Budget for a Month in Trieste, Italy

by | Mar 10, 2023 | Italy, Trieste

How Much Does It Cost to Stay in Trieste for a Month?

The budget for a month in Trieste depends on the level of luxury required. We believe traveling full-time requires a moderate level of comfort. Most people (us included) could not stay in a hostel month after month and continue to travel indefinitely. With that in mind, two people can stay a month in Trieste comfortably for less than $3,200. On the other hand, if you require 4-star accommodations and white tablecloth meals, it will cost significantly more.

Where did this number come from? Well, we spent a  month in Trieste, and I kept a detailed spreadsheet with all our daily expenses. I used this spreadsheet to put together three budgets (low, mid, and high) depending on various requirements. The budgets include a breakdown that will allow you to put together your own estimate based on your needs.

Of course, these budgets assume you live like us and stay in one place for the entire month. If you move around during the month, your budget will go up for the increase in transportation and lodging (shorter stays cost more per day).

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Monthly Budget for Two People in Trieste

There are substantial savings when traveling as a couple or with a friend compared to traveling alone. For example, there are savings on the grocery bill. It’s more than it would be for one person, but it’s not twice as much. On the other hand, some costs are twice as much. There are rarely discounts on museum tickets or other entertainment.

If you want to estimate how much it would cost to travel alone, you can make some deductions for Groceries and Dining, Entertainment, Transportation, and International Health Insurance. However, the Lodging and Miscellaneous costs will be about the same for one person as for two.

Lodging

Airbnbs in the Old Town area of Trieste are on average $2,000 or less per month. Trieste is not as popular a destination for tourism as Venice or Florence. This means there are less apartments available for short-term rental. Since the inventory is low, they book up quickly. You might want to book your apartment far in advance.

Low Monthly Budget Mid Monthly Budget High Monthly Budget
Airbnb in Old Town – Entire Home$1,600 $2,000 $2,600
The budget for a month in Trieste, Italy should include Prosciutto di San Daniele
Mercato Coperto Trieste in Trieste, Italy

Groceries and Dining

The grocery stores outside the Trieste Old Town are cheaper and larger. My favorite grocery store was a short walk away. It was the Eurospar on Largo della Barriera Vecchia 7. Nearby is the Pescheria Grassilli, which is a wonderful fish market, where we purchased whole fish. If you would like to splurge on your groceries or simply purchase a few specialty items, Eataly Trieste, on Riva Tommaso Gulli, 1 will be your spot. Even if you don’t want to splurge on groceries, Eataly is a fanatic place to learn and see the regional food products and eat some seafood with an excellent sea view. We purchased eight different types of seafood crudos to-go. They sell them by the “etto” or one-hundred grams. You can eat it there or take it out. We brought ours back to our apartment and enjoyed with crusty bread and local white wine from a wonderful bulk wine shop. If you are interested in saving money on wine, shopping at the local “Vini Sfusi” is the best way to do that. To learn more about the bulk wine shops in Trieste, see our article “How to Buy Wine Like a Local in Trieste, Italy.”

Low Monthly Budget Mid Monthly Budget High Monthly Budget
$750$1,400 $2,100
GroceriesY – $25 per dayY – $25 per dayY – $25 per day
WineNless than $15 per bottle wine$15 to $20 per bottle wine
Street FoodNYY
Sit Down RestaurantsNone $100 dinnerfour $100 dinners
Roman Theatre of Trieste in Trieste, Italy
Civico Museo Revoltella in Trieste, Italy

Entertainment

Trieste doesn’t have many attractions that require entrance fees. To save money on on the places that do, consider visiting those that participate in “Sunday at the Museum” which are state-run museums that have free admission on the first Sunday of the month. We went to Miramare Castle for free by going on the first Sunday of the month.

Low Monthly Budget Mid Monthly Budget High Monthly Budget
$50$100 $150
Weekly Budget for Tickets and Experiences$13$25$38
Train to Miramare from Trieste, Italy

Transportation

The transportation budget assumes you are coming from Trieste Airport. The cheapest way between Trieste Airport and Central Trieste is by train, and many trains stop there for $5 per person each way.

If the train station is too far from your accommodation or walking with your luggage is not your thing, a taxi is about $75 each way. To book a taxi or private transfer in advance, we recommend GetTransfer.

Low Monthly Budget Mid Monthly Budget High Monthly Budget
$20$120 $350
To and from airport via trainY, $20Y, $20N
To and from airport via taxiNNY, $150
One Day Trip via trainNY, $100Y, $100
Two Day Trips via trainNNY, $100

International Health Insurance

This fixed cost does not vary from month to month or location to location.

Low Monthly Budget Mid Monthly Budget High Monthly Budget
$300 $350 $400
Worldwide Coverage (except the USA)YYY
Inpatient CoverageY – $10,000 deductibleY – $10,000 deductibleY – $10,000 deductible
Outpatient CoverageY – $1,500 deductibleY – $1,500 deductibleY – $1,500 deductible
Wellbeing CoverageNYY
Vision & Dental CoverageNYY
International EvacuationNNY

Miscellaneous

The miscellaneous expense budget is a catch-all for everything else. This includes toiletries, clothing, and technology costs. We only need one VPN subscription, one eSIM plan, one Netflix subscription, and one Traveling Mailbox.

Low Monthly Budget Mid Monthly Budget High Monthly Budget
$400$500$600
VPN$5$5$5
eSIM$7 for 3GB$10.50 for 5GB$16 for 10GB
Streaming Subscriptions$15 budget$30 budget$50 budget
Traveling Mailbox$21$21$21

Total

The monthly budget varies significantly based on the level of accommodation required, how often you eat at restaurants and the quantity and quality of wine you drink.

Low Monthly Budget Mid Monthly Budget High Monthly Budget
$3,120$4,470$6,200

In addition to the factors discussed above, the budget for a month in Genoa will also fluctuate based on the season. The summer months are always more expensive than the winter months. However, Genoa is not one of the most popular tourist destinations, so the summer prices are not inflated significantly.

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I have also prepared monthly budgets for other cities we have visited. If you combine budgets to calculate the cost of a longer, multi-city stay, you will need to include additional transfer costs.

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I graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2004 with a degree in accounting. I earned my CPA certification and worked in taxation for two public accounting firms in San Francisco, CA. In 2009, I moved to Austin, TX, and took a position in the Large Business and International Division at the Internal Revenue Service. There I worked as a Revenue Agent and audited large companies and their high-net-worth owners. After overcoming my risk-averse nature through extensive budget analysis and financial projections, I quit my safe and secure career in tax accounting in January 2022 and embarked on a life of travel with my husband, Ryan, and French Bulldog, Gus.