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

Should you visit Sighisoara 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 Sighisoara and Bucharest can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Sighisoara or Bucharest?


Located in the historic region of Transylvania in Romania, Sighisoara takes its roots from German craftsmen and merchants, called the Transylvanian Saxons, who were invited by the King of Hungary during the 12th century to settle and defend the area. Today it is listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site, and stands as a preserved example of a small fortified city from the medieval era.


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

Which place is cheaper, Bucharest or Sighisoara?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Sighisoara is $60, 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 Sighisoara and Bucharest in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Sighisoara $28
    Bucharest $63
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Sighisoara $56
    Bucharest $126
Compare Hotels in Sighisoara and Bucharest

Looking for a hotel in Sighisoara 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 Sighisoara

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: Sighisoara Hotel Prices and Bucharest Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Sighisoara $18
    Bucharest $26

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Sighisoara

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

  • Bucharest to Sighisoara - Private Transfer: $428
  • Sighisoara to Bucharest - Private Transfer: $471

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bucharest

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bucharest:

  • Bucharest to Sofia - Private Transfer: $578
  • Bucharest to Sofia Private Transfer: $446
  • Bucharest to Mihail Kogalniceanu - Private Transfer: $342
  • Mihail Kogalniceanu to Bucharest - Private Transfer: $342
  • Bucharest to Veliko Tarnovo - Private Transfer: $321
  • Bucharest to Fetesti - Private Transfer: $321
  • Bucharest to Craiova - Private Transfer: $300
  • Transfer Bucharest Airport to Brasov: $286
  • Bucharest to Tulcea - Private Guided Transfer - Driver and Car : $282
  • Bucharest (Romania) to Veliko Tarnavo (Bulgaria) - Private Guided Transfer : $282
  • Bucharest to Brasov - Private Transfer from Henri Coanda International Airport: $271
  • Bucharest to Fetesti - Private Transfer - Car and Driver: $271

Is it cheaper to fly into Sighisoara or Bucharest?

Prices for flights to both Bucharest and Sighisoara 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
    Sighisoara $22
    Bucharest $58

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bucharest

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

  • Dinner at the Museum of Communism - Traditional Food Tour: $53
  • Bohemian Bucharest Markets and Mahallas Traditional Food Tour: $60
  • Street Food Tour with a Local Guide: $62
  • Cooking Class traditional food: $65
  • 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: $108
  • 4-Hour Walking Food Tour in the Old Town: $201
  • Bucharest City Tour & Traditional Home-made Cooking Experience: $227

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Sighisoara $7.87
    Bucharest $15

Tours and Activities in Sighisoara

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Sighisoara.

  • Candlelight Tour of Dracula's Home Town: $30
  • 2-Hour City Tour: $42
  • City Tour Sighisoara in English: $42
  • City Walking Tour and Dracula House Visit: $55
  • Sighisoara private tour, citadel visit, museum entrance free: $64
  • From Half-Day Tour to Malancrav & Biertan: $84
  • Half-Day Tour to Malancrav & Biertan from Sighisoara: $86
  • Sighisoara Citadel super - private walking tour: $97
  • 3 Days Private Guided Tour in Romania: $856
  • Transylvania Castles & Fortified Churches 4-Day Private Tour: $925
  • From Bucharest: Private 6-Day Dracula Tour in Transylvania: $1,391

Tours and Activities in Bucharest

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

  • Bears Sanctuary, Dracula's Castle, Brasov Day Trip Private Tour from Bucharest: $248
  • Bucharest Panoramic Sightseeing - Private City Tour: $92
  • 1 Day 4x4 Tour in Carpathian Mountains: $172
  • 1 Day Castles Tour - Sinaia and Bran: $137
  • 100 Bears Sanctuary and Dracula's Castle, Private Tour: $167
  • 10h Bucharest City Tour & Snagov Monastery (Dracula's Grave): $257
  • 14 Days Private Tour in Romania, Moldova & Transnistria: $4,708
  • 2 Days Private Tour - The Romanian Caves from Bucharest: $556
  • 2 Hour Photoshoot Experience Near Bucharest Architectural Charms: $98
  • 2-Day Medieval Transylvania with Brasov,Sibiu and Sighisoara Tour from Bucharest: $249
  • 2-Day Transylvania Short Tour from Bucharest: $445
  • 2-Hour Private Walking Tour in Bucharest: $22

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Sighisoara $6.42
    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
  • Pub Crawl Bucharest Top experience in Bucharest: $32
  • 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
  • Bucharest VIP Bar Crawl in Lipscani 'Old Town': $59
  • Wine Tasting in Bucharest long version: $65
  • 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 Sighisoara and Bucharest, we can see that Bucharest is more expensive. And not only is Sighisoara much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Sighisoara would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Sighisoara 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 Sighisoara.

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

Which is Bigger, Sighisoara or Bucharest?

Bucharest has a larger population, and is about 60 times larger than the population of Sighisoara. When comparing the sizes of Sighisoara 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.