A Travel Price Comparison for France Reims vs. Bordeaux for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Reims or Bordeaux?

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Reims or Bordeaux, this travel cost comparison can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Reims

Reims lies 129 km (80 mi) east-northeast of Paris. It was founded by the Gauls and became a major city during the Roman Empire. Reims played a prominent ceremonial role in French monarchical history as the traditional site of the crowning of the kings of France. The city's economy is based largely on wine production, for which the Champagne region is famous, and a visit to Reims often includes a popular tasting of the most famous French wines at the 'Maison de Champagne'. Reims has many attractive pedestrian boulevards, Roman remains, art-deco cafes and a flourishing fine-dining scene that counts among it four Michelin-starred restaurants. Of course Reims also has all the shops and other facilities that you would expect in a major city.

Bordeaux

Bordeaux is the place to go for fine wines. It's a very mellow, cultural city where you can enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of a quaint cafe or restaurant without being rushed. The city is the capital of Gironde, and the entire metropolitan area has over one million residents. The city also has a rather large and vibrant university and the population is known to be very tolerant and liberal. There is a very strong artistic vibe in the city and, due to it's history of English rule, there is an English flair to the area. The large student population means that there is no shortage of opportunities to see shows, hear music, or visit a museum.

Which city is cheaper, Bordeaux or Reims?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Reims is €104, while the average daily cost in Bordeaux is €95. 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 Reims and Bordeaux in more detail.



Accommodation

A hotel room in Reims is about €106 This assumes double occupancy and modest accommodations.

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around €51. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Bordeaux the cost is €102 on average.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Reims 53
    Bordeaux 51
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Reims 106
    Bordeaux 102

Local Transportation

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around €31 per day to get around in Reims.

The average price of local transportation around Bordeaux is €12 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Reims 31
    Bordeaux 12

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Reims

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Reims:

  • Private Transfer from Reims City Center to Paris City Center: $198
  • Private Transfer: Reims to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG): $385

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bordeaux

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bordeaux:

  • Arrival Private Transfer Bordeaux Airport BOD to Bordeaux City by Minivan: $115
  • Arrival Private Transfer Bordeaux Airport BOD to Bordeaux City in Business Car: $74
  • Bordeaux Airport Transfers: Bordeaux to Bordeaux Airport BOD in Business Car: $106
  • Bordeaux Airport Transfers: Bordeaux to Bordeaux Airport BOD in Luxury Car: $131
  • Bordeaux Airport Transfers: Bordeaux to Bordeaux Airport BOD in Luxury Van: $113
  • Bordeaux Private Transfer from Bordeaux city centre to Bordeaux Airport: $124
  • Private Airport Transfer to/from Bordeaux Airport: $70
  • Private Transfer to/from Bordeaux Airport (BOD): $71
  • Departure Private Transfer Bordeaux City to Bordeaux Airport BOD by Business Car: $74
  • Departure Private Transfer Bordeaux City to Bordeaux Airport BOD by Minivan: $117
  • Departure Private Transfers : Bordeaux to Bordeaux Airport BOD in Business Car: $106
  • Departure Private Transfers : Bordeaux to Bordeaux Airport BOD in Luxury Van: $108

Is it cheaper to fly into Reims or Bordeaux?

Prices for flights to both Bordeaux and Reims 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

While meal prices in Reims can vary, the average travelers spends about €32 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Reims should cost around €13 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Reims is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

The average traveler spends about €36 per day in Bordeaux for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Reims 32
    Bordeaux 36

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bordeaux

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

  • Bordeaux Traditional Food Tour: $106
  • Bordeaux and La Cité du Vin Day Tour with French Cuisine Cooking Class: $514

Entertainment

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around €15 per person, per day in Reims. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.

Bordeaux's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around €6.31 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Reims 15
    Bordeaux 6.31

Tours and Activities in Reims

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

  • Palace of Tau Skip-the-Line Ticket: $9.05
  • Reims City Sightseeing Tour by Segway: $44
  • Champagne Reims Gourmet Small Group City Tour: $63
  • Small-Group Morning Tour with Moet & Chandon and Champagne class from Reims: $96
  • Small-Group Morning Tour with Taittinger and Family Winery: $102
  • Small-Group afternoon Champagne Tour with Champagne Tastings from Reims: $115
  • Small Group - Half Day Champagne Tour - Visit of 2 Small Producers/Growers: $115
  • Champagne UNESCO Tour: $124
  • Small-Group Champagne Tour with Champagne Tastings and Lunch: $179
  • Small-Group Day Tour of Moët et Chandon and Taittinger with Champagne Tasting from Reims: $212
  • Private 3-hour Walking Tour of Reims with official tour guide: $224
  • From Paris: Small-Group Moët & Chandon Champagne Tour: $225

Tours and Activities in Bordeaux

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

  • Centre of Explore over 2,000 years of history on an audio tour: $5.00
  • The Best of Find more than wine in the city centre on this audio tour: $5.00
  • Bordeaux Private Tour: Old Town Exploration Game: $5.59
  • Self-guided Discovery Walk in Bordeaux’s City Centre: a short local adventure: $10
  • Bordeaux City Sights Walking Tour: $17
  • Street Art Guided Tour: $17
  • Musical Walking Tour of Bordeaux: $19
  • Bordeaux La Cité du Vin Wine Culture Museum Skip-the-Line Entrance Ticket: $25
  • Soussans: Guided Winery Tour and Barrel Tasting near Margaux: $28
  • 1-Hour Electric Bike Tour of Bordeaux: $31
  • Bordeaux Electric Bike Rental Self Guided City Tour: $31
  • 1-Hour Bordeaux Electric Scooter Tour: $31

Alcohol

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Reims may vary from person to person, on average a person spends €18 per day on alcoholic beverages.

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Bordeaux may vary from person to person, on average a person spends €21 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Reims 18
    Bordeaux 21

Sample the Local Flavors in Bordeaux

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

  • Bordeaux Wine and Trade Museum Admission Ticket with Wine Tasting: $8.71
  • Soussans: Guided Winery Tour with Wine Tasting near Margaux: $9.08
  • Saint Emilion: Guided Winery Tour & Wine Tasting: $14
  • La Cité du Vin Skip-the-Line Entrance Ticket & Wine Tasting: $24
  • Discover Bordeaux vineyard : special wine tasting with two cellar men brothers: $37
  • Bordeaux Cheese & Wine Tasting Walking Guided Tour: $49
  • Chateau du Taillan and Park including Wine Tasting Tour: $50
  • Bordeaux Morning Wine Tasting Class: $56
  • Bordeaux Small-Group Wine Tasting & Workshop with a Professional Sommelier: $61
  • Bordeaux Vineyards Wine Tasting Half-Day Trip: $61
  • Morning & Breakfast Wine tour in Saint-Emilion: $74
  • From St. Emilion Village Half-Day Wine Tour: $85


When comparing the travel costs between Reims and Bordeaux, we can see that Reims is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in Europe, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.

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