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Cochabamba, Departamento de Cochabamba, Bolivia

How much does it cost to travel to Cochabamba?

You should plan to spend around $63 ($b436) per day on your vacation in Cochabamba. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $22 ($b153) on meals
  • $16 ($b113) on local transportation
  • $50 ($b342) on hotels

A one week trip to Cochabamba for two people costs, on average, $883 ($b6,098). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Cochabamba cost?

A one week trip to Cochabamba usually costs around $442 ($b3,049) for one person and $883 ($b6,098) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Cochabamba on average costs around $883 ($b6,098) for one person and $1,766 ($b12,197) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Cochabamba will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Cochabamba on average costs around $1,892 ($b13,068) for one person and $3,785 ($b26,136) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Cochabamba has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Cochabamba expensive to visit?

Cochabamba is a reasonably affordable place to visit. Located in Bolivia, which is a reasonably affordable country, visitors will appreciate the relatively low cost of this destination. It is in the top 10% of cities in the country for its overall travel expenses. If you're traveling on a budget, then this is a good destination with affordable accommodation, food, and transportation.

Within South America, Cochabamba is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Paracas or Punta Arenas.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Cochabamba Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Cochabamba?

The average Cochabamba trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Cochabamba travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) $b342 ($50)
Local Transportation 1 $b113 ($16)
Food 2 $b153 ($22)
Entertainment 1 $b174 ($25)
Alcohol 2 $b50 - 151 ($7 - 22)
Accommodation Budget in Cochabamba
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Cochabamba is $25 ($b171). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Cochabamba is $50 ($b342). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Cochabamba

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Cochabamba based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $46. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Cochabamba
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Cochabamba is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $16 ($b113) per person, per day, on local transportation in Cochabamba.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Food Budget in Cochabamba
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Cochabamba can vary, the average cost of food in Cochabamba is $22 ($b153) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Cochabamba should cost around $8.89 ($b61) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Cochabamba is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Cochabamba
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Cochabamba typically cost an average of $25 ($b174) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Alcohol Budget in Cochabamba
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  • The average person spends about $15 ($b101) on alcoholic beverages in Cochabamba per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Water Budget in Cochabamba
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  • On average, people spend $0.62 ($b4.27) on bottled water in Cochabamba per day. The public water in Cochabamba is considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Cochabamba on a Budget
Cochabamba Cochabamba, Bolivia
With a population of about 630,000, Cochabamba is the fourth largest city in Bolivia. It's located about 240 kilometers from the capital city of La Paz and is surrounded by mountains, but sits within a valley.

The city is known for its gardens and has many sights to offer the visitor. Cochabamba offers a calming retreat that is a refreshing break from the hustle and bustle of many South American cities. It's a great location to learn Spanish and there are plenty of activities and cultural events that you can enjoy in and around town.

Cochabamba's climate is semi-arid. There is an extended dry season between May and October and the wet season is from November to March. The days are warm and the nights are cool.
There are a handful of great sights around Cochabamba. Head to Cristo de la Concordia, the city's famed statue of Jesus, which overlooks the area. Simon I Patino Cultural Center has many mansions, gardens, and museums worth visiting. Also popular with visitors are the Museum of Natural History, the Medical Museum, and the Museum of Archaeology.
Cochabamba has many different neighborhoods with interesting character. The area continues to grow with Bolivian nationals, expats, and foreigners alike. Some of the most historic and affluent neighborhoods in the city include Cala Cala, El Mirador, and Lomas de Aranjuez. These areas have impressive architecture and residences.

You'll find no shortage of budget accommodation around town. Quality is variable so read reviews before you make a reservation, but generally the hostels are comfortable and welcoming. The city caters specifically to expats, so long term and luxury accommodation are also readily available throughout the city.

The city is also well known for its paragliding opportunities. You can easily take a class and try it first hand. A full length beginner's class will take about ten days, but it is the cheapest option you will find anywhere in the world. You can expect two hours of classroom work, and four hours of practice daily and the course includes twelve solo flights.

There are a variety of volunteering opportunities in Cochabamba as well. Sustainable Bolivia coordinates volunteers and local grassroots organizations in the city. They also offer Spanish, Quechua, and Aymara classes. Instituto para el Desarrollo Humano is a social justice organization that also works with volunteers in the area.

Spanish lessons are popular in the city as well. There is a large expat community and social activities are well organized. This is a pleasant city to spend an extended amount of time, and there is plenty to do to keep you entertained. There is also a well established weekly language and culture exchange every Tuesday. The event is free of charge and is a great way to meet other expats in the area.
Food and Dining
Cochabamba claims to have the best food in Bolivia and many visitors agree. The city is in close proximity to much of the country's agriculture so food is fresh and plentiful. You'll find no shortage of restaurant options around town and there are a diversity of price options for travelers. Food is often delicious, so your best bet is to wander around town until you see a place that appeals to you. There are also plenty of bars around town to pick up a drink. Most of the interesting ones can be found on 25 de Mayo and Espana close to Plaza Colon. The Cochabamba region is also thought to have the country's best chicha. Chicha is a fermented corn based drink, although it is sometimes made with peaches.

Cochabamba's airport is Jorge Wilstermann International Airport. It is well connected with other large cities in Bolivia and flights are usually affordable.

The bus terminal is about 6 blocks south of the center. From there you can catch buses to La Paz, Santa Cruz, Sucre, Potosi, Tupiza, and Samaipata, among other destinations.

Once you're in town there are buses (micros), mini-vans (trufis), and shared cabs (taxi-trufis) that you can take along fixed routes. You must request that the driver stop by saying "me bajo", "voy a bajar", or "esquina".

Taxis are relatively easy to find. Taxi drivers are usually honest, but it is always best to agree on a price before you get in the vehicle.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.