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

Should you visit Bangkok or Sydney?

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 Sydney 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 Sydney?

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.

Sydney

Sydney, known as the harbour city, is the most famous and frequently visited city in Australia. It is at the economical and cultural heart of the country, and is one of the most beautiful and livable cities in the world. It's situated on the water with stunning views of the famous harbour throughout the city. It's most famous landmarks include the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It is also very close wonderful beaches, parks, and nature.

Which city is cheaper, Sydney or Bangkok?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Bangkok is $57, while the average daily cost in Sydney is $135. 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 Sydney in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Bangkok $31
    Sydney $78
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Bangkok $62
    Sydney $156
Compare Hotels in Bangkok and Sydney

Looking for a hotel in Bangkok or Sydney? 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


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Bangkok $3.83
    Sydney $12
Typical Local Transportation prices in Bangkok

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


  • Tuk Tuk to bus station
    $2.13
  • Skytrain Ticket
    $4.27
  • Chao Phraya River Express Ticket
    $0.85
  • Ferry Ride
    $0.69
  • Taxi From Airport
    $6.66
  • Short Taxi Ride
    $2.40
  • Boat Taxi
    $1.33
  • Trains to airport
    $4.27

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bangkok

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bangkok:

  • 6 Seater SUV transfer service between Bangkok airport and downtown Bangkok: $41
  • Airport Transfer from Trang Airport to Hotels: $13
  • Airport Transfer outside Bangkok: $87
  • Airport transfer to Bangkok downtown: $24
  • Amazing Muay Thai Show Bangkok include Transfer: $45
  • Amphawa Floating Market Day Tour Bangkok Private Transfer Roud Trip: $145
  • Arrival Private Airport Transfer : Bangkok Airport to Hotel in Bangkok: $37
  • Private Car Transfer Bangkok Airport (SUV-DMK) - Hua Hin Hotel: $91
  • Private Car Transfer Bangkok City - Hua Hin Hotel: $91
  • Private Car Transfer Bangkok City - Pattaya City: $51
  • Private Car Transfer Bangkok City Center - Donmaung Airport: $36
  • Private Car Transfer Bangkok City Center - Suvarnabhumi Airport: $36

Typical Local Transportation prices in Sydney

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Sydney:


  • Taxi Ride
    $13
  • Taxi to Airport
    $16

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Sydney

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Sydney:

  • 1-hour Sydney CBD to Sydney Airport Transfer in Party Limo: $435
  • Airport (YYZ) to City - Toronto Arrival Transfer: $5.00
  • Airport Shuttle Transfer from Sydney City to Sydney Airport: $13
  • Blue Mountains Limousine Transfer: $371
  • Departure Private Transfer Sydney to Sydney Airport SYD in Luxury Van: $100
  • Premium Sydney Airport (ARRIVAL) Transfer by People Mover: $99
  • Premium Sydney Airport (DEPARTURE) Transfer by People Mover: $107
  • Premium Sydney Airport (DEPARTURE) Transfer by People Mover: $89
  • Private 13 Seat Mini Bus Sydney CBD To BankWest Stadium Transfer: $236
  • Private 13 Seat Mini Bus Sydney CBD To Penrith Stadium Transfer: $284
  • Private 13 Seat Mini Bus Sydney CBD To Taronga Zoo Transfer: $157
  • Private 24 Seat Mini Bus Sydney CBD To BankWest Stadium Transfer: $268

Is it cheaper to fly into Bangkok or Sydney?

Prices for flights to both Sydney 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 $14
    Sydney $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)
    $24
  • Casual Lunch of Prawns (for Two)
    $5.33
  • 2 Rotis (Bread)
    $1.20
  • Mango & Sticky Rice
    $0.80
  • Lunch at KFC (for Two)
    $5.33
  • Pad Thai
    $1.87
  • 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.

  • 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 Sydney

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


  • Tea
    $2.61
  • Lunch Special
    $9.79
  • Food/Drink Coogie Beach
    $9.79
  • Meat Pies
    $3.26

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Sydney

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

  • Retro Dinner Cruise on Sydney Harbour: $59
  • Dinner Christmas Party! Nov&Dec: $62
  • Vivid Dinner Cruise Sydney Harbour: $63
  • Latino Dinner Cruise on Sydney Harbour: $67
  • Harbour Dinner Cruise with 3 or 6-Course Menu: $71
  • Valentine's Day Dinner Cruise with live Brazilian show on Sydney Harbour: $78
  • Sydney Harbour Sunset Dinner Cruise: $78
  • Tall Ship Harbour Twilight Dinner Cruise: $79
  • Australia Day Dinner and Fireworks Cruise on Sydney Harbour: $103
  • Harbor Cruise with 3-Course Premium Dinner: $123
  • Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise: $126
  • Sydney Harbour Gold Penfolds Dinner Cruise: $197

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Bangkok $11
    Sydney $25
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
    $4.27
  • Grand Palace Entrance Ticket
    $9.33
  • Wat Pho (Reclining Buddha) Ticket
    $1.33
  • Dusit Zoo Entrance Fee (for Two)
    $5.33
  • Club Cover Charge
    $10.00
  • Thai Boxing Tickets (for Two)
    $64
  • Fish Pedicure
    $4.00
  • Wat Pho entrance ticket
    $2.67
  • 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

Typical Entertainment prices in Sydney

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


  • Theatre Show
    $29
  • Sydney Tower Visit (for 2)
    $30
  • Blue Mountain Tour/Featherdale Park (for 2)
    $124
  • Powerhouse Museum
    $9.82

Tours and Activities in Sydney

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

  • Chinese Garden General Admission Ticket: $6.32
  • MultiDay Tour - Test for Booking.com: $6.90
  • Standard Tour 3 - Test for Booking.com: $6.90
  • Sydney Jewish Museum General Entry Ticket: $12
  • Sydney Opera House Guided Digital Tour: $14
  • Australian National Maritime Museum: All-Inclusive Ticket: $18
  • Sydney Tower Eye Ticket: $20
  • Australian National Maritime Museum Entry Ticket - See it All: $20
  • Sydney Sightseeing Bus Tour with Bondi Beach: $22
  • Cake and pastry walking tour - Sydney: $24
  • Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) and Museum Walking Tour: $24
  • True Crime Tour: $25

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Bangkok $6.36
    Sydney $12
Typical Alcohol prices in Bangkok

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


  • Beer
    $1.07

Typical Alcohol prices in Sydney

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Sydney:


  • Wine
    $10

Sample the Local Flavors in Sydney

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Sydney:

  • Urban Winery Wine Tasting Tour with Cheese Platter: $61
  • Brewery, Winery, and Distillery Tasting Tour: $112
  • Northern Beaches Brewery Tour and Tasting: $123
  • Small-Group Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tour from Sydney: $130
  • Hunter Valley Wine Tour from Sydney with Lunch and 3 Cellar Door Tastings: $138
  • Hunter Valley Small Group Luxury Wine Tasting Tour from Sydney: $138
  • Sip n Savour: Southern Highlands Premium Wine Tour from Sydney: $154
  • Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tour from Sydney: $157
  • Wine Tours Sydney - Southern Highlands Day Escape, Full Day Wine Tasting Tour: $217
  • Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Small Group: Cheese, Choc, Lunch, from Sydney+Hunter: $217
  • Hunter Valley Wine Tour from Sydney | Private Sydney Wine Tour: $356
  • Hunter Valley Highlights Private Wine Tour from Sydney: $387


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Bangkok and Sydney, we can see that Sydney 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 Sydney is in Pacific, 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 Sydney would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Sydney than you might in Bangkok.


When is the best time to visit Bangkok or Sydney?

Sydney 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 Sydney in the Summer?

Both Sydney and Bangkok are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities. Bangkok attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate.

In July, Bangkok is generally a little warmer than Sydneyin January. Temperatures in Bangkok average around 29°C (84°F), and Sydney stays around 23°C (73°F).

It's quite sunny in Sydney. Bangkok usually receives less sunshine than Sydney during summer. At this time of the year, Bangkok gets 176 hours of sunny skies, while Sydney receives 236 hours of full sun.

It rains a lot this time of the year in Sydney. It's quite rainy in Bangkok. In July, Bangkok usually receives more rain than Sydneyin January. At this time of the year, Bangkok gets 155 mm (6.1 in) of rain, while Sydney receives 116 mm (4.6 in) of rain.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July and January
    Bangkok 29°C (84°F) 
    Sydney 23°C (73°F)

Should I visit Bangkok or Sydney in the Autumn?

Both Sydney and Bangkok during the autumn are popular places to visit. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Bangkok throughout the year.

Bangkok is much warmer than Sydney in the autumn. The temperature in Bangkok is usually 28°C (83°F) in October, and Sydney stays around 19°C (65°F)in April.

It's quite sunny in Bangkok. In the autumn, Bangkok often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Sydneyin April. Bangkok gets 206 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Sydney receives 195 hours of full sun.

Sydney 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 Sydneyin April. Bangkok gets 242 mm (9.5 in) of rain, while Sydney receives 120 mm (4.7 in) of rain this time of the year. November to February is the dry season in Bangkok. May to October is the rainy season in Bangkok.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October and April
    Bangkok 28°C (83°F) 
    Sydney 19°C (65°F)

Should I visit Bangkok or Sydney in the Winter?

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

In the winter, Bangkok is much warmer than Sydney. Typically, the winter temperatures in Bangkok in January are around 27°C (80°F), and Sydney is about 12°C (53°F)in July.

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Sydney this time of the year. In Bangkok, it's very sunny this time of the year. Bangkok usually receives more sunshine than Sydney during winter. At this time of the year, Bangkok gets 276 hours of sunny skies, while Sydney receives 208 hours of full sun.

In January, Bangkok usually receives less rain than Sydneyin July. At this time of the year, Bangkok gets 9 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Sydney receives 54 mm (2.1 in) of rain. November to February in Bangkok is the dry season.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January and July
    Bangkok 27°C (80°F) 
    Sydney 12°C (53°F)

Should I visit Bangkok or Sydney in the Spring?

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

In April, Bangkok is generally much warmer than Sydneyin October. Temperatures in Bangkok average around 31°C (87°F), and Sydney stays around 18°C (64°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Sydney. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Bangkok this time of the year. In the spring, Bangkok often gets more sunshine than Sydneyin October. Bangkok gets 262 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Sydney receives 240 hours of full sun.

Bangkok usually gets less rain in April than Sydneyin October. Bangkok gets 65 mm (2.6 in) of rain, while Sydney receives 79 mm (3.1 in) of rain this time of the year. May to October in Bangkok is the rainy season.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April and October
    Bangkok 31°C (87°F) 
    Sydney 18°C (64°F)

Typical Weather for Sydney and Bangkok

Bangkok Sydney
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 27°C (80°F) 9 mm (0.4 in) 23°C (73°F) 116 mm (4.6 in)
Feb 28°C (82°F) 30 mm (1.2 in) 23°C (73°F) 113 mm (4.4 in)
Mar 29°C (85°F) 29 mm (1.1 in) 21°C (70°F) 148 mm (5.8 in)
Apr 31°C (87°F) 65 mm (2.6 in) 19°C (65°F) 120 mm (4.7 in)
May 30°C (86°F) 220 mm (8.7 in) 15°C (60°F) 88 mm (3.5 in)
Jun 29°C (85°F) 149 mm (5.9 in) 13°C (55°F) 128 mm (5 in)
Jul 29°C (84°F) 155 mm (6.1 in) 12°C (53°F) 54 mm (2.1 in)
Aug 29°C (84°F) 197 mm (7.8 in) 13°C (55°F) 90 mm (3.5 in)
Sep 28°C (83°F) 344 mm (13.5 in) 15°C (59°F) 60 mm (2.4 in)
Oct 28°C (83°F) 242 mm (9.5 in) 18°C (64°F) 79 mm (3.1 in)
Nov 27°C (81°F) 48 mm (1.9 in) 20°C (67°F) 101 mm (4 in)
Dec 26°C (79°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 22°C (71°F) 81 mm (3.2 in)


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