A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Kosice vs. Sofia for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Kosice or Sofia?

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Kosice and Sofia can help you decide which place is right for you.

Kosice

Founded in the 13th century, Kosice today is the second largest city in Slovakia featuring churches, cathedrals, and fortifications which speak to its roots as a center of activity during the Middle Ages. Some of its top attractions include the city's historical center, Singing Fountain, and Cathedral of Saint Elizabeth.

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 Kosice?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Kosice is €110, while the average daily cost in Sofia is €48. 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 Kosice and Sofia in more detail.



Accommodation

Double occupancy rooms typically run around €118 in Kosice For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.

For a normal double-occupancy room in Sofia, €60 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Sofia, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is €30, such as in a hostel.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Kosice 59
    Sofia 30
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Kosice 118
    Sofia 60

Food

On average, meal and food prices in Kosice cost around €34 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around €14.

The price of a meal in Sofia can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is €14 per person, and a typical meal will cost around €5.60 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
    Kosice 34
    Sofia 14

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

To get around in Kosice, the average visitor spends €23 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.

To get around in Sofia, the average visitor spends €6.28 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.
    Kosice 23
    Sofia 6.28

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Sofia

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

  • Sightseeing Transfer from Sofia to Skopje with a stop at Rila Monastery: $372
  • Private Transfer to Bucharest from Sofia (Bulgaria): $348
  • Private Transfer from Sofia (SOF) Airport to Bucharest: $342
  • Private Transfer from Sofia (SOF) Airport to Varna: $342
  • Private Transfer from Sofia (SOF) Airport to Golden Sands: $342
  • Private Transfer from Sofia to Burgas (BOJ) Airport: $332
  • Private Transfer from Sofia (SOF) Airport to Sunny Beach: $332
  • Private Transfer from Sofia (SOF) Airport to Sveti Vlas: $332
  • Private Transfer from Sofia (SOF) Airport to Sozopol: $332
  • Private Guided Transfer from Sofia to Bucharest: $323
  • Private Transfer from Sofia (SOF) Airport to Burgas: $321
  • Sofia to Golden Sands (Zlatni Pyasatsi) Passenger Transfer: $319

Is it cheaper to fly into Kosice or Sofia?

Prices for flights to both Sofia and Kosice 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.





Entertainment

In Kosice, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average €19 per person, per day.

In Sofia, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average €4.44 per person, per day.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Kosice 19
    Sofia 4.44

Tours and Activities in Kosice

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

  • 7 days Tour - The best of Eastern Slovakia (2 people minimum & maximum 4 people): $983
  • Slovakia Ancestry Private Tour for 2 people minimum: $1,225

Tours and Activities in Sofia

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

  • 10 Days Bulgaria Round Tour - Urban & Sea Experience: $895
  • 11 Days Bulgaria Round Tour - Stunning Big Voyage: $932
  • 12 days Balkans Guided Tour from Sofia to Budapest: $2,488
  • 17days Balkans Tour from Sofia to Bucharest: $3,484
  • 2 Day Private Adventure Tour in Vitosha mountain from Sofia: $288
  • 21 Days Small Group Balkans Tour from Sofia: $4,354
  • 3 Caves tour - Saeva dupka , Eyes of God cave & Devetashka Cave: $93
  • 3-Day Bulgaria Private Mountain Biking Tour from Sofia: $438
  • 3-Hour Private Bulgarian Food Tasting Tour of Sofia: $56
  • 4 Balkan Countries and 3 Nights Cruise in Greek Islands from Sofia: $2,725
  • 4 Days Natural and Historical Wonders of the Rhodope mountain Motorcyle tour: $695
  • 5 Days Guided Motorcycle Tour Wine, Nature and Traditions: $621

Alcohol

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Kosice, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is €18.

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 €6.29.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Kosice 18
    Sofia 6.29

Sample the Local Flavors in Kosice

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Kosice:

  • 4 days - Wine tasting & Spa (small group minimum 2 people & maximum 4 people): $753

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 Kosice and Sofia, we can see that Kosice 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 Kosice would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Kosice than you might in Sofia.

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