Should you visit Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar or Varna?
Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar and Varna 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.
Varna is a coastal city on the Black Sea. It's the third largest city in Bulgaria and many people consider it the summer capital of the country. It's a major tourist destination and it can make for a relaxing escape at the beach if you're in Bulgaria during the summer. It is the only city in Bulgaria that cruises visit, and as such, it's tourist infrastructure has grown. In addition to being a tourist destination, Varna is also a business and university center, seaport, and the headquarters of the Bulgarian Navy and merchant marine.
Which city is cheaper, Varna 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 $77, while the average daily cost in Varna 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 Varna in more detail.
The average price for accommodation for two people in Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar is $92. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.
The average price for accommodation for two people in Varna is $64. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.
Hotel or hostel for one person
Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar $46
Typical double-occupancy room
Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar
The average traveler spends about $23 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.
Varna food costs typically run travelers around $21 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.
While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $13 per day to get around in Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar.
While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $8.55 per day to get around in Varna.
Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar $13
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Varna
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Varna:
Private Arrival Transfer: Varna Airport to Sunny Beach:
Private Minibus Transfer from Varna to Golden Sands:
Private One-way Transfer Varna Airport to Hotel or vice versa:
Private Round-Trip Transfer: Varna Airport to Sunny Beach:
Private Transfer from Golden Sands to Burgas (BOJ) Airport:
Private Transfer from Golden Sands to Sofia (SOF) Airport:
Private Transfer from Golden Sands to Varna (VAR) Airport:
Private Transfer from Varna (VAR) Airport to Albena:
Private Transfer from Varna (VAR) Airport to Balchik:
Private Transfer from Varna (VAR) Airport to Bucharest:
Private Transfer from Varna (VAR) Airport to Burgas:
Private Transfer from Varna (VAR) Airport to Byala:
Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $7.29 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.
Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $7.84 per person, per day in Varna. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.
Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar $7.29
Tours and Activities in Varna
Here are a few actual costs in Varna for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
Self-guided Retro Museum Varna Tour:
Self-guided tour in Varna Archaeological Museum + ticket:
Audio Guide for All Varna Sights, Attractions or Experiences:
Pokémon GO Varna Private Tour:
Private Virtual Tour in Varna with a Local Guide:
The Ultimate Private Communist Tour of Varna:
Bulgaria Day Bike Tours - countryside & seaside:
Unique Boat Trip Experience from Varna:
Varna - Aladza Monastery - Balchik - Kaliakra Cape Tour:
Full-Day Private Sightseeing Tour to the North of Varna:
Full-Day Private Sightseeing Tour to the South of Varna:
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $6.23 per day on alcoholic beverages.
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Varna may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $7.80 per day on alcoholic beverages.
Sample the Local Flavors in Varna
Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Varna:
Vineyards tour & wine tasting near Varna:
Varna Exquisite Wine Tasting:
Private Exploration: French Influence in Varna + Walking + Wine tasting tour:
The Ultimate Private Varna Walking, Culture & Wine Tasting Tour:
Private Varna Gourmet Tour with Superb Wine Tasting:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar and Varna, we can see that Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar is more expensive. And not only is Varna much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Varna would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Varna 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 Varna.
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