A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Sochi vs. Plzen for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Sochi or Plzen?

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

Should I visit Sochi or Plzen? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city has activities that align with your interests along with knowing which is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the details and the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Where Should I go: Sochi or Plzen?


Located on the coast of the Black Sea, Sochi is one of the southernmost major cities in Russia. It is especially busy in the summer when native Russians and international visitors alike come to enjoy the mountainous coastline and sunny beaches. Sochi is also known as the host of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, and many of the Olympic venues can still be visited today.


Renowned as the home of the pilsner beer, Plzen is a city located in the West Bohemia region of the Czech Republic. Beyond beer, it also features a number of impressive landmarks some of which include St. Bartholomew's Cathedral and the Great Synagogue.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Sightseeing Tours in Czech Republic, and The Best Cultural Tours in Czech Republic.

Which place is cheaper, Plzen or Sochi?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Sochi is $63, while the average daily cost in Plzen is $100. 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 Sochi and Plzen in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Sochi $15
    Plzen $63
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Sochi $30
    Plzen $126
Compare Hotels in Sochi and Plzen

Looking for a hotel in Sochi or Plzen? 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 Sochi

Hotels in Plzen

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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: Plzen Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Sochi -
    Plzen -

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Plzen

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Plzen:

  • Private Transfer from Pilsen to Prague: $88
  • Private Transfer from Pilsen to Prague with 2 hours for sightseeing: $116
  • Private Transfer from Pilsen(Plzen) to Prague: $271

Is it cheaper to fly into Sochi or Plzen?

Prices for flights to both Plzen and Sochi 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
    Sochi $18
    Plzen $32

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Sochi $118
    Plzen $22

Tours and Activities in Plzen

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

  • An Audio Tour of the City of Beer: Pilsen's History and Legends: $6.39
  • The Best of Pilsen a Self Guided Audio Tour in English: $8.00
  • Pilsen Historic Underground Tour with a Glass of Beer: $8.73
  • Pilsen: Old Town Gastronomy Tour: $32
  • Pilsen Private Walking Tour: $200
  • Experience Best Prague Tandem Skydiving : $250
  • Private Tour to Pilsner Urquell from Prague: $277

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Sochi -
    Plzen -

Sample the Local Flavors in Plzen

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Plzen:

  • Brewery Museum Entrance including a Glass of Beer: $6.55
  • Pilsner Urquell Brewery Tour with Beer Tasting: $17
  • Pilsen Highlights Small-Group Tour and Pilsner Brewery Tour including Lunch and Beer Tasting: $108
  • Pilsner brewery tour incl beer tasting & Czech town Pilsen: $143
  • Day trip to Pilsner Urquell brewery and Bohemian glassworks: $211

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

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

Which is Bigger, Sochi or Plzen?

Sochi has a larger population, and is about 100% larger than the population of Plzen. When comparing the sizes of Sochi and Plzen, 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.

When is the best time to visit Sochi or Plzen?

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 Sochi or Plzen in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Sochi and Plzen.

In July, Sochi is generally a little warmer than Plzen. Daily temperatures in Sochi average around 23°C (73°F), and Plzen fluctuates around 20°C (67°F).

In July, Sochi usually receives more rain than Plzen. Sochi gets 93 mm (3.7 in) of rain, while Plzen receives 81 mm (3.2 in) of rain each month for the summer.

  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Sochi 23°C (73°F) 
    Plzen 20°C (67°F)

Should I visit Sochi or Plzen in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Sochi as well as Plzen.

Sochi is a little warmer than Plzen in the autumn. The daily temperature in Sochi averages around 16°C (60°F) in October, and Plzen fluctuates around 11°C (51°F).

Sochi receives a lot of rain in the autumn. Sochi usually gets more rain in October than Plzen. Sochi gets 135 mm (5.3 in) of rain, while Plzen receives 30 mm (1.2 in) of rain this time of the year.

  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Sochi 16°C (60°F) 
    Plzen 11°C (51°F)

Should I visit Sochi or Plzen in the Winter?

Both Plzen and Sochi are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities.

It's quite cold in Plzen in the winter. In the winter, Sochi is much warmer than Plzen. Typically, the winter temperatures in Sochi in January average around 6°C (44°F), and Plzen averages at about -1°C (31°F).

It's quite rainy in Sochi. In January, Sochi usually receives more rain than Plzen. Sochi gets 183 mm (7.2 in) of rain, while Plzen receives 25 mm (1 in) of rain each month for the winter.

  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Sochi 6°C (44°F) 
    Plzen -1°C (31°F)

Should I visit Sochi or Plzen in the Spring?

Both Plzen and Sochi during the spring are popular places to visit.

In April, Sochi is generally a little warmer than Plzen. Daily temperatures in Sochi average around 13°C (55°F), and Plzen fluctuates around 11°C (51°F).

It rains a lot this time of the year in Sochi. Sochi usually gets more rain in April than Plzen. Sochi gets 110 mm (4.3 in) of rain, while Plzen receives 35 mm (1.4 in) of rain this time of the year.

  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Sochi 13°C (55°F) 
    Plzen 11°C (51°F)

Typical Weather for Plzen and Sochi

Sochi Plzen
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 6°C (44°F) 183 mm (7.2 in) -1°C (31°F) 25 mm (1 in)
Feb 7°C (45°F) 119 mm (4.7 in) 2°C (35°F) 20 mm (0.8 in)
Mar 9°C (48°F) 115 mm (4.5 in) 6°C (42°F) 27 mm (1.1 in)
Apr 13°C (55°F) 110 mm (4.3 in) 11°C (51°F) 35 mm (1.4 in)
May 17°C (62°F) 89 mm (3.5 in) 15°C (59°F) 60 mm (2.4 in)
Jun 20°C (68°F) 99 mm (3.9 in) 18°C (64°F) 70 mm (2.8 in)
Jul 23°C (73°F) 93 mm (3.7 in) 20°C (67°F) 81 mm (3.2 in)
Aug 23°C (73°F) 111 mm (4.4 in) 19°C (67°F) 73 mm (2.9 in)
Sep 20°C (68°F) 133 mm (5.2 in) 16°C (61°F) 47 mm (1.9 in)
Oct 16°C (60°F) 135 mm (5.3 in) 11°C (51°F) 30 mm (1.2 in)
Nov 12°C (54°F) 182 mm (7.2 in) 5°C (41°F) 32 mm (1.3 in)
Dec 9°C (47°F) 202 mm (8 in) 1°C (34°F) 23 mm (0.9 in)