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

Should you visit Bucharest or Rome?

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

Rome

Rome is the capital and largest city in Italy. It is also a common entry point for most visitors flying into the country. Rome has been a center of power, culture, and religion for the last millenium, making it one of the most famous and popular destinations in not only Europe, but the world. The influence of the Roman Empire can be seen across continents.

Which city is cheaper, Rome or Bucharest?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Bucharest is $124, while the average daily cost in Rome is $155. 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 Rome in more detail.



Accommodation

Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about $112 for a double occupancy room in Bucharest.

The average price for accommodation for two people in Rome is $158. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Bucharest $56
    Rome $79
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Bucharest $112
    Rome $158

Food

The price of a meal in Bucharest can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $52 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $21 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.

In Rome travelers spend around $44 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
    Bucharest $52
    Rome $44

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

Typical Food prices in Rome

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


  • Casual Lunch (for Two)
    $17
  • 4 Ice Cream Sandwiches
    $3.55
  • Cafe e doce
    $4.75
  • Pizza (Fast Food)
    $3.14
  • Sitdown Lunch (for Two)
    $38
  • Cheese and bread
    $12
  • Espresso
    $2.37
  • Dinner
    $69

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Rome

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

  • Tours from Home: Pizza Cooking Class with Italian Chefs: $15
  • Interactive Cooking Experiences with Renowned Chefs All Over the World (in EST): $22
  • Live from Tagliatelle & Chicken Fricassee Online Cooking Class: $23
  • Gelato Cooking Class: $33
  • Virtual Cooking Class: Carbonara, Amatriciana, Pesto & "pasta al dente": $40
  • 5-Course Lunch or Dinner with Roman Jewish Dishes: $44
  • Street Food Tour with Local Guide: $44
  • Rome by Night: Bike Tour with Pizza: $45
  • 1.5-Hour Campo de' Fiori to Jewish Quarter Food Tour: $48
  • 2.5-Hour Self-Guided Food Tour in Trastevere: $48
  • Private Italian dinner in Rome with a selection of local wines: $51
  • Bitemojo Self Guided Food Tour Artisian Rome: $55

Local Transportation

The average price of local transportation around Bucharest is $23 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.

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $20 per day to get around in Rome.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Bucharest $23
    Rome $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 Rome

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Rome:


  • Metro Ride (for Two)
    $2.37
  • Train to the Airport
    $18
  • Taxi to Airport
    $53
  • Bicycle Rental (Full Day)
    $12

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Rome

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Rome:

  • 1-Way Private Transfer from Rome to Fiumicino Airport: $72
  • 1-Way Transfer from Rome Hotels to Airports FCO and CPO: $18
  • 59/5000 Transfer from Rome to Sorrento with stop in Pompeii: $622
  • A Secret Way to the Sistine Chapel Private Tour-transfers included: $475
  • Accessible Transportation in Rome Civitavecchia or Airport transfer: $162
  • Airport Transfert Roma: $93
  • Airport transfer: $100
  • Airport transfer from hotel in Rome: $20
  • All Rome in One Day Special Private Tour - Skip the Line, Guide, Lunch, Transfer: $588
  • Ancient Ostia Ruins, private transfer: $637
  • Ancient Ostia Ruins, private transfer: $597
  • Assisi & Orvieto, one day, private transfer: $1,244

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.

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $34 per person, per day in Rome. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Bucharest $13
    Rome $34

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

Typical Entertainment prices in Rome

Here are a few typical costs in Rome for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:


  • Rome Museum Vaticano (for 2)
    $82
  • Coliseum Tickets (for Two)
    $39
  • Roma Pass
    $36
  • Hop on Hop Off Bus (All Day)
    $24
  • Segway Tour
    $89

Tours and Activities in Rome

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

  • Highlights of Rome Free Walking Tour: $3.58
  • 35-Minute Rome Pantheon Audio Guide Tour: $5.71
  • A day as a citizen of ancient Rome - live virtual experience: $6.22
  • Ticket for Pantheon with Audioguide + City APP: $6.22
  • Tours from Home: Essential Rome, The Iconic Piazzas: $10
  • Tours from Home: Colosseum & Gladiators: $10
  • Leonardo da Vinci Exhibition Entrance Ticket: $10
  • Ticket to Piazza Navona Undergrounds Stadium of Domitian: $11
  • Rome Pantheon: 35-Minute Audio Guide Tour: $11
  • Ancient Rome Virtual Guided Tour (Times in EST): $11
  • Self-guided Virtual Tour of Colosseum: The Highlights: $11
  • Piazza Navona 1-Hour Underground Audio Guide Tour: $11

Alcohol

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Bucharest may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $8.26 per day on alcoholic beverages.

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Rome may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $17 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Bucharest $8.26
    Rome $17

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

Typical Alcohol prices in Rome

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Rome:


  • Bottle of Wine
    $7.71
  • Pint of Beer
    $7.52
  • Beer
    $12

Sample the Local Flavors in Rome

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

  • 3.5-Hour Castelli Romani Wine Tasting Tour: $50
  • Roman Countryside Vineyards and Wine Tasting: $67
  • 4-Hour Food and Wine Tasting Tour: $69
  • Campo De' Fiori Market and Trevi Food & Wine Tour: $90
  • 4-Hour Food and Wine Tasting Tour: $91
  • Private Rome Food & Wine Tour with Aperitif on Private Roof Top Terrance: $100
  • Colosseum Fast Track and Wine Tasting Day Tour: $119
  • Wine Tour Experience from Rome factory Giglio: $123
  • Small-Group Food and Wine Tour with Pickup: $131
  • Lunch, Diner and wine tasting in a shaby chic italian restaurant in Rome: $135
  • From Frascati 3-Hour Private Wine Tasting Tour: $147
  • Wine Tasting in Frascati from Rome: $160


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

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