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

Should you visit Trieste or Portofino?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Trieste and Portofino 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.

Portofino

Located on the Italian Riviera coastline just southeast of Genoa, Portofino is known first and foremost as a resort town and popular yachting destination. The half-moon village sits in pastels, curving into a beautiful harbor of fishing boats and luxury yachts. A castle on a hill overlooks it all, while shops, restaurants, cafes, and luxury hotels make up the spread down below. Portofino also has opportunities for hiking, diving, and boating.

Which city is cheaper, Portofino 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 Portofino is €261. 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 Portofino 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.

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around €152. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Portofino the cost is €304 on average.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Trieste 44
    Portofino 152
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Trieste 88
    Portofino 304

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.

In Portofino travelers spend around €94 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
    Trieste 25
    Portofino 94

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

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Portofino

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

  • Private cooking class at the old mill in Portofino: $261

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.

The average price of local transportation around Portofino is €18 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Trieste 14
    Portofino 18

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 Portofino

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Portofino:

  • Private Transfer from Portofino to Rimini (RMI) Airport: $1,512
  • Private Transfer from Portofino to Firenze (FLR) Airport: $952
  • Portofino – Genoa / Private Van Transfer: $56
  • Portofino – Genoa / Private Car Transfer: $100
  • Portofino - Genoa Airport (GOA) / Private Departure Car Transfer: $56
  • Portofino - Genoa Airport (GOA) / Private Departure Car Transfer: $100

Is it cheaper to fly into Trieste or Portofino?

Prices for flights to both Portofino 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.

Portofino's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around €22 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Trieste 17
    Portofino 22

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
  • Trieste Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $43
  • Trieste Osmiza Experience: $68
  • Private Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle Tour from Trieste: $74
  • 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
  • Private Trieste Sightseeing Tour: $142
  • Lake Bled and Ljubljana Tour from Trieste: $144
  • Lipica Stud Farm & Skocjan Caves - Small Group Tour from Trieste: $144
  • Postojna Cave & Predjama Castle - Small Group Tour from Trieste: $144

Tours and Activities in Portofino

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

  • 1-Hour Snorkeling Tour in Paraggi Bay, Portofino: $39
  • Easy Kayak Tour to Portofino: $51
  • Half-Day Private Hike Adventure to Portofino and San Fruttuoso: $235
  • Paddle Boarding Experience in Portofino: $61
  • Portofino Kayak Tour: $60
  • Portofino Private Walking Tour: $230
  • Portofino Stand Up Paddleboard Experience: $51
  • Portofino and Santa Margherita Ligure Small Group Tour with Local Dirver: $235
  • Portofino private boat tour: $1,058
  • Sea Kayak Tour with Sit-In Kayaks: $86
  • SUP Adventure in Portofino, Stand Up Paddling in the Park: $86
  • Snorkel Tour in Paraggi Bay: $44

Alcohol

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

The average person spends about €13 on alcoholic beverages in Portofino per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Trieste 6.40
    Portofino 13

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


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

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