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

Should you visit Budapest or Split?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

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 Split can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Budapest or Split?

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.

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 Budapest?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Budapest is $63, 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 Budapest and Split in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Budapest $35
    Split $57
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Budapest $70
    Split $114
Compare Hotels in Budapest and Split

Looking for a hotel in Budapest 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 Budapest


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Budapest $7.45
    Split $11
Typical Local Transportation prices in Budapest

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


  • Short Taxi Ride
    $6.08
  • Metro Pass
    $3.34

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 Split

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

  • Private Yacht Transfer: Split to Vis: $1,400
  • Private Yacht Transfer: Split to Hvar: $1,275
  • Private transfer from Split (Croatia) to Venice (Italy): $1,182
  • Luxury Private Transfer from Split to Ljubljana: $1,045
  • Private Transfer from Split to Tuzla Airport (TZL): $885
  • Zagreb to Private Transfer with Plitvice Lakes: $845
  • Private Speed Boat Transfer from Split Airport to Hvar: $802
  • From Split to Zagreb with Plitvice Lakes private one way transfer: $796
  • Split Airport to Hvar Island: One-Way Private Water Transfer in Speedboat: $709
  • Private transfer from Split to Zagreb: $663
  • Split - Budapest Transfer: $641
  • Split to Zagreb Private Transfer with Krka or Plitvice Lakes National Park: $597

Is it cheaper to fly into Budapest or Split?

Prices for flights to both Split and Budapest 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
    Budapest $16
    Split $18
Typical Food prices in Budapest

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


  • Lunch
    $2.97

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
  • 3-Hour Dinner Cruise and Piano Battle Show: $31
  • 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

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.
    Budapest $16
    Split $2.89
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
    $5.97

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 Split

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

  • "Blue Lagoon" Half day Chill out tour from Split: $68
  • 1 Day Pass HOP ON-HOP OFF Bus tour from Split: $25
  • 1.5-Hour Split Evening Walking Tour: $22
  • 10-Day Adriatic Island Hopping Active Tour from Split: $1,821
  • 2 Hours Private Guided Walking Tour in Split Old Town: $187
  • 2 Hours Split Walking tour with free food tasting: $37
  • 2-Hour Private Guided Tour of Split in a Classic Ford T: $51
  • 3-Day Croatia Hiking and Biking Small-Group Tour: $775
  • 3-Day Private Sailing Tour from Split: $4,168
  • 3-Hour Lavender Tour from Hvar: $102
  • 3-Hour Split Deep Water Soloing and Cliff Jumping Adventure: $54
  • 3-Island Split Boat Tour (Šolta Drvenik Mali, Drvenik Veli): $83

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Budapest $12
    Split $6.20

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
  • Original Budapest Pub Crawl and VIP Club Entrance: $16
  • 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

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


When is the best time to visit Budapest or Split?

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 Budapest or Split in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Budapest and Split. Many visitors come to Budapest in the summer for the city activities and the family-friendly experiences.

Budapest is cooler than Split in the summer. The temperature in Budapest is usually 21°C (70°F) in July, and Split stays around 26°C (80°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Split this time of the year. In Budapest, it's very sunny this time of the year. Budapest usually receives less sunshine than Split during summer. At this time of the year, Budapest gets 278 hours of sunny skies, while Split receives 345 hours of full sun.

In July, Budapest usually receives more rain than Split. At this time of the year, Budapest gets 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain, while Split receives 28 mm (1.1 in) of rain.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Budapest 21°C (70°F) 
    Split 26°C (80°F)

Should I visit Budapest or Split in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Budapest as well as Split. Most visitors come to Budapest for the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area during these months.

In the autumn, Budapest is much colder than Split. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Budapest in October are around 12°C (53°F), and Split is about 18°C (64°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Split. In the autumn, Budapest often gets less sunshine than Split. Budapest gets 152 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Split receives 200 hours of full sun.

Budapest usually gets less rain in October than Split. Budapest gets 34 mm (1.3 in) of rain, while Split receives 79 mm (3.1 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Budapest 12°C (53°F) 
    Split 18°C (64°F)

Should I visit Budapest or Split in the Winter?

Both Split and Budapest are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities. The winter months attract visitors to Budapest because of the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine.

The weather in Budapest can be very cold. In January, Budapest is generally much colder than Split. Temperatures in Budapest average around -1°C (31°F), and Split stays around 8°C (47°F).

Budapest usually receives less sunshine than Split during winter. At this time of the year, Budapest gets 61 hours of sunny skies, while Split receives 128 hours of full sun.

In January, Budapest usually receives less rain than Split. At this time of the year, Budapest gets 42 mm (1.7 in) of rain, while Split receives 83 mm (3.3 in) of rain.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Budapest -1°C (31°F) 
    Split 8°C (47°F)

Should I visit Budapest or Split in the Spring?

Both Split and Budapest during the spring are popular places to visit. The activities around the city and the natural beauty are the main draw to Budapest this time of year.

Budapest is cooler than Split in the spring. The temperature in Budapest is usually 12°C (53°F) in April, and Split stays around 15°C (59°F).

In Split, it's very sunny this time of the year. In the spring, Budapest often gets less sunshine than Split. Budapest gets 178 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Split receives 212 hours of full sun.

Budapest usually gets less rain in April than Split. Budapest gets 42 mm (1.7 in) of rain, while Split receives 66 mm (2.6 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Budapest 12°C (53°F) 
    Split 15°C (59°F)

Typical Weather for Split and Budapest

Budapest Split
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan -1°C (31°F) 42 mm (1.7 in) 8°C (47°F) 83 mm (3.3 in)
Feb 2°C (35°F) 39 mm (1.5 in) 9°C (48°F) 68 mm (2.7 in)
Mar 7°C (44°F) 35 mm (1.4 in) 11°C (52°F) 75 mm (3 in)
Apr 12°C (53°F) 42 mm (1.7 in) 15°C (59°F) 66 mm (2.6 in)
May 16°C (62°F) 62 mm (2.4 in) 20°C (67°F) 56 mm (2.2 in)
Jun 20°C (67°F) 69 mm (2.7 in) 23°C (74°F) 51 mm (2 in)
Jul 21°C (70°F) 45 mm (1.8 in) 26°C (80°F) 28 mm (1.1 in)
Aug 21°C (69°F) 56 mm (2.2 in) 26°C (79°F) 50 mm (2 in)
Sep 17°C (63°F) 39 mm (1.5 in) 22°C (72°F) 61 mm (2.4 in)
Oct 12°C (53°F) 34 mm (1.3 in) 18°C (64°F) 79 mm (3.1 in)
Nov 6°C (42°F) 59 mm (2.3 in) 13°C (56°F) 108 mm (4.3 in)
Dec 1°C (34°F) 48 mm (1.9 in) 10°C (49°F) 100 mm (3.9 in)


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