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

Should you visit Belgrade or Sarajevo?

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 Sarajevo 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 Sarajevo?

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 $35, while the average daily cost in Sarajevo is $55. 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 Belgrade and Sarajevo in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Belgrade $24
    Sarajevo $21
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Belgrade $48
    Sarajevo $42
Compare Hotels in Belgrade and Sarajevo

Looking for a hotel in Belgrade or Sarajevo? 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 Sarajevo


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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 Sarajevo Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Belgrade $4.42
    Sarajevo $5.52

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)
    $1.61

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 Belgrade or Sarajevo?

Prices for flights to both Sarajevo 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 $7.34
    Sarajevo $25

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
  • 5-Hour Small Group Food Tour with Local Guide: $85
  • 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)
    $12

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.
    Belgrade $3.56
    Sarajevo $9.29

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 Highlights Half-Day Panoramic Sightseeing Tour: $33
  • Belgrade City Tour: $38
  • Belgrade City Tour and Avala Mountain: $50

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)
    $7.51

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
    Belgrade $16
    Sarajevo $5.77

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
  • Belgrade Wine Tasting: $42
  • 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.


When is the best time to visit Belgrade 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 Belgrade or Sarajevo in the Summer?

Both Sarajevo and Belgrade during the summer are popular places to visit. Also, many travelers come to Sarajevo for the hiking, the city activities, and the family-friendly experiences.

In July, Belgrade is generally cooler than Sarajevo. Temperatures in Belgrade average around 23°C (73°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 Belgrade. In the summer, Belgrade often gets less sunshine than Sarajevo. Belgrade gets 285 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Sarajevo receives 323 hours of full sun.

Belgrade usually gets more rain in July than Sarajevo. Belgrade gets 66 mm (2.6 in) of rain, while Sarajevo receives 49 mm (1.9 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Belgrade 23°C (73°F) 
    Sarajevo 26°C (78°F)

Should I visit Belgrade or Sarajevo in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Belgrade and Sarajevo. Also, many visitors come to Sarajevo in the autumn for the hiking trails, the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area.

Belgrade is cooler than Sarajevo in the autumn. The temperature in Belgrade is usually 14°C (57°F) in October, and Sarajevo stays around 17°C (62°F).

Belgrade usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Sarajevo during autumn. Belgrade gets 168 hours of sunny skies, while Sarajevo receives 178 hours of full sun in the autumn.

Sarajevo receives a lot of rain in the autumn. In October, Belgrade usually receives less rain than Sarajevo. Belgrade gets 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain, while Sarajevo receives 153 mm (6 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Belgrade 14°C (57°F) 
    Sarajevo 17°C (62°F)

Should I visit Belgrade or Sarajevo in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Belgrade as well as Sarajevo. Also, most visitors come to Sarajevo for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine during these months.

Belgrade can get quite cold in the winter. In the winter, Belgrade is much colder than Sarajevo. Typically, the winter temperatures in Belgrade in January are around 2°C (35°F), and Sarajevo is about 6°C (42°F).

In the winter, Belgrade often gets less sunshine than Sarajevo. Belgrade gets 71 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Sarajevo receives 113 hours of full sun.

It's quite rainy in Sarajevo. Belgrade usually gets less rain in January than Sarajevo. Belgrade gets 49 mm (1.9 in) of rain, while Sarajevo receives 148 mm (5.8 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Belgrade 2°C (35°F) 
    Sarajevo 6°C (42°F)

Should I visit Belgrade or Sarajevo in the Spring?

Both Sarajevo and Belgrade are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities. Also, the spring months attract visitors to Sarajevo because of the activities around the city and the natural beauty.

In April, Belgrade is generally around the same temperature as Sarajevo. Temperatures in Belgrade average around 14°C (56°F), and Sarajevo stays around 14°C (58°F).

Belgrade usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Sarajevo during spring. Belgrade gets 178 hours of sunny skies, while Sarajevo receives 174 hours of full sun in the spring.

It rains a lot this time of the year in Sarajevo. In April, Belgrade usually receives less rain than Sarajevo. Belgrade gets 59 mm (2.3 in) of rain, while Sarajevo receives 127 mm (5 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Belgrade 14°C (56°F) 
    Sarajevo 14°C (58°F)

Typical Weather for Sarajevo and Belgrade

Belgrade Sarajevo
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 2°C (35°F) 49 mm (1.9 in) 6°C (42°F) 148 mm (5.8 in)
Feb 4°C (39°F) 44 mm (1.7 in) 8°C (46°F) 134 mm (5.3 in)
Mar 9°C (47°F) 50 mm (2 in) 11°C (51°F) 124 mm (4.9 in)
Apr 14°C (56°F) 59 mm (2.3 in) 14°C (58°F) 127 mm (5 in)
May 18°C (65°F) 71 mm (2.8 in) 19°C (66°F) 94 mm (3.7 in)
Jun 21°C (70°F) 90 mm (3.5 in) 22°C (72°F) 73 mm (2.9 in)
Jul 23°C (73°F) 66 mm (2.6 in) 26°C (78°F) 49 mm (1.9 in)
Aug 23°C (73°F) 52 mm (2 in) 26°C (78°F) 65 mm (2.5 in)
Sep 19°C (67°F) 51 mm (2 in) 22°C (71°F) 109 mm (4.3 in)
Oct 14°C (57°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 17°C (62°F) 153 mm (6 in)
Nov 8°C (47°F) 54 mm (2.1 in) 11°C (52°F) 203 mm (8 in)
Dec 3°C (38°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 7°C (45°F) 196 mm (7.7 in)


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