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

Should you visit Bangkok or Quito?

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 Quito 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 Quito?


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.


Nestled between two mountain ranges lies the world's highest capital city, Quito, Ecuador. For history lovers, Quito is a very desirable destination as it's home to the Quito Historic Center – one of the largest and best-preserved historic centers in the Americas.

Even though Quito is full of people – in fact, it's the second most populous city in the country – very few of its inhabitants speak English. Luckily, however, the citizens of Quito tend to speak a slower and more clear Spanish than surrounding areas. This is the perfect place to practice what you read in your Intro to Spanish book.

Before visiting Quito, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, give yourself a few days to grow accustomed to the elevation. Staying 9,350 feet above sea level takes some getting used to. Second, don't be fooled into thinking that just because you're visiting a town on the equator that you'll need all your summer clothes. Because of the city's elevation, the area keeps a relatively cool climate year round.

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 Ecuador, and The Best Eco Tours in Ecuador.

Which place is cheaper, Quito 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 Quito is $52. 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 Quito in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Bangkok $41
    Quito $22
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Bangkok $82
    Quito $44
Compare Hotels in Bangkok and Quito

Looking for a hotel in Bangkok or Quito? 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 Quito

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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 Quito Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Bangkok $5.76
    Quito $6.99
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Bangkok

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

  • Tuk Tuk to bus station
  • Skytrain Ticket
  • Chao Phraya River Express Ticket
  • Ferry Ride
  • Taxi From Airport
  • Short Taxi Ride
  • Boat Taxi
  • Trains to airport

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bangkok

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bangkok:

  • BKK Airport to Pattaya hotel 100% Electric Private Transfer: $81
  • DMK Airport to Pattaya Private Arrival Transfer: $65
  • Affordable Bangkok Airport Transfer: $22
  • Ancient City (Mueang Boran) Entrance Tickets With Hotel Transfer: $44
  • Arrival Private Airport Transfer : Bangkok Airport to Hotel in Bangkok: $31
  • Arrival Private Transfer Bangkok Airport BKK or DMK to Bangkok City by Sedan Car: $17
  • Arrival Private Transfers: Don Mueang Airport DMK to Bangkok in Luxury Van: $82
  • Ayothaya Floating Market Admission Ticket with Transfer(Optional): $8.39
  • Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) Airport Transfer - Central Bangkok Hotel: $43
  • Bangkok Airport (DMK) to Bangkok - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $70
  • Bangkok Airport Arrival – Shared Transfer: $14
  • Bangkok Airport DMK to Kanchanaburi Round Trip Private Transfer: $94

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Quito

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Quito:

  • Taxi from Bus Terminal to Hotel

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Quito

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Quito:

  • Express Transfer: Mariscal Sucre Airport to Quito: $34
  • From Mindo Cloud Forest Day Trip with Transfer: $119
  • From Quilotoa Lake Private Tour with Transfer & Lunch: $145
  • Mariscal Sucre Airport to and from Quito Hotels Private Transfer : $45
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Airport to Quito - One Way: $21
  • Private Departure Transfer from Quito to the Airport - One Way: $21
  • Private Transfer IN from to the International Airport Mariscal Sucre to Quito: $48
  • Private Transfer Quito Airport To Quito City/hotel : $57
  • Private Transfer from Quito Airport : $25
  • Private Transfer from or to Quito Airport (one way): $20
  • Private Transfer in & out of the airport in Quito: $42
  • Private Transfer to Quito airport and hotel : $35

Is it cheaper to fly into Bangkok or Quito?

Prices for flights to both Quito 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 Meals for one day
    Bangkok $18
    Quito $20
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)
  • Casual Lunch of Prawns (for Two)
  • 2 Rotis (Bread)
  • Mango & Sticky Rice
  • Lunch at KFC (for Two)
  • Pad Thai
  • Airport Lunch for 2
  • Lunch for 2

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bangkok

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

  • Twilight Dinner Cruise Along Chao Phraya River in Bangkok: $25
  • Baiyoke Sky Hotel Observation Deck Ticket with Lunch or Dinner : $27
  • Baiyoke Sky Hotel Observation Deck Ticket With Dinner or Lunch: $28
  • Bangkok Riverside Dinner Buffet Cruised Tour On Chao Phraya: $29
  • Bangkok Meridian Dinner Cruise from ICONSIAM: $30
  • White Orchid Chao Phraya Dinner Cruise free Beer: $31
  • River Star Princess Dinner Cruise: Bangkok Chao Phraya River: $31
  • Night Join Tour Chao Phraya River Dinner Cruise Tour from Bangkok: $31
  • White Orchid River Dinner Cruise at Bangkok - Admission Ticket: $32
  • Amazing Sunset Dinner Cruise by Chao Phraya Princess (SHA Plus): $32
  • Amazing Sunset Dinner Cruise by Chao Phraya Princess (SHA Plus): $32
  • Luxury Alangka Dinner Cruise from Iconsiam or Asiatique in Bangkok: $33

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Quito

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

  • Old Town Highlights & Food Tour: $35
  • Guilty Pleasures Walking Food Tours in Quito: $45
  • Ecuador Food Tour: $69
  • Cooking class In-home space: $75
  • Cooking Class in Quito with Chef, Market Tour and Transportation: $88
  • Ecuadorian Cooking Class with a chef and Local Market: $89
  • Private Famous Food Tour of Historic Old Town in Quito: $95
  • Premium Cooking Class Quito Tour : $120
  • Ecuadorian Cooking Classes Rooftop (English): $120
  • Premium Cooking Class Quito Tour: $130
  • Cooking Class at the Andes & Roses: PRIVATE Day trip from Quito: $149
  • Quito Private & All Inclusive Cooking Class with Certified Chef: $235

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Bangkok $16
    Quito $16
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
  • Grand Palace Entrance Ticket
  • Wat Pho (Reclining Buddha) Ticket
  • Dusit Zoo Entrance Fee (for Two)
  • Club Cover Charge
  • Thai Boxing Tickets (for Two)
  • Fish Pedicure
  • Wat Pho entrance ticket
  • Siriraj Museum (2)

Tours and Activities in Bangkok

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

  • Bangkok Noi Canal: A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $5.20
  • Road to Democracy: A Self-Guided Audio Tour of Thailand's Modern Politics: $5.20
  • Skip the Line Admission Ticket: Ayutthaya Floating Market: $5.38
  • Chinatown Mystery Quest Experience in Bangkok: $7.10
  • Bangkok's Wireless Road: A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $7.99
  • Thailand eSIM Call & Text For Tourist And Travel: $8.44
  • Chinatown & Golden Buddha Self-Guided Audio Tour (entry not incl): $10
  • Nakhon Pathom Ancient Capital Classic Day Tour: $11
  • Erawan Museum in Bangkok Admission Ticket: $12
  • Grand Palace & Wat Phra Kaew Must-visit Guided Walking Tour: $12
  • Exquisite Culinary Experience At Baiyoke Sky Restaurant Bangkok: $13
  • Explore Brilliant Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour: $14

Typical Entertainment Prices in Quito

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

  • Entrance to Guyasimine Museum for Two

Tours and Activities in Quito

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

  • Skip the Line: La Compañia Church Admission Ticket: $6.00
  • Skip the Line: Capilla del Hombre and Guayasamin's Museum Ticket: $10
  • Middle of the World shuttle Tour: $14
  • 2.5-Hour City Bus Tour: $15
  • Quito, Historical Center: Express Walking Tour: $15
  • Quito City Tour Double Decker Bus: $15
  • Night Tour in Quito with free time at La Ronda Street: $15
  • Experience in COTOPAXI: $15
  • Middle of the World Tour with Tickets: $19
  • Quito at Night & Urban Legends Tour : $20
  • 1914 Original Trolley City Tour: $20
  • Intiñan Museum Small-Group Tour: $25

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Bangkok $5.96
    Quito $17
Typical Alcohol Prices in Bangkok

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

  • Beer

Typical Alcohol Prices in Quito

Here are a few samples of the prices for alcohol and nightlife in Quito from other travelers:

  • Beers for Two

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Bangkok and Quito, we can see that Bangkok is more expensive. And not only is Quito much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Bangkok is in Asia and Quito 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 Quito would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Quito 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 Quito.

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

Which is Bigger, Bangkok or Quito?

Bangkok has a larger population, and is about 4 times larger than the population of Quito. When comparing the sizes of Bangkok and Quito, 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.