A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Minsk vs. Bucharest for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Minsk or Bucharest?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Minsk or Bucharest, this travel comparison, which includes costs, can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison down below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Where Should I go: Minsk or Bucharest?


Minsk is the capital city of Belarus, centrally located. Situated on the Svislac and Niamiha rivers, it is also capital of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), and was the capital of the former Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic from 1919-1991. It is a modern city dominated by monumental Stalinist architecture with many of its museums, theaters, and other cultural attractions.


Bucharest is the capital and largest city in the country of Romania. With about 2 million residents living in the city and about 2.4 million in the surrounding urban area, it is also one of the largest cities in Southeastern Europe. As such, it is the economic, industrial and commercial center for the country. As a visitor, you will likely enter Romania by arriving in Bucharest. The city continues to grow and change, and there are ongoing infrastructure projects that continue to modernize the city. It is not uncommon to find historic churches on the same block as modern office buildings and Communist style apartment buildings. There are also many sights around town and the city continues to grow as a trendy and fascinating city.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Bucharest, and The Best Family-Friendly Tours to Romania.

Which place is cheaper, Bucharest or Minsk?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Minsk is $64, while the average daily cost in Bucharest is $137. 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 Minsk and Bucharest in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Minsk $32
    Bucharest $63
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Minsk $64
    Bucharest $126
Compare Hotels in Minsk and Bucharest

Looking for a hotel in Minsk or Bucharest? 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 Minsk

Hotels in Bucharest

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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: Bucharest Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Minsk $12
    Bucharest $26

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bucharest

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bucharest:

  • Therme Bucharest Express Shuttle Transfer: $7.60
  • Bucharest Airport Transfer: $11
  • Bucuresti: Transfer Therme Bucuresti different hours: $12
  • Bucharest Transfer Service: $17
  • Bucharest Airport: Bus Transfer to/from Tecuci: $21
  • Airport Transfer: $21
  • Private Bucharest Otopeni Airport (OTP) Transfer: $22
  • Bucharest Private Airport Transfer from or to City Center Hotel: $22
  • Bucharest Airport: Bus Transfer to/from Barlad: $23
  • Bucharest Airport: Bus Transfer to/from Vaslui OMV: $26
  • Bucharest Otopeni Airport OTP to Bucharest City Center Hotel - private transfer: $27
  • Transfer from Otopeni Airport to Bucharest: $29

Is it cheaper to fly into Minsk or Bucharest?

Prices for flights to both Bucharest and Minsk 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 Meals for one day
    Minsk $21
    Bucharest $58

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bucharest

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

  • Bohemian Bucharest Markets and Mahallas Traditional Food Tour: $60
  • Cooking Class traditional food: $65
  • Street Food Tour with a Local Guide: $74
  • Unhealthy Food Tour of Bucharest – 4 hours: $75
  • Bucharest Evening Tour and Traditional Dinner: $84
  • Bucharest Evening Tour and Traditional Dinner - 3 hours: $86
  • Private Walking Food Tour - Culture, History & Traditions: $98
  • 4-Hour Walking Food Tour in the Old Town: $201
  • Bucharest City Tour & Traditional Home-made Cooking Experience: $227

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Minsk $20
    Bucharest $15

Tours and Activities in Bucharest

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

  • Buchaest: Peles Castle, Bran Castle, & Brasov Old Town Tour: $5.31
  • Tour Kings and Palaces of Bucharest: $11
  • A Tale of Bucharest Old Town Walking Tour: $11
  • Reptiland Bucharest Entry Ticket: $13
  • Communism Walking Tour from Lenin to Ceausescu in Bucharest: $13
  • City Highlights Guided Walking Tour: $17
  • Bucharest Highlights Walking Tour: $17
  • Calea Victoriei and Old Town Highlights Tour: $19
  • Parliament Palace Skip-the-line Ticket: $20
  • Guided Tour at museum Casa Storck: $21
  • 2-Hour Private Walking Tour in Bucharest: $22
  • Roma Culture and History Guided Walking Tour: $22

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Minsk $14
    Bucharest $9.17

Sample the Local Flavors in Bucharest

Also in Bucharest, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Weekend Pub Crawl: $23
  • Bucharest Pub Crawl in the Old Town: $25
  • Bachelors Party in Custom Bar Crawl: $37
  • Private Bar Crawling in Bucharest Old City: $42
  • Private Wine Tasting in Bucharest: $43
  • From Romanian Wine Tasting Tour: $45
  • Pub Crawl in the Old CIty and Rooftop Hopping in Bucharest: $47
  • Romanian Wine Tasting: $48
  • Private Romanian Wine Tasting in UrlaČ›i: $51
  • Bucharest VIP Bar Crawl in Lipscani 'Old Town': $59
  • Bucharest City Tour and Wine Tasting: $84
  • Wine Tasting Tour at First Wine Bar: $85

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

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

Which is Bigger, Minsk or Bucharest?

Bucharest has a larger population, and is about 8% larger than the population of Minsk. When comparing the sizes of Minsk and Bucharest, 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 Minsk or Bucharest?

Both destinations experience a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. And since both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Minsk or Bucharest in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Minsk and Bucharest. Also, many visitors come to Bucharest in the summer for the city activities and the family-friendly experiences.

Minsk is cooler than Bucharest in the summer. The daily temperature in Minsk averages around 19°C (66°F) in July, and Bucharest fluctuates around 23°C (73°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Bucharest this time of the year. In Minsk, it's very sunny this time of the year. Minsk usually receives less sunshine than Bucharest during summer. Minsk gets 258 hours of sunny skies, while Bucharest receives 289 hours of full sun in the summer.

In July, Minsk usually receives more rain than Bucharest. Minsk gets 88 mm (3.5 in) of rain, while Bucharest receives 64 mm (2.5 in) of rain each month for the summer.

  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Minsk 19°C (66°F) 
    Bucharest 23°C (73°F)

Should I visit Minsk or Bucharest in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Minsk as well as Bucharest. Also, most visitors come to Bucharest for the city's sights and attractions and the shopping scene during these months.

In the autumn, Minsk is much colder than Bucharest. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Minsk in October average around 8°C (47°F), and Bucharest averages at about 13°C (55°F).

In the autumn, Minsk often gets less sunshine than Bucharest. Minsk gets 99 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Bucharest receives 177 hours of full sun.

Minsk usually gets more rain in October than Bucharest. Minsk gets 49 mm (1.9 in) of rain, while Bucharest receives 32 mm (1.3 in) of rain this time of the year.

  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Minsk 8°C (47°F) 
    Bucharest 13°C (55°F)

Should I visit Minsk or Bucharest in the Winter?

Both Bucharest and Minsk are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities. Also, the winter months attract visitors to Bucharest because of the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine.

The weather in Bucharest can be very cold. Minsk can be very cold during winter. In January, Minsk is generally much colder than Bucharest. Daily temperatures in Minsk average around -5°C (22°F), and Bucharest fluctuates around -1°C (29°F).

Minsk usually receives less sunshine than Bucharest during winter. Minsk gets 46 hours of sunny skies, while Bucharest receives 71 hours of full sun in the winter.

In January, Minsk usually receives around the same amount of rain as Bucharest. Minsk gets 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain, while Bucharest receives 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain each month for the winter.

  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Minsk -5°C (22°F) 
    Bucharest -1°C (29°F)

Should I visit Minsk or Bucharest in the Spring?

Both Bucharest and Minsk during the spring are popular places to visit. Furthermore, the activities around the city are the main draw to Bucharest this time of year.

Minsk is much colder than Bucharest in the spring. The daily temperature in Minsk averages around 8°C (46°F) in April, and Bucharest fluctuates around 12°C (54°F).

In the spring, Minsk often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Bucharest. Minsk gets 176 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Bucharest receives 185 hours of full sun.

Minsk usually gets less rain in April than Bucharest. Minsk gets 42 mm (1.7 in) of rain, while Bucharest receives 46 mm (1.8 in) of rain this time of the year.

  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Minsk 8°C (46°F) 
    Bucharest 12°C (54°F)

Typical Weather for Bucharest and Minsk

Minsk Bucharest
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan -5°C (22°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) -1°C (29°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
Feb -4°C (25°F) 34 mm (1.3 in) 1°C (34°F) 36 mm (1.4 in)
Mar 0°C (33°F) 42 mm (1.7 in) 6°C (43°F) 38 mm (1.5 in)
Apr 8°C (46°F) 42 mm (1.7 in) 12°C (54°F) 46 mm (1.8 in)
May 15°C (58°F) 62 mm (2.4 in) 18°C (64°F) 70 mm (2.8 in)
Jun 18°C (64°F) 83 mm (3.3 in) 21°C (70°F) 77 mm (3 in)
Jul 19°C (66°F) 88 mm (3.5 in) 23°C (73°F) 64 mm (2.5 in)
Aug 18°C (65°F) 72 mm (2.8 in) 22°C (72°F) 58 mm (2.3 in)
Sep 14°C (57°F) 60 mm (2.4 in) 18°C (65°F) 42 mm (1.7 in)
Oct 8°C (47°F) 49 mm (1.9 in) 13°C (55°F) 32 mm (1.3 in)
Nov 3°C (37°F) 52 mm (2 in) 6°C (44°F) 49 mm (1.9 in)
Dec -2°C (28°F) 53 mm (2.1 in) 1°C (34°F) 43 mm (1.7 in)