A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Bari vs. Split for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Bari or Split?

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

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Bari and Split. We'll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Where Should I go: Bari or Split?

Bari

Off the lustrous, aquamarine waters of the Adriatic Sea, a bustling city hums to life as the sun sets. Though an ancient city, Bari still attains its youthful air, with a thriving nightlife and breathtaking boulevards. The capital city of Apulia region, Bari is the second most important economic center of mainland Southern Italy, as well as a significant port and university city. Despite this, Bari is on the list of Southern Italy's best off the beaten path locations, and is a must-see for everyone - even though it doesn't get as many visitors as Italy's more popular destinations.

Split

Spit is a historic city in Central Dalmatia with many opportunities to glimpse its fascinating past in its historic city center. Centuries ago the city grew up around a Diocletian palace that was used as refuge by the locals.

Today, as you wander around the historic center, you can see the remains of the Roman walls, temples, and squares. Despite it's appeal to tourists, Split is much more than just a tourist destination. It is larger than you might initially realize and it spreads well beyond the historic center. There is a population of about 300,000 in the larger area and it is an economic center for the region.

Split is also a must-visit on a trip through the country. It can easily fit in to a one-week itinerary of Croatia, or many other routes, as it's centrally located and very accessible.

Split has a beautiful climate with mild winters, countless sunny days, and a generally pleasant temperature. As such, there are many opportunities to enjoy yourself outdoors, whether by participating in sports or walking around the city's quaint streets. Winters in Split are also quite mild, but there may be one snowy day, on average, every year. This rare snowfall can cause a significant disruption in the flow of traffic.

Which city is cheaper, Split or Bari?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Bari is €91, while the average daily cost in Split is €88. 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 Bari and Split in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Bari 59
    Split 59
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Bari 118
    Split 118
Compare Hotels in Bari and Split

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Hotels in Bari


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Bari 9.18
    Split 12
Typical Local Transportation prices in Bari

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Bari:


  • Train to Lecce
    44

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bari

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

  • Tour with transfer from Bari to Matera & Alberobello - 1 day: $300
  • Tour with transfer from Bari to Castel del Monte: $300
  • Tour with transfer from Bari to Alberobello: $185
  • Tour with transfer From Bari to Matera: $185
  • TOUR - Matera (complimentary transfer service from/to Bari and surroundings): $306
  • TOUR - Bari, Polignano a Mare and Alberobello (complimentary transfer service): $398
  • Private transfer: Bari to Bari Airport (BRI): $622
  • Private transfer from Bari to Polignano or vice versa: $76
  • Private transfer from Bari to Matera or vice versa: $82
  • Private transfer from Bari to Martina Franca or vice versa: $103
  • Private transfer from Bari to Lecce or vice versa: $161
  • Private transfer from Bari to Alberobello or vice versa: $87

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Split

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

  • Private Yacht Transfer: Split to Vis: $1,400
  • Private Yacht Transfer: Split to Hvar: $1,275
  • Private transfer from Split (Croatia) to Venice (Italy): $1,182
  • Luxury Private Transfer from Split to Ljubljana: $1,045
  • Private Transfer from Split to Tuzla Airport (TZL): $885
  • Zagreb to Private Transfer with Plitvice Lakes: $845
  • Private Speed Boat Transfer from Split Airport to Hvar: $802
  • From Split to Zagreb with Plitvice Lakes private one way transfer: $796
  • Split Airport to Hvar Island: One-Way Private Water Transfer in Speedboat: $709
  • Private transfer from Split to Zagreb: $663
  • Split - Budapest Transfer: $641
  • Split to Zagreb Private Transfer with Krka or Plitvice Lakes National Park: $597

Is it cheaper to fly into Bari or Split?

Prices for flights to both Split and Bari 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
    Bari 26
    Split 19
Typical Food prices in Bari

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Bari:


  • Dinner
    44
  • Coffee
    2.00

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bari

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

  • Bari Walking Street Food Tour: $51
  • Bari Street Food Tour by Bike: $62
  • Private Bari Street Food Tour by Rickshaw: $70
  • Bari Rickshaw and Street Food Tour: $70
  • Conversano: Extra Virgin Olive Oil Food Tour with Tasting: $74
  • Bari Rickshaw Street Food Tour: $74
  • Puglia Plates - Bari Food Tour: $76
  • Traditional Italian pasta Hands-on cooking class: $86
  • Hands on home made Panzerotti cooking class in Bari: $97
  • Dining experience at a Cesarina's home in Bari with show cooking: $106
  • Small-group Street food tour in Bari: $111
  • Private Cooking class in a Local Apulian Masseria: $135

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Split

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

  • Krka Waterfalls with Dinner in Split included:Pizza or Burger with Fries & Drink: $62
  • Private Dining: Traditional Dalmatian family dinner near Marjan Hills: $102
  • Cooking Class in a Dalmatian Ethno Village Tour from Split: $116
  • The Real Split Food Tour: $118
  • Exclusive tour: NP Krka Bike Tour with traditional dinner: $174
  • Hvar Wine Tour + Dalmatian Dinner: $255

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Bari 6.89
    Split 2.98

Tours and Activities in Bari

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Bari.

  • 1 Hour Bari Electric Scooter Guided Tour: $40
  • 2 days mini tour from Bari to Matera and Alberobello: $574
  • 2-Hour Private Tour of Bitonto: a jewel you cannot miss: $220
  • 2-hour private walking tour of Bari with a local guide: $336
  • 3 Days Private Tour Unesco Wonders Puglia & Matera: $1,058
  • 5 DAYS TOUR UNESCO WONDERS OF PUGLIA & MATERA Small group tour: $1,555
  • 5 Days Self Drive Tour Unesco Wonders Puglia & Matera - (hotel + Guides): $1,085
  • 6 DAYS TOUR UNESCO WONDERS PUGLIA & MATERA Small group every friday: $1,914
  • 7 Days Private Tour Puglia & Matera: $2,488
  • ALBEROBELLO shore excursion from BARI or BRINDISI cruise ports: $112
  • Apulia in 4 Nights with Sightseeing tours and Accomodation: $759
  • Apulia: Bike Tour through the Treasures of Bari: $40

Tours and Activities in Split

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

  • "Blue Lagoon" Half day Chill out tour from Split: $68
  • 1 Day Pass HOP ON-HOP OFF Bus tour from Split: $25
  • 1.5-Hour Split Evening Walking Tour: $22
  • 10-Day Adriatic Island Hopping Active Tour from Split: $1,821
  • 2 Hours Private Guided Walking Tour in Split Old Town: $187
  • 2 Hours Split Walking tour with free food tasting: $37
  • 2-Hour Private Guided Tour of Split in a Classic Ford T: $51
  • 3-Day Croatia Hiking and Biking Small-Group Tour: $775
  • 3-Day Private Sailing Tour from Split: $4,168
  • 3-Hour Lavender Tour from Hvar: $102
  • 3-Hour Split Deep Water Soloing and Cliff Jumping Adventure: $54
  • 3-Island Split Boat Tour (Ĺ olta Drvenik Mali, Drvenik Veli): $83

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Bari 10
    Split 6.39
Typical Alcohol prices in Bari

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Bari:


  • Beer
    2.00

Sample the Local Flavors in Bari

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Bari:

  • Private guide Altamura with a visit to the wine museum and wine tasting: $106
  • Private Tour: Trulli of Alberobello plus Wine Tasting: $253
  • Trani, Wine Tasting, and Castel Del Monte tour from Bari or Ostuni: $325

Sample the Local Flavors in Split

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

  • Tower Pub Crawl in Split: $37
  • Krka Waterfalls Tour & Wine Tasting from Split: $37
  • Krka Waterfalls and Sibenik Day Trip Including Wine Tasting from Split: $49
  • Wine Tasting With walking Small group Tour in Split: $53
  • Blue Lagoon & Wine tasting - 3 islands tour: $87
  • Split Wine Tasting Walking Tour: $101
  • Hvar 3-Hour Wine Tasting Tour: $113
  • Zinfandel Wine Tour: $124
  • Full-Day Split Food and wine tour to Peljesac: $133
  • Beer Tasting Split - visit to the local brewery: $137
  • Diocletian's Palace Private Food and Wine Tour: $147
  • Solta Island Wine Tasting Tour Including Lunch: $152


When comparing the travel costs between Bari and Split, we can see that Bari is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in Europe, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.


When is the best time to visit Bari or Split?

Both destinations experience a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. And since both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Bari or Split in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Bari and Split.

In July, Bari is generally around the same temperature as Split. Temperatures in Bari average around 25°C (76°F), and Split stays around 26°C (80°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Split this time of the year. In Bari, it's very sunny this time of the year. Bari usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Split during summer. At this time of the year, Bari gets 336 hours of sunny skies, while Split receives 345 hours of full sun.

In July, Bari usually receives less rain than Split. At this time of the year, Bari gets 9 mm (0.3 in) of rain, while Split receives 28 mm (1.1 in) of rain.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Bari 25°C (76°F) 
    Split 26°C (80°F)

Should I visit Bari or Split in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Bari as well as Split.

Bari is around the same temperature as Split in the autumn. The temperature in Bari is usually 18°C (65°F) in October, and Split stays around 18°C (64°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Split. In the autumn, Bari often gets less sunshine than Split. Bari gets 178 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Split receives 200 hours of full sun.

Bari usually gets less rain in October than Split. Bari gets 70 mm (2.7 in) of rain, while Split receives 79 mm (3.1 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Bari 18°C (65°F) 
    Split 18°C (64°F)

Should I visit Bari or Split in the Winter?

Both Split and Bari are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities.

In the winter, Bari is a little warmer than Split. Typically, the winter temperatures in Bari in January are around 10°C (49°F), and Split is about 8°C (47°F).

Bari usually receives less sunshine than Split during winter. At this time of the year, Bari gets 110 hours of sunny skies, while Split receives 128 hours of full sun.

In January, Bari usually receives less rain than Split. At this time of the year, Bari gets 62 mm (2.4 in) of rain, while Split receives 83 mm (3.3 in) of rain.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Bari 10°C (49°F) 
    Split 8°C (47°F)

Should I visit Bari or Split in the Spring?

Both Split and Bari during the spring are popular places to visit.

In April, Bari is generally around the same temperature as Split. Temperatures in Bari average around 14°C (58°F), and Split stays around 15°C (59°F).

In Split, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Bari. In the spring, Bari often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Split. Bari gets 203 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Split receives 212 hours of full sun.

Bari usually gets less rain in April than Split. Bari gets 32 mm (1.3 in) of rain, while Split receives 66 mm (2.6 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Bari 14°C (58°F) 
    Split 15°C (59°F)

Typical Weather for Split and Bari

Bari Split
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 10°C (49°F) 62 mm (2.4 in) 8°C (47°F) 83 mm (3.3 in)
Feb 10°C (50°F) 61 mm (2.4 in) 9°C (48°F) 68 mm (2.7 in)
Mar 12°C (53°F) 65 mm (2.6 in) 11°C (52°F) 75 mm (3 in)
Apr 14°C (58°F) 32 mm (1.3 in) 15°C (59°F) 66 mm (2.6 in)
May 18°C (64°F) 25 mm (1 in) 20°C (67°F) 56 mm (2.2 in)
Jun 22°C (71°F) 20 mm (0.8 in) 23°C (74°F) 51 mm (2 in)
Jul 25°C (76°F) 9 mm (0.3 in) 26°C (80°F) 28 mm (1.1 in)
Aug 25°C (76°F) 26 mm (1 in) 26°C (79°F) 50 mm (2 in)
Sep 22°C (72°F) 47 mm (1.9 in) 22°C (72°F) 61 mm (2.4 in)
Oct 18°C (65°F) 70 mm (2.7 in) 18°C (64°F) 79 mm (3.1 in)
Nov 14°C (57°F) 75 mm (3 in) 13°C (56°F) 108 mm (4.3 in)
Dec 11°C (52°F) 67 mm (2.6 in) 10°C (49°F) 100 mm (3.9 in)


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