A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Riga vs. Bergen for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Riga or Bergen?

Should I visit Riga or Bergen? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Riga

Riga is the vibrant capital city of Latvia. It continues to gain popularity as a tourist destination in part because it is the base for the airline Air Baltic. This affordable airline offers discount flights around Europe and most of these flights pass through Riga with a forced overnight layover. This encourages travelers to visit this fascinating city for at least a night or two.

Bergen

Bergen is the second largest city in Norway, and a major tourist destination due to its proximity and easy access to the fjords in West Norway. The nature that surrounds the city is stunning, and you can easily hop into the nearby countryside for some incredible hikes and outdoor adventures. The city itself is well known for its music and art scenes, making it a cultural haven in the country. There are many reasons to visit Bergen, not the least of which is the people that live there. Bergen is the most hilly city within Norway. It is surrounded by the Seven Mountains, which restrict development and keep the city contained. Situated in the far west of Norway, Bergen can be reached by a very scenic seven hour train ride from Oslo.

Which city is cheaper, Bergen or Riga?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Riga is €82, while the average daily cost in Bergen is €91. 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 Riga and Bergen in more detail.



Accommodation

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around €42. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Riga the cost is €84 on average.

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around €58. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Bergen the cost is €116 on average.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Riga 42
    Bergen 58
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Riga 84
    Bergen 116

Food

Riga food costs typically run travelers around €26 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.

While meal prices in Bergen can vary, the average travelers spends about €26 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Bergen should cost around €10 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Bergen is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Riga 26
    Bergen 26
Typical Food prices in Riga

Some typical examples of dining costs in Riga are as follows:


  • Fast Food Lunch
    5.77

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Riga

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

  • Private Guided Virtual Food Tour of Riga: $12
  • Riga Medieval Dinner: $102
  • Riga Medieval Dinner: $102

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bergen

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

  • Lunch / Dinner-cruise Bergen - Cornelius, the best seafood restaurant in Bergen: $2,154

Local Transportation

The average price of local transportation around Riga 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.

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around €8.25 per day to get around in Bergen.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Riga 12
    Bergen 8.25

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Riga

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Riga:

  • Private Departure Transfer from Riga City to Riga RIX Airport: $15
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Riga to Riga International Airport (RIX): $18
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Riga Airport (RIX) to Riga City Center: $19
  • Private Departure Transfer from Riga City Center to Riga Airport (RIX): $19
  • Private Transfer: Riga to Riga International Airport (RIX): $21
  • English Speaking Private Arrival Transfer from Riga Airport: $25
  • Airport transfer & private driver services: $25
  • Departure Private Transfer Riga City to Riga Airport RIX by Sedan Car: $26
  • Private Minibus Departure Transfer to Riga Airport: $27
  • Private Taxi transfer from Jurmala to Riga: $27
  • Private Minivan Transfer: Riga City Center to Riga Airport: $37
  • Transfer service Riga airport: $37

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bergen

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bergen:

  • Bergen City to Bergen Cruise Port - Private Car Transfer: $56
  • Bergen Cruise Port to Bergen City - Private Car Transfer: $56
  • Departure Private Transfer from Bergen City to Bergen Cruise Port by Sedan: $79
  • Arrival Private Transfer from Bergen Cruise Port to Bergen City by Sedan: $79
  • Bergen Airport (BGO) to Bergen hotel or address - Arrival Private Transfer: $87
  • Bergen hotel or address to Bergen Airport (BGO) - Departure Private Transfer: $87
  • Departure Private Transfer from Bergen City to Bergen Cruise Port by Minivan: $90
  • Arrival Private Transfer from Bergen Cruise Port to Bergen City by Minivan: $90
  • Bergen Cruise Port to Bergen Airport (BGO) - Departure Private Transfer: $93
  • Bergen Airport (BGO) to Bergen Cruise Port - Arrival Private Transfer: $93
  • Departure Private Transfer from Bergen City to Bergen Airport BGO by Sedan: $102
  • Private Transfer: Bergen Train station - Hotel Transfer: $104

Is it cheaper to fly into Riga or Bergen?

Prices for flights to both Bergen and Riga 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

Riga's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around €17 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.

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around €14 per person, per day in Bergen. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Riga 17
    Bergen 14

Tours and Activities in Riga

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Riga are as follows:

  • An audio tour of Old from St Peter's Church to the Monument of Freedom: $5.00
  • Riga's Architecture: An art nouveau history audio tour: $5.00
  • Entrance Ticket - House of the Black Heads: $8.28
  • Riga Art Nouveau walking tour: $8.71
  • Classic Car Museum Tour: $9.95
  • Riga Self-Guided Audio Tour: $12
  • Gastronomic tour with professional chef: $19
  • The Best Of Riga Walking Tour: $22
  • Daily Riga Bike Tour: $22
  • The Best Of Riga Walking Tour: $23
  • Best of Riga Walking Tour - Regular Walking tours: $25
  • Best of Riga Walking Tour - Highlights and Hidden Gems: $31

Tours and Activities in Bergen

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Bergen are as follows:

  • Walk with a witch in 16th century Bergen on a fictional audio tour by VoiceMap: $5.20
  • Bergen Self-Guided Audio Tour: $15
  • Walking tours: $24
  • Walking Tour in Bergen of the Past and Present: $34
  • City Sightseeing Bergen Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour: $41
  • Bergen Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $45
  • The Mountain experience: $50
  • Bergen Panoramic Tour - Shore Excursion from Bergen: $72
  • Half-Day Guided Virtual Sightseeing Tour of Mount Floyen: $85
  • Best Views of Bergen - Segway Day Tour: $92
  • Segway Experience in Bergen: $92
  • GUIDED TOUR: Hiking to Stoltzekleiven: $98

Alcohol

The average person spends about €16 on alcoholic beverages in Riga per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

The average person spends about €5.87 on alcoholic beverages in Bergen per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Riga 16
    Bergen 5.87

Sample the Local Flavors in Riga

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

  • Pub Crawl in Riga: $37
  • Pub Crawl- Your best night out in Riga with our local guide!: $47
  • Riga Public Pub Crawl: $60
  • Riga Happy Hour Pub Crawl: $64
  • Riga Brewery Tour: $83
  • Riga Brewery Tour: $83
  • Riga Beer Killer Bar Crawl: $83
  • Riga Wine Tasting Session: $115
  • Gauja National Park Tour: Castles and Wine Tasting: $149
  • Culinary, Historic and Wine Tour to Sigulda and Cesis: $224
  • Exclusive Latvian Wine Tasting In Riga: $380
  • Exclusive Latvian Wine Tasting in Riga: $765


When comparing the travel costs between Riga and Bergen, we can see that Bergen 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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