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La Paz, Departamento de La Paz, Bolivia

How much does it cost to travel to La Paz?

You should plan to spend around $45 ($b307) per day on your vacation in La Paz. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $17 ($b114) on meals
  • $9.49 ($b65) on local transportation
  • $32 ($b223) on hotels

A one week trip to La Paz for two people costs, on average, $624 ($b4,299). 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
    $45
    $b307
  • One Week Per person
    $312
    $b2,150
  • 2 Weeks Per person
    $624
    $b4,299
  • One Month Per person
    $1,338
    $b9,213
  • One Week For a couple
    $624
    $b4,299
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
    $1,248
    $b8,599
  • One Month For a couple
    $2,675
    $b18,426
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to La Paz cost?

A one week trip to La Paz usually costs around $312 ($b2,150) for one person and $624 ($b4,299) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to La Paz on average costs around $624 ($b4,299) for one person and $1,248 ($b8,599) 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 La Paz will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to La Paz on average costs around $1,338 ($b9,213) for one person and $2,675 ($b18,426) 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 La Paz 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 La Paz expensive to visit?

La Paz is a very affordable place to visit. Located in Bolivia, which is a reasonably affordable country, visitors will appreciate the lower prices of this destination. It is in the top 25% of cities in the country for its affordability. Budget travelers enjoy spending long periods of time exploring La Paz in depth.

Within South America, La Paz is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Sucre or Arequipa.

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

How much money do I need for a trip to La Paz?

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


Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) $b223 ($32)
Local Transportation 1 $b65 ($9)
Food 2 $b114 ($17)
Entertainment 1 $b109 ($16)
Tips and Handouts 1 $b32 - 95 ($5 - 14)
Alcohol 2 $b37 - 111 ($5 - 16)
Accommodation Budget in La Paz
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

The average price paid for one person for accommodation in La Paz is $16 ($b111). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in La Paz is $32 ($b223). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.


  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
    $16
    $b111
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
    $32
    $b223

Hotel Prices in La Paz

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in La Paz based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $48. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in La Paz
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in La Paz is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $9.49 ($b65) per person, per day, on local transportation in La Paz.


  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    $9.49
    $b65

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Flights to La Paz
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Rental Cars in La Paz
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What did other people spend on Transportation in La Paz?

Typical prices for Transportation in La Paz are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in La Paz, but your costs will vary based on your travel style and the place where the purchase was made.


  • Taxi Ride
    $b4.00


Food Budget in La Paz
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • While meal prices in La Paz can vary, the average cost of food in La Paz is $17 ($b114) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in La Paz should cost around $6.64 ($b46) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in La Paz is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.


  • Food2 Meals for one day
    $17
    $b114

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What did other people spend on Food in La Paz?

Typical prices for Food in La Paz are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in La Paz, but your costs will vary based on your travel style and the place where the purchase was made.


  • Fruit
    $b5.00


Entertainment Budget in La Paz
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • Entertainment and activities in La Paz typically cost an average of $16 ($b109) 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.
    $16
    $b109

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Tips and Handouts Budget in La Paz
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in La Paz is $9.18 ($b63) per day. The usual amount for a tip in La Paz is 5% - 15%.


  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers
    $9.18
    $b63


Alcohol Budget in La Paz
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • The average person spends about $11 ($b74) on alcoholic beverages in La Paz per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
    $11
    $b74

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Water Budget in La Paz
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • On average, people spend $1.36 ($b9.34) on bottled water in La Paz per day. The public water in La Paz is considered safe to drink.


  • Water2 Bottled water for one day
    $1.36
    $b9.34


La Paz On a Budget
La Paz La Paz, Bolivia
La Paz, the administrative capital of Bolivia, has a breathtaking setting. The city is the highest national capital in the world, with an altitude ranging from about 4,058 m (13,313 ft) above sea level in El Alto, where the airport is located, to 3,100 m (10,170 ft) in the lower residential area. The dynamic and chaotic city was built in a canyon created by the Choqueyapu River. La Paz is now a fusion of architectural styles, cultures and beliefs, welcoming everyday new boutique hotels, modern shops, delicious restaurants and reinventing standing establishments. However, generally speaking, Bolivia remains more a backpacker hit than a mainstream tourist destination.
Sights
La Paz has plenty of exciting sights to offer. Do not miss the Wrestling Cholitas on Sunday afternoons at the Multifuncional de la Ceja de El Alto (USD$8.50), where indigenous Aymara women, wrestle in petticoats and pigtails accompanied with strident music. Head to Latin America's largest open-air market, the Feria 16 de Julio. To get there, experience Mi Teleferico's red line, where you will get sensational views over the city skyscrapers, Cordillera Real and the ramshackle terracotta-coloured buildings that cover the upper slopes. Mi Teleferico, the world's longest and highest urban cable car network, is making it easier to get around the city. Visit the Mercado de las brujas, up from San Francisco Church, between Calle Jimenez and Linares, where you will find all manner of mysterious powders, potions and amulets linked to Andean beliefs and shamanic practices.

Activities
Walk around the Calle Jaen, the best-preserved colonial street in La Paz, home to a few new boutiques, galleries and five small museums that can be visited on a single ticket. The Museo de Instrumentos Musicales for ancient nose flutes and the Museo de Metales Preciosos for pre-Colombian gold. Museo del Litoral Boliviano has extraordinary historical maps, the Museo Casa Murillo presents interesting insights on colonial life and the Museo Costumbrista Juan de Vargas, where you can buy the ticket, displays the city's traditions. Another Museum worth visiting in La Paz is the National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore (Musef), found in an 18th-century palace. The museum presents a collection of festival masks, Andean ceramics and intricate weavings, including chullos, the iconic knitted hats with earflaps and other fascinating objects in an attempt to give a colourful and contemporary overview of Bolivia's diverse cultures.
Food and Dining
Bolivia is going under a gastronomic revolution with plenty of restaurants using only Bolivian ingredients. Vegeterian fine-dining restaurants are introduced with great success to the meat-loving capital. To fully experience the Pacenos life, eat in the street for less than USD$2. From tasty chorizo sandwiches to deep-fried pastries packed with meat or vegetables, discover the delicious Bolivian staple food.

Transportation
To get to La Paz, you can fly to the world’s highest international airport, El Alto International Airport. Most South American airlines serve El Alto Airport as well as local airlines. Most international flights will make a stop over in Santa Cruz to pick up or drop off passengers. American Airlines is currently the only U.S. carrier serving Bolivia, with one daily flight from Miami. If you are travelling by bus around Bolivia or from surrounding countries, the main bus terminal is in the Parque Urbano Central, near the upper end of the Prado and a 15-20 min walk from most hostels. Note that buses arriving from Lake Titicaca (the route for entering overland from Puno, Peru) and Sorata terminate at a square near the city cemetery farther to the west. Buses from Quime terminate in the El Alto bus terminal. There is no need to buy tickets upfront in one of the many travel agencies as they can often charge you more without being honest about the service they are selling. Show up a few hours before the scheduled departure at the terminal and buy your tickets there. Another option to go from La Paz to Cusco, Copacabana or Puno is to take one of the Bolivia Hop buses. Bolivia hop is a new company and appears to be well ran and very safe, allowing you to hop on or hop off at any of these places. Otherwise, if you are feeling courageous, hundreds of people cycle around Bolivia each year, passing through La Paz and discovering the rest of the country on their bike.

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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.