Is Cali Expensive?

Is Cali expensive to visit?

While Cali is a popular destination, it is also very affordable and not expensive to visit. The average daily cost is just $25. This is actually one of the main reasons why it's so popular with tourists. When compared to other cities in South America, many travelers find it to be a reasonably affordable destination. It's in the top 25% of destinations in South America for its affordability, and our cost analysis found it to be comparable to Medellin and Cuenca.



Cali, Colombia

How expensive is Cali?

Travelers spend an average of $25 per day when visiting Cali (U.S. Dollars). This is according to our calculations which come from the expenses of previous visitors. While this is an average cost, prices can vary by travel style, the length of your trip, and other factors. You can stay fairly close to this average if you stay at moderately priced hotels, eat at affordable restaurants, and take public transportation when possible. See more travel costs for Cali here.

How expensive is a weekend trip (three days) to Cali?

Based on the travel expenses of others, a weekend trip to Cali costs around $74 on average, per person. This includes food, sightseeing, local transportation, accommodation, and nightlife. For two people, a weekend trip costs $148.

How expensive is a one week (7-day) trip to Cali?

Based on our calculations from previous travelers, a one week trip to Cali will cost around $173 per person. This amount includes sightseeing activities, hotels, restaurants, local transportation, and other travel expenses. For two people, a one week trip would cost $346.

Is it expensive to backpack in Cali?

Cali is a popular backpacker destination with more than 20 hostels. Dorm beds in hostels cost, on average, $10 per night. (See hostel prices in Cali here.) You'll find quite a range in prices here, too. The most expensive beds are priced around $17 and the cheapest around $4 per night.

Here are a few sample prices from popular hostels in Cali.

  • $15 for a dorm bed at Viajero Cali Hostel & Salsa School
  • $6 for a dorm bed at La Sucursal Hostel
  • $10 for a dorm bed at The Pelican Larry Hostel

Are hotels expensive in Cali?

If you're considering hotel prices in Cali, you'll find them to be notably budget-friendly in comparison to hotels in other cities. On average, a night in a hotel room here will set you back approximately $35. In Cali, there are about 3 five-star hotels with an average nightly rate of $155. For a more affordable option, three-star hotels come in at an average of $68 per night, while two-star hotels offer an even more economical choice at $14 per night.


Hotels by star rating in Cali
Rating Number of Hotels Average Hotel Price
5 stars 3 $155
4 stars 12 $49
3 stars 53 $68
2 stars 9 $14

Carrera 36B No 5- 42, Cali
Overall Rating 9.0
Cali 18 North No. 4 N-08, Cali
Overall Rating 8.9

How expensive are sightseeing activities in Cali?

In Cali, the cost of activities and things to do can vary by the type of activity, its length, and the location. To provide an estimate of what to expect during your visit, below are several popular activities that are common in the area. On average, previous travelers have spent around $11 per day on sightseeing and entertainment, which is more than the country's average of $0.

    • Private City Tour in Cali by Car : $120
    • The Cali Street Food Walking Tour: $30
    • Tour Cali on a high-capacity cruiser motorcycle - Cristo Rey & Yanaconas: $150
    • Cali ATV tours - Take your adrenaline to the maximum on the road: $179
    • 4 Hours Private River Tour to Pance Cali Colombia : $60
    • Cali Salsa Tour: Learn the history, dance and play instruments: $43
    • Full Day Private Adventure Tour to San Cipriano: $250
    • Cali Salsa Tours: $106

    Is food expensive in Cali?

    In Cali, the cost of food can vary by the type of restaurant and food options available. To save money, eat at less expensive restaurants, try street food, or cook your own meals when possible. On average, previous travelers have spent around $9 per day on food, which is more than the country's average of $0.

    • Alameda Market Food Tour: $55
    • Street Food Tour: $21
    • Flavors of Cali: Food tour at the local market: $59
    • Free Alameda Market Local Food Tour: $0.00

    Is transportation expensive in Cali?

    The prices of local transportation in Cali can vary by the type of transit used. Other travelers have spent an average of $6 on local transportation per person per day, which is more than the country's average of $0. To save money, take public transit whenever possible, as it will almost always be cheaper than a taxi or private driver.

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    We've been gathering travel costs from tens of thousands of actual travelers since 2010, and we use the data to calculate average daily travel costs for destinations around the world. We also systematically analyze the prices of hotels, hostels, and tours from travel providers such as Kayak, HostelWorld, TourRadar, Viator, and others. This combination of expenses from actual travelers, combined with pricing data from major travel companies, gives us a uniqe insight into the overall cost of travel for thousands of cities in countries around the world. You can see more here: How it Works.



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