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

Should you visit Bogota or Santiago?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Bogota or Santiago, 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 Santiago?

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.

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 Bogota?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Bogota is $37, while the average daily cost in Santiago is $114. 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 Bogota and Santiago in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Bogota $18
    Santiago $89
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Bogota $36
    Santiago $178
Compare Hotels in Bogota and Santiago

Looking for a hotel in Bogota 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 Bogota


Hotels in Santiago


Kayak helps you find the best prices for hotels, flights, and rental cars for destinations around the world. Compare prices for multiple destinations when planning your next trip.


Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Bogota $6.11
    Santiago $4.35
Typical Local Transportation prices in Bogota

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


  • Taxi from Airport
    $6.58
  • Taxi Ride
    $0.34
  • 2 Bus Passes
    $0.78

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bogota

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

  • Private Arrival or Departure Transfer: El Dorado Airport: $10
  • Transfer in Private Vehicle from El Dorado Airport (BOG) to Bogotá City: $15
  • Transfer in private vehicle from Bogotá City to El Dorado Airport (BOG): $15
  • Private Transfer from El Dorado Airport (BOG) to Bogotá City: $17
  • Transfer in private vehicle from Bogotá City to El Dorado Airport (BOG): $17
  • Hotel to Airport Transportation in Bogota (transfer service): $19
  • Bogota Airport Pick-up (transfer service): $19
  • Transfer in private Minivan from El Dorado Airport (BOG) to Bogota City: $25
  • Transfer in Private Minivan from Bogota City to El Dorado Airport (BOG): $25
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Bogota to El Dorado International Airport (BOG): $25
  • Private Airport Transfer: El Dorado International Airport (BOG) to Bogota: $25
  • Transfer Aeropuerto El Dorado - Hotel or Accomodation (Private Transfer): $27

Typical Local Transportation prices in Santiago

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


  • Metro Ride
    $1.14

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Santiago

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Santiago:

  • Transfer from Valparaiso or San Antonio to Santiago+Isla Negra and Wine tour: $139
  • Transfer from Valparaiso or San Antonio Port + Condor Watching Tour: $203
  • Transfer from Valle Nevado, Farellones, Colorado or La Parva ski to Santiago: $83
  • Transfer from Santiago hotels to Arturo Merino Benitez Airport: $21
  • Transfer from Santiago To Valle Nevado, Farellones, Colorado or La Parva ski: $83
  • Transfer Santiago Airport to Valparaiso / Viña del Mar (Exclusive & Private): $165
  • Transfer From The Airport To The Hotel on Santiago City: $62
  • Small group transfer from Valparaiso or San Antonio Port + Santiago City Tour: $133
  • Private Transfer from Airport to Rui Vaz and/or Vice Versa: $37
  • Private Santiago Airport to Santiago Transfer: $25
  • Santiago de Chile Airport Shuttle Transfer: $29
  • Santiago de Chile Airport Private Transfer: $55

Is it cheaper to fly into Bogota or Santiago?

Prices for flights to both Santiago 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 $9.44
    Santiago $10
Typical Food prices in Bogota

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


  • Breakfast
    $1.37
  • Hot Dog
    $0.80

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 Santiago

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


  • Empanada
    $1.89
  • Hamburger
    $2.51
  • Dinner
    $26

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.
    Bogota $9.24
    Santiago $38
Typical Entertainment prices in Bogota

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


  • Beer
    $1.14

Tours and Activities in Bogota

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

  • The Walking Tour At Home: $5.00
  • Colonial Bogotá, La Candelaria Walking Audio Tour by VoiceMap: $5.34
  • Classic Sights and Hidden Histories of Bogota Walking Audio Tour by VoiceMap: $5.34
  • Bogotá: La Macarena to Parque Nacional Walking Audio Tour by VoiceMap: $5.34
  • Paranormal Candelaria: Find the terror and the stories. Tour Immersive 3D: $6.99
  • Divercity Bogotá Admission Ticket: $7.05
  • Shared Monserrate Tour: $8.00
  • La Macarena & Perseverancia walking tour-The Other History of Bogota Colonial: $9.00
  • Shared Graffiti Tour in La Candelaria Bogotá: $9.60
  • Shared Walking Tour in La Candelaria Bogotá: $9.60
  • Cycling tour in Simon Bolivar Park and Virgilio Barco Library: $10
  • Memories of political violence : Bogota alternative walking tour: $12

Tours and Activities in Santiago

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

  • "Tour Tradicional" Viña Cousiño Macul Oficial español: $18
  • "Tour Tradicional" Viña Cousiño Macul Oficial portugués: $18
  • 13-Day Tour Chile from North to South: $2,330
  • 2-Day Private Hiking Tour to La Paloma Glacier: $363
  • 2-day tour: Santiago City Tour + Viña del Mar & Valparaiso: $180
  • 3-Day Chilean Andes Experience: $864
  • 3-in-1 Discovery Combo Tour: Chipitin Waterfall, Campfire Night + Tipi Lodging: $190
  • 4-Day Classic Tour of Santiago de Chile visiting Viña, Valparaiso and 1 winery: $686
  • 4-Day Tour Best of Santiago: $686
  • 4-Days Deluxe Culinary Experience at Santiago de Chile: $910
  • 6 days tour Don´t miss: $1,227
  • 7-Day Santiago & Easter Island Tour: $1,480

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Bogota $9.59
    Santiago $6.75

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

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 Bogota and Santiago, we can see that Santiago is more expensive. And not only is Bogota much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Bogota would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Bogota 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 Bogota.


When is the best time to visit Bogota or Santiago?

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

Should I visit Bogota or Santiago in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Bogota as well as Santiago. Plenty of visitors come to Bogota because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year.


Warning: Division by zero in /homepages/12/d310477359/htdocs/include/weatherdataDAO.php on line 267

In the summer, Bogota is cooler than Santiago. Typically, the summer temperatures in Bogota in July are around 14°C (57°F), and Santiago is about 21°C (70°F)in January.

Bogota usually gets more rain in July than Santiagoin January. Bogota gets 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain, while Santiago receives 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July and January
    Bogota 14°C (57°F) 
    Santiago 21°C (70°F)

Should I visit Bogota or Santiago in the Autumn?

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


Warning: Division by zero in /homepages/12/d310477359/htdocs/include/weatherdataDAO.php on line 267

In October, Bogota is generally around the same temperature as Santiagoin April. Temperatures in Bogota average around 14°C (57°F), and Santiago stays around 15°C (59°F).

It's quite rainy in Bogota. In October, Bogota usually receives more rain than Santiagoin April. At this time of the year, Bogota gets 110 mm (4.3 in) of rain, while Santiago receives 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October and April
    Bogota 14°C (57°F) 
    Santiago 15°C (59°F)

Should I visit Bogota or Santiago in the Winter?

Both Santiago and Bogota during the winter are popular places to visit. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Bogota throughout the year.


Warning: Division by zero in /homepages/12/d310477359/htdocs/include/weatherdataDAO.php on line 267

Bogota is much warmer than Santiago in the winter. The temperature in Bogota is usually 14°C (57°F) in January, and Santiago stays around 9°C (48°F)in July.

Bogota usually gets less rain in January than Santiagoin July. Bogota gets 30 mm (1.2 in) of rain, while Santiago receives 80 mm (3.1 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January and July
    Bogota 14°C (57°F) 
    Santiago 9°C (48°F)

Should I visit Bogota or Santiago in the Spring?

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


Warning: Division by zero in /homepages/12/d310477359/htdocs/include/weatherdataDAO.php on line 267

In the spring, Bogota is around the same temperature as Santiago. Typically, the spring temperatures in Bogota in April are around 15°C (59°F), and Santiago is about 15°C (59°F)in October.

In April, Bogota usually receives more rain than Santiagoin October. At this time of the year, Bogota gets 90 mm (3.5 in) of rain, while Santiago receives 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April and October
    Bogota 15°C (59°F) 
    Santiago 15°C (59°F)

Typical Weather for Santiago and Bogota

Bogota Santiago
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 14°C (57°F) 30 mm (1.2 in) 21°C (70°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Feb 13°C (55°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 20°C (68°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Mar 15°C (59°F) 50 mm (2 in) 18°C (64°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Apr 15°C (59°F) 90 mm (3.5 in) 15°C (59°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
May 15°C (59°F) 80 mm (3.1 in) 12°C (54°F) 50 mm (2 in)
Jun 14°C (57°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 9°C (48°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
Jul 14°C (57°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 9°C (48°F) 80 mm (3.1 in)
Aug 14°C (57°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 10°C (50°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
Sep 14°C (57°F) 70 mm (2.8 in) 12°C (54°F) 20 mm (0.8 in)
Oct 14°C (57°F) 110 mm (4.3 in) 15°C (59°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Nov 14°C (57°F) 70 mm (2.8 in) 17°C (63°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Dec 12°C (54°F) 50 mm (2 in) 20°C (68°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)


Budget Your Trip

Budget Your Trip has average travel costs for thousands of cities around the world, all provided by other travelers. You can also register to organize your spending by category and location with graphs, maps, charts, and tables.

Share This Page
Pin This Page
Bogota vs. Santiago Travel Comparison

Some of the links on this website are sponsored or affiliate links which help to financially support this site. By clicking the link and making a purchase, we may receive a small commission, but this does not affect the price of your purchase.