A Travel Price Comparison for Netherlands Utrecht vs. Lisse for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Utrecht or Lisse?

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

Should I visit Utrecht or Lisse? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city has activities that align with your interests along with knowing which is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the details and the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Where Should I go: Utrecht or Lisse?

Utrecht

Utrecht is both a province and a city in the Netherlands. The city is a unique university city with a lively atmosphere. Imagine Amsterdam but smaller, and with fewer tourists. Utrecht has the same underlying historical/magical feel as Amsterdam, but is full of locals rather than crowds of tourists. It has a population of about 300,000 making it the fourth largest city in the Netherlands.

Lisse

Lisse is very much a seasonal destination. During a two month period every spring it becomes one of the Netherlands most popular tourist destinations. In the Bulb Region of South Holland, it is home to the Keukenhof amusement park, which comes to life every spring with millions of flowers coming into full bloom. The spectacular sight attracts over eight hundred thousand visitors every year, all during that two month time period. This sight truly is amazing with rows of colored flowers lighting up the grounds. The flowers cover more than 32 hectares and include tulips, hyacinths, daffodils and other spring flowers. Its a wonderful sight for people of all ages, and a wonderful photographic opportunity for anybody in the area.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Family-Friendly Tours to Netherlands, The Best One Week (7-Day) Tours in Netherlands, The Best River Cruises in Netherlands, and The Best River Cruises from Amsterdam.


Which place is cheaper, Lisse or Utrecht?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Utrecht is €189, while the average daily cost in Lisse is €145. 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 destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Utrecht and Lisse in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Utrecht 106
    Lisse 79
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Utrecht 212
    Lisse 158
Compare Hotels in Utrecht and Lisse

Looking for a hotel in Utrecht or Lisse? 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 Utrecht


Hotels in Lisse


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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Utrecht Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Utrecht 23
    Lisse 23

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Utrecht

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Utrecht:

  • Private transfer from Utrecht to AMS Schiphol Airport: $120
  • Private taxi transfer from Utrecht to Amsterdam: $101
  • Train Transfer Utrecht from/to Rotterdam: $15

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Lisse

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

  • Private Transfer from Haarlem to cruise port in Amsterdam: $55
  • Private Transfer from cruise port in Amsterdam to Haarlem: $55
  • Amsterdam vip group transfers: $375

Is it cheaper to fly into Utrecht or Lisse?

Prices for flights to both Lisse and Utrecht 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
    Utrecht 58
    Lisse 47

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Utrecht

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

  • Utrecht - Food Tour: Try out 6 dutch bites: $30
  • City Boat Tour & Balkan Restaurant Lunch OR Dinner: $32
  • Guided Food Tour: $55
  • #1 Food Tour by Bike in enjoy with a local guide: $63
  • #1 Food Tour in eat, walk, enjoy with a local guide: $70
  • #1 Food Tour by Bike in eat & enjoy with a local guide: $71
  • #1 Food Tour in eat, walk & enjoy with your local guide: $71

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Lisse

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

  • Haarlem's Food-steps: A self-guided Food Tour: $43
  • WALKING DINNER HAARLEM | 3 courses + 3 drinks and a lot of fun: $87
  • Guided Food Tour Haarlem (min. 2 persons) - Many local tastings : $97

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Utrecht 44
    Lisse 30

Tours and Activities in Utrecht

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

  • 2 hours Shared Utrecht Walking Tour: $3.27
  • "Our Utrecht" City Tour (optional Lunch & Beverages): $24
  • 2 Hours Utrecht Family Walking Tour: $164
  • A Self-Guided Audio Tour of Utrecht's Charming City Centre: $4.79
  • Captivating Utrecht Family Walking Tour: $321
  • Castles, Canals and Good Folk: A Self-Guided Audio Tour of Utrecht: $8.99
  • Christmas Joy in Utrecht Walking Tour: $449
  • Christmas Joy in Utrecht Walking Tour: $211
  • Cultural and Historical Audio Guided Walking Tour of Utrecht: $11
  • Cultural and Historical Audio Guided Walking Tour of Utrecht: $13
  • Discover Utrecht with a self-guided Outside Escape city game tour: $27
  • Discover Utrecht’s Zocherpark in this Outside Escape game tour!: $27

Tours and Activities in Lisse

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

  • Walking tour Haarlem (Tip Based): $4.36
  • The Battle for Haarlem: Quest Experience: $7.08
  • Haarlem Highlights Walking Tour Audio and GPS Guided: $7.58
  • Cultural and Historical Audio guided walking tour Tour of Haarlem: $13
  • Leiden: Windmill and Countryside Cruise near Keukenhof: $16
  • Haarlem: Canal Cruise Spaarne Mill to Mill: $20
  • Haarlem: 50 minutes Boat Cruise: $20
  • Haarlem Open Canal Tour with a real live guide: $21
  • 90 minutes Self-Guided Walking tour and Escape room in Haarlem: $21
  • Discover Haarlem with a self-guided Outside Escape city game tour: $27
  • Escape Experience Haarlem The Escape of Kenau: $31
  • 2 Hours Walking Tour Throughout History & Highlights of Haarlem: $31

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Utrecht 24
    Lisse 23

Sample the Local Flavors in Utrecht

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Utrecht:

  • Utrecht Pub Trail: Pub crawl with interactive online game: $12
  • Utrecht Private Self-Guided Pub Crawl Pub Quiz: $21

Sample the Local Flavors in Lisse

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

  • Haarlem Private Self Guided Pub Crawl: $22


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

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Utrecht Expensive? and Is Lisse Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Utrecht or Lisse?

Utrecht has a larger population, and is about 10 times larger than the population of Lisse. When comparing the sizes of Utrecht and Lisse, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.


When is the best time to visit Utrecht or Lisse?

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 Utrecht or Lisse in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Utrecht as well as Lisse. The summer months attract visitors to Utrecht because of the family-friendly experiences.

In the summer, Utrecht is around the same temperature as Lisse. Typically, the summer temperatures in Utrecht in July average around 17°C (62°F), and Lisse averages at about 17°C (62°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Lisse. In the summer, Utrecht often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Lisse. Utrecht gets 194 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Lisse receives 204 hours of full sun.

Utrecht usually gets around the same amount of rain in July as Lisse. Utrecht gets 75 mm (3 in) of rain, while Lisse receives 75 mm (3 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Utrecht 17°C (62°F) 
    Lisse 17°C (62°F)

Should I visit Utrecht or Lisse in the Autumn?

Both Lisse and Utrecht are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities. The shopping scene and the natural beauty of the area are the main draw to Utrecht this time of year.

In October, Utrecht is generally around the same temperature as Lisse. Daily temperatures in Utrecht average around 11°C (51°F), and Lisse fluctuates around 11°C (51°F).

Utrecht usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Lisse during autumn. Utrecht gets 100 hours of sunny skies, while Lisse receives 99 hours of full sun in the autumn.

In October, Utrecht usually receives around the same amount of rain as Lisse. Utrecht gets 72 mm (2.8 in) of rain, while Lisse receives 72 mm (2.8 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Utrecht 11°C (51°F) 
    Lisse 11°C (51°F)

Should I visit Utrecht or Lisse in the Winter?

Both Lisse and Utrecht during the winter are popular places to visit. Many travelers come to Utrecht for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine.

Lisse can get quite cold in the winter. Be prepared for some very cold days in Utrecht. Utrecht is around the same temperature as Lisse in the winter. The daily temperature in Utrecht averages around 2°C (36°F) in January, and Lisse fluctuates around 2°C (36°F).

In the winter, Utrecht often gets less sunshine than Lisse. Utrecht gets 38 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Lisse receives 46 hours of full sun.

Utrecht usually gets around the same amount of rain in January as Lisse. Utrecht gets 66 mm (2.6 in) of rain, while Lisse receives 66 mm (2.6 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Utrecht 2°C (36°F) 
    Lisse 2°C (36°F)

Should I visit Utrecht or Lisse in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Utrecht and Lisse. Many visitors come to Utrecht in the spring for the natural beauty.

In the spring, Utrecht is around the same temperature as Lisse. Typically, the spring temperatures in Utrecht in April average around 8°C (46°F), and Lisse averages at about 8°C (46°F).

Utrecht usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Lisse during spring. Utrecht gets 156 hours of sunny skies, while Lisse receives 166 hours of full sun in the spring.

In April, Utrecht usually receives around the same amount of rain as Lisse. Utrecht gets 52 mm (2 in) of rain, while Lisse receives 52 mm (2 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Utrecht 8°C (46°F) 
    Lisse 8°C (46°F)

Typical Weather for Lisse and Utrecht

Utrecht Lisse
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 2°C (36°F) 66 mm (2.6 in) 2°C (36°F) 66 mm (2.6 in)
Feb 3°C (37°F) 49 mm (1.9 in) 3°C (37°F) 49 mm (1.9 in)
Mar 5°C (41°F) 63 mm (2.5 in) 5°C (41°F) 63 mm (2.5 in)
Apr 8°C (46°F) 52 mm (2 in) 8°C (46°F) 52 mm (2 in)
May 12°C (54°F) 61 mm (2.4 in) 12°C (54°F) 61 mm (2.4 in)
Jun 15°C (59°F) 68 mm (2.7 in) 15°C (59°F) 68 mm (2.7 in)
Jul 17°C (62°F) 75 mm (3 in) 17°C (62°F) 75 mm (3 in)
Aug 17°C (62°F) 71 mm (2.8 in) 17°C (62°F) 71 mm (2.8 in)
Sep 14°C (57°F) 67 mm (2.6 in) 14°C (57°F) 67 mm (2.6 in)
Oct 11°C (51°F) 72 mm (2.8 in) 11°C (51°F) 72 mm (2.8 in)
Nov 6°C (43°F) 81 mm (3.2 in) 6°C (43°F) 81 mm (3.2 in)
Dec 3°C (38°F) 80 mm (3.1 in) 3°C (38°F) 80 mm (3.1 in)