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

Should you visit Venice or Rome?

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 Rome 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.

Rome

Rome is the capital and largest city in Italy. It is also a common entry point for most visitors flying into the country. Rome has been a center of power, culture, and religion for the last millenium, making it one of the most famous and popular destinations in not only Europe, but the world. The influence of the Roman Empire can be seen across continents.

Which city is cheaper, Rome 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 Rome is €131. 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 Rome 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.

Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about €134 for a double occupancy room in Rome.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Venice 93
    Rome 67
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Venice 186
    Rome 134


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 Rome can vary, the average travelers spends about €37 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Rome should cost around €15 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Rome is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Venice 52
    Rome 37
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 Rome

Some typical examples of dining costs in Rome are as follows:


  • Casual Lunch (for Two)
    14
  • 4 Ice Cream Sandwiches
    2.99
  • Cafe e doce
    4.00
  • Pizza (Fast Food)
    2.65
  • Sitdown Lunch (for Two)
    32
  • Cheese and bread
    10
  • Espresso
    2.00
  • Dinner
    58

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Rome

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

  • Illuminated Rome Tour for Kids with Gelato & Pizza: $56
  • Gourmet Pizza at Sunset Near the Colosseum: $63
  • 3-in-1 Fettuccine, Ravioli and Tiramisu Cooking Class: $73
  • Rome 3-Hour Pizza-Themed Food & Colosseum Tour: $78
  • Traditional Cooking Class in the Jewish Ghetto: $82
  • From Market to Table: 4-Hour Cooking Class in Rome: $118
  • Rome Cooking Class & Gourmet Lunch: $137
  • Vineyard Visit by Minibus with Lakeside Dinner: $142
  • Authentic Cooking Class: $154
  • Rome Trastevere: Semi-Private Food Tour: $79


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.

The cost of a taxi ride in Rome is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent €17 per person, per day, on local transportation in Rome.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Venice 22
    Rome 17
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 Rome

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Rome are as follows:


  • Metro Ride (for Two)
    2.00
  • Train to the Airport
    15
  • Taxi to Airport
    45
  • Bicycle Rental (Full Day)
    10

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Rome

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Rome:

  • Private Transfer from Airport or Cruise Ship Port: $38
  • Transfer from Fiumicino Airport With a Guided Tour of Rome: $49
  • Pre-Cruise Rome Tour & Transfer: $56
  • Fiumicino Airport – Civitavecchia Cruise Port Transfer: $74
  • Private Transfer between Rome Ciampino and City Hotels: $80
  • Rome Ciampino Airport: Private Luxury Limo Transfer: $95
  • Transfer between Rome Fiumicino and Civitavecchia Port: $181
  • Rome Airport: Positano Private Transfer: $391
  • The Ruins of Pompeii: Round-Trip Transfer from Rome: $503
  • Private Transfer from Sorrento to Rome and Vice Versa: $513


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.

Entertainment and activities in Rome typically cost an average of €29 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Venice 80
    Rome 29
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 Rome

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


  • Rome Museum Vaticano (for 2)
    69
  • Coliseum Tickets (for Two)
    33
  • Roma Pass
    30
  • Hop on Hop Off Bus (All Day)
    20
  • Segway Tour
    75

Tours and Activities in Rome

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

  • 90-Minute Kickstart Tour with a Local: $17
  • Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo Guided Tour: $18
  • Guided Evening Walking Tour in French: $40
  • Best of Squares & Fountains Walking City Tour: $40
  • Rome Center: 4-Hour Bike Tour: $42
  • Kid-Friendly Skip-the-Line Colosseum and History Tour: $44
  • Early-Bird Streets, Piazzas and Fountains City Tour: $44
  • 1-hour Colosseum Guided Tour with Fast-Track Entry: $45
  • Unusual Sights Bicycle Tour with Optional E-bike: $47
  • Heart of Trevi Fountain & More Guided Tour: $47


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 €15 on alcoholic beverages in Rome 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
    Rome 15
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 Rome

Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Rome are as follows:


  • Bottle of Wine
    6.50
  • Pint of Beer
    6.34
  • Beer
    10

Sample the Local Flavors in Rome

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Rome:

  • Colosseum Fast Track and Wine Tasting Day Tour: $119
  • Vintage Fiat 500 Driving Tour and Wine Tasting: $204
  • 4-Hour Food and Wine Tasting Tour: $69
  • 4-Hour Food and Wine Tasting Tour: $91
  • Roman Countryside Vineyards and Wine Tasting: $67
  • 3.5-Hour Castelli Romani Wine Tasting Tour: $50
  • Campo De' Fiori Market and Trevi Food & Wine Tour: $90
  • Small-Group Food and Wine Tour with Pickup: $131
  • San Gimignano & Siena: Small Group Wine Tour from Rome: $177
  • Siena & San Gimignano Day Tour & Wine Tasting from Rome: $215



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

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Venice vs. Rome Travel Comparison

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