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

Should you visit Bratislava or Zagreb?

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

Should I visit Bratislava or Zagreb? 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 Zagreb?

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.

Zagreb

Zagreb, in central Croatia, is the country's capital. It has a wonderful old town that has cobblestone streets, historic buildings, and a great atmosphere. Many people travel to Croatia specifically for its beaches and coastal towns, but if you overlook this lovely capital city, you'll miss a large part of the culture and personality that is Croatia.

Which city is cheaper, Zagreb 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 Zagreb is €60. 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 Zagreb in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Bratislava 39
    Zagreb 38
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Bratislava 78
    Zagreb 76
Compare Hotels in Bratislava and Zagreb

Looking for a hotel in Bratislava or Zagreb? 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 Zagreb


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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 Zagreb Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Bratislava 21
    Zagreb 7.17

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
  • Airport to Hotel Private Transfer Service: $25
  • 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
  • Krakow: Private Transfer to or from Bratislava: $351

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Zagreb

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Zagreb:

  • Ultra - Zagreb Private Airport Transfer from City Centre to Zagreb Airport ZAG: $8.71
  • Ultra - Zagreb Private Airport Transfer Zagreb Airport ZAG to City Centre: $8.71
  • Shuttle Transfer from City Center to Airport: $9.07
  • Private Transfer from Zagreb Train or Bus Station to Zagreb City by Sedan Car: $11
  • Private Transfer from Zagreb City to Zagreb Train or Bus Station by Sedan Car: $11
  • Private Transfer from Zagreb to Zagreb International Airport (ZAG): $14
  • Private Transfer from Zagreb Train or Bus Station to Zagreb City by Business Car: $17
  • Private Transfer from Zagreb City to Zagreb Train or Bus Station by Business Car: $17
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Zagreb to Zagreb Airport (ZAG): $19
  • Private Airport Transfer: Zagreb Airport (ZAG) to Zagreb: $19
  • Zagreb Airport and Hotel Transfers.: $27
  • Private transfer: Zagreb International Airport (ZAG) to Zagreb: $30

Is it cheaper to fly into Bratislava or Zagreb?

Prices for flights to both Zagreb 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
    Zagreb 13

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 Zagreb

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

  • Zagreb Culture & Food Tour: $52
  • Taste Zagreb Food Tour: $56
  • Taste Zagreb Food Tour: $61
  • Strukli cooking class with Dolac Market Tour: $68
  • Zagreb Food Tour - Yummy in Your Tummy (Small Group): $87
  • Private Authentic Croatian Cooking Class in Central Zagreb: $108
  • Croatian cuisine cooking class with Dolac market tour: $123
  • Zagreb Walking Food Tour - Sightseeing - Dolac market visit: $123
  • Private Authentic Market Tour and Cooking Class in the Heart of Zagreb: $135
  • The Dionysus Tour Lunch or dinner and Wine Tasting at Plesivica: $147
  • Be Local for a day Market visit Cooking lesson Wine tasting: $264

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Bratislava 24
    Zagreb 9.31

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 Zagreb

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

  • Zagreb 2 € Tour: $3.72
  • Nikola Tesla Technical Museum Ticket: $3.91
  • Skip the Line: Museum of Illusions Admission Ticket: $8.40
  • Skip the Line: Image of War - Photography Museum Ticket: $8.71
  • Zagreb Virtual Live Walking Tour: $11
  • Hop On Hop Off Panoramic bus - Zagreb City Tour: $20
  • Personalized Eclectic Small-Group Walking Tour: $22
  • 2.5-Hour Walking Tour with Funicular Ride: $23
  • Early Morning Light Jogging Urban Tour of Zagreb: $25
  • Feel the Pulse of the City - Small Group Zagreb Walking Tour: $25
  • Walking tour of Zagreb: $25
  • Small-group Walking Tour of Zagreb with Funicular Experience: $25

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Bratislava 15
    Zagreb 7.11

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 Zagreb

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

  • Private Zagreb Walking Tour and Wine Tasting From Zagreb: $103
  • Nature park Lonjsko polje e-bike tour with wine tasting: $144
  • Plesivica Region Wine Tasting Half-day Private Tour: $171
  • Private Wine Tasting Tour from Zagreb: $194
  • Zagreb Region Wine Tour: $200
  • E-Bike Tour & Wine Tasting Private Day Trip from Zagreb: $228
  • Slavonija - Gastro & Wine Tour - private full day: $230
  • Private Samobor Full-Day Tour and Wine Tasting from Zagreb: $456
  • 11-Day Croatian Gastronomy and Wine Tour from Zagreb with End in Dubrovnik: $4,907


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


When is the best time to visit Bratislava or Zagreb?

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 Zagreb in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Bratislava and Zagreb. Most visitors come to Bratislava for the family-friendly experiences during these months.

In the summer, Bratislava is around the same temperature as Zagreb. Typically, the summer temperatures in Bratislava in July are around 23°C (73°F), and Zagreb is about 22°C (72°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Zagreb this time of the year. In Bratislava, it's very sunny this time of the year. Bratislava usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Zagreb during summer. Bratislava gets 255 hours of sunny skies, while Zagreb receives 266 hours of full sun in the summer.

In July, Bratislava usually receives less rain than Zagreb. Bratislava gets 63 mm (2.5 in) of rain, while Zagreb receives 87 mm (3.4 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Bratislava 23°C (73°F) 
    Zagreb 22°C (72°F)

Should I visit Bratislava or Zagreb in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Bratislava as well as Zagreb. The autumn months attract visitors to Bratislava because of the shopping scene and the natural beauty of the area.

In October, Bratislava is generally around the same temperature as Zagreb. Temperatures in Bratislava average around 12°C (54°F), and Zagreb stays around 13°C (55°F).

In the autumn, Bratislava often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Zagreb. Bratislava gets 140 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Zagreb receives 133 hours of full sun.

Bratislava usually gets less rain in October than Zagreb. Bratislava gets 41 mm (1.6 in) of rain, while Zagreb receives 70 mm (2.8 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Bratislava 12°C (54°F) 
    Zagreb 13°C (55°F)

Should I visit Bratislava or Zagreb in the Winter?

Both Zagreb and Bratislava are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities. The museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine are the main draw to Bratislava this time of year.

Be prepared for some very cold days in Zagreb. It's quite cold in Bratislava in the winter. Bratislava is a little warmer than Zagreb in the winter. The temperature in Bratislava is usually 2°C (36°F) in January, and Zagreb stays around 1°C (35°F).

Bratislava usually receives more sunshine than Zagreb during winter. Bratislava gets 65 hours of sunny skies, while Zagreb receives 54 hours of full sun in the winter.

In January, Bratislava usually receives less rain than Zagreb. Bratislava gets 38 mm (1.5 in) of rain, while Zagreb receives 53 mm (2.1 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Bratislava 2°C (36°F) 
    Zagreb 1°C (35°F)

Should I visit Bratislava or Zagreb in the Spring?

Both Zagreb and Bratislava during the spring are popular places to visit. Many travelers come to Bratislava for the natural beauty.

In the spring, Bratislava is around the same temperature as Zagreb. Typically, the spring temperatures in Bratislava in April are around 13°C (55°F), and Zagreb is about 13°C (55°F).

It's quite sunny in Bratislava. In the spring, Bratislava often gets more sunshine than Zagreb. Bratislava gets 202 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Zagreb receives 163 hours of full sun.

Bratislava usually gets less rain in April than Zagreb. Bratislava gets 51 mm (2 in) of rain, while Zagreb receives 65 mm (2.6 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Bratislava 13°C (55°F) 
    Zagreb 13°C (55°F)

Typical Weather for Zagreb and Bratislava

Bratislava Zagreb
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 2°C (36°F) 38 mm (1.5 in) 1°C (35°F) 53 mm (2.1 in)
Feb 4°C (38°F) 42 mm (1.7 in) 4°C (39°F) 46 mm (1.8 in)
Mar 8°C (46°F) 41 mm (1.6 in) 8°C (47°F) 58 mm (2.3 in)
Apr 13°C (55°F) 51 mm (2 in) 13°C (55°F) 65 mm (2.6 in)
May 17°C (63°F) 61 mm (2.4 in) 17°C (63°F) 83 mm (3.3 in)
Jun 20°C (69°F) 74 mm (2.9 in) 20°C (69°F) 101 mm (4 in)
Jul 23°C (73°F) 63 mm (2.5 in) 22°C (72°F) 87 mm (3.4 in)
Aug 22°C (72°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 22°C (71°F) 91 mm (3.6 in)
Sep 18°C (64°F) 45 mm (1.8 in) 18°C (65°F) 81 mm (3.2 in)
Oct 12°C (54°F) 41 mm (1.6 in) 13°C (55°F) 70 mm (2.8 in)
Nov 7°C (45°F) 50 mm (2 in) 8°C (46°F) 85 mm (3.3 in)
Dec 3°C (37°F) 43 mm (1.7 in) 3°C (37°F) 62 mm (2.4 in)


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