A Travel Price Comparison for Spain Vitoria-Gasteiz vs. Santiago de Compostela for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Vitoria-Gasteiz or Santiago de Compostela?

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Vitoria-Gasteiz or Santiago de Compostela, this travel cost comparison can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Vitoria-Gasteiz

In the midst of a vast, starry night, medieval cathedrals and ancient buildings are scattered with light across the humming city. This is none other than Vitoria-Gasteiz, a town located in the province of Araba/Alava in northern Spain. Within its border, this city contains Basque Country's House of Parliament, the headquarters of the Government, and the Lehendakari's (Prime Minister's) official residence. In 2012, Vitoria-Gasteiz was awarded the title of European Green Capital and now is one of the top five places to live in Spain. This multicultural city is chock full of amazing national history as well as unique cultural traditions. Vitoria-Gasteiz is also well known for its festivals, including Azkena rock festival, FesTVal, Vitoria-Gasteiz jazz festival, and the Virgen Blanca Festivities. Whether you seek to explore its world-renowned wineries or dine in a chic restaurant, Vitoria-Gasteiz holds an endless amount of possibilities.

Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela is the capital city of northwest Spain's Galicia region. Its famous cathedral marks the culmination of the Way of Saint James pilgrimage route, and is the alleged burial site of the apostle himself. The pilgrimage route begins in the Pyrenees, 500 miles away, though travelers can decide to join the journey at certain points in between, depending on how far they want to walk and how much they want to see.

Which city is cheaper, Santiago de Compostela or Vitoria-Gasteiz?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Vitoria-Gasteiz is €117, while the average daily cost in Santiago de Compostela is €73. 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 Vitoria-Gasteiz and Santiago de Compostela in more detail.



Accommodation

The prices for places to stay in Vitoria-Gasteiz can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is €55, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around €110.

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around €30. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Santiago de Compostela the cost is €60 on average.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Vitoria-Gasteiz 55
    Santiago de Compostela 30
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Vitoria-Gasteiz 110
    Santiago de Compostela 60

Food

On average, meal and food prices in Vitoria-Gasteiz cost around €41 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 €16.

Food in Santiago de Compostela costs travelers about €16 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
    Vitoria-Gasteiz 41
    Santiago de Compostela 16

Typical Food prices in Santiago de Compostela

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Santiago de Compostela:


  • Raspberries
    3.50
  • Ice Cream
    2.00
  • Cookie
    1.00
  • Kebab
    7.25
  • Dinner & Tapas (for 2)
    28
  • Tuna Empanada
    3.50
  • Fruit Shake
    3.50
  • Crepe
    4.00

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Santiago de Compostela

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Santiago de Compostela.

  • Santiago Market and Food Tour: $75
  • Dinner Tapas Tour of Santiago: $93

Local Transportation

To get around in Vitoria-Gasteiz, the average visitor spends €27 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.

The average price of local transportation around Santiago de Compostela is €30 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.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Vitoria-Gasteiz 27
    Santiago de Compostela 30

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Vitoria-Gasteiz

Also for Vitoria-Gasteiz, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Private Transfer from Vitoria Airport to Biarritz city: $267
  • Private Transfer from Vitoria Airport to Bilbao city: $137
  • Private Transfer from Vitoria Airport to Elciego town: $164
  • Private Transfer from Vitoria Airport to Laguardia town: $164
  • Private Transfer from Vitoria Airport to Logroño city: $192
  • Private Transfer from Vitoria Airport to Madrid city: $616
  • Private Transfer from Vitoria Airport to Pamplona city: $205
  • Private Transfer from Vitoria Airport to San Sebastian city: $239
  • Private Transfer from Vitoria Airport to Santander city: $267
  • Private Transfer from Vitoria city to Biarritz Airport: $267
  • Private Transfer from Vitoria city to Bilbao Airport: $137
  • Private Transfer from Vitoria city to Logroño Airport: $192

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Santiago de Compostela

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Santiago de Compostela:

  • Private Premium Transfer from Santiago de Compostela to Lisbon + 2h Sightseeing: $450
  • Porto Private Transfer to or from Santiago de Compostela: $129
  • Arrival Private Transfer Santiago de Compostela Airport to City Center by Minivan: $78
  • Santiago de Compostela Departure Private Transfer to SCQ Airport in 6 Seater Van: $78
  • Santiago de Compostela Private Departure Transfer: $71
  • Santiago de Compostela Private Arrival Transfer: $71
  • Santiago de Compostela Airport Arrival Private Transfer to City Center: $60
  • Departure Private Transfer Santiago de Compostela to SCQ Airport by Business Car: $60
  • Santiago de Compostela Private Transfer from SCQ Airport to City centre: $58
  • Santiago de Compostela Private Transfer from the city centre to SCQ Airport: $58
  • Santiago de Compostela Private Transfer from the city centre to SCQ Airport: $58
  • Private Transfer From/To Santiago de Compostela Airport: $53

Is it cheaper to fly into Vitoria-Gasteiz or Santiago de Compostela?

Prices for flights to both Santiago de Compostela and Vitoria-Gasteiz 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.





Entertainment

In Vitoria-Gasteiz, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average €29 per person, per day.

Santiago de Compostela's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around €31 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.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Vitoria-Gasteiz 29
    Santiago de Compostela 31

Tours and Activities in Vitoria-Gasteiz

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Vitoria-Gasteiz.

  • Bilbao and Guggenheim museum small group tour: $168
  • Three temple tour, the path of St. Ignatius, small group tour lunch included: $233
  • La Rioja winery visit with tasting and traditional lunch in small group tour: $252
  • San Sebastian and Gipuzkoa coast tour in small group tour with lunch: $261
  • Bilbao, Guggenheim and Gaztelugatxe small group tour, lunch included: $277
  • Biarritz and French Basque coast small group tour lunch included: $296

Tours and Activities in Santiago de Compostela

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

  • 5-Day Galicia Tour: Santiago de Compostela to Allariz: $1,300
  • 6-day Walking Tour from Santiago de Compostela to Finisterre: $632
  • 8 Days Guided Tour from Santiago to Lisbon: $1,113
  • Finisterre, Muxía and Coast of Death: Full-Day Cultural Tour: $41
  • Full-Day Finisterre & Muxia Guided Tour from Santiago: $41
  • Full-day Rias Baixas Guided Tour from Santiago: $56
  • Galicia 4-day Food & Wine Private Tour: $1,723
  • Galicia's Death Coast Private Day Tour: $319
  • Gourmet Lunch Tour of Santiago: $106
  • Lugo & Cathedrals Beach Private Tour: $447
  • Luxury Finisterre Saint James Way Private Tour: $558
  • Old Town of Santiago de Compostela Walking Tour: $1.24

Alcohol

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Vitoria-Gasteiz, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is €18.

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Santiago de Compostela may vary from person to person, on average a person spends €18 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Vitoria-Gasteiz 18
    Santiago de Compostela 18

Sample the Local Flavors in Vitoria-Gasteiz

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Vitoria-Gasteiz:

  • La Rioja two wineries visit with wine tasting and pintxos in small group tour: $214

Typical Alcohol prices in Santiago de Compostela

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


  • 1 Pint Beer
    2.00

Sample the Local Flavors in Santiago de Compostela

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

  • Albariño Private Wine Tour from Santiago de Compostela: $351


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

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