A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Bucharest vs. Belgrade for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Bucharest or Belgrade?

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

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Bucharest and Belgrade. 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, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Where Should I go: Bucharest or Belgrade?

Bucharest

Bucharest is the capital and largest city in the country of Romania. With about 2 million residents living in the city and about 2.4 million in the surrounding urban area, it is also one of the largest cities in Southeastern Europe. As such, it is the economic, industrial and commercial center for the country. As a visitor, you will likely enter Romania by arriving in Bucharest. The city continues to grow and change, and there are ongoing infrastructure projects that continue to modernize the city. It is not uncommon to find historic churches on the same block as modern office buildings and Communist style apartment buildings. There are also many sights around town and the city continues to grow as a trendy and fascinating city.

Belgrade

Belgrade is the capital city of the Republic of Serbia. Dating back to the 4th Century BC, is has seen many changes from Celtic tribes at its earliest beginnings to Roman rule, the Ottoman Empire, and Serbian independence. Relics of its past can be seen today in Belgrade's architecture and museums, while there are also a host of contemporary activities like nightlife, clubs, cafes, and concerts.

Which place is cheaper, Belgrade or Bucharest?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Bucharest is $139, while the average daily cost in Belgrade is $45. 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 Bucharest and Belgrade in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Bucharest $64
    Belgrade $30
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Bucharest $128
    Belgrade $60
Compare Hotels in Bucharest and Belgrade

Looking for a hotel in Bucharest or Belgrade? 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 Bucharest


Hotels in Belgrade


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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: Bucharest Hotel Prices and Belgrade Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Bucharest $26
    Belgrade $5.61

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bucharest

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bucharest:

  • Bucharest Airport Transfer: $11
  • Bucharest Transfer Service: $12
  • Bucuresti: Transfer Therme Bucuresti different hours: $12
  • Therme Bucuresti Transfer with Optional Ticket: $13
  • Bucharest Airport: Bus Transfer to/from Ruse: $15
  • Airport Transfer: $15
  • Bucharest Airport Transfer: $16
  • Airport Transfer - Bucharest Otopeni Henri Coandă Airport : $18
  • Bucharest Airport: Bus Transfer to/from Tecuci: $22
  • Private Bucharest Otopeni Airport (OTP) Transfer: $22
  • Private transfer Bucharest Henri Coanda Airport: $22
  • Bucharest Private Airport Transfer from or to City Center Hotel: $22

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Belgrade

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Belgrade:

  • Airport Transfer in Belgrade, Serbia: $37
  • Airport transfer Belgrade: $44
  • BELGRADE TRANSIT TOUR - private layover tour with return airport transfer: $131
  • Belgrade Airport transfer - Business Class: $52
  • Belgrade Layover tour with E Scooter and airport transfers: $216
  • Belgrade N. Tesla Airport (BEG) to Belgrade - Round-Trip Transfer: $70
  • Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport (BEG): Transfer to Belgrade: $146
  • Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport(BEG) to Belgrade - Arrival Transfer: $35
  • Belgrade Panorama - Private Arrival Transfer and City Tour Combined: $241
  • Belgrade airport transfer: $42
  • Belgrade and Avala Mountain Full Day Layover Tour with Round-Trip Airport Transfer: $88
  • Belgrade to Belgrade N. Tesla Airport (BEG) - Departure Transfer: $35

Is it cheaper to fly into Bucharest or Belgrade?

Prices for flights to both Belgrade and Bucharest 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
    Bucharest $59
    Belgrade $9.30

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bucharest

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

  • Dinner at the Museum of Communism - Traditional Food Tour: $54
  • Cooking Class traditional food: $66
  • Mystical beliefs, traditions & history - Walking Food Tour: $70
  • Bucharest Historical Food Tour in Old Center: $71
  • Street Food Tour with a Local Guide: $75
  • Unhealthy Food Tour of Bucharest – 4 hours: $76
  • Bohemian Bucharest Markets and Mahallas Walking Food Tour: $82
  • Bucharest Evening Tour and Traditional Dinner: $86
  • Bucharest Evening Tour and Traditional Dinner - 3 hours: $87
  • Cooking traditional dishes with locals: $104
  • Private Bucharest Food Tour with a Local Foodie: $130
  • The 10 Tastings of Bucharest Private Food Tour : $134

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Belgrade

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

  • E-Scooter Serbian Food Tour: $66
  • Private Walking and Food Tour in Belgrade: $71
  • E-Scooter Serbian Food Tour: $76
  • Private Serbian Food Cooking Experience in Belgrade with Meal: $77
  • The 10 Tastings of Belgrade Private Food Tour : $136
  • Folklore night in Belgrade with dinner: $169

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Bucharest $15
    Belgrade $4.52

Tours and Activities in Bucharest

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

  • Bucharest Self-Guided Audio Tour: $9.00
  • Alternative Bucharest Walking Tour: $11
  • Reptiland Bucharest Entry Ticket: $13
  • Communism Walking Tour from Lenin to Ceausescu in Bucharest: $13
  • Walking Tour - Delightful Bucharest (Old Town & Victory Avenue): $14
  • Bucharest Old Centre Tour: $15
  • City Highlights Guided Walking Tour: $17
  • Bucharest Highlights Walking Tour: $18
  • Calea Victoriei and Old Town Highlights Tour: $18
  • Parliament Palace Skip-the-line Ticket: $21
  • Skip the line: Bucharest Parliament Palace Ticket: $21
  • Virtual Reality Experience: $21

Tours and Activities in Belgrade

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

  • Skip the Line: Family Centar Sremska Mitrovica -Playroom for kids: $1.10
  • First Discovery Walk and Reading Walking Tour: $3.25
  • Jack The Ripper Skip-the-Line Ticket in Belgrade: $3.29
  • Belgrade City Exploration Game and Tour: $6.49
  • Self-Guided City Highlights Scavenger Hunt & Tour: $6.49
  • Belgrade Scavenger Hunt and Best Landmarks Self-Guided Tour: $6.59
  • Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour: $14
  • Stunning Belgrade Self-Guided Audio Tour: $15
  • Underground Tour with Glass of Wine: $16
  • Walking Tour in Belgrade: $16
  • Yugoslavia Communist tour: $16
  • Saint Sava Temple guided tour: $16

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Bucharest $9.29
    Belgrade $21

Sample the Local Flavors in Bucharest

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

  • Weekend Pub Crawl: $24
  • Bucharest Pub Crawl in the Old Town: $25
  • Private Bucharest Pub Crawl: $32
  • Pub Crawl Bucuresti Experientã de top în Bucuresti: $33
  • Bachelors Party in Custom Bar Crawl: $38
  • Private Bar Crawling in Bucharest Old City: $43
  • Private Wine Tasting in Bucharest: $44
  • Bar Crawling: $44
  • Pub Crawl in the Old CIty and Rooftop Hopping in Bucharest: $44
  • Wine Tasting in Bucharest: $45
  • Pub Crawl in the Old CIty and Rooftop Hopping in Bucharest: $48
  • Private Romanian Wine Tasting in Urlați: $52

Sample the Local Flavors in Belgrade

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Belgrade:

  • RE:PLAY Pub Crawl Belgrade: $44
  • Columbo Pub Crawl Belgrade: $44
  • Wines & Horses Wine Tasting surrounded by Horses: $49
  • Belgrade Reserved Pub Crawl: $49
  • Play Pub Crawl Belgrade: $49
  • Natural wine tasting with great views: $49
  • RePlay Pub Crawl in Belgrade: $53
  • E-Scooter CRAFT BEER and BREWERY Tour: $54
  • Urban Rakija Distillery Tour in Belgrade: $55
  • Belgrade Bar Crawl: $55
  • Tour of the MONASTERIES at Fruška Gora NP and Sremski Karlovci with wine tasting: $55
  • Pearl of North Serbia, trip to Novi Sad and Sremski Karlovci with wine tasting: $60


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

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


Which is Bigger, Bucharest or Belgrade?

Bucharest has a larger population, and is about 47% larger than the population of Belgrade. When comparing the sizes of Bucharest and Belgrade, 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 Bucharest or Belgrade?

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 Bucharest or Belgrade in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Bucharest and Belgrade. Most visitors come to Bucharest for the city activities and the family-friendly experiences during these months.

In the summer, Bucharest is around the same temperature as Belgrade. Typically, the summer temperatures in Bucharest in July average around 23°C (73°F), and Belgrade averages at about 23°C (73°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Belgrade this time of the year. In Bucharest, it's very sunny this time of the year. Bucharest usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Belgrade during summer. Bucharest gets 289 hours of sunny skies, while Belgrade receives 285 hours of full sun in the summer.

In July, Bucharest usually receives around the same amount of rain as Belgrade. Bucharest gets 64 mm (2.5 in) of rain, while Belgrade receives 66 mm (2.6 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Bucharest 23°C (73°F) 
    Belgrade 23°C (73°F)

Should I visit Bucharest or Belgrade in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Bucharest as well as Belgrade. The autumn months attract visitors to Bucharest because of the city's sights and attractions and the shopping scene.

In October, Bucharest is generally cooler than Belgrade. Daily temperatures in Bucharest average around 13°C (55°F), and Belgrade fluctuates around 14°C (57°F).

In the autumn, Bucharest often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Belgrade. Bucharest gets 177 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Belgrade receives 168 hours of full sun.

Bucharest usually gets less rain in October than Belgrade. Bucharest gets 32 mm (1.3 in) of rain, while Belgrade receives 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Bucharest 13°C (55°F) 
    Belgrade 14°C (57°F)

Should I visit Bucharest or Belgrade in the Winter?

Both Belgrade and Bucharest 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 Bucharest this time of year.

Be prepared for some very cold days in Belgrade. It's quite cold in Bucharest in the winter. Bucharest is much colder than Belgrade in the winter. The daily temperature in Bucharest averages around -1°C (29°F) in January, and Belgrade fluctuates around 2°C (35°F).

Bucharest usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Belgrade during winter. Bucharest gets 71 hours of sunny skies, while Belgrade receives 71 hours of full sun in the winter.

In January, Bucharest usually receives less rain than Belgrade. Bucharest gets 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain, while Belgrade receives 49 mm (1.9 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Bucharest -1°C (29°F) 
    Belgrade 2°C (35°F)

Should I visit Bucharest or Belgrade in the Spring?

Both Belgrade and Bucharest during the spring are popular places to visit. Many travelers come to Bucharest for the activities around the city.

In the spring, Bucharest is around the same temperature as Belgrade. Typically, the spring temperatures in Bucharest in April average around 12°C (54°F), and Belgrade averages at about 14°C (56°F).

In the spring, Bucharest often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Belgrade. Bucharest gets 185 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Belgrade receives 178 hours of full sun.

Bucharest usually gets less rain in April than Belgrade. Bucharest gets 46 mm (1.8 in) of rain, while Belgrade receives 59 mm (2.3 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Bucharest 12°C (54°F) 
    Belgrade 14°C (56°F)

Typical Weather for Belgrade and Bucharest

Bucharest Belgrade
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan -1°C (29°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 2°C (35°F) 49 mm (1.9 in)
Feb 1°C (34°F) 36 mm (1.4 in) 4°C (39°F) 44 mm (1.7 in)
Mar 6°C (43°F) 38 mm (1.5 in) 9°C (47°F) 50 mm (2 in)
Apr 12°C (54°F) 46 mm (1.8 in) 14°C (56°F) 59 mm (2.3 in)
May 18°C (64°F) 70 mm (2.8 in) 18°C (65°F) 71 mm (2.8 in)
Jun 21°C (70°F) 77 mm (3 in) 21°C (70°F) 90 mm (3.5 in)
Jul 23°C (73°F) 64 mm (2.5 in) 23°C (73°F) 66 mm (2.6 in)
Aug 22°C (72°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 23°C (73°F) 52 mm (2 in)
Sep 18°C (65°F) 42 mm (1.7 in) 19°C (67°F) 51 mm (2 in)
Oct 13°C (55°F) 32 mm (1.3 in) 14°C (57°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
Nov 6°C (44°F) 49 mm (1.9 in) 8°C (47°F) 54 mm (2.1 in)
Dec 1°C (34°F) 43 mm (1.7 in) 3°C (38°F) 58 mm (2.3 in)