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

Should you visit Bucharest or Zadar?

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 Zadar. 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 Zadar?

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.

Zadar

You'll find Zadar in northern Dalmatia, Croatia. It is located on the Adriatic Sea and is the center of Zadar County. It is both the historic center for the region and the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Zadar. There are a handful of sights around town, most of which can be explored on foot.

The climate for the city is a mix between humid subtropical and a Mediterranean climate. The winters are usually mild and wet, and the summers are humid and warm. The hottest months are July and August when temperatures can exceed 30 degrees Celsius. Average yearly rainfall usually exceeds 917 mm. Fall months often remain warm and temperatures are often around 30 degrees Celsius as well. In general, the temperatures rarely drop below freezing, even during the coldest month of January. The rainiest months are October and November, although winter is considered the wet season. July is usually the driest month. Water temperatures are around 25 degrees Celsius in July and August and it may be possible to swim any time between May and October.

Which city is cheaper, Zadar 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 Zadar is $69. 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 Zadar in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Bucharest $46
    Zadar $40
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Bucharest $92
    Zadar $80
Compare Hotels in Bucharest and Zadar

Looking for a hotel in Bucharest or Zadar? 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 Zadar


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Bucharest $19
    Zadar $7.40

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bucharest

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bucharest:

  • Best transfer from Bucharest Airport to City Center: $3.72
  • Bucharest airport transfer: $12
  • Private transfer from Bucharest Otopeni Airport to Bucharest: $12
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Bucharest Airport to Bucharest City: $14
  • Private Departure Transfer from Bucharest City to Bucharest Airport: $14
  • Bucharest - Private Airport Transfer: $15
  • Bucharest Airport Transfer: $16
  • Otopeni Airport Transfer to Bucharest: $16
  • Private One-Way BUCHAREST-OTP Airport Transfer: $16
  • Bucharest Airport Transfer by Minivan: $17
  • Private Bucharest Airport Transfer: $17
  • Bucharest Giurgiu Port Shared Transfer: $17

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Zadar

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Zadar:

  • Dubrovnik Full Day Private Tour & FREE transfer from or to the airport included: $664
  • Krka National Park Private Tour from Zadar with Transfer to Dubrovnik: $398
  • Krka National Park Private Tour from Zadar with transfer to Split: $218
  • Krka Waterfalls National Park - Day Tour Transfer: $37
  • National Park Krka Private Return Day Transfer by Minivan: $284
  • Plitvice Lakes National Park - Day Tour Transfer: $37
  • Plitvice Lakes Private Group & FREE transfer from or to the airport included: $464
  • Plitvice Lakes Private Guided Tour from Zadar with Transfer to Zagreb: $468
  • Private Arrival Transfer to Novalja from Zadar Airport: $174
  • Private Departure Airport Transfer From Zadar City to Zadar Airport: $23
  • Private Tour from Zadar to Mostar and Medjugorje with transfer to Dubrovnik: $420
  • Private Transfer Zadar to Split with Krka National Park: $224

Is it cheaper to fly into Bucharest or Zadar?

Prices for flights to both Zadar 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
    Zadar $22

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 Zadar

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

  • Traditional Dalmatian dinner: $61
  • Zadar Market Tour and Cooking Class: $75
  • Zadar - Private Market Tour & Cooking Class: $167
  • From Taste Dalmatian Peka - Countryside Cooking Class: $253
  • Dalmatian dinner in rented holiday home: $773

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Bucharest $11
    Zadar $15

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 Zadar

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Zadar are as follows:

  • Museum of Illusions Entrance Ticket: $11
  • Zadar Walking Tour: $18
  • Rome vs. Venice - Zadar City Tour: $20
  • Zadar City Tour 90min Walk: $20
  • Walking tour of Zadar city: $23
  • Zadar City Tour 120min Walk: $27
  • Virtual Reality Walking Tour of Zadar's History: $29
  • Croatian Homeland War Walking Tour: $30
  • Zadar Walking Tour: $32
  • Guided Communist City Tour of Zadar: $32
  • Zadar Walking Tour with Virtual Reality Experience: $34
  • Plitvice lakes excursion , no guide ,no group , entrance ticket not included, simple and cheap: $37

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Bucharest $6.72
    Zadar $9.02

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 Zadar

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

  • Zadar Wine Tasting: $50


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


When is the best time to visit Bucharest or Zadar?

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 Zadar in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Bucharest and Zadar. The city activities and the family-friendly experiences are the main draw to Bucharest this time of year.

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

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Zadar this time of the year. In Bucharest, it's very sunny this time of the year. Bucharest usually receives less sunshine than Zadar during summer. At this time of the year, Bucharest gets 289 hours of sunny skies, while Zadar receives 345 hours of full sun.

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


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

Should I visit Bucharest or Zadar in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Bucharest as well as Zadar. Many travelers come to Bucharest for the city's sights and attractions and the shopping scene.

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

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Zadar. In the autumn, Bucharest often gets less sunshine than Zadar. Bucharest gets 177 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Zadar receives 200 hours of full sun.

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


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

Should I visit Bucharest or Zadar in the Winter?

Both Zadar and Bucharest are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities. Many visitors come to Bucharest in the winter for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine.

Bucharest can get quite cold in the winter. In January, Bucharest is generally much colder than Zadar. Temperatures in Bucharest average around -1°C (29°F), and Zadar stays around 8°C (47°F).

Bucharest usually receives less sunshine than Zadar during winter. At this time of the year, Bucharest gets 71 hours of sunny skies, while Zadar receives 128 hours of full sun.

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


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

Should I visit Bucharest or Zadar in the Spring?

Both Zadar and Bucharest during the spring are popular places to visit. Most visitors come to Bucharest for the activities around the city during these months.

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

In Zadar, it's very sunny this time of the year. In the spring, Bucharest often gets less sunshine than Zadar. Bucharest gets 185 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Zadar receives 212 hours of full sun.

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


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

Typical Weather for Zadar and Bucharest

Bucharest Zadar
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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