A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar vs. Zadar for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar or Zadar?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar and Zadar can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar or Zadar?

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.


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 Adventure Tours to Romania, The Best Sightseeing Tours in Romania, The Best Tours for Seniors to Croatia, and The Best G Adventures Tours to Croatia.

Which place is cheaper, Zadar 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 $84, 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 Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar and Zadar in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar $50
    Zadar $54
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar $100
    Zadar $108
Compare Hotels in Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar and Zadar

Looking for a hotel in Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar 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 Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar

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: Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar Hotel Prices and Zadar Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar $14
    Zadar $10

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar:

  • Private Transfer Cluj Napoca Airport: $27

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Zadar

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Zadar:

  • From Plitvice Lakes Private Round-Trip Transfer: $396
  • From Private Transfer to Dubrovnik Airport: $606
  • From Zagreb & Franjo Tudman Airport Private Transfer: $457
  • Krka National Park Private Tour from Zadar with transfer to Split: $282
  • Private One Way Transfer from Split to Zadar: $275
  • Private Transfer from Biograd Na Moru to Zadar Airport (ZAD): $67
  • Private Transfer from Zadar Airport (ZAD) to Borik Zadar: $37
  • Private Transfer from Zadar Airport (ZAD) to Murter: $193
  • Private Transfer from Zadar Airport (ZAD) to Pag Island: $174
  • Private Transfer from Zadar Airport (ZAD) to Vodice: $135
  • Private Transfer from Zadar Cruise Port to Split Airport (SPU): $64
  • Private Transfer from Zadar Cruise Port to Split City Hotels: $78

Is it cheaper to fly into Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar or Zadar?

Prices for flights to both Zadar 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.

  • Food Meals for one day
    Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar $25
    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: $38
  • Private City Tour and Cooking Class: $96

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar $7.87
    Zadar $20

Tours and Activities in Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar

Here are a few actual costs in Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Cluj-Napoca: 2.5-Hour Guided Walking Tour: $26
  • Cluj : Private Walking Tour with Guide ( Private Tour ): $33
  • Private city tour in Cluj-Napoca: $48
  • Local Tour of Cluj by Electric Bike: $49
  • Cluj-Napoca Walking City Tour: $58
  • Cluj - private walking city tour: $65
  • Private Climbing OR Hiking Experience in Cheile Turzii: $78
  • Curly Tour - Day trip from Cluj :): $87
  • Night Tour in Hoia Baciu Forest: $92
  • Transylvania: Dracula's Castle and Birthplace Tour: $97
  • Snowshoeing Fun Tour from Cluj Napoca: $98

Tours and Activities in Zadar

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

  • Paklenica National Park Admission Ticket: $5.57
  • Zadar historical guided tour: $16
  • Old Town Walking Tour: $16
  • Zadar Historical Guided Walking Tour: $16
  • Old Town Highlights Guided Walking Tour: $18
  • Group History Walking Tour in Zadar Old Town: $20
  • Sunset Boat Tour with a Glass of Prosecco: $20
  • Guided City Walking Tour: $21
  • Old Town Evening Group Guided Walking Tour: $24
  • Early Morning Walking Tour of the Old Town: $24
  • Guided Old Town History Walking Tour: $26
  • Early Morning Walking Tour of the Old Town in Zadar: $26

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar $6.73
    Zadar $12

Sample the Local Flavors in Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar:

  • Pub Crawl in Cluj: $22

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: $52
  • Wine Tasting with Finger Food: $64
  • Private City and Wine Tour in Zadar with Eco Tuk Tuk: $98

When comparing the travel costs between Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar and Zadar, we can see that Zadar is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in Europe, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar Expensive? and Is Zadar Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar or Zadar?

Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar has a larger population, and is about 4 times larger than the population of Zadar. When comparing the sizes of Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar 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.