A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Bucharest vs. Budva

Should you visit Bucharest or Budva?

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the prices of travel for Bucharest and Budva. 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.

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.

Budva

A coastal resort in Montenegro, Budva is probably the country's most popular tourist destination. Not only does it host a number of great beaches, but it is also home to a picturesque old town center located on a small peninsula. Some of its best features include narrow winding lanes, historic buildings, churches, and small squares.

Which city is cheaper, Budva or Bucharest?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Bucharest is $127, while the average daily cost in Budva is $90. 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 Bucharest and Budva in more detail.



Accommodation

Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about $116 for a double occupancy room in Bucharest.

Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about $72 for a double occupancy room in Budva.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Bucharest $58
    Budva $36
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Bucharest $116
    Budva $72

Food

The price of a meal in Bucharest can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $54 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $22 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.

Food in Budva costs travelers about $31 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Bucharest $54
    Budva $31

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bucharest

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

  • Bucharest Evening Tour and Traditional Dinner - 3 hours: $80
  • Cooking Class in Transylvania - Day Tour from Bucharest: $199
  • Walking Food Tour in the Old Town of Bucharest: $199
  • Bucharest City Tour & Traditional Home-made Cooking Experience: $223
  • Private Dracula Castle Tour by night and Romanian traditional dinner: $331

Local Transportation

The average price of local transportation around Bucharest is $24 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.

The cost of a taxi ride in Budva is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $20 per person, per day, on local transportation in Budva.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Bucharest $24
    Budva $20

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bucharest

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bucharest:

  • Airport Private Transfer - to or from any Bucharest hotel: $36
  • Airport transfer to Bucharest: $27
  • Arrival Private Transfer from Bucharest Airport OTP to Brasov in Business Car: $142
  • Arrival Private Transfer from Bucharest Airport OTP to Brasov in Luxury Van: $165
  • Arrival Private Transfers from Bucharest Airport OTP to Bucharest City: $41
  • Arrival Private Transfers from Bucharest Airport OTP to Bucharest City: $55
  • Arrival Private Transfers: Bucharest Airport OTP to Bran Castle of Dracula: $236
  • Best transfer from Bucharest Airport to City Center: $3.72
  • Bran Castle of Dracula Yourself : Private Transfer from Bucharest Airport OTP: $236
  • Bucharest (OTP) airport transfer to Predeal - fixed price for up to 7 seats: $299
  • Bucharest - Private Airport Transfer: $15
  • Bucharest - Sibiu transfers: $430

Typical Local Transportation prices in Budva

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


  • Daily Car Rental
    $79

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Budva

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Budva:

  • Budva - Dubrovnik : Private One-Way Transfer with Mercedes Vehicles: $357
  • Budva to Dubrovnik One Way Private Transfer: $95
  • Budva to Dubrovnik one way transfer: $204
  • Budva to Podgorica one way transfer: $129
  • Budva to TIrana Transfer: $224
  • Luxury private transfer from Budva to Dubrovnik: $246
  • Private Transfer Budva to Dubrovnik Airport: $158
  • Private Transfer from Budva or Becici to Dubrovnik airport: $149
  • Private Transfer from Budva or Becici to Tivat airport: $35
  • Private Transfer from Budva to Dubrovnik: $174
  • Private Transfer from Budva to Podgorica Airport (TGD): $88
  • Private Transfer from Budva to Split, Hotel-to-hotel, English-speaking driver: $249

Entertainment

Bucharest's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $13 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.

Entertainment and activities in Budva typically cost an average of $22 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Bucharest $13
    Budva $22

Tours and Activities in Bucharest

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

  • Museum of Senses Bucharest Entrance Ticket: $11
  • One Hour Epic Escape Room Adventure Mystery in Bucharest: $14
  • Half-day tour to the Mogoșoaia Palace by train from Bucharest: $20
  • 3-Hour Guided Tour of Communist Bucharest: $20
  • Skip the line: Bucharest Parliament Palace Ticket: $23
  • Self-Guided Ruse from Bucharest Tour: $24
  • Skip the Line: Palace of the Parliament - Bucharest: $25
  • Dracula's Transylvania Virtual Private 2-Hour Live Guided Tour: $31
  • Bucharest panoramic tour (by car) and city center walking tour, Private tour: $37
  • Bucharest Panoramic Tour by Night - 3 hours: $37
  • Ticket to Ferestroika Museum of Family Life during Communism: $39
  • Wooden Church from Maramures Tour: $40

Tours and Activities in Budva

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

  • 3-Hour Paddle Board or Kayak Tour to Coastal Caves: $36
  • Budva 1 hour Private walking tour: $56
  • Budva City Tour: $61
  • Budva or Petrovac: Paragliding Experience: $86
  • One day private tour to Budva from Kotor: $99
  • Unique lunch experience with locals in high hills above Budva!: $100
  • Tour of the olive garden in Luštica peninsula - Secret of organic oil production: $123
  • One day private tour to Budva from Herceg Novi: $126
  • 6-hour Tour to Dubrovnik from Budva: $159
  • Montenegro tour 1 (National park Lovcen, Kotor, Perast) from Budva: $169
  • Budva Riviera private hiking experience: $187
  • Private Skadar Lake Cruise and Tasting Tour: $199

Alcohol

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Bucharest may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $8.50 per day on alcoholic beverages.

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Budva may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $14 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Bucharest $8.50
    Budva $14

Sample the Local Flavors in Bucharest

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

  • Private Wine Tasting at Bucharest's First Wine Bar: $65
  • Bucharest City Tour and Wine Tasting – 2.5 hours: $88
  • Bike & Wine tour in Dealu Mare wineland: $96
  • Wine tasting at the mansion, Dracula's grave from Snagov & Mogosoaia Palace: $100
  • Traditions in Village Museum and Wine Tasting Tour: $100
  • Romanian Wine Tasting: $106
  • Planetarium in salt mine, Wine tasting and Dracula's grave, Private Tour: $124
  • Wine tasting in lord mansions, nearby Bucharesti, the Romans wine road: $124
  • Wine tasting - 1 Day Tour: $129
  • Private Full Day Tour to The Peles Castle & Wine Tasting - 9 Hours: $134
  • Salt Mine, Mud Volcanoes, and Wine Tasting Private Day Tour from Bucharest: $139
  • Constanta and Wine Tasting - Private Day Tour from Bucharest: $143

Sample the Local Flavors in Budva

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Budva:

  • Private Wine Tour around Lake Skadar: $199


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

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