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

Should you visit Trieste or Milan?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Trieste and Milan can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

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.

Milan

Milan, known to most of the world as the capital of fashion and style, is also the heart of Italian industry and economics. Between the stock exchange, cathedrals and boutiques, this metropolis is a city-lover's dream come true. It is an escape from the stresses of the real world, and provides a playground for all the world's most lavish luxuries.

Which city is cheaper, Milan 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 Milan is €133. 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 Milan in more detail.



Accommodation

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.

Travelers usually pay around €152 for a double occupancy room in Milan If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Trieste 44
    Milan 76
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Trieste 88
    Milan 152

Food

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.

On average, meal and food prices in Milan cost around €31 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around €12.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Trieste 25
    Milan 31

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
  • Small Group Market tour and Cooking class in Trieste: $162
  • 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

Typical Food prices in Milan

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


  • Snack at Train Station
    8.60
  • Restaurant Pizza
    6.60
  • Casual Cafe Lunch (for Two)
    27
  • Three Course Dinner (for Two)
    64
  • Cappuccino
    1.63

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Milan

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

  • Florence: Private Family Food Tour: $46
  • Dinner and Show at Maison Milano: $66
  • Home Dinner Experience: $70
  • Traditional Pasta, Pizza or Risotto Cooking Class: $70
  • Homemade Tiramisu Cooking Class in Milan: $72
  • Half-Day Food Tour on Foot: $78
  • Afternoon Food Tour with Evening Food Tour in Milan: $78
  • 3-Hour Traditional Home Cooking Class: $84
  • Pasta, Pizza & Dessert Evening Cooking Class: $89
  • Dining experience at a local's home in Milan with show cooking: $106
  • Half-Day Italian Cooking Class in Milano: $106
  • Food Tour of Brera: $110

Local Transportation

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.

Milan'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 €28 per person, per day on transportation in Milan.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Trieste 14
    Milan 28

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Trieste

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

  • So much more than just a transfer (up to 8 persons): $373
  • Private transfer Trieste Airport from & to Bled: $282
  • Transfer from Trieste to Malpensa Airport in Milano: $276
  • Small-Group Transfer from Trieste to Bergamo Airport: $218
  • Private transfer Trieste Airport from & to Ljubljana: $202
  • Transfer Trieste - Rovinj: $197
  • Transfer Trieste - Poreč: $190
  • Transfer Trieste - Umag: $172
  • Private transfer from Trieste to Ljubljana: $151
  • Private transfer Trieste Airport from & to Slovenian coast: $147
  • Transfer from Trieste to Venice Airport: $107
  • Skip-the-line to Miramare Castle w/ private transfer from Trieste train station: $96

Typical Local Transportation prices in Milan

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


  • Train to Airport
    7.00
  • Malpensa Airport Train (for Two)
    22
  • Taxi From Airport
    90
  • Public Transit Day Pass
    4.50
  • Short Taxi Ride
    7.13

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Milan

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

  • Ultra - Milan private transfer from train station to Milan city centre: $9.41
  • Ultra - Milan Private Airport Transfer from city centre to Milan train station: $9.41
  • Ultra - Milan Private Airport Transfer from city Milan centre to Malpensa (MXP): $9.41
  • Transfer to all northern airports italy tour lakes: $265
  • Transfer Milano to Florence: $342
  • Transfer Milano To Rome: $498
  • Taxi Transfer Malpensa Airport or Milan City ⇔ Zermatt both ways: $1,151
  • Round Trip Malpensa Airport (MXP) Transfer to Milan City Center: $135
  • Round Trip Linate Airport (LIN) Transfer to Milan City Center: $79
  • Private transfer: Milan Hotel to Siena Hotel: $489
  • Private transfer: Milan Hotel to Florence Hotel: $416
  • Private transfer from Milan to Turin with Hotel pick-up and drop off: $265

Is it cheaper to fly into Trieste or Milan?

Prices for flights to both Milan 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.





Entertainment

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 Milan can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around €25 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Trieste 17
    Milan 25

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: $294
  • Flavours of Istria Tasting Experience from Trieste: $152
  • Habsburg private walking tour with a local guide: $336
  • Lake Bled & Ljubljana - Small Group Tour from Trieste: $144
  • Lake Bled &Ljubljana- 8hr Small Group Shore Experience from Trieste with options: $236
  • Lake Bled and Ljubljana Private Tour from Trieste: $323
  • Lake Bled and Ljubljana Tour from Trieste: $144
  • Lipica Stud Farm & Skocjan Caves - Small Group Tour from Trieste: $144
  • Ljubljana Christmas Market Tour from Trieste: $110
  • Local market visit and dining experience at a local's home in Trieste: $173
  • Name your recipe: food market tour and workshop with a Cesarina in Trieste: $193
  • Panoramic Tour of Trieste and Miramare Castle: $160

Typical Entertainment prices in Milan

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


  • Stairs to Duomo Rooftop
    7.00

Tours and Activities in Milan

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

  • 1.5-Hour Milan Fashion Walking Tour: $44
  • 1.5-Hour Milan Segway Tour: $68
  • 2-Hour Milan by Night Walking Tour: $101
  • 2-Hour Milan by night walking tour: $75
  • 2-Hours Milan Segway Tour with Brera and skyline: $87
  • 2-Night Garda Lake and Verona Tour from Milan or Venice: $866
  • 3 Hours Milan Walking Tour: Leonardo Da Vinci and Renaissance: $149
  • 3-Hour Milan Private Segway Tour: $95
  • 3-Hour Milan Segway PT Authorized Private Tour: $185
  • 3-Hour Private Fashion & Shopping Walking Tour: $167
  • 4-Day Northern Italy Lakes Tour from Milan: $1,131
  • 5-Night Milan Verona and Venice Tour: $1,646

Alcohol

Typically, people visiting Trieste spend on average €6.40 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Milan, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is €19.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Trieste 6.40
    Milan 19

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

Typical Alcohol prices in Milan

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


  • Cocktail at a Bar
    8.40
  • Beer
    3.35

Sample the Local Flavors in Milan

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

  • Wine Tasting Experience: $32
  • Wine Tasting Experience in the City Centre: $40
  • Milan Wine Tasting Experience: $45
  • Gourmet Food and Wine Tasting Experience in Milan: $52
  • Brera Wine Tasting Tour: $54
  • From Franciacorta Wine Tasting and Shopping Tour: $55
  • Last Supper & Wine Tasting Tour: $71
  • Wine Tasting with an Italian Sommelier: $83
  • Wine Tastings with Chef Luigi Gandola: $93
  • From Sparkling Wine Tasting Tour: $100
  • Food and Wine Tasting enjoying the New Milan: $127
  • From Half-Day Franciacorta Wine Tour & Tasting: $137


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Trieste and Milan, we can see that Milan 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 Milan would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Milan than you might in Trieste.

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