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

Should you visit Riga or Vienna?

Should I visit Riga or Vienna? 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.

Vienna

Vienna is the largest city and capital of Austria. It has a population of over 1.7 million and is a cultural, political and economic center for the country. The historical center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and some complain that it feels more like a museum than a real city. Outside of the historical center though, is a young and vibrant city with a huge music scene, many street performers, and eclectic and fun restaurants and nightclubs.

Which city is cheaper, Vienna 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 Vienna is €113. 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 Vienna 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 Vienna can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is €68, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around €136.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Riga 42
    Vienna 68
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Riga 84
    Vienna 136

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 Vienna travelers spend around €27 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
    Vienna 27
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 Vienna

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

  • Performance Of The Lipizzans At Spanish Riding School: $37
  • Christmas Day Dinner Cruise to Korneuburg: $43
  • Boxing Day Dinner Cruise to Korneuburg: $43
  • Naschmarkt Guided Food Tour: $44
  • Vienna Small-Group Food Tour of Naschmarkt: $46
  • Naschmarkt Food Tour: $50
  • Christmas Eve Dinner Cruise: $51
  • Evening Dinner Cruise: $63
  • Murder Mystery Dinner Cruise: $68
  • The Austrian Taste Dinner: $74
  • Traditional Dinner Show at the Wiener Rathauskeller: $74
  • Skip the Line: Austrian Dinner Show Ticket in Vienna: $85

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 Vienna than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend €15 on transportation in Vienna on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Riga 12
    Vienna 15

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Riga

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Riga:

  • Transfer service Riga airport: $37
  • Taxi Transfer: $42
  • Riga to Vilnius transfer with Sightseeing: $347
  • Riga to Tallinn transfer with Sightseeing: $335
  • Riga Tank Ride - 2 Hours - Guided with Return Transfers: $1,192
  • Riga Return Airport Transfer: $66
  • Riga Party Bus Airport Transfer: $382
  • Riga Limo Airport Transfer: $133
  • Riga International Airport RIX Luxury Van Private Departure Transfer: $54
  • Riga International Airport RIX Luxury Van Private Arrival Transfer: $54
  • 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

Typical Local Transportation prices in Vienna

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


  • Bus to Airport
    30

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Vienna

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

  • Vienna Airport: Private One-Way or Round-Trip Transfer: $12
  • CAT Transfer: Vienna Airport – Wien Mitte: $12
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Vienna to Vienna International Airport (VIE): $26
  • Private Departure Transfer from Vienna City Center to Vienna Airport (VIE): $28
  • Low Cost Vienna Airport Vienna City Private Transfer with Professional Driver: $28
  • Low Cost Vienna City Vienna Airport Private Transfer: $28
  • Transfer in Private Vehicle from Viena City (1010 - 1230) to Airport: $30
  • Transfer in Private Minivan from Viena City (1010 - 1230) to Airport: $33
  • Private Business Transfer from Vienna City Center to Vienna Airport (VIE): $35
  • Deluxe Private Transfer from Hotel in Vienna to Vienna Airport: $37
  • Hop-On Hop-Off Bus and Airport Transfer by Bus: $40
  • Airport Transfer Vienna: $50

Is it cheaper to fly into Riga or Vienna?

Prices for flights to both Vienna 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 Vienna, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of €31 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Riga 17
    Vienna 31

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

Tours and Activities in Vienna

For Vienna, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Explore the cultural heart of Vienna on an audio walking tour: $5.20
  • Vienna Private Tour: The 7 Wonders of Vienna Spy Game: $5.65
  • 1–Hour MuseumsQuartier Guided Site Tour: $6.79
  • Entrance Ticket for the Museum of Torture: $6.79
  • Medieval Tour of The City's Legends and Hidden Past: $8.48
  • Schmetterlinghaus - Imperial Butterfly House Vienna Admission Ticket: $8.71
  • Imperial Carriage Museum in Schönbrunn Palace Ticket: $9.05
  • Guided Tour of Museum Quarter in Vienna: $10
  • Skip the Line Third Man Museum Admission Ticket Vienna: $11
  • Digital Tour of Over 100 Sights: $11
  • Jewish Museum and Museum Judenplatz Tickets: $11
  • Dom Museum Wien Ticket and Multimedia Guide: $12

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.

Typically, people visiting Vienna spend on average €14 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Riga 16
    Vienna 14

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

Sample the Local Flavors in Vienna

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

  • Alternative Pub Crawl: $17
  • CLASSICAL TOUR Individual cellar tour with audio guide and 1 free wine tasting: $17
  • Local Wine Tasting in a Historic Roman Wine Cellar: $31
  • Wine Tasting and Cellar Tour in German: $63
  • Wine Tasting Tour: $90
  • From Half-day Countryside Wine Tour: $130
  • Wachau Valley Day Tour with Wine Tasting: $141
  • Romantic Old Vienna City Walk and Wine Tasting: $351
  • Private tour to Lednice castle and chateau Valtice with wine tasting from Vienna: $498
  • Private Tour: Wachau Valley Tour, Melk Abbey Visit, and Wine Tastings from Vienna: $560


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

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