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

Should you visit Budapest or Zagreb?

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 Zagreb 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.

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 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 Zagreb is $75. 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 Zagreb 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.

Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about $94 for a double occupancy room in Zagreb.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Budapest $51
    Zagreb $47
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Budapest $102
    Zagreb $94

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.

Zagreb food costs typically run travelers around $16 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
    Zagreb $16
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

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: $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

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.

The average price of local transportation around Zagreb is $8.91 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Budapest $11
    Zagreb $8.91
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:

  • Airport Transfer Budapest: $50
  • Airport Transfer Budapest: $32
  • Airport and Hotel transfer: $31
  • Airport transfer with guided tour: $216
  • Arrival Private Transfer Budapest Airport BUD to Budapest City by Luxury Van: $93
  • Arrival Private Transfer Budapest Airport BUD to Budapest City in Business Car: $62
  • Arrival Private Transfer Budapest Airport BUD to Budapest City in Standard Car: $57
  • Budapest - Belgrade Transfer: $349
  • Budapest - Bratislava Transfer: $202
  • Budapest - Bratislava transfer: $180
  • Budapest - Brno (Brno - Budapest) private transfer with a comfortable car / van: $485
  • Budapest - Bük Transfer: $171

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Zagreb

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Zagreb:

  • Private Transfer from Zagreb to Mostar Airport (OMO): $1,548
  • Luxury/Vip private transfer from Zagreb to Vienna: $1,060
  • Luxury / vip transfer Zagreb to Venice: $1,060
  • Luxury transfer Zagreb to Budapest with as many stops as you want on the way: $928
  • Ultra Europe transfer from Zagreb: $846
  • Private transfer from Split to Zagreb: $830
  • Zagreb to Split private transfer with National park Plitvice lakes guided tour: $823
  • Private Transfer from Zagreb to Split with stop at Plitvice Lakes: $809
  • PRIVATE TRANSFER: From Zagreb to Split with Plitvice Lakes tour: $796
  • Private Transfer from Zagreb to Tuzla Airport (TZL): $774
  • Zagreb to Split - Private Transfer: $730
  • Private Transfer from Zagreb to Sarajevo Airport (SJJ): $708

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.

Zagreb's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $12 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Budapest $24
    Zagreb $12
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.

  • Budapest Private Tour: Buda Castle District Exploration Game: $3.72
  • Discovering Explore the city's hot pools and heroes on an audio tour: $5.00
  • Private Budapest Ghost Tour: Haunted City Exploration Game: $5.65
  • Urban Tour of the Outer viii district Budapest: $6.22
  • Guided Tour in Budapest Castle District: $6.22
  • The Legendary Vampires at the Castle's Court Audio Tour: $6.59
  • Alternative Street Tip Based Walking Tour of Budapest: $6.77
  • Budapest Downtown and Inner City E-Scooter Tour: $7.46
  • Skip the Line: Aeropark Aviation Museum Entrance Ticket: $8.01
  • Robert Capa Contemporary Photograhy Center Visit Ticket: $8.71
  • Sightseeing Cruise on the Danube with Live Music: $8.87
  • Danube Cruise in Budapest: $9.58

Tours and Activities in Zagreb

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

  • 10 days tour from Zagreb, Beograd, Budapest, Krakow to Warszaw: $5,972
  • 12 day Private Tour Croatia and Slovenia: $6,622
  • 120-min All Around Tour in Zagreb: $75
  • 14-Day Classic Croatia Tour: $4,257
  • 2-Hour Private Walking Tour of Zagreb: $51
  • 2-hour Private Zagreb city tour in old-timer YUGO car: $61
  • 3 days in Plitvice lakes, Slovenia and Zagreb BIG tour: $429
  • 3-Hour Big Zagreb Private Walking Tour: $75
  • 3-Hour Private Zagreb Biking Tour with Local Artisan Shopping: $104
  • 7 or 9 Night Best of Croatia Tour: Zagreb, Split, Hvar, Korcula and Dubrovnik: $1,629
  • 8-Day Private Tour in Croatia from Zagreb: $4,305
  • Afternoon Zagreb Walking tour with funicular ride in English: $37

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.

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Zagreb may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $8.83 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Budapest $17
    Zagreb $8.83

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

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 Budapest and Zagreb, we can see that Budapest 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 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 Zagreb.

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