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Should you visit Venice or Genoa?

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

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 Genoa can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Venice or Genoa?

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.

Genoa

Located on the coast of northwest Italy, Genoa is a port city and capital of the Liguria region. With a long history as a rich and powerful trade center, Genoa's past of many centuries is still visible in its old port, stunning architecture, and charming alleyways. A traveler can spend days walking along seaside villas, admiring towering churches, and shopping the boutiques of the city. Genoa is also the birthplace of Christopher Columbus, featuring what is thought to be his birth home and many other quaint abodes.

Which city is cheaper, Genoa or Venice?

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

  • Venice Prices
    Italy Prices

    Genoa Prices
    Italy Prices

  • Average Daily CostPer person, per day

    Venice181

    Genoa120

The average daily cost (per person) in Venice is €181, while the average daily cost in Genoa is €120. 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. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Venice and Genoa in more detail.

Accommodation
  • AccommodationHotel or hostel for one person

    Venice93

    Genoa71

  • AccommodationTypical double-occupancy room

    Venice186

    Genoa142

Compare Hotels in Venice and Genoa

Looking for a hotel in Venice or Genoa? 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 Venice


Hotels in Genoa


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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:Venice Hotel Pricesand Genoa Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local TransportationTaxis, local buses, subway, etc.

    Venice22

    Genoa6.95

Typical Local Transportation prices in Venice

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers 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:

  • Venice - Milan / Private Transfer + Water Taxi (up to 8 pass.):$1,359
  • Venice - Milan / Private Transfer + Water Taxi (up to 3 pass.):$1,214
  • Luxury / vip transfer Venice to Zagreb:$1,158
  • Venice - Florence / Private Transfer + Water Taxi (up to 8 pass.):$1,105
  • Private Transfer from Venezia to Firenze (FLR) Airport:$1,091
  • Venice - Florence / Private Transfer + Water Taxi (up to 3 pass.):$1,033
  • Transfer from Airport to Trieste Cruise Terminal:$908
  • Private Transfer: Civitavecchia Port to Venice or vice versa:$845
  • Private Transfer: Ciampino Airport (CIA) to Venice or vice versa:$839
  • Gardaland full Day private transfers from Mestre area and viceversa up8pax:$746
  • Venice - Verona / Private Transfer + Water Taxi (up to 8 pass.):$707
  • Exclusive Private Transfer VCE M Polo Airport to Venice City Center 4Pax:$691

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Genoa

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

  • Private Transfer from Génova to Rimini (RMI) Airport:$1,651
  • Private Transfer from Genova to Bologna (BLQ) Airport:$1,291
  • Private Transfer from Génova to Firenze (FLR) Airport:$1,014
  • Private Transfer: Ciampino Airport (CIA) to Genoa or vice versa:$730
  • Private Transfer from Genova to Nice airport:$727
  • Private Transfer: Fiumicino Airport (FCO) to Genoa or vice versa:$713
  • Private Transfer: Civitavecchia Port to Genoa or vice versa:$698
  • Private transfer from Genoa to Nice:$697
  • Private transfer from Genoa to Milan:$647
  • Private transfer from Genoa to Pisa:$647
  • Private transfer: Genoa to Linz Genoa (GOA):$622
  • Private Transfer from Genoa to Sanremo:$616

Is it cheaper to fly into Venice or Genoa?

Prices for flights to both Genoa and Venice 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
  • FoodMeals for one day

    Venice52

    Genoa41

Typical Food prices in Venice

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


  • 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:

  • 1 Hour Online Live Carbonara Cooking Class With Italian Chef:$37
  • Online Tiramisu Cooking Class With Italian Chef At Home:$37
  • 2.5-Hour Street Food Tour with a Local Guide:$48
  • 2-Course Dinner in a Typical Venetian Restaurant:$74
  • Venice Food Tour: Rialto Market and Cicchetti Tasting:$84
  • Traditional Home Dinner in Venice with a Chef:$87
  • Cooking Show with a Famous Local Chef:$90
  • Venice Carnival 4-Hour Grand Ball Gala Dinner and Show:$102
  • Private Food Tour – 10 Tastings with Locals:$103
  • Private Food Tour: Cicheti & Wine:$106
  • Private Market Tour and Cooking Class in Central Venice with a Fun Loving Local:$106
  • Interpreti Veneziani Ensemble Baroque Concert with Dinner:$109

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Genoa

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

  • Genoa Street Food Tour:$93
  • Small-group Street food tour in Genoa:$111
  • Italian Aperitivo Food Tour with a local in Genoa:$131
  • Market Tour & Lunch/Dinner at a Cesarina's Home:$158
  • Small Group Market tour and Cooking class in Genoa:$162
  • Genoa Private Home Cooking Class:$164
  • Private cooking class at a Cesarina's home with tasting in Genoa:$180
  • Private Pizza & Tiramisu Class at a Cesarina's home with tasting in Genoa:$180
  • Local Market Visit and Private Cooking Class in Genoa:$267

Entertainment
  • EntertainmentEntrance tickets, shows, etc.

    Venice80

    Genoa16

Typical Entertainment prices in Venice

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


  • 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

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

  • 'More, 'ndemo a bacari? - A food and wine experience (tour to Murano included):$305
  • 3 hour Venice walking tour:$711
  • 3-Days Private tour among Venice, Verona and Treviso with a Top Guide:$1,493
  • 3hours Venice walking tour:$93
  • 8-Hour Prosecco Wine and Tastings Tour from Venice or Padua:$453
  • A bit of Venetian art and architecture (free tour to Murano included):$330
  • A day in the life of Venice - Private tour with a local:$249
  • A full taste of Venice - the very best in one day (free tour to Murano included):$1,400
  • Accessible a barrier free private tour:$71
  • An Architectural insight of Venice on a Private Tour with a local:$124
  • Best Price: Book Doge's Palace skip the line ticket with audio-guide:$9.95
  • Best of Venice Half Day Tour:$265

Tours and Activities in Genoa

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

  • Beach Tour South In Srilanka:$735
  • Best of Genoa private walking tour:$334
  • Dining Experience at a local's Home in Genoa:$106
  • Exclusive Day Tour to Portofino and Santa Margherita from Genoa with Top Driver:$459
  • Exclusive Historic Shops Tour in Genoa:$143
  • Food Market Tour and Workshop with a Cesarina in Cinque Terre:$193
  • From Full-Day Tour of Genoa and Portofino:$101
  • Full-Day Pisa Highlights Private Tour from Genoa Pier:$970
  • Full-Day private tour of Portofino and Genoa:$600
  • Genoa 2,5 hour walking tour:$404
  • Genoa Private Walking Tour with Professional Guide:$361
  • 2.5-Hour Private Guided Tour of Music Traditions:$227

Alcohol
  • AlcoholDrinks for one day

    Venice19

    Genoa8.29

Typical Alcohol prices in Venice

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Venice:


  • 1/2 Liter Wine

    5.20

  • Beer

    4.90


Sample the Local Flavors in Venice

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Venice:

  • Venice Wine Tasting Tour:$30
  • Online Live Wine Tasting from Venice:$37
  • Wine Tasting in Venice:$40
  • Venetian Style Carnival Pub Crawl:$62
  • Venetian Style Carnival Pub Crawl:$67
  • A Relaxing Evening at The Hot Springs (with wine tastings):$75
  • Natural wine tasting with a Bacaro owner in Venice:$76
  • Venice in 3 Wines: Exclusive Wine Tasting with an Expert & Food Pairing:$136
  • Taste Food and Wine Tour of the Rialto Markets:$147
  • Full-Day Prosecco Wine Tour and Tasting:$204
  • Amarone Wine Tasting from Venice by Train:$210
  • Amarone-Soave wine tour. Visit Verona. From Venice:$291

Sample the Local Flavors in Genoa

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Genoa:

  • San Gimignano Full-Day Private Tour with Wine Tasting:$943

About these numbers


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


When is the best time to visit Venice or Genoa?

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 Venice or Genoa in the Summer?

Both Genoa and Venice are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities. The family-friendly experiences are the main draw to Venice this time of year.

Venice is around the same temperature as Genoa in the summer. The temperature in Venice is usually 23°C (73°F) in July, and Genoa stays around 25°C (76°F).

It's quite sunny in Genoa. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Venice. Venice usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Genoa during summer. Venice gets 287 hours of sunny skies, while Genoa receives 295 hours of full sun in the summer.

In July, Venice usually receives more rain than Genoa. Venice gets 61 mm (2.4 in) of rain, while Genoa receives 12 mm (0.5 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average TemperaturesJuly

    Venice23°C (73°F)

    Genoa25°C (76°F)

Should I visit Venice or Genoa in the Autumn?

Both Genoa and Venice during the autumn are popular places to visit. Many travelers come to Venice for the shopping scene and the natural beauty of the area.

In the autumn, Venice is cooler than Genoa. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Venice in October are around 14°C (57°F), and Genoa is about 19°C (66°F).

In the autumn, Venice often gets less sunshine than Genoa. Venice gets 134 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Genoa receives 183 hours of full sun.

Venice usually gets less rain in October than Genoa. Venice gets 67 mm (2.7 in) of rain, while Genoa receives 97 mm (3.8 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average TemperaturesOctober

    Venice14°C (57°F)

    Genoa19°C (66°F)

Should I visit Venice or Genoa in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Venice and Genoa. Many visitors come to Venice in the winter for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine.

Venice can get quite cold in the winter. In January, Venice is generally much colder than Genoa. Temperatures in Venice average around 3°C (37°F), and Genoa stays around 11°C (51°F).

Venice usually receives less sunshine than Genoa during winter. Venice gets 88 hours of sunny skies, while Genoa receives 127 hours of full sun in the winter.

In January, Venice usually receives less rain than Genoa. Venice gets 58 mm (2.3 in) of rain, while Genoa receives 71 mm (2.8 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average TemperaturesJanuary

    Venice3°C (37°F)

    Genoa11°C (51°F)

Should I visit Venice or Genoa in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Venice as well as Genoa. Most visitors come to Venice for the natural beauty during these months.

Venice is cooler than Genoa in the spring. The temperature in Venice is usually 13°C (55°F) in April, and Genoa stays around 15°C (58°F).

In the spring, Venice often gets less sunshine than Genoa. Venice gets 154 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Genoa receives 198 hours of full sun.

Venice usually gets less rain in April than Genoa. Venice gets 60 mm (2.4 in) of rain, while Genoa receives 65 mm (2.6 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average TemperaturesApril

    Venice13°C (55°F)

    Genoa15°C (58°F)

Typical Weather for Genoa and Venice

VeniceGenoa
Temp (°C)Rain (mm)Temp (°C)Rain (mm)
Jan3°C (37°F)58 mm (2.3 in)11°C (51°F)71 mm (2.8 in)
Feb5°C (41°F)54 mm (2.1 in)11°C (51°F)73 mm (2.9 in)
Mar8°C (47°F)57 mm (2.3 in)12°C (54°F)69 mm (2.7 in)
Apr13°C (55°F)60 mm (2.4 in)15°C (58°F)65 mm (2.6 in)
May17°C (63°F)67 mm (2.6 in)18°C (64°F)54 mm (2.1 in)
Jun21°C (69°F)77 mm (3 in)21°C (71°F)33 mm (1.3 in)
Jul23°C (73°F)61 mm (2.4 in)25°C (76°F)12 mm (0.5 in)
Aug23°C (73°F)74 mm (2.9 in)25°C (77°F)34 mm (1.3 in)
Sep19°C (67°F)71 mm (2.8 in)22°C (72°F)57 mm (2.2 in)
Oct14°C (57°F)67 mm (2.7 in)19°C (66°F)97 mm (3.8 in)
Nov8°C (47°F)90 mm (3.5 in)14°C (58°F)70 mm (2.8 in)
Dec4°C (38°F)50 mm (1.9 in)12°C (53°F)65 mm (2.6 in)
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