A Travel Price Comparison for Spain San Sebastian vs. Pamplona for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit San Sebastian or Pamplona?

If you're trying to decide where to visit between San Sebastian or Pamplona, this travel cost comparison can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

San Sebastian

San Sebastißn is a city in northern Spain very well known for its summertime fun in the sun. While the streets are cool and happening at night, they take on a different charm by day. Beautiful beaches line the city's edge, right next to elegant historic architecture and churches, topping charts as some of the best city beaches in Europe. The food, too, is said to be some of the best with traditional Basque cuisine as well as the popular pintxo (tapas) bites. San Sebastißn is a place of lively culture, teeming with beauty, flavors, and colors.

Pamplona

Pamplona is a city in northern Spain located on the snow-capped foothills of the Pyrenees Range. With the backdrop of mountains, the city is surrounded by a setting ideal for skiing, mountaineering, hiking, wildlife and breathtaking scenery. Yet Pamplona itself is a place full of lively culture and stunning architecture. With a long history, the place is embedded in tradition and perhaps most famous for its annual "running of the bulls" celebrated in July, also known as the San Fermin festival.

Which city is cheaper, Pamplona or San Sebastian?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in San Sebastian is €72, while the average daily cost in Pamplona is €105. 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 San Sebastian and Pamplona in more detail.



Accommodation

A hotel room in San Sebastian is about €64 This assumes double occupancy and modest accommodations.

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around €54. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Pamplona the cost is €108 on average.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    San Sebastian 32
    Pamplona 54
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    San Sebastian 64
    Pamplona 108

Food

While meal prices in San Sebastian can vary, the average travelers spends about €25 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in San Sebastian should cost around €10 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in San Sebastian is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

Food in Pamplona costs travelers about €33 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.


  • Food Meals for one day
    San Sebastian 25
    Pamplona 33
Typical Food prices in San Sebastian

Some typical examples of dining costs in San Sebastian are as follows:


  • Dinner for 2
    55
  • Lunch for 2
    10
  • Lunch for 2
    31

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in San Sebastian

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

  • Accessible Cooking Class: $308

Typical Food prices in Pamplona

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


  • Lunch for 2
    10
  • Ice Cream
    4.50
  • Coffee
    1.30

Local Transportation

The average price of local transportation around San Sebastian is €11 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 Pamplona is €20 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.
    San Sebastian 11
    Pamplona 20

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Pamplona

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Pamplona:

  • Private Transfer from Pamplona city to San Sebastian Airport: $205
  • Private Transfer from Pamplona city to Vitoria Airport: $205
  • Private Transfer from Pamplona city to Logro├▒o Airport: $205
  • Private Transfer from Pamplona to Elciego town: $205
  • Private Transfer from Pamplona to Laguardia town: $205
  • Private Transfer from Pamplona city to San Sebastian: $205
  • Private Transfer from Pamplona city to Vitoria: $205
  • Private Transfer from Pamplona city to Logro├▒o: $205
  • Private Transfer from Pamplona to Biarritz city: $239
  • Private Transfer from Pamplona city to Bilbao Airport: $287
  • Private Transfer from Pamplona city to Bilbao: $287
  • Private Transfer from Pamplona to Bilbao Cruise Port: $287

Is it cheaper to fly into San Sebastian or Pamplona?

Prices for flights to both Pamplona and San Sebastian 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

San Sebastian's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around €27 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.

Pamplona's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around €27 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.
    San Sebastian 27
    Pamplona 27
Typical Entertainment prices in San Sebastian

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


  • Valle de los Caídos Monument
    6.00

Tours and Activities in San Sebastian

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

  • San Sebastian Walking Tour with Pintxo and a Drink: $44
  • Mysterious Urgull Hill: San Sebastian Walking and History Tour: $45
  • Private San Sebastian City Walking Tour: $62
  • San Sebastian Vegetarian Pintxos Tasting Tour: $81
  • Pintxos Tasting Paired with Spanish Wines Experience: $81
  • Daily Pintxos Tour for Gourmets: $118
  • Game of Thrones Dragonstone Experience: $448
  • Game of Thrones Dragonstone Experience - PREMIUM: $746

Tours and Activities in Pamplona

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

  • Pamplona historical&cultural walking small group tour: $40
  • Pamplona Tour during Running of the Bulls Festival: $62
  • Private City Tour Pamplona: $81
  • Pamplona pintxo tasting paired with Spanish wines small group tour: $82
  • PRIVATE Pintxo Tour Premium: The best pintxos of Pamplona: $112
  • Visit Olite Royal Palace and Ujue medieval village in small group tour: $139
  • Navarra Wineries Tour: $140
  • Bilbao and Guggenheim Museum small group tour: $233
  • Vitoria and A├▒ana salt valley small group tour lunch included: $246
  • San Sebastian and Basque Coast villages in small group tour, lunch included: $252
  • Olive oil and Navarre winery visit with tastings and lunch in small group tour: $252
  • La Rioja winery visit with tasting and traditional lunch in small group tour: $284

Alcohol

The average person spends about €16 on alcoholic beverages in San Sebastian per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

The average person spends about €25 on alcoholic beverages in Pamplona per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    San Sebastian 16
    Pamplona 25

Sample the Local Flavors in San Sebastian

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

  • Ultimate San Sebastian Pintxos & Wine Tour (Evening): $136

Sample the Local Flavors in Pamplona

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

  • Rioja Wine Tour: $195
  • La Rioja two wineries visit with wine tasting and pintxos in small group tour: $246


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

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San Sebastian vs. Pamplona Travel Comparison

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