A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Santorini vs. La Spezia for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Santorini or La Spezia?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

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

Santorini

Santorini is a volcanic island that is part of the Cyclades group of the Greek Islands. It has some spectacular views, beautiful sunsets, and excellent beaches. As one of the most popular of the Greek Islands to visit, Santorini sees many tourists every year. However, it's for a good reason, as the famous white-washed buildings that spill down the hill, some with blue domes that match the gorgeous color of the water, are set against the beautiful mountainous backdrop of one of the most scenic areas of the Mediterranean. Home to several of these small and scenic towns such as Oia, Kamari, Perissa, and Fira, visitors can explore the large island, enjoy delicious food, swim at the beaches, hike the hills, and sail the blue waters.

La Spezia

Located on the coast beside the Ligurian Sea, La Spezia is known for its military and commercial harbors hosting the arsenal of the Italian Navy. It is also well connected by rail and by boat to Cinque Terre National Park - a unique collection of five medieval villages along the coastline - as well as other coastal towns of the region. Other attractions include a number of museums as well as an annual boat race called Palio de Golfo.

Which city is cheaper, La Spezia or Santorini?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Santorini is €131, while the average daily cost in La Spezia is €159. 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. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Santorini and La Spezia in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Santorini 66
    La Spezia 90
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Santorini 132
    La Spezia 180

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Santorini 23
    La Spezia 33

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Santorini

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

  • Transfer from Santorini Airport&Port all destination except OIA up to 4 customer: $37
  • Tour of Caldera on Sailing Boat & Bus Transfer:Volcano-Hot springs-Thirassia-Oia: $75
  • Shared Transfer Service: $17
  • Private Transfer to/from Santorini Airport (JTR): $50
  • Private Airport Transfer: $25
  • Santorini transfer service: $17
  • Santorini Taxi Service & Airport, Hotel and Port Transfers: $62
  • Santorini Airport to Hotel: Private Arrival Transfer: $45
  • Santorini Airport Hotels Transfer Shuttle Bus Service: $27
  • Premium Santorini Private Day Tour Lagoon 450, BBQ, drinks, transfer: $933
  • Oia Sunset: Evening Shuttle Transfer and Free Time: $23
  • Helicopter Transfer between Mykonos & Santorini: $2,839

Hired Cars and Shuttles in La Spezia

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

  • From Florence: Private Roundtrip Transfer to Cinque Terre: $681
  • Private Transfer: Ciampino Airport (CIA) to La Spezia or vice versa: $619
  • Private Transfer: Fiumicino Airport (FCO) to La Spezia or vice versa: $602
  • Private Transfer: Civitavecchia Port to La Spezia or vice versa: $585
  • Departure Private Transfer Cinque Terre to La Spezia by Luxury Vehicle: $93
  • Private Transfer from La Spezia Cruise Port or Railway Station by Luxury Vehicle: $31
  • Private Transfer to La Spezia Cruise Port or Railway Station by Luxury Vehicle: $31

Is it cheaper to fly into Santorini or La Spezia?

Prices for flights to both La Spezia and Santorini 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.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Santorini 38
    La Spezia 45

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Santorini

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

  • Live Virtual Cooking Class: $26
  • A taste of Mediterranean Cuisine Dinner: $90
  • Hands on Cooking Class with a Chef: $90
  • Fira: 4-Hour Walking Food Tour With Tastings: $108
  • Sunset Sea Kayak and Snorkel with Dinner: $108
  • Santorini : Sunset Sea Kayak & Snorkel with Dinner: $118
  • Santorini : Cooking Class, Easy Hike, and Snorkeling: $131
  • Cooking Class with Santorini’s Aroma: $506
  • Full-Day Royalty Private Cooking Class and Tour in Santorini: $506
  • Cooking Class with Santorini’s Aroma: $546
  • Santorini Private Sunset Sailing Cruise with Dinner, Drinks &Transfer included: $1,350

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in La Spezia

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

  • La Spezia Cinque Terre Food Tour - Do Eat Better Experience: $95
  • Small-Group Street Food Tour: $101
  • Dining experience at a local's home in La Spezia with show cooking: $106
  • Small-group Street food tour in Cinque Terre: $111
  • Small-group Street food tour in La Spezia: $111
  • Market Tour & Lunch/Dinner at a Cesarina's Home: $158
  • Small Group Market tour and Cooking class in La Spezia: $162
  • Private Cooking Class in an Italian Home: $164
  • Cinque Terre Cooking Lesson in La Spezia: $174
  • Market Tour & Cooking Class with Original Recipes: $176
  • Private Pizza & Tiramisu Class at a Cesarina's home with tasting in La Spezia: $180
  • Private Cooking Class at a Cesarina’s home with Tasting in Cinque Terre: $180

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Santorini 29
    La Spezia 29

Tours and Activities in Santorini

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

  • 3 Hour Santorini Walking Tour with Hotel Pickup: $50
  • 5-Hour Santorini Photography Day Tour: $606
  • Discover Prehistoric Akrotiri & Winery Tour: $182
  • Explore Akrotiri GroupTour: $583
  • Exploring the Myth of Santorini - Full Day Tour: $133
  • From Athens: Overnight Tour to Santorini: $373
  • From Folegandros Private Rib Boat Tour: $2,725
  • Full-Day Royalty Private Wine Walking Tour in Santorini: $428
  • Full-Day Santorini Southeastern Side Tour with Drink Tasting: $127
  • Half-Day Private Santorini Tour with Hidden Beaches: $323
  • Half-Day Walking Tour in Santorini with Canava Ouzo Visit: $413
  • Highlits Of Santorini Private Tour: $560

Tours and Activities in La Spezia

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

  • Boat Tour through Portovenere and Tellaro: $234
  • Cinque Terre Private Boat Tour from La Spezia (2 hours max 4 people): $597
  • Cinque Terre Private Boat Tour from La Spezia (3 hours max 4 people): $746
  • Cinque Terre Private Cruise Ship Guests: $1,244
  • Cinque Terre Private Guided tour by ferry-boat or train from La Spezia: $285
  • Cinque Terre Private Tour by Minivan and Ferry-Boat from La Spezia: $851
  • Cinque Terre hiking tour from La Spezia port: $68
  • Cinque Terre tour with limoncino tasting from La Spezia Port: $61
  • Cinque Terre tour with limoncino tasting from La Spezia Train Station: $61
  • Cinque Terre unforgettable hiking experience: $56
  • Cinque Terre unforgettable hiking experience: $560
  • Day Tour Pisa and Florence from La Spezia Cruise Port (Price Per Car): $995

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Santorini 21
    La Spezia 28

Sample the Local Flavors in Santorini

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

  • 4-Hours Santorini Vothonas Village Tour with Wine Tasting: $89
  • Authentic Santorinian Tour at Vothonas Village with Wine Tasting: $93
  • Half-Day Santorini Tour Vothonas Village with Wine Tasting: $93
  • Santorini-Wine Tour Αround Megalochori Village: $111
  • Sunset and Wine Tasting Tour by Electric Bike: $114
  • Santorini-Wine Tour Around Megalochori Village: $117
  • Santorini-Wine Tour Around Megalochori Village: $124
  • Santorini-Sunset Caldera’s View from Megalochori with Wine Tasting: $134
  • Santorini-Sunset Caldera’s View from Megalochori with Wine Tasting: $140
  • Half-Day Sunset Wine Tasting Tour in Santorini with Pick Up: $141
  • Santorini Wine Tasting and History Small Group Tour: $153
  • 4-Hour Sunset Wine Tour: $159

Sample the Local Flavors in La Spezia

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

  • Wine Tour between Liguria and Tuscany from La Spezia: $195
  • Authentic Cinque Terre Guided Tour with Wine Tasting: $198
  • Cinqueterre Private Shore Excursion from La Spezia with Top Guide & Wine Tasting: $335
  • Shore Excursion: Cinque Terre from La Spezia with Local Guide and Wine Tasting: $348
  • Shore Excursion from Chocolate & Truffle Valley, Pisa & Wine Tour.: $756
  • Day trip from La Spezia pier: San Gimignano and wine tasting - private tour: $756


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

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