Is Cartagena Expensive?

Is Cartagena expensive to visit?

Cartagena is a frequently visited and budget-friendly place to visit. With a daily average travel cost of $48, it's somewhat less expensive than most other destinations in the world. When compared to the rest of South America, it is a moderately priced destination. It ranks in the top 50% of cities in South America for its travel costs. Its travel costs are comparable with places such as Arequipa and Cusco.



Cartagena, Colombia

How expensive is Cartagena?

The average cost of traveling to Cartagena can vary widely based on many factors, but our calculations based on previous travlers show that the average daily cost is $48 (U.S. Dollars). Your travel style, accommodation preferences, dining choices, and trip duration can alter your individual budget, as you can find a wide array of accommodation, food, and entertainment options available for your visit. Sticking to mid-range hotels, affordable restaurants, and public transit when available can keep your costs close to this calculated average. See more travel costs for Cartagena here.

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

Based on our calculations from previous travelers, a weekend trip to Cartagena will cost around $143 per person. This amount includes sightseeing activities, hotels, restaurants, local transportation, and other travel expenses. For two people, a weekend trip would cost $285.

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

On average, a one week trip to Cartagena costs about $333 per person. This is based on the previous expenses of actual travelers, and includes accommodation, food, activities, local transportation, and more. For two people, a one week trip costs $666.



Cartagena, Colombia

Is it expensive to backpack in Cartagena?

Cartagena is a popular backpacker destination with more than 50 hostels. Dorm beds in hostels cost, on average, $28 per night. (See hostel prices in Cartagena here.) You'll find quite a range in prices here, too. The most expensive beds are priced around $233 and the cheapest around $0 per night.

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

  • $20 for a dorm bed at Viajero Cartagena Hostel
  • $19 for a dorm bed at Republica Hostel Cartagena
  • $18 for a dorm bed at Media Luna Hostel

Are hotels expensive in Cartagena?

Considering our analysis of hotel prices in Cartagena, it becomes apparent that they are very expensive in comparison to hotels in other cities. On average, you can expect to spend around $81 per night for a hotel room. The city is home to approximately 7 five-star hotels, presenting an average rate of $170 per night. For a balanced choice catering to both comfort and cost-effectiveness, three-star hotels provide an average rate of $78 per night, while two-star hotels offer an even more budget-friendly alternative at $46 per night.


Hotels by star rating in Cartagena
Rating Number of Hotels Average Hotel Price
5 stars 7 $170
4 stars 51 $138
3 stars 111 $78
2 stars 33 $46
1 star 7 $67
No rating 4 $78

Centro Santo Domingo Calle Nuestra Señora del Carmen No 33- 41, Cartagena de Indias
Overall Rating 9.8
Calle del Cuartel (Cra. 5) No. 36-118 Centro Amurallado, Cartagena de Indias
Overall Rating 9.7

How expensive are sightseeing activities in Cartagena?

Activities and things to do in Cartagena can vary in price depending on the type of activity, length, and location. Below are a number of popular activities to give you an idea of what to expect when visiting. Generally, previous travelers have spent $21 per day on sightseeing activities and things to do when visiting, which is more than the country's average of $0.

    • Beach Buggy ATV Adventure Tour CARTAGENA: $135
    • Gabriel Garcia Marquez Tour: the magical Cartagena: $13
    • Private Surfing Adventure in Cartagena: $60
    • Cartagena Walking Tour: $74
    • Cartagena-Boquilla Bike Ride Adventure: $95
    • 4-Hour Private Tour of the Emblematic Sites of Cartagena: $115
    • Private Walking Tour Old City with Street Food: $83
    • Private Luxury Boat Tour through the Magical Bay of Cartagena: $200

    Is food expensive in Cartagena?

    Food in Cartagena can vary in price depending on the restaurant and food options available. Generally, other travelers have spent $10 on food per person per day, which is more than the country's average of $0. To save money, eat at less expensive restaurants, try street food, or cook your own meals when possible.

    • Street food tour with Julie: $80
    • Private Dinner at a Local Chef's House in Cartagena: $58
    • Cooking class: Street Food & Mojito making: $60
    • Private Local Cooking Class and Lunch in Cartagena: $232
    • Dinner in the Bay of Cartagena on a Luxury Yacht Sibarita Master: $83
    • Cooking Classes with All the Palenquero Flavor: $102

    Is transportation expensive in Cartagena?

    The prices of local transportation in Cartagena can vary by the type of transit used. Other travelers have spent an average of $7 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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