A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Balaton Lake vs. Sarajevo for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Balaton Lake or Sarajevo?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Balaton Lake and Sarajevo can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Balaton Lake or Sarajevo?

Balaton Lake

Balaton is a major freshwater lake in Hungary and the largest lake in Central Europe with a shoreline of 197 kilometers. The region around the lake is a popular holiday destination with a great number of resort towns and high-rise hotels to accommodate visitors seeking out lakeside activities, beaches, volcanic hills, and vineyards. Some of the towns are also very historic, offering examples from eighteenth-century art and architecture to castle ruins.

Sarajevo

Sarajevo is the capital city of Bosnia and is one of the most culturally and historically interesting cities to visit in Europe. The city was at the crossroads where the Eastern and Western Roman Empires divided, and the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches divided. Today it is most associated with the Civil War that occurred here between 1992 and 1995. There are still many remnants of the war left, from the cemeteries that dot the countryside to the leftover damage done by bombs. Despite its brutal history, Sarajevo has begun to thrive again, both economically and as a tourist destination.

Which city is cheaper, Sarajevo or Balaton Lake?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Balaton Lake is $60, while the average daily cost in Sarajevo is $51. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Balaton Lake and Sarajevo in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Balaton Lake $33
    Sarajevo $19
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Balaton Lake $66
    Sarajevo $38
Compare Hotels in Balaton Lake and Sarajevo

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Hotels in Balaton Lake


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Balaton Lake $8.24
    Sarajevo $5.10

Typical Local Transportation prices in Sarajevo

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Sarajevo:


  • Tram Tickets (for 2)
    $1.49

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Sarajevo

Also for Sarajevo, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Sarajevo Airport Transfer: $15
  • Private Transfer to and from Sarajevo Airport: $22
  • Private Airport Transfer: Sarajevo International Airport (SJJ) to Sarajevo: $23
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Sarajevo to Sarajevo International Airport (SJJ): $23
  • Private Transfer to and from Sarajevo Airport: $25
  • Return Sarajevo Airport Transfer: $28
  • Private transfer from Zagreb Airport to Zagreb: $32
  • Private Transfer from Sarajevo Downtown to Sarajevo Airport (SJJ): $37
  • Private Transfer from Sarajevo Airport (SJJ) to Lukavica: $37
  • Private Transfer from Sarajevo Airport (SJJ) to Ilid┼ża: $37
  • Private Transfer from Sarajevo Airport (SJJ) to Sarajevo Downtown: $37
  • Private Transfer from Sarajevo Airport (SJJ) to Svrake: $60

Is it cheaper to fly into Balaton Lake or Sarajevo?

Prices for flights to both Sarajevo and Balaton Lake change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Balaton Lake $19
    Sarajevo $23

Typical Food prices in Sarajevo

For Sarajevo, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Restaurant Dinner (for 2)
    $11

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Sarajevo

For Sarajevo, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Traditional Bosnian Dinner with your Host Family: $38
  • A Taste of Sarajevo - Authentic Food Tour: $49
  • Dinner with locals: $57
  • Cooking Classes - Contemporary Bosnian cuisine: $65
  • Simple Bosnian Cooking Class Sarajevo: $68
  • Home-hosted Cooking Class: Cook and Eat with Bosnian family: $74
  • Bosnian Cooking Lessons: $75

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Balaton Lake $14
    Sarajevo $8.59

Typical Entertainment prices in Sarajevo

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Sarajevo's activities, tours, and tickets:


  • National Museum (for 2)
    $6.94

Tours and Activities in Sarajevo

For Sarajevo, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Svrzo House Entrance Ticket: $3.73
  • Museum Of Crimes Against Humanity And Genocide 1992-1995 Entrance Ticket: $6.22
  • Skip the Line: War Childhood Museum Adult Ticket: $6.38
  • GRAND SARAJEVO WALKING TOUR (history, arhitecture and art): $14
  • Sarajevo Grand Walking Tour: $15
  • Sarajevo Talkie-Walkie Tour: $15
  • 2.5-Hour Grand Walking Tour: $17
  • Sarajevo Full Walking Tour: $17
  • Adventurous City Tour including Tunnel of Hope: $19
  • Sarajevo Full Walking Tour: $19
  • Tunnel Of Hope Tour: $19
  • Sensational Sarajevo Sunset Walking Tour: $19

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Balaton Lake $6.15
    Sarajevo $5.33

Sample the Local Flavors in Sarajevo

Also in Sarajevo, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Small-group Wine Tasting Expiriance, with lunch in vineyard: $80


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Balaton Lake and Sarajevo, we can see that Balaton Lake is more expensive. And not only is Sarajevo much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Sarajevo would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Sarajevo and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Balaton Lake would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Balaton Lake than you might in Sarajevo.


When is the best time to visit Balaton Lake or Sarajevo?

Both places have a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. As both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Balaton Lake or Sarajevo in the Summer?

Both Sarajevo and Balaton Lake during the summer are popular places to visit. Also, most visitors come to Sarajevo for the hiking, the city activities, and the family-friendly experiences during these months.

In July, Balaton Lake is generally cooler than Sarajevo. Temperatures in Balaton Lake average around 22°C (71°F), and Sarajevo stays around 26°C (78°F).

In Sarajevo, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Balaton Lake. In the summer, Balaton Lake often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Sarajevo. Balaton Lake gets 302 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Sarajevo receives 323 hours of full sun.

Balaton Lake usually gets more rain in July than Sarajevo. Balaton Lake gets 61 mm (2.4 in) of rain, while Sarajevo receives 49 mm (1.9 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Balaton Lake 22°C (71°F) 
    Sarajevo 26°C (78°F)

Should I visit Balaton Lake or Sarajevo in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Balaton Lake and Sarajevo. Also, the autumn months attract visitors to Sarajevo because of the hiking trails, the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area.

Balaton Lake is cooler than Sarajevo in the autumn. The temperature in Balaton Lake is usually 13°C (56°F) in October, and Sarajevo stays around 17°C (62°F).

Balaton Lake usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Sarajevo during autumn. At this time of the year, Balaton Lake gets 169 hours of sunny skies, while Sarajevo receives 178 hours of full sun.

Sarajevo receives a lot of rain in the autumn. In October, Balaton Lake usually receives less rain than Sarajevo. At this time of the year, Balaton Lake gets 38 mm (1.5 in) of rain, while Sarajevo receives 153 mm (6 in) of rain.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Balaton Lake 13°C (56°F) 
    Sarajevo 17°C (62°F)

Should I visit Balaton Lake or Sarajevo in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Balaton Lake as well as Sarajevo. Also, the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine are the main draw to Sarajevo this time of year.

The weather in Balaton Lake can be very cold. In the winter, Balaton Lake is much colder than Sarajevo. Typically, the winter temperatures in Balaton Lake in January are around 0°C (32°F), and Sarajevo is about 6°C (42°F).

In the winter, Balaton Lake often gets less sunshine than Sarajevo. Balaton Lake gets 72 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Sarajevo receives 113 hours of full sun.

It's quite rainy in Sarajevo. Balaton Lake usually gets less rain in January than Sarajevo. Balaton Lake gets 39 mm (1.5 in) of rain, while Sarajevo receives 148 mm (5.8 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Balaton Lake 0°C (32°F) 
    Sarajevo 6°C (42°F)

Should I visit Balaton Lake or Sarajevo in the Spring?

Both Sarajevo and Balaton Lake are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities. Also, many travelers come to Sarajevo for the activities around the city and the natural beauty.

In April, Balaton Lake is generally cooler than Sarajevo. Temperatures in Balaton Lake average around 12°C (54°F), and Sarajevo stays around 14°C (58°F).

Balaton Lake usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Sarajevo during spring. At this time of the year, Balaton Lake gets 187 hours of sunny skies, while Sarajevo receives 174 hours of full sun.

It rains a lot this time of the year in Sarajevo. In April, Balaton Lake usually receives less rain than Sarajevo. At this time of the year, Balaton Lake gets 56 mm (2.2 in) of rain, while Sarajevo receives 127 mm (5 in) of rain.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Balaton Lake 12°C (54°F) 
    Sarajevo 14°C (58°F)

Typical Weather for Sarajevo and Balaton Lake

Balaton Lake Sarajevo
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 0°C (32°F) 39 mm (1.5 in) 6°C (42°F) 148 mm (5.8 in)
Feb 3°C (37°F) 32 mm (1.3 in) 8°C (46°F) 134 mm (5.3 in)
Mar 7°C (45°F) 38 mm (1.5 in) 11°C (51°F) 124 mm (4.9 in)
Apr 12°C (54°F) 56 mm (2.2 in) 14°C (58°F) 127 mm (5 in)
May 17°C (63°F) 63 mm (2.5 in) 19°C (66°F) 94 mm (3.7 in)
Jun 20°C (68°F) 84 mm (3.3 in) 22°C (72°F) 73 mm (2.9 in)
Jul 22°C (71°F) 61 mm (2.4 in) 26°C (78°F) 49 mm (1.9 in)
Aug 22°C (71°F) 63 mm (2.5 in) 26°C (78°F) 65 mm (2.5 in)
Sep 18°C (65°F) 47 mm (1.9 in) 22°C (71°F) 109 mm (4.3 in)
Oct 13°C (56°F) 38 mm (1.5 in) 17°C (62°F) 153 mm (6 in)
Nov 7°C (44°F) 56 mm (2.2 in) 11°C (52°F) 203 mm (8 in)
Dec 2°C (36°F) 45 mm (1.8 in) 7°C (45°F) 196 mm (7.7 in)


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