Should you visit Reims or Mont-Saint-Michel?
If you're trying to decide where to visit between Reims or Mont-Saint-Michel, 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 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.
Mont Saint-Michel is an island community in Normandy, France. It is located about a half of a mile (or one kilometer) off of the country's northwest coast, at the mouth of the Couesnon River near Avranches. The population of the island, at last count, was just under 50 people. The island has been a strategic fortifications since ancient times and since the 8th century AD has been the seat of the monastery from which it was named. The structural composition of the town exemplifies the feudal society that constructed it: on top, God, the abbey and monastery; below, the great halls; then stores and housing; and at the bottom, outside the walls, houses for fishermen and farmers. One of France's most recognizable landmarks, visited by more than 3 million people each year, Mont Saint-Michel and its bay are on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. Over 60 buildings within the commune are protected in France as historical monuments.
Which city is cheaper, Mont-Saint-Michel 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 Mont-Saint-Michel is €125. 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 Mont-Saint-Michel in more detail.
A hotel room in Reims is about €106 This assumes double occupancy and modest accommodations.
Mont-Saint-Michel's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is €112. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is €56.
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 €35 per day in Mont-Saint-Michel 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.
Meals for one day
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 Mont-Saint-Michel is €56 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.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Reims
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Reims:
Private Transfer from Reims City Center to Paris City Center:
Private Transfer: Reims to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG):
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Mont-Saint-Michel
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Mont-Saint-Michel:
Private Transfer from Mont Saint-Michel to Rennes - Up to 7 People:
Private Transfer: Mont Saint-Michel to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG):
Is it cheaper to fly into Reims or Mont-Saint-Michel?
Prices for flights to both Mont-Saint-Michel 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.
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.
Mont-Saint-Michel's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around €24 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.
Tours and Activities in Reims
Here are a few actual costs in Reims for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
Passy-Grigny: Champagne Tour and Tasting Experience:
Cité du Champagne: Champagne Museum Entry Ticket and Tasting:
Reims Champagne Tasting & G.H. Mumm House Cellar Tour:
Reims City Sightseeing Tour by Segway:
Reims City Sightseeing Tour by Segway:
Champagne Reims Gourmet Small Group City Tour:
Small-Group Morning Tour with Moet & Chandon and Champagne class from Reims:
Small-Group Morning Tour with Taittinger and Family Winery:
Small-Group afternoon Champagne Tour with Champagne Tastings from Reims:
Small Group - Half Day Champagne Tour - Visit of 2 Small Producers/Growers:
Champagne UNESCO Tour:
Small-Group Champagne Tour with Champagne Tastings and Lunch:
Tours and Activities in Mont-Saint-Michel
Here are a few actual costs in Mont-Saint-Michel for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
Private Walking Tour of Mont-St-Michel and Surroundings:
Private 3-hour Walking Tour of Mt St. Michel with official tour guide:
Private Mont Saint-Michel Family Walking Tour:
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 Mont-Saint-Michel may vary from person to person, on average a person spends €6.29 per day on alcoholic beverages.
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Reims and Mont-Saint-Michel, we can see that Mont-Saint-Michel is more expensive. And not only is Reims much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Reims would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Reims 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 Mont-Saint-Michel would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Mont-Saint-Michel than you might in Reims.
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