A Travel Price Comparison for Italy Trieste vs. Bologna for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Trieste or Bologna?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Trieste and Bologna can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Trieste or Bologna?

Trieste

Located on the northeast Italian coast next to the Adriatic Sea, Trieste is a city characterized by its European charm, ancient architecture, and striking sea views. Its art, music, history, and culture also take some influence from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, boasting many Slavic traditions and empire-era architecture.

Bologna

Bologna is the capital city of the northern region of Italy, Emilia-Romagna, with a population of 380,000. It is a historical city known well by Italians, however, not as well known among foreigners. The locals of Bologna speak little to no English. The city is most known for having the oldest university in the West. Another reason many visit this city is because of its exquisite cuisine. Many Italians would consider it one of the most beautiful cities in the entire country because of its impeccably preserved historic centers. The best time to visit Bologna is usually between March and October, although bare in mind that July and August can get quite hot.

Which city is cheaper, Bologna or Trieste?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Trieste is €80, while the average daily cost in Bologna is €141. 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 Trieste and Bologna in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Trieste 44
    Bologna 75
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Trieste 88
    Bologna 150
Compare Hotels in Trieste and Bologna

Looking for a hotel in Trieste or Bologna? 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 Trieste


Hotels in Bologna


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Trieste 14
    Bologna 16

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Trieste

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

  • Small-Group Transfer from Trieste City to Trieste Airport: $41
  • Airport transfer from Trieste Airport to Koper: $56
  • Private Airport Transfer: Trieste–Friuli Venezia Giulia Airport (TRS) to Trieste: $62
  • Skip-the-line to Miramare Castle w/ private transfer from Trieste train station: $96
  • Transfer from Trieste to Venice Airport: $107
  • Private transfer Trieste Airport from & to Slovenian coast: $147
  • Private transfer from Trieste to Ljubljana: $151
  • Transfer Trieste - Umag: $172
  • Transfer Trieste - Poreč: $190
  • Transfer Trieste - Rovinj: $197
  • Private transfer Trieste Airport from & to Ljubljana: $202
  • Small-Group Transfer from Trieste to Bergamo Airport: $218

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bologna

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bologna:

  • Return Private Transfer from Bologna to Fico Eataly World: $149
  • Private transfer: Bologna to Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (BLQ): $52
  • Private transfer from Bologna to Ljubljana: $605
  • Private Transfer: Fiumicino Airport (FCO) to Bologna or vice versa: $574
  • Private Transfer: Civitavecchia Port to Bologna or vice versa: $561
  • Private Transfer: Ciampino Airport (CIA) to Bologna or vice versa: $556
  • Private Transfer from Bologna to Rimini (RMI) Airport: $523
  • Private Transfer from Bologna to Pisa (PSA) Airport: $626
  • Private Transfer from Bologna to Firenze (FLR) Airport: $514
  • Private Transfer from Bologna to Bologna Airport: $75
  • Private Departure Van Transfer: Hotel to Bologna Airport (BLQ): $31
  • Private Departure Transfer: Bologna City Center - Bologna Airport: $31

Is it cheaper to fly into Trieste or Bologna?

Prices for flights to both Bologna and Trieste 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
    Trieste 25
    Bologna 32

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Trieste

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

  • Dining experience at a local's home in Trieste with show cooking: $106
  • Market Tour & Lunch/Dinner at a Cesarina's Home: $158
  • Small Group Market tour and Cooking class in Trieste: $162
  • Trieste Private Home Cooking Class: $165
  • Private Cooking Class at a Cesarina's Home in Trieste: $180
  • Private Half-Day Tour to Lipizzaner Horses from Trieste: $236
  • Local market visit and private cooking class at a Cesarina's home in Trieste: $267

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bologna

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

  • FICO with Gelato Cooking Class and Luna Farm Ticket: $22
  • FICO Eataly World, Pizza Making, & Luna Farm: $22
  • Virtual Cooking Class: Ravioli variations with classic tomato sauce: $40
  • Bologna Traditional Home Cooking Class with Lunch or Dinner: $56
  • Traditional Home cooking class in Bologna: $67
  • Private Walking tour and Traditional Home Cooking Experience in Bologna: $73
  • Hands on Home Cooking Class: $78
  • Learn to Make Bolognese Pasta: Private Cooking Lesson in Bologna with Giovanna: $86
  • Bologna traditional food tour - Do Eat Better Experience: $95
  • Guided Traditional Food Tour: $95
  • Withlocals The 10 Tastings™: Bologna PRIVATE Food Tour: $103
  • Dining experience at a local's home in Bologna with cooking demo: $106

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Trieste 17
    Bologna 31

Tours and Activities in Trieste

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

  • Trieste Bus Tour with Audio Guide: $14
  • Walking Tour: $16
  • Miramare Castle Skip-the-Line Entrance Ticket: $16
  • Trieste Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $43
  • Trieste Osmiza Experience: $68
  • Private Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle Tour from Trieste: $74
  • Dining Experience at a Local's Home: $96
  • Piran and Slovenia Coast Tour from Trieste: $107
  • Ljubljana Christmas Market Tour from Trieste: $110
  • Piran & Panoramic Slovenian Coast - Small Group Tour from Trieste: $118
  • Small Group Market tour and Dining Experience at a Cesarina's home in Trieste: $136
  • Trieste Panoramic City and Miramare Castle Tour: $136

Typical Entertainment prices in Bologna

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


  • Food Tour (for 2)
    31
  • Wine Tasting Tour (for 2)
    115
  • Hop-on-Hop-off Bus Tour (for 2)
    67
  • National Gallery Museum Bologna (for 2)
    12
  • Archaeology Museum of Bologna (for 2)
    12

Tours and Activities in Bologna

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

  • 2-Hour Bike Tour of Bologna: $48
  • 2-hour Walking Tour of Bologna: $32
  • 2.5-Hour Bike Tour of Bologna with Food Tasting: $81
  • 2.5-hour Bologna City and University Walking Tour: $310
  • Art tour of Ravenna from Bologna: $137
  • BOLOGNA, City & Food Private Tour: $266
  • Best of BOLOGNA on a Private Tour: $208
  • Best of Private & Personalised Walking Experience: $68
  • Best walking tour of Bologna: $149
  • Bike Tour of Bologna for Instagram: $38
  • Bologna 3 hour walking tour: $343
  • Bologna By Run: Sightseeing Running Tours: $44

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Trieste 6.40
    Bologna 23

Sample the Local Flavors in Trieste

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

  • Regional wine tasting in Trieste: $26
  • Private Wine Tasting Tour in Slovenia from Trieste: $194
  • Collio: Cividale Del Friuli and Wine Tastings from Trieste: $203
  • Food and Wine tasting experience in Trieste traditional farmhouse Osmiza: $534

Sample the Local Flavors in Bologna

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

  • Wine Tasting Tour in One of the Oldest Inns: $62
  • Food & Wine Tasting Tour Bologna: $81
  • Amarone Classico Wine Tasting from Bologna by Train: $210
  • Bologna Food Experience: Factory Visits with Gourmet Lunch and Wine Tasting: $212
  • From Romagna Region Wine Tasting Tour: $286


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


When is the best time to visit Trieste or Bologna?

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

Should I visit Trieste or Bologna in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Trieste as well as Bologna.

Trieste is around the same temperature as Bologna in the summer. The temperature in Trieste is usually 24°C (75°F) in July, and Bologna stays around 24°C (75°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Bologna. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Trieste this time of the year. In the summer, Trieste often gets less sunshine than Bologna. Trieste gets 288 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Bologna receives 316 hours of full sun.

Trieste usually gets more rain in July than Bologna. Trieste gets 71 mm (2.8 in) of rain, while Bologna receives 23 mm (0.9 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Trieste 24°C (75°F) 
    Bologna 24°C (75°F)

Should I visit Trieste or Bologna in the Autumn?

Both Bologna and Trieste are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities.

In the autumn, Trieste is around the same temperature as Bologna. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Trieste in October are around 16°C (60°F), and Bologna is about 16°C (61°F).

Trieste usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Bologna during autumn. At this time of the year, Trieste gets 167 hours of sunny skies, while Bologna receives 177 hours of full sun.

It rains a lot this time of the year in Bologna. In October, Trieste usually receives less rain than Bologna. At this time of the year, Trieste gets 87 mm (3.4 in) of rain, while Bologna receives 123 mm (4.8 in) of rain.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Trieste 16°C (60°F) 
    Bologna 16°C (61°F)

Should I visit Trieste or Bologna in the Winter?

Both Bologna and Trieste during the winter are popular places to visit.

It's quite cold in Bologna in the winter. In January, Trieste is generally much warmer than Bologna. Temperatures in Trieste average around 5°C (41°F), and Bologna stays around 2°C (36°F).

In the winter, Trieste often gets less sunshine than Bologna. Trieste gets 96 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Bologna receives 105 hours of full sun.

Trieste usually gets around the same amount of rain in January as Bologna. Trieste gets 71 mm (2.8 in) of rain, while Bologna receives 75 mm (3 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Trieste 5°C (41°F) 
    Bologna 2°C (36°F)

Should I visit Trieste or Bologna in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Trieste and Bologna.

Trieste is around the same temperature as Bologna in the spring. The temperature in Trieste is usually 13°C (56°F) in April, and Bologna stays around 13°C (55°F).

Trieste usually receives less sunshine than Bologna during spring. At this time of the year, Trieste gets 177 hours of sunny skies, while Bologna receives 192 hours of full sun.

In April, Trieste usually receives more rain than Bologna. At this time of the year, Trieste gets 87 mm (3.4 in) of rain, while Bologna receives 79 mm (3.1 in) of rain.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Trieste 13°C (56°F) 
    Bologna 13°C (55°F)

Typical Weather for Bologna and Trieste

Trieste Bologna
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 5°C (41°F) 71 mm (2.8 in) 2°C (36°F) 75 mm (3 in)
Feb 7°C (44°F) 62 mm (2.4 in) 5°C (40°F) 71 mm (2.8 in)
Mar 9°C (49°F) 77 mm (3 in) 9°C (47°F) 76 mm (3 in)
Apr 13°C (56°F) 87 mm (3.4 in) 13°C (55°F) 79 mm (3.1 in)
May 18°C (64°F) 81 mm (3.2 in) 17°C (63°F) 59 mm (2.3 in)
Jun 22°C (71°F) 102 mm (4 in) 21°C (70°F) 44 mm (1.7 in)
Jul 24°C (75°F) 71 mm (2.8 in) 24°C (75°F) 23 mm (0.9 in)
Aug 24°C (74°F) 101 mm (4 in) 23°C (73°F) 60 mm (2.4 in)
Sep 20°C (68°F) 102 mm (4 in) 19°C (67°F) 89 mm (3.5 in)
Oct 16°C (60°F) 87 mm (3.4 in) 16°C (61°F) 123 mm (4.8 in)
Nov 10°C (51°F) 114 mm (4.5 in) 8°C (46°F) 124 mm (4.9 in)
Dec 6°C (44°F) 92 mm (3.6 in) 7°C (45°F) 85 mm (3.3 in)


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