A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Venice vs. Florence

Should you visit Venice or Florence?

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Venice and Florence can help you decide which place is right for you.

Venice

The canals of Venice are one of the most popular and emulated destinations in the world. In it's hay day, Venice was at the center of politics, exploration, arts and architecture. Today that history is still very much alive and well. The city is unlike any other in the world. The best way to immerse yourself in Venice is to get yourself lost in the alleyways. It's actually quite easy to do and you'll find yourself stumbling into the most interesting places, hidden away from the crowds of Piazzo San Marco.

Florence

Florence is the capital of Tuscany and one of the most well known cities in Italy for its art and cultural scenes. The city is rooted in history and you can see this in the architecture, statues, gardens, and art that are everywhere around town. This city truly is a living museum. You should allow yourself at least a couple of days to explore Florence and if you can afford more, it is well worth the time. In particular, if art history is your passion then you will need a week or more to satisfy your interest as the museums and architecturally impressive buildings throughout the city are endless.

Which city is cheaper, Florence or Venice?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Venice is €181, while the average daily cost in Florence is €116. 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 Venice and Florence in more detail.


Accommodation

Double occupancy rooms typically run around €186 in Venice For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.

An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about €136 in Florence For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Venice 93
    Florence 68
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Venice 186
    Florence 135


Food

Venice food costs typically run travelers around €52 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.

Food in Florence costs travelers about €24 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Venice 52
    Florence 24
Typical Food prices in Venice

For Venice, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Panini Sandwich
    4.00
  • Gelato
    6.00
  • Artichoke & Mushroom Pizza
    7.90
  • Expresso
    1.95
  • Slice of Pizza
    2.23
  • Three Course Dinner (for Two)
    79

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Venice

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

  • Cooking Show with a Famous Local Chef: $90
  • Dinner and Night Concert in the Prisons Palace: $96
  • Local Market Tour and Homemade Cooking Class: $167
  • Four-course Food & Wine Pairing Elegant Dinner in Venice: $185
  • Yummy Cooking Class In Venice: $90
  • Authentic Chicchetti & Amusing Tales Food Tour: $51
  • 2.5-Hour Street Food Tour with a Local Guide: $44
  • Venetian Lagoon Tour and Galleon Dinner: $114
  • Wine and Food Tour Near Venice's Jewish Quarter: $56
  • Private Food Tour with 10 Tastings: $65

Typical Food prices in Florence

For Florence, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Panini Sandwich
    6.50
  • Casual Lunch (for Two)
    17

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Florence

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

  • Illuminated Florence Tour for Kids with Gelato & Pizza: $45
  • Cooking Lesson Traditional Italian Pasta: $67
  • Pizza and Ice Cream Cooking Course in Florence: $67
  • Small Group Cooking Lesson in Florence from Pisa: $79
  • Secret Food Tours: $84
  • Chianti: Half-Day Tuscan Pizza and Gelato Making Class: $90
  • Fiat 500 Vintage Tour of Florence by Night Plus Dinner: $91
  • Florence Food Tour: $94
  • Florence 4-Hour Cooking Class at Your AirBnb: $96
  • Electric Bike Evening Tour with Dinner: $113


Local Transportation

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Venice than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend €22 on transportation in Venice on average per day.

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Florence than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend €19 on transportation in Florence on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Venice 22
    Florence 19
Typical Local Transportation prices in Venice

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Venice:


  • Venice 12 Hour Transport Pass
    16
  • Vaporetto Ride
    6.50
  • 1 Day Travel Card
    18
  • 7 Day Transport Card (for Two)
    101

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Venice

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

  • Transfer between Venice Airport & Mestre Train Station: $68
  • Private Water Taxi Transfer between Venice and Airport: $268
  • Transfer between Venice Airport and Venice Cruise Terminal: $71
  • Venice Airport Private Premium Transfer by Water Taxi: $296
  • Private Transfer between Venice Airport and Cruise Port: $130
  • Marco Polo Airport Transfer to Venice City Center: $17
  • Transfer from Airport to Hotel in Venice: $225
  • Transfer from a Venice Hotel to Marco Polo Airport: $225
  • Venice Transfer-Shared Water Taxi to Airport: $36
  • Venice Train Station to Hotel Private Transfer: $216

Typical Local Transportation prices in Florence

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Florence:


  • Taxi Ride Within City
    8.00
  • Taxi from Airport
    25
  • In City Parking (Full Day)
    30
  • Bus Pass (Full Day)
    5.00
  • Bus From Airport
    5.00

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Florence

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

  • Florence Train Station to City Hotels: Private Transfer: $48
  • City Hotels to Florence Airport: Private Transfer: $56
  • Florence Airport to Florence Center 1-Way VIP Transfer: $57
  • Full-Day Tour from Rome with Transfers: $135
  • Florence to Montecatini 1-Way Private Transfer: $148
  • Florence Private 1-Way Transfer to Siena: $188
  • 1-Way Private Transfer Between Florence and Pisa: $217
  • Florence to Livorno Private 1-Way Luxury Transfer: $251
  • Florence to Central Milan 1-Way Private Transfer: $559
  • Florence Airport Transfer: Shared Round-Trip: $11


Entertainment

Sightseeing expenses in Venice, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of €80 per day, per person.

Sightseeing expenses in Florence, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of €19 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Venice 80
    Florence 19
Typical Entertainment prices in Venice

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


  • Venice Boat Ride
    15
  • Bell tower of St. Mark Entrance Fee
    8.00
  • Gondola Ride (for Group)
    80
  • Secret Itinerary Tour- Doge's Palace
    16
  • The Jewish Museum Admission
    3.00
  • The Glass Museum in Murano
    8.00

Tours and Activities in Venice

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

  • Venice City Center Walking Tour: $26
  • Hidden Venice- Small Group Tour: $28
  • Grand Canal Guided Tour on an Elegant Boat: $36
  • 3–Hour Private Walking Tour: $43
  • San Marco, Basilica, & Pala D'Oro Walking Tour: $46
  • 2-Hour Private Walking Tour at Night: $46
  • Private City Tour: $53
  • 2-Hour Small Group Walking Tour: $57
  • Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride: $61
  • Early Morning Walking Tour with Breakfast: $65

Typical Entertainment prices in Florence

Below are a few samples prices from actual travelers for Florence's activities, tours, and tickets:


  • Admission to Uffizi
    11
  • Phone Booking Fee for Uffizi
    4.00
  • Firenze Card (for Two)
    100
  • Audioguides at Uffizi (for Two)
    20
  • Giotto's Tower Entrance Fee
    6.00
  • Boboli Gardens Entrance Fee
    7.00

Tours and Activities in Florence

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

  • Florence Animal Art Treasure Hunt Family Tour: $17
  • Parks and Playgrounds Private Tour: $18
  • Secret History Private Tour: $30
  • From Pisa: Walking Tour of Florence with Aperitif: $30
  • Opera del Duomo Museum and Baptistry Guided Tour: $34
  • Florence Tour by Night: $36
  • The Medici Dynasty Show Ticket: $36
  • Florence VIP Guided City Bike Tour: $40
  • 2 Hours Bike Tour from Lucca: $43
  • Michelangelo and Santa Croce Private Tour: $45


Alcohol

The average person spends about €19 on alcoholic beverages in Venice per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

The average person spends about €12 on alcoholic beverages in Florence per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Venice 19
    Florence 12
Typical Alcohol prices in Venice

Here are a few samples of the prices for alcohol and nightlife in Venice from other travelers:


  • 1/2 Liter Wine
    5.20
  • Beer
    4.90

Sample the Local Flavors in Venice

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

  • Venice 2-Hour Wine Tasting Tour: $70
  • Soave Wine Tasting Tours from Venice, Verona or Padova: $189
  • Amarone Wine Tour & Tasting from Venice, Padua or Verona: $205
  • Prosecco Wine Tasting Tour: $101
  • Jewish Ghetto and Cannaregio Food and Wine Tour: $148
  • Full-Day Prosecco Wine Tour and Tasting: $205
  • Venice Wine Tasting Tour: $30
  • Wine Tasting and Cicchetti: $57
  • Venetian Style Carnival Pub Crawl: $57
  • Half-Day Wine Tasting in the Veneto: $109

Typical Alcohol prices in Florence

Here are a few samples of the prices for alcohol and nightlife in Florence from other travelers:


  • Glass of Chianti
    4.20
  • Bottle of Wine
    7.50

Sample the Local Flavors in Florence

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

  • Barricaia Wine Tasting at the Antinori Winery: $49
  • VIP Small-Group SuperTuscan Wine Tour from Florence: $193
  • Chianti & San Gimignano Full-Day Wine Tour: $219
  • Castle and Chianti Wine Tour - Monday to Saturday: $243
  • Wine Tasting & Gourmet Tuscan Lunch at Banfi Winery: $357
  • Tuscany Wine Tour from Florence: $80
  • 60-Minute Wine Tasting Tour: $46
  • Florence Wine Tasting and Tuscan Lunch in a Vintage Fiat 500: $188
  • From Small Group Wine Tasting Tour to Tuscany: $90
  • Tuscany: 12-Hour Regional Tour with Lunch and Wine Tasting: $97



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

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Venice vs. Florence Travel Comparison

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