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

Should you visit Bari or Zadar?

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 Zadar. 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 Zadar?

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.

Zadar

You'll find Zadar in northern Dalmatia, Croatia. It is located on the Adriatic Sea and is the center of Zadar County. It is both the historic center for the region and the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Zadar. There are a handful of sights around town, most of which can be explored on foot.

The climate for the city is a mix between humid subtropical and a Mediterranean climate. The winters are usually mild and wet, and the summers are humid and warm. The hottest months are July and August when temperatures can exceed 30 degrees Celsius. Average yearly rainfall usually exceeds 917 mm. Fall months often remain warm and temperatures are often around 30 degrees Celsius as well. In general, the temperatures rarely drop below freezing, even during the coldest month of January. The rainiest months are October and November, although winter is considered the wet season. July is usually the driest month. Water temperatures are around 25 degrees Celsius in July and August and it may be possible to swim any time between May and October.

Which city is cheaper, Zadar 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 Zadar is €70. 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 Zadar in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Bari 59
    Zadar 40
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Bari 118
    Zadar 80
Compare Hotels in Bari and Zadar

Looking for a hotel in Bari or Zadar? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Bari


Hotels in Zadar


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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Bari Hotel Prices and Zadar Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Bari 9.18
    Zadar 7.50
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:

  • Bari Private Transfer: Cruise Port or central rail station to Hotel: $37
  • Bari Private Transfer: City to Cruise Port or central rail station: $37
  • Private Departure Transfer: Hotel in Bari city to Bari Airport: $45
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Bari Airport to Bari city Hotel: $45
  • Departure Private Transfer Bari City to Bari BRI Airport by Business Car or Van: $52
  • Private Transfer to and from Bari - Bari Area: $56
  • Private Airport to Matera Transfer: $68
  • Private transfer from Bari to Polignano or vice versa: $76
  • Private Transfer to and from Bari - Brindisi Area: $82
  • Private transfer from Bari to Matera or vice versa: $82
  • Private transfer from Bari to Alberobello or vice versa: $87
  • Private Transfer to and from Bari - Matera: $100

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Zadar

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Zadar:

  • Private Transfer from Zadar to Tuzla Airport (TZL): $1,327
  • Transfer from Zadar to Belgrade: $995
  • Zrmanja Rafting Private Tour & FREE transfer from or to the airport included: $945
  • Private Transfer from Zadar to Sarajevo Airport (SJJ): $862
  • Zadar to Pula Private One-Way Transfer: $672
  • Dubrovnik Full Day Private Tour & FREE transfer from or to the airport included: $664
  • Zadar to Dubrovnik Private One-Way Transfer: $597
  • Zadar - Budapest Transfer: $551
  • Zadar to Zagreb - Private One-Way Transfer: $523
  • Private transfer from Zadar to Ljubljana: $509
  • Zadar to Medugorje Private One-Way Transfer: $485
  • Private Transfer from Zadar to Zagreb Flat rate up to 6 people: $473

Is it cheaper to fly into Bari or Zadar?

Prices for flights to both Zadar 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
    Zadar 22
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 Zadar

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Zadar.

  • Traditional Dalmatian dinner: $61
  • Zadar Market Tour and Cooking Class: $75
  • Zadar - Private Market Tour & Cooking Class: $167
  • From Taste Dalmatian Peka - Countryside Cooking Class: $253
  • Dalmatian dinner in rented holiday home: $773

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Bari 6.89
    Zadar 15

Tours and Activities in Bari

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

  • Bari Self-Guided Audio Tour: $15
  • Bari Walking City Tour: $19
  • BARI special city tour: $25
  • Bari Walking tour: $28
  • Bari Walking Tour: $28
  • Bari Bike Tour: $32
  • Customized Private Walking Tour with a Local: $34
  • Bari Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $38
  • Segway Tour & Gelato Tasting: $40
  • Apulia: Bike Tour through the Treasures of Bari: $40
  • 1 Hour Bari Electric Scooter Guided Tour: $40
  • Private Bari Shopping and Sightseeing Tour: $41

Tours and Activities in Zadar

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Zadar are as follows:

  • 4 day Zadar highlights tour: $473
  • BEST OF LONG ISLAND - DUGI OTOK TOUR, Small Group–max 12 ppl, 7 Stops, Full Day: $95
  • Croatia Islands Speedboat Experience: $459
  • Croatian Homeland War Walking Tour: $30
  • Daysailing & SUP experience: $144
  • Dugi Otok - half day kayak adventure: $87
  • Dugi otok Self-Guided Bike Tour: $100
  • Explore Zadar Bike Tour: $54
  • Explore Laid-Back Fun Bike Tour: $56
  • From Zadar - National Park Plitvice Lakes transport and Skip the line: $40
  • From Zadar to Plitvice Lakes with drop off in Zagreb - Private tour: $338
  • From 4-Hour Croatian Islands Boat Experience: $204

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Bari 10
    Zadar 9.14
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 Zadar

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

  • Zadar Wine Tasting: $50


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Bari and Zadar, we can see that Bari is more expensive. And not only is Zadar much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Zadar would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Zadar 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 Bari would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Bari than you might in Zadar.


When is the best time to visit Bari or Zadar?

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 Bari or Zadar in the Summer?

Both Zadar and Bari during the summer are popular places to visit.

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

In Zadar, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Bari. In the summer, Bari often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Zadar. Bari gets 336 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Zadar receives 345 hours of full sun.

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


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

Should I visit Bari or Zadar in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Bari and Zadar.

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

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Zadar this time of the year. Bari usually receives less sunshine than Zadar during autumn. Bari gets 178 hours of sunny skies, while Zadar receives 200 hours of full sun in the autumn.

In October, Bari usually receives less rain than Zadar. Bari gets 70 mm (2.7 in) of rain, while Zadar receives 79 mm (3.1 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


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

Should I visit Bari or Zadar in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Bari as well as Zadar.

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

In the winter, Bari often gets less sunshine than Zadar. Bari gets 110 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Zadar receives 128 hours of full sun.

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


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

Should I visit Bari or Zadar in the Spring?

Both Zadar and Bari are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities.

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

It's quite sunny in Zadar. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Bari. Bari usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Zadar during spring. Bari gets 203 hours of sunny skies, while Zadar receives 212 hours of full sun in the spring.

In April, Bari usually receives less rain than Zadar. Bari gets 32 mm (1.3 in) of rain, while Zadar receives 66 mm (2.6 in) of rain each month for the spring.


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

Typical Weather for Zadar and Bari

Bari Zadar
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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