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

Should you visit Venice or Milan?

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 Milan 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.

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 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 Milan is €114. 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 Milan 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.

Double occupancy rooms typically run around €142 in Milan For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Venice 93
    Milan 71
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Venice 186
    Milan 142


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.

While meal prices in Milan can vary, the average travelers spends about €28 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Milan should cost around €11 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Milan is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Venice 52
    Milan 28
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 Milan

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


  • 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:

  • Homemade Tiramisu Cooking Class in Milan: $72
  • Afternoon Food Tour with Evening Food Tour in Milan: $78
  • Pasta, Pizza & Dessert Evening Cooking Class: $89
  • Gourmet Food Tour: $112
  • Italian Food Tour: $143
  • Market Tour and Lunch or Dinner at a Cesarina's Home: $162
  • Milan Private Home Cooking Class: $162
  • Como: Half-Day Authentic Market Tour and Cooking Class: $240
  • Milan 1-Day Private Sightseeing Tour and Cooking Class: $280
  • Half-Day Italian Cooking Class in Milano: $106


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 Milan than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend €12 on transportation in Milan on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Venice 22
    Milan 12
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 Milan

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

  • From Luxury Transfers to Fidenza Village: $22
  • Milan 1-Way VIP Linate Airport Transfer for 3 Persons: $73
  • Bus Transfer Milan Bergamo Airport to Milan Central Station: $6.71
  • Malpensa Airport to Milan VIP Transfers: $168
  • Private One-Way Transfer from Malpensa Airport to Milan: $162
  • Milan Linate Airport 1-Way Private Transfer: $88
  • Private Transfer between Milan and Trentino South Tyrol: $465
  • Milan Linate to Genoa City Private Minivan Transfer: $474
  • Private Transfer between Siena and Milan City Center: $705
  • Ultra - Milan Private Airport Transfer from city centre to Milan train station: $9.41


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 Milan, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of €14 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Venice 80
    Milan 14
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 Milan

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


  • Stairs to Duomo Rooftop
    7.00

Tours and Activities in Milan

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

  • Milan Off the Beaten Path: 3-Hour Walking Tour: $28
  • Milan's Modern Architecture: 3-Hour Bike Tour: $45
  • Private Tour of Teatro alla Scala and Church of San Fedele: $45
  • Milan 3–Hour Cultural Bike Tour: $45
  • 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour: $49
  • Private 4-Hour Walking Tour: $50
  • Porta Nuova Walking Experience: $52
  • Navigli Walking Tour and Basilica of Sant'Eustorgio: $55
  • Walking Fashion Tour: $56
  • Bergamo Sightseeing Day Trip from Milan: $60


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 €9.64 on alcoholic beverages in Milan 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
    Milan 9.64
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 Milan

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


  • Cocktail at a Bar
    8.40
  • Beer
    3.35

Sample the Local Flavors in Milan

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

  • Full-Day Barbaresco Wine Tour with Truffle Hunting and Lunch: $302
  • Lugana Wine Tour w/ Private Panoramic Boat on Lake Garda: $418
  • Barolo and Spumante VIP Wine Tour for Small Groups: $223
  • Milan Wine Tasting Experience: $45
  • Wine Tasting Experience: $32
  • From Sparkling Wine Tasting Tour: $100
  • Wine Tasting with an Italian Sommelier: $83
  • From Franciacorta Wine Tasting and Shopping Tour: $55
  • Brera Wine Tasting Tour: $54
  • Gourmet Food and Wine Tasting Experience in Milan: $52



When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Venice and Milan, we can see that Venice is more expensive. And not only is Milan much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Milan would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Milan 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 Milan.

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