A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Belgrade vs. Sarajevo

Should you visit Belgrade or Sarajevo?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Belgrade and Sarajevo can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

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.

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 Belgrade?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Belgrade is $22, while the average daily cost in Sarajevo is $64. 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. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Belgrade and Sarajevo in more detail.




Accommodation

The average price for accommodation for two people in Belgrade is $19. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.

For a normal double-occupancy room in Sarajevo, $48 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Sarajevo, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is $24, such as in a hostel.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Belgrade $9.35
    Sarajevo $24
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Belgrade $19
    Sarajevo $48


Food

While meal prices in Belgrade can vary, the average travelers spends about $8.38 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Belgrade should cost around $3.35 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Belgrade is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

In Sarajevo travelers spend around $29 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Belgrade $8.38
    Sarajevo $29

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Belgrade

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

  • VISIT SERBIA: Private Cooking Lesson in Belgrade: $70
  • Folklore night in Belgrade with dinner: $191

Typical Food prices in Sarajevo

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


  • Restaurant Dinner (for 2)
    $14

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


Local Transportation

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $5.05 per day to get around in Belgrade.

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Sarajevo than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $6.41 on transportation in Sarajevo on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Belgrade $5.05
    Sarajevo $6.41

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Belgrade

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Belgrade:

  • VISIT SERBIA: Belgrade Railway Station - Private Transfer & Pick Up: $6.64
  • VAN Private transfer from Belgrade Airport: $64
  • Private transfer tour to Timisoara with sightseeing: $197
  • Private transfer tour to Sarajevo via Visegrad with sightseeing: $311
  • Private transfer tour to Sarajevo via Sirmium with sightseeing: $276
  • Private transfer tour to Pristina with sightseeing: $311
  • Private transfer from Belgrade or Belgrade Airport to Novi Sad: $100
  • Private transfer from Belgrade Airport: $40
  • Private luxury airport transfer with black Mercedes E-class and free WiFi access: $40
  • Private Transfer from Belgrade to Zagreb with 2h of Sightseeing: $278
  • Private Transfer from Belgrade to Split, Hotel-to-hotel, English-speaking driver: $483
  • Private Transfer from Belgrade to Split with 2 Sightseeing Stops: $520

Typical Local Transportation prices in Sarajevo

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


  • Tram Tickets (for 2)
    $1.87

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Sarajevo

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

  • Sarajevo Airport Transfer: $15
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Sarajevo to Sarajevo International Airport (SJJ): $23
  • Private Airport Transfer: Sarajevo International Airport (SJJ) to Sarajevo: $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
  • Private Transfer from Sarajevo Airport (SJJ) to Krivoglavci: $60


Entertainment

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $4.07 per person, per day in Belgrade. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.

Sightseeing expenses in Sarajevo, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $11 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Belgrade $4.07
    Sarajevo $11

Tours and Activities in Belgrade

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

  • 3-Hour Belgrade Zemun Neighborhood Tour: $50
  • Avala & Rakia tour: $49
  • Avala&Kosmaj Bike Tour: $73
  • BELGRADE BUS AND WALKING TOUR, Experience daily life: $56
  • Belgrade 3 hour Tuktuk sightseeing tour (price per vehicle): $149
  • Belgrade 4 hour walking tour: $382
  • Belgrade 6 Bridges of Sava River Kayak Tour: $41
  • Belgrade 90 minute Tuktuk sightseeing tour (price per vehicle): $81
  • Belgrade Big Tour: Top Attractions and Belgrade Neighborhoods: $62
  • Belgrade City Tour: $38
  • Belgrade City Tour and Avala Mountain: $50
  • Belgrade Craft Beer Tour (by Belgrade Nightlife Tours): $37

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)
    $8.72

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
  • Sarajevo Full Walking Tour: $17
  • Adventurous City Tour including Tunnel of Hope: $19
  • Sarajevo Full Walking Tour: $19
  • Tunnel Of Hope Tour: $19
  • Hardships and the Aftermath - Sarajevo Under Siege Tour: $19
  • Sensational Sarajevo Sunset Walking Tour: $19


Alcohol

The average person spends about $19 on alcoholic beverages in Belgrade per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

Typically, people visiting Sarajevo spend on average $6.70 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Belgrade $19
    Sarajevo $6.70

Sample the Local Flavors in Belgrade

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

  • BEERgrade Pub Crawl Tour: $24
  • Belgrade Pub Crawl (by Belgrade Nightlife Tours): $37
  • Belgrade Unique Local Wine Tasting Tour (By Belgrade Nightlife Tours): $37
  • Pearl of North Serbia, trip to Novi Sad and Sremski Karlovci with wine tasting: $52
  • Novi Sad and Sremski Karlovci Wine Tour From Belgrade: $68
  • From Sremski Karlovci & Novi Sad with Wine Tasting in a cellar: $75
  • Oplenac Royal Complex and Wine Tasting Full Day Tour from Belgrade: $93
  • Day trip from Serbian Wine Story - Wine Tasting in Sumadija Region: $131
  • Private Day Trip from Avala and Royal Town Topola with Wine Tasting: $137
  • Private Day Trip from Viminacium & Smederevo Fort with Wine Tasting: $149
  • Private Wine Tour in Royal Region: $157

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 Belgrade and Sarajevo, we can see that Sarajevo 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 Sarajevo would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Sarajevo than you might in Belgrade.

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