A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Brasov vs. Sofia for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Brasov or Sofia?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Brasov or Sofia, this travel comparison, which includes costs, can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison down below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Where Should I go: Brasov or Sofia?


Brasov is a mountain resort city in the region of Transylvania in Romania, surrounded by the Carpathian Mountains and best known for its medieval architecture and history.


Sofia is the capital of Bulgaria and also its largest city. Some people have tried to compare it to Budapest, but the cities are actually quite different. In Sofia you will find wonderful European style architecture intertwined with Communist style buildings. It's fascinating to see the two dramatically different building styles immediately next to each other. There are also many Orthodox Churches around town, with their beautiful domes and intricate details.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Luxury Tours to Romania, The Best Budget Tours to Romania, The Best Family-Friendly Tours to Bulgaria, and The Best Hiking & Trekking Tours in Bulgaria.

Which place is cheaper, Sofia or Brasov?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Brasov is $61, while the average daily cost in Sofia is $65. 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 Brasov and Sofia in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Brasov $23
    Sofia $41
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Brasov $46
    Sofia $82
Compare Hotels in Brasov and Sofia

Looking for a hotel in Brasov or Sofia? 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 Brasov

Hotels in Sofia

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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: Brasov Hotel Prices and Sofia Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Brasov $18
    Sofia $8.50

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Brasov

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Brasov:

  • Transfer Bucuresti - Brasov: $370
  • Brasov to Bucharest - Private Transfer: $327
  • Bucharest to Brasov - Private Transfer: $327
  • Private Transfer from Brasov to Bucarest (OTP) Airport: $254
  • Premium Private Transfer : Bucharest Airport to/from Brasov: $253
  • Private transfer from OTP Airport to Brasov or Return: $142
  • Bucharest Private Transfer to/from Brasov: $142
  • Private Transfer from Brasov to Bucharest, 2h of Sightseeing, Local Driver: $125
  • Bran Castle of Dracula Yourself : Private Round-Trip Transfer from Brasov City: $88
  • Airport Transfer Bucharest: $78
  • Private Airport Transfers from Bucharest: $78
  • Transfer from Brasov to Bucharest with Hotel Pick-up: $67

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Sofia

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

  • Transfer from Sofia airport to hotel in Sofia OR vice versa: $20
  • Transfer from the Sofia airport to your hotel in Sofia OR vice versa: $24
  • Sofia Airport Shared Departure Transfer to Borovets: $27
  • Shared Transfer: From Sofia Airport to Bansko Resort: $28
  • Private Airport Transfer to Sofia City Center: $31
  • Private Transfer from Sofia (SOF) Airport to Sofia City: $42
  • Try find your better than us ! Airport transfer service in Sofia APT-HTL (SOF): $48
  • Airport Transfer from Sofia Airport: $49
  • Private Guided Transfer from Sofia Airport to Bansko Ski Resort with a Rila Monastery visit: $52
  • Private Transfer from Sofia to Sofia Airport SOF in Business Car: $54
  • Private Transfer from Sofia Airport SOF to Sofia in Business Car: $54
  • Private One-way Transfer Sofia Airport to Hotel or vice versa: $54

Is it cheaper to fly into Brasov or Sofia?

Prices for flights to both Sofia and Brasov 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 Meals for one day
    Brasov $26
    Sofia $18

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Brasov

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

  • Small-Group organic home-made dinner in a Brasov village: $94
  • Enjoy Traditional Romanian Cooking in Brasov: $95

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Sofia

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

  • Guided Night Tour & Folklore Performance with Dinner: $49
  • Half-Day Sofia Evening Walking Tour with Vegetarian Dinner: $50
  • Sofia by Night Panoramic Tour with Dinner and Folklore Show: $98
  • Sofia by Night: Panoramic City Tour and Folklore Dinner: $107
  • Private Sofia Night Tour with Bulgarian Folklore & Dinner: $109
  • Sofia by Night: Private Tour with Dinner: $119
  • Evening City Tour with Folklore Dinner: $119

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Brasov $9.78
    Sofia $6.00

Tours and Activities in Brasov

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

  • Bran Castle Entry Tickets : $24
  • 3 Castles : Peles ,Bran ,Cantacuzino Wednesday filming site-Tour from Brasov : $99
  • 4 Hours Guided Bear Watching Tour in Carpathian Mountains: $85
  • Bear watching experience near Brasov: $150
  • Bears Sanctuary, Dracula Castle and Poiana Brasov-Private day tour from Brasov: $92
  • Best day adventure: Transfagarasan private tour from Brasov: $152
  • Bran Castle - Guided Tour: $43
  • Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Entrance Fees Included - Optional Peles Castle Visit: $89
  • Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress Tour from Brasov with Optional Peles Castle Visit: $51
  • Bran and Rasnov Castles Tour from Brasov: $55
  • Brasov City Tour - Visit the CROWN City included Black Church entrance: $86

Tours and Activities in Sofia

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

  • Audio Guided Museum Paleontology and Historical Geology Ticket: $3.87
  • Rila Monastery: Monastery & Museums Self-Guided Audio Tour 7 lang: $5.52
  • Self-Guided Audio Tour on Your Phone (ENG): $7.61
  • Self-guided tour of Boyana Church: $7.73
  • Sofia Scavenger Hunt and Sights Self-Guided Tour: $7.76
  • Sofia Scavenger Hunt and Sights Self Guided Tour: $7.93
  • Self-guided Tour in the Museum of Socialist Art: $7.95
  • Self-Guided Audio Tour: $11
  • Guided Walking Tour of Sofia: $11
  • Audio Guide for All Sofia Sights, Attractions or Experiences: $12
  • Self-Guided Audio Tour: $14
  • Sofia Audio guide Tour offers available in 7 languages: $14

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Brasov $7.95
    Sofia $8.51

Sample the Local Flavors in Brasov

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Brasov:

  • Bran Castle, Rasnov Fortress and Palinca Distillery Day Trip From Brasov: $99
  • Azuga wine tasting on a day trip from Brasov: $135
  • DayTour to Bran “Dracula’s” Castle + Peles Castle + Wine tasting at Azuga cellar: $138

Sample the Local Flavors in Sofia

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Sofia:

  • Sofia's Hidden Bars: 4-Hour Pub Crawl: $20
  • Sofia Pub Crawl Tour of The Hidden Unique Bars: $20
  • Wine Tasting in Heart of Sofia: $33
  • Sofia Bar Crawl: $54
  • Special Selection Bulgarian Wine Tasting: $60
  • Special Selection Bulgarian Wine Tasting: $66
  • Sofia Exquisite Wine Tasting: $76
  • Private Sofia Tour with Wine Tasting: $108
  • Private Sofia City Tour with Wine Tasting: $110
  • Hisarya, Starosel, and Wine Tasting Tour from Sofia: $116
  • Private Cheese and Wine Tasting Experience in Sofia: $120
  • Plovdiv and Thracia Valley with Wine Tasting: $121

When comparing the travel costs between Brasov and Sofia, we can see that Sofia 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.

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

Which is Bigger, Brasov or Sofia?

Sofia has a larger population, and is about 4 times larger than the population of Brasov. When comparing the sizes of Brasov and Sofia, 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.