Should you visit Rouen or Cannes?
Should I visit Rouen or Cannes? 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.
Rouen is a city on the River Seine in the north of France. It is the capital of the region of Normandy. It was formerly one of the largest and most prosperous cities of Medieval Europe. The city has had a turbulent history. It was devastated by fire and plague several times during the Middle Ages, and was occupied by the English during the Hundred Years War. The young French heroine Joan of Arc (Jeanne d'Arc) was tried for heresy and burned at the stake in the central square in 1431. And during WWII, Allied bombing raids laid waste to large parts of the city, especially south of the cathedral.
While Cannes was once little more than a small fishing village, today it is a popular, glamorous seaside town frequented by celebrities. It's the place to see and be seen, particularly during the Cannes Film Festival in the month of May. During this time the city comes alive with celebrities from all over the world. While Cannes has its share of exclusive clubs, bars and restaurants, there are alternatives for budget travelers, so don't shy away. There's a beautiful area, Le Suquet, which is nice to visit with its cobblestone streets and stunning views. It's also fun to pass some time people watching by the marina. You never know who you'll spot. At night, the city comes to life with casinos and luxurious restaurants and clubs that give the area a vibe of exclusivity.
Which city is cheaper, Cannes or Rouen?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Rouen is €87, while the average daily cost in Cannes is €110. 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 Rouen and Cannes in more detail.
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 Rouen the cost is €84 on average.
Cannes's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is €120. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is €60.
The average price of local transportation around Rouen is €27 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 €13 per day to get around in Cannes.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Rouen
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Rouen:
Private Transfer: Rouen to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG):
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cannes
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Cannes:
Ultra - Private Airport Transfer from Cannes City Centre to Nice Airport:
Private airport transfer Mandelieu to Cannes:
Private Departure Transfer from Cannes to Nice Airport:
Nice Airport Private Departure Transfer from Cannes, Monaco or Eze:
Private Airport Transfer: Cannes to Cote D'Azur Airport (NCE):
Round-Trip Ferry Transfer to St Tropez from Cannes:
Private transfer from Cannes to Nice City or Nice Airport:
Private Transfer: Cannes to Cannes - Mandelieu Airport (CEQ):
Private Transfer: Cannes - Mandelieu Airport (CEQ) to Cannes:
Nice Airport departure private transfer from Cannes - Mónaco - Cap d Antibes in Business Car:
Departure Private Transfers from Cannes to Nice Airport NCE in Business Car:
Nice Airport Transfers : Cannes City to Nice Airport NCE in Business Car:
Is it cheaper to fly into Rouen or Cannes?
Prices for flights to both Cannes and Rouen 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.
The average traveler spends about €28 per day in Rouen 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.
On average, meal and food prices in Cannes cost around €36 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around €14.
Meals for one day
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cannes
Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Cannes.
Summer Fireworks and Dinner Catamaran Cruise from Cannes:
Small-Group Evening Tour and Dinner in Monte Carlo from Cannes:
Unforgettable night photos of the French Riviera and dinner in Monaco:
Rouen's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around €14 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 €24 per person, per day in Cannes. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.
Tours and Activities in Rouen
Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Rouen are as follows:
Welcome to Private Walking Tour with a Local:
Rouen Like a Local: Customized Private Tour:
Rouen Private Walking Tour:
Private Tour: Rouen, Bayeux, and Falaise Day Trip from Rouen:
Private Tour: D-Day Beaches from Rouen:
Tours and Activities in Cannes
Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Cannes are as follows:
Round-Trip Ferry Ticket: Cannes to Ste. Marguerite Island:
Cannes Like a Local: Customized Private Tour:
Cruise to Corniche d'Or:
4-Hour Boat and Snorkeling Tour:
Photographic tour of Cannes with a Local:
French Riviera Tour: Cannes, Antibes & Saint-Paul de Vence:
Nice: Small-Group City Sightseeing Tour:
Combo Ile Sainte-Marguerite Ferry & Corniche d'Or Cruise from Cannes:
Sunset cruise / Cannes Lerins Islands:
Guided Tour in History, Glamour & Cinema:
Daytime or Sunset Catamaran Cruise from Cannes with Optional Lunch:
Cannes 2.5-Hour E-bike Tour:
The average person spends about €6.29 on alcoholic beverages in Rouen per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.
The average person spends about €14 on alcoholic beverages in Cannes per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.
Sample the Local Flavors in Cannes
Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Cannes:
Grasse, Valbonne & Gourdon: Day Tour with Wine Tasting:
Provence Wine Tour - Private Day Tour from Cannes:
Private Day Trip: Wine Tasting Tour Including Pinic Lunch From Cannes:
5-Hour Private Cannes Shore Excursion: Eze, Nice, Wine Tasting:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Rouen and Cannes, we can see that Cannes is more expensive. And not only is Rouen much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Rouen would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Rouen 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 Cannes would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Cannes than you might in Rouen.
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