A Travel Price Comparison for Spain Vigo vs. Pamplona for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Vigo or Pamplona?

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

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Vigo and Pamplona. We'll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Where Should I go: Vigo or Pamplona?

Vigo

Originally a small fishing town, Vigo has grown to become the most populated municipality in the region of Galicia in northwestern Spain. Remnants of the old world still exist in its historic center architecture and plazas, while the commodities of a modern city have blended into its boundaries. The old center remains the hub of activity with plenty to see and do, shopping and dining included.

Pamplona

Pamplona is a city in northern Spain located on the snow-capped foothills of the Pyrenees Range. With the backdrop of mountains, the city is surrounded by a setting ideal for skiing, mountaineering, hiking, wildlife and breathtaking scenery. Yet Pamplona itself is a place full of lively culture and stunning architecture. With a long history, the place is embedded in tradition and perhaps most famous for its annual "running of the bulls" celebrated in July, also known as the San Fermin festival.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best G Adventures Tours to Spain, The Best 3-Day Tours from Madrid, The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Madrid, and The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Barcelona.


Which place is cheaper, Pamplona or Vigo?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Vigo is €99, while the average daily cost in Pamplona 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 destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Vigo and Pamplona in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Vigo 43
    Pamplona 67
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Vigo 86
    Pamplona 134
Compare Hotels in Vigo and Pamplona

Looking for a hotel in Vigo or Pamplona? 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 Vigo


Hotels in Pamplona


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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: Vigo Hotel Prices and Pamplona Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Vigo 37
    Pamplona 24

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Vigo

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Vigo:

  • Private Transfer from Vigo Cruise Port to Porto Hotels: $43
  • Private Transfer from Vigo Cruise Port to Porto Airport (OPO): $43
  • One-Way Private Transfer From/To Vigo Airport: $54

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Pamplona

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Pamplona:

  • Private Transfer from Pamplona city to Vitoria Airport : $229
  • Private Transfer from Logroño city to Pamplona: $244
  • Private Transfer from Pamplona city to San Sebastian Airport: $244
  • Private Transfer from Pamplona city to San Sebastian: $244
  • Private Transfer from Pamplona city to Logroño Airport : $244
  • Private Transfer from Pamplona city to Logroño: $244

Is it cheaper to fly into Vigo or Pamplona?

Prices for flights to both Pamplona and Vigo 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
    Vigo 35
    Pamplona 41

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Vigo

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

  • Gourmet Hands on Cooking Class in Galicia with the Chef: $163

Typical Food Prices in Pamplona

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


  • Lunch for 2
    10
  • Ice Cream
    4.50
  • Coffee
    1.30

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Vigo 10
    Pamplona 34

Tours and Activities in Vigo

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

  • GROUP walking tour in Vigo: $1.09
  • Walking Tour in Pontevedra: $1.09
  • Vigo Scavenger Hunt and Sights Self-Guided Tour: $8.99
  • Vigo Scavenger Hunt and Sights Self-Guided Tour: $9.19
  • Self-Guided Audio Tour - Squares of Pontevedra: $10
  • Self-Guided Audio Tour - The Secrets of Pontevedra: $10
  • Guided Walking Tour of the Historic District of Tui: $11
  • Tui Cathedral Guided Tour: $13
  • Abanca Balaídos Tour, RC Celta’s Stadium: $16
  • Ticket/Photo-Theme Park and Virtual Activity in Vigo: $17
  • Monumental Morning Walking Tour in Pontevedra: $17
  • Afternoon Walking Tour in Pontevedra: $18

Tours and Activities in Pamplona

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

  • Interactive Tour El Sadar, CA Osasuna's Stadium: $18
  • Night-Time Tour Legends and Mysteries of Pamplona: $22
  • Night Tour Dark Secrets and Legends of Pamplona : $23
  • Logroño historic&cultural guided walking tour: $32
  • Walking tour of Pamplona: $63
  • Pamplona pintxo tasting paired with Spanish wines small group tour: $72
  • From San Sebastian: Pamplona City Tour: $91
  • The AUTHENTIC Basque Foodies Pamplona Pintxo Tour: $131
  • Private City Tour Pamplona: $175
  • Private tour of Getaria, Zumaia, Zarautz and Orio. : $204
  • Pamplona and Olite Royal Palace small group tour, lunch included: $207
  • Vitoria and Añana salt valley small group tour, lunch included: $229

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Vigo 5.71
    Pamplona 31

Sample the Local Flavors in Pamplona

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

  • Tour El Sadar, CA Osasuna's Stadium + Wine Tasting: $43
  • Half Day Rioja Wine Tour: $218
  • Wine Tour: 2 Wineries From Logroño: $240
  • Rioja Wine Tour: 2 Wineries From Pamplona: $240
  • Rioja Wine Tour: Winery & Traditional Lunch From Pamplona: $251
  • Wine Tour: Winery & Traditional Lunch From Logroño: $251
  • Rioja Wine Tour: $284


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

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


Which is Bigger, Vigo or Pamplona?

Vigo has a larger population, and is about 52% larger than the population of Pamplona. When comparing the sizes of Vigo and Pamplona, 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 Vigo or Pamplona?

Both destinations experience a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. And since both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Vigo or Pamplona in the Summer?

Both Pamplona and Vigo are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities. Also, many travelers come to Pamplona for the hiking, the city activities, and the family-friendly experiences.

Vigo is around the same temperature as Pamplona in the summer. The daily temperature in Vigo averages around 21°C (70°F) in July, and Pamplona fluctuates around 20°C (68°F).

It's quite sunny in Pamplona. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Vigo. Vigo usually receives more sunshine than Pamplona during summer. Vigo gets 299 hours of sunny skies, while Pamplona receives 209 hours of full sun in the summer.

In July, Vigo usually receives less rain than Pamplona. Vigo gets 37 mm (1.5 in) of rain, while Pamplona receives 81 mm (3.2 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Vigo 21°C (70°F) 
    Pamplona 20°C (68°F)

Should I visit Vigo or Pamplona in the Autumn?

Both Pamplona and Vigo during the autumn are popular places to visit. Also, many visitors come to Pamplona in the autumn for the hiking trails, the city's sights and attractions, and the shopping scene.

In the autumn, Vigo is around the same temperature as Pamplona. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Vigo in October average around 17°C (62°F), and Pamplona averages at about 16°C (60°F).

In the autumn, Vigo often gets more sunshine than Pamplona. Vigo gets 174 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Pamplona receives 144 hours of full sun.

Pamplona gets a good bit of rain this time of year. It rains a lot this time of the year in Vigo. Vigo usually gets around the same amount of rain in October as Pamplona. Vigo gets 164 mm (6.5 in) of rain, while Pamplona receives 155 mm (6.1 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Vigo 17°C (62°F) 
    Pamplona 16°C (60°F)

Should I visit Vigo or Pamplona in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Vigo and Pamplona. Also, most visitors come to Pamplona for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine during these months.

In January, Vigo is generally a little warmer than Pamplona. Daily temperatures in Vigo average around 10°C (50°F), and Pamplona fluctuates around 8°C (47°F).

Vigo usually receives more sunshine than Pamplona during winter. Vigo gets 110 hours of sunny skies, while Pamplona receives 85 hours of full sun in the winter.

Pamplona receives a lot of rain in the winter. Vigo gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In January, Vigo usually receives more rain than Pamplona. Vigo gets 232 mm (9.1 in) of rain, while Pamplona receives 183 mm (7.2 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Vigo 10°C (50°F) 
    Pamplona 8°C (47°F)

Should I visit Vigo or Pamplona in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Vigo as well as Pamplona. Also, the spring months attract visitors to Pamplona because of the activities around the city.

Vigo is around the same temperature as Pamplona in the spring. The daily temperature in Vigo averages around 13°C (56°F) in April, and Pamplona fluctuates around 12°C (54°F).

In the spring, Vigo often gets more sunshine than Pamplona. Vigo gets 198 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Pamplona receives 141 hours of full sun.

It's quite rainy in Pamplona. Vigo receives a lot of rain in the spring. Vigo usually gets less rain in April than Pamplona. Vigo gets 125 mm (4.9 in) of rain, while Pamplona receives 163 mm (6.4 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Vigo 13°C (56°F) 
    Pamplona 12°C (54°F)

Typical Weather for Pamplona and Vigo

Vigo Pamplona
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 10°C (50°F) 232 mm (9.1 in) 8°C (47°F) 183 mm (7.2 in)
Feb 11°C (52°F) 230 mm (9.1 in) 9°C (49°F) 147 mm (5.8 in)
Mar 12°C (54°F) 160 mm (6.3 in) 10°C (51°F) 148 mm (5.8 in)
Apr 13°C (56°F) 125 mm (4.9 in) 12°C (54°F) 163 mm (6.4 in)
May 16°C (60°F) 137 mm (5.4 in) 15°C (59°F) 139 mm (5.5 in)
Jun 19°C (66°F) 69 mm (2.7 in) 18°C (64°F) 92 mm (3.6 in)
Jul 21°C (70°F) 37 mm (1.5 in) 20°C (68°F) 81 mm (3.2 in)
Aug 21°C (69°F) 34 mm (1.3 in) 20°C (68°F) 115 mm (4.5 in)
Sep 20°C (68°F) 118 mm (4.6 in) 18°C (65°F) 134 mm (5.3 in)
Oct 17°C (62°F) 164 mm (6.5 in) 16°C (60°F) 155 mm (6.1 in)
Nov 13°C (55°F) 186 mm (7.3 in) 11°C (52°F) 190 mm (7.5 in)
Dec 11°C (51°F) 228 mm (9 in) 9°C (49°F) 184 mm (7.2 in)