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

Should you visit Bratislava or San Juan?

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

Should I visit Bratislava or San Juan? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city has activities that align with your interests along with knowing which is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the details and the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Where Should I go: Bratislava or San Juan?

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.

San Juan

If you've ever set foot on a Caribbean cruise, you've probably spent a bit of time in San Juan, Puerto Rico. However, maybe you should consider spending more than just a port day in this beautiful and historically rich city.

As the capital and largest city in all of Puerto Rico, San Juan is home to approximately 400,000 people. Established in 1521, it is also the second oldest European-founded settlement in the Americas.

As this city fuses a historic paradise with modern day energy, it has absolutely everything to offer. Intellectual wanderers, beach bums, rainforest adventurers and radical surfers will all find plenty to do in San Juan.

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


Which place is cheaper, San Juan or Bratislava?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Bratislava is $133, while the average daily cost in San Juan is $192. 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 Bratislava and San Juan in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Bratislava $54
    San Juan $124
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Bratislava $108
    San Juan $248
Compare Hotels in Bratislava and San Juan

Looking for a hotel in Bratislava or San Juan? 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 Bratislava


Hotels in San Juan


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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: Bratislava Hotel Prices and San Juan Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Bratislava $28
    San Juan $14

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bratislava

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bratislava:

  • Bratislava-Budapest One-Way Sightseeing Transfer: $299
  • Private transfer from Bratislava to Vienna: $267
  • Private Transfer from Bratislava to Budapest with 2h of Sightseeing: $205
  • One Way Private Transfer From Bratislava To Vienna Airport: $154
  • Private Transfer from Bratislava to Budapest, English-speaking driver: $139
  • Private Transfer From Bratislava To Vienna, 2h Stop in Schlosshof: $126
  • Private Transfer from Bratislava City to Vienna City: $100
  • Bratislava Airport to Bojnice Resorts - Arrival Private Transfer: $67
  • Airport to Hotel Private Transfer Service: $24

Hired Cars and Shuttles in San Juan

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

  • Private Transfer in San Juan from or to SJU Airport/Hotel/Cruises: $14
  • Private Departure Transfer - Hotel / Accommodation to San Juan Airport: $22
  • San Juan Airport (SJU) to San Juan Arrival Private Transfer: $47
  • San Juan Luxury Private Round-Trip Transfer: SJU Airport - Cruise Pier - Hotel : $50
  • Puerto Rico Island Wide Private Transfers, Tesla 3 Luxury Sedan.: $63
  • Oneway Transfer- San Juan from/to Rio Grande or Loiza: $68
  • Puerto Rico Island Wide Transfer, Chrysler Minivan, Select Zone: $68
  • Old Walking Tour with Shopping and Hotel Transfer: $70
  • Roundtrip-Transfer from: SJU Airport,Cruises and Hotels in Puerto Rico LuxurySUV: $70
  • Puerto Rico Island Wide Transfer, Tesla Y Luxury SUV, Select Zone: $77
  • Puerto Rico Island Wide Transfer, Tesla S Lux Sedan, Select Zone: $79
  • From Private Transfer to Ceiba Ferry Terminal: $79

Is it cheaper to fly into Bratislava or San Juan?

Prices for flights to both San Juan 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.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Bratislava $49
    San Juan $36

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bratislava

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

  • Dinner with cruise on the Danube river: $63
  • Bratislava Christmas Market Food Tour: $78
  • Local Beer & Food Tour: $144
  • Bratislava Traditional Food Tour: $177

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in San Juan

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

  • From Pinones Beach & Bar Hopping Food Tour: $50
  • Old San Juan Sunset Food Tour with Drinks: $156
  • Savor the Sunset: Old San Juan Walk and Food Tour: $159
  • City Lights Sky — Elevated Dinner Experience: $165
  • Authentic Flavors of San Juan Food Tour: $170
  • Private Local Food Tour in San Juan: $280

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Bratislava $33
    San Juan $49

Tours and Activities in Bratislava

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

  • Magic Christmas tour in Komarno: $237
  • Bratislava - Bike Tour: $54
  • Bratislava - Grand City Tour: $86
  • Bratislava - Hainburg - Cruise on the Danube: $27
  • Bratislava 2 hours walking tour with beer tasting: $54
  • Bratislava Big Castle Tour by Presporacik: $18
  • Bratislava Card with Public Transport Option & Walking Tour: $25
  • Bratislava Castle neighbourhood: Walking route / Audio tour: $8.16
  • Bratislava Castle: Self-Guided City Walking Tour with Audio Guide: $7.39
  • Bratislava Christmas Market Tour with A Local Guide: $44
  • Bratislava City Private Walking Tour: $43
  • Bratislava City Sightseeing Afternoon Walking Tour: $26

Typical Entertainment Prices in San Juan

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


  • Horseback Riding Tour
    $40
  • Full Day Snorkeling Trip
    $100
  • 1 Hr Windsurfing Lesson
    $75

Tours and Activities in San Juan

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

  • Self-Guided Audio Tour of Historic Buildings: $5.99
  • Discover Old In-App Audio Tour of History: $11
  • Self-Guided Tour with Audio Guide: $14
  • Group Transportation in airport, cruise ships, hotels, bnb's in San Juan, PR: $20
  • Old Breathtaking Historic Walking Tour: $25
  • History, Legends, & Highlights Guided Walking Tour: $30
  • Old San Juan Walking Tour with a Local Certified Guide: $30
  • Old San Juan Walking Tour with a Certified Guide: $30
  • Legends of Puerto Rico Haunted Walking Tour: $32
  • Old San Juan History & Culture Guided Walking Tour: $35
  • Urban Park Sky Bull Zipline Experience: $39
  • Old San Juan City Walking Tour: $39

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Bratislava $20
    San Juan $12

Sample the Local Flavors in Bratislava

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Bratislava:

  • Quick Wine Tasting in Michalská: $11
  • Wine Tasting with Sommelier in Bratislava: $14
  • Wine Tasting with Sommelier: $15
  • Wine Tasting IN THE DARK!: $21
  • Wine Tasting IN THE DARK!: $21
  • Craft Beer Pub Tour Bratislava by Team Beer Drink: $74
  • Bratislava 3-Hour Wine Tasting: $105
  • Bratislava City Wine Tasting Tour: $133
  • Devin Castle Tour with Wine Tasting: $161
  • Little Carpathian Wine Tour: $204
  • 6-Hour Carpathian Wine Tour and Tasting: $213
  • Small Carpathian Wine Tasting and Red Stone Castle Tour: $216

Sample the Local Flavors in San Juan

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in San Juan:

  • The Pinones Pub crawl Bar crawl : $70


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Bratislava and San Juan, we can see that San Juan is more expensive. And not only is Bratislava much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Bratislava is in Europe and San Juan is in Caribbean Islands, this is one of the main reasons why the costs are so different, as different regions of the world tend to have overall different travel costs. So, traveling to Bratislava would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Bratislava 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 San Juan would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in San Juan than you might in Bratislava.

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


Which is Bigger, Bratislava or San Juan?

Bratislava has a larger population, and is about 1% larger than the population of San Juan. When comparing the sizes of Bratislava and San Juan, 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 Bratislava or San Juan?

Bratislava has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, but San Juan experiences a warm climate with fairly sunny weather most of the year.

Should I visit Bratislava or San Juan in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Bratislava as well as San Juan. The summer months attract visitors to Bratislava because of the family-friendly experiences. The warm climate attracts visitors to San Juan throughout the year.

Bratislava is cooler than San Juan in the summer. The daily temperature in Bratislava averages around 23°C (73°F) in July, and San Juan fluctuates around 28°C (83°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in San Juan. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Bratislava this time of the year. In the summer, Bratislava often gets less sunshine than San Juan. Bratislava gets 255 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while San Juan receives 287 hours of full sun.

Bratislava usually gets less rain in July than San Juan. Bratislava gets 63 mm (2.5 in) of rain, while San Juan receives 95 mm (3.7 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Bratislava 23°C (73°F) 
    San Juan 28°C (83°F)

Should I visit Bratislava or San Juan in the Autumn?

Both San Juan and Bratislava are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities. The shopping scene and the natural beauty of the area are the main draw to Bratislava this time of year. Plenty of visitors come to San Juan because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year.

In the autumn, Bratislava is much colder than San Juan. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Bratislava in October average around 12°C (54°F), and San Juan averages at about 28°C (82°F).

It's quite sunny in San Juan. Bratislava usually receives less sunshine than San Juan during autumn. Bratislava gets 140 hours of sunny skies, while San Juan receives 235 hours of full sun in the autumn.

It rains a lot this time of the year in San Juan. In October, Bratislava usually receives less rain than San Juan. Bratislava gets 41 mm (1.6 in) of rain, while San Juan receives 135 mm (5.3 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Bratislava 12°C (54°F) 
    San Juan 28°C (82°F)

Should I visit Bratislava or San Juan in the Winter?

Both San Juan and Bratislava during the winter are popular places to visit. Many travelers come to Bratislava for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to San Juan year-round.

Be prepared for some very cold days in Bratislava. In January, Bratislava is generally much colder than San Juan. Daily temperatures in Bratislava average around 2°C (36°F), and San Juan fluctuates around 25°C (77°F).

In San Juan, it's very sunny this time of the year. In the winter, Bratislava often gets less sunshine than San Juan. Bratislava gets 65 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while San Juan receives 240 hours of full sun.

Bratislava usually gets less rain in January than San Juan. Bratislava gets 38 mm (1.5 in) of rain, while San Juan receives 58 mm (2.3 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Bratislava 2°C (36°F) 
    San Juan 25°C (77°F)

Should I visit Bratislava or San Juan in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Bratislava and San Juan. Many visitors come to Bratislava in the spring for the natural beauty. San Juan attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate.

Bratislava is much colder than San Juan in the spring. The daily temperature in Bratislava averages around 13°C (55°F) in April, and San Juan fluctuates around 26°C (79°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in San Juan this time of the year. In Bratislava, it's very sunny this time of the year. Bratislava usually receives less sunshine than San Juan during spring. Bratislava gets 202 hours of sunny skies, while San Juan receives 272 hours of full sun in the spring.

In April, Bratislava usually receives less rain than San Juan. Bratislava gets 51 mm (2 in) of rain, while San Juan receives 69 mm (2.7 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Bratislava 13°C (55°F) 
    San Juan 26°C (79°F)

Typical Weather for San Juan and Bratislava

Bratislava San Juan
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 2°C (36°F) 38 mm (1.5 in) 25°C (77°F) 58 mm (2.3 in)
Feb 4°C (38°F) 42 mm (1.7 in) 25°C (77°F) 41 mm (1.6 in)
Mar 8°C (46°F) 41 mm (1.6 in) 26°C (78°F) 45 mm (1.8 in)
Apr 13°C (55°F) 51 mm (2 in) 26°C (79°F) 69 mm (2.7 in)
May 17°C (63°F) 61 mm (2.4 in) 27°C (81°F) 120 mm (4.7 in)
Jun 20°C (69°F) 74 mm (2.9 in) 28°C (82°F) 82 mm (3.2 in)
Jul 23°C (73°F) 63 mm (2.5 in) 28°C (83°F) 95 mm (3.7 in)
Aug 22°C (72°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 28°C (83°F) 130 mm (5.1 in)
Sep 18°C (64°F) 45 mm (1.8 in) 28°C (83°F) 130 mm (5.1 in)
Oct 12°C (54°F) 41 mm (1.6 in) 28°C (82°F) 135 mm (5.3 in)
Nov 7°C (45°F) 50 mm (2 in) 27°C (80°F) 132 mm (5.2 in)
Dec 3°C (37°F) 43 mm (1.7 in) 26°C (78°F) 92 mm (3.6 in)


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