A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Bucharest vs. Kotor for Food, Old Town, Couples, and Backpackers

Should you visit Bucharest or Kotor?

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 Kotor. 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.

Bucharest

Since it's a large city, you'll find plenty of things to do. It's also known for shopping, museums, and nightlife.

Kotor

Kotor is a scenic, beautiful, and charming coastal town. It also offers plenty of small town charm and also has plenty of sights and activities. The famous beauty of this place is one of the main draws. It also has a unique and quaint vibe that attracts lots of visitors. And you can't forget about the beaches, hiking, and food.

Bucharest and Kotor: Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Good public transit
Cons
  • Less popular for food
  • Less popular old town
  • Less family-friendly
  • Less popular with couples
  • Less walkable
Pros
  • Popular for food and cuisine
  • Scenic old town
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Very walkable
  • Small town charm
  • Impressive beauty
  • Quaint atmosphere
Cons
  • Public transit not as usable


How is Bucharest different from Kotor?

Which is Better for a Holiday?

Let's take a look at the differences and similarities between Kotor and Bucharest. Then, you can decide for yourself which place is better for your next trip.

Is Bucharest or Kotor Better for Food?

Bucharest
Kotor

Kotor has a longer list of notable local restaurants than Bucharest.

Eat your way through Kotor, as it has many local or world renowned restaurants to choose from. Food is fresh and hearty, with many dishes including meats, cheeses, and bread. Popular local dishes include börek, black risotto, and pasulj (a type of baked beans prepared with meats and spices). Seafood is an obvious choice around town as well. Ask for whatever is fresh and enjoy a delicious meal. There are also a number of dessert cafes where you can enjoy pastries at a very affordable price.

Bucharest is becoming an appealing option for foodies. Many Romanian recipes have been passed down through the generations and they still use traditional flavors. You'll see some German or Hungarian influences, but the flavors are still uniquely Romanian. Popular dishes include ciorba (tripe soup), cabbage rolls, and mici (grilled meat rolls).


Is Bucharest or Kotor Better for Nightlife?

Bucharest
Kotor

Party-goers will find similar levels of energy in Bucharest and Kotor.

Bucharest has an active nightlife scene for those who seek it out. The city has come to life with its party scene, with many bars and clubs that you can choose from. There are rooftop bars, chic dance clubs, and cozy pubs where you can pass the evening. You'll find most of the upscale clubs in the northern part of the city, with a more casual scene found in the downtown areas around Universitate and Romanā.

Kotor doesn't have the most active nightlife scene. It has some of the best nightlife in Montenegro, but outside of the summer months you'll find things are very calm. Head to the old town for the highest concentration of bars and clubs.

Is Bucharest or Kotor Better for its Old Town?

Bucharest
Kotor

Kotor has a more popular old town than Bucharest.

The old town of Kotor is one of the most recognized in the world. The city walls and compact historic area make the old town a unique place to explore.

Bucharest has an old town worth visiting. The old town dates back to the 15th and 16th centuries, with much of the historical charm seen in the architecture. Many of the buildings have been restored, but others are still awaiting repairs. This gives the area a sense of authenticity that you often miss in other old towns.

Is Bucharest or Kotor Better for Families?

Bucharest
Kotor

Both Bucharest and Kotor are family-friendly destinations.

Bucharest doesn't usually come to mind when thinking about kid-friendly destinations. Kid-friendly activities include kid's play areas, museums such as the Museum of the Senses, and water centered activities like rowing in the park or visiting the wellness center Therme.

Kotor offers lots of family activities. Kids will enjoy wandering the streets of old town, exploring the city's fortress, or making their way around the city walls. There are a few beaches to explore, but they are a bit rocky. It's also fun to get out on the water on a boat ride.

Is Bucharest or Kotor Better for Couples?

Bucharest
Kotor

Kotor offers a wider variety of romantic activities for couples than Bucharest.

Couples visit Kotor frequently as it offers plenty of romantic activities. The charming old town, picturesque views, and quaint personality of the town make this a great couple's get away. Whether you want to lounge on the water's edge or soak up the unique culture, there are many hidden sides to the coastal town.

Bucharest is not always the best place to visit for a couple. The city has some romantic settings such as wandering down Victory Avenue or exploring the historic Cotroceni Neighbourhood. There are also several gardens and a number of nice cafes to explore.


Is Bucharest or Kotor Better for Backpackers and Budget Travelers?

Bucharest
Kotor

Bucharest and Kotor are comparable places to visit for backpackers and budget travelers.

Bucharest is popular with backpackers and budget travelers. The city is affordable, but it's often overlooked by backpackers. Part of the charm for many is the sense of authenticity that can often be hard to find in travel these days.

Plenty of budget travelers and backpackers visit Kotor. The town is affordable and reasonably accessible, making it a great option for backpackers. It's not as touristy as some of the more popular coastal towns in the area, so you can enjoy a bit of authenticity without spending big bucks.

Is Bucharest or Kotor Better for Public Transit?

Bucharest
Kotor

Bucharest provides more public transit options than Kotor.

The public transit in Bucharest can get you around easily. Public transit options include trams, buses, and trolley buses.

Public transit is mostly limited in Kotor. Cars aren't allowed in the old town, but you can travel to nearby town's by bus. Most leave from the town's main bus station with higher frequency during the summer months.

Is Bucharest or Kotor a more walkable city?

Bucharest
Kotor

Kotor is considered more walkable than Bucharest.

Getting around Kotor on foot is easy. The old town is best explored on foot.

Bucharest is a somewhat walkable . Many of the tourist attractions are within a walkable area.

Should I spend more time in Kotor or Bucharest?

How long in Bucharest or Kotor?

It's fun to spend time in either Bucharest or Kotor. Generally, people tend to spend more time in Kotor due to the larger number of activities and things to do.

The ideal length of time for a trip to Bucharest is 1-3 days, and the ideal length of time for a trip to Kotor is 3-4 days.


  • How many days in Bucharest or Kotor? Ideal Length of Stay
    Bucharest 1-3 
    Kotor 3-4

One day in Bucharest or Kotor?

In Bucharest, many people enjoy the shopping and museums that this cultural destination offers. This offers a variety of activities to choose from. Because of this, one day is usually enough time for a trip here.

Even though Kotor is a small town, it has plenty of activities to choose from. Visiting the old town is also a must. Since there is so much to do in the area, one day is probably not enough for all of it. It has many unique tourist attractions and fascinating things to do.


A weekend in Bucharest or Kotor?

It's hard to know how much time to spend in Bucharest. For many, it makes a great getaway for a weekend. This would be the perfect place to spend a weekend, as it has just the right amount of activities. The length of your ideal trip is an individual decision.

Kotor is a small town where visitors enjoy the scuba diving and snorkeling and food. Hikers are also drawn to this area. A weekend is usually not enough time for a trip here as there is plenty to do. This coastal town offers a variety of activities to choose from.

Five days in Bucharest or Kotor?

Bucharest is a fun place to experience. Travelers enjoy the nightlife and food when visiting the destination of Bucharest. Most people find that five days is more than enough time to see everything.

Kotor is a small town, so it's a great destination if you're short on time. The length of your ideal trip is an individual decision. Exploring the old town is a popular activity. Five days is plenty of time to see everything, even with extra days to spare.

A week in Bucharest or Kotor?

You'll find food and shopping around the less touristy destination of Bucharest. Take your pick from the many activities offered here. One week is plenty of time to see everything, even with extra days to spare.

Kotor is a popular choice for travelers. Make sure you visit the old town while you're here. One week is usually plenty of time to spend here with extra days to spare. With this much time, visitors often visit nearby destinations or take day trips. It will give you the chance to have new experiences.

Which city is cheaper, Kotor or Bucharest?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Bucharest is $114, while the average daily cost in Kotor is $87. 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 Bucharest and Kotor in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Bucharest $52
    Kotor $43
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Bucharest $104
    Kotor $86
Compare Hotels in Bucharest and Kotor

Looking for a hotel in Bucharest or Kotor? 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 Kotor


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Bucharest $22
    Kotor $8.05

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 Transfers in Bucharest City: $74
  • 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

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Kotor

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Kotor:

  • Kotor - Dubrovnik: Private One-Way Transfer with Mercedes Vehicles: $332
  • Kotor - Mostar - one way private transfer: $236
  • Kotor to Tirana Transfer: $218
  • One way private transfer Kotor-Mostar: $336
  • Private Transfer from Kotor to Split, Hotel-to-hotel, English-speaking driver: $234
  • Private Transfer from Kotor to Tivat Airport (TIV): $77
  • Private Transfer from Kotor to Tivat airport: $25

Is it cheaper to fly into Bucharest or Kotor?

Prices for flights to both Kotor 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 $48
    Kotor $37

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

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Kotor

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

  • Dinner Cruise: $49

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Bucharest $12
    Kotor $7.24

Tours and Activities in Bucharest

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

  • Bellu Outdoor Museum Exploration Game & Tour: $5.67
  • Old Town Hidden Gems Exploration Game and Tour: $7.95
  • Museum of Senses Bucharest Entrance Ticket: $11
  • One Hour Epic Escape Room Adventure Mystery in Bucharest: $14
  • Escape Room Experience: $17
  • Half-day tour to the Mogoșoaia Palace by train from 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
  • Guided Ceausescu Villa Tour: $25
  • Jewish Tour of Bucharest: $28
  • Dracula's Transylvania Virtual Private 2-Hour Live Guided Tour: $31

Tours and Activities in Kotor

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

  • One-Hour Guided Kotor Old Town Walking Tour: $12
  • Kotor Walking - "Group Tour": $12
  • 1.5-Hour Guided Walking Tour: $14
  • Semi Submarine: Kotor Panorama & Underwater Experience: $15
  • Sightseeing Kotor: $15
  • Kotor Walk Tour: $15
  • Kotor Boat Tour: $19
  • Kotor Old Town Small-Group Walking Tour: $19
  • Panorama and Semi-Submarine Underwater Experience: $23
  • Group Perast & Lady of the Rock tour: $24
  • Kotor - Lady Of The Rocks And Perast 2hr Group Tour: $25
  • Kotor Old Town Walking Tour: $25

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Bucharest $7.61
    Kotor $7.40

Sample the Local Flavors in Bucharest

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

  • Pub Crawl in the Old Town: $23
  • Wine Tasting Tour of Bucharest Old Town: $61
  • Wine Tasting Tour at First Wine Bar: $61
  • Private Wine Tasting at Bucharest's First Wine Bar: $65
  • Bucharest City Tour and Wine Tasting – 2.5 hours: $88
  • Traditions in Village Museum & Wine Tasting: $93
  • 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
  • Romanian Wine Tasting Experience: $113
  • Lacerta Crama Wine Tasting: $113

Sample the Local Flavors in Kotor

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Kotor:

  • Wine tasting and magical tour from Kotor, Budva, Tivat (Lovcen,Skadar lake): $179
  • Traditional and Modern Mixed Wine Tour: $242
  • Gastronomic and Wine Tasting Private Tour: $721


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


When is the best time to visit Bucharest or Kotor?

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 Kotor in the Summer?

Both Kotor and Bucharest are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities. Many travelers come to Bucharest for the city activities and the family-friendly experiences. Also, many visitors come to Kotor in the summer for the beaches, snorkeling, the hiking, the small town charm, and the family-friendly experiences.

In July, Bucharest is generally cooler than Kotor. Temperatures in Bucharest average around 23°C (73°F), and Kotor stays around 26°C (80°F).

It's quite sunny in Kotor. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Bucharest. Bucharest usually receives less sunshine than Kotor during summer. Bucharest gets 289 hours of sunny skies, while Kotor receives 341 hours of full sun in the summer.

In July, Bucharest usually receives more rain than Kotor. Bucharest gets 64 mm (2.5 in) of rain, while Kotor receives 47 mm (1.8 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Bucharest 23°C (73°F) 
    Kotor 26°C (80°F)

Should I visit Bucharest or Kotor in the Autumn?

Both Kotor and Bucharest during the autumn are popular places to visit. Many visitors come to Bucharest in the autumn for the city's sights and attractions and the shopping scene. Also, most visitors come to Kotor for the hiking trails, the small town atmosphere, and the natural beauty of the area during these months.

Bucharest is cooler than Kotor in the autumn. The temperature in Bucharest is usually 13°C (55°F) in October, and Kotor stays around 17°C (63°F).

In Kotor, it's very sunny this time of the year. In the autumn, Bucharest often gets less sunshine than Kotor. Bucharest gets 177 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Kotor receives 203 hours of full sun.

Kotor gets a good bit of rain this time of year. Bucharest usually gets less rain in October than Kotor. Bucharest gets 32 mm (1.3 in) of rain, while Kotor receives 174 mm (6.9 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Bucharest 13°C (55°F) 
    Kotor 17°C (63°F)

Should I visit Bucharest or Kotor in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Bucharest and Kotor. Most visitors come to Bucharest for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine during these months. Also, the winter months attract visitors to Kotor because of the cuisine.

Bucharest can be very cold during winter. In the winter, Bucharest is much colder than Kotor. Typically, the winter temperatures in Bucharest in January are around -1°C (29°F), and Kotor is about 6°C (42°F).

Bucharest usually receives less sunshine than Kotor during winter. Bucharest gets 71 hours of sunny skies, while Kotor receives 121 hours of full sun in the winter.

Kotor receives a lot of rain in the winter. In January, Bucharest usually receives less rain than Kotor. Bucharest gets 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain, while Kotor receives 186 mm (7.3 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Bucharest -1°C (29°F) 
    Kotor 6°C (42°F)

Should I visit Bucharest or Kotor in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Bucharest as well as Kotor. The spring months attract visitors to Bucharest because of the activities around the city. Also, the beaches, the small town charm, and the natural beauty are the main draw to Kotor this time of year.

In April, Bucharest is generally cooler than Kotor. Temperatures in Bucharest average around 12°C (54°F), and Kotor stays around 14°C (58°F).

In the spring, Bucharest often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Kotor. Bucharest gets 185 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Kotor receives 194 hours of full sun.

It's quite rainy in Kotor. Bucharest usually gets less rain in April than Kotor. Bucharest gets 46 mm (1.8 in) of rain, while Kotor receives 154 mm (6.1 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Bucharest 12°C (54°F) 
    Kotor 14°C (58°F)

Typical Weather for Kotor and Bucharest

Bucharest Kotor
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan -1°C (29°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 6°C (42°F) 186 mm (7.3 in)
Feb 1°C (34°F) 36 mm (1.4 in) 8°C (46°F) 172 mm (6.8 in)
Mar 6°C (43°F) 38 mm (1.5 in) 11°C (51°F) 173 mm (6.8 in)
Apr 12°C (54°F) 46 mm (1.8 in) 14°C (58°F) 154 mm (6.1 in)
May 18°C (64°F) 70 mm (2.8 in) 19°C (67°F) 83 mm (3.3 in)
Jun 21°C (70°F) 77 mm (3 in) 23°C (73°F) 64 mm (2.5 in)
Jul 23°C (73°F) 64 mm (2.5 in) 26°C (80°F) 47 mm (1.8 in)
Aug 22°C (72°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 26°C (79°F) 74 mm (2.9 in)
Sep 18°C (65°F) 42 mm (1.7 in) 22°C (72°F) 130 mm (5.1 in)
Oct 13°C (55°F) 32 mm (1.3 in) 17°C (63°F) 174 mm (6.9 in)
Nov 6°C (44°F) 49 mm (1.9 in) 11°C (53°F) 224 mm (8.8 in)
Dec 1°C (34°F) 43 mm (1.7 in) 7°C (45°F) 215 mm (8.5 in)


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