A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Debrecen vs. Sofia

Should you visit Debrecen or Sofia?

Should I visit Debrecen or Sofia? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Debrecen

Finding its beginning as a collection of agricultural villages, Debrecen has grown to become the second largest city in Hungary as well as the regional center for the Northern Great Plain region. Highlights include the Reformed Great Church of Debrecen, Hortobagy National Park, Deri Museum, and the Debrecen Zoo and Botanical Garden.

Sofia

Sofia is the capital of Bulgaria and also its largest city. Some people have tried to compare it to Budapest, but the cities are actually quite different. In Sofia you will find wonderful European style architecture intertwined with Communist style buildings. It's fascinating to see the two dramatically different building styles immediately next to each other. There are also many Orthodox Churches around town, with their beautiful domes and intricate details.

Which city is cheaper, Sofia or Debrecen?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Debrecen is $69, while the average daily cost in Sofia is $59. 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 Debrecen and Sofia in more detail.




Accommodation

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around $34. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Debrecen the cost is $68 on average.

For a normal double-occupancy room in Sofia, $74 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Sofia, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is $37, such as in a hostel.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Debrecen $34
    Sofia $37
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Debrecen $68
    Sofia $74


Food

Debrecen food costs typically run travelers around $24 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.

The price of a meal in Sofia can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $17 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $6.80 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Debrecen $24
    Sofia $17

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Sofia

For Sofia, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Online Traditional Bulgarian Cooking Class: $36
  • Market Food Tour: $44
  • Private Sofia Night Tour with Bulgarian Folklore Show & Dinner: $73
  • Sofia by Night Panoramic Tour with Dinner and Folklore Show: $75
  • Private Bulgarian Cooking Class in Sofia with a Local with Hotel Transfers: $92
  • Private Traditional Bulgarian Cooking in Central Sofia: $98
  • Hiking The Seven Rila Lakes with option for dinner: $111
  • Market Visit and Private Bulgarian Cooking Class in Sofia with Hotel Transfers: $117
  • Private Sofia Evening Tour with Folklore Dinner: $137


Local Transportation

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $11 per day to get around in Debrecen.

To get around in Sofia, the average visitor spends $7.68 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Debrecen $11
    Sofia $7.68

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Debrecen

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Debrecen:

  • Debrecen - Budapest Transfer: $188
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Debrecen International Airport to Debrecen City - One Way: $30
  • Debrecen Airport Transfer: $15

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Sofia

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

  • Private Airport Transfer: from Sofia to Sofia Airport (SOF): $14
  • Private Airport Transfer: Sofia Airport (SOF) to Sofia: $14
  • Sofia Airport to Sofia City Transfer: $16
  • Sofia City to Sofia Airport Transfer: $16
  • Airport transfer from Sofia Airport to Sofia City center: $20
  • Private Departure Transfer: Sofia City Center to Sofia Airport: $20
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Sofia Airport to Sofia City Center: $20
  • Private Transfer: Sofia to Sofia Airport (SOF): $25
  • Private transfer: Sofia Airport (SOF) to Sofia: $25
  • Private Transfer from Sofia (SOF) Airport to Sofia City: $29
  • Private Transfer from Sofia City to Sofia (SOF) Airport: $29
  • From Bus Transfer to Rila Lakes: $29


Entertainment

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $18 per person, per day in Debrecen. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.

In Sofia, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $5.42 per person, per day.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Debrecen $18
    Sofia $5.42

Tours and Activities in Sofia

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Sofia.

  • First Ladies of Belogradchik 4x4 Safari Tour: 30-Minute Route: $7.46
  • Self-guided tour of Boyana Church: $8.71
  • Self-guided Tour in the Museum of Socialist Art: $8.96
  • Belogradchik 4x4 Safari Tour: The Guardian of the Valley 50-Minute Route: $9.95
  • Small-Group Alternative Tour in Sofia with┬áTreasure Hunt: $12
  • Admission Ticket to the Museum of Illusions in Sofia: $14
  • Communist Walking Tour of Sofia: $14
  • Audio Guide for All Sofia Sights, Attractions or Experiences: $14
  • Self-Guided Tour in Sofia: $15
  • Sofia Sightseeing Tour: $16
  • The Most Affordable Private Sofia Walking Tour: $17
  • Private & Ultimate Sofia 2,5-hour Walking Tour: $19


Alcohol

The average person spends about $9.56 on alcoholic beverages in Debrecen per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Sofia, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $7.69.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Debrecen $9.56
    Sofia $7.69

Sample the Local Flavors in Sofia

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Sofia:

  • Sofia Pub Crawl Tour of The Hidden Unique Bars: $19
  • Tipsy Pub Crawl Sofia: $23
  • An amazing 3 hours of painting and wine tasting: $35
  • Sofia Bar Crawl: $42
  • Sofia Exquisite Wine Tasting: $47
  • Hisarya, Starosel, and Wine Tasting Tour from Sofia: $60
  • From Rozhen monastery and Melnik with wine tasting: $75
  • Rila monastery- Wine tasting - Boyana church: $75
  • Plovdiv and Thracia Valley with Wine Tasting: $81
  • Plovdiv and Perushtitsa Day Trip with Wine Tasting from Sofia: $81
  • Plovdiv, day tour from Sofia and Wine tasting: $87
  • Private Food and Wine Tour - Sofia: $91



When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Debrecen and Sofia, we can see that Debrecen is more expensive. And not only is Sofia much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Sofia would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Sofia 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 Debrecen would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Debrecen than you might in Sofia.

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