A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Tbilisi vs. Bucharest for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Tbilisi or Bucharest?

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

Should I visit Tbilisi or Bucharest? 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: Tbilisi or Bucharest?


Tbilisi is the capital of the country of Georgia. Its cobblestoned old town reflects a long, complicated history, with periods under Persian and Russian rule. Its diverse architecture encompasses Eastern Orthodox churches, ornate art nouveau buildings and Soviet Modernist structures. Looming over it all are Narikala, a reconstructed 4th-century fortress, and Kartlis Deda, an iconic statue of the "Mother of Georgia." Tbilisi’s eternal charms of a dramatic setting in the deep valley of the swift Mtkvari River, picturesque architecture, an ever-lively arts and cultural scene, and the welcoming Georgian lifestyle have been added a whole new 21st-century dimension of inviting cafes and restaurants serving ever better food, up-to-date lodgings from backpacker hostels to international five-stars, interesting bars and clubs, spruced-up museums, galleries, parks, plazas and whole streets, modernized transport and a sprinkling of eye-catching contemporary architecture. The mix of modern and ancient elements makes Tbilisi the beating heart of the South Caucasus and it is well worth a visit.


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

Which place is cheaper, Bucharest or Tbilisi?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Tbilisi is $29, 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 Tbilisi and Bucharest in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Tbilisi $12
    Bucharest $64
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Tbilisi $24
    Bucharest $128
Compare Hotels in Tbilisi and Bucharest

Looking for a hotel in Tbilisi 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 Tbilisi

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: Bucharest Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Tbilisi $6.12
    Bucharest $26

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Tbilisi

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

  • 24/7 Private Transfer from/to Tbilisi Airport : $43
  • 3-Day Tbilisi & Mtskheta Discovery + Airport Transfers: $139
  • 3-Day Tbilisi & Mtskheta Discovery + Airport Transfers: $159
  • Batumi airport: Bus Transfer to/from Tbilisi: $16
  • Borjomi to Tbilisi Airport Transfer: $66
  • Comfortable transfer from Tbilisi Airport: $54
  • Comfortable,fast and safe private transfer from airport: $30
  • From Tbilisi:Private Transfer service To Batumi: $244
  • From Tbilisi:Private Transfer service To Gudauri Or Kazbegi: $163
  • Kutaisi Airport: BUS Transfer to/from Tbilisi: $10
  • Kutaisi: BUS Transfer to/from Tbilisi: $10
  • Private Departure Transfer: from Tbilisi Hotel to Tbilisi Airport: $41

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bucharest

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bucharest:

  • Transfert Privat București: $61
  • Transfers to Danube Port: Bucharest - Navrom Tulcea: $133
  • Transfer from Otopeni Airport to Bucharest: $29
  • Transfer from Bucharest to Brasov - Hotel Pick-up: $177
  • Transfer From Bucharest Airport To Sofia Bulgaria: $295
  • Transfer Bucharest to/from Giurgiu Cruise Port: $142
  • Transfer Bucharest Otopeni Airport (OTP) to/from Brasov: $248
  • Transfer Bucharest Airport to Brasov: $292
  • Transfer Airport Otopeni - Bucharest: $44
  • Targoviste to Bucharest - Private Transfer - Car and Driver: $188
  • Salt Mine Entrance Ticket and Transfer from Bucharest: $60
  • RiverCruise Exclusive - Private Transfer from or to Giurgiu Port/Bucharest Hotel: $74

Is it cheaper to fly into Tbilisi or Bucharest?

Prices for flights to both Bucharest and Tbilisi 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
    Tbilisi $7.93
    Bucharest $59

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Tbilisi

For Tbilisi, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Natural Wine Degustation and Tasting with Georgian Dinner Option: $20
  • Small-Group Khinkali and Khachapuri Cooking Class in Tbilisi: $24
  • Georgian Cooking Class with Khinkali and Khachapuri: $25
  • Georgian traditional dumplings "Khinkali" cooking master class!!: $34
  • Middle East Evening with Live Singers and Dinner in Tbilisi: $40
  • Adjarian Khachapuri Making Private Virtual Cooking Class: $40
  • Traveling Spoon Georgian Dumplings Private Online Cooking Class: $40
  • Tbilisi Food Tour in a Local Family: $49
  • Cooking Class with a Local Family: $49
  • Tbilisi Street Food Tour: $70
  • Vegetarian Georgian Cooking Class: $78
  • Food Tour with 9 Tastings and Wine: $88

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bucharest

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

  • Bohemian Bucharest Markets and Mahallas Traditional Food Tour: $61
  • Street Food Tour with a Local Guide: $64
  • Bucharest Evening Tour and Traditional Dinner: $77
  • Private Walking Food Tour - Culture, History & Traditions: $110
  • Cooking Class in Transylvania - Day Tour from Bucharest: $184
  • 4-Hour Walking Food Tour in the Old Town: $205
  • Bucharest City Tour & Traditional Home-made Cooking Experience: $231

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Tbilisi $14
    Bucharest $15

Tours and Activities in Tbilisi

For Tbilisi, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Skip the Line: Experimentorium Ticket: $5.45
  • Old Town Walking Tour: $9.50
  • Private 4 days Food & Wine and Sightseeing tour to Kakheti, Kazbegi, Mtskheta.: $10
  • First impression of Tbilisi-3 hours walking tour: $11
  • Walking Tour in Old Tbilisi - Group Tour: $12
  • From Tbilisi to Kazbegi, Gudauri, and Ananuri: Group Tour: $12
  • Highlands Tour: Kazbegi, Ananuri, Gudauri, and Zhinvali: $12
  • Afternoon Walking tour of Old Town: $13
  • Tbilisi Guided Walking Tour: $13
  • Full Day Tbilisi City Tour : $14
  • "Tbilisi to Kazbegi, Gudauri, Ananuri Group Guided Tour": $14
  • Underground Printing House Museum Tour in Tbilisi: $14

Tours and Activities in Bucharest

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

  • Bucharest Panoramic Sightseeing - Private City Tour: $94
  • Transylvania Heritage Tour at Peles Bran and Cantacuzino Castles: $94
  • Walking Tour - Delightful Bucharest (Old Town & Victory Avenue): $14
  • 1 Day 4x4 Tour in Carpathian Mountains: $176
  • 10h Bucharest City Tour & Snagov Monastery (Dracula's Grave): $261
  • 14 Days Private Tour in Romania, Moldova & Transnistria: $4,791
  • 2 Days Private Tour - The Romanian Caves from Bucharest: $566
  • 2 Hour Photoshoot Experience Near Bucharest Architectural Charms: $99
  • 2 Hours Private Walking Tour in Bucharest City: $71
  • 2-Day Medieval Transylvania with Brasov,Sibiu and Sighisoara Tour from Bucharest: $254
  • 2-Day Small-Group Tour to Dracula's Castle, Rasnov Fortress, Peles Castle, Sighisoara and Libearty Brown Bear Sanctuary with Overnight in Brasov: $205
  • 2-Day Transylvania Short Tour from Bucharest: $445

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Tbilisi $18
    Bucharest $9.32

Sample the Local Flavors in Tbilisi

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

  • 3 Hours Walk Around Wine Tasting of 12 Different Wines in Tbilisi: $2.00
  • Tbilisi.First impression of Tbilisi-evening walking,wine tasting: $11
  • Tbilisi Walking Tour Including Wine Tasting Cable Car and Bakery: $14
  • One-day tour of Kakheti from Tbilisi, free wine tasting: $14
  • Wine Tasting Feel the Difference of Qvevri or Classical Wine: $16
  • Full Day Wine Tour Bodbe , Sighnaghi , Telavi: $16
  • Kakheti: Sighnaghi city of love, Bodbe, Telavi, Free wine tasting: $18
  • Kakheti Wine Tour, Кахетия -Винный Тур: $19
  • City Pub Crawl with welcome shots in game format: $24
  • Kakheti: Bodbe (Monastery), Sighnaghi (Love city), Telavi Wine Tour from Tbilisi: $24
  • From Kakheti Vineyard Tour with Wine Tasting: $24
  • Kakheti, Signaghi, Telavi Tour with 7 Wine Tastings: $26

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
  • Bucharest Pub Crawl in the Old Town: $25
  • Pub Crawl Bucharest Top experience in Bucharest: $33
  • Bachelors Party in Custom Bar Crawl: $38
  • Private Wine Tasting in Bucharest: $44
  • Wine Tasting in Bucharest: $45
  • Pub Crawl in the Old CIty and Rooftop Hopping in Bucharest: $48
  • Private Romanian Wine Tasting in Urlați: $52
  • Bucharest VIP Bar Crawl in Lipscani 'Old Town': $60
  • Bucharest City Tour and Wine Tasting: $86
  • Wine Tasting Tour at First Wine Bar: $87
  • Bucharest City Tour and Wine Tasting – 2.5 hours: $87

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

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

Which is Bigger, Tbilisi or Bucharest?

Bucharest has a larger population, and is about 79% larger than the population of Tbilisi. When comparing the sizes of Tbilisi 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.