A Travel Price Comparison for Italy Positano vs. Cinque Terre for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Positano or Cinque Terre?

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the prices of travel for Positano and Cinque Terre. We’ll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget. So, let's dig into it.

Positano

Located on the Amalfi Coast in Campania, Italy, Positano is a very scenic town that offers spectacular coastal views. The town sits on the edge of a hill and flows down toward the sea. Because of its dramatic beauty, Positano attracts thousands of visitors year around.

The town dates back to medieval times when it was a port for the Amalfi Republic. It thrived throughout the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries but by the mid-nineteenth century its prosperity was falling. During those times more than half of the population left, migrating predominantly to America. During the 1950s the town gained popularity as a tourist destination, in part because of John Steinbeck's essay about the area in Harper's Bazaar (May, 1953).

Cinque Terre

Located on the rugged Italian Riviera coastline, Cinque Terra consists of five seaside villages exuding a charm that dates back to medieval times. Fishing boats bob in the harbors, bringing fresh seafood to the tables of the region, while age old vineyards make for fragrant signature wines. Cinque Terre is considered to be a National Park, with its five villages earning a spot on the UNESCO World Heritage List for their beauty and timelessness.

Which city is cheaper, Cinque Terre or Positano?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Positano is €180, while the average daily cost in Cinque Terre 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 Positano and Cinque Terre in more detail.



Accommodation

For a normal double-occupancy room in Positano, €240 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Positano, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is €120, such as in a hostel.

The prices for places to stay in Cinque Terre can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is €56, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around €112.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Positano 120
    Cinque Terre 56
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Positano 240
    Cinque Terre 112

Food

Positano food costs typically run travelers around €42 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.

The price of a meal in Cinque Terre can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is €33 per person, and a typical meal will cost around €13 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Positano 42
    Cinque Terre 33
Typical Food prices in Positano

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Positano:


  • Sitdown Dinner (for Two)
    31
  • Pizza in a Restaurant
    9.32
  • Sandwich in a Restaurant
    12

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Positano

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

  • Positano for Foodies- The authentic food tour in Town: $106
  • Dining experience at a local's home in Positano & cooking demo: $106
  • Dining experience at a local's home in Positano with show cooking: $106
  • Small-group Street food tour in Positano: $111
  • Market tour and lunch or dinner at a local's home in Positano: $173
  • Private Pizza & Tiramisu Class at a local's home with tasting in Positano: $180
  • Private cooking class at a local's home with tasting in Positano: $180
  • Local market visit and private cooking class at a local's home in Positano: $235
  • Vico Equense: Market Tour, Home Cooking Class, and Dinner: $240
  • Exclusive hands-on cooking class with a local in Positano: $372

Typical Food prices in Cinque Terre

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


  • Whole Pizza
    9.50
  • Panini
    3.75
  • Sitdown Dinner (for Two)
    52
  • Fresh Focaccia
    2.12

Local Transportation

Positano's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend €6.19 per person, per day on transportation in Positano.

Cinque Terre's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend €12 per person, per day on transportation in Cinque Terre.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Positano 6.19
    Cinque Terre 12
Typical Local Transportation prices in Positano

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Positano:


  • Bus Ticket
    1.60

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Positano

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

  • private transfer from positano to naples: $195
  • private transfer from Positano to Naples: $93
  • private transfer Positano to Roma: $296
  • Transfer from Positano to Naples: $94
  • Transfer from Naples to Positano with 2 hours Private Tour in Herculaneum: $327
  • Transfer From to Ravello and Naples: $252
  • Transfer From to Positano and Naples: $202
  • Transfer From to Amalfi and Rome: $757
  • Sorrento Coast - Positano Private Transfer: $77
  • Siena: 1-Way Private Transfer to and from Positano: $928
  • Private transfer with stop in Pompeii: $435
  • Private transfer to Matera from Positano or reverse: $346

Typical Local Transportation prices in Cinque Terre

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Cinque Terre:


  • Ferry Day Pass
    15

Is it cheaper to fly into Positano or Cinque Terre?

Prices for flights to both Cinque Terre and Positano 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

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Positano can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around €48 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Cinque Terre can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around €10 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Positano 48
    Cinque Terre 10
Typical Entertainment prices in Positano

For Positano, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:


  • Chair & Umbrella at Spiaggia Grande
    17
  • Day Trip of Capri & Amalfi
    80
  • Sunset Cruise
    24
  • Full Day Wine Tour
    97
  • Cooking Class
    65

Tours and Activities in Positano

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Positano.

  • AMALFI COAST EXPERIENCE Amalfi, Ravello, Sorrento - From Positano: $302
  • Amalfi & Ravello Tour from Positano: $285
  • Amalfi Coast COLLECTIVE boat tour: $118
  • Amalfi Coast Classical Tour: $622
  • Amalfi Coast Positano and Ravello Cruise Shore Excursion from Naples Port: $218
  • Amalfi Coast Private Chauffeur at your disposal for Business Shopping or Touring: $375
  • Amalfi Coast Tour: Positano, Amalfi and Ravello: $655
  • Amalfi Coast grottos speed tour: $249
  • Amalfi Coast half day tour: $560
  • Amalfi Coast private tour by traditional and elegant wooden boats: $883
  • Amalfi Coast tour from Positano with private English speaking driver: $255
  • Amalfi Coast with Positano and Ravello Shore Excursion from Naples Cruise Port: $218

Typical Entertainment prices in Cinque Terre

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Cinque Terre's activities, tours, and tickets:


  • Double Kayak Rental (One Hour)
    10
  • Bagni Eden Beach Club Umbrella
    16
  • Cinque Terre Card (One Day)
    5.00
  • Cinque Terre Card (Three Days)
    12

Alcohol

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Positano, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is €12.

Typically, people visiting Cinque Terre spend on average €5.37 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Positano 12
    Cinque Terre 5.37
Typical Alcohol prices in Positano

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Positano:


  • Bottle of Limoncello
    16

Sample the Local Flavors in Positano

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

  • Pompeii & Vesuvius Wine Tour from Amalfi Coast - small group tour: $162
  • Pompeii,Vesuvius with Lunch & wine tasting from Positano all inclusive: $260
  • Private Irpinia Wine Tour from Positano, Amalfi or Ravello with Sommelier: $301
  • Pompeii-Vesuvius-Wine Tasting tour with licensed guide included: $373
  • Paestum Temples+Bufala Mozzarella Farm+Wine tasting in Cilento (from Positano): $809

Typical Alcohol prices in Cinque Terre

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Cinque Terre:


  • Glass of Local Wine
    2.90


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

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