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

Should you visit Bucharest or San Juan?

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 San Juan. 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 San Juan?

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.

San Juan

If you've ever set foot on a Caribbean cruise, you've probably spent a bit of time in San Juan, Puerto Rico. However, maybe you should consider spending more than just a port day in this beautiful and historically rich city.

As the capital and largest city in all of Puerto Rico, San Juan is home to approximately 400,000 people. Established in 1521, it is also the second oldest European-founded settlement in the Americas.

As this city fuses a historic paradise with modern day energy, it has absolutely everything to offer. Intellectual wanderers, beach bums, rainforest adventurers and radical surfers will all find plenty to do in San Juan.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Bucharest, and The Best Family-Friendly Tours to Romania.


Which place is cheaper, San Juan 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 San Juan is $192. 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 San Juan in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Bucharest $64
    San Juan $124
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Bucharest $128
    San Juan $248
Compare Hotels in Bucharest and San Juan

Looking for a hotel in Bucharest or San Juan? 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 San Juan


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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 San Juan Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Bucharest $26
    San Juan $14

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bucharest

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bucharest:

  • Bucharest to Sofia - Private Transfer: $592
  • Bucharest Airport: Private Transfer To / From Pitesti: $457
  • Bucharest to Sofia Private Transfer: $456
  • Bucharest to Mihail Kogalniceanu - Private Transfer: $351
  • Mihail Kogalniceanu to Bucharest - Private Transfer: $351
  • Bucharest to Veliko Tarnovo - Private Transfer: $329
  • Bucharest to Fetesti - Private Transfer: $329
  • Bucharest to Craiova - Private Transfer: $307
  • Transfer From Bucharest Airport To Sofia Bulgaria: $296
  • Transfer Bucharest Airport to Brasov: $293
  • Bucharest (Romania) to Veliko Tarnavo (Bulgaria) - Private Guided Transfer : $288
  • Bucharest to Tulcea - Private Guided Transfer - Driver and Car : $288

Hired Cars and Shuttles in San Juan

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

  • Arrival Private Transfer SJU Airport to Old San Juan by SUV: $125
  • Carabali Rain Forest Round Trip Private Taxi Transfer: $210
  • From Private Transfer to Ceiba Ferry Terminal: $79
  • HandyCap Airport Transfer to Isla Verde, Condado or Ocean Park: $100
  • HandyCap Transfer Airport to Dorado, Rio Grande or Luquillo: $270
  • Luquillo Puerto Rico to/from San Juan Airport Private Transfer: $110
  • Old Walking Tour with Shopping and Hotel Transfer: $70
  • Oneway Transfer San Juan to Ceiba: Ferry, Vieques/Culebra Airport: $80
  • Oneway Transfer from San Juan (SJU, hotel, airbnb, port) to Ponce: $125
  • Oneway Transfer- San Juan from/to Rio Grande or Loiza: $68
  • Private Departure Transfer - Hotel / Accommodation to San Juan Airport: $22
  • Private Taxi Transfer from San Juan Airport (SJU) to Dorado PR: $110

Is it cheaper to fly into Bucharest or San Juan?

Prices for flights to both San Juan 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
    San Juan $36

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
  • Dinner inside the Museum of Communism & private tour: $54
  • Bohemian Bucharest Markets and Mahallas Traditional Food Tour: $61
  • Cooking Class traditional food: $67
  • Bucharest Historical Food Tour in Old Center: $72
  • Street Food Tour with a Local Guide: $75
  • Bucharest Evening Tour and Traditional Dinner: $86
  • Unhealthy Food Tour of Bucharest – 4 hours: $88
  • Discover Private Highlights and Traditional Food Tour: $110
  • Historical and Cultural Tour with Romanian Cuisine dinner: $143
  • 4-Hour Walking Food Tour in the Old Town: $206

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in San Juan

For San Juan, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • From Pinones Beach & Bar Hopping Food Tour: $50
  • Old San Juan Sunset Food Tour with Drinks: $156
  • Savor the Sunset: Old San Juan Walk and Food Tour: $159
  • City Lights Sky — Elevated Dinner Experience: $165
  • Authentic Flavors of San Juan Food Tour: $170
  • Private Local Food Tour in San Juan: $280

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Bucharest $15
    San Juan $49

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: $254
  • Bucharest Panoramic Sightseeing - Private City Tour: $105
  • Dracula's Castle & Peles Palace Tour from Bucharest Including Brasov Old Town: $189
  • Transylvania Heritage Tour at Peles Bran and Cantacuzino Castles: $94
  • Walking Tour - Delightful Bucharest (Old Town & Victory Avenue): $14
  • 1 Day 4x4 Tour in Carpathian Mountains: $176
  • 1 Day ATV Tour in Carpathian Mountains: $211
  • 10 h Ceausescu Communism Private Tour in Bucharest plus Dracula's Grave : $244
  • 10 hours Private Apiary Tour in Romania - From Bucharest: $277
  • 10h Bucharest City Tour & Snagov Monastery (Dracula's Grave): $263
  • 14 Days Private Tour in Romania, Moldova & Transnistria: $4,820
  • 2 Days Private Tour - The Romanian Caves from Bucharest: $570

Typical Entertainment Prices in San Juan

For San Juan, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:


  • Horseback Riding Tour
    $40
  • Full Day Snorkeling Trip
    $100
  • 1 Hr Windsurfing Lesson
    $75

Tours and Activities in San Juan

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for San Juan.

  • Self-Guided Audio Tour of Historic Buildings: $5.99
  • Discover Old In-App Audio Tour of History: $11
  • Self-Guided Tour with Audio Guide: $14
  • Group Transportation in airport, cruise ships, hotels, bnb's in San Juan, PR: $20
  • Old Breathtaking Historic Walking Tour: $25
  • History, Legends, & Highlights Guided Walking Tour: $30
  • Old San Juan Walking Tour with a Local Certified Guide: $30
  • Old San Juan Walking Tour with a Certified Guide: $30
  • Legends of Puerto Rico Haunted Walking Tour: $32
  • Old San Juan History & Culture Guided Walking Tour: $35
  • Urban Park Sky Bull Zipline Experience: $39
  • Old San Juan City Walking Tour: $39

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Bucharest $9.33
    San Juan $12

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
  • Pub Crawl in the Old CIty and Rooftop Hopping in Bucharest: $48
  • Private Wine Tasting Experience: $49
  • Private Romanian Wine Tasting in UrlaČ›i: $52
  • Bucharest Guided Pub Crawl: $53
  • Guided Pub Crawl in Bucharest: $57
  • Bucharest Old Town Pub and Bar Crawl with Guide: $58
  • Bucharest VIP Bar Crawl in Lipscani 'Old Town': $60
  • Private Bar Crawling in Bucharest Old City: $61
  • Wine Tasting in Bucharest long version: $65

Sample the Local Flavors in San Juan

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in San Juan:

  • The Pinones Pub crawl Bar crawl : $70


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Bucharest and San Juan, we can see that San Juan is more expensive. And not only is Bucharest much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Bucharest is in Europe and San Juan is in Caribbean Islands, this is one of the main reasons why the costs are so different, as different regions of the world tend to have overall different travel costs. 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 San Juan would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in San Juan than you might in Bucharest.

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


Which is Bigger, Bucharest or San Juan?

Bucharest has a larger population, and is about 4 times larger than the population of San Juan. When comparing the sizes of Bucharest and San Juan, 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 San Juan?

Bucharest has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, but San Juan experiences a warm climate with fairly sunny weather most of the year.

Should I visit Bucharest or San Juan in the Summer?

Both San Juan and Bucharest during the summer are popular places to visit. The city activities and the family-friendly experiences are the main draw to Bucharest this time of year. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to San Juan year-round.

In July, Bucharest is generally cooler than San Juan. Daily temperatures in Bucharest average around 23°C (73°F), and San Juan fluctuates around 28°C (83°F).

In San Juan, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Bucharest. In the summer, Bucharest often gets around the same amount of sunshine as San Juan. Bucharest gets 289 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while San Juan receives 287 hours of full sun.

Bucharest usually gets less rain in July than San Juan. Bucharest gets 64 mm (2.5 in) of rain, while San Juan receives 95 mm (3.7 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Bucharest 23°C (73°F) 
    San Juan 28°C (83°F)

Should I visit Bucharest or San Juan in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Bucharest and San Juan. Many travelers come to Bucharest for the city's sights and attractions and the shopping scene. San Juan attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate.

Bucharest is much colder than San Juan in the autumn. The daily temperature in Bucharest averages around 13°C (55°F) in October, and San Juan fluctuates around 28°C (82°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in San Juan this time of the year. Bucharest usually receives less sunshine than San Juan during autumn. Bucharest gets 177 hours of sunny skies, while San Juan receives 235 hours of full sun in the autumn.

San Juan receives a lot of rain in the autumn. In October, Bucharest usually receives less rain than San Juan. Bucharest gets 32 mm (1.3 in) of rain, while San Juan receives 135 mm (5.3 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Bucharest 13°C (55°F) 
    San Juan 28°C (82°F)

Should I visit Bucharest or San Juan in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Bucharest as well as San Juan. Many visitors come to Bucharest in the winter for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine. The warm climate attracts visitors to San Juan throughout the year.

Bucharest can get quite cold in the winter. In the winter, Bucharest is much colder than San Juan. Typically, the winter temperatures in Bucharest in January average around -1°C (29°F), and San Juan averages at about 25°C (77°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in San Juan. In the winter, Bucharest often gets less sunshine than San Juan. Bucharest gets 71 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while San Juan receives 240 hours of full sun.

Bucharest usually gets less rain in January than San Juan. Bucharest gets 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain, while San Juan receives 58 mm (2.3 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Bucharest -1°C (29°F) 
    San Juan 25°C (77°F)

Should I visit Bucharest or San Juan in the Spring?

Both San Juan and Bucharest are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities. Most visitors come to Bucharest for the activities around the city during these months. Plenty of visitors come to San Juan because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year.

In April, Bucharest is generally much colder than San Juan. Daily temperatures in Bucharest average around 12°C (54°F), and San Juan fluctuates around 26°C (79°F).

It's quite sunny in San Juan. Bucharest usually receives less sunshine than San Juan during spring. Bucharest gets 185 hours of sunny skies, while San Juan receives 272 hours of full sun in the spring.

In April, Bucharest usually receives less rain than San Juan. Bucharest gets 46 mm (1.8 in) of rain, while San Juan receives 69 mm (2.7 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Bucharest 12°C (54°F) 
    San Juan 26°C (79°F)

Typical Weather for San Juan and Bucharest

Bucharest San Juan
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan -1°C (29°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 25°C (77°F) 58 mm (2.3 in)
Feb 1°C (34°F) 36 mm (1.4 in) 25°C (77°F) 41 mm (1.6 in)
Mar 6°C (43°F) 38 mm (1.5 in) 26°C (78°F) 45 mm (1.8 in)
Apr 12°C (54°F) 46 mm (1.8 in) 26°C (79°F) 69 mm (2.7 in)
May 18°C (64°F) 70 mm (2.8 in) 27°C (81°F) 120 mm (4.7 in)
Jun 21°C (70°F) 77 mm (3 in) 28°C (82°F) 82 mm (3.2 in)
Jul 23°C (73°F) 64 mm (2.5 in) 28°C (83°F) 95 mm (3.7 in)
Aug 22°C (72°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 28°C (83°F) 130 mm (5.1 in)
Sep 18°C (65°F) 42 mm (1.7 in) 28°C (83°F) 130 mm (5.1 in)
Oct 13°C (55°F) 32 mm (1.3 in) 28°C (82°F) 135 mm (5.3 in)
Nov 6°C (44°F) 49 mm (1.9 in) 27°C (80°F) 132 mm (5.2 in)
Dec 1°C (34°F) 43 mm (1.7 in) 26°C (78°F) 92 mm (3.6 in)