A Travel Price Comparison for Australia Sydney vs. Brisbane for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Sydney or Brisbane?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Sydney or Brisbane, 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.

Where Should I go: Sydney or Brisbane?

Sydney

Sydney, known as the harbour city, is the most famous and frequently visited city in Australia. It is at the economical and cultural heart of the country, and is one of the most beautiful and livable cities in the world. It's situated on the water with stunning views of the famous harbour throughout the city. It's most famous landmarks include the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It is also very close wonderful beaches, parks, and nature.

Brisbane

Although Brisbane is often overlooked as a travel destination in Australia, it is the capital of the state of Queensland, and is the third largest city in Australia. It's a very young and vibrant city with an active nightlife and a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. It's a modern and economically thriving city and, if you do have time to visit, it actually has a lot to offer travelers. It has some beautiful scenery, a wonderful warm climate all year long, and is actually one of the fastest growing cities in Australia.

Which city is cheaper, Brisbane or Sydney?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Sydney is $140, while the average daily cost in Brisbane is $109. 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 Sydney and Brisbane in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Sydney $81
    Brisbane $67
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Sydney $162
    Brisbane $134
Compare Hotels in Sydney and Brisbane

Looking for a hotel in Sydney or Brisbane? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Sydney


Hotels in Brisbane


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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Sydney Hotel Prices and Brisbane Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Sydney $12
    Brisbane $15
Typical Local Transportation prices in Sydney

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


  • Taxi Ride
    $14
  • Taxi to Airport
    $17

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Sydney

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Sydney:

  • 1-hour Sydney CBD to Sydney Airport Transfer in Party Limo: $435
  • Sydney Harbour: Private Helicopter Flight with Transfer: $433
  • Blue Mountains Limousine Transfer: $371
  • Private 24 Seat Mini Bus Sydney CBD To Penrith Stadium Transfer: $315
  • Private 13 Seat Mini Bus Sydney CBD To Penrith Stadium Transfer: $284
  • Private 24 Seat Mini Bus Sydney CBD To BankWest Stadium Transfer: $268
  • Private 13 Seat Mini Bus Sydney CBD To BankWest Stadium Transfer: $236
  • Private 24 Seat Mini Bus Sydney CBD To Taronga Zoo Transfer: $205
  • Transfer from Sydney Airport to Sydney Central Business District - ROUND TRIP: $176
  • Private 13 Seat Mini Bus Sydney CBD To Taronga Zoo Transfer: $157
  • Round trip transfer in private minivan from-to Sydney Airport in Sydney Downtown: $149
  • Sydney Transfer (Airport to Hotel in Sydney Central Business) ROUND-TRIP: $149

Typical Local Transportation prices in Brisbane

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


  • Airtrain to the City
    $10
  • Go Card
    $17

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Brisbane

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

  • 8-Day Authentic Outback Adventure Tour of Cunnamulla Including Round-Trip Air Transfer from Brisbane: $3,043
  • Brisbane Airport Arrival Shuttle Transfer to Toowoomba (transit stops): $63
  • Brisbane Airport Arrival Shuttle Transfer to the Sunshine Coast Hotels/addresses: $41
  • Brisbane Airport Arrival transfer to Gold Coast shared shuttle: $43
  • Brisbane Airport Private Transfer to or from Brisbane CBD Maxmium 10 Person: $29
  • Brisbane Airport Private Transfer to or from Brisbane CBD Maxmium 10 Person: $33
  • Brisbane Airport Shuttle Transfer to Toowoomba (Transit Stops) Round trip: $102
  • Brisbane Airport Transfers : Brisbane to Brisbane Airport BNE in Business Car: $84
  • Brisbane Airport Transfers : Brisbane to Brisbane Airport BNE in Luxury Car: $131
  • Brisbane Airport Transfers : Brisbane to Brisbane Airport BNE in Luxury Van: $112
  • Brisbane Airport to Brisbane City Round-trip Shuttle Transfer: $32
  • Brisbane Airport: Shared Transfer to Gold Coast: $39

Is it cheaper to fly into Sydney or Brisbane?

Prices for flights to both Brisbane and Sydney 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
    Sydney $37
    Brisbane $26
Typical Food prices in Sydney

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Sydney:


  • Tea
    $2.70
  • Lunch Special
    $10
  • Food/Drink Coogie Beach
    $10
  • Meat Pies
    $3.38

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Sydney

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

  • Retro Dinner Cruise on Sydney Harbour: $59
  • Dinner Christmas Party! Nov&Dec: $62
  • Vivid Dinner Cruise Sydney Harbour: $63
  • Latino Dinner Cruise on Sydney Harbour: $67
  • Harbour Dinner Cruise with 3 or 6-Course Menu: $71
  • Valentine's Day Dinner Cruise with live Brazilian show on Sydney Harbour: $78
  • Sydney Harbour Sunset Dinner Cruise: $78
  • Tall Ship Harbour Twilight Dinner Cruise: $79
  • Australia Day Dinner and Fireworks Cruise on Sydney Harbour: $103
  • Harbor Cruise with 3-Course Premium Dinner: $123
  • Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise: $126
  • Sydney Harbour Gold Penfolds Dinner Cruise: $197

Typical Food prices in Brisbane

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


  • Hamburger Lunch
    $5.40
  • Cup of Coffee
    $2.03
  • Chinese Food Lunch
    $8.44
  • Ice cream
    $3.71
  • Japanese Meal
    $14
  • Smoothie
    $4.39
  • Japanese Soup
    $7.76
  • Coffee & Muffin
    $4.73
  • Morning Mint Tea
    $2.36
  • Veggie Burger & Chips
    $9.45
  • Bread
    $1.76

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Brisbane

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

  • Guided Food Tour with Coffee and Wine Tastings: $184
  • Brisbane Food Tour: A Taste of Queensland: $202
  • 3-Course Progressive Dinner Experience in Brisbane: $237
  • Queensland Food Tour: Farm-to-Table Indulgence: $375

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Sydney $26
    Brisbane $20
Typical Entertainment prices in Sydney

Here are a few typical costs in Sydney for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:


  • Theatre Show
    $30
  • Sydney Tower Visit (for 2)
    $31
  • Blue Mountain Tour/Featherdale Park (for 2)
    $129
  • Powerhouse Museum
    $10

Tours and Activities in Sydney

Here are a few actual costs in Sydney for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • 1 Hour Northern Beaches Trike Tour: $127
  • 10-Day Surf Adventure from Sydney to Brisbane Including Coffs Harbour, Byron Bay and Gold Coast: $2,371
  • 2 Hours Running Tour in Sydney: $170
  • 2-Day Hunter Valley Small-Group Tasting Tour: $420
  • 2hr Explorer Cruise - Sydney's best value whale watching cruise: $47
  • 3 Hour Discovery Cruise Ultimate Whale Watching Experience: $69
  • 3-Day Blue Mountains and Hunter Valley Small-Group Eco-Tour: $908
  • 3-Day Tour from Sydney to the Gold Coast Including Port Stephens and Byron Bay: $832
  • 3.5 Hours Explore Bondi Beach and Sydney Sightseeing Tour: $168
  • 4 Day Blue Mountains & the Southern Highlands Adventure: $1,367
  • 4-Hour Private Sydney Sightseeing Tour with Pickup: $427
  • 6 Hour South Coast Tour: $340

Typical Entertainment prices in Brisbane

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


  • Concert Tickets
    $14

Tours and Activities in Brisbane

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

  • Newstead House General Entry Ticket: $9.48
  • Green Cabs Brisbane Tours: $16
  • Midday River Sightseeing Cruise: $24
  • True Crime Tour: $25
  • Brisbane Like a Local: Customized Guided Tour: $35
  • Guided River Kayak Tour: $47
  • River Cruise with Lunch: $50
  • Express Segway Tour of Brisbane: $50
  • Brisbane River Cruise and Koala Sanctuary Visit: $61
  • Byron Bay Day Tour: $78
  • Brisbane to Moreton Island Return Ferry & Adventure Day Pass: $86
  • Wine & Food Pairing Experience: $87

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Sydney $12
    Brisbane $42
Typical Alcohol prices in Sydney

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


  • Wine
    $11

Sample the Local Flavors in Sydney

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

  • Urban Winery Wine Tasting Tour with Cheese Platter: $61
  • Brewery, Winery, and Distillery Tasting Tour: $112
  • Northern Beaches Brewery Tour and Tasting: $123
  • Small-Group Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tour from Sydney: $130
  • Hunter Valley Wine Tour from Sydney with Lunch and 3 Cellar Door Tastings: $138
  • Hunter Valley Small Group Luxury Wine Tasting Tour from Sydney: $138
  • Sip n Savour: Southern Highlands Premium Wine Tour from Sydney: $154
  • Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tour from Sydney: $157
  • Wine Tours Sydney - Southern Highlands Day Escape, Full Day Wine Tasting Tour: $217
  • Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Small Group: Cheese, Choc, Lunch, from Sydney+Hunter: $217
  • Hunter Valley Wine Tour from Sydney | Private Sydney Wine Tour: $356
  • Hunter Valley Highlights Private Wine Tour from Sydney: $387

Typical Alcohol prices in Brisbane

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


  • Evening at the Bar
    $10
  • Sixpack of Beer
    $9.45
  • Guiness Beer
    $5.74
  • Sixpack of Beer
    $8.77

Sample the Local Flavors in Brisbane

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

  • Deluxe Wine Tasting Tour Mt Tamborine Includes 2 course Lunch: $94
  • Morning or Afternoon Brisbane Half-Day Brewery Tour: $111
  • Mt Tamborine Wine Tour: $119
  • Brisbane Half-Day Private Brewery Tour: $119
  • Hinterland Heritage Wine Tour: $119
  • Northern Rivers food & Wine Tour from Brisbane: $119
  • Two Day xxxx Brewery and Tamborine Winery Tour: $198
  • Private Full Day Wine Tour from Brisbane to Tamborine Mountain: $474


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


When is the best time to visit Sydney or Brisbane?

Both places have a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. As both cities are in the southern hemisphere, summer is in January and winter is in July.

Should I visit Sydney or Brisbane in the Summer?

Both Brisbane and Sydney during the summer are popular places to visit.

Sydney is cooler than Brisbane in the summer. The temperature in Sydney is usually 23°C (73°F) in January, and Brisbane stays around 25°C (77°F).

In Brisbane, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Sydney. In the summer, Sydney often gets less sunshine than Brisbane. Sydney gets 236 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Brisbane receives 256 hours of full sun.

Brisbane gets a good bit of rain this time of year. It rains a lot this time of the year in Sydney. Sydney usually gets less rain in January than Brisbane. Sydney gets 116 mm (4.6 in) of rain, while Brisbane receives 169 mm (6.7 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures January
    Sydney 23°C (73°F) 
    Brisbane 25°C (77°F)

Should I visit Sydney or Brisbane in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Sydney and Brisbane.

In the autumn, Sydney is cooler than Brisbane. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Sydney in April are around 19°C (65°F), and Brisbane is about 22°C (71°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Brisbane this time of the year. Sydney usually receives less sunshine than Brisbane during autumn. Sydney gets 195 hours of sunny skies, while Brisbane receives 214 hours of full sun in the autumn.

Brisbane receives a lot of rain in the autumn. Sydney gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In April, Sydney usually receives around the same amount of rain as Brisbane. Sydney gets 120 mm (4.7 in) of rain, while Brisbane receives 112 mm (4.4 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures April
    Sydney 19°C (65°F) 
    Brisbane 22°C (71°F)

Should I visit Sydney or Brisbane in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Sydney as well as Brisbane.

In July, Sydney is generally cooler than Brisbane. Temperatures in Sydney average around 12°C (53°F), and Brisbane stays around 15°C (59°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Brisbane. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Sydney this time of the year. In the winter, Sydney often gets less sunshine than Brisbane. Sydney gets 208 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Brisbane receives 226 hours of full sun.

Sydney usually gets less rain in July than Brisbane. Sydney gets 54 mm (2.1 in) of rain, while Brisbane receives 64 mm (2.5 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures July
    Sydney 12°C (53°F) 
    Brisbane 15°C (59°F)

Should I visit Sydney or Brisbane in the Spring?

Both Brisbane and Sydney are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities.

Sydney is cooler than Brisbane in the spring. The temperature in Sydney is usually 18°C (64°F) in October, and Brisbane stays around 21°C (69°F).

It's quite sunny in Brisbane. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Sydney. Sydney usually receives less sunshine than Brisbane during spring. Sydney gets 240 hours of sunny skies, while Brisbane receives 259 hours of full sun in the spring.

In October, Sydney usually receives less rain than Brisbane. Sydney gets 79 mm (3.1 in) of rain, while Brisbane receives 93 mm (3.7 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures October
    Sydney 18°C (64°F) 
    Brisbane 21°C (69°F)

Typical Weather for Brisbane and Sydney

Sydney Brisbane
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 23°C (73°F) 116 mm (4.6 in) 25°C (77°F) 169 mm (6.7 in)
Feb 23°C (73°F) 113 mm (4.4 in) 25°C (77°F) 152 mm (6 in)
Mar 21°C (70°F) 148 mm (5.8 in) 24°C (75°F) 146 mm (5.7 in)
Apr 19°C (65°F) 120 mm (4.7 in) 22°C (71°F) 112 mm (4.4 in)
May 15°C (60°F) 88 mm (3.5 in) 19°C (66°F) 104 mm (4.1 in)
Jun 13°C (55°F) 128 mm (5 in) 16°C (61°F) 77 mm (3 in)
Jul 12°C (53°F) 54 mm (2.1 in) 15°C (59°F) 64 mm (2.5 in)
Aug 13°C (55°F) 90 mm (3.5 in) 16°C (61°F) 46 mm (1.8 in)
Sep 15°C (59°F) 60 mm (2.4 in) 18°C (65°F) 33 mm (1.3 in)
Oct 18°C (64°F) 79 mm (3.1 in) 21°C (69°F) 93 mm (3.7 in)
Nov 20°C (67°F) 101 mm (4 in) 23°C (73°F) 107 mm (4.2 in)
Dec 22°C (71°F) 81 mm (3.2 in) 24°C (76°F) 127 mm (5 in)


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