BACKPACKER INDEX: US$25.40
Sarajevo hotel prices
Being less than an hour from ski resorts, Sarajevo has dual high seasons for hotels. From June through September is considered high season, as is December through February. October and November are the low season and when the best deals are to be had.
Having recovered from the mid-90s wars, Sarajevo is still struggling a bit to attract tourists, although those who make it tend to rate the experience very highly. Among its other charms, the city is one of the cheapest in Europe, so it’s not a bad place to relax in between expensive destinations.
Hotels in Sarajevo are very cheap by European standards, as are the hostels. Those seeking a bit of luxury might be able to afford it here, especially during the off season when fancier hotels compete for business. You won’t find as many English speakers here as you will in most of Europe, but most people get by just fine and report that people tend to be very friendly.
Food and drink are also very cheap by most standards, especially if you eat the local sandwiches and other specialties rather than international cuisines. Even museums are extremely affordable, however funding and political problems have forced many of them to close in early 2012, so Sarajevo is not without problems for potential visitors.
Note: The currency of Bosnia and Herzagovina is the Converted Mark (KM), which is fixed to the Euro at about 1.95KM to €1. Prices here are shown in Euros as a default, even though you’ll use KM when there.
Sarajevo attraction prices
|Bosnian Historical Museum||A jarring museum with displays and photos of the siege of the city during the recent war.||adults||2.60|
|National Museum||This place displays a comprehensive review of the human and natural history of the country.||adults||3.25|
Sarajevo Transportation prices
|Taxi from airport to city center||10.39 - 14.29|
|Public bus from airport to city center||1.17|
|3km taxi ride in Sarajevo||3.90 - 5.84|
|Tram or bus ride in Sarajevo||1.17|
Sarajevo food and drink prices
|Budget breakfast||If your hotel doesn't offer breakfast you can find cheap options nearby.||1.30 - 3.90|
|Budget lunch||Local pita sandwiches can be very cheap, but there are many other options, including cheap and good pizza.||1.95 - 3.90|
|Budget dinner||Avoid hotel restaurants and you can have a sit-down meal for very little in Sarajevo. The Old City is filled with cheap options.||3.25 - 7.79|
|Beer (.5l)||The local lager (Sarajevsko) is cheaper than imports, but all beers and most other drinks are inexpensive.||1.62 - 2.60|
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|Currency||Euro-pegged convertible mark (KM)|
|Airports||Sarajevo International Airport (SJJ)|
Avg temps & precip
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June, July, August, September
Sarajevo has a fairly moderate climate, with cold winters and warm summers that are typical of this part of Europe. Rainfall is spread evenly throughout the year, though there are more rainy days in December and the fewest in August, so summer is definitely the best time to come and winter is probably best avoided.
Sunrise and sunset