A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Paris vs. Barcelona

Should you visit Paris or Barcelona?

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 Paris and Barcelona can help you decide which place is right for you.

Paris

Paris is a dream destination for many people. It's location on the river Seine contributes to its stunning beauty and you can spend many days wandering through its wonderfully diverse neighborhoods. It's known as a city of culture, fashion, food and fun. There is never a shortage of entertainment and activities around town and a highlight of many people's trips to Paris is to explore the city at night, when it truly comes to life. It is not hard to see why this city has received the nickname as the "City of Lights."

Barcelona

Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain with a population of over 1.5 million people. It's also the capital of Catalonia and is located on the northeastern part of the Mediterranean coast. Barcelona is one of the country's most popular travel destinations because of its rich history, interesting architecture, and vibrant culture. Barcelona hosted the 1992 Summer Olympic games and that had a strong influence over tourism in the area. Many different neighborhoods were renovated and rebuilt. Modern design became the norm in many parts of the city, although there is still an old city feel and many efforts at preservation.

Which city is cheaper, Barcelona or Paris?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Paris is €0.00, while the average daily cost in Barcelona is €119. 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 Paris and Barcelona in more detail.


Accommodation

Double occupancy rooms typically run around €0.00 in Paris For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.

The average price for accommodation for two people in Barcelona is €148. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Paris 0.00
    Barcelona 74
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Paris 0.00
    Barcelona 148


Food

In Paris travelers spend around €0.00 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.

While meal prices in Barcelona can vary, the average travelers spends about €25 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Barcelona should cost around €10 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Barcelona is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Paris 0.00
    Barcelona 25
Typical Food prices in Paris

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


  • Ice Cream
    8.00
  • Breakfast
    7.00
  • Breakfast for 2
    30
  • Dinner on River Cruise
    86
  • Dinner
    57
  • Cheese
    13

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Paris

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

  • 3-Hour Aligre Market Walking Food Tour & Tasting: $81
  • Walking Food Tour: $89
  • The Gourmet Gastronomy of 2.5-Hour Food Tour: $111
  • Walking Food Tour in Saint Germain des Prés: $116
  • Dinner and Theater in Versailles: $121
  • Paris 2.5-Hour Unique Macaron Cooking Class: $123
  • 2-Hour French Pastry Cooking Class in Paris: $123
  • Champagne Master Class and Gourmet Food Tour: $125
  • Gourmet French Dinner with Local Parisian Hosts: $129
  • Dessert & Chocolate Cooking Class with a Parisian Chef: $139

Typical Food prices in Barcelona

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


  • Hot Cocoa & Churro
    4.15
  • Sandwich
    1.70
  • Baguette & Horchata
    3.80
  • Tapas on the beach
    8.28
  • Gelatto
    2.50

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Barcelona

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

  • Bus and Walking Tour with Dinner: $58
  • Barcelona Gourmet Food Tour with a 3 Michelin Star Sommelier: $89
  • Private Cooking Class & Market Tour: $101
  • Market to Fork: Market Tour and Private Cooking Class: $143
  • Half-Day Spanish Cooking Class & Market Tour: $78
  • Flamenco Show and Optional Dinner at a Tablao: $52
  • Requesens Palace Dinner with Medieval Show: $85
  • Casa Batlló: Tapas Dinner, Live Concert, and Audio Tour: $151
  • New Year's Eve Dinner and Flamenco Show: $91
  • Old Barcelona Tour, Boqueria Market & Cooking Workshop: $101


Local Transportation

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Paris than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend €0.00 on transportation in Paris on average per day.

The cost of a taxi ride in Barcelona is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent €15 per person, per day, on local transportation in Barcelona.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Paris 0.00
    Barcelona 15
Typical Local Transportation prices in Paris

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


  • Metro
    6.40
  • Train from Airport
    9.00
  • Metro tickets
    6.80
  • Train
    20

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Paris

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

  • Beauvais Airport to Disneyland Paris Shared Transfer: $41
  • Private Transfer between Paris & CDG Airport: $73
  • Private Transfer to Paris Orly Airport (ORY): $87
  • Private Transfer From Paris Airport CDG to Paris City Center: $99
  • Disneyland Private Transfer with Flight Tracking: $112
  • CDG Airport to Disneyland Paris Private Transfer: $127
  • From Full-Day Ticket and Transfer to Asterix Park: $128
  • Disneyland Private Transfer from/for Orly: $101
  • VIP Private Transfer from/to Orly: $89
  • Disneyland Private Transfer from or to CDG Airport: $93

Typical Local Transportation prices in Barcelona

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


  • 10 Trip Metro Ticket
    7.80
  • Airport Bus
    5.00
  • Metro
    2.10

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Barcelona

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Barcelona:

  • Barcelona Private Transfer Between Sants Station & City: $85
  • From Luxury Transfers to La Roca Village: $24
  • Barcelona Airport to Cruise Port: Private Transfers: $67
  • Barcelona Airport Private Transfer to/from City Center: $67
  • Barcelona Airport Private 1-Way or Round-Trip Transfer: $62
  • Barcelona Private 1-Way Transfer Between Airport & City: $88
  • Barcelona Airport to City Center Private Transfer: $48
  • Barcelona City to Cruise Terminal Private Transfers: $51
  • Barcelona Private Arrival Transfer: $89
  • Barcelona-El Prat Airport: Transfer to Barcelona City: $66


Entertainment

Sightseeing expenses in Paris, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of €0.00 per day, per person.

Entertainment and activities in Barcelona typically cost an average of €23 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.
    Paris 0.00
    Barcelona 23
Typical Entertainment prices in Paris

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


  • Louvre Entry for Two
    18
  • Admission to Pantheon
    5.00
  • Catacombs (2)
    23

Tours and Activities in Paris

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

  • Fragonard Perfume Museum: Guided Tour with Soap Souvenir: $8.69
  • The Paris of the Revolution: Storming the Bastille Tour: $15
  • 1.5-Hour Shopping Arcades Tour: $15
  • Guided Tour of Napoleon's Tomb and the Army Museum: $18
  • In-Depth Guided Tour of La Seine Musicale: $19
  • Latin Quarter Guided Walking Tour in German: $23
  • Montmartre: Tour in a group: $25
  • Eiffel Tower Pictures & River Cruise: $31
  • Latin Quarter & Ile de la Cite Movie Location Walking Tour: $31
  • Hidden Passages Guided Walking Tour: $35

Typical Entertainment prices in Barcelona

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


  • Picasso Walking Tour and Museum Pass
    42
  • Souvenir Gaudi Book
    8.55
  • Admission to Museo Picasso
    6.00

Tours and Activities in Barcelona

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

  • Free Bike Tour: $0.00
  • 90 Minutes Kickstart Private Tour: $13
  • Barcelona Half-Day Modernist Walking Tour: $19
  • La Roca Shopping Village Express Tour from Barcelona: $24
  • Barcelona 3-h Bike Tour and optional lunch at Hard Rock Cafe: $26
  • Barcelona Private Bike Tour: $29
  • Art Nouveau & Gaudí Tour in German: $30
  • Ciutadella Park Segway Tour: $35
  • Barcelona 60 Minute Segway Tour: $35
  • 60-minutes Segway Tour: $35


Alcohol

The average person spends about €0.00 on alcoholic beverages in Paris per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

The average person spends about €11 on alcoholic beverages in Barcelona per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Paris 0.00
    Barcelona 11
Typical Alcohol prices in Paris

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


  • Wine
    14

Sample the Local Flavors in Paris

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

  • French Wine Tasting Class with Sommelier: $69
  • Introductory French Cheese and Wine Tasting: $29
  • Heart of Notre-Dame, île de la Cité & Wine Tasting: $160
  • Paris Pub Crawl with Free Club Entry and Free Shots: $18
  • 2.5-Hour Guided Vintage Car Tour and Wine Tasting: $69
  • French Wine Experience with Wine Tasting: $37
  • Parisian Deluxe Wine Tasting Experience: $176
  • New Pub Crawl: $19
  • Wine Tasting with Professional Sommelier: $29
  • Small-Group Cheese and Wine Tasting in Le Marais: $105

Sample the Local Flavors in Barcelona

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Barcelona:

  • Wine Tasting & Tapas: $60
  • 4x4 Winery Tour with Tapas & Wine Tasting from Barcelona: $88
  • Barcelona Wine Tasting: Catalan and Spanish Wines: $21
  • Alta Alella Wine Tour by Electric Bike from Barcelona: $88
  • Montserrat, Sitges and Torres Wine Tour from Barcelona: $106
  • Estrella Damm Brewery Guided Tour with Tasting: $9.54
  • Backpacker Pub Crawl: $18
  • Columbus Monument with Optional Wine Tasting: $7.16
  • Barcelona Wine Tasting: $85
  • The Original Barcelona Pub Crawl: $18



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

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