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

Should you visit Cesky Krumlov or Zadar?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Cesky Krumlov or Zadar, this travel comparison, which includes costs, can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison down below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Where Should I go: Cesky Krumlov or Zadar?

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.

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.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Tours for Seniors to Czech Republic, The Best 3-Day Tours from Prague, The Best Tours for Seniors to Croatia, and The Best G Adventures Tours to Croatia.


Which place is cheaper, Zadar or Cesky Krumlov?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Cesky Krumlov is $63, while the average daily cost in Zadar is $95. 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 destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Cesky Krumlov and Zadar in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Cesky Krumlov $38
    Zadar $54
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Cesky Krumlov $76
    Zadar $108
Compare Hotels in Cesky Krumlov and Zadar

Looking for a hotel in Cesky Krumlov 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 Cesky Krumlov


Hotels in Zadar


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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Cesky Krumlov Hotel Prices and Zadar Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Cesky Krumlov $2.99
    Zadar $10

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cesky Krumlov

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

  • Private Transfer from Cesky Krumlov to Prague, English-speaking driver: $124
  • Private Transfer from Cesky Krumlov to Hallstatt with 2 hours for sightseeing: $150
  • Transfer from Cesky Krumlov to Prague: Private daytrip with 2h for sightseeing: $159

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Zadar

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Zadar:

  • private transfer from Trogir to Zadar airport/Zadar: $317
  • Private Transfer to/from Zadar Airport (ZAD): $72
  • Private Transfer to/from Zadar Airport: $47
  • Plitvice Lakes: Transfer Tour with pro photographer: $435
  • Zadar hotels to Split Airport (SPU) - Departure Private Transfer: $55
  • Zadar Airport: Private Transfer to/from Zaton Holiday Resort: $78
  • Zadar Airport: Private Transfer to/from The Garden, Tisno: $155
  • Zadar Airport: Private Transfer to/from Petrcane: $71
  • Zadar Airport: Private Transfer to or from Vir Island: $108
  • Zadar Airport to Zadar City Private Transfer: $41
  • Zadar Airport Private Transfer: Makarska/Tucepi/Baska Voda: $466
  • Transfer from Zadar airport to Vir: $64

Is it cheaper to fly into Cesky Krumlov or Zadar?

Prices for flights to both Zadar and Cesky Krumlov 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
    Cesky Krumlov $22
    Zadar $30

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Zadar

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

  • Small Group Cooking Class: $39
  • Private City Tour and Cooking Class: $98
  • Zadar Private City Tour and Cooking Class: $100
  • Cooking class and shellfishing with a local on the island of Preko: $206

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Cesky Krumlov $6.68
    Zadar $20

Tours and Activities in Cesky Krumlov

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

  • Cesky Krumlov Scavenger Hunt and Best Landmarks Self-Guided Tour: $6.65
  • Český Krumlov Free Tour: $20
  • Private evening tour Cesky Krumlov Old Town and Castle area: $61
  • 2,5h Chateau Collections and Tower Tour with Coffee & Dessert: $72
  • Český Krumlov Private Walking Tour: $86
  • Private Night tour of Český Krumlov: $86
  • Cesky Krumlov Old Town Private Walking Tour: $94
  • Enchanting Český Krumlov Walking Tour: Echoes of the Past: $96
  • Touristic highlights of Český Krumlov on a Private half day tour with a local: $170
  • Private tour of best of Český Krumlov - Sightseeing, Food & Culture with a local: $170
  • A day in the life of Český Krumlov - Private tour with a local: $199
  • Walking private guided tour in Cesky Krumlov with local certified guide: $210

Tours and Activities in Zadar

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

  • Panorama guided Zadar Eco Tuk Tuk tour: $54
  • Private boat tour to the islands of Zadar with snorkeling equipment: $244
  • Sunset boat Tour in Zadar: $44
  • Zadar Boat Tour Half Day: $44
  • Šibenik and Zadar private tour from Split or Trogir: $168
  • 1-Hour Night transparent kayak Tour in Privlaka: $55
  • 2 Hour Quad ATV Mountain Adventure in Starigrad: $132
  • 3 Islands Boat and Snorkeling tour with Fruits and Prosecco: $43
  • 3-Hour Zadar Food Tasting Tour: $99
  • 4 Hour Quad ATV Mountain Adventure in Starigrad: $216
  • Adriatic Breeze - Kornati Speedboat and Sailing Tour: $343
  • Day Tour from Zadar to Plitvice Lakes: $50

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Cesky Krumlov $3.44
    Zadar $12

Sample the Local Flavors in Zadar

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

  • Krka Waterfalls, Food & Wine Tasting, & Old Town Tour: $53
  • Krka Waterfalls, Food & Wine Tasting, Boat Ride & Zadar Old Town: $54
  • Craft Gin and exclusive brandies in unique distillery: $61
  • Wine Tasting with Finger Food: $65
  • Private City and Wine Tour in Zadar with Eco Tuk Tuk: $100


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Cesky Krumlov and Zadar, we can see that Zadar 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 Zadar would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Zadar than you might in Cesky Krumlov.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Cesky Krumlov Expensive? and Is Zadar Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Cesky Krumlov or Zadar?

Zadar has a larger population, and is about 5 times larger than the population of Cesky Krumlov. When comparing the sizes of Cesky Krumlov and Zadar, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.


When is the best time to visit Cesky Krumlov or Zadar?

Both places have a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. As both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Cesky Krumlov or Zadar in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Cesky Krumlov as well as Zadar. Additionally, most visitors come to Zadar for the beaches, snorkeling, and the family-friendly experiences during these months.

In the summer, Cesky Krumlov is cooler than Zadar. Typically, the summer temperatures in Cesky Krumlov in July average around 20°C (68°F), and Zadar averages at about 26°C (80°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Zadar. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Cesky Krumlov this time of the year. In the summer, Cesky Krumlov often gets less sunshine than Zadar. Cesky Krumlov gets 227 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Zadar receives 345 hours of full sun.

Cesky Krumlov usually gets more rain in July than Zadar. Cesky Krumlov gets 91 mm (3.6 in) of rain, while Zadar receives 28 mm (1.1 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Cesky Krumlov 20°C (68°F) 
    Zadar 26°C (80°F)

Should I visit Cesky Krumlov or Zadar in the Autumn?

Both Zadar and Cesky Krumlov are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities. Also, the autumn months attract visitors to Zadar because of the shopping scene and the natural beauty of the area.

In October, Cesky Krumlov is generally much colder than Zadar. Daily temperatures in Cesky Krumlov average around 11°C (52°F), and Zadar fluctuates around 18°C (64°F).

It's quite sunny in Zadar. Cesky Krumlov usually receives less sunshine than Zadar during autumn. Cesky Krumlov gets 108 hours of sunny skies, while Zadar receives 200 hours of full sun in the autumn.

In October, Cesky Krumlov usually receives less rain than Zadar. Cesky Krumlov gets 51 mm (2 in) of rain, while Zadar receives 79 mm (3.1 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Cesky Krumlov 11°C (52°F) 
    Zadar 18°C (64°F)

Should I visit Cesky Krumlov or Zadar in the Winter?

Both Zadar and Cesky Krumlov during the winter are popular places to visit. Also, the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine are the main draw to Zadar this time of year.

The weather in Cesky Krumlov can be very cold. Cesky Krumlov is much colder than Zadar in the winter. The daily temperature in Cesky Krumlov averages around -0°C (31°F) in January, and Zadar fluctuates around 8°C (47°F).

In the winter, Cesky Krumlov often gets less sunshine than Zadar. Cesky Krumlov gets 44 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Zadar receives 128 hours of full sun.

Cesky Krumlov usually gets less rain in January than Zadar. Cesky Krumlov gets 56 mm (2.2 in) of rain, while Zadar receives 83 mm (3.3 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Cesky Krumlov -0°C (31°F) 
    Zadar 8°C (47°F)

Should I visit Cesky Krumlov or Zadar in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Cesky Krumlov and Zadar. Also, many travelers come to Zadar for the beaches and the natural beauty.

In the spring, Cesky Krumlov is cooler than Zadar. Typically, the spring temperatures in Cesky Krumlov in April average around 11°C (51°F), and Zadar averages at about 15°C (59°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Zadar this time of the year. Cesky Krumlov usually receives less sunshine than Zadar during spring. Cesky Krumlov gets 155 hours of sunny skies, while Zadar receives 212 hours of full sun in the spring.

In April, Cesky Krumlov usually receives less rain than Zadar. Cesky Krumlov gets 55 mm (2.2 in) of rain, while Zadar receives 66 mm (2.6 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Cesky Krumlov 11°C (51°F) 
    Zadar 15°C (59°F)

Typical Weather for Zadar and Cesky Krumlov

Cesky Krumlov Zadar
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan -0°C (31°F) 56 mm (2.2 in) 8°C (47°F) 83 mm (3.3 in)
Feb 2°C (36°F) 49 mm (1.9 in) 9°C (48°F) 68 mm (2.7 in)
Mar 6°C (43°F) 53 mm (2.1 in) 11°C (52°F) 75 mm (3 in)
Apr 11°C (51°F) 55 mm (2.2 in) 15°C (59°F) 66 mm (2.6 in)
May 15°C (59°F) 82 mm (3.2 in) 20°C (67°F) 56 mm (2.2 in)
Jun 18°C (65°F) 92 mm (3.6 in) 23°C (74°F) 51 mm (2 in)
Jul 20°C (68°F) 91 mm (3.6 in) 26°C (80°F) 28 mm (1.1 in)
Aug 19°C (67°F) 93 mm (3.6 in) 26°C (79°F) 50 mm (2 in)
Sep 16°C (61°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 22°C (72°F) 61 mm (2.4 in)
Oct 11°C (52°F) 51 mm (2 in) 18°C (64°F) 79 mm (3.1 in)
Nov 5°C (42°F) 59 mm (2.3 in) 13°C (56°F) 108 mm (4.3 in)
Dec 1°C (35°F) 64 mm (2.5 in) 10°C (49°F) 100 mm (3.9 in)