A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Bogota vs. La Paz

Should you visit Bogota or La Paz?

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Bogota or La Paz, this travel cost comparison can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Bogota

Sprawling across a high altitude in the Columbian Andes region, Bogota is the capital city of Columbia. It is a mix of the old and new with century-old plazas and churches shadowed by towering skyscrapers, museums representing the history, art, and culture of the region, as well as a mix of distinct neighborhoods from quaint and historic to trendy and contemporary.

La Paz

La Paz, the administrative capital of Bolivia, has a breathtaking setting. The city is the highest national capital in the world, with an altitude ranging from about 4,058 m (13,313 ft) above sea level in El Alto, where the airport is located, to 3,100 m (10,170 ft) in the lower residential area. The dynamic and chaotic city was built in a canyon created by the Choqueyapu River. La Paz is now a fusion of architectural styles, cultures and beliefs, welcoming everyday new boutique hotels, modern shops, delicious restaurants and reinventing standing establishments. However, generally speaking, Bolivia remains more a backpacker hit than a mainstream tourist destination.

Which city is cheaper, La Paz or Bogota?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Bogota is $43, while the average daily cost in La Paz is $36. 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 Bogota and La Paz in more detail.



Accommodation

The prices for places to stay in Bogota can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is $22, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around $44.

Travelers usually pay around $26 for a double occupancy room in La Paz If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Bogota $22
    La Paz $13
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Bogota $44
    La Paz $26

Food

Food in Bogota costs travelers about $11 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.

La Paz food costs typically run travelers around $13 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Bogota $11
    La Paz $13
Typical Food prices in Bogota

For Bogota, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Breakfast
    $1.62
  • Hot Dog
    $0.95

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bogota

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

  • Food Tour in La Candelaria Bogotá: $52
  • Bogotá Street Food Tour: $52
  • PALOQUEMAO MARKET FOOD TOUR. EXOTIC FRUIT. LOCAL SNACKS. /Min 2 pax: $52
  • Flavors of Colombia: Chapinero Street Food Tour: $59
  • Cooking Lesson and Gourmet Colombian Meal with a Professional Chef in Bogota: $74
  • Local Market Tour and Private Gourmet Cooking Lesson with a Chef in Bogotá: $90
  • Private Street Food Tour In Bogota: $119
  • Tropical Abundance: Interactive Cooking Class in Bogota: $138
  • Private Gastronomy Tour Including Cooking Class: $266

Typical Food prices in La Paz

For La Paz, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Fruit
    $0.72

Local Transportation

To get around in Bogota, the average visitor spends $7.23 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.

To get around in La Paz, the average visitor spends $7.58 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Bogota $7.23
    La Paz $7.58
Typical Local Transportation prices in Bogota

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


  • Taxi from Airport
    $7.79
  • Taxi Ride
    $0.41
  • 2 Bus Passes
    $0.92

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bogota

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

  • Transfer in private vehicle from Bogotá City to El Dorado Airport (BOG): $15
  • Transfer in private vehicle from Bogotá City to El Dorado Airport (BOG): $17
  • Transfer in private Minivan from El Dorado Airport (BOG) to Bogota City: $25
  • Transfer in Private Vehicle from El Dorado Airport (BOG) to Bogotá City: $15
  • Transfer in Private Minivan from Bogota City to El Dorado Airport (BOG): $25
  • Transfer Aeropuerto El Dorado - Hotel or Accomodation (Private Transfer): $27
  • Salt Cathedral Zipaquira • Premium Private Transfer • Keep Safe from Covid: $120
  • Round-Trip Transfer in Private car from-to El Dorado Airport (BOG)-Bogotá City: $31
  • Round-Trip Transfer in Private Minivan from-to El Dorado Airport-BOG-Bogotá City: $49
  • Round Trip El Dorado Airport (BOG) Transfer to Bogota City Center: $45
  • Private Transfer: El Dorado International Airport (BOG) to Bogota: $47
  • Private Transfer: Bogota to El Dorado International Airport (BOG): $47

Typical Local Transportation prices in La Paz

Some typical examples of transportation costs in La Paz are as follows:


  • Taxi Ride
    $0.58

Hired Cars and Shuttles in La Paz

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

  • Transfer in Private Vehicle from La Paz City to La Paz El Alto Airport: $20
  • Transfer in Private Minivan from La Paz City to La Paz El Alto Airport: $37
  • Private Transfer: La Paz to El Alto International Airport (LPB): $622
  • Private Transfer from your Hotel to Airport in La Paz City: $49
  • Private Transfer from Airport to your Hotel in La Paz City: $49
  • Private Transfer from Airport to your Hotel in La Paz City: $70
  • Private Transfer From your Hotel to Bus Station in La Paz City: $62
  • Private Transfer From Hotel to Bus Station in La Paz City: $48
  • Private Transfer From Hotel to Airport in La Paz City: $62
  • Private Transfer From Bus Station to your Hotel in La Paz City: $49
  • Private Transfer From Bus Station to Hotel in La Paz City: $62
  • Private Departure Transfer: La Paz Hotels to El Alto International Airport: $37

Entertainment

In Bogota, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $11 per person, per day.

In La Paz, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $13 per person, per day.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Bogota $11
    La Paz $13
Typical Entertainment prices in Bogota

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Bogota's activities, tours, and tickets:


  • Beer
    $1.35

Tours and Activities in Bogota

For Bogota, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • 2-Day Private Tour to the Tatacoa Desert from Bogotá: $273
  • 2-Day Tour to Villa de Leyva Town & Surroundings from Bogota: $508
  • 23 Day Ultimate Colombia Experience: $6,768
  • 3 Day Desert of the Tatacoa, an unforgettable experience closer to the stars: $363
  • 3-Hour StopOver—Sightseeing Walking Tour: Historical Center + Flagship Museums: $48
  • 3-Hour Walking Tour and Musical Picnic in the Heart of Ibague: $23
  • 4-Day Jungle Tour to the Amazon from Bogota: $933
  • 4-Hour Private Transportation with an Experienced Driver in Bogota: $30
  • 4-hour Paragliding Adventure from Bogota: $152
  • 5 hour Bogotá City & Monserrate Hill Tour: $85
  • 5-hour Bogota Coffee Experience: from roaster to cup: $96
  • 5-hour Bogota Night City Tour: $81

Tours and Activities in La Paz

For La Paz, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • 1 Day Espiritu Santo Island Wonders, Sea Lions and Paddleboard Adventure: $390
  • 1-4 Private Group Rate Tour: Espiritu Santo Island, Sea Lions and Paddleboarding: $739
  • 2 Days: Private Tour to Parque Nacional Sajama from La Paz: $545
  • 2-Day Private Lake Titicaca and Sun Island Tour from La Paz: $482
  • 4 Days Bolivia Private Luxury Tour with English Guide from La Paz Bolivia: $1,538
  • 4 Days Bolivia: Group tour with English Guide from La Paz Bolivia: $696
  • 4-Day Bolivian Amazon Pampas Adventure from La Paz: $774
  • 5 Day Death Road + Uyuni Salt Flats Tour: $442
  • 5-Day Bolivian Amazon Pampas Adventure from La Paz: $729
  • 5-Day Uyuni Salt Flats and Desert Adventure from La Paz: $492
  • 6 Days Private Best of Bolivia Tour from La Paz with Flights VIP: $1,898
  • 6-Day Bolivia Private Tour: La Paz-Uyuni Salt Flats-Lake Titicaca-Tihuanacu: $1,846

Alcohol

Typically, people visiting Bogota spend on average $11 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.

Typically, people visiting La Paz spend on average $8.58 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Bogota $11
    La Paz $8.58

Sample the Local Flavors in Bogota

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Bogota:

  • Brewery and Craft Beer Tour in Bogotá: $41
  • Pub Crawl in Bogotá: $45
  • Pub Crawl Tour in La Candelaria: $58
  • Gay bar crawling in Bogotá!: $120


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

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