A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Ravenna vs. Kotor for Food, Families, Couples, and Backpackers

Should you visit Ravenna or Kotor?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Ravenna and Kotor. 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, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Ravenna

Ravenna is a charming, authentic, and historic town. As this is a charming small town, visitors also come to explore the sights and local activities. It's also known for shopping, museums, and nightlife.

Kotor

Kotor is a remote, dramatic, and scenic coastal town. You'll find plenty of local activities in this small town. It's considered by many to be an absolutely beautiful destination, too. It also has a unique and quaint vibe that attracts lots of visitors. Visitors also love the scuba diving and snorkeling, beaches, and hiking.

Ravenna and Kotor: Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Popular museums and historical sights
  • Active nightlife
  • Fun shopping
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Small town charm
Pros
  • Nice resorts
  • Good scuba and snorkeling destination
  • Popular beach
  • Scenic old town
  • Good for hiking
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Small town charm
  • Impressive beauty
  • Quaint atmosphere
Things to Consider
  • Less popular for nightlife


Is there more to do in Ravenna or Kotor?

Travelers will usually find more to do in Kotor. Although Ravenna and Kotor are popular destinations, Kotor has more sights and attractions for tourists. Kotor is very popular for its food, resorts, scuba diving & snorkeling, beaches, historical sights, hiking, small town charm, impressive beauty, and quaint atmosphere, while Ravenna attracts visitors for its museums, nightlife, and shopping. Ravenna is famous for its many stunning mosaics which date back to the early Christian and Byzantine empires. Kotor is famous for its medieval old town and its dramatic setting on the coastline surrounded by limestone cliffs. It is also well known for The Cathedral of Saint Tryphon (Kotor Cathedral).

How is Ravenna different from Kotor?

Which is Better for a Holiday?

Let's take a look at the differences and similarities between Kotor and Ravenna. Then, you can decide for yourself which place is better for your next trip.

Are the Museums and Historical Sights Better in Ravenna or Kotor?

Ravenna
Kotor

Ravenna is well known for its museums and landmarks. However, Kotor does not have museums and landmarks.

Many visitors head to Ravenna specifically to visit some of its top-rated museums and other sights. Most sights in town are centered around the the beautiful mosaics. Neonian Baptistery is a good place to begin your visit. Other highlights include San Vitale, the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, and Sant'Apollinare Nuovo.

Kotor does not have museums and landmarks.


Is the Food Better in Ravenna or Kotor? Which Destination has the Best Restaurants?

Ravenna
Kotor

Kotor is a must-visit destination for its restaurants. Also, Ravenna is not quite as popular, but is fairly good for its restaurant scene.

Eat your way through Kotor, as it has many local or world renowned restaurants to choose from. Food is fresh and hearty, with many dishes including meats, cheeses, and bread. Popular local dishes include börek, black risotto, and pasulj (a type of baked beans prepared with meats and spices). Seafood is an obvious choice around town as well. Ask for whatever is fresh and enjoy a delicious meal. There are also a number of dessert cafes where you can enjoy pastries at a very affordable price.

Dining out in Ravenna is an experience not to be missed. The region is most known for its first course dishes, so pasta lovers will enjoy dining on homemade egg pasta dishes that are served with meat or cheese sauces. You'll also find lots of grilled meats and many great desserts.

Is Ravenna or Kotor Better for Nightlife?

Ravenna
Kotor

Ravenna is very good for nightlife. However, Kotor is not particularly known for nightlife and partying.

Ravenna has an active nightlife scene for those who seek it out. You'll find most of the pubs and clubs in town around Marina di Ravenna. There are a couple of places that attract a crowd, but many are open only during the summer months.

Kotor doesn't have the most active nightlife scene. It has some of the best nightlife in Montenegro, but outside of the summer months you'll find things are very calm. Head to the old town for the highest concentration of bars and clubs.

Is Ravenna or Kotor Better for Resorts?

Ravenna
Kotor

Kotor is a decent place to visit for its luxury resorts. However, Ravenna is not a resort destination.

Not known for its high-end resorts, Kotor offers a few options. The town has mostly boutique hotels and apartments, particularly if you want to stay in old town.

Ravenna is not a resort destination.


Is Ravenna or Kotor Better for Scuba Diving and Snorkeling?

Ravenna
Kotor

Kotor is a good destination for its diving and snorkeling. However, Ravenna is not a scuba or snorkeling destination.

Grab a mask and fins and explore the underwater scenery in Kotor. It's possible to book snorkeling trips with a local vendor, or you can pack your own mask and snorkel and venture into the water on your own.

Ravenna is not a scuba or snorkeling destination.

Is Ravenna or Kotor Better for Beaches?

Ravenna
Kotor

Kotor is a good destination for the beache. However, Ravenna is not a beach destination.

Kotor offers a nice beach destination. Like many parts of the Mediterranean, the beaches are rocky and pebbly. Many of the beaches are small and quiet, giving them a personal and discovered vibe which many travelers appreciate.

Ravenna is not a beach destination.

Is Ravenna or Kotor Better for its Old Town?

Ravenna
Kotor

Kotor is a must-visit destination for its old town. However, Ravenna does not have a historic old town.

The rich history of Kotor can be explored in its historical center. The city walls and compact historic area make the old town a unique place to explore.

Ravenna does not have a historic old town.


Is Ravenna or Kotor Better for Hiking?

Ravenna
Kotor

Kotor is a must-visit destination for its hiking trails. However, Ravenna is not a hiking destination.

Kotor is well-known for its hiking and trekking. The dramatic cliffs and sea views create some of the most beautiful coastal hikes that you'll find. Trails range from walking paths to more strenuous routes like the Ladder of Kotor Hike, which has many switchbacks and stunning views.

Ravenna is not a hiking destination.

Is the Shopping Better in Ravenna or Kotor?

Ravenna
Kotor

Ravenna is very good for shopping. However, Kotor is not a noteworthy shopping destination.

Ravenna is a great destination for shopping. There are some nice shopping streets in town where you can buy locally made mosaics. You'll also find art studios and artisan shops, as well as your typical souvenir shops and clothing stores. Via Cavour, via Diaz, and via Cairoli are some of the most popular shopping streets.

Kotor is not a noteworthy shopping destination.

Is Ravenna or Kotor Better for Families?

Ravenna
Kotor

Ravenna is well known for its family-friendly activities. Also, Kotor is still popular, but not quite as popular for its kid-friendly activities.

Ravenna is a very family-friendly place to visit. In town you'll find mosaics, museums, and a charming town, and ten kilometers outside of town you'll find Italy's largest amusement park - Mirabilandia. The city is also filled with parks where kids can explore and learn, and the food, like any Italian city, is very kid-friendly.

Kotor offers lots of family activities. Kids will enjoy wandering the streets of old town, exploring the city's fortress, or making their way around the city walls. There are a few beaches to explore, but they are a bit rocky. It's also fun to get out on the water on a boat ride.


Is Ravenna or Kotor Better for Couples?

Ravenna
Kotor

Ravenna and Kotor both high quality destinations for a couple.

Ravenna makes for a fun place to visit for a couple. Many visitors to Italy don't add this charming town to their itinerary, but for couples who want to experience a small town setting with beautiful art and architecture, then Ravenna is a great option. There are parks to explore and great restaurants to experience as well.

Couples visit Kotor frequently as it offers plenty of romantic activities. The charming old town, picturesque views, and quaint personality of the town make this a great couple's get away. Whether you want to lounge on the water's edge or soak up the unique culture, there are many hidden sides to the coastal town.

Is Ravenna or Kotor Better for Backpackers and Budget Travelers?

Ravenna
Kotor

Kotor is a very popular place for backpackers and budget travelers. Also, Ravenna is not quite as popular, but is fairly good for backpackers.

Many backpackers visit Kotor. The town is affordable and reasonably accessible, making it a great option for backpackers. It's not as touristy as some of the more popular coastal towns in the area, so you can enjoy a bit of authenticity without spending big bucks.

Plenty of budget travelers visit Ravenna. It's a bit off-the-beaten path, so you won't find a large number of hostels or a lot of backpackers to hang out with. That doesn't mean it won't make a great addition to your itinerary though.

Is Ravenna or Kotor Better for Public Transit? Which Is Easier to Get Around Without a Car?

Ravenna
Kotor

Ravenna is very good for its public transit. However, Kotor is not particularly known for times when you don't have a car.

You'll find some public transit in Ravenna, but it may not be enough to take you everywhere. Buses in and around town are managed by START ROMAGNA and offer access to many nearby towns.

Public transit is mostly limited in Kotor. Cars aren't allowed in the old town, but you can travel to nearby town's by bus. Most leave from the town's main bus station with higher frequency during the summer months.


Is Ravenna or Kotor a more walkable city?

Ravenna
Kotor

Kotor is a must-visit destination for its high level of walkability. Also, Ravenna is not quite as popular, but is fairly good for its ease of walking around.

It's very easy to get around on foot in Kotor. The old town is best explored on foot.

Ravenna is a very walkable destination. There are care-free areas to the town that can only be explored on foot.

For even more information, also check out Is Ravenna Worth Visiting? and Is Kotor Worth Visiting?.

Should I spend more time in Kotor or Ravenna?

How long in Ravenna or Kotor?

It's fun to spend time in either Ravenna or Kotor. Generally, people tend to spend more time in Kotor due to the larger number of activities and things to do. Usually, 1-2 days is a good amount of time for Ravenna, and 3-4 days is enough time in Kotor.

Families should spend more time in Kotor than Ravenna. Because of the many family-friendly attractions and fun things to do for kids in Kotor, it's a great place to visit with the whole family.

Couples should spend more time in Kotor than Ravenna. You'll find plenty of romantic sights and fun activities in Kotor that are perfect for a weekend getaway or a longer couple's trip.

Backpackers and budget travelers should spend more time in Kotor than Ravenna if your budget allows for it. With a larger number of budget-friendly sights, good nightlife, and active things to do, anyone traveling on a budget would have a good time in Kotor.


  • How many days in Ravenna or Kotor? Ideal Length of Stay
    Ravenna 1-2 
    Kotor 3-4

One day in Ravenna or Kotor?

Even though Ravenna is a small town, it has plenty of activities to choose from. This town offers a variety of activities to choose from. Because of this, one day is usually enough time for a trip here.

In Kotor, you'll find food and scuba diving and snorkeling. Most visitors spend time around the old town while in the area. This coastal town offers something for everyone. One day is usually not enough time for a trip here as there is plenty to do.

A weekend in Ravenna or Kotor?

It's hard to know how much time to spend in Ravenna. For many, it makes a great getaway for a weekend. This would be the perfect place to spend a weekend, as it has just the right amount of activities. The length of your ideal trip is an individual decision.

In Kotor, you'll find scuba diving and snorkeling and food. The length of your trip often depends on your style of travel. Hiking can easily take up a good amount of your time here, too. Since there is so much to do in the area, a weekend is probably not enough for all of it.


Five days in Ravenna or Kotor?

Ravenna is a fun place to experience. Ravenna is a small town, so it's a great destination if you're short on time. Most people find that five days is more than enough time to see everything.

Kotor is a great place to explore. The old town is one of the main draws for visitors. Five days is more than enough time to enjoy everything. Take some day trips to nearby places to fill the extra days. Anyone can find something fun to do here.

A week in Ravenna or Kotor?

Ravenna is a small town, so you can explore the area with less time. Take your pick from the many activities offered here. One week is plenty of time to see everything, even with extra days to spare.

It's hard to know how much time to spend in Kotor. Many people enjoy the scuba diving and snorkeling and food when visiting Kotor. Exploring the old town is a popular activity. One week may feel like too much time unless you plan to do a lot of relaxing.


For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Family-Friendly Tours to Italy, The Best Hiking & Trekking Tours in Italy, The Best Luxury Tours to Montenegro, and The Best Budget Tours to Montenegro.


Which place is cheaper, Kotor or Ravenna?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Ravenna is €84, while the average daily cost in Kotor 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 destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Ravenna and Kotor in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Ravenna 54
    Kotor 49
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Ravenna 108
    Kotor 98
Compare Hotels in Ravenna and Kotor

Looking for a hotel in Ravenna or Kotor? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Ravenna


Hotels in Kotor


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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Ravenna Hotel Prices and Kotor Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Ravenna 4.29
    Kotor 9.26

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Ravenna

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

  • Ravenna Cruise Port: One Way Transfer to Bologna Airport: $544
  • Ravenna, Day Trip from Bologna including private transfer: $1,794
  • Ravenna, Day Trip from Venice including private transfer: $2,283
  • Treviso Airport: One Way Transfer to Venice, Piazzale Roma: $261

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Kotor

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Kotor:

  • Transfer service: $133
  • Transfer from Tivat airport to Kotor Old Town: $42
  • Transfer from Tivat airport to Dubrovnik city: $97
  • Transfer from Tivat Airport to Budva: $66
  • Transfer Tivat Airport - Kotor Old Town (and viceversa): $54
  • Tivat to Kotor one way transfer: $103
  • Tivat hotels to Kotor Cruise Port - Departure Private Transfer: $17
  • Tivat Airport Shared Arrival Transfer to Hotel or Accommodation : $22
  • Tivat Airport (TIV): Private Transfer to Kotor Cruise Port: $91
  • Tivat Airport (TIV) to Kotor Cruise Port - Arrival Private Transfer: $17
  • Private transfer from Nikki or Obala Djurasevica to Tivat airport: $50
  • Private transfer from Herceg Novi to Dubrovnik airport: $121

Is it cheaper to fly into Ravenna or Kotor?

Prices for flights to both Kotor and Ravenna 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.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Ravenna 26
    Kotor 43

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Kotor

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

  • The 10 Tastings of Kotor Private Food Tour : $176
  • Kotor City Tour and Cooking Class : $206
  • Kotor private cooking class with lunch and Old town guided tour: $229
  • Kotor and Perast Private Tour with Cooking Class and Boat Ride: $266
  • Cooking class in a local home & old town walking tour: $311

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Ravenna 4.29
    Kotor 8.32

Tours and Activities in Ravenna

For Ravenna, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Bologna: BLQ airport to Ravenna cruise terminal: $397
  • Cruise Terminal From/to Venice: $957

Tours and Activities in Kotor

Here are a few actual costs in Kotor for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Private Speedboat Tour to Lady of the Rocks and Perast Old Town : $181
  • "Adriatic Adventure: Blue Cave & Islands Speedboat Tour": $47
  • 1-Day Montenegro Hiking Tour to Durmitor National Park : $121
  • 3 Hours Blue Cave Tour in Montenegro: $42
  • 3 Hours Speed Boat tour to the Blue Cave: $44
  • Adriatic Jewels Tour: Saint Stefan – Budva - Tivat : $248
  • All inclusive - Lovcen tour: $133
  • Ancient Budva & Unique St.Stephen Private Tour: $94
  • Ancient to Modern Day Montenegro - Private Tour: $165
  • Bay of 2-Hour Stand Up Paddle Board Tour: $54
  • Bay of 2.5-Hour Kayak Tour: $54
  • Bay of 2.5-Hour Kayak Tour : $55

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Ravenna 16
    Kotor 8.51

Sample the Local Flavors in Kotor

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Kotor:

  • Private tour: Homemade food and wine tasting at my family home: $133
  • Wine tasting and magical tour from Kotor, Budva, Tivat (Lovcen,Skadar lake): $255
  • National Parks Skadar Lake and Lovcen+Wine tasting (Private tour): $264
  • Skadar Lake National Park with Wine Tasting: $435


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

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Ravenna Expensive? and Is Kotor Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Ravenna or Kotor?

Ravenna has a larger population, and is about 30 times larger than the population of Kotor. When comparing the sizes of Ravenna and Kotor, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.


When is the best time to visit Ravenna or Kotor?

Both places have a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. As both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Ravenna or Kotor in the Summer?

Both Kotor and Ravenna during the summer are popular places to visit. Many travelers come to Ravenna for the small town charm and the family-friendly experiences. Also, many visitors come to Kotor in the summer for the beaches, snorkeling, the hiking, the small town charm, and the family-friendly experiences.

In July, Ravenna is generally cooler than Kotor. Daily temperatures in Ravenna average around 22°C (72°F), and Kotor fluctuates around 26°C (80°F).

Ravenna usually gets more rain in July than Kotor. Ravenna gets 71 mm (2.8 in) of rain, while Kotor receives 47 mm (1.8 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Ravenna 22°C (72°F) 
    Kotor 26°C (80°F)

Should I visit Ravenna or Kotor in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Ravenna and Kotor. Many visitors come to Ravenna in the autumn for the shopping scene and the small town atmosphere. Also, most visitors come to Kotor for the hiking trails, the small town atmosphere, and the natural beauty of the area during these months.

Ravenna is cooler than Kotor in the autumn. The daily temperature in Ravenna averages around 14°C (58°F) in October, and Kotor fluctuates around 17°C (63°F).

Kotor receives a lot of rain in the autumn. In October, Ravenna usually receives less rain than Kotor. Ravenna gets 55 mm (2.2 in) of rain, while Kotor receives 174 mm (6.9 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Ravenna 14°C (58°F) 
    Kotor 17°C (63°F)

Should I visit Ravenna or Kotor in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Ravenna as well as Kotor. Most visitors come to Ravenna for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine during these months. Also, the winter months attract visitors to Kotor because of the cuisine.

Ravenna can be very cold during winter. In the winter, Ravenna is much colder than Kotor. Typically, the winter temperatures in Ravenna in January average around 3°C (37°F), and Kotor averages at about 6°C (42°F).

It's quite rainy in Kotor. Ravenna usually gets less rain in January than Kotor. Ravenna gets 44 mm (1.7 in) of rain, while Kotor receives 186 mm (7.3 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Ravenna 3°C (37°F) 
    Kotor 6°C (42°F)

Should I visit Ravenna or Kotor in the Spring?

Both Kotor and Ravenna are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities. The spring months attract visitors to Ravenna because of the small town charm. Also, the beaches, the small town charm, and the natural beauty are the main draw to Kotor this time of year.

In April, Ravenna is generally cooler than Kotor. Daily temperatures in Ravenna average around 11°C (53°F), and Kotor fluctuates around 14°C (58°F).

It rains a lot this time of the year in Kotor. In April, Ravenna usually receives less rain than Kotor. Ravenna gets 54 mm (2.1 in) of rain, while Kotor receives 154 mm (6.1 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Ravenna 11°C (53°F) 
    Kotor 14°C (58°F)

Typical Weather for Kotor and Ravenna

Ravenna Kotor
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 3°C (37°F) 44 mm (1.7 in) 6°C (42°F) 186 mm (7.3 in)
Feb 5°C (41°F) 49 mm (1.9 in) 8°C (46°F) 172 mm (6.8 in)
Mar 8°C (47°F) 57 mm (2.2 in) 11°C (51°F) 173 mm (6.8 in)
Apr 11°C (53°F) 54 mm (2.1 in) 14°C (58°F) 154 mm (6.1 in)
May 16°C (61°F) 45 mm (1.8 in) 19°C (67°F) 83 mm (3.3 in)
Jun 20°C (68°F) 47 mm (1.9 in) 23°C (73°F) 64 mm (2.5 in)
Jul 22°C (72°F) 71 mm (2.8 in) 26°C (80°F) 47 mm (1.8 in)
Aug 22°C (72°F) 60 mm (2.4 in) 26°C (79°F) 74 mm (2.9 in)
Sep 19°C (66°F) 72 mm (2.8 in) 22°C (72°F) 130 mm (5.1 in)
Oct 14°C (58°F) 55 mm (2.2 in) 17°C (63°F) 174 mm (6.9 in)
Nov 8°C (46°F) 77 mm (3 in) 11°C (53°F) 224 mm (8.8 in)
Dec 4°C (39°F) 55 mm (2.2 in) 7°C (45°F) 215 mm (8.5 in)