A Travel Price Comparison for Montenegro Kotor vs. Budva for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Kotor or Budva?

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

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 Kotor and Budva can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Kotor or Budva?

Kotor

A coastal town of Montenegro, Kotor is also a beautifully-preserved fortified, medieval town, featuring a labyrinth of cobbled streets, lively piazzas, historic churches, and a spread of bars and restaurants throughout its historic Old Town.

Budva

A coastal resort in Montenegro, Budva is probably the country's most popular tourist destination. Not only does it host a number of great beaches, but it is also home to a picturesque old town center located on a small peninsula. Some of its best features include narrow winding lanes, historic buildings, churches, and small squares.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Luxury Tours to Montenegro, The Best Budget Tours to Montenegro, The Best Hiking & Trekking Tours in Montenegro, and Tours for Outdoor and Nature Lovers in Montenegro.


Which place is cheaper, Budva or Kotor?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Kotor is €100, while the average daily cost in Budva is €91. 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 Kotor and Budva in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Kotor 49
    Budva 37
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Kotor 98
    Budva 74
Compare Hotels in Kotor and Budva

Looking for a hotel in Kotor or Budva? 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 Kotor


Hotels in Budva


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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: Kotor Hotel Prices and Budva Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Kotor 9.26
    Budva 20

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Kotor

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Kotor:

  • Kotor Cruise Port to Podgorica hotels - Arrival Private Transfer: $47
  • Tivat Airport (TIV) to Kotor Cruise Port - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $33
  • Airport Transfer Tivat / Porto Montenegro to Budva /Sveti Stefan: $221
  • Airport Transfer Tivat / Porto Montenegro to Podgorica City: $276
  • Enjoy Private Transfers by Car or Van from Tivat Airport to Kotor or Budva: $44
  • Herceg Novi to Budva one way transfer: $105
  • Herceg Novi to Tivat one way transfer: $80
  • Kotor Cruise Port to Podgorica hotels - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $95
  • Kotor Cruise Port to Tivat Hotels Round-Trip Private Transfer: $33
  • Kotor Cruise Port to Tivat hotels - Arrival Private Transfer: $17
  • Kotor Cruise Port: Private Transfer to Podgorica hotels: $301
  • Kotor Cruise Port: Private Transfer to Tivat hotels: $91

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Budva

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Budva are as follows:


  • Daily Car Rental
    65

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Budva

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Budva:

  • Budva to Podgorica one way transfer: $115
  • Montenegro Airport Transfer: $66
  • Private Transfer from Bar to Podgorica Airport (TGD): $98
  • Private Transfer from Bar to Tivat Airport (TIV): $118
  • Private Transfer from Budva or Becici to Dubrovnik airport: $221
  • Private Transfer from Budva or Becici to Tivat airport: $61
  • Private Transfer from Budva to Dubrovnik: $254
  • Private Transfer from Budva to Podgorica Airport and city: $39
  • Private Transfer from Petrovac to Podgorica Airport (TGD): $59
  • Private Transfer from Sveti Stefan to Tivat airport: $72
  • Private transfer Tivat/Kotor/Budva-Podgorica: $127
  • Private transfer from Budva to Dubrovnik City: $99

Is it cheaper to fly into Kotor or Budva?

Prices for flights to both Budva and Kotor 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
  • Food Meals for one day
    Kotor 43
    Budva 31

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Kotor

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Kotor.

  • Kotor City Tour and Cooking Class : $206
  • Kotor private cooking class with lunch and Old town guided tour: $229
  • Cooking class in a local home & old town walking tour: $310

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Budva

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Budva.

  • Cooking Class with dinner/lunch in Ulcinj Montenegro : $50

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Kotor 8.32
    Budva 22

Tours and Activities in Kotor

Here are a few actual costs in Kotor for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Private Walking Tour in Kotor : $22
  • Kotor Old Town - City Walking Tour: $24
  • Kotor Old Town Walking Tour: $24
  • Panorama and Semi-Submarine Underwater Experience: $24
  • Boat Tour to Perast Old Town & Our Lady of the Rocks: $27
  • Tour Kotor - Perast Old Town - Island Our Lady of the Rocks - Every 2 hours: $30
  • Whole Boka Bay Cruise with Ship Knez Lipovac: $33
  • Kotor Old Town Small-Group Walking Tour: $33
  • Shore Excursion - Handwoven Carpet Workshop, Local wine and Kotor Old Town tour : $34
  • Blue Cave Speedboat Tour from Kotor: $35
  • City Kickstart Private Tour in Kotor: $38
  • Blue Cave speedboat tour from Kotor: $38

Tours and Activities in Budva

Here are a few actual costs in Budva for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • 1-Hour Guided Lipa Cave Adventure in Montenegro: $15
  • Skip The Line Tickets: Kotor - Lovćen Cable Car: $40
  • From Day Cruise to Boka Bay: $42
  • Great Cruise From Budva to Boka Bay in a Day: $43
  • Night Lights Kayak and SUP Adventure: $43
  • 3-Hour Paddle Board or Kayak Tour to Coastal Caves: $43
  • Night Lights Kayak Adventure : $44
  • Budva Bay SUP & Kayaking Tours to Coastal Caves: $44
  • Soul of Montenegro: Kotor, Lovcen and Cetinje Day Tour: $62
  • Private Boat Tour Adventure In Budva - Sightseeing & Snorkeling : $66
  • Cetinje 1 hour Private Walking Tour: $67
  • Budva 1 hour Private walking tour: $67

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Kotor 8.51
    Budva 14

Sample the Local Flavors in Kotor

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Kotor:

  • Private tour: Homemade food and wine tasting at my family home: $127
  • Private National Park Lovcen with food and wine tasting: $138
  • Wine tasting and magical tour from Kotor, Budva, Tivat (Lovcen,Skadar lake): $255
  • National Parks Skadar Lake and Lovcen+Wine tasting (Private tour): $264
  • Skadar Lake National Park with Wine Tasting: $433


When comparing the travel costs between Kotor and Budva, we can see that Kotor 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 Kotor Expensive? and Is Budva Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Kotor or Budva?

Kotor has a larger population, and is about 14% larger than the population of Budva. When comparing the sizes of Kotor and Budva, 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.