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

Should you visit Bucharest or Split?

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 Split. 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 Split?

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.

Split

Spit is a historic city in Central Dalmatia with many opportunities to glimpse its fascinating past in its historic city center. Centuries ago the city grew up around a Diocletian palace that was used as refuge by the locals.

Today, as you wander around the historic center, you can see the remains of the Roman walls, temples, and squares. Despite it's appeal to tourists, Split is much more than just a tourist destination. It is larger than you might initially realize and it spreads well beyond the historic center. There is a population of about 300,000 in the larger area and it is an economic center for the region.

Split is also a must-visit on a trip through the country. It can easily fit in to a one-week itinerary of Croatia, or many other routes, as it's centrally located and very accessible.

Split has a beautiful climate with mild winters, countless sunny days, and a generally pleasant temperature. As such, there are many opportunities to enjoy yourself outdoors, whether by participating in sports or walking around the city's quaint streets. Winters in Split are also quite mild, but there may be one snowy day, on average, every year. This rare snowfall can cause a significant disruption in the flow of traffic.

Which city is cheaper, Split or Bucharest?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Bucharest is $101, while the average daily cost in Split is $85. 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 Split in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Bucharest $46
    Split $57
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Bucharest $92
    Split $114
Compare Hotels in Bucharest and Split

Looking for a hotel in Bucharest or Split? 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


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Bucharest $19
    Split $11

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bucharest

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bucharest:

  • Tulcea Bucharest Private Transfer: $235
  • Transfer to Sofia from Bucharest: $149
  • Transfer to Budapest from Bucharest: $311
  • Transfer from Bucharest to Sofia Bulgaria: $174
  • Transfer from Bucharest to Brasov: $156
  • Transfer To Sinaia: $100
  • Transfer From Sinaia - To Bucharest Otp Airport: $100
  • Transfer From Bucharest Airport To Sofia Bulgaria: $332
  • Transfer From Bucharest Airport To Brasov: $133
  • Transfer Bucharest - Poiana Brasov: $101
  • Therme Bucharest - Private Transfer: $19
  • Sibiu - Private Airport Transfer: $166

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Split

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

  • Airport Split speedboat transfer to Hvar town (Water taxi transfer): $569
  • Airport Private Transfer from Split: $49
  • Airport and Hotel Transfers in Split area: $100
  • Arrival Private Transfer Split Airport SPU to Dubrovnik City by Minivan: $295
  • Boat Transfer - Split to Hvar: $498
  • Dubrovnik Private Day Trip from Split (round trip transfer): $467
  • From Split or Trogir to Zagreb: Private Transfer with Plitvice Lakes: $467
  • From Split or Trogir: Zagreb Transfer & Plitvice Lakes Tour: $158
  • From Split to Zagreb with Plitvice Lakes private one way transfer: $796
  • Krka Waterfalls National Park Shared Transfer from Split: $34
  • Luxury Private Transfer from Split to Ljubljana: $1,045
  • Luxury private transfer Split - Dubrovnik with lunch in Ston: $236

Is it cheaper to fly into Bucharest or Split?

Prices for flights to both Split 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 $43
    Split $18

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 Split

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

  • Krka Waterfalls with Dinner in Split included:Pizza or Burger with Fries & Drink: $62
  • Private Dining: Traditional Dalmatian family dinner near Marjan Hills: $102
  • Cooking Class in a Dalmatian Ethno Village Tour from Split: $116
  • The Real Split Food Tour: $118
  • Exclusive tour: NP Krka Bike Tour with traditional dinner: $174
  • Hvar Wine Tour + Dalmatian Dinner: $255

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Bucharest $11
    Split $2.89

Tours and Activities in Bucharest

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

  • 1 Day - 4x4 Private Tour in Transylvania: $200
  • 1 Day 4x4 JEEP Tour in Carpathian Mountains: $129
  • 1 Day ATV and Buggy Tour Carpathian Mountains: $181
  • 1 Day Castles Tour - Sinaia and Bran: $149
  • 1 Day Communist Experience: $168
  • 1 Day Private Tour-Slanic Salt Mine, Mud Vulcanos & Wine Testing From Bucharest: $160
  • 1 Day Private Tour-Slanic Salt Mine, Mud Vulcanos - From Bucharest: $187
  • 1 day Cycling Tour from Bucharest - Biking The Roads Of History: $196
  • 1-Day Private Guided Tour: The Story of 40 Years of Communism in Romania: $158
  • 1-Day Private Tour - In the Footsteps of Communism - Execution Museum Included: $188
  • 1-Day Private Tour Constanta: The Ancient City of Tomis, Seaside Tour Included: $222
  • 10 days Small Group Balkans Tour from Bucharest with Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia: $2,115

Tours and Activities in Split

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

  • Emanuel Vidović Gallery Entrance Ticket: $2.35
  • City Museum Entrance Ticket: $3.13
  • Split Sightseeing: Explore the city's glorious Roman ruins on this audio tour: $5.99
  • Museum of Illusions Split Admission Ticket: $10
  • Museum of Illusions Entrance Ticket: $11
  • Virtual Reality Movie Experience in Split: $12
  • Best of Split Walking Tour: $12
  • 360 Virtual Tour of Ancient Split: $14
  • Semisubmarine tour: $16
  • Walking Tour Split: $17
  • Grand Split Walking Tour with Diocletian's Palace: $17
  • Split guided city tour for small groups: $17

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Bucharest $6.72
    Split $6.20

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 Split

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

  • Tower Pub Crawl in Split: $37
  • Krka Waterfalls Tour & Wine Tasting from Split: $37
  • Krka Waterfalls and Sibenik Day Trip Including Wine Tasting from Split: $49
  • Wine Tasting With walking Small group Tour in Split: $53
  • Blue Lagoon & Wine tasting - 3 islands tour: $87
  • Split Wine Tasting Walking Tour: $101
  • Hvar 3-Hour Wine Tasting Tour: $113
  • Zinfandel Wine Tour: $124
  • Full-Day Split Food and wine tour to Peljesac: $133
  • Beer Tasting Split - visit to the local brewery: $137
  • Diocletian's Palace Private Food and Wine Tour: $147
  • Solta Island Wine Tasting Tour Including Lunch: $152


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


When is the best time to visit Bucharest or Split?

Both places have a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. As both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Bucharest or Split in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Bucharest as well as Split. The summer months attract visitors to Bucharest because of the city activities and the family-friendly experiences.

Bucharest is cooler than Split in the summer. The temperature in Bucharest is usually 23°C (73°F) in July, and Split stays around 26°C (80°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Split. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Bucharest this time of the year. In the summer, Bucharest often gets less sunshine than Split. Bucharest gets 289 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Split receives 345 hours of full sun.

Bucharest usually gets more rain in July than Split. Bucharest gets 64 mm (2.5 in) of rain, while Split receives 28 mm (1.1 in) of rain this time of the year.


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

Should I visit Bucharest or Split in the Autumn?

Both Split and Bucharest are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities. The city's sights and attractions and the shopping scene are the main draw to Bucharest this time of year.

In the autumn, Bucharest is cooler than Split. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Bucharest in October are around 13°C (55°F), and Split is about 18°C (64°F).

It's quite sunny in Split. Bucharest usually receives less sunshine than Split during autumn. At this time of the year, Bucharest gets 177 hours of sunny skies, while Split receives 200 hours of full sun.

In October, Bucharest usually receives less rain than Split. At this time of the year, Bucharest gets 32 mm (1.3 in) of rain, while Split receives 79 mm (3.1 in) of rain.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Bucharest 13°C (55°F) 
    Split 18°C (64°F)

Should I visit Bucharest or Split in the Winter?

Both Split and Bucharest during the winter are popular places to visit. Many travelers come to Bucharest for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine.

Be prepared for some very cold days in Bucharest. In January, Bucharest is generally much colder than Split. Temperatures in Bucharest average around -1°C (29°F), and Split stays around 8°C (47°F).

In the winter, Bucharest often gets less sunshine than Split. Bucharest gets 71 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Split receives 128 hours of full sun.

Bucharest usually gets less rain in January than Split. Bucharest gets 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain, while Split receives 83 mm (3.3 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Bucharest -1°C (29°F) 
    Split 8°C (47°F)

Should I visit Bucharest or Split in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Bucharest and Split. Many visitors come to Bucharest in the spring for the activities around the city.

Bucharest is cooler than Split in the spring. The temperature in Bucharest is usually 12°C (54°F) in April, and Split stays around 15°C (59°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Split this time of the year. Bucharest usually receives less sunshine than Split during spring. At this time of the year, Bucharest gets 185 hours of sunny skies, while Split receives 212 hours of full sun.

In April, Bucharest usually receives less rain than Split. At this time of the year, Bucharest gets 46 mm (1.8 in) of rain, while Split receives 66 mm (2.6 in) of rain.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Bucharest 12°C (54°F) 
    Split 15°C (59°F)

Typical Weather for Split and Bucharest

Bucharest Split
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan -1°C (29°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 8°C (47°F) 83 mm (3.3 in)
Feb 1°C (34°F) 36 mm (1.4 in) 9°C (48°F) 68 mm (2.7 in)
Mar 6°C (43°F) 38 mm (1.5 in) 11°C (52°F) 75 mm (3 in)
Apr 12°C (54°F) 46 mm (1.8 in) 15°C (59°F) 66 mm (2.6 in)
May 18°C (64°F) 70 mm (2.8 in) 20°C (67°F) 56 mm (2.2 in)
Jun 21°C (70°F) 77 mm (3 in) 23°C (74°F) 51 mm (2 in)
Jul 23°C (73°F) 64 mm (2.5 in) 26°C (80°F) 28 mm (1.1 in)
Aug 22°C (72°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 26°C (79°F) 50 mm (2 in)
Sep 18°C (65°F) 42 mm (1.7 in) 22°C (72°F) 61 mm (2.4 in)
Oct 13°C (55°F) 32 mm (1.3 in) 18°C (64°F) 79 mm (3.1 in)
Nov 6°C (44°F) 49 mm (1.9 in) 13°C (56°F) 108 mm (4.3 in)
Dec 1°C (34°F) 43 mm (1.7 in) 10°C (49°F) 100 mm (3.9 in)


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