A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Bangkok vs. Cartagena for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Bangkok or Cartagena?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Bangkok and Cartagena can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Bangkok or Cartagena?

Bangkok

Bangkok: a name synonymous with all things exotic. The vibrant and exciting capital of Thailand is not just a hub for Southeast Asia, but also a destination into itself. Known for an active nightlife and party scene, as well as great food, historic temples, and busy markets, Bangkok offers a diversity to entertain even the most experienced travelers.

Cartagena

The capital of the Bolivar Department of Colombia, Cartagena is one of the most visited cities in the country. It sits on Colombia's northern coast by the Caribbean Sea. It's a port city with a population of almost 900,000, making it the fifth largest city in Colombia. The city has a rich history and was the first Spanish colony on the American continent. It was also one of the first sanctuaries for freed African slaves in the Americas.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Family-Friendly Tours to Thailand, The Best Wildlife Tours to Thailand, The Best Adventure Tours to Colombia, and The Best Eco Tours in Colombia.


Which place is cheaper, Cartagena or Bangkok?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Bangkok is $76, while the average daily cost in Cartagena is $45. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Bangkok and Cartagena in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Bangkok $41
    Cartagena $26
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Bangkok $82
    Cartagena $52
Compare Hotels in Bangkok and Cartagena

Looking for a hotel in Bangkok or Cartagena? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Bangkok


Hotels in Cartagena


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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Bangkok Hotel Prices and Cartagena Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Bangkok $5.80
    Cartagena $7.14
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Bangkok

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Bangkok are as follows:


  • Tuk Tuk to bus station
    $2.19
  • Skytrain Ticket
    $4.39
  • Chao Phraya River Express Ticket
    $0.88
  • Ferry Ride
    $0.71
  • Taxi From Airport
    $6.86
  • Short Taxi Ride
    $2.47
  • Boat Taxi
    $1.37
  • Trains to airport
    $4.39

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bangkok

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bangkok:

  • 3 Temple Bangkok City Tour without Admission Ticket & Transfer: $47
  • Affordable Bangkok Airport Transfer: $22
  • Airport Transfer to‚Äč or from Hotel in Bangkok (Private Transport): $51
  • Airport transfer to Bangkok downtown: $23
  • Arrival Private Transfer Bangkok Airport BKK or DMK to Bangkok City Business MPV: $20
  • Arrival Private Transfer Bangkok Airport BKK or DMK to Bangkok City Luxury Car: $122
  • Arrival Private Transfer Bangkok Airport BKK or DMK to Bangkok City by Sedan Car: $17
  • Arrival Private Transfers from Bangkok Airport BKK to Bangkok in Business Car: $72
  • Arrival Private Transfers from Bangkok Airport BKK to Bangkok in Luxury Van: $97
  • Arrival Private Transfers: Don Mueang Airport DMK to Bangkok in Luxury Van: $84
  • Ayothaya Floating Market Admission Ticket with Transfer(Optional): $8.56
  • BANGKOK TRANSFER: Bangkok Airport to Bangkok Hotel + FREE WIFI: $15

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cartagena

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Cartagena:

  • Private Transfer from Bocagrande to Port of Cartagena: $25
  • 15. Transfer to SANTA MARTA from Cartagena Private or vice versa.: $290
  • 18.Transfer (Rafael N-Hotel Decameron Baru Airport) or vice versa: $90
  • 20. Transfer Rafael N. Airport-HOTEL LAS ISLAS-CALABLANCA: $142
  • 6.Transfer (Airport-Manzanillo KARIBANA-ESTELAR) Or Vice Versa: $40
  • 8. Transfer to BARRANQUILLA from Cartagena Private or vice versa: $160
  • Air Conditioning Bus transfer: $10
  • Airport Hotel Transfer: $24
  • Airport Transfer Hotel: $35
  • Airport Transfers Cartagena: $37
  • Arrival Private Transfer Cartagena Airport CTG to Cartagena City by Minibus: $127
  • Arrival Private Transfer Cartagena Airport CTG to Cartagena City by Minivan: $92

Is it cheaper to fly into Bangkok or Cartagena?

Prices for flights to both Cartagena and Bangkok change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Bangkok $18
    Cartagena $9.36
Typical Food Prices in Bangkok

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Bangkok:


  • Dinner at Hard Rock Cafe (for Two)
    $25
  • Casual Lunch of Prawns (for Two)
    $5.49
  • 2 Rotis (Bread)
    $1.23
  • Mango & Sticky Rice
    $0.82
  • Lunch at KFC (for Two)
    $5.49
  • Pad Thai
    $1.92
  • Airport Lunch for 2
    $15
  • Lunch for 2
    $20

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bangkok

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Bangkok.

  • White Orchid Chao Phraya Dinner Cruise: $19
  • Chao Phraya Princess Dinner Cruise Ticket: $21
  • Baiyoke Observation Deck with Lunch/Dinner Buffet: $21
  • River Dinner Cruise on the Chao Phraya Princess: $23
  • Meridian Sunset Dinner Cruise - Floating Paradise From ICONSIAM Bangkok: $24
  • Calypso Cabaret Show with Thai Set Dinner: $25
  • 2-Hour Dinner Cruise on the Chao Phraya Princess: $25
  • Viva Alangka Chao Phraya Dinner Cruise: $27
  • Chao Phraya Buffet Dinner Viva Alangka Cruise: $27
  • Alangka Luxury Buffet Dinner Cruise With Live Music: $27
  • Chao Phraya River Serenade: VIVA Alangka Dinner Cruise, Bangkok: $28
  • Riverside Dinner Buffet Cruise On Chao Phraya: $29

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cartagena

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Cartagena.

  • Featured in NYTimes > Arepas and Dancing: Danceable Cooking Class in Cartagena: $32
  • Cooking Class In A Real Restaurant At Old City: $38
  • Cooking class of typical food at the beach and sunset view: $39
  • Taste Cartagena Food tour: $40
  • Street Food Tour in Cartagena: $42
  • Guided Street Food Tour with Tastings: $42
  • Street Food Cooking Class, Mojito making & Fruit tasting: $50
  • Cooking class, Caribbean lunch at our place: $51
  • Cruise by the Bay with Dinner and Wine: $55
  • Dinner Cruise Along Cartagena's Bay: $60
  • Cooking class: Street Food & Mojito making: $60
  • Street food tour: $61

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Bangkok $16
    Cartagena $20
Typical Entertainment Prices in Bangkok

Here are a few typical costs in Bangkok for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:


  • Movie Ticket
    $4.39
  • Grand Palace Entrance Ticket
    $9.60
  • Wat Pho (Reclining Buddha) Ticket
    $1.37
  • Dusit Zoo Entrance Fee (for Two)
    $5.49
  • Club Cover Charge
    $10
  • Thai Boxing Tickets (for Two)
    $66
  • Fish Pedicure
    $4.11
  • Wat Pho entrance ticket
    $2.74
  • Siriraj Museum (2)
    $11

Tours and Activities in Bangkok

Here are a few actual costs in Bangkok for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Thailand's Road to Democracy: A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $1.99
  • Bangkok Chinatown Eats: A Self-guided Audio Tour: $5.13
  • Road to Democracy: A Self-Guided Audio Tour of Thailand's Modern Politics: $5.20
  • Skip the Line Admission Ticket: Ayutthaya Floating Market: $5.49
  • A Self-Guided Tour of Bangkok's Most Picturesque Sights: $6.99
  • Bangkok's Old Town: A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $6.99
  • Chinatown Mystery Quest Experience in Bangkok: $7.23
  • Best of Bangkok in 2 Days: A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $7.98
  • Bangkok's Wireless Road: A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $7.99
  • Skip the Line Admission Ticket of Ayothaya Floating Market: $8.56
  • Pororo Aqua Park Entry Ticket: $9.64
  • Wat Pho Reclining Buddha Self-Guided Audio Tour (entry not incl.): $10

Tours and Activities in Cartagena

Here are a few actual costs in Cartagena for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Bay Tour by Sports Boat: $0.03
  • Cartagena de Indias: A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $5.99
  • Into the Walls of The City: A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $5.99
  • Self-Guided Audio Tour - The Great Battle: Fort of San Felipe: $6.99
  • Artists' Quarter Getsemani Self-guided Tour: $8.60
  • Old Town & Getsemani Quarter Self-guided Tour: $8.60
  • Old Town Highlights Self-guided Tour: $8.60
  • Tour the city on a rumba in a typical bus: $9.05
  • Barù Island Playa Blanca with tourist guide: $9.51
  • Self-Guided Audio Tour of Getsemaní Neighborhood: $10
  • Self-Guided Audio Tour - Legends of the Streets of Downtown : $10
  • Self-Guided Audio Tour: The Rise of the Wall City Part I: $10

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Bangkok $6.00
    Cartagena $8.78
Typical Alcohol Prices in Bangkok

Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Bangkok are as follows:


  • Beer
    $1.10

Sample the Local Flavors in Bangkok

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Bangkok:

  • The Bangkok Pub Crawl: $20

Sample the Local Flavors in Cartagena

Also in Cartagena, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Pub Crawl Getsemaní: $18
  • Pub Crawl with Dancing Lessons and Free Shots: $19
  • Cartagena Pub Crawl: Let's Party & Matching in Getsemaní: $21
  • Friday Night Bar Crawl in Cartagena, Colombia: $23
  • Saturday Night Bar Crawl in Cartagena, Colombia: $23
  • Thursday Night Bar Crawl in Cartagena, Colombia: $25
  • Pub Crawl Only Locals Have Fun In The Walled City: $35
  • Pub Crawl Nightlife in Cartagena : $44
  • Get the Nightlife Vibe & Bar crawl: $57
  • Nightlife Pub crawl in Cartagena: $64
  • Pub Crawl: $70


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Bangkok and Cartagena, we can see that Bangkok is more expensive. And not only is Cartagena much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Bangkok is in Asia and Cartagena is in South America, this is one of the main reasons why the costs are so different, as different regions of the world tend to have overall different travel costs. So, traveling to Cartagena would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Cartagena and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Bangkok would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Bangkok than you might in Cartagena.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Bangkok Expensive? and Is Cartagena Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Bangkok or Cartagena?

Bangkok has a larger population, and is about 5 times larger than the population of Cartagena. When comparing the sizes of Bangkok and Cartagena, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.


When is the best time to visit Bangkok or Cartagena?

Both destinations experience a warmer climate with nice weather most of the year. Instead of summer and winter seasons, they usually have a rainy season and a dry season.

Should I visit Bangkok or Cartagena in the Summer?

Both Cartagena and Bangkok are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities. The warm climate attracts visitors to Bangkok throughout the year. Plenty of visitors come to Cartagena because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year.

It's quite rainy in Bangkok. In July, Bangkok usually receives more rain than Cartagena. Bangkok gets 155 mm (6.1 in) of rain, while Cartagena receives 60 mm (2.4 in) of rain each month for the summer.

It's quite sunny in Cartagena. Bangkok usually receives less sunshine than Cartagena during summer. Bangkok gets 176 hours of sunny skies, while Cartagena receives 207 hours of full sun in the summer.

In the summer, Bangkok is around the same temperature as Cartagena. Typically, the summer temperatures in Bangkok in July average around 29°C (84°F), and Cartagena averages at about 29°C (84°F).


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Bangkok 29°C (84°F) 
    Cartagena 29°C (84°F)

Should I visit Bangkok or Cartagena in the Autumn?

Both Cartagena and Bangkok during the autumn are popular places to visit. Plenty of visitors come to Bangkok because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Cartagena year-round.

November to February is the dry season in Bangkok. May to October is the rainy season in Bangkok. Cartagena gets a good bit of rain this time of year. It rains a lot this time of the year in Bangkok. Bangkok usually gets more rain in October than Cartagena. Bangkok gets 242 mm (9.5 in) of rain, while Cartagena receives 150 mm (5.9 in) of rain this time of the year.

It's quite sunny in Bangkok. In the autumn, Bangkok often gets more sunshine than Cartagena. Bangkok gets 206 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Cartagena receives 175 hours of full sun.

In October, Bangkok is generally around the same temperature as Cartagena. Daily temperatures in Bangkok average around 28°C (83°F), and Cartagena fluctuates around 27°C (81°F).


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Bangkok 28°C (83°F) 
    Cartagena 27°C (81°F)

Should I visit Bangkok or Cartagena in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Bangkok and Cartagena. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Bangkok year-round. Cartagena attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate.

November to February in Bangkok is the dry season. In January, Bangkok usually receives less rain than Cartagena. Bangkok gets 9 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Cartagena receives 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain each month for the winter.

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Cartagena this time of the year. In Bangkok, it's very sunny this time of the year. Bangkok usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Cartagena during winter. Bangkok gets 276 hours of sunny skies, while Cartagena receives 278 hours of full sun in the winter.

Bangkok is around the same temperature as Cartagena in the winter. The daily temperature in Bangkok averages around 27°C (80°F) in January, and Cartagena fluctuates around 27°C (81°F).


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Bangkok 27°C (80°F) 
    Cartagena 27°C (81°F)

Should I visit Bangkok or Cartagena in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Bangkok as well as Cartagena. Bangkok attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate. The warm climate attracts visitors to Cartagena throughout the year.

May to October in Bangkok is the rainy season. Bangkok usually gets more rain in April than Cartagena. Bangkok gets 65 mm (2.6 in) of rain, while Cartagena receives 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain this time of the year.

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Cartagena. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Bangkok this time of the year. In the spring, Bangkok often gets more sunshine than Cartagena. Bangkok gets 262 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Cartagena receives 209 hours of full sun.

In the spring, Bangkok is around the same temperature as Cartagena. Typically, the spring temperatures in Bangkok in April average around 31°C (87°F), and Cartagena averages at about 28°C (82°F).


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Bangkok 31°C (87°F) 
    Cartagena 28°C (82°F)

Typical Weather for Cartagena and Bangkok

Bangkok Cartagena
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 27°C (80°F) 9 mm (0.4 in) 27°C (81°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Feb 28°C (82°F) 30 mm (1.2 in) 27°C (81°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Mar 29°C (85°F) 29 mm (1.1 in) 27°C (81°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Apr 31°C (87°F) 65 mm (2.6 in) 28°C (82°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
May 30°C (86°F) 220 mm (8.7 in) 29°C (84°F) 50 mm (2 in)
Jun 29°C (85°F) 149 mm (5.9 in) 29°C (84°F) 70 mm (2.8 in)
Jul 29°C (84°F) 155 mm (6.1 in) 29°C (84°F) 60 mm (2.4 in)
Aug 29°C (84°F) 197 mm (7.8 in) 28°C (82°F) 80 mm (3.1 in)
Sep 28°C (83°F) 344 mm (13.5 in) 29°C (84°F) 80 mm (3.1 in)
Oct 28°C (83°F) 242 mm (9.5 in) 27°C (81°F) 150 mm (5.9 in)
Nov 27°C (81°F) 48 mm (1.9 in) 28°C (82°F) 60 mm (2.4 in)
Dec 26°C (79°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 27°C (81°F) 30 mm (1.2 in)