Should you visit Vilnius or Lucerne?
Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the prices of travel for Vilnius and Lucerne. 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. So, let's dig into it.
Vilnius is the capital and largest city in the country of Lithuania. It has a population of more than 500,000 residents and is located in the valley between the Neris River and the Vilnia River in the southeastern part of the country. Visitors come to the city for its beautiful Old Town, impressive architecture, and fascinating culture. In 2009 it was named the European Capital of Culture along with the city of Linz, in Austria.
Lucerne is a relatively small city in the center of Switzerland. It is located across the lake from Altdorf and it has a thriving tourism industry. It's close proximity to many of the major sights in the country make it a great base for exploration. Many people use it as a jumping off point for exploring Mount Rigi and the Rutli Meadow.
Which city is cheaper, Lucerne or Vilnius?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Vilnius is €76, while the average daily cost in Lucerne is €150. 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 Vilnius and Lucerne in more detail.
Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about €68 for a double occupancy room in Vilnius.
For a normal double-occupancy room in Lucerne, €192 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Lucerne, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is €96, such as in a hostel.
On average, meal and food prices in Vilnius cost around €32 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around €13.
While meal prices in Lucerne can vary, the average travelers spends about €44 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Lucerne should cost around €18 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Lucerne is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.
Meals for one day
Typical Food prices in Vilnius
Some typical examples of dining costs in Vilnius are as follows:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Vilnius
Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Vilnius.
Vilnius - City of Contrasts - The Original City Tour by bicycle (bike+food tour):
National Dinner with Folk Show in Vilnius:
Dinner in local family:
Cooking Class in Vilnius:
Vilnius Dinner in the Darkness:
Dinner in the Dark Dining Experience in Riga:
The average price of local transportation around Vilnius is €6.64 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.
Lucerne's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend €8.76 per person, per day on transportation in Lucerne.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Vilnius
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Vilnius:
Private transfer: Vilnius Airport (VNO) to Vilnius:
Private transfer: Vilnius to Vilnius Airport (VNO):
Vilnius to Riga transfer with Sightseeing:
Private transfer from Vilnius to Riga or Riga International Airport:
Private transfer Vilnius - Riga:
Private Transfer Vilnius - Minsk:
Riga to Vilnius Private One-Way Transfers:
Private low cost transfer from Vilnius to Minsk:
Private Minivan Transfer from Vilnius to Riga:
Private transfer from Vilnius to Kaunas:
Luxury Car Transfers from Vilnius to VNO Airport Vilnius - Departure:
Luxury Car Transfers from VNO Vilnius Airport to Vilnius - Arrival:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Lucerne
Also for Lucerne, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Private transfer from Lucerne City to Lucerne Train Station:
Zurich Airport Transfers : Lucerne City to Zurich Airport ZRH in Business Car:
Private Transfer from Lucerne City to interlaken City:
Departure Private Transfer Lucerne-Basel-Bern to Zurich Airport by Business Car:
Between Basel and Luzern: One-Way Private Transfer:
Zurich Airport Transfers : Lucerne City to Zurich Airport ZRH in Luxury Van:
From Canyoning in Interlaken w/ Return Transfer:
Rafting in Interlaken with Return Transfer from Lucerne:
Zurich Airport: Private Transfer to/from Lucerne:
Departure Private Transfer Lucerne-Basel-Bern to Zurich Airport by Luxury Van:
Private transfer from Lucerne City to Zurich Airport:
ZRH Airport - Lucern City (Transfer Service):
Is it cheaper to fly into Vilnius or Lucerne?
Prices for flights to both Lucerne and Vilnius 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.
Vilnius's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around €7.78 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Lucerne can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around €24 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
Typical Entertainment prices in Vilnius
Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Vilnius are as follows:
Tours and Activities in Vilnius
Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Vilnius are as follows:
10-Day Self-Driving Tour to Baltic States:
2-Hour Segway Tours in Vilnius:
2-Night Amber Spa Experience in Vilnius:
3 Hour Vilnius Food Walking Tour:
3-Hour Vilnius Food Insider Walking Tour and Tastings:
3.5-Hour Taste of Vilnius Beer Trail Tour:
6-Hour Trakai National Park Private Walking Tour from Vilnius:
8 Days Baltic Tour: Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia:
9-Day Lithuania and Latvia Small-Group Tour from Vilnius:
Audio Tours to Curonian Spit UNESCO sand dunes:
Audio Tours to Geographical Center of Europe:
Audio Tours to Grutas Park Soviet Time Museum:
Typical Entertainment prices in Lucerne
For Lucerne, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:
Tours and Activities in Lucerne
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Lucerne.
Swiss Chocolate Adventure Experience at Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne:
Lucerne Swiss Museum of Transport Entrance Ticket:
Mount Titlis: Admission Ticket:
Pearls of Switzerland Cristina Tschuppert Private city walking tour Lucerne:
Day Trip from Grindelwald First Mountain Adventure:
Chocolate World Experience and Tasting Private Tour from Luzern:
Lucerne City Walking Tour in Portuguese (1-2 guests):
Luzern City Tour with Lake Cruise Private Tour:
Lake Lucerne Villas & Castles Private Walking Tour:
Lake Lucerne Castles and Villas Tour:
Mount Rigi with Lake Cruise Private Tour from Luzern:
ALL TRANSPORT INCLUSIVE Mt. Pilatus Guided Golden Roundtrip Tour:
The average person spends about €5.10 on alcoholic beverages in Vilnius per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Lucerne, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is €15.
Typical Alcohol prices in Vilnius
Here are a few samples of the prices for alcohol and nightlife in Vilnius from other travelers:
Sample the Local Flavors in Vilnius
Also in Vilnius, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:
Sample the Local Flavors in Lucerne
Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Lucerne:
Chocolate, Cheese and Wine Tour in Luzern region:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Vilnius and Lucerne, we can see that Lucerne is more expensive. And not only is Vilnius much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Vilnius would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Vilnius 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 Lucerne would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Lucerne than you might in Vilnius.
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