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

Should you visit Positano or Genoa?

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the prices of travel for Positano and Genoa. 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).

Genoa

Located on the coast of northwest Italy, Genoa is a port city and capital of the Liguria region. With a long history as a rich and powerful trade center, Genoa's past of many centuries is still visible in its old port, stunning architecture, and charming alleyways. A traveler can spend days walking along seaside villas, admiring towering churches, and shopping the boutiques of the city. Genoa is also the birthplace of Christopher Columbus, featuring what is thought to be his birth home and many other quaint abodes.

Which city is cheaper, Genoa 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 Genoa is €120. 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 Genoa 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 Genoa can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is €71, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around €142.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Positano 120
    Genoa 71
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Positano 240
    Genoa 142

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.

Food in Genoa costs travelers about €41 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
    Positano 42
    Genoa 41
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

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Genoa

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

  • Genoa Street Food Tour: $93
  • Small-group Street food tour in Genoa: $111
  • Italian Aperitivo Food Tour with a local in Genoa: $131
  • Small Group Market tour and Cooking class in Genoa: $162
  • Private cooking class at a Cesarina's home with tasting in Genoa: $180
  • Private Pizza & Tiramisu Class at a Cesarina's home with tasting in Genoa: $180
  • Local Market Visit and Private Cooking Class in Genoa: $267

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.

Genoa'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 €6.95 per person, per day on transportation in Genoa.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Positano 6.19
    Genoa 6.95
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:

  • Siena: 1-Way Private Transfer to and from Positano: $928
  • Direct Transfer from Hotel in POSITANO (AMALFI COAST) to Hotel in ROME: $921
  • Transfer From to Amalfi and Rome: $757
  • Positano to/from Rome Transfer with Optional Pompeii Stop: $717
  • Door-To-Door Private Transfer Positano to Rome or viceversa: $610
  • Door-To-Door Private Transfer Fiumicino FCO Airport to Positano or viceversa: $610
  • Door-To-Door Private Transfer Positano to Rome or viceversa: $610
  • Door-To-Door Private Transfer Positano to Fiumicino FCO Airport or viceversa: $610
  • Door-To-Door Private Transfer Rome to Positano or viceversa: $610
  • Door-To-Door Private Transfer Positano to Fiumicino FCO Airport or viceversa: $610
  • Door-To-Door Private Transfer Positano to Rome or viceversa: $610
  • Door-To-Door Private Transfer Fiumicino FCO Airport to Positano or viceversa: $610

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Genoa

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

  • Private Transfer from Génova to Rimini (RMI) Airport: $1,651
  • Private Transfer from Genova to Bologna (BLQ) Airport: $1,291
  • Private Transfer from Génova to Firenze (FLR) Airport: $1,014
  • Private Transfer: Ciampino Airport (CIA) to Genoa or vice versa: $730
  • Private Transfer from Genova to Nice airport: $727
  • Private Transfer: Fiumicino Airport (FCO) to Genoa or vice versa: $713
  • Private Transfer: Civitavecchia Port to Genoa or vice versa: $698
  • Private transfer from Genoa to Nice: $697
  • Private transfer from Genoa to Milan: $647
  • Private transfer from Genoa to Pisa: $647
  • Private transfer: Genoa to Linz Genoa (GOA): $622
  • Private Transfer from Genoa to Sanremo: $616

Is it cheaper to fly into Positano or Genoa?

Prices for flights to both Genoa 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 Genoa can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around €16 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Positano 48
    Genoa 16
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

Tours and Activities in Genoa

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

  • Aquario Village Admission Ticket: $57
  • Aquarium of Genoa Full-Day Entrance Ticket: $30
  • Beach Tour South In Srilanka: $735
  • Best of Genoa private walking tour: $334
  • Dining Experience at a local's Home in Genoa: $106
  • Exclusive Day Tour to Portofino and Santa Margherita from Genoa with Top Driver: $459
  • Exclusive Historic Shops Tour in Genoa: $143
  • Food Market Tour and Workshop with a Cesarina in Cinque Terre: $193
  • From Full-Day Tour of Genoa and Portofino: $100
  • Full-Day Pisa Highlights Private Tour from Genoa Pier: $970
  • Full-Day private tour of Portofino and Genoa: $600
  • Genoa 2,5 hour walking tour: $404

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.

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Genoa, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is €8.29.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Positano 12
    Genoa 8.29
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

Sample the Local Flavors in Genoa

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

  • San Gimignano Full-Day Private Tour with Wine Tasting: $943


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Positano and Genoa, we can see that Positano is more expensive. And not only is Genoa much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Genoa would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Genoa 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 Genoa.

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