A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Warsaw vs. Lucerne for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Warsaw or Lucerne?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Warsaw and Lucerne can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Warsaw

Warsaw is the capital city of Poland. It has a population of 1.7 million, making it the country's largest city. Located on the Vistula River, it is a popular tourist destination for its interesting architecture and culture. The right bank of the river was the first area to become populated in the 9th or 10 century. Today, however, the city's central district is on the left bank of the river. The Old Town, where you will find many sights and attractions, is fully contained within the city center.

Lucerne

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 Warsaw?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Warsaw is $76, while the average daily cost in Lucerne is $170. 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 Warsaw and Lucerne in more detail.



Accommodation

Travelers usually pay around $92 for a double occupancy room in Warsaw If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.

For a normal double-occupancy room in Lucerne, $218 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Lucerne, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is $109, such as in a hostel.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Warsaw $46
    Lucerne $109
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Warsaw $92
    Lucerne $218

Food

In Warsaw travelers spend around $18 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.

While meal prices in Lucerne can vary, the average travelers spends about $50 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Lucerne should cost around $20 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.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Warsaw $18
    Lucerne $50
Typical Food prices in Warsaw

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Warsaw:


  • Dinner for Two
    $14
  • Lunch for Two
    $11

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Warsaw

For Warsaw, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Lunch or Dinner at Hard Rock Cafe with Skip-the-Line: $22
  • Traditional Polish Cooking Class in Warsaw: $64
  • Warsaw Food Tour small group tour by retro minibus: $91
  • Warsaw 6h Private Tour + Traditional Polish Dinner: $118
  • Nicolaus Copernicus Legacy: Private Tour from Warsaw to Torun + Polish Dinner: $274

Local Transportation

To get around in Warsaw, the average visitor spends $3.91 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.

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 $9.96 per person, per day on transportation in Lucerne.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Warsaw $3.91
    Lucerne $9.96

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Warsaw

Also for Warsaw, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Transfer from Warsaw or airport Warsaw to Gdansk city or Gdansk Airport: $597
  • Private Transfer from Warszawa city to Gdansk (GDN) Airport: $544
  • Luxury transfer from Warsaw to Krakow with Czestochowa en route by private car: $414
  • Truly VIP Warsaw Krakow Private Transfer | Premium car with iPad & Netflix.: $404
  • Private Transfer from Warsaw to Vienna with 2h of Sightseeing: $366
  • Private Transfer from Warsaw to Berlin, Hotel-to-hotel, English-speaking driver: $365
  • Private Transfer from Warsaw to Prague with 2h of Sightseeing: $359
  • Krakow - Warsaw private VIP transfer. PREMIUM car with Chauffeur & iPad: $340
  • Private Transfer from Warsaw to Vienna, Hotel-to-hotel, English-speaking driver: $329
  • Private Transfer from Warsaw to Berlin with 2 Sightseeing stops: $322
  • Warsaw - Krakow VIP private transfer. Luxury car with driver & iPad.: $319
  • Private Transfer from Warsaw to Prague, Hotel-to-hotel, English-speaking driver: $318

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Lucerne

Also for Lucerne, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Transfers Zurich Airport - Lucerne: $431
  • ZRH Airport - Lucern City (Transfer Service): $287
  • Private transfer from Lucerne City to Zurich Airport: $271
  • Departure Private Transfer Lucerne-Basel-Bern to Zurich Airport by Luxury Van: $251
  • Zurich Airport Transfers : Lucerne City to Zurich Airport ZRH in Luxury Van: $207
  • Departure Private Transfer Lucerne-Basel-Bern to Zurich Airport by Business Car: $191
  • Private Transfer from Lucerne City to interlaken City: $174
  • Zurich Airport Transfers : Lucerne City to Zurich Airport ZRH in Business Car: $118
  • Private transfer from Lucerne City to Lucerne Train Station: $110

Is it cheaper to fly into Warsaw or Lucerne?

Prices for flights to both Lucerne and Warsaw 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 Warsaw, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $5.87 per person, per day.

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Lucerne can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $27 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Warsaw $5.87
    Lucerne $27

Tours and Activities in Warsaw

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Warsaw.

  • 1-day tour from Warsaw to Kazimierz Dolny: $179
  • 12 Day Private Tour of Poland with Hotels: $3,390
  • 12-day tour around Poland by private car: $4,591
  • 12-day tour around Poland by train: $2,279
  • 13-Day Highlights of Poland Tour with Accommodation: $2,190
  • 3 Day Rail Tour - Kraków, Poznań & Wrocław (Warsaw Return): $710
  • 3 Hour VIP Warsaw Guided City Tour: $348
  • 5 Day Rail Tour - Kraków, Wrocław & Poznań (Warsaw Return): $840
  • 5 Hour Guided Warsaw Tour by Bike: $88
  • 6 Day Private Tour in Poland with Hotels: $1,950
  • 7 Day Rail Tour - Warsaw, Kraków, Wrocław & Poznań: $970
  • 8-Day Highlights of Poland Tour with Accommodation: $1,490

Typical Entertainment prices in Lucerne

For Lucerne, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:


  • 1 Day Bicycle Rental
    $34
  • The Swiss Transport Museum Entrance Fee
    $35

Tours and Activities in Lucerne

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Lucerne.

  • 3 Days Swiss Alpine Rails and Trails Tour: $2,452
  • 5 day Private Tour of Central Switzerland including Luzern, Grindelwald & Zurich: $7,504
  • ALL TRANSPORT INCLUSIVE Mt. Pilatus Guided Golden Roundtrip Tour: $280
  • Appenzell and Liechtenstein Tour from Luzern: $627
  • Artisan Cheesemaking and Chocolate factory with Tasting Private Tour from Luzern: $424
  • Artisan Cheesemaking and Tasting Private Tour from Lucerne: $328
  • Chocolate World Experience and Tasting Private Tour from Luzern: $226
  • Glacier Express Panoramic Train Round Trip in one Day Private Tour from Luzern: $399
  • Golden Round Trip from Mt. Pilatus Self-Guided Tour: $113
  • Grindelwald Adventure Tour with Cliff walk & Bachalpsee hiking tour from Lucerne: $1,443
  • Jungfraujoch Top of Europe Private Photo Tour from Lucerne: $1,489
  • Jungfraujoch Top of Europe Private Tour from Luzern: $536

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 Warsaw, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $8.73.

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 $17.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Warsaw $8.73
    Lucerne $17

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: $627


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

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