Should you visit Sighisoara or Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar?
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 Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar can help you decide which place is right for you.
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.
Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar
Located in northeast Romania, Cluj-Napoca is the capital of the Transylvania region and one of the nation's most-visited cities. Many visitors come to experience the modern Transylvanian university culture, admire historic churches and other landmarks, see fortress ruins, and visit museums.
Which city is cheaper, Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar or Sighisoara?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Sighisoara is $48, while the average daily cost in Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar is $67. 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. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Sighisoara and Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar in more detail.
Double occupancy rooms typically run around $44 in Sighisoara For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.
The average price for accommodation for two people in Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar is $80. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.
Hotel or hostel for one person
Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar $40
Typical double-occupancy room
Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar
Sighisoara's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend $14 per person, per day on transportation in Sighisoara.
While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $11 per day to get around in Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar.
Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar $11
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Sighisoara
Also for Sighisoara, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Private Guided Transfer from Sighisoara to Bucharest:
Private Transfer : Sighisoara to Airports:
Private Transfer to Bucharest from Sighisoara:
Transfers to the fortified Churches arround Sighisoara and Airport transfers:
Is it cheaper to fly into Sighisoara or Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar?
Prices for flights to both Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar 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 in Sighisoara costs travelers about $17 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.
The average traveler spends about $20 per day in Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Sighisoara
For Sighisoara, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Târnave wines, water buffalos and old cake recipes-SIGHISOARA WALKING FOOD TOUR:
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Sighisoara can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $6.28 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $6.28 per person, per day in Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.
Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar $6.28
Tours and Activities in Sighisoara
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Sighisoara.
Sighisoara Private Tour: Medieval Citadel & City Center Exploration Game:
Medieval Citadel City Exploration Game and Tour:
Sighisoara candlelight tour at Dracula's birth town -Outdoor experience:
City Tour Sighisoara in English:
City Walking Tour and Dracula House Visit:
Sighisoara Medieval City Tour - Private Walking Tour:
Sighisoara walking tour or the real house of Dracula -Outdoor experience:
From Sighisoara - Nature Tour of Breite Ancient Oak Tree Reserve:
From Half-Day Tour to Malancrav & Biertan:
Half-Day Tour to Malancrav & Biertan from Sighisoara:
Footsteps of Saxons day tour, in Transylvania, from Targu Mures:
Day Tour to Sighisoara from Brasov:
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Sighisoara, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $5.12.
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $5.37 per day on alcoholic beverages.
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Sighisoara and Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar, we can see that Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar 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 Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvar than you might in Sighisoara.
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