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

Should you visit Bangkok or Santiago?

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 Santiago 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 Santiago?

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.

Santiago

Santiago is the capital city of Chile. It is centrally located in the long and narrow country, making it a good jumping off point to explore everywhere else. It's convenient location means that you can go skiing in the Andes one day, and hang out at the beach the next.

Santiago has a cool semi-arid climate that is similar to Mediterranean climates. The summers, which are between November and March, are warm and dry. The temperatures climb to around 95 degrees Fahrenheit. The winters, between June and August, are humid with cold mornings. The daily highs are around 55 degrees Fahrenheit and the lows stay a few degrees above freezing. Rain is more common in the winter months and the dry season is between December and March.

Which city is cheaper, Santiago or Bangkok?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Bangkok is $60, while the average daily cost in Santiago is $117. 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 city. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Bangkok and Santiago in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Bangkok $33
    Santiago $91
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Bangkok $66
    Santiago $182
Compare Hotels in Bangkok and Santiago

Looking for a hotel in Bangkok or Santiago? 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 Santiago


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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 Santiago Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Bangkok $4.03
    Santiago $4.48
Typical Local Transportation prices in Bangkok

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


  • Tuk Tuk to bus station
    $2.24
  • Skytrain Ticket
    $4.48
  • Chao Phraya River Express Ticket
    $0.90
  • Ferry Ride
    $0.73
  • Taxi From Airport
    $7.00
  • Short Taxi Ride
    $2.52
  • Boat Taxi
    $1.40
  • Trains to airport
    $4.48

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bangkok

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bangkok:

  • Bangkok Airport Departure – Shared Transfer: $12
  • Bangkok Airport Private Transfer (Suvarnabhumi Airport): $13
  • Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport Arrival Transfer (Shared or Private): $13
  • Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport Departure Transfer (Shared or Pvt): $13
  • Airport Transfer from Trang Airport to Hotels: $13
  • Bangkok To Pattaya Transfer Service: $14
  • Bangkok Airport Arrival – Shared Transfer: $15
  • Bangkok Airport Private Transfer (Don Mueang Int'l Airport): $15
  • Private Airport Transfer: Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) to Bangkok: $16
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Bangkok to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK): $16
  • Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Shared Arrival Transfer: $17
  • Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Shared Departure Transfer: $17

Typical Local Transportation prices in Santiago

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


  • Metro Ride
    $1.17

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Santiago

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Santiago:

  • Airport Transfer: $200
  • Arrival Private Transfer Santiago Airport SCL to Santiago in an Executive SUV: $46
  • Arrival Private Transfer Santiago Airport SCL to Santiago in an Luxury Van: $71
  • Departure Private Transfers : Santiago to Santiago Airport SCL in Business Car: $73
  • Departure Private Transfers : Santiago to Santiago Airport SCL in Luxury Van: $96
  • From Concha y Toro Winery Tour with Transfer: $48
  • Maipo Valley Wine Tour, Concha y Toro, Private Transfer from Santiago: $161
  • Premium Ski resort transfer: $250
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Santiago de Chile to Santiago Int. Airport (SCL): $28
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Airport to Hotel in Santiago: $27
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Santiago de Chile Airport to Santiago City: $28
  • Private Departure Transfer from Santiago City to Santiago de Chile Airport: $28

Is it cheaper to fly into Bangkok or Santiago?

Prices for flights to both Santiago 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 $15
    Santiago $11
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)
    $5.60
  • 2 Rotis (Bread)
    $1.26
  • Mango & Sticky Rice
    $0.84
  • Lunch at KFC (for Two)
    $5.60
  • Pad Thai
    $1.96
  • Airport Lunch for 2
    $15
  • Lunch for 2
    $21

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bangkok

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

  • Silom Village Authentic Thai Dinner and Performance Ticket: $17
  • Luxurious Afternoon Tea or Dinner at the Erawan Tea Rooms: $26
  • Skip the Line: Baiyoke Sky Hotel Observation Deck Ticket with Lunch or Dinner: $26
  • Bangkok Thai Classical Dance with Thai Set Dinner Ticket: $27
  • 2-Hour Dinner & Shows on White Orchid River Cruise: $30
  • Bangkok Calypso Cabaret Show With Optional Dinner & Transfers: $31
  • Bangkok Calypso Cabaret Show Tour With Optional Dinner.: $31
  • Skip the Line:Bangkok Calypso Cabaret Show Ticket w/(optional) Dinner &Transfers: $32
  • Dinner Cruise on Chao Phraya River in Bangkok (Optional Transfers): $34
  • Bangkok Dinner Cruise on Chao Phraya River: $34
  • Bangkok White Orchid Dinner Cruise: $34
  • Bangkok Dinner Cruise on the Chao Phraya River: $34

Typical Food prices in Santiago

Some typical examples of dining costs in Santiago are as follows:


  • Empanada
    $1.95
  • Hamburger
    $2.59
  • Dinner
    $27

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Santiago

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

  • Dinner at a Typical Chilean Restaurant with a Traditional Dance Show in Santiago: $73
  • Chilean Dinner and Show Experience in Santiago: $77
  • ChileCooks - Food Tours: $91
  • Traditional Dinner Show in Santiago: $96
  • Bali Hai Dinner & Show Including Transport: $97
  • Traditional Chilean Show with Dinner and Private Transportation in Santiago: $107
  • Chilean Folklore Show and Dinner with Private Transport: $110
  • Small-Group Night City Tour: San Cristobal Hill and Dinner Show: $116
  • Small-Group Tour: Night City Tour with Santa Lucia Hill and Dinner Show: $116
  • Private Market Tour and Traditional Chilean Cooking Class in a Local Home: $117
  • Small group Night City Tour With dinner including wine pairing and National Food: $130
  • Bali Hai Dinner Show in Santiago de Chile: $130

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Bangkok $11
    Santiago $39
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
    $4.48
  • Grand Palace Entrance Ticket
    $9.81
  • Wat Pho (Reclining Buddha) Ticket
    $1.40
  • Dusit Zoo Entrance Fee (for Two)
    $5.60
  • Club Cover Charge
    $11
  • Thai Boxing Tickets (for Two)
    $67
  • Fish Pedicure
    $4.20
  • Wat Pho entrance ticket
    $2.80
  • Siriraj Museum (2)
    $11

Tours and Activities in Bangkok

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

  • Old Bangkok Instagram Tour: $4.70
  • Road to Democracy Audio Tour: Discover Thailand's volatile modern politics: $5.00
  • Red Lights, Hummus, and a Beer Stop or Three: Audio Tour of Nana by VoiceMap: $5.13
  • Bangkok Chinatown Eats Self-guided Walking and Eating Tour by VoiceMap: $5.13
  • Samut Prakan: Erawan Museum Discounted Admission Ticket: $9.39
  • Kids Special: Bangkok Fantasia Lagoon Water Park Tickets: $10
  • Bangkok Calypso Cabaret Show Ticket: $10
  • Art in Paradise Bangkok Entrance (Ticket Only): $10
  • Calypso Cabaret Show Ticket in Bangkok: $10
  • 1-Hour Guided Patpong Museum Tour: $11
  • Art in Paradise Bangkok Tickets: $12
  • The Patpong Museum Bangkok Ticket: $14

Tours and Activities in Santiago

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Santiago are as follows:

  • Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino Admission Ticket: $14
  • "Tour Tradicional" Viña Cousiño Macul Oficial español: $18
  • "Tour Tradicional" Viña Cousiño Macul Oficial portugués: $18
  • Cousiño Macul Official Winery Tour with Tasting: $18
  • Santiago City Tour SCL & Santa Lucía Hill: $25
  • Half-Day Small-Group Panoramic Santiago Tour: $27
  • Santiago City Tour: $27
  • Small-Group Tour to Valle Nevado and Farellones from Santiago: $30
  • Half Day Guided City Tour in Santiago - Small Groups - Multi Language: $30
  • Welcome to Private Tour with a Local: $30
  • Santiago Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $32
  • Walking tour "Popular flavors of Chile": $33

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Bangkok $6.68
    Santiago $6.96
Typical Alcohol prices in Bangkok

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


  • Beer
    $1.12

Sample the Local Flavors in Santiago

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

  • Traditional Wine Tour in Viña Cousiño Macul Official English: $18
  • "Premium Wine Tour" Viña Cousiño Macul Oficial portugués: $30
  • Premium Wine Tour in Viña Cousiño Macul Spanish official: $30
  • "Premium Wine Tour" Viña Cousiño Macul Official english: $30
  • Half Day Trip to Undurraga Vineyard from Santiago - Wine Tasting Included: $40
  • Half Day Trip to Concha y Toro Vineyard from Santiago - Wine Tasting Included: $45
  • Concha y Toro Traditional Wine Tour from Santiago: $45
  • Half Day Trip to Santa Rita Vineyard from Santiago - Wine Tasting Included: $50
  • Half Day Trip to Cousiño Macul Vineyard from Santiago - Wine Tasting Included: $55
  • half day wine tour to concha y toro from Santiago seasonal offer: $57
  • Concha y Toro Marques Wine Tour from Santiago: $64
  • Premium Wine Tasting in Santiago de Chile: $71


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Bangkok and Santiago, we can see that Santiago is more expensive. And not only is Bangkok much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Bangkok is in Asia and Santiago 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 Bangkok would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Bangkok 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 Santiago would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Santiago than you might in Bangkok.


When is the best time to visit Bangkok or Santiago?

Santiago has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, but Bangkok experiences a tropical climate with fairly warm weather most of the year.

Should I visit Bangkok or Santiago in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Bangkok and Santiago. Plenty of visitors come to Bangkok because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year.

In the summer, Bangkok is a little warmer than Santiago. Typically, the summer temperatures in Bangkok in July are around 29°C (84°F), and Santiago is about 21°C (70°F)in January.

Bangkok gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In July, Bangkok usually receives more rain than Santiagoin January. Bangkok gets 155 mm (6.1 in) of rain, while Santiago receives 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July and January
    Bangkok 29°C (84°F) 
    Santiago 21°C (70°F)

Should I visit Bangkok or Santiago in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Bangkok as well as Santiago. Bangkok attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate.

In October, Bangkok is generally much warmer than Santiagoin April. Temperatures in Bangkok average around 28°C (83°F), and Santiago stays around 15°C (59°F).

Bangkok receives a lot of rain in the autumn. Bangkok usually gets more rain in October than Santiagoin April. Bangkok gets 242 mm (9.5 in) of rain, while Santiago receives 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain this time of the year. Also, November to February in Bangkok is the dry season. May to October in Bangkok is the rainy season.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October and April
    Bangkok 28°C (83°F) 
    Santiago 15°C (59°F)

Should I visit Bangkok or Santiago in the Winter?

Both Santiago and Bangkok are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Bangkok throughout the year.

Bangkok is much warmer than Santiago in the winter. The temperature in Bangkok is usually 27°C (80°F) in January, and Santiago stays around 9°C (48°F)in July.

In January, Bangkok usually receives less rain than Santiagoin July. Bangkok gets 9 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Santiago receives 80 mm (3.1 in) of rain each month for the winter. The dry season in Bangkok is November to February.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January and July
    Bangkok 27°C (80°F) 
    Santiago 9°C (48°F)

Should I visit Bangkok or Santiago in the Spring?

Both Santiago and Bangkok during the spring are popular places to visit. Plenty of visitors come to Bangkok because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year.

In the spring, Bangkok is much warmer than Santiago. Typically, the spring temperatures in Bangkok in April are around 31°C (87°F), and Santiago is about 15°C (59°F)in October.

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


  • Spring Average Temperatures April and October
    Bangkok 31°C (87°F) 
    Santiago 15°C (59°F)

Typical Weather for Santiago and Bangkok

Bangkok Santiago
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 27°C (80°F) 9 mm (0.4 in) 21°C (70°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Feb 28°C (82°F) 30 mm (1.2 in) 20°C (68°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Mar 29°C (85°F) 29 mm (1.1 in) 18°C (64°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Apr 31°C (87°F) 65 mm (2.6 in) 15°C (59°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
May 30°C (86°F) 220 mm (8.7 in) 12°C (54°F) 50 mm (2 in)
Jun 29°C (85°F) 149 mm (5.9 in) 9°C (48°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
Jul 29°C (84°F) 155 mm (6.1 in) 9°C (48°F) 80 mm (3.1 in)
Aug 29°C (84°F) 197 mm (7.8 in) 10°C (50°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
Sep 28°C (83°F) 344 mm (13.5 in) 12°C (54°F) 20 mm (0.8 in)
Oct 28°C (83°F) 242 mm (9.5 in) 15°C (59°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Nov 27°C (81°F) 48 mm (1.9 in) 17°C (63°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Dec 26°C (79°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 20°C (68°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)


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