A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Tokyo vs. Paris

Should you visit Tokyo or Paris?

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Tokyo and Paris can help you decide which place is right for you.

Tokyo

Tokyo, the capital of Japan, is by far the most populous city in the world with a staggering 37 million people. As a worldwide hub for technology and business, it hosts millions of visitors annually. But Tokyo is not just a place for business trips. With its incredible mixture of historical temples and shrines, remarkably beautiful parks, endless shopping malls, and genuinely wonderful people, Tokyo is a terrific place to visit and to explore.

Paris

Paris is a dream destination for many people. It's location on the river Seine contributes to its stunning beauty and you can spend many days wandering through its wonderfully diverse neighborhoods. It's known as a city of culture, fashion, food and fun. There is never a shortage of entertainment and activities around town and a highlight of many people's trips to Paris is to explore the city at night, when it truly comes to life. It is not hard to see why this city has received the nickname as the "City of Lights."

Which city is cheaper, Paris or Tokyo?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Tokyo is $178, while the average daily cost in Paris is $0.00. 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 Tokyo and Paris in more detail.


Accommodation

Double occupancy rooms typically run around $168 in Tokyo For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.

Double occupancy rooms typically run around $0.00 in Paris For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Tokyo $84
    Paris $0.00
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Tokyo $167
    Paris $0.00


Food

In Tokyo travelers spend around $41 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.

In Paris travelers spend around $0.00 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
    Tokyo $41
    Paris $0.00
Typical Food prices in Tokyo

For Tokyo, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Late Night Noodles
    $7.30
  • Conveyor Belt Sushi Snack
    $7.30
  • Meal at Airport
    $9.52

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Tokyo

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

  • Tempura Cooking Class at Japan Culinary School: $74
  • Wagashi Japanese Sweets Cooking Experience: $79
  • Private Japanese Cooking Class in a Local Home: $108
  • Tokyo Robot Show & Dinner at Samurai-Themed Restaurant: $113
  • Private Japanese Cooking Class with a Local Chef: $120
  • Tsukiji and Asakusa Food Tour: $138
  • Traditional Japanese Food Cooking Class: $141
  • Old Town Tokyo Food Tour: $164
  • Retro Shibuya Food Tour: $175
  • Asakusa: Tokyo’s #1 Family Food Tour: $175

Typical Food prices in Paris

For Paris, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Ice Cream
    $9.46
  • Breakfast
    $8.28
  • Breakfast for 2
    $35
  • Dinner on River Cruise
    $102
  • Dinner
    $67
  • Cheese
    $15

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Paris

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

  • 3-Hour Aligre Market Walking Food Tour & Tasting: $81
  • Walking Food Tour: $89
  • The Gourmet Gastronomy of 2.5-Hour Food Tour: $111
  • Walking Food Tour in Saint Germain des Prés: $116
  • Dinner and Theater in Versailles: $121
  • Paris 2.5-Hour Unique Macaron Cooking Class: $123
  • 2-Hour French Pastry Cooking Class in Paris: $123
  • Champagne Master Class and Gourmet Food Tour: $125
  • Gourmet French Dinner with Local Parisian Hosts: $129
  • Dessert & Chocolate Cooking Class with a Parisian Chef: $139


Local Transportation

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Tokyo than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $22 on transportation in Tokyo on average per day.

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Paris than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $0.00 on transportation in Paris on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Tokyo $22
    Paris $0.00
Typical Local Transportation prices in Tokyo

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


  • Metro from Airport
    $18

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Tokyo

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

  • Disneyland or DisneySea: 1-Day Ticket and Private Transfer: $138
  • Private Haneda Transfer Service to/from Yokohama City: $179
  • Haneda Airport Transfer w/ a Private Van: $260
  • Tokyo Haneda Airport to One-Way Private Transfer: $290
  • Haneda Airport to/from Tokyo City: Private One-Way Transfer: $129
  • Shared Transfer to/from Narita Airport: $48
  • Tokyo Station to/from Tokyo City: One-Way Shared Transfer: $25
  • Honshu, Japan: Luggage Transfer Between Accommodations: $28
  • Hello Kitty Puroland Ticket with Transfer: $35
  • Tokyo City View: Observation Deck with 1-Way Transfer: $41

Typical Local Transportation prices in Paris

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


  • Metro
    $7.57
  • Train from Airport
    $11
  • Metro tickets
    $8.04
  • Train
    $24

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Paris

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

  • Beauvais Airport to Disneyland Paris Shared Transfer: $41
  • Private Transfer between Paris & CDG Airport: $73
  • Private Transfer to Paris Orly Airport (ORY): $87
  • Private Transfer From Paris Airport CDG to Paris City Center: $99
  • Disneyland Private Transfer with Flight Tracking: $112
  • CDG Airport to Disneyland Paris Private Transfer: $127
  • From Full-Day Ticket and Transfer to Asterix Park: $128
  • Disneyland Private Transfer from/for Orly: $101
  • VIP Private Transfer from/to Orly: $89
  • Disneyland Private Transfer from or to CDG Airport: $93


Entertainment

Sightseeing expenses in Tokyo, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $79 per day, per person.

Sightseeing expenses in Paris, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $0.00 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Tokyo $79
    Paris $0.00

Tours and Activities in Tokyo

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

  • Harajuku: Kawaii Culture Guided Tour: $43
  • Shibuya & Harajuku: Hidden Gems & Highlights Private Tour: $49
  • Nakagin Capsule Tower Tour in Tokyo: $50
  • Shinjuku Night Walking Tour: $55
  • Yanaka District: Historical Walking Tour in Tokyo's Old Town: $65
  • Harajuku Omotesando Architecture Tour: $70
  • Kintsugi (Pottery Repairing) Experience: $76
  • Ginza Architecture Tour: $80
  • Traditional Japanese Calligraphy Experience: $88
  • 2-Hour Asakusa Food Hunt & Cultural Tour: $98

Typical Entertainment prices in Paris

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


  • Louvre Entry for Two
    $21
  • Admission to Pantheon
    $5.91
  • Catacombs (2)
    $27

Tours and Activities in Paris

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

  • Fragonard Perfume Museum: Guided Tour with Soap Souvenir: $8.69
  • The Paris of the Revolution: Storming the Bastille Tour: $15
  • 1.5-Hour Shopping Arcades Tour: $15
  • Guided Tour of Napoleon's Tomb and the Army Museum: $18
  • In-Depth Guided Tour of La Seine Musicale: $19
  • Latin Quarter Guided Walking Tour in German: $23
  • Montmartre: Tour in a group: $25
  • Eiffel Tower Pictures & River Cruise: $31
  • Latin Quarter & Ile de la Cite Movie Location Walking Tour: $31
  • Hidden Passages Guided Walking Tour: $35


Alcohol

The average person spends about $37 on alcoholic beverages in Tokyo per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

The average person spends about $0.00 on alcoholic beverages in Paris per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Tokyo $37
    Paris $0.00
Typical Alcohol prices in Tokyo

Here are a few samples of the prices for alcohol and nightlife in Tokyo from other travelers:


  • Sake
    $5.47

Sample the Local Flavors in Tokyo

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

  • Tokyo Pub Crawl: $22
  • Sake Brewery Tour with Sake Tasting: $307

Typical Alcohol prices in Paris

Here are a few samples of the prices for alcohol and nightlife in Paris from other travelers:


  • Wine
    $17

Sample the Local Flavors in Paris

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

  • French Wine Tasting Class with Sommelier: $69
  • Introductory French Cheese and Wine Tasting: $29
  • Heart of Notre-Dame, île de la Cité & Wine Tasting: $160
  • Paris Pub Crawl with Free Club Entry and Free Shots: $18
  • 2.5-Hour Guided Vintage Car Tour and Wine Tasting: $69
  • French Wine Experience with Wine Tasting: $37
  • Parisian Deluxe Wine Tasting Experience: $176
  • New Pub Crawl: $19
  • Wine Tasting with Professional Sommelier: $29
  • Small-Group Cheese and Wine Tasting in Le Marais: $105



When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Tokyo and Paris, we can see that Tokyo is more expensive. And not only is Paris much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Tokyo is in Asia and Paris is in Europe, this is one of the main reasons why the costs are so different, as different regions of the world tend to have overall different travel costs. So, traveling to Paris would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Paris 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 Tokyo would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Tokyo than you might in Paris.

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