A Travel Price Comparison for Slovenia Maribor vs. Bled for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Maribor or Bled?

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

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Maribor and Bled. We'll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Where Should I go: Maribor or Bled?

Maribor

Located near the Austrian border is Maribor, the second largest city in Slovenia. Maribor is surrounded by hills that are filled with wine vineyards, as well as the Mariborsko Pohorje mountain. The city is split in half by the Drava River. On the left bank of the river you'll find the city's old town.

The city draws tourists from all over the world who come to enjoy the world renowned wine, old town culture, and outdoor activities which include hiking and skiing. The city is a great jumping off point for many outdoor activities and for those hoping to see the countryside. If you're more the city type, Maribor also has plenty to offer. Head to the theater for a show, sip some wine in a town square, or soak in the beauty of a cathedral while you're in the area.

Maribor's climate is humid continental with warm summers and cold winters. During the winter months the average temperature hovers around freezing. The warmest month is July, when average temperatures often exceed 20 degrees Celsius. Maribor is also one of the sunniest cities in Slovenia.

Bled

Bled is an incredibly scenic place, on the east side of Lake Bled. The lake is a beautiful, rich, emerald green. There's a small island in the middle of the lake where you'll find a nice white chapel. The lake is surrounded by striking green mountains, among which you'll find the Bled Castle overlooking the scene. Bled also offers access to the nearby Triglav National Park, a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts and adrenaline junkies. Within the national park you'll find countless waterfalls and the lovely Lake Bohinj. You can find plenty of opportunities for mountain climbing, rafting, and hiking. There's even a cable car if you're looking for an easy way to get some good views of the mountains and landscape.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best One Week (7-Day) Tours in Slovenia, The Best 2-Week Tours in Slovenia, The Best Bicycle Tours in Slovenia, and Tours for Outdoor and Nature Lovers in Slovenia.


Which place is cheaper, Bled or Maribor?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Maribor is €76, while the average daily cost in Bled is €104. 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 Maribor and Bled in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Maribor 44
    Bled 56
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Maribor 88
    Bled 112
Compare Hotels in Maribor and Bled

Looking for a hotel in Maribor or Bled? 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 Maribor


Hotels in Bled


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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: Maribor Hotel Prices and Bled Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Maribor 8.73
    Bled 34
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Maribor

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Maribor:


  • Gondola (for 2)
    20

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Maribor

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Maribor:

  • Private transfer from Maribor to Ljubljana city: $253
  • Private Transfer from Maribor to Ljubljana Airport (LJU): $255

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bled

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

  • Bled- Ljubljana Airport. Private transfer. Price per car.: $88
  • Bled- Portorož. Private transfer. : $275
  • Private Transfer from Bled to Zagreb Airport (ZAG): $299
  • Private Transfer from Bohinj to Ljubljana Airport (LJU): $167
  • Private transfer from Tolmin to Ljubljana city: $209
  • Private transfer from Tržič to Ljubljana city: $138

Is it cheaper to fly into Maribor or Bled?

Prices for flights to both Bled and Maribor 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
    Maribor 26
    Bled 28
Typical Food Prices in Maribor

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Maribor:


  • Restaurant Dinner (for 2)
    24
  • Gostilnica Navogalu Cafe Lunch
    7.50

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bled

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

  • Food Tour Bled - Explore Slovenia Through Its Tastes: $131

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Maribor 8.57
    Bled 12

Typical Entertainment Prices in Bled

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Bled's activities, tours, and tickets:


  • Rafting
    93

Tours and Activities in Bled

For Bled, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • From Self-Guided E-Bike Tour to Vintgar Gorge: $49
  • From Self-Guided E-Bike Tour to Vintgar Gorge: $54
  • Motorcycle Tours in Slovenia: $55
  • Bled Slovenia: 3–Hour Rafting Experience: $60
  • 3-Hour Family-Friendly Rafting Adventure: $60
  • Lake Bled Stand-Up Paddle Boarding Tour: $64
  • From Ljubljana: Lake Bled and Bled Castle Tour: $66
  • Winter Triglav National Park Adventure - Half day trip from Bled: $72
  • Guided Kayaking Tour in a Transparent Kayak: $75
  • Guided Clear Kayak Tour in Bled: $76
  • Lake Bled Stand-Up Paddle Boarding Lesson and Tour: $76
  • From Ljubljana: Lake Bled and Bled Castle Tour: $80

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Maribor 11
    Bled 14
Typical Alcohol Prices in Maribor

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Maribor:


  • Bottle of Wine
    12

Typical Alcohol Prices in Bled

Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Bled are as follows:


  • Bottle of Champagne
    18

Sample the Local Flavors in Bled

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Bled:

  • Slovenian wine tasting at Hotel Triglav Bled's wine cellar: $43
  • Wine Tasting Bled: $63
  • 2-Hour Interactive Wine Tasting Experience in Bled: $64
  • Wine Tasting Experience in Bled: $65


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

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Maribor Expensive? and Is Bled Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Maribor or Bled?

Maribor has a larger population, and is about 20 times larger than the population of Bled. When comparing the sizes of Maribor and Bled, 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.


When is the best time to visit Maribor or Bled?

Both places have a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. As both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Maribor or Bled in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Maribor as well as Bled.

In the summer, Maribor is around the same temperature as Bled. Typically, the summer temperatures in Maribor in July average around 22°C (72°F), and Bled averages at about 24°C (75°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Bled. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Maribor this time of the year. In the summer, Maribor often gets less sunshine than Bled. Maribor gets 266 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Bled receives 288 hours of full sun.

Maribor usually gets more rain in July than Bled. Maribor gets 87 mm (3.4 in) of rain, while Bled receives 71 mm (2.8 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Maribor 22°C (72°F) 
    Bled 24°C (75°F)

Should I visit Maribor or Bled in the Autumn?

Both Bled and Maribor are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities.

In October, Maribor is generally cooler than Bled. Daily temperatures in Maribor average around 13°C (55°F), and Bled fluctuates around 16°C (60°F).

Maribor usually receives less sunshine than Bled during autumn. Maribor gets 133 hours of sunny skies, while Bled receives 167 hours of full sun in the autumn.

In October, Maribor usually receives less rain than Bled. Maribor gets 70 mm (2.8 in) of rain, while Bled receives 87 mm (3.4 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Maribor 13°C (55°F) 
    Bled 16°C (60°F)

Should I visit Maribor or Bled in the Winter?

Both Bled and Maribor during the winter are popular places to visit.

It's quite cold in Maribor in the winter. Maribor is much colder than Bled in the winter. The daily temperature in Maribor averages around 1°C (35°F) in January, and Bled fluctuates around 5°C (41°F).

In the winter, Maribor often gets less sunshine than Bled. Maribor gets 54 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Bled receives 96 hours of full sun.

Maribor usually gets less rain in January than Bled. Maribor gets 53 mm (2.1 in) of rain, while Bled receives 71 mm (2.8 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Maribor 1°C (35°F) 
    Bled 5°C (41°F)

Should I visit Maribor or Bled in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Maribor and Bled.

In the spring, Maribor is around the same temperature as Bled. Typically, the spring temperatures in Maribor in April average around 13°C (55°F), and Bled averages at about 13°C (56°F).

Maribor usually receives less sunshine than Bled during spring. Maribor gets 163 hours of sunny skies, while Bled receives 177 hours of full sun in the spring.

In April, Maribor usually receives less rain than Bled. Maribor gets 65 mm (2.6 in) of rain, while Bled receives 87 mm (3.4 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Maribor 13°C (55°F) 
    Bled 13°C (56°F)

Typical Weather for Bled and Maribor

Maribor Bled
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 1°C (35°F) 53 mm (2.1 in) 5°C (41°F) 71 mm (2.8 in)
Feb 4°C (39°F) 46 mm (1.8 in) 7°C (44°F) 62 mm (2.4 in)
Mar 8°C (47°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 9°C (49°F) 77 mm (3 in)
Apr 13°C (55°F) 65 mm (2.6 in) 13°C (56°F) 87 mm (3.4 in)
May 17°C (63°F) 83 mm (3.3 in) 18°C (64°F) 81 mm (3.2 in)
Jun 20°C (69°F) 101 mm (4 in) 22°C (71°F) 102 mm (4 in)
Jul 22°C (72°F) 87 mm (3.4 in) 24°C (75°F) 71 mm (2.8 in)
Aug 22°C (71°F) 91 mm (3.6 in) 24°C (74°F) 101 mm (4 in)
Sep 18°C (65°F) 81 mm (3.2 in) 20°C (68°F) 102 mm (4 in)
Oct 13°C (55°F) 70 mm (2.8 in) 16°C (60°F) 87 mm (3.4 in)
Nov 8°C (46°F) 85 mm (3.3 in) 10°C (51°F) 114 mm (4.5 in)
Dec 3°C (37°F) 62 mm (2.4 in) 6°C (44°F) 92 mm (3.6 in)