It’s said that Rome is Italy’s heart and Naples is its soul. And maybe this soul comes from the fact that Naples is one of Europe’s poorer cities. It also gets the reputation of being dirty, rough around the edges, and a bit seedy thanks to its strong presence of organized crime. But it’s also cheap and has its own charming character. If nothing else, it serves as a home base for people wanting to visit Pompeii and eat great pizza.
In this Naples travel price guide, we’ve outlined the estimated travel expenses for food, accommodation, attractions, alcohol, and other things that you’ll experience when you visit this gritty Italian city.
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Average Daily Costs for Visiting Naples
Below is our breakdown of how much you can expect to spend on an average day for the budget-conscious traveler. 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.”
Average Daily Costs for Budget Travel In Naples: €49 (Approx. $58)
- Attractions: €7 (one paid attraction + any free sights)
- Food: €19
- Breakfast: €3
- Lunch: €4.50
- Dinner: €9
- Treat (dessert/beer/wine): €2.50
- Transportation: €1.50
- Accommodation (Hostel): €21
Daily Cost of Frugal Travel In Naples: €32 (Approx. $38)
- Attractions: €5 (free walking tour + visit one of the free sights)
- Food: €12
- Breakfast: €0 (free hostel breakfast)
- Lunch: €4 (street food or takeaway shop fare)
- Dinner: €7 (make your own meal in the hostel or grab something cheap)
- Beer: €1 (chill out at the park and have a cold one)
- Transportation: €0 (walk)
- Accommodation (Cheap Hostel): €15
Naples Attraction and Museum Prices
- National Archeological Museum of Naples: €12
- Fontanelle Cemetary: Free
- Catacombe di Napoli: €9
- Museo Cappella Sansevero: €7-€9
- Museo di San Martino: €6-€8
- Walking & Tours: Free-€30
In addition to walking tours, consider an excursion to Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius. From Naples, it will cost €60-€120 for a day trip.
Naples Food Prices
Naples’ cuisine heavily incorporates seafood, fresh mozzarella, and pasta. The city is known for its Margherita pizzas, which are available throughout the city. Sweets from stands and cafés are popular, especially baba (liqueur-soaked rum cake) and gelato. Cheap dining options abound in the city: look for cafés, pizzerias, and take-away for inexpensive meal options. Prices are affordable, and they can be downright cheap if you leave the tourist zones. Read more of our strategies for Eating and Drinking in Europe on a Budget.
Budget Breakfast: Free-€4
- Many hostels will offer a free simple breakfast of that normally consists of cereal, bread/croissant, and maybe milk, coffee, tea, or juice (some hostels will offer more and some less). Hotel breakfasts tend to be overpriced, so skip those in most cases.
- Coffee and a pastry will run €2-€4; coffee or espresso alone runs €1-€1.25
Budget-Friendly Breakfast Spots
- Antico Forno delle Sfogliatelle Calde Fratelli Attanasio: The best sfogliatella in Naples. This bakery is super popular with locals and everyone else who visits Naples.
- La Sfogliatella Mary: Another great spot for sfogliatella.
- Pasticceria Poppella: More amazing traditional pastries.
- Bar Salvo: The place to go for cornetto (the Italian version of a croissant).
- Bar Mexico: Excellent coffee/espresso and a range of pastries.
- Centrale del Caffe: Cute cafe with great coffee.
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.
- Margherita pizzas run €3-€7. Pay attention to find a pizzeria with a ‘Vera Pizza’ sign; it means the restaurant has met the legal specifications for authentic Neopolitan pizza.
- Pubs and burger joints offer basic meals for €3-€8.
- Look for ethnic and vegetarian options for cheap eats, €2.50-€7. O Grin is a popular, cheap, and vegetarian restaurant.
- Take-away and fast food run €3-€7 for a meal; Decumano 31 is a popular local favorite offering.
Budget Dinner: €7-€18
- Pretty much all the options from the ‘Budget Lunch’ section above will also apply for dinner.
- Trattorias and osterias are informal restaurants located throughout Naples and offer traditional food without a huge bill. Ristorantes are more formal dining, with meals costing upwards of €18.
- Look for fixed-price menus, ranging €12-€20 for 3-4 courses of traditional Napoli cuisine.
- Linguine ai Frutti de Mare (linguine and seafood) will run €8-€13 at a traditional sit-down restaurant.
Budget-Friendly Lunch and Dinner Spots
- La Pizzeria Sorbillo: The most famous pizza restaurant in Naples (or the world?)
- Pizzeria Sandropizzettata: Excellent pizza.
- Trattoria Don Vincenzo: Affordable seafood and other local dishes.
- Anonymous Trattoria Gourmet: Friendly and unassuming restaurant serving local dishes.
- Trattoria Da Papa’: Excellent homemade Italian food.
- 400gradi Di Ciro & Salvio Rapuano: More great pizza.
- Insolito La Pizzeria Gourmet: And more pizza.
- Trattoria Pizzeria Nardones: Yes, more pizza.
- La Campagnola: Pizza.
- De’ figliole: Pizza… but it’s deep-fried!
- A’ Cucina Ra Casa Mia: Affordable homemade Itilain dishes.
- ‘O Grin: Takeaway vegan food.
Drinks and Alcohol
- Expect to pay €3.75 for a beer out
- At a grocery, beer runs about €1.60, and a bottle of wine about €5
Naples Transportation Prices
Public transportation in Naples consists of a bus, a metro, a tram system, and a small number of funiculars. Unico Compania is the ticket administration system, as each leg of transit is managed by a separate company. Tickets are available to travel within Naples and between surrounding towns and are sold at automated ticket stands in the transit stations.
- 90-minute ticket: €1.50
- Day ticket: €4.50
- 1-week pass: €15.80
- Ferry trips out to the Roman Ruins or Mount Vesuvius run €8-€15, depending on port and ferry company.
Airport transit from city center (bus, taxi):
- via bus: €3, via Unico Alibus (shuttle)
- via bus: €1.50, via city transit bus line 3S
- via taxi: fixed-rates between the airport and different locations in Naples, €12-€20
Naples Hostel, Hotel, & Rental Apartment Prices
Accommodation prices in Naples are pretty reasonable. There are only a handful of hostels in Naples, so that keeps prices up a bit, but they’re still fairly affordable. Airbnb is also popular, so that’s a good option if you want a little more space and privacy.
Naples doesn’t have a ton of hostels but they have a few really nice ones. You should budget about 20€/night per person for a decent hostel — although many hostels raise their prices on the weekend. Remember, these prices are for a bed in a shared dorm room. If you want a private room, expect to pay €40-€60 total (for two people). Check out the latest hostel prices at Hostelworld.
Best-Rated Hostels in Naples:
Budget Hotels: €50-€130/Night
A decent budget hotel that is in the city center will cost around €80-€100/night. You can find cheaper hotels if you want to stay farther away from the center of the city or if you don’t mind staying in a junky place.
We suggest checking out Booking.com to see hotel prices for your dates since they’re always changing.
Rental Apartment: €40-€130/Night
You’ll find quite a few apartment rentals in Naples. 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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