A Travel Price Comparison for Spain Valencia vs. Catalonia for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Valencia or Catalonia?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Valencia or Catalonia, this travel comparison, which includes costs, can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison down below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Where Should I go: Valencia or Catalonia?


Valencia is a port city that sits on Spain's southeastern Orange Blossom coast, where the Turia River meets the Mediterranean Sea. As the nation's third-largest city, it is continually innovative in the arts and sciences with some futuristic architecture including a planetarium, oceanarium, and an interactive museum. The nightlife and daytime culture both thrive in their own ways, bustling with limitless opportunities for sight-seeing and entertainment. While the city is surrounded by fertile farmland, its center is a modern metropolis, skirted by beautiful beaches.


Catalonia is a famous autonomous community in Spain. It is situated in the northeastern part of the country and consists of four provinces. The provinces consist of Barcelona, Girona, Lleida and Tarragona. Barcelona is not only the capital of Catalonia, but is also the biggest city in the region. Because Barcelona is such a large city and Catalonia’s long history of international trade, the area is a very popular tourist destination. Another reason for Catalonia’s success is its temperate climate. Two other reasons that make Catalonia different from other areas in Spain are, people speak Catalan, Spanish and Aranese, and its climate has both beaches and mountain ranges.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Madrid, The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Barcelona, The Best 10-Day Tours from Madrid, and The Best 10-Day Tours from Barcelona.

Which place is cheaper, Catalonia or Valencia?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Valencia is €123, while the average daily cost in Catalonia is €0.00. 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 Valencia and Catalonia in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Valencia 58
    Catalonia -
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Valencia 116
    Catalonia 0.00
Compare Hotels in Valencia and Catalonia

Looking for a hotel in Valencia or Catalonia? 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 Valencia

Hotels in Catalonia

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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: Valencia Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Valencia 18
    Catalonia -

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Valencia

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Valencia:

  • Roundtrip Transfer to Tabarca Island: $48
  • Private transfer from Valencia Airport to Alicante: $200
  • One-Way Boat Transfer to/from Port Saplaya: $13
  • Valencia to Valencia Airport (VLC) - Departure Private Transfer: $29
  • Valencia Cruise Port: Private Transfer to Valencia hotels: $119
  • Valencia Cruise Port to Valencia hotels - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $48
  • Valencia Cruise Port to Valencia Hotels - Arrival Private Transfer: $24
  • Valencia Airport (VLC): Transfer to Valencia Cruise Port: $238
  • Valencia Airport (VLC): Private Transfer to Valencia: $119
  • Valencia Airport (VLC) Departure Transfer (Valencia Hotels to Valencia Airport): $82
  • Valencia Airport (VLC) Arrival Transfer (Airport to Valencia Hotel or Address): $82
  • Try find your better than us! Airport transfer service in Valencia APT-HTL (VLC): $48

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Catalonia

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

  • Barcelona City to Sant Train Station Barcelona private transfer: $31
  • Transfer From Barcelona Airport to Barcelona Cruise Port: $40
  • Airport Transfer: $120
  • Airport Transfers Barcelona Minivan : $75
  • Arrival Barcelona Airport Private Transfer: $31
  • Arrival Private Transfer from Barcelona Airport BCN to Barcelona: $33
  • Arrival Transfer El Prat Airport BCN to Barcelona by Luxury Car: $129
  • Arrival Transfer El Prat Airport BCN to Barcelona by Luxury Van: $91
  • Arrival Transfer by Luxury Van from Barcelona Port to Barcelona: $75
  • Arrival Transfer from Barcelona Airport BCN to Barcelona in Private Car/Van: $80
  • Arrival Transfer: Airport BCN to Barcelona by Business Car: $86
  • Arrival Transfer: Cruise Port to Barcelona by Business Car: $86

Is it cheaper to fly into Valencia or Catalonia?

Prices for flights to both Catalonia and Valencia 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 Meals for one day
    Valencia 40
    Catalonia -

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Valencia

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

  • Flamenco at Toro y La Luna with Drinks or Dinner: $19
  • Hard Rock Cafe Entrance with Lunch or Dinner: $32
  • Traveling Spoon Sangria and Tapa Private Online Cooking Class: $40
  • Traditional Spanish Home Dinner: $48
  • Valencia Traditional Food Tour: $51
  • Guided Food Tour with Chocolate Tasting Experience: $53
  • Paella Cooking Experience near the center of Valencia: $53
  • Street Food Tour including Paella & Tapas Tasting: $58
  • Morning Food Tour with Central Market Visit: $63
  • Cooking Class of traditional spanish food: $64
  • Vegetable Paella cooking class, tapas and visit market: $65
  • Valencian Paella cooking class, Tapas and Market Visit: $65

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Catalonia

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

  • Barcelona Street Food Tour with Local Market & City Center Visit: $21
  • Barcelona Guided Street Food Tour and Gothic Quarter Visit: $21
  • Hard Rock Cafe Barcelona with Set Lunch or Dinner: $30
  • Tasty Barcelona Street Food Tour With Local Market Visit : $32
  • Barcelona Street Food Tour: Local Market & Gothic Quarter with Expert Guide: $42
  • Paella Cooking Experience and Wine in Barcelona: $60
  • Barcelona street food tour La Boqueria Market: $63
  • Barcelona Food Tour - Do Eat Better Experience: $68
  • Tablao de Carmen Flamenco Show with Tasting Menu or Dinner: $74
  • Barcelona Tipsy Tapas Guided Food Tour with Dinner: $75
  • Guided Food Tour with Tapas and Dinner in El Born Barcelona: $75
  • Barcelona : Paella Cooking Experience + Boqueria Market Exclusive Tour: $75

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Valencia 29
    Catalonia -
Typical Entertainment Prices in Valencia

Here are a few typical costs in Valencia for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:

  • Flamenco Tour

Tours and Activities in Valencia

Here are a few actual costs in Valencia for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • 1 + 1 Discover Valencia Self Guided Cycling- and Walking Tour : $11
  • 150 Min Bike Group Tour with Local Guide: $33
  • 2 Hour Private Bike Tour in Valencia: $27
  • 3 Hours Valencia City Bike Tour with a Tasty Surprise: $35
  • 3-Hour Bike Sightseeing Tour Around Valencia: $21
  • 3hs-Hour Guided City Sightseeing and Beaches Bike Private Tour: $38
  • Adventure Jetski: $155
  • Adventures day: Thermal Springs and Waterfalls: $103
  • Albufera Natural Park Tour with Boat Ride from Valencia : $64
  • Alicante: 8-hour cruise to Tabarca Island by private boat: $1,066
  • Best Bike Tour Dutch & English in Valencia: $35
  • Between Two Gates: A Self-Guided Audio Tour in Valencia: $7.99

Tours and Activities in Catalonia

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

  • Self-Guided Tours Barcelona: 150+ Captivating Audio Stories: $3.25
  • Sagrada Familia Comedy Tour: $3.25
  • Barcelona Gothic Quarter: History&Legends Comedy Tour: $3.25
  • Gaudí & Sagrada Familia Free Tour in English : $3.26
  • Barcelona Gaudi and Sagrada Familia Tour: $3.26
  • Gaudi and La Sagrada Familia Exterior Self-Guided Audio Tour : $5.00
  • Gothic Quarter & Old Town Barcelona Walking Tour : $5.43
  • Tarragona Scavenger Hunt and Best Landmarks Self Guided Tour: $5.43
  • Walking Tour in Barcelona with Arabic Guide: $5.43
  • Private Audio Guided Walking Tour in Barcelona: $5.43
  • Walking Tour to Parc de la Sèquia from Manresa: $5.99
  • Entrance ticket to the Girona Art Museum: $6.52

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Valencia 20
    Catalonia -

Sample the Local Flavors in Valencia

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

  • Guided Pub Crawl with Free Shots: $13
  • Pub Crawl With Free Shots: $25
  • Wine Tasting with Professional Sommelier in centre Valencia: $59
  • Local Tapas & Wine tasting experience: $91
  • Wine Tasting and Tapas Experience: $101
  • From Guided Cheese Factory Tour with Wine Tasting: $105
  • From Requena Wine Tour with Tastings: $123
  • Christmas Tapas and Wine Tour in Valencia: $163
  • Private Wine Tour with Wine Tasting and Full Lunch: $173
  • Requena: 1/2 Day Private Vineyards & Premium Wine Tastings: $191
  • From Utiel-Requena Wine Tour and Traditional Lunch: $208
  • Singular Valencia Wine Tour Utiel Requena Wineries: $212

Sample the Local Flavors in Catalonia

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

  • Visit winery and wine tasting: $13
  • Barcelona: Original Pub Crawl: $13
  • Barcelona Pub Crawl by KING - Free shot and VIP Entry: $16
  • Night Pub Crawl Tour in Barcelona: $16
  • Estrella Damm Old Brewery Barcelona Guided Tour with Beer Tasting: $22
  • Nightlife Tour - Barcelona Bar Crawl with Flamingos: $23
  • Barcelona Bar Crawl: $26
  • Barcelona Halloween Bar Crawl: $27
  • Barcelona Art & Wine Tour: $30
  • Wine Tasting Experience in Barcelona: $33
  • Small-Group Natural and Organic Wine Tasting near Sitges: $33
  • Bar Crawl at Gaixample: $43

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

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

Which has a larger population, Valencia or Catalonia?

Catalonia has a larger population, and is about 9 times larger than the population of Valencia. When comparing the sizes of Valencia and Catalonia, 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.