A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Bratislava vs. Budva for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Bratislava or Budva?

Should I visit Bratislava or Budva? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Bratislava

The capital and largest city of Slovakia, Bratislava is set on the shores of the Danube River near the borders of Austria and Hungary. While the city is skirted by mountains and vineyards, its 18th century old town center is crossed with cobbled walkways and surrounded by historic landmarks and architecture. One such monument is the Bratislava Castle, set atop a hill overlooking it all-the old town, the river, and the bustle of people in the charming city below.

Budva

A coastal resort in Montenegro, Budva is probably the country's most popular tourist destination. Not only does it host a number of great beaches, but it is also home to a picturesque old town center located on a small peninsula. Some of its best features include narrow winding lanes, historic buildings, churches, and small squares.

Which city is cheaper, Budva or Bratislava?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Bratislava is €97, while the average daily cost in Budva is €74. 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 Bratislava and Budva in more detail.



Accommodation

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around €39. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Bratislava the cost is €78 on average.

Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about €60 for a double occupancy room in Budva.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Bratislava 39
    Budva 30
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Bratislava 78
    Budva 60

Food

The price of a meal in Bratislava can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is €36 per person, and a typical meal will cost around €14 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.

Food in Budva costs travelers about €25 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Bratislava 36
    Budva 25

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bratislava

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

  • Bratislava Traditional Food Tour: $102
  • Traditional Food Tour: $118
  • Vegan Bratislava Food Tour: $118
  • Local Beer & Food Tour: $128

Local Transportation

The cost of a taxi ride in Bratislava is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent €21 per person, per day, on local transportation in Bratislava.

The cost of a taxi ride in Budva is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent €16 per person, per day, on local transportation in Budva.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Bratislava 21
    Budva 16

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bratislava

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bratislava:

  • Arrival Private Transfer Bratislava Airport to Bratislava City by Business Car: $19
  • Arrival Private Transfer Bratislava Airport to Bratislava City by Luxury Car: $37
  • Arrival Private Transfer Bratislava Airport to Bratislava City by Luxury Van: $25
  • Bratislava - Budapest transfer: $180
  • Bratislava-Budapest One-Way Sightseeing Transfer: $105
  • Deluxe Private Transfer from Bratislava City to Vienna City: $50
  • Departure Private Transfer Bratislava City to Bratislava Airport by Business Car: $19
  • Departure Private Transfer Bratislava City to Bratislava Airport by Luxury Car: $37
  • Departure Private Transfer Bratislava City to Vienna Airport VIE by Luxury Van: $67
  • Direct one way transfer from Bratislava to Český Krumlov: $510
  • Private Airport Transfer: Bratislava Airport (BTS) to Bratislava: $18
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Bratislava to Bratislava Airport (BTS): $18

Typical Local Transportation prices in Budva

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Budva are as follows:


  • Daily Car Rental
    65

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Budva

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Budva:

  • Transfer from Budva(Montenegro) to Dubrovnik (Croatia ) for individual transfers: $33
  • Private Transfer from Budva or Becici to Tivat airport: $35
  • Transfer from Budva to Dubrovnik airport: $46
  • Taxi Transfer Budva to Podgorica: $56
  • Tivat to Budva private one way transfer: $66
  • Private Transfer from Budva to Tivat Airport (TIV): $77
  • Private Transfer from Budva to Podgorica Airport (TGD): $88
  • Budva to Dubrovnik One Way Private Transfer: $95
  • Budva to Podgorica one way transfer: $129
  • Private Transfer from Budva or Becici to Dubrovnik airport: $149
  • Private Transfer Budva to Dubrovnik Airport: $158
  • Private Transfer from Montenegro to Dubrovnik Airport: $166

Is it cheaper to fly into Bratislava or Budva?

Prices for flights to both Budva and Bratislava 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.





Entertainment

Entertainment and activities in Bratislava typically cost an average of €24 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

Entertainment and activities in Budva typically cost an average of €18 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Bratislava 24
    Budva 18

Tours and Activities in Bratislava

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

  • Bratislava Self-Guided Audio Tour: $11
  • Bratislava Nightlife Ticket: $14
  • Old Town Tour in Bratislava by Prešporáčik Oldtimer: $15
  • Bratislava Classical Walking Tour: $21
  • Bratislava City Private Walking Tour: $22
  • Best customized walking tour with bonus: $25
  • 2 Hour Sightseeing Tour of Bratislava: $32
  • Bratislava Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $41
  • Taxi City Tour Bratislava: $50
  • Bratislava by Night Tour: $50
  • Private Bratislava Grand City Tour: $75
  • Devin Castle Tour: $78

Tours and Activities in Budva

Here are a few actual costs in Budva for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • 3-Hour Paddle Board or Kayak Tour to Coastal Caves: $36
  • Budva 1 hour Private walking tour: $56
  • Budva City Tour: $61
  • Budva or Petrovac: Paragliding Experience: $86
  • One day private tour to Budva from Kotor: $99
  • Unique lunch experience with locals in high hills above Budva!: $100
  • Tour of the olive garden in Luštica peninsula - Secret of organic oil production: $123
  • One day private tour to Budva from Herceg Novi: $126
  • 6-hour Tour to Dubrovnik from Budva: $159
  • Montenegro tour 1 (National park Lovcen, Kotor, Perast) from Budva: $169
  • Budva Riviera private hiking experience: $187
  • Private Skadar Lake Cruise and Tasting Tour: $199

Alcohol

The average person spends about €15 on alcoholic beverages in Bratislava per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Budva may vary from person to person, on average a person spends €11 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Bratislava 15
    Budva 11

Sample the Local Flavors in Bratislava

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Bratislava:

  • Burlesque show: $37
  • 3 Hours Bratislava Pub Crawl Walking Tour with Beers & Bites: $55
  • Bratislava Wine Tour: $75
  • Bratislava 3-Hour Wine Tasting: $93
  • Bratislava Food and Wine Tour: $100
  • Bratislava Half Day Hubert Sparkling Wine Tasting: $115
  • Private Wine Tour to Small Carpathians: $156
  • Devin Castle Tour With Currant Wine Tasting: $163
  • Private Small Carpathian Wine Tour: $214

Sample the Local Flavors in Budva

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Budva:

  • Private Wine Tour around Lake Skadar: $199


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

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