A Travel Price Comparison for Romania Sibiu vs. Bucharest for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Sibiu or Bucharest?

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 Sibiu and Bucharest can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Sibiu or Bucharest?


Located in the Transylvania region of Romania, Sibiu is a historic city with Germanic origins which are evident in its architecture at its old town center. There are many charming squares which showcase landmarks like Gothic churches, a Baroque palace, medieval watchtowers, and more.


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 Budget Tours to Romania, The Best Tours for Seniors to Romania, The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Bucharest, and The Best Family-Friendly Tours to Romania.

Which place is cheaper, Bucharest or Sibiu?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Sibiu is $73, while the average daily cost in Bucharest is $140. 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 Sibiu and Bucharest in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Sibiu $33
    Bucharest $64
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Sibiu $66
    Bucharest $128
Compare Hotels in Sibiu and Bucharest

Looking for a hotel in Sibiu 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 Sibiu

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: Sibiu Hotel Prices and Bucharest Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Sibiu $28
    Bucharest $26

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Sibiu

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Sibiu:

  • Bucharest to Sibiu - Private Transfer: $483
  • Sibiu to Balea: Bus Transfer: $71
  • Sibiu to Bucharest - Private Transfer: $483

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bucharest

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bucharest:

  • Bucharest Airport Transfer: $11
  • Bucuresti: Transfer Therme Bucuresti different hours: $13
  • Therme Bucuresti Transfer with Optional Ticket: $13
  • Express Transfer to Therme Bucuresti: $15
  • Airport Transfer: $15
  • Bucharest Transfer Service: $17
  • Airport Transfer - Bucharest Otopeni Henri Coandă Airport : $18
  • Bucharest Airport: Bus Transfer to/from Tecuci: $22
  • Bucharest Private Airport Transfer from or to City Center Hotel: $22
  • Private Bucharest Otopeni Airport (OTP) Transfer: $22
  • Bucharest Airport: Bus Transfer to/from Barlad: $24
  • Bucharest Airport: Bus Transfer to/from Vaslui OMV: $26

Is it cheaper to fly into Sibiu or Bucharest?

Prices for flights to both Bucharest and Sibiu 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
    Sibiu $24
    Bucharest $59

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bucharest

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

  • Dinner and tour inside the Museum of Communism: $51
  • Bohemian Bucharest Markets and Mahallas Traditional Food Tour: $61
  • Street Food Tour with a Local Guide: $86
  • Bucharest Evening Tour and Traditional Dinner: $86
  • Unhealthy Food Tour of Bucharest – 4 hours: $88
  • Discover Private Highlights and Traditional Food Tour: $110
  • Historical and Cultural Tour with Romanian Cuisine dinner: $143
  • Cooking Class in Transylvania - Day Tour from Bucharest: $185
  • 4-Hour Walking Food Tour in the Old Town: $206
  • Bucharest City Tour & Traditional Home-made Cooking Experience: $232

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Sibiu $6.38
    Bucharest $15

Tours and Activities in Sibiu

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

  • Luggage storage & Tourist centre in Sibiu: $3.30
  • Medieval Quest Experience: $5.44
  • Sibiu Old Town: The 7 Towers Quest Experience: $6.06
  • Daily Sightseeing Guided Tour: $9.87
  • Daily Sightseeing Tour Sibiu: $9.94
  • Private Walking Tour of Sibiu: $22
  • City Sightseeing Tour: $27
  • City Tour Sibiu in English: $28
  • Alba Iulia candlelight tour - Outdoor experience: $41
  • Sibiu Walking Tour: $44
  • Half Day Tour In the Surroundings of Sibiu: $72
  • Exclusive tour: Sighisoara, Medias and Biertan tour from Sibiu: $83

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: $5.44
  • Bucharest Old Town Secrets Quest Experience: $6.10
  • Quest Experience in Bellu Cemetery Bucharest: $6.10
  • Ghost Hunt Quest Experience: $7.08
  • Old Town Secrets Quest Experience: $7.08
  • Entry ticket at the Museum of Communism: $8.84
  • Walking tour- The Kings and the palaces from Bucharest: $11
  • Reptiland Bucharest Entry Ticket: $11
  • Walking night tour through Bucharest: $13
  • A Tale of Bucharest Calea Victoriei Walking Tour: $16
  • A Tale of Bucharest Old Town Walking Tour: $16
  • City Highlights Guided Walking Tour: $17

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Sibiu $7.93
    Bucharest $9.33

Sample the Local Flavors in Sibiu

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

  • Private Walking Tour of Alba Iulia Citadel with Wine Tasting: $50

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: $24
  • Bachelors Party in Custom Bar Crawl: $38
  • Pub Crawl in the Old CIty and Rooftop Hopping in Bucharest: $48
  • Private Wine Tasting Experience: $49
  • Bucharest Guided Pub Crawl: $53
  • Guided Pub Crawl in Bucharest: $57
  • Bucharest VIP Bar Crawl in Lipscani 'Old Town': $60
  • Private Bar Crawling in Bucharest Old City: $61
  • Bucharest City Tour and Wine Tasting: $86
  • From Romanian Wine Tasting Tour: $92
  • Exquisite Wine Tasting with Food Pairing: $94
  • Wine tasting in Bucharest Old town - bonus cheese platter: $97

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Sibiu and Bucharest, we can see that Bucharest is more expensive. And not only is Sibiu much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Sibiu would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Sibiu 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 Sibiu.

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

Which is Bigger, Sibiu or Bucharest?

Bucharest has a larger population, and is about 10 times larger than the population of Sibiu. When comparing the sizes of Sibiu 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.