Florence is the capital of Italy’s Tuscany region and birthplace of the Renaissance so it’s seeping in masterpieces of art and architecture. Florence seems to make it on most people’s Italian itinerary and luckily it’s a little more affordable than Rome or Venice — although prices are higher in the busy summer season.
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Average Daily Cost For Visiting Florence
These prices are based on what you’ll need to visit the city comfortably — they don’t include things like big nights out at the bar/pub, club entry fees, souvenir/clothing shopping, tours, random purchases, nicer food, etc. Don’t forget to budget extra for those “non-essentials.”
Daily Cost of Budget Travel in Florence: €58 (Approx. $63)
- Attractions: €8 (one paid attraction + any free sights)
- Food: €22
- Breakfast: €3
- Lunch: €6
- Dinner: €11
- Treat (dessert/beer/wine): €2
- Transportation: €2.40
- Accommodation (hostel): €25
Daily Cost of Frugal Travel in Florence: €42 (Approx. $45)
- Attractions: €6 (free walking tour + visit one of the free sights)
- Food: €14
- Breakfast: €0 (free hostel breakfast)
- Lunch: €4 (ethnic street food, takeaway shop fare, or similar)
- Dinner: €7 (make your own meal in the hostel or grab something cheap)
- Wine (glass): €3
- Transportation: €1.20
- Accommodation: €20 (cheap hostel bed)
Florence Attraction and Museum Prices
Most attractions and tours in Florence are fairly affordable, so you’ll be able to see a few things without breaking the bank. If you’re on a super tight budget, you’ll still be able to take advantage of the beautiful city.
- Complex of Santa Maria del Fiore (Florence Cathedral): €10 will get you into everything in the complex, including the dome and Giotto’s bell tower
- The Basilica of San Miniato al Monte: Free
- Basilica di Santa Croce: €5
- Accademia Gallery: €6.50
- Bargello Museum: €4
- Uffizi Gallery: €8
- Walking tour: Free (but you should tip the guides) or €49-€56+ (for paid tours)
- Bike tour: €25-€35
Florence Food Prices
As with most of Southern Europe, there are plenty of budget options in Florence. Traditional Italian food is normally affordable, but restaurants in the touristy areas can get a little pricey. Just do a little research before heading out and you’ll find something that fits your budget.
Budget Breakfast: Free – €3
- Many hostels will offer a free simple breakfast that normally consists of cereal, bread/croissant, and maybe milk, coffee, tea, or juice (some hostels will offer more and some less).
- Cappuccino and brioche: €3
Budget Lunch: €3-€9
- Super budget travelers can make a super cheap lunch of bread, cheese, and fruit from any grocery store for a few euros.
- Hot beef in a bread roll from a food stand: €7
- Panini: €3-€4
- Pizza for one: €4.50-€9
- Simple pasta: €5-€9
Budget Dinner: €5-€20
- You can find some great deals during the “aperitivo” time of day, usually 7pm-9pm. Many restaurants will charge for your drinks but offer a free buffet. The buffet will include things like cured meats, cheeses, pasta, grilled vegetables, mini sandwiches, omelets, and maybe a few hot dishes. Get there early as it tends to get crowded. Expect to pay €5-€9 for your drink.
- Pasta at a decent restaurant will run around €10-€13.
- You should also be able to find dinner at a restaurant in a less touristy part of town for €15-€20.
- Many of the options from the Budget Lunch section above also apply for dinner.
Drinks and Alcohol
- Pint of standard beer out: €4.50
- Pint of beer from a grocery store: €0.92
- Bottle of (drinkable) wine from a grocery store: €5
- Glass of wine: 3€
- Cappuccino: €1.39
- Gelato: €2
Florence Transportation Prices
Florence has a network of buses and trams that makes getting to all those museums quite easy. Don’t forget to stamp your ticket before you get on the tram or you could get fined.
- Single ticket: €1.20 (€2 if purchased from driver)
- 4-ride ticket: €4.70
- Bus (Vola in Bus) from airport to city: €6 one-way, €10 round-trip
- Taxi from airport to city: €20 (+ baggage fee, night, and/or holiday supplements)
Florence Hostel/Hotel Accommodation Prices
Accommodation in Florence isn’t super cheap, but it also isn’t too expensive. As with all of Italy, Florence does get fairly busy in the summer, so it’s smart to book a little ahead of time.
Hostels: €20-€27 (bed in a shared dorm room)
You should budget about €25/night per person for a decent hostel — although many hostels raise their prices on the weekend. Remember, these prices are for bed in a shared dorm room. If you want a private room, expect to pay €45-€70.
We book our hostels through Hostel World.
Budget Hotels: €55-€140
At the low end, you shouldn’t expect much, but once you get around €70/night, the hotels get a bit better (think Super 8 or Motel 6). A room with a private bathroom and a twin bed will be around €55-€100, and a double bed (or two twin beds) will be €80-€140.
Rental Apartment: €80-€120+
From my experience, rental apartments (via Airbnb) tend to be much bigger and much nicer than similarly priced hotel rooms. Plus, you’ll get a kitchen so you can save more money by cooking your own meals — click here to get $30 off your first stay.
Also, if you’re traveling in a group, it can often be cheaper per person to rent a single apartment.
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