Should you visit Trieste or Cinque Terre?
Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Trieste and Cinque Terre can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.
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.
Located on the rugged Italian Riviera coastline, Cinque Terra consists of five seaside villages exuding a charm that dates back to medieval times. Fishing boats bob in the harbors, bringing fresh seafood to the tables of the region, while age old vineyards make for fragrant signature wines. Cinque Terre is considered to be a National Park, with its five villages earning a spot on the UNESCO World Heritage List for their beauty and timelessness.
Which city is cheaper, Cinque Terre 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 Cinque Terre is €110. 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 Trieste and Cinque Terre in more detail.
Travelers usually pay around €88 for a double occupancy room in Trieste If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.
The prices for places to stay in Cinque Terre can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is €56, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around €112.
In Trieste travelers spend around €25 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.
The price of a meal in Cinque Terre can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is €33 per person, and a typical meal will cost around €13 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.
Meals for one day
Cinque Terre €33
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:
Small Group Market tour and Cooking class in Trieste:
Private Cooking Class at a Cesarina's Home in Trieste:
Private Half-Day Tour to Lipizzaner Horses from Trieste:
Local market visit and private cooking class at a Cesarina's home in Trieste:
Typical Food prices in Cinque Terre
For Cinque Terre, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:
Sitdown Dinner (for Two)
Trieste's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend €14 per person, per day on transportation in Trieste.
Cinque Terre's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend €12 per person, per day on transportation in Cinque Terre.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Trieste
Also for Trieste, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Transfer from Trieste to Venice Airport:
Transfer from Trieste to Malpensa Airport in Milano:
Transfer Trieste - Umag:
Transfer Trieste - Rovinj:
Transfer Trieste - Poreč:
So much more than just a transfer (up to 8 persons):
Small-Group Transfer from Trieste to Bergamo Airport:
Small-Group Transfer from Trieste City to Trieste Airport:
Skip-the-line to Miramare Castle w/ private transfer from Trieste train station:
Private transfer from Trieste to Ljubljana:
Private transfer Trieste Airport from & to Slovenian coast:
Private transfer Trieste Airport from & to Ljubljana:
Typical Local Transportation prices in Cinque Terre
Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Cinque Terre:
Is it cheaper to fly into Trieste or Cinque Terre?
Prices for flights to both Cinque Terre 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.
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Trieste can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around €17 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Cinque Terre can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around €10 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
Tours and Activities in Trieste
For Trieste, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
Explore highlights of Trieste on a private 3-hour walking tour:
Flavours of Istria Tasting Experience from Trieste:
Habsburg private walking tour with a local guide:
Lake Bled & Ljubljana - Small Group Tour from Trieste:
Lake Bled &Ljubljana- 8hr Small Group Shore Experience from Trieste with options:
Lake Bled and Ljubljana Private Tour from Trieste:
Lake Bled and Ljubljana Tour from Trieste:
Lipica Stud Farm & Skocjan Caves - Small Group Tour from Trieste:
Ljubljana Christmas Market Tour from Trieste:
Local market visit and dining experience at a local's home in Trieste:
Name your recipe: food market tour and workshop with a Cesarina in Trieste:
Panoramic Tour of Trieste and Miramare Castle:
Typical Entertainment prices in Cinque Terre
Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Cinque Terre's activities, tours, and tickets:
Double Kayak Rental (One Hour)
Bagni Eden Beach Club Umbrella
Cinque Terre Card (One Day)
Cinque Terre Card (Three Days)
Typically, people visiting Trieste spend on average €6.40 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Typically, people visiting Cinque Terre spend on average €5.37 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
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:
Private Wine Tasting Tour in Slovenia from Trieste:
Collio: Cividale Del Friuli and Wine Tastings from Trieste:
Food and Wine tasting experience in Trieste traditional farmhouse Osmiza:
Typical Alcohol prices in Cinque Terre
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Cinque Terre:
Glass of Local Wine
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Trieste and Cinque Terre, we can see that Cinque Terre 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 Cinque Terre would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Cinque Terre than you might in Trieste.
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