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

Should you visit Bucharest or Plovdiv?

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 Plovdiv. 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 Plovdiv?


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.


Located in a large, hilly plain between the Rhodope Mountains in the south of Bulgaria and the Balkan Range in the central part of the country, Plovdiv sits uniquely spread across six hills. It is one of the oldest continuously-inhabited cities in the world, dating back roughly 8,000 years. Some of its best features are its ancient ruins and historic architecture.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Bucharest, The Best Family-Friendly Tours to Romania, Tours for Outdoor and Nature Lovers in Bulgaria, and The Best Adventure Tours to Bulgaria.

Which place is cheaper, Plovdiv or Bucharest?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Bucharest is $140, while the average daily cost in Plovdiv is $81. 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 Plovdiv in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Bucharest $64
    Plovdiv $45
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Bucharest $128
    Plovdiv $90
Compare Hotels in Bucharest and Plovdiv

Looking for a hotel in Bucharest or Plovdiv? 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 Plovdiv

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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 Plovdiv Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Bucharest $26
    Plovdiv $22

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bucharest

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bucharest:

  • Tulcea Bucharest Private Transfer: $175
  • Transfert Privat București: $61
  • Transfers to Danube Port: Bucharest - Navrom Tulcea: $132
  • Transfer from Otopeni Airport to Bucharest: $29
  • Transfer from Bucharest to Brasov: $165
  • Transfer and Full Access All Day at Therme Spa Bucharest : $110
  • Transfer From Bucharest Airport To Sofia Bulgaria: $294
  • Transfer Bucharest Otopeni Airport (OTP) to/from Brasov: $247
  • Transfer Bucharest Airport to Brasov: $291
  • Transfer Airport Otopeni - Bucharest: $44
  • Transfer Aeroport Otopeni: $65
  • Transfer & Access for 4.5-Hour at Therme Bucuresti: $59

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Plovdiv

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

  • Private Transfer from Plovdiv to Burgas: $138
  • Private Transfer from Plovdiv to Sofia: $83
  • Private Transfer from Plovdiv to Sunny Beach: $152
  • Private Transfer from Plovdiv to Varna: $177
  • Private Transfer from Pamporovo to Sofia (SOF) Airport: $162
  • Sofia: Private transfer from Sofia to Plovdiv: $83
  • Transfer Plovdiv to Sofia airport/city with a car 3+1: $99
  • Transfer from Plovdiv to Burgas city/airport with sedan/minivan/minibus: $193
  • Transfer from Plovdiv to Sofia: $105
  • Transfer from Plovdiv to Stara Zagora: $88
  • Varna: Private Transfer from Varna to Plovdiv: $177

Is it cheaper to fly into Bucharest or Plovdiv?

Prices for flights to both Plovdiv 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 Meals for one day
    Bucharest $59
    Plovdiv $21

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bucharest

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

  • Dinner and tour inside the Museum of Communism: $51
  • Bohemian Bucharest Markets and Mahallas Traditional Food Tour: $61
  • Cooking Class traditional food: $66
  • Street Food Tour with a Local Guide: $75
  • Unhealthy Food Tour of Bucharest – 4 hours: $76
  • Bucharest Evening Tour and Traditional Dinner: $85
  • Bucharest Evening Tour and Traditional Dinner - 3 hours: $87
  • Private Walking Food Tour - Culture, History & Traditions: $99
  • Private Bucharest Food Tour with a Local Foodie: $130
  • Cooking Class in Transylvania - Day Tour from Bucharest: $183
  • 4-Hour Walking Food Tour in the Old Town: $204
  • Bucharest City Tour & Traditional Home-made Cooking Experience: $230

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Bucharest $15
    Plovdiv $16

Tours and Activities in Bucharest

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

  • Bears Sanctuary, Dracula's Castle, Brasov Day Trip Private Tour from Bucharest: $252
  • Bucharest Panoramic Sightseeing - Private City Tour: $94
  • Walking Tour - Delightful Bucharest (Old Town & Victory Avenue): $14
  • 1 Day 4x4 Tour in Carpathian Mountains: $175
  • 10h Bucharest City Tour & Snagov Monastery (Dracula's Grave): $261
  • 14 Days Private Tour in Romania, Moldova & Transnistria: $4,780
  • 2 Days Private Tour - The Romanian Caves from Bucharest: $565
  • 2 Hour Photoshoot Experience Near Bucharest Architectural Charms: $99
  • 2-Day Transylvania Short Tour from Bucharest: $445
  • 2-Hour Private Walking Tour in Bucharest: $22
  • 2-Hours Private Bucharest City Tour: $157
  • 2h Bucharest Private Tour by Car : $88

Tours and Activities in Plovdiv

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

  • Old Town Self-Guided Audio Tour: $14
  • Plovdiv Old Town Self-Guided Audio Tour: $14
  • Pokémon GO Private Tour of Plovdiv: $18
  • Self-Guided Tour in Damascena Complex Rose Valley: $18
  • Audio Guide for All Haskovo & Kardjali Sights, Attractions or Experiences: $21
  • Guided Walking Tour: $22
  • Plovdiv guided walking tour: $22
  • Plovdiv Communist Walking Tour Soviet Landmarks: $27
  • Plovdiv Private City Walking Tour Old Town & Ancient Stadium: $27
  • Plovdiv Walking Tour Around Tepes and City Highlights: $29
  • Private Virtual Tour in Plovdiv with a Local Guide: $32
  • Plovdiv Walking Tour To Old Town And Ancient Roman Landmarks: $33

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Bucharest $9.35
    Plovdiv $9.73

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
  • Bachelors Party in Custom Bar Crawl: $38
  • Bar Crawling: $44
  • Pub Crawl in the Old CIty and Rooftop Hopping in Bucharest: $48
  • Private Wine Tasting Experience: $49
  • Wine Tasting in Bucharest: $49
  • Private Romanian Wine Tasting in Urlați: $52
  • Bucharest Guided Pub Crawl: $53
  • Guided Pub Crawl in Bucharest: $56
  • Bucharest Old Town Pub and Bar Crawl with Guide: $57
  • Bucharest VIP Bar Crawl in Lipscani 'Old Town': $59

Sample the Local Flavors in Plovdiv

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Plovdiv:

  • Bulgarian Wine Tasting Experience in the Center of Plovdiv: $19
  • Chateau Copsa Wine Tasting Tours & Activities: $21
  • Old Town Exploring Guide Roman Ruins & Wine Tasting: $81
  • Thracian Valley wine tasting - private day tour from Plovdiv: $92
  • Private Day Trip From Plovdiv To Wine Cellars And Wine Tasting: $109
  • From Sofia: Plovdiv and Perushtitsa Tour With Wine Tasting: $135
  • Half-Day of Horseback Adventure with Wine Tasting: $169

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

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

Which is Bigger, Bucharest or Plovdiv?

Bucharest has a larger population, and is about 6 times larger than the population of Plovdiv. When comparing the sizes of Bucharest and Plovdiv, 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.