Florence is the capital of Italy’s Tuscany region and birthplace of the Renaissance so the entire city is a monument to 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 since its such a tourism destination.
In this travel price guide, we’ll outline the estimated travel expenses for food, accommodation, attractions, alcohol, and other things that you’ll experience when you visit Florence.
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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: €61 (Approx. $72)
- 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): €28
Daily Cost of Frugal Travel in Florence: €42 (Approx. $50)
- 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.
- The complex of Santa Maria del Fiore (Florence Cathedral): €18 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: €8
- Accademia Gallery: €6.50
- Bargello Museum: €4
- Uffizi Gallery: €20
- Walking tour: Free (but you should tip the guides) or €49-€56+ (for paid tours)
- Bike tour: €25-€35+
Florence Food Prices
There are plenty of budget food 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. Read more of our strategies for Eating and Drinking in Europe on a Budget.
Budget Breakfast Prices: 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).
- Italians usually eat a simple breakfast of Cappuccino/espresso and maybe a brioche (or other similar pastries). Expect to pay around €3.
Budget-Friendly Breakfast Places
- Mo’ Si Caffetteria Alla Vecchia Maniera: Excellent coffee, pastries & fresh juice.
- La Loggia degli Albizi: Another lovely cafe serving excellent coffee, a wide range of pastries, and fresh juice.
- Pasticceria Gaetano: One of the best bakeries in town.
- Caffe Rosano: Nice little place serving up omelets, cappuccinos, espresso, and other breakfast staples.
Budget Lunch Prices: €4-€12
- 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 Prices: €7-€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.
Budget-Friendly Lunch and Dinner Places
- I’ Girone De’ Ghiotti: Large and tasty fresh Italian sandwiches.
- Panini Toscani: The place for paninis.
- SandwiChic: Another great Italian sandwich place.
- La Capannina Bistrot: Excellent pasta and great prices.
- Il Bufalo Trippone: Tasty sandwiches and wine.
- Amici di Ponte Vecchio Da Stefano: Amazing pizza by the slice.
- I’Pizzacchiere: More amazing pizza.
- All’ Antico Vinaio: Massive €5 sandwiches.
Drinks and Alcohol Prices
- A pint of standard beer at a bar: €4.50
- A pint of beer from a grocery store: €0.92
- Bottle of (drinkable) wine from a grocery store: €5
- Espresso: €1
- A glass of wine: €2-€3
- Cappuccino: €1.39
- Gelato: €2-€3
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. That said, we never used public transportation since the city is compact.
- Single ticket: €1.50 (€2 if purchased from the driver)
- 4-ride ticket: €4.70
- Bus (Vola in Bus) from the airport to city: €6 one-way, €10 round-trip
- Taxi from airport to city: Fixed rate of €20 (+ baggage fee, night, and/or holiday supplements)
Florence Hostel, Hotel, & Rental Apartment Prices
Accommodation in Florence isn’t super cheap but it also isn’t too expensive. As with all of Italy, Florence does get busy in the summer, so it’s smart to book a little ahead of time if you want to get the best rates.
Hostels: €20-€35 (bed in a shared dorm room)
You should budget about €28/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 €50-€80.
We book our hostels through Hostelworld.
Budget Hotels: €75-€140
At the low end, you shouldn’t expect much, but once you get around €70/night, the hotels get a bit better. 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.
We suggest checking out Booking.com to see hotel prices for your dates since they’re always changing.
Rental Apartment: €80-€145+
Florence has a decent amount of rental apartments throughout the city. They can be a good option for large groups or travelers who want a little more space (and a kitchen). On the other hand, you may also have to deal with inconvenient check-in processes and things like extra cleaning fees and service charges. For short stays, we prefer hotels/hostels but rental apartments can be a nice option for longer stays.
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