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

Should you visit Riga or Venice?

Should I visit Riga or Venice? 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.

Venice

The canals of Venice are one of the most popular and emulated destinations in the world. In it's hay day, Venice was at the center of politics, exploration, arts and architecture. Today that history is still very much alive and well. The city is unlike any other in the world. The best way to immerse yourself in Venice is to get yourself lost in the alleyways. It's actually quite easy to do and you'll find yourself stumbling into the most interesting places, hidden away from the crowds of Piazzo San Marco.

Which city is cheaper, Venice 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 Venice is €181. 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 Venice 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.

Double occupancy rooms typically run around €186 in Venice For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Riga 42
    Venice 93
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Riga 84
    Venice 186

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.

The average traveler spends about €52 per day in Venice 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
    Riga 26
    Venice 52
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 Venice

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


  • Panini Sandwich
    4.00
  • Gelato
    6.00
  • Artichoke & Mushroom Pizza
    7.90
  • Expresso
    1.95
  • Slice of Pizza
    2.23
  • Three Course Dinner (for Two)
    79

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Venice

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

  • Online Tiramisu Cooking Class With Italian Chef At Home: $37
  • 1 Hour Online Live Carbonara Cooking Class With Italian Chef: $37
  • 2.5-Hour Street Food Tour with a Local Guide: $44
  • 3-Hour Cooking Class at your Airbnb: $47
  • Venice Food Tour of Typical Bacaros: $48
  • Authentic Chicchetti & Amusing Tales Food Tour: $51
  • Wine and Food Tour Near Venice's Jewish Quarter: $56
  • The Bacaro of Food Tour with Wine & Appetizers: $57
  • Private Family Food Tour: $58
  • Venetian Dinner: $59
  • Private Food Tour with 10 Tastings: $65
  • Original Venetian Bacaro Dinner: $67

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.

Venice's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend €22 per person, per day on transportation in Venice.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Riga 12
    Venice 22

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 Venice

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Venice:


  • Venice 12 Hour Transport Pass
    16
  • Vaporetto Ride
    6.50
  • 1 Day Travel Card
    18
  • 7 Day Transport Card (for Two)
    101

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Venice

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

  • Ultra - Venice Private Airport Transfer from Venice Airport VCE to City Hotels: $10
  • Ultra - Venice Private Airport Transfer from Venice Airport VCE to Cruise Port: $10
  • Ultra - Venice Private Airport Transfer from City Hotels to Venice Airport VCE: $10
  • Marco Polo Airport Transfer to Venice City Center: $17
  • Venice Water Taxi Transfers Piazzale Roma to Hotels: $28
  • Private Airport Transfer: Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE) to Venice: $31
  • Harbor Shuttle Transfer: $32
  • Shuttle Transfer From/to Venice City and Airport: $32
  • Private Arrival Van Transfer: Venice Airport to Venice, piazzale Roma: $34
  • Private Transfer to/from Airport and Venice city center: $36
  • Water Taxi Transfer Lido Santa Maria Elisabetta: $36
  • Venice Transfer-Shared Water Taxi to Airport: $36

Is it cheaper to fly into Riga or Venice?

Prices for flights to both Venice 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, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Venice can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around €80 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Riga 17
    Venice 80

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 Venice

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


  • Venice Boat Ride
    15
  • Bell tower of St. Mark Entrance Fee
    8.00
  • Gondola Ride (for Group)
    80
  • Secret Itinerary Tour- Doge's Palace
    16
  • The Jewish Museum Admission
    3.00
  • The Glass Museum in Murano
    8.00

Tours and Activities in Venice

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

  • Digital Smartphone Audioguide Tour: $7.96
  • Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo Entrance Ticket: $7.96
  • Leonardo Da Vinci Museum Skip-The-Line Ticket: $9.10
  • Once-in-a-lifetime virtual tour in Venice alone RoamFromHome: $9.95
  • Best Price: Book Doge's Palace skip the line ticket with audio-guide: $9.95
  • The Ancient Art of Glass Blowing Group Tour: $10
  • Venice Self-Guided Tour with Audio Guide: $11
  • Venice Highlights Virtual Tour with Expert Guide (Times in EST): $11
  • Vatican and Sistine Chapel Virtual Guided Tour (Times in EST): $11
  • Online Casanova Venice Great Escape Cinematic Experience: $11
  • Saint Mark and Rialto Self-Guided Tour: $11
  • Punta Sabbioni to Venice Round-Trip Boat Ticket: $11

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 Venice, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is €19.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Riga 16
    Venice 19

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 Venice

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Venice:


  • 1/2 Liter Wine
    5.20
  • Beer
    4.90

Sample the Local Flavors in Venice

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Venice:

  • Venice Wine Tasting Tour: $30
  • Wine Tasting in Venice: $34
  • Online Live Wine Tasting from Venice: $37
  • Wine Tasting Tour in a Local Enoteca: $54
  • Wine Tasting and Cicchetti: $57
  • Venetian Style Carnival Pub Crawl: $57
  • Private Tour: Food and Wine Tour in Venice: $65
  • Venetian Style Carnival Pub Crawl: $67
  • Venice 2-Hour Wine Tasting Tour: $70
  • A Relaxing Evening at The Hot Springs (with wine tastings): $75
  • Natural wine tasting with a Bacaro owner in Venice: $76
  • Art and Wine Tour: $79


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

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