Should you visit Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar or Sarajevo?
Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar and Sarajevo can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.
Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar
Located in northeast Romania, Cluj-Napoca is the capital of the Transylvania region and one of the nation's most-visited cities. Many visitors come to experience the modern Transylvanian university culture, admire historic churches and other landmarks, see fortress ruins, and visit museums.
Sarajevo is the capital city of Bosnia and is one of the most culturally and historically interesting cities to visit in Europe. The city was at the crossroads where the Eastern and Western Roman Empires divided, and the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches divided. Today it is most associated with the Civil War that occurred here between 1992 and 1995. There are still many remnants of the war left, from the cemeteries that dot the countryside to the leftover damage done by bombs. Despite its brutal history, Sarajevo has begun to thrive again, both economically and as a tourist destination.
Which city is cheaper, Sarajevo or Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar is $72, while the average daily cost in Sarajevo 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. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar and Sarajevo in more detail.
The average price for accommodation for two people in Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar is $86. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.
For a normal double-occupancy room in Sarajevo, $46 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Sarajevo, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is $23, such as in a hostel.
Hotel or hostel for one person
Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar $43
Typical double-occupancy room
Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar
The average traveler spends about $22 per day in Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.
In Sarajevo travelers spend around $27 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.
Typical Food prices in Sarajevo
For Sarajevo, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Sarajevo
For Sarajevo, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Traditional Bosnian Dinner with your Host Family:
A Taste of Sarajevo - Authentic Food Tour:
Dinner with locals:
Cooking Classes - Contemporary Bosnian cuisine:
Simple Bosnian Cooking Class Sarajevo:
Home-hosted Cooking Class: Cook and Eat with Bosnian family:
Bosnian Cooking Lessons:
While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $12 per day to get around in Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar.
Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Sarajevo than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $6.03 on transportation in Sarajevo on average per day.
Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar $12
Typical Local Transportation prices in Sarajevo
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Sarajevo:
Tram Tickets (for 2)
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Sarajevo
Also for Sarajevo, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
One Way Transfer From Sarajevo To Mostar Or From Mostar To Sarajevo:
Private Airport Transfer: Sarajevo International Airport (SJJ) to Sarajevo:
Private Airport Transfer: from Sarajevo to Sarajevo International Airport (SJJ):
Private Sarajevo Airport Transfer Nand Half Day City Tour:
Private Transfer Sarajevo to Split with Mostar Town:
Private Transfer from Dubrovnik to Sarajevo:
Private Transfer from Sarajevo Airport (SJJ) to Banja luka:
Private Transfer from Sarajevo Airport (SJJ) to Beograd:
Private Transfer from Sarajevo Airport (SJJ) to Bihac:
Private Transfer from Sarajevo Airport (SJJ) to Bjelašnica:
Private Transfer from Sarajevo Airport (SJJ) to Bojnik:
Private Transfer from Sarajevo Airport (SJJ) to Bugojno:
Is it cheaper to fly into Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar or Sarajevo?
Prices for flights to both Sarajevo and Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar 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.
Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $6.80 per person, per day in Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.
Sightseeing expenses in Sarajevo, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $10 per day, per person.
Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar $6.80
Typical Entertainment prices in Sarajevo
Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Sarajevo's activities, tours, and tickets:
National Museum (for 2)
Tours and Activities in Sarajevo
For Sarajevo, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
Svrzo House Entrance Ticket:
Museum Of Crimes Against Humanity And Genocide 1992-1995 Entrance Ticket:
Skip the Line: War Childhood Museum Adult Ticket:
GRAND SARAJEVO WALKING TOUR (history, arhitecture and art):
Sarajevo Grand Walking Tour:
Sarajevo Talkie-Walkie Tour:
2.5-Hour Grand Walking Tour:
Sarajevo Full Walking Tour:
Adventurous City Tour including Tunnel of Hope:
Sarajevo Full Walking Tour:
Tunnel Of Hope Tour:
Sensational Sarajevo Sunset Walking Tour:
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $5.81 per day on alcoholic beverages.
Typically, people visiting Sarajevo spend on average $6.31 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Sample the Local Flavors in Sarajevo
Also in Sarajevo, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:
Small-group Wine Tasting Expiriance, with lunch in vineyard:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar and Sarajevo, we can see that Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar is more expensive. And not only is Sarajevo much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Sarajevo would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Sarajevo 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 Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar than you might in Sarajevo.
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