A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Bangkok vs. Tokyo

Should you visit Bangkok or Tokyo?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Bangkok and Tokyo can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

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.

Tokyo

Tokyo, the capital of Japan, is by far the most populous city in the world with a staggering 37 million people. As a worldwide hub for technology and business, it hosts millions of visitors annually. But Tokyo is not just a place for business trips. With its incredible mixture of historical temples and shrines, remarkably beautiful parks, endless shopping malls, and genuinely wonderful people, Tokyo is a terrific place to visit and to explore.

Which city is cheaper, Tokyo or Bangkok?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Bangkok is $67, while the average daily cost in Tokyo is $177. 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. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Bangkok and Tokyo in more detail.



Accommodation

The average price for accommodation for two people in Bangkok is $72. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.

An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $166 in Tokyo For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Bangkok $36
    Tokyo $83
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Bangkok $72
    Tokyo $166

Food

The average traveler spends about $16 per day in Bangkok for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.

The price of a meal in Tokyo can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $41 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $16 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Bangkok $16
    Tokyo $41
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)
    $29
  • Casual Lunch of Prawns (for Two)
    $6.36
  • 2 Rotis (Bread)
    $1.43
  • Mango & Sticky Rice
    $0.95
  • Lunch at KFC (for Two)
    $6.36
  • Pad Thai
    $2.23
  • Airport Lunch for 2
    $17
  • Lunch for 2
    $24

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
  • Baiyoke Observation Deck with Lunch/Dinner Buffet: $23
  • 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
  • Bangkok Calypso Cabaret Show Tour With Optional Dinner.: $31
  • Bangkok Calypso Cabaret Show With Optional Dinner & Transfers: $31
  • 2-Hour Dinner & Shows on White Orchid River Cruise: $32
  • Skip the Line:Bangkok Calypso Cabaret Show Ticket w/(optional) Dinner &Transfers: $32
  • Bangkok Dinner Cruise on Chao Phraya River: $34
  • Dinner Cruise on Chao Phraya River in Bangkok (Optional Transfers): $34
  • Bangkok White Orchid Dinner Cruise: $34

Typical Food prices in Tokyo

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Tokyo:


  • Late Night Noodles
    $7.26
  • Conveyor Belt Sushi Snack
    $7.26
  • Meal at Airport
    $9.46

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Tokyo

For Tokyo, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • West-Side Walking & Street Food Tour: $45
  • West-Side Cycling and Food Tour with Guide: $65
  • Wagyu & Kaiseki Cooking Class: $73
  • Tempura Cooking Class at Japan Culinary School: $74
  • 2-Hour Tokyo Bay Dinner Cruise and Oiran Show: $78
  • Unique Private Cooking Class with a Tokyo Local Emi: $78
  • Cook & Enjoy Japanese Home-Style Cooking: $79
  • Wagashi Japanese Sweets Cooking Experience: $79
  • Local Food Tour on Sunamachi Ginza Street: $90
  • Vegan and Organic Food Tour: $92
  • Private Ramen and Gyoza Cooking Class from Central Tokyo: $108
  • Private Japanese Cooking Class in a Local Home: $108

Local Transportation

The cost of a taxi ride in Bangkok is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $4.57 per person, per day, on local transportation in Bangkok.

Tokyo's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend $22 per person, per day on transportation in Tokyo.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Bangkok $4.57
    Tokyo $22
Typical Local Transportation prices in Bangkok

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


  • Tuk Tuk to bus station
    $2.54
  • Skytrain Ticket
    $5.09
  • Chao Phraya River Express Ticket
    $1.02
  • Ferry Ride
    $0.83
  • Taxi From Airport
    $7.95
  • Short Taxi Ride
    $2.86
  • Boat Taxi
    $1.59
  • Trains to airport
    $5.09

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bangkok

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bangkok:

  • To/From Pattaya 1-Way Private Luxury Transfers: $257
  • Private Transfer from Bangkok to Chiang Rai with 2h of Sightseeing: $220
  • Moto GP Private Transfer Bangkok To Chang International Circuit: $218
  • Private Transfer Laem Chabang/Bangkok: $212
  • Private Transfer from Bangkok to Krabi with 2h of Sightseeing: $205
  • Private Transfer from Don Muang Airport to Koh Chang Hotel: $199
  • Private Transfer from Bangkok Airport to Koh Chang hotel: $193
  • Elephant Haven Kanchanaburi with Private Transfer from Bangkok: $192
  • Elephant World Sanctuary with private transfer trip from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi: $191
  • Private Transfer from Bangkok to Chiang Mai with 2h of Sightseeing: $190
  • Bangkok International Airport Private Transfer to Hotels in Koh Chang: $190
  • Bangkok Airport Private Transfer to Hotels in Trat: $190

Typical Local Transportation prices in Tokyo

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


  • Metro from Airport
    $18

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Tokyo

Also for Tokyo, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Departure Private Transfer from Tokyo City to Haneda Airport HND by Luxury Van: $187
  • Departure Private Transfer from Tokyo City to Haneda Airport HND by Minivan: $108
  • Departure Private Transfer from Tokyo City to Narita Airport NRT by Luxury Van: $302
  • Departure Private Transfer from Tokyo City to Narita Airport NRT by Minivan: $284
  • Disneyland or DisneySea: 1-Day Ticket and Private Transfer: $138
  • From Private Transfer to Twin Ring MOTEGI and Hiyama: $569
  • Haneda Airport Grand Limousine Transfer: $194
  • Haneda Airport to/from Tokyo City: Private One-Way Transfer: $129
  • Hello Kitty Puroland Ticket with Transfer: $35
  • Honshu, Japan: Luggage Transfer Between Accommodations: $28
  • Japan Railway Station Shared Departure Transfer : Tokyo City to Tokyo Station: $25
  • Japan Private Airport Transfer from Tokyo City to Haneda Airport (HND): $97

Entertainment

Entertainment and activities in Bangkok typically cost an average of $13 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Tokyo can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $79 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Bangkok $13
    Tokyo $79
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
    $5.09
  • Grand Palace Entrance Ticket
    $11
  • Wat Pho (Reclining Buddha) Ticket
    $1.59
  • Dusit Zoo Entrance Fee (for Two)
    $6.36
  • Club Cover Charge
    $12
  • Thai Boxing Tickets (for Two)
    $76
  • Fish Pedicure
    $4.77
  • Wat Pho entrance ticket
    $3.18
  • Siriraj Museum (2)
    $13

Tours and Activities in Bangkok

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

  • "Phra Nakorn Khiri and Kui Buri adventure in 1 day" (Private trip): $322
  • "Two Day one Night for River Kwai Adventure" (Private): $442
  • 04 DAYS CENTRAL HIGHLIGHTS - Joint Tour: $692
  • 1-day Bangkok Old Town Tuk Tuk Tour - Sawasdee Tuk Tuk: $102
  • 10 Hours Private Tour Ayuttaya: $140
  • 11-Day Thailand Tour to Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Phuket: $2,921
  • 12-Day Tour Through Cambodia from Bangkok to Saigon: $1,165
  • 2 Days Private Tour To Ayutthaya' World Heritage Site: $428
  • 2-Day River Kwai Experience from Bangkok: $262
  • 2-Day River Kwai Floathouse Experience from Bangkok: $346
  • 2-Day River Kwai Jungle Rafts Experience from Bangkok: $231
  • 2-Day River Kwai and Kanchanaburi Tour from Bangkok: $228

Tours and Activities in Tokyo

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Tokyo.

  • Samurai Spots in Tokyo Virtual Tour: $8.26
  • Palette Town’s Giant Sky Wheel Skip-the-Line Ticket: $9.49
  • 1-Hour River Cruise Asakusa to Odaiba: $11
  • Japanese Snacks You Should Try: Online Experience by Local Guide: $12
  • [Virtual Tour] Ghibli Spots in Japan: $12
  • [Virtual Tour] Japan: the bathing and Sento experience: $12
  • [Virtual Tour] Tokyo Highlights: $12
  • Virtual Tour to Discover Mount Fuji: $14
  • Tokyo Online: Virtual Experience in Shibuya and Shinjuku with a Local Expert: $14
  • Roppongi Hills: Tokyo City View Entrance Ticket: $14
  • Online Japanese Archery Experience: $15
  • Tokyo Online Tour All in One, With 10+ Top Sights!: $15

Alcohol

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Bangkok may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $7.59 per day on alcoholic beverages.

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Tokyo, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $36.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Bangkok $7.59
    Tokyo $36
Typical Alcohol prices in Bangkok

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


  • Beer
    $1.27

Sample the Local Flavors in Bangkok

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Bangkok:

  • 4-Hour Sukhumvit Bar Crawl: $7.50
  • 4-Hour Thonglor Bar Crawl: $20
  • Guided Bar Crawl: $21
  • From Khao Yai Wine Tasting by Bike: $359

Typical Alcohol prices in Tokyo

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


  • Sake
    $5.44

Sample the Local Flavors in Tokyo

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

  • Tokyo Pub Crawl: $22
  • Sake Brewery Tour with Sake Tasting: $307


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

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