A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Bordeaux vs. La Paz for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Bordeaux or La Paz?

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

Should I visit Bordeaux or La Paz? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city has activities that align with your interests along with knowing which is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the details and the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Where Should I go: Bordeaux or La Paz?


Bordeaux is the place to go for fine wines. It's a very mellow, cultural city where you can enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of a quaint cafe or restaurant without being rushed. The city is the capital of Gironde, and the entire metropolitan area has over one million residents. The city also has a rather large and vibrant university and the population is known to be very tolerant and liberal. There is a very strong artistic vibe in the city and, due to it's history of English rule, there is an English flair to the area. The large student population means that there is no shortage of opportunities to see shows, hear music, or visit a museum.

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.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best 10-Day Tours from Paris, The Best 2-Week Tours from Paris, The Best Tours Under $1000 in Bolivia, and The Best Budget Tours to Bolivia.

Which place is cheaper, La Paz or Bordeaux?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Bordeaux is €118, while the average daily cost in La Paz is €41. 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 Bordeaux and La Paz in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Bordeaux 63
    La Paz 15
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Bordeaux 126
    La Paz 30
Compare Hotels in Bordeaux and La Paz

Looking for a hotel in Bordeaux or La Paz? 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 Bordeaux

Hotels in La Paz

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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: Bordeaux Hotel Prices and La Paz Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Bordeaux 15
    La Paz 8.68

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bordeaux

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bordeaux:

  • Transfer Airport, Hotel, Station and others places: $78
  • Private Transfer from Bordeaux Airport to City of Bordeaux: $89
  • Private Transfer from Airport to Bordeaux City: $169
  • Private Transfer Bordeaux City to Bordeaux Airport BOD by Car: $52
  • Private One way Transfer from Bordeaux to Bordeaux Airport: $55
  • Departure Private Transfers : Bordeaux to Bordeaux Airport BOD in Luxury Van: $110
  • Departure Private Transfers : Bordeaux to Bordeaux Airport BOD in Business Car: $105
  • Private Transfer Service: $109
  • Bordeaux to Airport Private Transfer in Van Business: $240
  • Bordeaux to Airport Private Transfer in Premium Class: $150
  • Bordeaux to Airport Private Transfer in Business Sedan: $110
  • Bordeaux Airport Transfers: Bordeaux to Bordeaux Airport BOD in Luxury Van: $110

Typical Local Transportation Prices in La Paz

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

  • Taxi Ride

Hired Cars and Shuttles in La Paz

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

  • Airport Transfer In_night: $47
  • Bus Station Transfer Out_night : $25
  • El Alto Airport Transfer Service - Hotels in La Paz: $21
  • Private Transfer Airport to Hotels Service 24/7: $19
  • La Paz:Private transfer from La Paz Hotels to El Alto Aiport: $19
  • Private Departure Transfer: La Paz Hotels to El Alto International Airport: $37
  • Private Transfer From Bus Station to Hotel in La Paz City : $68
  • Private Transfer From Bus Station to your Hotel in La Paz City : $54
  • Private Transfer From Hotel to Airport in La Paz City : $68
  • Private Transfer From your Hotel to Bus Station in La Paz City : $68
  • Private Transfer La Paz Airport LPB to La Paz City by MiniVan/Bus: $28
  • Private Transfer from Airport to your Hotel in La Paz City : $54

Is it cheaper to fly into Bordeaux or La Paz?

Prices for flights to both La Paz and Bordeaux 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 Meals for one day
    Bordeaux 45
    La Paz 15

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bordeaux

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

  • Bordeaux - sweet food tour of the old city: $60
  • No Diet Club : Bordeaux Food Tour in Les Chartrons !: $64
  • Bordeaux Organic Food Tour - French Apéro Style: $66
  • NO DIET CLUB - Unique food tour in Bordeaux !: $66
  • Bakeries, Chocolate and Pastries Food Tour: $70
  • 2-Hour River Dinner Cruise: $75
  • Bordeaux Bakery Food Tour - Boulangeries and Pâtisseries : $95
  • 4h Night Food Tour of Bordeaux: $95
  • Food Tour in Bordeaux : $99
  • Bordeaux : Dinner Food Tour: $108
  • Food Tour in the Historic District: $108
  • 3.5-Hour Old Town and Market Food Tour: $109

Typical Food Prices in La Paz

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

  • Fruit

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in La Paz

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

  • Bolivian Cooking Class: $30
  • La Paz Food Tour + Cable Car Cultural City tour: $65

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Bordeaux 7.89
    La Paz 14

Tours and Activities in Bordeaux

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

  • "Bordeaux by bicycle: a 3-hour tour immersive experience": $40
  • 1-Hour Bordeaux Electric Scooter Tour: $28
  • 2 hours - Bordeaux Private tour with a native guide: $167
  • 2-Hour Bordeaux Segway Tour: $61
  • Afternoon culinary tour in Bordeaux: $61
  • Aperitive guided cruise « Wine and Canelé »: $21
  • Blind Tasting: 5 Bordeaux Natural Wine + Cheese experience: $54
  • Bordeaux - Oyster Secret Fisherman's village - friendly tour: $185
  • Bordeaux - Private Historic Walking Tour: $467
  • Bordeaux : Afternoon Food and History Tour: $60
  • Bordeaux : Discovery Stroll and Reading Walking Tour: $2.17
  • Bordeaux : Food and History Tour: $97

Tours and Activities in La Paz

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

  • Walking tour of the city of La Paz: $2.72
  • Walking city tour La Paz: $2.72
  • La Paz Half-Day Walking Tour: $3.00
  • La Paz City Walking Tour Including Historical Streets: $5.00
  • City Walking Tour in La Paz: $8.00
  • La Paz Walking City tour plus Cable cars: $10
  • City Tour plus Cable Car La Paz: $10
  • City Highlights Walking Tour with Cable Car Ride: $10
  • Titicaca Lake - Bus Ticket - From La Paz City - Ow: $12
  • Half Day Guided Tour in El Alto City: $15
  • Cable Car, Cemetery, Shaman, and El Alto Tour: $20
  • Cable Car, Cementery, Shaman and El Alto Adventure in La Paz: $20

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Bordeaux 26
    La Paz 9.82

Sample the Local Flavors in Bordeaux

Also in Bordeaux, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Wine and Trade Museum Entry Ticket & Wine Tasting: $11
  • Distillery Tour in Bordeaux with Spirits Tasting: $17
  • Wine Tasting Cruise: $23
  • Cité du Vin Direct Ticket and Wine Tasting: $24
  • Taillan-Médoc: Château Visit and Wine Tasting in Bordeaux: $27
  • Wine Tour and Tasting: $30
  • Unusual Wine Tasting Experience - Wood & Wine: $30
  • Unusual wine tasting in DARWIN (Bordeaux)!: $31
  • Discover Bordeaux vineyard : special wine tasting with two cellar men brothers: $32
  • Wine Tasting with a Certified Sommelier: $44
  • Bordeaux Cheese and Wine Tasting: $52
  • Vineyards Wine Tasting Half-Day Trip: $60

Sample the Local Flavors in La Paz

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in La Paz:

  • Cultural Pub Crawl La Paz Nightlife Tour : $50

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

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Bordeaux Expensive? and Is La Paz Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Bordeaux or La Paz?

La Paz has a larger population, and is about 3 times larger than the population of Bordeaux. When comparing the sizes of Bordeaux and La Paz, 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.