
    $17

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Saint Petersburg

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

  • Enjoy Russian Delicacies in St Petersburg: Cooking Demo and Meal with a Local: $80
  • Private Dining: Russian dinner in a traditional St. Petersburg apartment: $91
  • Cooking Class and a Dinner with a Local Family (8 people max): $92
  • Off-the-tourist Path Food Tour: $103
  • Local Market Tour and Cooking Demo with a Homemade Russian Meal in St Petersburg: $107
  • Borscht and cabbage pie cooking class and dinner for small private groups: $109
  • FOOD TOUR. St.Petersburg: $150
  • Private Cooking Class: Learn the secrets of Borsch and Beef Stroganoff: $166
  • Private Cooking Class: Russian Blini with Red Caviar and Shchi soup: $179
  • Private Cooking Class: Russian Shchi soup and Blini with Red Caviar: $187


Local Transportation

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Orlando than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $48 on transportation in Orlando on average per day.

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Saint Petersburg than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $38 on transportation in Saint Petersburg on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Orlando $48
    Saint Petersburg $38
Typical Local Transportation prices in Orlando

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


  • Parking
    $14
  • Taxi Ride
    $45

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Orlando

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

  • Orlando International Airport Shared Shuttle Transfers: $15
  • Orlando Airport - Private Transfer to City Center or Disney: $174
  • Orlando Attractions Roundtrip Transfer: $19
  • Private Departure Transfer to Orlando Sanford Airport (SFB): $24
  • Private Arrival Transfer - from Orlando Sanford Airport (SFB): $24
  • Shared Orlando Cruise Port Transfer: Airport to Port: $32
  • Shared Orlando Cruise Port Transfer: Port to Airport: $32
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Orlando to Orlando International Airport (MCO): $39
  • Private Airport Transfer: Orlando International Airport (MCO) to Orlando: $39
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Orlando Int. Airport (MCO) to Walt Disney World: $39

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Saint Petersburg

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

  • Private Airport Transfer: from St Petersburg to Pulkovo Airport (LED): $28
  • St. Petersburg Pulkovo Airport (LED) to hotel - Arrival Private Transfer: $36
  • St. Petersburg to St.Petersburg Pulkovo Airport - Departure Private Transfer: $36
  • Private Transfer from Peterhof Palace to St. Petersburg City Center: $36
  • Private Transfer from St. Petersburg City Center to Peterhof Palace: $37
  • Departure Private Transfer St Petersburg City to Pulkovo Airport LED - LuxuryVan: $39
  • Departure Private Transfer St. Petersburg to Pulkovo Airport LED by Business Car: $61
  • St Petersburg Airport Transfers : St Petersburg to Airport LED by Business Car: $63
  • St Petersburg Transfer from city hotels or Cruise port to Pulkovo Airport (LED): $68
  • Departure Private Transfer St Petersburg City to Pulkovo Airport LED - LuxuryCar: $80


Entertainment

Sightseeing expenses in Orlando, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $163 per day, per person.

Sightseeing expenses in Saint Petersburg, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $11 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Orlando $163
    Saint Petersburg $11
Typical Entertainment prices in Orlando

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Orlando are as follows:


  • Universal Studios for Two
    $110

Tours and Activities in Orlando

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

  • Disney World: Magic Your Way 5-Day Ticket: $380
  • Disney World: Magic Your Way 3-Day Ticket: $337
  • 2-Park 2-Day Universal Orlando™ Theme Park Tickets: $275
  • 2-Park 1-Day Universal Orlando™ Theme Park Tickets: $174
  • Kennedy Space Center and Launch Control Center Tour: $139
  • Kennedy Space Center Admission Ticket: $54
  • Disney World: 1-Day Magic Kingdom Ticket: $167
  • Disney World: Magic Your Way 2-Day Ticket: $261
  • Chocolate Kingdom Factory Tour: $18
  • 1-Hour Airboat Tour: $52

Tours and Activities in Saint Petersburg

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

  • 2-Day Small-Group Visa-Free Tour - Top Highlights of St Petersburg: $20
  • 1.5-Hours Saint Petersburg's Metro Tour Hidden Treasures: $25
  • Mini-Group 2-Day Shore Excursion of St Petersburg Must-Sees and Boat Cruise: $25
  • Saint Petersburg Drawbridges Tour: $41
  • Half Day Walking Tour Well Courtyards Tour in Saint Petersburg: $44
  • Guided Tour Peter and Paul Fortress, Cathedral and Prison: $56
  • Private Tours: $64
  • Half Day Bike City Tour in Saint Petersburg: $75
  • Private Tour of "Erarta" Galleries: $76
  • St Petersburg Communist walking tour + Museum of Russian political history: $77


Alcohol

The average person spends about $24 on alcoholic beverages in Orlando per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

The average person spends about $33 on alcoholic beverages in Saint Petersburg per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Orlando $24
    Saint Petersburg $33

Sample the Local Flavors in Orlando

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

  • Florida Craft Beer & Brewery Tour: $65



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

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