Should you visit Warsaw or Sarajevo?
Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Warsaw and Sarajevo can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.
Warsaw is the capital city of Poland. It has a population of 1.7 million, making it the country's largest city. Located on the Vistula River, it is a popular tourist destination for its interesting architecture and culture. The right bank of the river was the first area to become populated in the 9th or 10 century. Today, however, the city's central district is on the left bank of the river. The Old Town, where you will find many sights and attractions, is fully contained within the city center.
Sarajevo is the capital city of Bosnia and is one of the most culturally and historically interesting cities to visit in Europe. The city was at the crossroads where the Eastern and Western Roman Empires divided, and the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches divided. Today it is most associated with the Civil War that occurred here between 1992 and 1995. There are still many remnants of the war left, from the cemeteries that dot the countryside to the leftover damage done by bombs. Despite its brutal history, Sarajevo has begun to thrive again, both economically and as a tourist destination.
Which city is cheaper, Sarajevo or Warsaw?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Warsaw is $67, while the average daily cost in Sarajevo is $56. 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 Warsaw and Sarajevo in more detail.
Travelers usually pay around $80 for a double occupancy room in Warsaw If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.
For a normal double-occupancy room in Sarajevo, $42 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Sarajevo, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is $21, such as in a hostel.
To get around in Warsaw, the average visitor spends $3.44 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.
Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Sarajevo than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $5.57 on transportation in Sarajevo on average per day.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Warsaw
Also for Warsaw, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Private Transfer to/from Warsaw Chopin Airport (WAW):
Private Transfer to/from Krakow:
Extreme Shooting Range Experience with Transfers:
Chopin & Modlin Airport Transfers:
Warsaw/Gdansk: Deluxe Private Transfer Service:
Warsaw to Krakow VIP private transfer. Luxury car with driver & iPad.:
Warsaw Private Transfer from Warsaw city centre to Warsaw Modlin Airport (WMI):
Warsaw Private Transfer from Warsaw city centre to Warsaw Chopin Airport (WAW):
Warsaw Okecie Airport: Premium Private Transfer:
Warsaw Modlin Airport: Private Economy Transfer:
Warsaw Modlin Airport Private Transfer 1-4:
Warsaw City / Warsaw Airports private Transfer-Krakow Balice Airport:
Typical Local Transportation prices in Sarajevo
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Sarajevo:
Tram Tickets (for 2)
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Sarajevo
Also for Sarajevo, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Private Transfer from Sarajevo Airport (SJJ) to Ljubljana:
Private Transfer from Sarajevo Airport (SJJ) to Zadar:
Private Transfer from Sarajevo Airport (SJJ) to Cazin:
Private Transfer from Sarajevo Airport (SJJ) to Plitvicka jezera:
Private Transfer from Sarajevo Airport (SJJ) to Beograd:
Private Transfer from Sarajevo Airport (SJJ) to Zagreb:
Private Transfer from Sarajevo Airport (SJJ) to Prijedor:
Private Transfer from Sarajevo Airport (SJJ) to Bihac:
Private Transfer from Sarajevo to Tivat Airport (TIV):
Private Transfer: Sarajevo to Sarajevo International Airport (SJJ):
Private Transfer: Sarajevo International Airport (SJJ) to Sarajevo:
Private Transfer from Sarajevo Airport (SJJ) to Sanski most:
Is it cheaper to fly into Warsaw or Sarajevo?
Prices for flights to both Sarajevo and Warsaw 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.
In Warsaw travelers spend around $16 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.
In Sarajevo travelers spend around $25 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.
Meals for one day
Typical Food prices in Warsaw
Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Warsaw:
Dinner for Two
Lunch for Two
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Warsaw
For Warsaw, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Polish Food Tour:
Traditional Polish Cooking Class in Warsaw:
Traditional Food Tour with Old Town Sightseeing:
4-Hour Polish Food Tour:
Warsaw Food Tour small group tour by retro minibus:
Warsaw 6h Private Tour + Traditional Polish Dinner:
Nicolaus Copernicus Legacy: Private Tour from Warsaw to Torun + Polish Dinner:
Typical Food prices in Sarajevo
For Sarajevo, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Sarajevo
For Sarajevo, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Traditional Bosnian Dinner with your Host Family:
A Taste of Sarajevo - Authentic Food Tour:
Dinner with locals:
Cooking Classes - Contemporary Bosnian cuisine:
Simple Bosnian Cooking Class Sarajevo:
Home-hosted Cooking Class: Cook and Eat with Bosnian family:
Bosnian Cooking Lessons:
In Warsaw, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $5.15 per person, per day.
Sightseeing expenses in Sarajevo, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $9.38 per day, per person.
Tours and Activities in Warsaw
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Warsaw.
1-day tour from Warsaw to Kazimierz Dolny:
12 Day Private Tour of Poland with Hotels:
12-day tour around Poland by private car:
12-day tour around Poland by train:
13-Day Highlights of Poland Tour with Accommodation:
3 Day Rail Tour - Kraków, Poznań & Wrocław (Warsaw Return):
3 Hour VIP Warsaw Guided City Tour:
5 Day Rail Tour - Kraków, Wrocław & Poznań (Warsaw Return):
5 Hour Guided Warsaw Tour by Bike:
6 Day Private Tour in Poland with Hotels:
7 Day Rail Tour - Warsaw, Kraków, Wrocław & Poznań:
8-Day Highlights of Poland Tour with Accommodation:
Typical Entertainment prices in Sarajevo
Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Sarajevo's activities, tours, and tickets:
National Museum (for 2)
Tours and Activities in Sarajevo
For Sarajevo, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
1425 Days Under Siege Tour Sarajevo:
1984 Olympic Games Bobsled Track Tour:
1984 Sarajevo Olympics Adventure - Half Day Tour:
2 Hours Sarajevo Tunnel Tour with Guide:
2-Hour Romeo and Juliet Bridge Guided Walking Tour in Sarajevo:
2-Night Private tour to Mostar and Kravice Waterfalls from Dubrovnik or Split:
2D1N Sarajevo ⇄ Dubrovnik Tour via Mostar & Herzegovina (Herzegovina Journey):
3 Day Bosnia Combo Tour Package:
4 Days 3 Nights Luxury Bosnia Hercegovina Tour:
8 Days Bosnian Experience:
9 Days in Bosnia and Herzegovina- The Three Lakes Tour:
9D8N Bosnian Winter Holiday (Winter with Funky Tours):
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Warsaw, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $7.66.
Typically, people visiting Sarajevo spend on average $5.82 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Sample the Local Flavors in Sarajevo
Also in Sarajevo, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:
Small-group Wine Tasting Expiriance, with lunch in vineyard:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Warsaw and Sarajevo, we can see that Warsaw is more expensive. And not only is Sarajevo much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Sarajevo would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Sarajevo 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 Warsaw would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Warsaw than you might in Sarajevo.
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