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

Should you visit Bucharest or Zagreb?

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 Zagreb. 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 Zagreb?

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.

Zagreb

Zagreb, in central Croatia, is the country's capital. It has a wonderful old town that has cobblestone streets, historic buildings, and a great atmosphere. Many people travel to Croatia specifically for its beaches and coastal towns, but if you overlook this lovely capital city, you'll miss a large part of the culture and personality that is Croatia.

Which city is cheaper, Zagreb 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 Zagreb is $60. 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 Zagreb in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Bucharest $46
    Zagreb $37
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Bucharest $92
    Zagreb $74
Compare Hotels in Bucharest and Zagreb

Looking for a hotel in Bucharest or Zagreb? 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 Zagreb


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Bucharest $19
    Zagreb $7.08

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 Transfers in Bucharest City: $74
  • 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

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Zagreb

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Zagreb:

  • Airport Zagreb Transfer and Shuttle: $73
  • Arrival Private Transfer from Zagreb Airport ZAG to Zagreb City by Luxury Car: $31
  • Arrival Private Transfer from Zagreb Airport ZAG to Zagreb City by Minivan: $38
  • Day trip Zagreb-Plitvice Lakes-Rastoke-Zagreb private transfer: $435
  • Departure Private Transfer from Hotel to Zagreb Airport: $46
  • Departure Private Transfer from Zagreb City to Zagreb Airport ZAG - Luxury Car: $31
  • Departure Private Transfer from Zagreb City to Zagreb Airport ZAG by Minivan: $35
  • Experience Zagreb - Private arrival transfer & Private Zagreb walking tour: $101
  • From Zagreb to Ljubljana or vice versa - Private one-way transfer: $166
  • From Zagreb to Split or Trogir: Private Transfer with Plitvice Lakes: $467
  • From Zagreb to Split with Plitvice Lakes tour - Private transfer/tour: $332
  • From Zagreb to Šibenik with Plitvice Lakes tour - Private transfer: $338

Is it cheaper to fly into Bucharest or Zagreb?

Prices for flights to both Zagreb 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
    Zagreb $13

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 Zagreb

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

  • Zagreb Culture & Food Tour: $52
  • Taste Zagreb Food Tour: $56
  • Taste Zagreb Food Tour: $61
  • Strukli cooking class with Dolac Market Tour: $68
  • Zagreb Food Tour - Yummy in Your Tummy (Small Group): $87
  • Private Authentic Croatian Cooking Class in Central Zagreb: $108
  • Croatian cuisine cooking class with Dolac market tour: $123
  • Zagreb Walking Food Tour - Sightseeing - Dolac market visit: $123
  • Private Authentic Market Tour and Cooking Class in the Heart of Zagreb: $135
  • The Dionysus Tour Lunch or dinner and Wine Tasting at Plesivica: $147
  • Be Local for a day Market visit Cooking lesson Wine tasting: $264

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Bucharest $11
    Zagreb $9.19

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 Zagreb

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

  • Zagreb 2 € Tour: $3.72
  • Nikola Tesla Technical Museum Ticket: $3.91
  • Skip the Line: Museum of Illusions Admission Ticket: $8.40
  • Skip the Line: Image of War - Photography Museum Ticket: $8.71
  • Zagreb Virtual Live Walking Tour: $11
  • Hop On Hop Off Panoramic bus - Zagreb City Tour: $20
  • Personalized Eclectic Small-Group Walking Tour: $22
  • 2.5-Hour Walking Tour with Funicular Ride: $23
  • Early Morning Light Jogging Urban Tour of Zagreb: $25
  • Feel the Pulse of the City - Small Group Zagreb Walking Tour: $25
  • Walking tour of Zagreb: $25
  • Small-group Walking Tour of Zagreb with Funicular Experience: $25

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Bucharest $6.72
    Zagreb $7.01

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 Zagreb

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

  • Private Zagreb Walking Tour and Wine Tasting From Zagreb: $103
  • Nature park Lonjsko polje e-bike tour with wine tasting: $144
  • Plesivica Region Wine Tasting Half-day Private Tour: $171
  • Private Wine Tasting Tour from Zagreb: $194
  • Zagreb Region Wine Tour: $200
  • E-Bike Tour & Wine Tasting Private Day Trip from Zagreb: $228
  • Slavonija - Gastro & Wine Tour - private full day: $230
  • Private Samobor Full-Day Tour and Wine Tasting from Zagreb: $456
  • 11-Day Croatian Gastronomy and Wine Tour from Zagreb with End in Dubrovnik: $4,907


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


When is the best time to visit Bucharest or Zagreb?

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 Zagreb in the Summer?

Both Zagreb and Bucharest are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities. The summer months attract visitors to Bucharest because of the city activities and the family-friendly experiences.

Bucharest is around the same temperature as Zagreb in the summer. The temperature in Bucharest is usually 23°C (73°F) in July, and Zagreb stays around 22°C (72°F).

It's quite sunny in Zagreb. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Bucharest. Bucharest usually receives more sunshine than Zagreb during summer. At this time of the year, Bucharest gets 289 hours of sunny skies, while Zagreb receives 266 hours of full sun.

In July, Bucharest usually receives less rain than Zagreb. At this time of the year, Bucharest gets 64 mm (2.5 in) of rain, while Zagreb receives 87 mm (3.4 in) of rain.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Bucharest 23°C (73°F) 
    Zagreb 22°C (72°F)

Should I visit Bucharest or Zagreb in the Autumn?

Both Zagreb and Bucharest during the autumn are popular places to visit. 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 around the same temperature as Zagreb. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Bucharest in October are around 13°C (55°F), and Zagreb is about 13°C (55°F).

In the autumn, Bucharest often gets more sunshine than Zagreb. Bucharest gets 177 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Zagreb receives 133 hours of full sun.

Bucharest usually gets less rain in October than Zagreb. Bucharest gets 32 mm (1.3 in) of rain, while Zagreb receives 70 mm (2.8 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Bucharest 13°C (55°F) 
    Zagreb 13°C (55°F)

Should I visit Bucharest or Zagreb in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Bucharest and Zagreb. Many travelers come to Bucharest for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine.


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Zagreb can get quite cold in the winter. Be prepared for some very cold days in Bucharest. In January, Bucharest is generally much colder than Zagreb. Temperatures in Bucharest average around -1°C (29°F), and Zagreb stays around 1°C (35°F).

Bucharest usually receives more sunshine than Zagreb during winter. At this time of the year, Bucharest gets 71 hours of sunny skies, while Zagreb receives 54 hours of full sun.

In January, Bucharest usually receives less rain than Zagreb. At this time of the year, Bucharest gets 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain, while Zagreb receives 53 mm (2.1 in) of rain.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Bucharest -1°C (29°F) 
    Zagreb 1°C (35°F)

Should I visit Bucharest or Zagreb in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Bucharest as well as Zagreb. Many visitors come to Bucharest in the spring for the activities around the city.

Bucharest is around the same temperature as Zagreb in the spring. The temperature in Bucharest is usually 12°C (54°F) in April, and Zagreb stays around 13°C (55°F).

In the spring, Bucharest often gets more sunshine than Zagreb. Bucharest gets 185 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Zagreb receives 163 hours of full sun.

Bucharest usually gets less rain in April than Zagreb. Bucharest gets 46 mm (1.8 in) of rain, while Zagreb receives 65 mm (2.6 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Bucharest 12°C (54°F) 
    Zagreb 13°C (55°F)

Typical Weather for Zagreb and Bucharest

Bucharest Zagreb
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan -1°C (29°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 1°C (35°F) 53 mm (2.1 in)
Feb 1°C (34°F) 36 mm (1.4 in) 4°C (39°F) 46 mm (1.8 in)
Mar 6°C (43°F) 38 mm (1.5 in) 8°C (47°F) 58 mm (2.3 in)
Apr 12°C (54°F) 46 mm (1.8 in) 13°C (55°F) 65 mm (2.6 in)
May 18°C (64°F) 70 mm (2.8 in) 17°C (63°F) 83 mm (3.3 in)
Jun 21°C (70°F) 77 mm (3 in) 20°C (69°F) 101 mm (4 in)
Jul 23°C (73°F) 64 mm (2.5 in) 22°C (72°F) 87 mm (3.4 in)
Aug 22°C (72°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 22°C (71°F) 91 mm (3.6 in)
Sep 18°C (65°F) 42 mm (1.7 in) 18°C (65°F) 81 mm (3.2 in)
Oct 13°C (55°F) 32 mm (1.3 in) 13°C (55°F) 70 mm (2.8 in)
Nov 6°C (44°F) 49 mm (1.9 in) 8°C (46°F) 85 mm (3.3 in)
Dec 1°C (34°F) 43 mm (1.7 in) 3°C (37°F) 62 mm (2.4 in)


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