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

Should you visit Riga or Innsbruck?

Should I visit Riga or Innsbruck? 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.

Innsbruck

Innsbruck is conveniently located near Munich, Germany and northern Italy, making it a centrally located base for seeing the Alps. Innsbruck is also a haven for winter sports and has twice hosted the Winter Olympics. The scenery is stunning and the skiing is world class. It is known as the largest ski resort in the Alps. Innsbruck was also a big contributor to the rise in snowboarding popularity during the 1990's. Snowboarding is still a huge past time in the area, and there is a very vibrant subculture of snowboarders that remains in the area. During the winter months, there are a stream of almost constant events that cater to skiers and winter sports fans, as well as adrenaline junkies. Innsbruck is also home to two different universities and a few smaller colleges, giving the city a youthful vibe with a very vibrant and enthusiastic nightlife.

Which city is cheaper, Innsbruck 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 Innsbruck is €103. 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 Innsbruck 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 average price for accommodation for two people in Innsbruck is €122. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Riga 42
    Innsbruck 61
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Riga 84
    Innsbruck 122

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 Innsbruck 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 Innsbruck 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 Innsbruck is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Riga 26
    Innsbruck 32
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 Innsbruck

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


  • Soup for Lunch
    3.75
  • Pasta Lunch
    8.20

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Innsbruck

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

  • Half-Day Food Tour of Tyrolean Cuisine: $137

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.

The average price of local transportation around Innsbruck 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.
    Riga 12
    Innsbruck 12

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 Innsbruck

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Innsbruck:

  • Private Airport Transfer: Innsbruck Airport (INN) to Innsbruck: $24
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Innsbruck to Innsbruck Airport (INN): $24
  • Private Departure Transfer from Innsbruck City Center to Innsbruck Airport: $45
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Innsbruck Airport to Innsbruck City - One Way: $50
  • Private Transfer: Innsbruck to Innsbruck International Airport (INN): $52
  • Private Transfer: Innsbruck International Airport (INN) to Innsbruck: $52
  • Innsbruck Private Transfer from Innsbruck Airport to City centre: $68
  • Innsbruck Private Transfer from Innsbruck city centre to Innsbruck Airport: $68
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Innsbruck Airport to Gerlos City - One Way: $162
  • Deluxe Private Transfer From Innsbruck City to Zell am see City: $190
  • Private Transfer: Innsbruck to Munich Airport (MUC): $531
  • One-way Transfer from Innsbruck City Centre to Prague City Centre: $695

Is it cheaper to fly into Riga or Innsbruck?

Prices for flights to both Innsbruck 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.

Innsbruck's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around €15 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.
    Riga 17
    Innsbruck 15

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

Typical Entertainment prices in Innsbruck

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Innsbruck are as follows:


  • Schloss Ambras Entrance
    8.00
  • Botanical Garden Entrance Fee
    2.00

Tours and Activities in Innsbruck

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

  • Skip the Line: Ambras Castle in Innsbruck Entrance Ticket: $9.95
  • Skip the Line: AUDIOVERSUM ScienceCenter - Entrance Ticket: $11
  • Skip the Line: Cable Car Round-Trip from Innsbruck to Hungerburg Ticket: $13
  • Innsbruck Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $38
  • Tyrolean Folk Show Ticket in Innsbruck: $41
  • Skip the Line: Cable Car Round-Trip to the Top of Innsbruck Ticket: $50
  • Best Intro Tour of Innsbruck with a Local: $61
  • Tyrolean Sweets & Coffee Tour: $72
  • Bergisel Ski-Jump Area, private Tour + Tickets: $74
  • private Innsbruck City Tour - 90 minutes, local Guide: $96
  • Private Half-Day Tour in Austrian Cheese Factory with Tasting: $100
  • Innsbruck eBike Tours: $124

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 €16 on alcoholic beverages in Innsbruck 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
    Innsbruck 16

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 we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Riga and Innsbruck, we can see that Innsbruck 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 Innsbruck would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Innsbruck than you might in Riga.

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