A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Salzburg vs. Zagreb for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Salzburg or Zagreb?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Salzburg or Zagreb, 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: Salzburg or Zagreb?

Salzburg

Most people know of Salzburg from its roll in the infamous movie "The Sound of Music." Every child who fell in love with this movie knows the gazebo scene in the rain, or could sing "My Favorite Things" as they skip down the Salzach River, but once you get past the obvious cliches, you can see that Salzburg is a city with a lot of depth and culture aside from the movie.

Zagreb

Zagreb, in central Croatia, is the country's capital. It has a wonderful old town that has cobblestone streets, historic buildings, and a great atmosphere. Many people travel to Croatia specifically for its beaches and coastal towns, but if you overlook this lovely capital city, you'll miss a large part of the culture and personality that is Croatia.

Which city is cheaper, Zagreb or Salzburg?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Salzburg is €123, while the average daily cost in Zagreb is €60. 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. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Salzburg and Zagreb in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Salzburg 74
    Zagreb 38
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Salzburg 148
    Zagreb 76
Compare Hotels in Salzburg and Zagreb

Looking for a hotel in Salzburg or Zagreb? 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 Salzburg


Hotels in Zagreb


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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: Salzburg Hotel Prices and Zagreb Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Salzburg 16
    Zagreb 7.17

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Salzburg

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Salzburg:

  • Airport Transfer: Salzburg to Munich Airport (MUC): $332
  • Arrival Private Transfers: Salzburg Airport SZG to Salzburg in Business Car: $83
  • Arrival Private Transfers: Salzburg Airport SZG to Salzburg in Luxury Van: $90
  • Cesky Krumlov: Private One-Way Transfer to Salzburg: $391
  • Departure Private Transfers: Salzburg to Salzburg Airport SZG in Business Car: $83
  • Departure Private Transfers: Salzburg to Salzburg Airport SZG in Luxury Van: $90
  • From Salzburg to Frankfurt Airport Private Transfer - punctual & friendly Driver: $231
  • From Salzburg to Munich Airport- Private Transfer - punctual & friendly Driver: $205
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Salzburg Airport to Linz City - One Way: $214
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Salzburg Airport to Salzburg City - One Way: $60
  • Low Cost Private Transfer from Salzburg Airport or Salzburg City to Salzburg City or Salzburg Airport: $37
  • Low Cost Private Transfer from Salzburg City to Salzburg Train Station: $37

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Zagreb

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Zagreb:

  • Ultra - Zagreb Private Airport Transfer from City Centre to Zagreb Airport ZAG: $8.71
  • Ultra - Zagreb Private Airport Transfer Zagreb Airport ZAG to City Centre: $8.71
  • Shuttle Transfer from City Center to Airport: $9.07
  • Private Transfer from Zagreb Train or Bus Station to Zagreb City by Sedan Car: $11
  • Private Transfer from Zagreb City to Zagreb Train or Bus Station by Sedan Car: $11
  • Private Transfer from Zagreb to Zagreb International Airport (ZAG): $14
  • Private Transfer from Zagreb Train or Bus Station to Zagreb City by Business Car: $17
  • Private Transfer from Zagreb City to Zagreb Train or Bus Station by Business Car: $17
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Zagreb to Zagreb Airport (ZAG): $19
  • Private Airport Transfer: Zagreb Airport (ZAG) to Zagreb: $19
  • Zagreb Airport and Hotel Transfers.: $27
  • Private transfer: Zagreb International Airport (ZAG) to Zagreb: $30

Is it cheaper to fly into Salzburg or Zagreb?

Prices for flights to both Zagreb and Salzburg 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
    Salzburg 32
    Zagreb 13
Typical Food prices in Salzburg

Some typical examples of dining costs in Salzburg are as follows:


  • Lunch Salad
    9.00

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Salzburg

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

  • Cookies and Apple Strudel Cooking Class Including Lunch: $52
  • Austrian Apple Strudel Cooking Class including Lunch: $57
  • Salzburg Christmas Cookies and Apple Strudel Cooking Lesson: $60
  • Salzach Cruise & Dinner at Hohesalzburg Fortress: $68
  • Best of Mozart Fortress Concert and Dinner: $79
  • Mozart and Advent/Christmas Concert with Dinner at Fortress Hohensalzburg: $82
  • Best of Mozart Concert and Dinner or VIP Dinner at Fortress Hohensalzburg: $82
  • Mozart Concert with Dinner: $84
  • Mozart Dinner Concert at the Baroque Hall of St Peter`s Abbey in Salzburg: $86
  • Fortress HohenObservationtower Admission, Dinner and Mozart Concert: $92
  • Dinner Cooking Class & Concert - Prezels, Dumplings, Apple Strudel & Mozart: $93
  • The Sound of Music Tour in Salzburg With Lunch or Dinner: $102

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Zagreb

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

  • Zagreb Culture & Food Tour: $52
  • Taste Zagreb Food Tour: $56
  • Taste Zagreb Food Tour: $61
  • Strukli cooking class with Dolac Market Tour: $68
  • Zagreb Food Tour - Yummy in Your Tummy (Small Group): $87
  • Private Authentic Croatian Cooking Class in Central Zagreb: $108
  • Croatian cuisine cooking class with Dolac market tour: $123
  • Zagreb Walking Food Tour - Sightseeing - Dolac market visit: $123
  • Private Authentic Market Tour and Cooking Class in the Heart of Zagreb: $135
  • The Dionysus Tour Lunch or dinner and Wine Tasting at Plesivica: $147
  • Be Local for a day Market visit Cooking lesson Wine tasting: $264

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Salzburg 24
    Zagreb 9.31

Tours and Activities in Salzburg

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Salzburg are as follows:

  • Auto-guided Private Tour of Salzburg: $4.91
  • Salzburg Private Tour: Sound of Music City Exploration Game: $5.21
  • Cathedral Entry Ticket with Audio Guide Option: $5.67
  • Salzburg Cathedral: Guided Tour with Entry Ticket: $5.67
  • A taste of An audio tour through the birthplace of Mozart: $6.99
  • Sightseeing with the Sound of Music: A Salzburg Audio Tour: $6.99
  • The Sound of Music Exploration Game & Tour: $7.93
  • Salzburg Self-Guided Audio Tour: $14
  • Self-Guided Audio Tour: $14
  • DomQuartier Entrance Ticket and Audio Guide: $15
  • Interactive Puzzle and City Exploration Tour: $18
  • Hohensalzburg Fortress Admission Ticket: $19

Tours and Activities in Zagreb

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

  • Zagreb 2 € Tour: $3.72
  • Nikola Tesla Technical Museum Ticket: $3.91
  • Skip the Line: Museum of Illusions Admission Ticket: $8.40
  • Skip the Line: Image of War - Photography Museum Ticket: $8.71
  • Zagreb Virtual Live Walking Tour: $11
  • Hop On Hop Off Panoramic bus - Zagreb City Tour: $20
  • Personalized Eclectic Small-Group Walking Tour: $22
  • 2.5-Hour Walking Tour with Funicular Ride: $23
  • Early Morning Light Jogging Urban Tour of Zagreb: $25
  • Feel the Pulse of the City - Small Group Zagreb Walking Tour: $25
  • Walking tour of Zagreb: $25
  • Small-group Walking Tour of Zagreb with Funicular Experience: $25

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Salzburg 21
    Zagreb 7.11
Typical Alcohol prices in Salzburg

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


  • Beer
    3.70

Sample the Local Flavors in Salzburg

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Salzburg:

  • Private Austrian Food and Wine Tasting with a Sommelière & Chef: $101
  • Private Half Day Salzburg City Tour including Visit to the Stiegl Brewery: $523

Sample the Local Flavors in Zagreb

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

  • Private Zagreb Walking Tour and Wine Tasting From Zagreb: $103
  • Nature park Lonjsko polje e-bike tour with wine tasting: $144
  • Plesivica Region Wine Tasting Half-day Private Tour: $171
  • Private Wine Tasting Tour from Zagreb: $194
  • Zagreb Region Wine Tour: $200
  • E-Bike Tour & Wine Tasting Private Day Trip from Zagreb: $228
  • Slavonija - Gastro & Wine Tour - private full day: $230
  • Private Samobor Full-Day Tour and Wine Tasting from Zagreb: $456
  • 11-Day Croatian Gastronomy and Wine Tour from Zagreb with End in Dubrovnik: $4,907


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


When is the best time to visit Salzburg or Zagreb?

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 Salzburg or Zagreb in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Salzburg and Zagreb. Many travelers come to Salzburg for the music scene and the family-friendly experiences.

In July, Salzburg is generally cooler than Zagreb. Temperatures in Salzburg average around 20°C (68°F), and Zagreb stays around 22°C (72°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Zagreb this time of the year. In Salzburg, it's very sunny this time of the year. Salzburg usually receives less sunshine than Zagreb during summer. Salzburg gets 227 hours of sunny skies, while Zagreb receives 266 hours of full sun in the summer.

In July, Salzburg usually receives around the same amount of rain as Zagreb. Salzburg gets 91 mm (3.6 in) of rain, while Zagreb receives 87 mm (3.4 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Salzburg 20°C (68°F) 
    Zagreb 22°C (72°F)

Should I visit Salzburg or Zagreb in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Salzburg as well as Zagreb. Many visitors come to Salzburg in the autumn for the shopping scene, the music scene, and the natural beauty of the area.

Salzburg is cooler than Zagreb in the autumn. The temperature in Salzburg is usually 11°C (52°F) in October, and Zagreb stays around 13°C (55°F).

In the autumn, Salzburg often gets less sunshine than Zagreb. Salzburg gets 108 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Zagreb receives 133 hours of full sun.

Salzburg usually gets less rain in October than Zagreb. Salzburg gets 51 mm (2 in) of rain, while Zagreb receives 70 mm (2.8 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Salzburg 11°C (52°F) 
    Zagreb 13°C (55°F)

Should I visit Salzburg or Zagreb in the Winter?

Both Zagreb and Salzburg are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities. Most visitors come to Salzburg for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine during these months.

The weather in Zagreb can be very cold. Salzburg can be very cold during winter. In the winter, Salzburg is much colder than Zagreb. Typically, the winter temperatures in Salzburg in January are around -0°C (31°F), and Zagreb is about 1°C (35°F).

Salzburg usually receives less sunshine than Zagreb during winter. Salzburg gets 44 hours of sunny skies, while Zagreb receives 54 hours of full sun in the winter.

In January, Salzburg usually receives around the same amount of rain as Zagreb. Salzburg gets 56 mm (2.2 in) of rain, while Zagreb receives 53 mm (2.1 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Salzburg -0°C (31°F) 
    Zagreb 1°C (35°F)

Should I visit Salzburg or Zagreb in the Spring?

Both Zagreb and Salzburg during the spring are popular places to visit. The spring months attract visitors to Salzburg because of the natural beauty.

In April, Salzburg is generally cooler than Zagreb. Temperatures in Salzburg average around 11°C (51°F), and Zagreb stays around 13°C (55°F).

In the spring, Salzburg often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Zagreb. Salzburg gets 155 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Zagreb receives 163 hours of full sun.

Salzburg usually gets less rain in April than Zagreb. Salzburg gets 55 mm (2.2 in) of rain, while Zagreb receives 65 mm (2.6 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Salzburg 11°C (51°F) 
    Zagreb 13°C (55°F)

Typical Weather for Zagreb and Salzburg

Salzburg Zagreb
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan -0°C (31°F) 56 mm (2.2 in) 1°C (35°F) 53 mm (2.1 in)
Feb 2°C (36°F) 49 mm (1.9 in) 4°C (39°F) 46 mm (1.8 in)
Mar 6°C (43°F) 53 mm (2.1 in) 8°C (47°F) 58 mm (2.3 in)
Apr 11°C (51°F) 55 mm (2.2 in) 13°C (55°F) 65 mm (2.6 in)
May 15°C (59°F) 82 mm (3.2 in) 17°C (63°F) 83 mm (3.3 in)
Jun 18°C (65°F) 92 mm (3.6 in) 20°C (69°F) 101 mm (4 in)
Jul 20°C (68°F) 91 mm (3.6 in) 22°C (72°F) 87 mm (3.4 in)
Aug 19°C (67°F) 93 mm (3.6 in) 22°C (71°F) 91 mm (3.6 in)
Sep 16°C (61°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 18°C (65°F) 81 mm (3.2 in)
Oct 11°C (52°F) 51 mm (2 in) 13°C (55°F) 70 mm (2.8 in)
Nov 5°C (42°F) 59 mm (2.3 in) 8°C (46°F) 85 mm (3.3 in)
Dec 1°C (35°F) 64 mm (2.5 in) 3°C (37°F) 62 mm (2.4 in)


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