A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Brussels vs. Sarajevo

Should you visit Brussels or Sarajevo?

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the prices of travel for Brussels and Sarajevo. We’ll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget. So, let's dig into it.

Brussels

Brussels is the capital of Belgium and also the sight of the headquarters of the European Union. Generally speaking, it's an expensive city that sees a good amount of travelers. It is also a highly political city that has an air of importance and power. It's an incredibly international city, with people from all over the world flocking to it due to its political, economical, and cultural significance.

Sarajevo

Sarajevo is the capital city of Bosnia and is one of the most culturally and historically interesting cities to visit in Europe. The city was at the crossroads where the Eastern and Western Roman Empires divided, and the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches divided. Today it is most associated with the Civil War that occurred here between 1992 and 1995. There are still many remnants of the war left, from the cemeteries that dot the countryside to the leftover damage done by bombs. Despite its brutal history, Sarajevo has begun to thrive again, both economically and as a tourist destination.

Which city is cheaper, Sarajevo or Brussels?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Brussels is €97, while the average daily cost in Sarajevo is €53. 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 Brussels and Sarajevo in more detail.



Accommodation

Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about €108 for a double occupancy room in Brussels.

For a normal double-occupancy room in Sarajevo, €40 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Sarajevo, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is €20, such as in a hostel.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Brussels 54
    Sarajevo 20
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Brussels 108
    Sarajevo 40

Food

The price of a meal in Brussels can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is €25 per person, and a typical meal will cost around €10 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.

In Sarajevo travelers spend around €24 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Brussels 25
    Sarajevo 24
Typical Food prices in Brussels

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Brussels:


  • Ice Cream & Macaroons
    4.60
  • Dessert (Turkish Delights)
    4.75
  • Cheese
    5.60
  • Olives and Snacks
    6.98
  • Waffle
    3.00

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Brussels

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

  • Classic Belgian cooking class and lunch: $79
  • Your Private Tailored Belgian Food Tour with a Local: $93
  • Cooking Lesson and Gourmet Belgian-Inspired Meal with a Local in Brussels: $115
  • Private Brussels Food Tour (walking lunch or dinner): $373

Typical Food prices in Sarajevo

For Sarajevo, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Restaurant Dinner (for 2)
    11

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Sarajevo

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

  • Traditional Bosnian Dinner with your Host Family: $38
  • A Taste of Sarajevo - Authentic Food Tour: $49
  • Dinner with locals: $57
  • Cooking Classes - Contemporary Bosnian cuisine: $65
  • Simple Bosnian Cooking Class Sarajevo: $68
  • Home-hosted Cooking Class: Cook and Eat with Bosnian family: $74
  • Bosnian Cooking Lessons: $75

Local Transportation

The cost of a taxi ride in Brussels is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent €13 per person, per day, on local transportation in Brussels.

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Sarajevo than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend €5.26 on transportation in Sarajevo on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Brussels 13
    Sarajevo 5.26
Typical Local Transportation prices in Brussels

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


  • Subway Pass
    4.50
  • Atomium train ticket (2)
    8.00

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Brussels

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Brussels:

  • private Transfer to Outlet Roermond by luxury car from Brussels Roundtrip: $317
  • private Transfer to Outlet Maasmechelen by luxury car from Brussels Roundtrip: $267
  • Transfer from Charleroi Airport (CRL) to Brussels city (any hotel or address): $153
  • Transfer from Charleroi Airport (CRL) to Brussels city (any hotel or address): $186
  • Transfer from Brussels city to BRU Airport with luxury Mercedes e class: $77
  • Transfer from Brussels city (any hotel or address) to Paris: $995
  • Transfer from Brussels city (any hotel or address) to Paris: $829
  • Transfer from Brussels city (any hotel or address) to Luxembourg: $657
  • Transfer from Brussels city (any hotel or address) to Luxembourg: $763
  • Transfer from Brussels city (any hotel or address) to Amsterdam: $763
  • Transfer from Brussels city (any hotel or address) to Amsterdam: $657
  • Transfer Shuttle Brussels London (1-8 Seats): $491

Typical Local Transportation prices in Sarajevo

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Sarajevo:


  • Tram Tickets (for 2)
    1.53

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Sarajevo

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

  • One Way Transfer From Sarajevo To Mostar Or From Mostar To Sarajevo: $169
  • Private Airport Transfer: Sarajevo International Airport (SJJ) to Sarajevo: $23
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Sarajevo to Sarajevo International Airport (SJJ): $23
  • Private Sarajevo Airport Transfer Nand Half Day City Tour: $133
  • Private Transfer Sarajevo to Split with Mostar Town: $382
  • Private Transfer from Sarajevo Airport (SJJ) to Banja luka: $486
  • Private Transfer from Sarajevo Airport (SJJ) to Beograd: $756
  • Private Transfer from Sarajevo Airport (SJJ) to Bihac: $663
  • Private Transfer from Sarajevo Airport (SJJ) to Bjelašnica: $111
  • Private Transfer from Sarajevo Airport (SJJ) to Bojnik: $77
  • Private Transfer from Sarajevo Airport (SJJ) to Bugojno: $287
  • Private Transfer from Sarajevo Airport (SJJ) to Cazin: $774

Entertainment

Entertainment and activities in Brussels typically cost an average of €12 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

Sightseeing expenses in Sarajevo, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of €8.86 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Brussels 12
    Sarajevo 8.86

Tours and Activities in Brussels

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

  • 2-Hours Private Sightseeing Trip in Brussels: $83
  • 3 hours Private walking tour of Brussels with ParisRio Local guide: $345
  • 3-Day Rail Tour - Brussels to Bruges & Amsterdam (Return): $683
  • 5 Day Rail Tour - Belgium & The Netherlands: $1,000
  • 5-Day Rail Tour - Brussels, Bruges & Amsterdam: $890
  • 7 Day Rail Tour - Belgium & The Netherlands: $1,207
  • 7 Day Rail Tour - Bruges, Antwerp and Amsterdam (Brussels Return): $1,166
  • Amsterdam Private City Tour from Brussels with licensed Guide and Limo Driver: $683
  • Antwerp Private City Tour Half-Day From Brussels +Licensed Guide and Limo Driver: $311
  • Artistic Bruges on a Private Tour with a local: $75
  • BEST Brussels Sightseeing Tour Including View of the City from the Basilica Dome: $386
  • Battle of the Bulge Battlefields of WWII Full Day Private Tour: $653

Typical Entertainment prices in Sarajevo

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Sarajevo's activities, tours, and tickets:


  • National Museum (for 2)
    7.16

Tours and Activities in Sarajevo

For Sarajevo, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Svrzo House Entrance Ticket: $3.73
  • Museum Of Crimes Against Humanity And Genocide 1992-1995 Entrance Ticket: $6.22
  • Skip the Line: War Childhood Museum Adult Ticket: $6.38
  • GRAND SARAJEVO WALKING TOUR (history, arhitecture and art): $14
  • Sarajevo Grand Walking Tour: $15
  • Sarajevo Talkie-Walkie Tour: $15
  • Sarajevo Full Walking Tour: $17
  • Adventurous City Tour including Tunnel of Hope: $19
  • Sarajevo Full Walking Tour: $19
  • Tunnel Of Hope Tour: $19
  • Hardships and the Aftermath - Sarajevo Under Siege Tour: $19
  • Sensational Sarajevo Sunset Walking Tour: $19

Alcohol

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Brussels may vary from person to person, on average a person spends €9.36 per day on alcoholic beverages.

Typically, people visiting Sarajevo spend on average €5.50 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Brussels 9.36
    Sarajevo 5.50
Typical Alcohol prices in Brussels

Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Brussels are as follows:


  • Bottle of Wine
    10
  • Beer
    6.00

Sample the Local Flavors in Sarajevo

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

  • Small-group Wine Tasting Expiriance, with lunch in vineyard: $80


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

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