A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Budapest vs. Cesky Krumlov

Should you visit Budapest or Cesky Krumlov?

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Budapest and Cesky Krumlov can help you decide which place is right for you.

Budapest

Budapest is the capital city of Hungary. It has been called the "Paris of the East" because of its impressive architecture and general beauty. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage List in 1987 because of its cultural importance, its location on the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrassy Avenue. In addition to its rich history, Budapest still has a young vibe with a lot of energy. There's an active night life, an impressive music scene, and a good reputation with European youth.

Cesky Krumlov

Cesky Krumlov is a beautiful town located in Southern Bohemia in the Czech Republic. It sits along the Vltava River and is home to just over 13,000 residents. The town has many Baroque buildings as well as many pleasant cafes, restaurants and bars. It also has the second largest castle in the Czech Republic, and a beautiful old town square. The town remains very similar to how it was in the 18th century. Many of the buildings are well maintained, and many have been restored to their original beauty. The city is also a UNESCO World Heritage site, and has become a very popular tourist destination. During the summer months tourists may outnumber the local population.

Which city is cheaper, Cesky Krumlov or Budapest?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Budapest is $92, while the average daily cost in Cesky Krumlov is $56. 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 Budapest and Cesky Krumlov in more detail.



Accommodation

Double occupancy rooms typically run around $102 in Budapest For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.

The prices for places to stay in Cesky Krumlov can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is $34, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around $68.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Budapest $51
    Cesky Krumlov $34
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Budapest $102
    Cesky Krumlov $68

Food

Food in Budapest costs travelers about $23 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.

Cesky Krumlov food costs typically run travelers around $20 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Budapest $23
    Cesky Krumlov $20
Typical Food prices in Budapest

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Budapest:


  • Lunch
    $4.36

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Budapest

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

  • Lángos (hungarian streetfood) cooking class: $19
  • Dinner & Cruise on the Danube in Budapest: $23
  • Traveling Spoon Hungarian Goulash Private Online Cooking Class: $27
  • Vegan Food Tour / Local delights: $36
  • Private Budapest Food Tour with a Local Foodie: $37
  • Live from Hungarian Online Cooking class: $39
  • Bitemojo Self Guided Food Tour Night & The City Budapest: $47
  • Food Tour in Budapest: $50
  • Bitemojo Self Guided Food Tour of Trendy Budapest: $51
  • BBQ dinner and a Quiz Night - welcome shots (hungaricums) and 88 craft beers: $52
  • 2-Hours Strudel Cooking Class and Wine Tasting in Central Budapest: $53
  • Dinner Cruise with Live Music: $54

Local Transportation

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Budapest than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $11 on transportation in Budapest on average per day.

To get around in Cesky Krumlov, the average visitor spends $2.67 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Budapest $11
    Cesky Krumlov $2.67
Typical Local Transportation prices in Budapest

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Budapest:


  • Short Taxi Ride
    $8.93
  • Metro Pass
    $4.90

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Budapest

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

  • Weekend in Private transfer and tours with official tour guide: $498
  • Vienna Transfer: $187
  • Transfer to Bucharest from Budapest: $311
  • Transfer in private vehicle from Budapest Ferenc Airport to Budapest City Center: $33
  • Transfer in private vehicle from Budapest City Center to Ferenc Liszt Airport: $33
  • Transfer in private minivan from Budapest Ferenc Airport to Budapest City Center: $43
  • Transfer in Private Minivan from Budapest City Center to Ferenc Liszt Airport: $43
  • Transfer from Budapest to Salzburg: Private sightseeing daytrip with 2 stops: $282
  • Transfer from Budapest to Prague: Private sightseeing daytrip with two stops: $274
  • Transfer from Budapest Airport to Koper: $321
  • Speed boat cruise on Budapest Danube river and private airport transfer package: $93
  • Sisi's Royal Palace tour with transfer: $145

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cesky Krumlov

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

  • Private Minivan Transfer from Prague to Hallstatt with stop in Cesky Krumlov: $657
  • Direct one way transfer from Český Krumlov to Bratislava: $510
  • Private one way transfer from Cesky Krumlov to Munich: $502
  • Private one way transfer from Cesky Krumlov to Karlovy Vary: $419
  • Private one way Sightseeing transfer from Cesky Krumlov to Prague: $386
  • Direct one way transfer from Český Krumlov to Prague: $362
  • Direct one way transfer from Český Krumlov to Bad Ischl: $348
  • Private one way transfer from Cesky Krumlov to Vienna: $331
  • Private one way transfer from Cesky Krumlov to Sankt Wolfgang im Salzkammergut: $313
  • Private one way transfer from Cesky Krumlov to Salzburg: $310
  • Private one way transfer from Cesky Krumlov to Melk: $303
  • Private one way transfer from Cesky Krumlov to Hallstatt: $302

Entertainment

Sightseeing expenses in Budapest, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $24 per day, per person.

In Cesky Krumlov, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $5.96 per person, per day.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Budapest $24
    Cesky Krumlov $5.96
Typical Entertainment prices in Budapest

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


  • Entrance to the Baths for Two
    $8.76

Tours and Activities in Budapest

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

  • "This is the Way!" - Budapest Photo Tour by Birta Photo: $124
  • 'Best of Pest' 3.5 Hour Private Photography Tour: $112
  • 1 Hour 30 Minutes Downtown Budapest Guided Segway Tour: $93
  • 1. Downtown Pest Side Segway Tour Budapest: $54
  • 10 days private sightseeing tour from Budapest to Prague: $3,109
  • 101 things you have to see in Budapest - Full Day Private Tour: $203
  • 2 Hour Budapest Market and Tasting Tour: $54
  • 2 Hours Cultural and Food Experiences in Budapest: $60
  • 2 Hours Walking Tour in Budapest: $11
  • 2 days Vienna - Bratislava PRIVATE guided tour package from Budapest with lunch: $1,070
  • 2 days Vienna - Wachau Valley PRIVATE guided tour package from Budapest: $1,070
  • 2 hours long private orientation tour in Budapest: $101

Tours and Activities in Cesky Krumlov

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

  • A day in the life of Český Krumlov - Private tour with a local: $218
  • Cesky Krumlov Old Town Private Walking Tour: $53
  • Cesky Krumlov Private Walking Tour: $168
  • Cesky Krumlov Tour 4 hours: $199
  • Cesky Krumlov medieval UNESCO sites - private tour with PERSONAL PRAGUE GUIDE: $239
  • Full day tour from Prague and back.: $108
  • Day Tour from Prague to Cesky Krumlov with English Guide: $133
  • Private Night tour of Český Krumlov: $61
  • Private Sightseeing Trip from Cesky Krumlov to Vienna via Rosenberg castle - Melk and Durnstein: $474
  • Private evening tour Cesky Krumlov Old Town and Castle area: $51
  • Private return day trip from Cesky Krumlov to UNESCO town of Telc with a guided walking tour: $339
  • Private tour of best of Český Krumlov - Sightseeing, Food & Culture with a local: $187

Alcohol

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Budapest, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $17.

Typically, people visiting Cesky Krumlov spend on average $3.07 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Budapest $17
    Cesky Krumlov $3.07

Sample the Local Flavors in Budapest

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

  • Bingo Bar Crawl: $15
  • Bingo Bar Crawl: $15
  • Ultimate Ruin Pub Crawl: $18
  • Generation Pub Crawl Budapest: $19
  • Ruin Pub Crawl - Your Keys to the Nightlife of Budapest: $21
  • Budapest Pub Crawl: $24
  • Pest side Pub Crawl - Unlimited drinks for an hour, discover hidden ruin pubs: $25
  • Re-opening Pub Crawls 2020 Summer-Autumn: $25
  • Budapest Pub Crawl with Skip-the-Line Access: $26
  • Epic Local Insider Pub Crawl in Budapest - Every weekend: $30
  • Party Cruise with Pub Crawl option: $37
  • Hungarian Wine Tasting (with Cheese and Charcuterie) in Budapest: $40


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

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