A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Bogota vs. Santa Cruz de la Sierra for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Bogota or Santa Cruz de la Sierra?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

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

Where Should I go: Bogota or Santa Cruz de la Sierra?

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.

Santa Cruz de la Sierra

Santa Cruz de la Sierra, or simply Santa Cruz, is a larger city in the middle of Bolivia. It is also one of the most wealthy cities in the country. The city is also one of the fastest growing in the world. It is famous for its nightlife and it makes an excellent base for exploring many of the tourist attractions in the nearby areas.

For some great organized tour ideas, see Tours for Outdoor and Nature Lovers in Colombia, The Best Adventure Tours to Colombia, The Best Tours Under $1000 in Bolivia, and The Best Luxury Tours to Bolivia.


Which place is cheaper, Santa Cruz de la Sierra or Bogota?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Bogota is $52, while the average daily cost in Santa Cruz de la Sierra is $54. 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 Bogota and Santa Cruz de la Sierra in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Bogota $26
    Santa Cruz de la Sierra $23
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Bogota $52
    Santa Cruz de la Sierra $46
Compare Hotels in Bogota and Santa Cruz de la Sierra

Looking for a hotel in Bogota or Santa Cruz de la Sierra? 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 Bogota


Hotels in Santa Cruz de la Sierra


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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: Bogota Hotel Prices and Santa Cruz de la Sierra Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Bogota $8.61
    Santa Cruz de la Sierra $9.96
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Bogota

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


  • Taxi from Airport
    $7.42
  • Taxi Ride
    $0.39
  • 2 Bus Passes
    $0.87

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bogota

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

  • Arrival Private Transfer Bogota Airport BOG to Bogota City by Business Car: $118
  • Arrival Private Transfer Bogota Airport BOG to Bogota City in a Luxury Van: $134
  • Arrival Private Transfer from Bogota Airport BOG to Bogota City by Minibus: $124
  • Bogotá to or from Barichara or San Gil Private Transfer: $167
  • Bogotá to or from Villa de Leyva Private Transfer: $80
  • Bogota Airport (BOG) to Downtown Round-Trip Private Transfer: $49
  • Bogota Airport BOG to Downtown Hotels Arrival Private Transfer: $24
  • Bogota Airport BOG to Downtown Hotels Round Trip Private Transfer: $49
  • Departure Private Transfer Bogota City to Bogota Airport BOG in Business Car: $118
  • Departure Private Transfer from Bogota City to Bogota Airport BOG in Minibus: $124
  • Departure Private Transfer from Bogota City to Bogota Airport BOG in Minivan: $89
  • El Dorado International Airport (BOG) - Private Round trip transfer Bogota: $80

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Santa Cruz de la Sierra

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Santa Cruz de la Sierra:


  • Taxi Ride
    $4.36
  • Mini Bus
    $0.58

Is it cheaper to fly into Bogota or Santa Cruz de la Sierra?

Prices for flights to both Santa Cruz de la Sierra and Bogota 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
    Bogota $13
    Santa Cruz de la Sierra $20
Typical Food Prices in Bogota

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


  • Breakfast
    $1.54
  • Hot Dog
    $0.90

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bogota

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

  • Bogota Local Food Tour in the City Center: $13
  • Street Food Tour in Bogota with 10+ Tastings: $42
  • Viejo Bogota Food Tour with 13+ Tastings: $49
  • PALOQUEMAO MARKET FOOD TOUR. EXOTIC FRUIT. LOCAL SNACKS. /Min 2 pax: $55
  • Bogota Food Tour • Private Car • Fruits Cacao Lunch Coffee Beer: $59
  • Carimañola Cooking Class in Bogota: $60
  • Private Colombian Cooking Class and Market Tour In Bogota: $90
  • Dinner and party at Andres Carne de Res DC: $100
  • Gastronomy & Cooking Class Private Tour (6 Hrs.): $229

Typical Food Prices in Santa Cruz de la Sierra

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Santa Cruz de la Sierra:


  • Snacks
    $3.20
  • Chips
    $0.29
  • Banana
    $0.15
  • Cookies
    $1.31

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Bogota $13
    Santa Cruz de la Sierra $19
Typical Entertainment Prices in Bogota

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


  • Beer
    $1.29

Tours and Activities in Bogota

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

  • Party Tour: 6 nightclubs, Disco-Truck, After Party, 2 openbars: $5.00
  • Colonial Bogotá: A Self-Guided Audio Tour of La Candelaria: $5.99
  • Self-Guided Audio Tour - Paranormal Candelaria: $10
  • Graffiti Tour in La Candelaria Bogotá: $13
  • Shared Tour of the Historic Candelaria in Bogotá: $13
  • Tour of the Colombian Armed Conflict: war, drug trafficking and peace: $13
  • Walking Tour in La Candelaria Bogotá: $14
  • Walking Tour through Candelaria: $14
  • Ghost Tour Bogotá/ Tour de fantasmas bogotá : $15
  • Walking tour La Candelaria bogotá: $15
  • Historical Tour Bogotá: $19
  • Bike Tour through Bogotá: $19

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Bogota $14
    Santa Cruz de la Sierra $14

Sample the Local Flavors in Bogota

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Bogota:

  • Thursday Bar Crawl in Bogotá: $26
  • Friday Night Bar Crawl in Bogotá : $29
  • Saturday Bar Crawl in La Candelaria, Bogotá: $32
  • Pub Crawl in Bogotá: $40

Typical Alcohol Prices in Santa Cruz de la Sierra

Here are a few samples of the prices for alcohol and nightlife in Santa Cruz de la Sierra from other travelers:


  • Beer
    $1.60


When comparing the travel costs between Bogota and Santa Cruz de la Sierra, we can see that Santa Cruz de la Sierra is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in South America, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Bogota Expensive? and Is Santa Cruz de la Sierra Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Bogota or Santa Cruz de la Sierra?

Bogota has a larger population, and is about 5 times larger than the population of Santa Cruz de la Sierra. When comparing the sizes of Bogota and Santa Cruz de la Sierra, 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.