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

Should you visit Budapest or La Paz?

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

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Budapest and La Paz can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Budapest or La Paz?

Budapest

Budapest is the capital city of Hungary. It has been called the "Paris of the East" because of its impressive architecture and general beauty. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage List in 1987 because of its cultural importance, its location on the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrassy Avenue. In addition to its rich history, Budapest still has a young vibe with a lot of energy. There's an active night life, an impressive music scene, and a good reputation with European youth.

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 One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Budapest, The Best 10-Day Tours from Budapest, The Best Luxury Tours to Bolivia, and The Best Budget Tours to Bolivia.


Which place is cheaper, La Paz or Budapest?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Budapest is $89, while the average daily cost in La Paz is $45. 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 Budapest and La Paz in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Budapest $48
    La Paz $16
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Budapest $96
    La Paz $32
Compare Hotels in Budapest and La Paz

Looking for a hotel in Budapest 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 Budapest


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: Budapest Hotel Prices and La Paz Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Budapest $10
    La Paz $9.49
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Budapest

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


  • Short Taxi Ride
    $6.85
  • Metro Pass
    $3.76

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Budapest

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

  • Try find your better than us!Airport transfer service in Budapest​ APT-HTL (BUD): $57
  • Speed boat cruise on Budapest Danube river and private airport transfer package: $92
  • Private transfer from Budapest to Bratislava with Hotel or Airport pick-up: $277
  • Private Transfer: Budapest to Budapest International Airport (BUD): $44
  • Private Transfer in Budapest: $77
  • Private Transfer from Budapest to Vienna with 2h of Sightseeing: $235
  • Private Transfer from Budapest to Vienna with 2h of Sightseeing: $218
  • Private Transfer Budapest train station to Budapest by car or van: $43
  • Private Scenic Transfer from Budapest to Vienna with 4h of Sightseeing: $268
  • Private One Way Transfer from Budapest to Budapest Int Airport: $50
  • Private Budapest - Vienna transfer with an optional 2 hours stop in Bratislava: $274
  • Private Airport Transfer Budapest: $27

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:

  • Private Transfer from La Paz to Uyuni.: $295
  • Private Transfer from Airport to your Hotel in La Paz City : $77
  • Private Transfer From Hotel to Airport in La Paz City : $68
  • Private Transfer From Bus Station to Hotel in La Paz City : $68
  • Private Transfer From your Hotel to Bus Station in La Paz City : $68
  • Roundtrip Transfer Private Minivan La Paz Airport (LPB) - La Paz City: $55
  • Private Transfer from Airport to your Hotel in La Paz City : $54
  • Private Transfer From Bus Station to your Hotel in La Paz City : $54
  • Private Transfer from your Hotel to Airport in La Paz City : $54
  • Airport Transfer In_night: $47
  • Roundtrip Transfer Private Vehicle La Paz Airport (LPB) - La Paz City: $43
  • Private Departure Transfer: La Paz Hotels to El Alto International Airport: $37

Is it cheaper to fly into Budapest or La Paz?

Prices for flights to both La Paz and Budapest 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
    Budapest $23
    La Paz $17
Typical Food Prices in Budapest

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


  • Lunch
    $3.35

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Budapest

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

  • Dinner + Party + City Tour of Budapest : $6.00
  • Traveling Spoon Hungarian Goulash Private Online Cooking Class: $40
  • Pizza & Beer Downtown Budapest Cruise: $46
  • Budapest Danube Cruise with Buffet Dinner, Performances and Music: $76
  • Hungarian dinner + Wine tasting in a beatiful Garden: $77
  • Budapest Danube River Candlelit Dinner Cruise with Live Music: $93
  • 4 course Dinner Cruise with Operetta and Folk Show: $100
  • 4 course Dinner Cruise with Piano Battle Show: $100
  • Private Traditional Dinner Hungry for Hungary and Country Presentation: $100
  • Goulash Cooking and Wine Tasting in Budapest: $104
  • Hungarian Cooking Class & Market Tour by a Professional Chef: $108
  • Secret Food Tours Budapest Obuda: $108

Typical Food Prices in La Paz

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


  • Fruit
    $0.73

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
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Budapest $21
    La Paz $16
Typical Entertainment Prices in Budapest

For Budapest, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:


  • Entrance to the Baths for Two
    $6.72

Tours and Activities in Budapest

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

  • Budapest Downtown 90-Minute River Segway Tour : $49
  • Danube Bend Private All Day Tour with Lunch, with entrance fees and cruise: $164
  • Interactive Magic and Witchcraft Discovery Tour in Budapest: $22
  • 1 Hour Budapest Segway Tour - Parliament Hightails: $38
  • 1 Hour Sightseeing Cruise in Budapest: $11
  • 1.5 Hour Budapest Segway Tour - To The Castle Area : $49
  • 2 Hours Private Scenic Photo Tour Around Budapest: $219
  • 2-Hour Private Budapest Castle Walking Tour: $127
  • 22 Dog-statues in Budapest - an unusual tour: $27
  • 3 Hours Budapest Segway Grand City Tour Buda, Margaret and Pest: $93
  • 3 Hours Private Guided Tour In Budapest: $161
  • 3-Hour Jewish Quarter Walking Tour in Budapest with Historian: $55

Tours and Activities in La Paz

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

  • From Private Tour to Tiwanaku Ruins and Puma Punku.: $173
  • La Paz, City Tour and Valley of the Moon - Half day: $268
  • 2-Day Private Lake Titicaca and Sun Island Tour from La Paz: $520
  • 2-day Private Guided Tour in Uyuni and La Paz: $240
  • 3 Day Death Road + Uyuni Salt Flats Tour From La Paz City: $280
  • Bicycle Tour on Death Road: $77
  • Bike Tour to the Death Road: $85
  • Chacaltaya 5,435m & Valle De Luna. 2 For 1 Special Tour.: $30
  • Cholet Tour - Andean Architecture and Culture - El Alto: $26
  • City Tour plus Cable Car La Paz: $10
  • City Tour with Drone!: $204
  • City Walking Tour in La Paz: $8.00

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Budapest $18
    La Paz $11

Sample the Local Flavors in Budapest

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

  • Budapest Pub Crawl +6 free Shots +VIP Access +Drinking Games : $22
  • Bingo Bar Crawl: $25
  • Budapest Pub Pass: The Bar Crawl Tour: $38
  • Tipsy Ruin Pub Crawl Tour with 4 Drinks Included: $43
  • Private Wine Tasting in Budapest: $50
  • Hungarian Wine Tasting (with Cheese and Charcuterie) in Budapest: $50
  • All You Can Drink Pub Crawl Through The Ruin Bars in Budapest: $59
  • Premium wine tasting in Budapest: $67
  • Wine Tasting Walk in Jewish Quarter Bars: $72
  • Original Budapest New Years Eve Pub Crawl: $86
  • Half-day Wine Tasting Tour in Etyek Wine Country near Budapest: $99
  • Enjoy a Hungarian Strudel Class & Local Wine Tasting: $115

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 Budapest and La Paz, we can see that Budapest is more expensive. And not only is La Paz much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Budapest 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 Budapest would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Budapest 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 Budapest Expensive? and Is La Paz Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Budapest or La Paz?

Budapest has a larger population, and is about 2 times larger than the population of La Paz. When comparing the sizes of Budapest 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.