Should you visit Mamaia or Split?
Should I visit Mamaia or Split? 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.
The most popular beach resort in Romania, Mamaia sits on an 8-kilometer wisp of land between Lake Siutghiol and the Black Sea. With plenty of hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, and an aqua park, the resort area is a party-goer's destination with endless opportunities for fun in the sun and nighttime merriment.
Spit is a historic city in Central Dalmatia with many opportunities to glimpse its fascinating past in its historic city center. Centuries ago the city grew up around a Diocletian palace that was used as refuge by the locals.
Today, as you wander around the historic center, you can see the remains of the Roman walls, temples, and squares. Despite it's appeal to tourists, Split is much more than just a tourist destination. It is larger than you might initially realize and it spreads well beyond the historic center. There is a population of about 300,000 in the larger area and it is an economic center for the region.
Split is also a must-visit on a trip through the country. It can easily fit in to a one-week itinerary of Croatia, or many other routes, as it's centrally located and very accessible.
Split has a beautiful climate with mild winters, countless sunny days, and a generally pleasant temperature. As such, there are many opportunities to enjoy yourself outdoors, whether by participating in sports or walking around the city's quaint streets. Winters in Split are also quite mild, but there may be one snowy day, on average, every year. This rare snowfall can cause a significant disruption in the flow of traffic.
Which city is cheaper, Split or Mamaia?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Mamaia is $56, while the average daily cost in Split is $102. 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 Mamaia and Split in more detail.
An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $44 in Mamaia For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.
For a normal double-occupancy room in Split, $138 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Split, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is $69, such as in a hostel.
Food in Mamaia costs travelers about $20 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.
Food in Split costs travelers about $22 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.
Meals for one day
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Split
For Split, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Krka Waterfalls with Dinner in Split included:Pizza or Burger with Fries & Drink:
Private Dining: Traditional Dalmatian family dinner near Marjan Hills:
Cooking Class in a Dalmatian Ethno Village Tour from Split:
The Real Split Food Tour:
Exclusive tour: NP Krka Bike Tour with traditional dinner:
Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Mamaia than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $23 on transportation in Mamaia on average per day.
Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Split than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $14 on transportation in Split on average per day.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Split
Also for Split, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Zadar Day Trip from Split with transfer to Plitvice Lakes:
Transfers and excursions:
Transfer from Split to airport (and vice versa):
Transfer from Split to Zadar:
Transfer from Split to Sibenik:
Transfer from Split to Dubrovnik:
Transfer Split airport to Split:
Transfer Split airport to Makarska:
Transfer Split - Novalja (economy or VIP):
Transfer Novalja - Split (economy or VIP):
Taxi transfer (private) from Split Airport to Split (hotels & port):
Is it cheaper to fly into Mamaia or Split?
Prices for flights to both Split and Mamaia 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.
Sightseeing expenses in Mamaia, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $11 per day, per person.
Sightseeing expenses in Split, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $3.46 per day, per person.
Tours and Activities in Split
For Split, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
"Blue Lagoon" Half day Chill out tour from Split:
1 Day Pass HOP ON-HOP OFF Bus tour from Split:
1.5-Hour Split Evening Walking Tour:
10-Day Adriatic Island Hopping Active Tour from Split:
2 Hours Private Guided Walking Tour in Split Old Town:
2 Hours Split Walking tour with free food tasting:
2-Hour Private Guided Tour of Split in a Classic Ford T:
3-Day Croatia Hiking and Biking Small-Group Tour:
3-Day Private Sailing Tour from Split:
3-Hour Split Deep Water Soloing and Cliff Jumping Adventure:
3-Island Split Boat Tour (Šolta Drvenik Mali, Drvenik Veli):
360 Virtual Tour of Ancient Split:
Typically, people visiting Mamaia spend on average $10 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Typically, people visiting Split spend on average $7.43 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Sample the Local Flavors in Split
Also in Split, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:
Day Tour from Krka Waterfalls Tour & Wine Tasting:
Tower Pub Crawl in Split:
Krka Waterfalls Tour & Wine Tasting from Split:
Krka Waterfalls and Sibenik Day Trip Including Wine Tasting from Split:
Wine Tasting With walking Small group Tour in Split:
Blue Lagoon & Wine tasting - 3 islands tour:
Split Wine Tasting Walking Tour:
Zinfandel Wine Tour:
Full-Day Split Food and wine tour to Peljesac:
Beer Tasting Split - visit to the local brewery:
Solta Island Wine Tasting Tour Including Lunch:
Imotski Wine Tasting Tour from Split:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Mamaia and Split, we can see that Split is more expensive. And not only is Mamaia much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Mamaia would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Mamaia 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 Split would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Split than you might in Mamaia.
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