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

Should you visit Paris or Lyon?

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 Lyon 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."

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 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 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 Paris and Lyon 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 Lyon is €84. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Paris 0.00
    Lyon 42
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Paris 0.00
    Lyon 85


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.

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
    Paris 0.00
    Lyon 33
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 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

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 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.
    Paris 0.00
    Lyon 14
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 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

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 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.
    Paris 0.00
    Lyon 16
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 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 €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 €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
    Paris 0.00
    Lyon 19
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

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 we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Paris and Lyon, we can see that Lyon 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 Lyon would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Lyon than you might in Paris.

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