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

Should you visit Tbilisi or Varna?

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

Should I visit Tbilisi or Varna? 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 Varna?


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.


Varna is a coastal city on the Black Sea. It's the third largest city in Bulgaria and many people consider it the summer capital of the country. It's a major tourist destination and it can make for a relaxing escape at the beach if you're in Bulgaria during the summer. It is the only city in Bulgaria that cruises visit, and as such, it's tourist infrastructure has grown. In addition to being a tourist destination, Varna is also a business and university center, seaport, and the headquarters of the Bulgarian Navy and merchant marine.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best 10-Day Tours in Bulgaria, and Tours for Outdoor and Nature Lovers in Bulgaria.

Which place is cheaper, Varna or Tbilisi?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Tbilisi is $27, while the average daily cost in Varna is $65. 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 Varna in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Tbilisi $12
    Varna $35
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Tbilisi $24
    Varna $70
Compare Hotels in Tbilisi and Varna

Looking for a hotel in Tbilisi or Varna? 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 Varna

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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: Varna Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Tbilisi $5.77
    Varna $9.38

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Tbilisi

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

  • Tbilisi Airport to Tbilisi city : Private Transfer: $9.81
  • 3-Day Tbilisi & Mtskheta Discovery + Airport Transfers: $139
  • Airport transfer by Visit-geo: $16
  • Comfortable,fast and safe private transfer from airport: $30
  • Gudauri Private Transfer from Tbilisi: $130
  • Private Airport Transfer in Tbilisi with Experienced Driver: $39
  • Private Departure Transfer: from Tbilisi Hotel to Tbilisi Airport: $41
  • Private Traditional Georgian Meal in a Lovely Tbilisi Home with Transfers: $144
  • Private Transfer From Tbilisi Airport To Gudauri Ski Resort : $59
  • Private Transfer From Tbilisi International Airport To Gudauri Ski Resort: $80
  • Private Transfer Tbilisi/Airport to/from Gudauri with 4x4 vehicle with ski racks: $128
  • Private Transfer from Tbilisi (Aeroport) to Batumi: $135

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Varna

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Varna:

  • Varna Airport - Sunny Beach | Airport Transfer,Taxi, Bus, Van Service | Book Now: $120
  • Varna Airport - Ravda | Airport Transfer,Taxi, Bus, Van Service | Book Now: $136
  • Private Transfer from Varna to Burgas (BOJ) Airport: $128
  • Private Transfer from Varna (VAR) Airport to Varna City: $22
  • Private Transfer from Varna (VAR) Airport to Sunny Beach: $219
  • Private Transfer from Varna (VAR) Airport to Sozopol: $155
  • Private Transfer from Varna (VAR) Airport to Sofia: $273
  • Private Transfer from Varna (VAR) Airport to Pomorie: $118
  • Private Transfer from Varna (VAR) Airport to Lozenets: $164
  • Private Transfer from Varna (VAR) Airport to Kavarna: $82
  • Private Transfer from Varna (VAR) Airport to Elenite: $155
  • Private Transfer from Varna (VAR) Airport to Byala: $63

Is it cheaper to fly into Tbilisi or Varna?

Prices for flights to both Varna 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 $7.47
    Varna $24

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Tbilisi

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

  • Small-Group Khinkali and Khachapuri Cooking Class in Tbilisi: $24
  • Georgian traditional dumplings "Khinkali" cooking master class!!: $34
  • Adjarian Khachapuri Making Private Virtual Cooking Class: $40
  • Tbilisi Food Tour in a Local Family: $49
  • Cooking Adventures with Nini : $142
  • Mtskheta: Exploring Heritage and Cuisine through Cooking Classes: $150
  • Kazbegi Adventure - Private Day Trip From Tbilisi with a Dinner + Masterclass: $175
  • Georgian Cooking Class in a Family Wine Cellar : $191
  • Dinner in Funicular Restaurant Complex at Mtatsminda Park from Tbilisi: $225
  • Vardzia - Cave City, Rabati, and Borjomi All Inclusive Tour + Dinner: $233

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Tbilisi $14
    Varna $8.59

Tours and Activities in Tbilisi

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

  • Rustaveli Avenue: Roam down Tbilisi's historic main street on an audio tour: $5.20
  • Skip the Line: Experimentorium Ticket: $5.45
  • Virtual tour to Georgia: $10
  • Private 4 days Food & Wine and Sightseeing tour to Kakheti, Kazbegi, Mtskheta.: $10
  • Discover Hidden Gems and Iconic Sights Walking Tour: $12
  • Tbilisi City Tour: $15
  • Kazbegi, Ananuri , Gudauri and Zhinvali (Group Tour): $19
  • Tbilisi & Mtskheta bus tour hop on hop off: $19
  • Landscapes of Ananuri Gudauri, Kazbegi and Hotel Rooms Group tour: $19
  • Tbilisi to Kazbegi, Gudauri, and Ananuri Day Tour: $19
  • Daily Tours to Caucasus Mountains-Gudauri,Kazbegi,Jinvali,Ananuri: $20
  • One day Tour in Kazbegi Mountains : $20

Tours and Activities in Varna

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

  • Action Aqua Park Entrance Ticket: $25
  • Audio Guide for All Sunny Beach Sights, Attractions or Experiences: $15
  • Audio Guide for All Varna Sights, Attractions or Experiences: $15
  • Bulgaria Day Bike & E-bike Tours - country & sea: $63
  • E-Motorcycle Tour in Old Rock Monastery and Old Roman Fortress : $115
  • Full Day Private Sightseeing Tour to the North of Varna: $157
  • Full-Day Private Sightseeing Tour to the North of Varna: $206
  • Full-Day Private Sightseeing Tour to the South of Varna: $206
  • Full-Day Small-Group Tour of Bulgaria by Minivan with Lunch: $87
  • Guided Nessebar Sightseeing Tour with Pick Up: $108
  • Half Day Private Bicycle Tour in Varna: $30
  • Half-Day Tsarev Brod Winery and Walking Tour: $64

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Tbilisi $17
    Varna $8.56

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: $10
  • Guided Walking Tour of Old Tbilisi with Free Wine Tasting: $14
  • Tbilisi Walking Tour with Cable Cars, Wine Tasting and Traditional Bakery: $15
  • Wine Tasting Feel the Difference of Qvevri or Classical Wine: $16
  • Kakheti Wine Tour, Кахетия -Винный Тур: $19
  • Tbilisi.First impression of Tbilisi-evening walking,wine tasting: $19
  • Tbilisi Walking Tour Including Wine Tasting Cable Car and Bakery: $19
  • Whole day Wine Tour to Kakheti from Tbilisi: $20
  • Jewish Heritage Walking Tour with Kosher Wine Tasting: $22
  • Kakheti: Sighnaghi city of love, Bodbe, Telavi, Free wine tasting: $23
  • Tbilisi Walking Tour Including Cable Car and Wine Tasting: $25
  • Very Friendly Tbilisi Walking Tour (wine tasting & cable car): $27

Sample the Local Flavors in Varna

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

  • Private Exploration: French Influence in Varna + Walking + Wine tasting tour: $53
  • Varna Exquisite Wine Tasting: $64
  • Private Varna Gourmet Tour with Superb Wine Tasting: $64
  • The Ultimate Private Varna Walking, Culture & Wine Tasting Tour: $75
  • E-bike & Wine Tour to the Bulgarian Coast: $104

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

Which is Bigger, Tbilisi or Varna?

Tbilisi has a larger population, and is about 3 times larger than the population of Varna. When comparing the sizes of Tbilisi and Varna, 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.