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

Should you visit Riga or Florence?

Should I visit Riga or Florence? 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.

Florence

Florence is the capital of Tuscany and one of the most well known cities in Italy for its art and cultural scenes. The city is rooted in history and you can see this in the architecture, statues, gardens, and art that are everywhere around town. This city truly is a living museum. You should allow yourself at least a couple of days to explore Florence and if you can afford more, it is well worth the time. In particular, if art history is your passion then you will need a week or more to satisfy your interest as the museums and architecturally impressive buildings throughout the city are endless.

Which city is cheaper, Florence 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 Florence 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 Riga and Florence 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.

The prices for places to stay in Florence can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is €69, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around €138.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Riga 42
    Florence 69
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Riga 84
    Florence 138

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.

In Florence travelers spend around €25 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Riga 26
    Florence 25
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

Typical Food prices in Florence

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Florence:


  • Panini Sandwich
    6.50
  • Casual Lunch (for Two)
    17

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Florence

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

  • Italian Fresh Pasta Private Online Cooking Class: $27
  • Virtual Cooking Class: Bruschetta & Tiramisù: $40
  • Illuminated Florence Tour for Kids with Gelato & Pizza: $45
  • Street Food Tour: $48
  • Vegetarian pasta cooking class and dinner in Florence: $54
  • Pizza & Gelato Preparation Class in Florence: $60
  • 2-Hour Flavorful Food Tour: $61
  • Pizza and Gelato Making Class in Florence: $62
  • Florence Private Food Tour: $63
  • Pizza and Ice Cream Cooking Course in Florence: $67
  • Cooking Lesson Traditional Italian Pasta: $67
  • Chianti and Siena Day Tour with Tuscan Winery Dinner: $72

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.

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Florence than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend €18 on transportation in Florence on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Riga 12
    Florence 18

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Riga

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Riga:

  • Riga Tank Ride - 2 Hours - Guided with Return Transfers: $1,192
  • Mercedes-Benz Viano Van Transfer from Riga to Vilnius/Talinn/Any Baltic Country: $425
  • Private Minivan Transfer: Riga to Tallinn: $418
  • Private Minivan transfer from Riga to Kaunas: $413
  • Riga Party Bus Airport Transfer: $382
  • Riga to Vilnius transfer with Sightseeing: $347
  • Riga to Tallinn transfer with Sightseeing: $335
  • Private Minivan Transfer from Kaunas to Riga: $215
  • Riga (Sigulda) Winter Bobsleigh "Olympic + Vuchko" Ride - Guided with Transfers: $199
  • Private transfer from Riga to Vilnius via Rundale palace and Hill of crosses: $169
  • Private Taxi Transfer from Riga or Riga airport to Tallinn: $153
  • Private Transfer from Riga to Vilnius: $149

Typical Local Transportation prices in Florence

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Florence:


  • Taxi Ride Within City
    8.00
  • Taxi from Airport
    25
  • In City Parking (Full Day)
    30
  • Bus Pass (Full Day)
    5.00
  • Bus From Airport
    5.00

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Florence

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

  • Florence Airport Transfer: Shared Round-Trip: $11
  • Florence Hotel to Airport: Shared Departure Transfer (max 8 people): $21
  • Shared Departure Transfer: Florence Hotels to Florence Airport: $26
  • Bus Transfer from Florence to Rome Fiumicino Airport: $30
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Peretola Airport (FLR) to Florence City Center: $30
  • Private Departure Transfer from Florence City Center to Peretola Airport (FLR): $30
  • Florence 2-Hour Walking Tour with Transfers from Lucca: $30
  • Private Departure Transfer: Florence Train Station: $33
  • Transfer in private vehicle from Florence City to Amerigo Vespucci Airport: $35
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Florence Peretola Airport FLR to Florence City: $35
  • Private Departure Transfer from Florence City to Florence Peretola Airport FLR: $35
  • Private Business Transfer from Peretola Airport (FLR) to Florence City Center: $36

Is it cheaper to fly into Riga or Florence?

Prices for flights to both Florence 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.

Sightseeing expenses in Florence, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of €24 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Riga 17
    Florence 24

Tours and Activities in Riga

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

  • "Best of Riga" 6-hour Private Car & Walking Tour: $373
  • 2 Day Gastronomy Tour In Latgale: $267
  • 2 Day Gauja National Park Tour: $199
  • 2 Day Kurzeme Winery Tour: $224
  • ATV-QUAD rent and guided tours: $48
  • All Inclusive Honest History Tour - Āraiši, Cēsis, Līgatne, Sigulda: $248
  • Alternative Riga Photoshoot Tour: $49
  • An audio tour of Old from St Peter's Church to the Monument of Freedom: $5.00
  • Art Nouveau Small Group Walking Tour of Riga: $193
  • Beer Bike Experience: $45
  • Best of Riga Walking Tour - Highlights and Hidden Gems: $31
  • Best of Riga Walking Tour - Regular Walking tours: $25

Typical Entertainment prices in Florence

For Florence, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:


  • Admission to Uffizi
    11
  • Phone Booking Fee for Uffizi
    4.00
  • Firenze Card (for Two)
    100
  • Audioguides at Uffizi (for Two)
    20
  • Giotto's Tower Entrance Fee
    6.00
  • Boboli Gardens Entrance Fee
    7.00

Tours and Activities in Florence

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

  • Florentine Animal Tales Tour: $5.71
  • Da Vinci Museum Skip-the-Line Ticket Entrance: $7.99
  • Leonardo Da Vinci Museum Entrance Ticket: $8.71
  • - Leonardo Interactive Museum® Entrance Ticket: $8.71
  • Entrance Ticket to the Basilica of San Lorenzo: $9.70
  • Florence Highlights Virtual Guided Tour (Times in EST): $11
  • Florence Duomo Reserved Time Entrance Tickets: $14
  • Florence Private Walking Tour: $16
  • Florence Self-Guided Walking Audiopen Tour: $17
  • Florence Animal Art Treasure Hunt Family Tour: $17
  • Santa Maria Novella Entry Ticket & Audioguide: $18
  • Welcome to 90-Minute Guided Walking Tour: $18

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.

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Florence, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is €15.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Riga 16
    Florence 15

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

Typical Alcohol prices in Florence

Here are a few samples of the prices for alcohol and nightlife in Florence from other travelers:


  • Glass of Chianti
    4.20
  • Bottle of Wine
    7.50

Sample the Local Flavors in Florence

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

  • Florence Highlights, Local Food & Chianti Wine Tour: $40
  • 60-Minute Wine Tasting Tour: $46
  • Barricaia Wine Tasting at the Antinori Winery: $49
  • 2-Hour Tuscan Wine Tasting Workshop: $55
  • Sunset Sightseeing Tour and Wine Tasting: $55
  • Wine Tasting of Tuscan Wine in Florence: $57
  • 2-Hour Walking Tour and Wine Tasting: $58
  • Florence Sunset Wine Tour: $64
  • 3-Hour Private Wine Tour: $65
  • Chianti Wine Tour: Full-Day from Florence with Tastings: $68
  • Siena, San Gimignano and Wine Tasting in Chianti: $72
  • From Pisa: 5-Hour Chianti Afternoon Wine Tour w/ Shuttle: $78


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

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