Florence is the capital of Italy’s Tuscany region and the 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 can be a little more affordable than Rome and Venice—although prices are higher in the busy summer season since it’s such a tourism destination. The key is to avoid tourist trap restaurants and to book your accommodation early so you get the best deals.
In this Florence travel price guide, we’ll outline the estimated travel expenses for food, accommodation, attractions, alcohol, and other things so you can best budget your trip to Florence.
This Florence Price Guide is part of our City Price Guide Series where we break down the travel costs of Europe’s most popular cities.
Average Daily Cost To Visit Florence
For budget-minded travelers, it costs around €55-€90/day to visit Florence. These prices are based on what you’ll need to visit the city comfortably as a budget traveler.
If you want to upgrade your accommodations, add another €70-€110/night depending on your stay. These prices also don’t include things like big nights out at the bar/pub, club entry fees, souvenir/clothing shopping, tours, random purchases, nicer food, etc.
Daily Cost of Budget Travel in Florence: €85 (Approx. $90)
- Attractions: €15 (one paid attraction + any free sights)
- Food: €31
- Breakfast: €3
- Lunch: €8
- Dinner: €17
- Treat (dessert/beer/wine): €3
- Transportation: €2.40
- Accommodation (hostel): €37
Daily Cost of Frugal Travel in Florence: €55 (Approx. $60)
- Attractions: €7 (free walking tour + visit one of the free sights)
- Food: €21
- Breakfast: €0 (free hostel breakfast)
- Lunch: €6 (ethnic street food, takeaway shop fare, or similar)
- Dinner: €12 (make your own meal in the hostel or grab something cheap)
- Wine (glass): €3
- Transportation: €1.20
- Accommodation: €25 (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): €15-€30
- The Basilica of San Miniato al Monte: Free
- Basilica di Santa Croce: €8
- Accademia Gallery: €16
- Bargello Museum: €4
- Uffizi Gallery: €16
- 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 so overall food prices are reasonable. Traditional Italian food is normally affordable but restaurants in the touristy areas can get a little pricey. Be sure to 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 in Florence: €3-€6
- 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 €4.
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: A nice little place that serves up omelets, cappuccinos, espresso, and other breakfast staples.
Budget Lunch Prices in Florence: €6-€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 Sandwich: €4-€7
- Pizza for one: €5-€10
- Simple pasta: €5-€11
Budget Dinner Prices in Florence: €7-€20
- You can find some great deals during the “aperitivo” time of day, usually 7 pm-9 pm. 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-€15.
- You should also be able to get a very solid dinner at a restaurant in a less touristy part of town for €15-€20.
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 in Florence
- 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 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.
Hostel Prices in Florence: €25-€50
You should budget about €35/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. Expect to pay €100-€150/night for a private room.
Recommended Hostels in Florence [Check out my complete guide to the Best Hostels in Florence]
We book our hostels through Hostelworld because they have the best selection of hostels.
Budget Hotel Prices in Florence: €100-€160
A decent-quality cheap hotel starts around €100/night but the options get better around €120-€130/night.
We suggest checking out Booking.com to see hotel prices for your dates since they’re always changing.
Rental Apartment Prices in Florence: €80-€180+
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. Airbnb is always popular but you can sometimes find cheaper/better options on our list of Airbnb Alternatives.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE COST TO VISIT EUROPE
Check out our guide on How Much It Costs To Backpack Europe to learn more about budgeting your entire trip (including many more city price guides).
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