Should you visit Kosice or Varna?
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 Varna can help you decide which place is right for you.
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.
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 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 Varna is €49. 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 Varna in more detail.
Double occupancy rooms typically run around €118 in Kosice For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.
The average price for accommodation for two people in Varna is €52. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.
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.
Varna food costs typically run travelers around €18 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.
Meals for one day
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.
While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around €6.99 per day to get around in Varna.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Varna
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Varna:
Private Transfer from Varna (VAR) Airport to Bucharest:
Private Transfer from Varna to Sofia (SOF) Airport:
Private Transfer from Golden Sands to Sofia (SOF) Airport:
Private Transfer from Varna (VAR) Airport to Sofia:
Private Transfer to Bucharest from Varna (Bulgaria):
Private Transfer from Varna in Bulgaria to Bucharest:
Private Transfer from Varna (VAR) Airport to Lozenets:
Private Transfer from Varna (VAR) Airport to Elenite:
Private Transfer from Varna (VAR) Airport to Sozopol:
Private Transfer from Varna to Sofia: Hotel-to-hotel, English-speaking driver:
Varna Airport/City to Sofia Airport/City Transfer:
Private Transfer from Golden Sands to Burgas (BOJ) Airport:
Is it cheaper to fly into Kosice or Varna?
Prices for flights to both Varna 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.
In Kosice, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average €19 per person, per day.
Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around €6.41 per person, per day in Varna. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.
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):
Slovakia Ancestry Private Tour for 2 people minimum:
Tours and Activities in Varna
Here are a few actual costs in Varna for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
Audio Guide for All Varna Sights, Attractions or Experiences:
Bulgaria Day Bike Tours - countryside & seaside:
Full-Day Private Sightseeing Tour to the North of Varna:
Full-Day Private Sightseeing Tour to the South of Varna:
Pokémon GO Varna Private Tour:
Private Virtual Tour in Varna with a Local Guide:
Self-guided Retro Museum Varna Tour:
Self-guided tour in Varna Archaeological Museum + ticket:
The Ultimate Private Communist Tour of Varna:
Unique Boat Trip Experience from Varna:
Varna - Aladza Monastery - Balchik - Kaliakra Cape Tour:
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.
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Varna may vary from person to person, on average a person spends €6.38 per day on alcoholic beverages.
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):
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 Kosice and Varna, we can see that Kosice 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 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 Varna.
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