A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Sighisoara vs. Budva for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Sighisoara or Budva?

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 Budva can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Sighisoara or Budva?


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.


A coastal resort in Montenegro, Budva is probably the country's most popular tourist destination. Not only does it host a number of great beaches, but it is also home to a picturesque old town center located on a small peninsula. Some of its best features include narrow winding lanes, historic buildings, churches, and small squares.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Luxury Tours to Romania, The Best Budget Tours to Romania, Tours for Outdoor and Nature Lovers in Montenegro, and The Best Adventure Tours to Montenegro.

Which place is cheaper, Budva 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 Budva is $98. 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 Budva in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Sighisoara $28
    Budva $40
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Sighisoara $56
    Budva $80
Compare Hotels in Sighisoara and Budva

Looking for a hotel in Sighisoara or Budva? 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 Budva

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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 Budva Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Sighisoara $18
    Budva $22

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

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Budva

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Budva are as follows:

  • Daily Car Rental

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Budva

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Budva:

  • Private Transfer from Budva to Dubrovnik: $272
  • Private Transfer from Budva or Becici to Dubrovnik airport: $239
  • Herceg Novi to Budva one way transfer: $144
  • Transfer from Podgorica Airport to Kotor: $139
  • Budva to Podgorica one way transfer: $113
  • Private transfer from Budva to Dubrovnik City: $98
  • Private Transfer from Bar to Podgorica Airport (TGD): $97
  • Private Transfer from Petrovac to Tivat Airport (TIV): $87
  • Private Transfer from Petrovac to Tivat airport: $81
  • Private Transfer from Sveti Stefan to Tivat airport: $71
  • Tivat to Budva private one way transfer: $58
  • Private Transfer from Petrovac to Podgorica Airport (TGD): $58

Is it cheaper to fly into Sighisoara or Budva?

Prices for flights to both Budva 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
    Budva $33

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Budva

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

  • Cooking Class with dinner/lunch in Ulcinj Montenegro : $49

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Sighisoara $7.87
    Budva $24

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: $857
  • Transylvania Castles & Fortified Churches 4-Day Private Tour: $926
  • From Bucharest: Private 6-Day Dracula Tour in Transylvania: $1,392

Tours and Activities in Budva

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

  • 1-Hour Guided Lipa Cave Adventure in Montenegro: $15
  • Blue Cave Tour on Kayaks in Montenegro: $81
  • Budva 1 hour Private walking tour: $66
  • Budva Bay Boat Tour - Exploring Budva With A Local: $69
  • Budva Bay SUP & Kayaking Tours to Coastal Caves: $43
  • Budva old town private tour: $172
  • Budva private day tour from Kotor: $309
  • Budva/Petrovac: Premium Paragliding Experience: $106
  • 3-Hour Paddle Board or Kayak Tour to Coastal Caves: $43
  • City Private Tour: $126
  • Exploring Caves & Private Boat Tour: $69
  • Hidden paradise tour with snorkeling and lunch: $213

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Sighisoara $6.42
    Budva $15

Sample the Local Flavors in Budva

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Budva:

  • Full Day Private Skadar Lake Wine Tour Experience from Budva: $177

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Sighisoara and Budva, we can see that Budva 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 Budva would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Budva 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 Budva Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Sighisoara or Budva?

Sighisoara has a larger population, and is about 7 times larger than the population of Budva. When comparing the sizes of Sighisoara and Budva, 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.