A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Belgrade vs. Ljubljana for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Belgrade or Ljubljana?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Belgrade and Ljubljana can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Belgrade or Ljubljana?

Belgrade

Belgrade is the capital city of the Republic of Serbia. Dating back to the 4th Century BC, is has seen many changes from Celtic tribes at its earliest beginnings to Roman rule, the Ottoman Empire, and Serbian independence. Relics of its past can be seen today in Belgrade's architecture and museums, while there are also a host of contemporary activities like nightlife, clubs, cafes, and concerts.

Ljubljana

Most people don't travel to Ljubljana to see specific sights, as there aren't many famous attractions around town. Instead, this is a city that is about atmosphere. It's a city that you explore and immerse yourself in completely. You meet the people, you go to the clubs, you find the interesting restaurants. That is the best way to learn about Ljubljana.

Which place is cheaper, Ljubljana or Belgrade?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Belgrade is $45, while the average daily cost in Ljubljana is $93. 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 destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Belgrade and Ljubljana in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Belgrade $30
    Ljubljana $58
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Belgrade $60
    Ljubljana $116
Compare Hotels in Belgrade and Ljubljana

Looking for a hotel in Belgrade or Ljubljana? 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 Belgrade


Hotels in Ljubljana


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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: Belgrade Hotel Prices and Ljubljana Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Belgrade $5.61
    Ljubljana $22

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Belgrade

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Belgrade:

  • Private Transfer from Belgrade Airport (BEG) to Tuzla: $273
  • Belgrade to Zlatibor private transfer by car: $253
  • Sarajevo: One-Way Private Transfer to Belgrade: $248
  • Private Transfer from Belgrade Airport (BEG) to Subotica: $244
  • Belgrade Panorama - Private Arrival Transfer and City Tour Combined: $241
  • Belgrade Layover tour with E Scooter and airport transfers: $216
  • Private Transfer from Belgrade Airport (BEG) to Kragujevac: $205
  • From Belgrade to Timisoara Private Transfer Tour: $194
  • Private Transfer from Belgrade Airport (BEG) to Loznica: $176
  • Private transfer from Belgrade or Belgrade Airport to Novi Sad: $170
  • Transfer service to Kopaonik from Belgrade Airport or hotel: $164
  • Private Transfer from Belgrade Airport (BEG) to Valjevo: $156

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Ljubljana

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

  • Airport Transfer to/from Ljubljana Station: $13
  • Private Transfer from Brnik Airport to Ljubljana Centre: $28
  • Private Transfer from Ljubljana Airport (LJU) to Ljubljana City: $46
  • Private transfer Ljubljana Airport from & to Ljubljana City: $53
  • Private Transfer from Kranj to Ljubljana Airport (LJU): $55
  • Private Transfer from Ljubljana Airport (LJU) to Kranj: $56
  • Ljubljana-Airport Ljubljana. Private transfer.Price per car.: $60
  • Private transfer Ljubljana Airport from & to Bled: $64
  • Ljubljana Private Airport Transfers : $65
  • Arrival Private Transfer Ljubljana LJU Airport to Ljubljana City by Business Car: $66
  • Departure Private Transfer Ljubljana City to Ljubljana Airport by Business Car: $66
  • Private Transfer from Ljubljana Airport (LJU) to Koper Port: $68

Is it cheaper to fly into Belgrade or Ljubljana?

Prices for flights to both Ljubljana and Belgrade 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
    Belgrade $9.30
    Ljubljana $18

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Belgrade

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

  • E-Scooter Serbian Food Tour: $66
  • Private Walking and Food Tour in Belgrade: $71
  • E-Scooter Serbian Food Tour: $75
  • Private Serbian Food Cooking Experience in Belgrade with Meal: $77
  • The 10 Tastings of Belgrade Private Food Tour : $136
  • Folklore night in Belgrade with dinner: $169

Typical Food Prices in Ljubljana

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


  • Horsemeat Hot Dog
    $2.16

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Ljubljana

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

  • sLOVEnian Strukelj Traditional Cooking Class: $53
  • Cooking class; Traditional sLOVEnian štrukelj: $58
  • Traditional Slovenian Dinner and Show: $65
  • Lunch or Dinner trip to a typical Slovenian restaurant: $71
  • Traditional Slovenian Dinner and Performance: $74
  • Flavour of Slovenia: Very Small Group Food Tour in Ljubljana: $82
  • Dinner in the Dark: $87
  • 3-Hour Food Tour: $92
  • Dinner in the Dark: $107
  • Šmarna Gora: Hiking and Food Tour from Ljubljana: $129
  • The 10 Tastings of Ljubljana Private Food Tour : $211
  • Private Food Tour With Guide and 10 Tastings: $218

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Belgrade $4.52
    Ljubljana $16

Tours and Activities in Belgrade

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

  • Magic Christmas tour in Novi Sad: $201
  • The best of Novi Sad walking tour: $146
  • 2 hours / Sightseeing Boat cruise Drinks Included: $87
  • 3 Hour Private Walking Tour in Novi Sad City: $55
  • Ada Lake E Scooter tour: $43
  • Ada Lake Tour: $33
  • Avala & Kosmaj Bike Tour: $98
  • Avala Mountain Private Tour: $79
  • BELGRADE BUS AND WALKING TOUR, Experience daily life: $115
  • Belgrade 20th century tour: $37
  • Belgrade Amazon Kayak Adventure: $290
  • Belgrade Beneath Belgrade Private Walking Tour: $168

Typical Entertainment Prices in Ljubljana

For Ljubljana, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:


  • Castle Tower Entrance (for 2)
    $8.62

Tours and Activities in Ljubljana

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

  • First Discovery Walk and Reading Walking Tour: $3.23
  • Ljubljana City Exploration Game and Tour: $6.47
  • Ljubljana Scavenger Hunt and Best Landmarks Self-Guided Tour: $6.59
  • From Swamp to State: A Self-Guided Audio Tour in Ljubljana: $6.99
  • Ljubljana:Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & Tour: $7.00
  • Ljubljana Self-Guided Audio Tour: $9.00
  • Self-Guided Audio Tour: $11
  • Romantic Old Town Self-guided Discovery Tour: $13
  • Castle Entry Ticket with Optional Funicular Ride: $13
  • Ljubljana Castle: Entrance Ticket: $13
  • Self-Guided Walking Tour: $14
  • House of Illusions Entrance Ticket: $14

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Belgrade $21
    Ljubljana $12

Sample the Local Flavors in Belgrade

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

  • RE:PLAY Pub Crawl Belgrade: $44
  • Columbo Pub Crawl Belgrade: $44
  • Wines & Horses Wine Tasting surrounded by Horses: $48
  • Belgrade Reserved Pub Crawl: $49
  • Play Pub Crawl Belgrade: $49
  • Natural wine tasting with great views: $49
  • RePlay Pub Crawl in Belgrade: $53
  • E-Scooter CRAFT BEER and BREWERY Tour: $54
  • Urban Rakija Distillery Tour in Belgrade: $55
  • Belgrade Bar Crawl: $55
  • Tour of the MONASTERIES at Fruška Gora NP and Sremski Karlovci with wine tasting: $55
  • Pearl of North Serbia, trip to Novi Sad and Sremski Karlovci with wine tasting: $60

Typical Alcohol Prices in Ljubljana

Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Ljubljana are as follows:


  • Drinks at a Sidewalk Cafe (for 2)
    $6.47

Sample the Local Flavors in Ljubljana

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Ljubljana:

  • Pub Crawl Ljubljana: $24
  • BEER WAY Craft Brewery Visit & Tastings: $27
  • Wine Tasting with Pairing Snacks in Vipava Valley: $27
  • Craft brewery tour and beer tasting, Tour the Brew, Tekotnik : $29
  • Wine Tasting, Slovenian Wine Story: $54
  • Wine Tasting Ljubljana: $59
  • 2-Hour Interactive Wine Tasting Experience in Ljubljana: $64
  • BEER WAY Kamnik Beer Tasting & Brewery Tour: $83
  • 3.5-Hour Ljubljana Food & Wine Tour: $95
  • Food & Wine Tour Ljubljana - Local Foodie Adventure in Slovenia: $98
  • Food and Wine Tasting with a Local Sommelier: $105
  • Private Family-Owned Vineyard Wine Tasting Trip: $145


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

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Belgrade Expensive? and Is Ljubljana Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Belgrade or Ljubljana?

Belgrade has a larger population, and is about 5 times larger than the population of Ljubljana. When comparing the sizes of Belgrade and Ljubljana, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.


When is the best time to visit Belgrade or Ljubljana?

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 Belgrade or Ljubljana in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Belgrade as well as Ljubljana. Additionally, the summer months attract visitors to Ljubljana because of the city activities and the family-friendly experiences.

In the summer, Belgrade is around the same temperature as Ljubljana. Typically, the summer temperatures in Belgrade in July average around 23°C (73°F), and Ljubljana averages at about 22°C (72°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Ljubljana. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Belgrade this time of the year. In the summer, Belgrade often gets more sunshine than Ljubljana. Belgrade gets 285 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Ljubljana receives 260 hours of full sun.

It's quite rainy in Ljubljana. Belgrade usually gets less rain in July than Ljubljana. Belgrade gets 66 mm (2.6 in) of rain, while Ljubljana receives 122 mm (4.8 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Belgrade 23°C (73°F) 
    Ljubljana 22°C (72°F)

Should I visit Belgrade or Ljubljana in the Autumn?

Both Ljubljana and Belgrade are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities. Also, the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area are the main draw to Ljubljana this time of year.

In October, Belgrade is generally around the same temperature as Ljubljana. Daily temperatures in Belgrade average around 14°C (57°F), and Ljubljana fluctuates around 13°C (56°F).

Belgrade usually receives more sunshine than Ljubljana during autumn. Belgrade gets 168 hours of sunny skies, while Ljubljana receives 116 hours of full sun in the autumn.

It rains a lot this time of the year in Ljubljana. In October, Belgrade usually receives less rain than Ljubljana. Belgrade gets 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain, while Ljubljana receives 115 mm (4.5 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Belgrade 14°C (57°F) 
    Ljubljana 13°C (56°F)

Should I visit Belgrade or Ljubljana in the Winter?

Both Ljubljana and Belgrade during the winter are popular places to visit. Also, many travelers come to Ljubljana for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine.

Be prepared for some very cold days in Ljubljana. It's quite cold in Belgrade in the winter. Belgrade is a little warmer than Ljubljana in the winter. The daily temperature in Belgrade averages around 2°C (35°F) in January, and Ljubljana fluctuates around 1°C (34°F).

In the winter, Belgrade often gets more sunshine than Ljubljana. Belgrade gets 71 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Ljubljana receives 47 hours of full sun.

Belgrade usually gets less rain in January than Ljubljana. Belgrade gets 49 mm (1.9 in) of rain, while Ljubljana receives 82 mm (3.2 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Belgrade 2°C (35°F) 
    Ljubljana 1°C (34°F)

Should I visit Belgrade or Ljubljana in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Belgrade and Ljubljana. Also, many visitors come to Ljubljana in the spring for the activities around the city and the natural beauty.

In the spring, Belgrade is a little warmer than Ljubljana. Typically, the spring temperatures in Belgrade in April average around 14°C (56°F), and Ljubljana averages at about 12°C (54°F).

Belgrade usually receives more sunshine than Ljubljana during spring. Belgrade gets 178 hours of sunny skies, while Ljubljana receives 162 hours of full sun in the spring.

Ljubljana receives a lot of rain in the spring. In April, Belgrade usually receives less rain than Ljubljana. Belgrade gets 59 mm (2.3 in) of rain, while Ljubljana receives 110 mm (4.3 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Belgrade 14°C (56°F) 
    Ljubljana 12°C (54°F)

Typical Weather for Ljubljana and Belgrade

Belgrade Ljubljana
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 2°C (35°F) 49 mm (1.9 in) 1°C (34°F) 82 mm (3.2 in)
Feb 4°C (39°F) 44 mm (1.7 in) 4°C (39°F) 80 mm (3.2 in)
Mar 9°C (47°F) 50 mm (2 in) 8°C (46°F) 98 mm (3.8 in)
Apr 14°C (56°F) 59 mm (2.3 in) 12°C (54°F) 110 mm (4.3 in)
May 18°C (65°F) 71 mm (2.8 in) 17°C (62°F) 122 mm (4.8 in)
Jun 21°C (70°F) 90 mm (3.5 in) 20°C (68°F) 155 mm (6.1 in)
Jul 23°C (73°F) 66 mm (2.6 in) 22°C (72°F) 122 mm (4.8 in)
Aug 23°C (73°F) 52 mm (2 in) 22°C (71°F) 145 mm (5.7 in)
Sep 19°C (67°F) 51 mm (2 in) 18°C (65°F) 130 mm (5.1 in)
Oct 14°C (57°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 13°C (56°F) 115 mm (4.5 in)
Nov 8°C (47°F) 54 mm (2.1 in) 7°C (45°F) 135 mm (5.3 in)
Dec 3°C (38°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 2°C (36°F) 101 mm (4 in)