Bosnia and Herzegovina budget guide – how much I spent in 10 days
In this post I’d like you to learn the most important information about how much it costs to travel around Bosnia. I wrote down an easy Bosnia and Herzegovina budget guide for you.
Bosnia and Herzegovina budget guide
How much I spent in 10 days in Bosnia
My whole trip took me exactly 2 weeks. I left my home town Snina in Slovakia on the 1st June 2019 in the morning and came back on the 14th June 2019 late evening.
I took 2 trains from Snina to Kosice, then a train to Budapest, and a bus to the airport to hop on my flight to Sarajevo.
In Bosnia and Herzegovina I took 2 buses and 1 train to travel from place A to place B. Then a flight from Sarajevo back to Budapest. Afterwards, I spent 2 days in Budapest with a friend and her family, and a day in Kosice with my mum on the way back home. In this post I am not counting the money I spent while in Budapest nor in Kosice, but only my trip to get to Bosnia, when there, and then to get back home.
Transportation cost me = 103.24 eur:
- 30.86 eur flights from Budapest to Sarajevo and back
- 4.49 eur train from Snina to Kosice
- 11 eur train from Kosice to Budapest
- 2.83 eur bus Budapest city center to Budapest airport
- 2 eur for 1 trolleybus and 1 tram ticket in Sarajevo
- 19.20 eur bus from Sarajevo to Neum
- 8.26 eur bus Neum to Mostar
- 6.32 eur train Mostar to Sarajevo
- 2.85 eur bus Budapest airport to Budapest city center
- 11 eur train from Budapest to Kosice
- 4.43 eur train from Kosice to Snina (I got off 1 train station earlier, that’s why it cost 6 cents less)
Food for 11 days= 108,78 eur:
- 1.33 + 5.57 + 7.96 + 7.96 + 1.91 + 1.12 + 2.95 + 5.33 + 8.82 + 8.24 + 1.30 + 2.65 + 5.59 + 6.38 + 5.57 + 1.10 = 73.78 eur by card
- and 35 eur in cash
- As you can see above, each meal at a restaurant cost me from 5 euros to almost 9 euros.
- I counted also what I ate on the trains, buses and airports
- I paid for all the food myself. I was not invited by anyone, nor worked with any brands so no food was sponsored on the trip (unlikely to most of my trips when I work with companies who usually also pay for my food).
- In Sarajevo and Mostar I ate out at the restaurants every day (dinner and desserts). For breakfast I had fresh fruit from the market.
- In Neum I dined out at a restaurant once and it was very expensive and not the best in that hot weather. Then for the other 4 days in Neum I decided to prepare my own meals in the kitchen from ingredients bought at Konzum supermarket.
- As it was unbearably hot for most of the trip, I cooled down with ice cream a few times. I was surprised to find delicious vegan ice cream in Mostar in Gelateria 5 on the Rade Bitange street.
- I bought only 1 drink during the entire trip at a restaurant. I got a glass of fresh orange juice in Mostar. It was too hot at lunch time so I needed to sit down for a few minutes to enjoy the view of the Old bridge and cool down. I made a live Instagram video from there watching a guy jumping off the Old Bridge.
- All the rest of trip I was drinking tap water everywhere. I did not pay for any water as I was carrying my 2 BPA-free water bootles that I could refill at hotels and restaurants for free in the bathroom or kitchen.
- The food prices were similar to those we have in my home country Slovakia.
Accommodation for 11 nights = 206.06 eur:
- 10 eur room in Budapest for 1 night – I had an early morning flight so I needed to stay in Budapest overnight the night before my flight
- 61.06 eur room in Sarajevo for 3 nights
- 95 eur room in Neum for 5 nights
- 40 eur room in Mostar for 2 nights
TIP: I booked all the accommodation easily via Booking.com. I have a $15 discount for your next Booking.com stay anywhere in the world. You will get $15 back after your stay. It does not have to be in Bosnia, but anywhere. Just book via this link.
As I was traveling solo, I had to pay more for a private room. Sharing with someone else would cost me less, but I have sleeping difficulties when sharing with strangers, so staying at a hostel in a shared room was not an option for me.
In Budapest I had a room with 5 beds to myself only, a shared bathroom and a shared kitchen.
Then in Bosnia at all the three places I had a room to myself, with a double bed or 2 single beds, and a private bathroom. In Neum I even had a fully-equipped kitchen shared with just one more room next door. All the three places had free fast wifi and were located in the city center so I could easily walk anywhere around the town. None of the accommodation had breakfast nor any other food included in the price.
I visited only 3 towns in Bosnia and Herzegovina to get to know them better without any rush: the capital Sarajevo, the only beach town in the country Neum and very photogenic Mostar.
Altogether for 11 days in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with the flights included, I spent 418.08 eur.
It makes it 38 eur per 1 day.
I know the title of the article says 10 days, but I count 1 extra day for traveling to Bosnia and back so it was not 10, but 11 with the trains and flights.
Important information about money
- Speaking of money, in 2019 the national currency is Bosnian convertible mark BAM.
- But in many places you can use euro, too or pay by card. I paid by card at all the supermarkets, and most restaurants. I also bought my train and bus tickets online and paid for them by card. Just in a few places I had to use cash, so I had some euro and also BAM with me.
- Sarajevo: There’s many exchange offices in Sarajevo city center but they charge 1% commissions. However, most restaurants accept cards.
- Mostar: it was easier to pay by euro in cash or by card. I found just a few exchange offices there.
- Neum: there was an ATM close to the beach but I have not found any exchange office there. At small markets and souvenir shops they only accepted cash but you could pay by card at Konzum supermarket on the main road.
- Bosnia and Herzegovina is cheaper than the neighbouring Croatia.
TIP: My whole trip in Bosnia was very unusual. You can read about 3 reasons why my trip in Bosnia and Herzegovina was different to my regular trips.
I did not think twice when it came to where and what to eat. I simply had everything I wanted to. And yes, unfortunately, sometimes vegan meals at restaurants are more expensive than non-vegans. I know it makes no sense, but that’s how it is. Just want to say that I could have saved some money on food but I did not want to limit myself at all.
I hope my Bosnia and Herzegovina budget guide is helpful if you are planning a trip there. Tracking expenses is always good for me to have a better idea if the destination is really budget-friendly or not so much. In this guide I did not mention 2 souvenirs I bought for my parents.
*Have you been to Bosnia? How did you enjoy it? If you have not been there yet, I can highly recommend to pay a visit there. It’s an underrated country that has a lot to offer, trust me.