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

Should you visit Bratislava or Zadar?

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

Should I visit Bratislava or Zadar? 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 Zadar?

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.

Zadar

You'll find Zadar in northern Dalmatia, Croatia. It is located on the Adriatic Sea and is the center of Zadar County. It is both the historic center for the region and the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Zadar. There are a handful of sights around town, most of which can be explored on foot.

The climate for the city is a mix between humid subtropical and a Mediterranean climate. The winters are usually mild and wet, and the summers are humid and warm. The hottest months are July and August when temperatures can exceed 30 degrees Celsius. Average yearly rainfall usually exceeds 917 mm. Fall months often remain warm and temperatures are often around 30 degrees Celsius as well. In general, the temperatures rarely drop below freezing, even during the coldest month of January. The rainiest months are October and November, although winter is considered the wet season. July is usually the driest month. Water temperatures are around 25 degrees Celsius in July and August and it may be possible to swim any time between May and October.

Which city is cheaper, Zadar 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 Zadar is €72. 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 Bratislava and Zadar in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Bratislava 39
    Zadar 41
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Bratislava 78
    Zadar 82
Compare Hotels in Bratislava and Zadar

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Hotels in Bratislava


Hotels in Zadar


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Bratislava 21
    Zadar 7.64

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bratislava

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bratislava:

  • Private Airport Transfer: Bratislava Airport (BTS) to Bratislava: $18
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Bratislava to Bratislava Airport (BTS): $18
  • Arrival Private Transfer Bratislava Airport to Bratislava City by Business Car: $19
  • Departure Private Transfer Bratislava City to Bratislava Airport by Business Car: $19
  • Private arrival OR departure transfer in Bratislava (hotel OR airport pick-up): $22
  • Airport to Hotel Private Transfer Service: $25
  • Arrival Private Transfer Bratislava Airport to Bratislava City by Luxury Van: $25
  • Arrival Private Transfer Bratislava Airport to Bratislava City by Luxury Car: $37
  • Departure Private Transfer Bratislava City to Bratislava Airport by Luxury Car: $37
  • Deluxe Private Transfer from Bratislava City to Vienna City: $50
  • Private Transfer Bratislava Airport BTS to Vienna Airport or City - Business Car: $52
  • Departure Private Transfer Bratislava City to Vienna Airport VIE by Luxury Van: $67

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Zadar

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Zadar:

  • Private Departure Airport Transfer From Zadar City to Zadar Airport: $23
  • Zadar Airport Transfers: $33
  • Transfers from Zadar airport to Zadar city: $33
  • Plitvice Lakes National Park - Day Tour Transfer: $37
  • Krka Waterfalls National Park - Day Tour Transfer: $37
  • Private Transfer from Zadar Port to Zadar Airport (ZAD): $42
  • Private Transfer from Zadar City to Zadar Airport (ZAD): $42
  • Private Transfer from Borik Zadar to Zadar Airport (ZAD): $42
  • Zadar CITY to Zadar AIRPORT | Private transfer: $60
  • Private Transfer from Zadar to Split, Hotel-to-hotel, English-speaking driver: $172
  • Private Arrival Transfer to Novalja from Zadar Airport: $174
  • Vip Transfer Service: $182

Is it cheaper to fly into Bratislava or Zadar?

Prices for flights to both Zadar 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 36
    Zadar 23

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

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Zadar

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

  • Traditional Dalmatian dinner: $61
  • Zadar Market Tour and Cooking Class: $75
  • Zadar - Private Market Tour & Cooking Class: $167
  • From Taste Dalmatian Peka - Countryside Cooking Class: $253
  • Dalmatian dinner in rented holiday home: $773

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Bratislava 24
    Zadar 15

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
  • Old Town Cake Tasting Experience: $11
  • Bratislava by Sightseeing Bus: $14
  • Bratislava Nightlife Ticket: $14
  • Old Town Tour in Bratislava by Prešporáčik Oldtimer: $15
  • Nedbalka Gallery with Coffee and Cake Ticket: $16
  • 1-Hour Small Group Walking Tour: $18
  • City Sightseeing Afternoon Walking Tour: $18
  • City Highlights Running Tour: $18
  • Bratislava Classical Walking Tour: $21
  • Bratislava City Private Walking Tour: $22
  • Best customized walking tour with bonus: $25

Tours and Activities in Zadar

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

  • Museum of Illusions Entrance Ticket: $11
  • Zadar Walking Tour: $18
  • Rome vs. Venice - Zadar City Tour: $20
  • Zadar City Tour 90min Walk: $20
  • Walking tour of Zadar city: $23
  • Zadar City Tour 120min Walk: $27
  • Virtual Reality Walking Tour of Zadar's History: $29
  • Croatian Homeland War Walking Tour: $30
  • Zadar Walking Tour: $32
  • Guided Communist City Tour of Zadar: $32
  • Zadar Walking Tour with Virtual Reality Experience: $34
  • Plitvice lakes excursion , no guide ,no group , entrance ticket not included, simple and cheap: $37

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Bratislava 15
    Zadar 9.31

Sample the Local Flavors in Bratislava

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Bratislava:

  • Modra: Private Wine Tasting at a Family-Operated Winery: $28
  • 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 Zadar

Also in Zadar, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Zadar Wine Tasting: $50


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Bratislava and Zadar, we can see that Bratislava is more expensive. And not only is Zadar much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Zadar would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Zadar 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 Zadar.


When is the best time to visit Bratislava or Zadar?

Both destinations experience a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. And since both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Bratislava or Zadar in the Summer?

Both Zadar and Bratislava are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities. The summer months attract visitors to Bratislava because of the family-friendly experiences.

In the summer, Bratislava is cooler than Zadar. Typically, the summer temperatures in Bratislava in July are around 23°C (73°F), and Zadar is about 26°C (80°F).

It's quite sunny in Zadar. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Bratislava. Bratislava usually receives less sunshine than Zadar during summer. At this time of the year, Bratislava gets 255 hours of sunny skies, while Zadar receives 345 hours of full sun.

In July, Bratislava usually receives more rain than Zadar. At this time of the year, Bratislava gets 63 mm (2.5 in) of rain, while Zadar receives 28 mm (1.1 in) of rain.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Bratislava 23°C (73°F) 
    Zadar 26°C (80°F)

Should I visit Bratislava or Zadar in the Autumn?

Both Zadar and Bratislava during the autumn are popular places to visit. The shopping scene and the natural beauty of the area are the main draw to Bratislava this time of year.

In October, Bratislava is generally cooler than Zadar. Temperatures in Bratislava average around 12°C (54°F), and Zadar stays around 18°C (64°F).

In Zadar, it's very sunny this time of the year. In the autumn, Bratislava often gets less sunshine than Zadar. Bratislava gets 140 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Zadar receives 200 hours of full sun.

Bratislava usually gets less rain in October than Zadar. Bratislava gets 41 mm (1.6 in) of rain, while Zadar receives 79 mm (3.1 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Bratislava 12°C (54°F) 
    Zadar 18°C (64°F)

Should I visit Bratislava or Zadar in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Bratislava and Zadar. Many travelers come to Bratislava for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine.

Be prepared for some very cold days in Bratislava. Bratislava is much colder than Zadar in the winter. The temperature in Bratislava is usually 2°C (36°F) in January, and Zadar stays around 8°C (47°F).

Bratislava usually receives less sunshine than Zadar during winter. At this time of the year, Bratislava gets 65 hours of sunny skies, while Zadar receives 128 hours of full sun.

In January, Bratislava usually receives less rain than Zadar. At this time of the year, Bratislava gets 38 mm (1.5 in) of rain, while Zadar receives 83 mm (3.3 in) of rain.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Bratislava 2°C (36°F) 
    Zadar 8°C (47°F)

Should I visit Bratislava or Zadar in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Bratislava as well as Zadar. Many visitors come to Bratislava in the spring for the natural beauty.

In the spring, Bratislava is cooler than Zadar. Typically, the spring temperatures in Bratislava in April are around 13°C (55°F), and Zadar is about 15°C (59°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Zadar. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Bratislava this time of the year. In the spring, Bratislava often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Zadar. Bratislava gets 202 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Zadar receives 212 hours of full sun.

Bratislava usually gets less rain in April than Zadar. Bratislava gets 51 mm (2 in) of rain, while Zadar receives 66 mm (2.6 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Bratislava 13°C (55°F) 
    Zadar 15°C (59°F)

Typical Weather for Zadar and Bratislava

Bratislava Zadar
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 2°C (36°F) 38 mm (1.5 in) 8°C (47°F) 83 mm (3.3 in)
Feb 4°C (38°F) 42 mm (1.7 in) 9°C (48°F) 68 mm (2.7 in)
Mar 8°C (46°F) 41 mm (1.6 in) 11°C (52°F) 75 mm (3 in)
Apr 13°C (55°F) 51 mm (2 in) 15°C (59°F) 66 mm (2.6 in)
May 17°C (63°F) 61 mm (2.4 in) 20°C (67°F) 56 mm (2.2 in)
Jun 20°C (69°F) 74 mm (2.9 in) 23°C (74°F) 51 mm (2 in)
Jul 23°C (73°F) 63 mm (2.5 in) 26°C (80°F) 28 mm (1.1 in)
Aug 22°C (72°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 26°C (79°F) 50 mm (2 in)
Sep 18°C (64°F) 45 mm (1.8 in) 22°C (72°F) 61 mm (2.4 in)
Oct 12°C (54°F) 41 mm (1.6 in) 18°C (64°F) 79 mm (3.1 in)
Nov 7°C (45°F) 50 mm (2 in) 13°C (56°F) 108 mm (4.3 in)
Dec 3°C (37°F) 43 mm (1.7 in) 10°C (49°F) 100 mm (3.9 in)


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