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

Should you visit Cali or Bogota?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Cali and Bogota can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Cali

Cali is Colombia's third largest city. Founded in 1536, can be explored on foot: walk under the shade of trees along the riverbank, admire the architecture of churches and other national monuments, and visit the city's many museums. Being the salsa capital of the world, Cali is primarily a destination for salsa and party but it also offers some great days out in the nearby natural surroundings. In Cali, travelers can enjoy music festivals, learn about sugarcane farming, and take in the mountainous landscapes.

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.

Which city is cheaper, Bogota or Cali?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Cali is $20, while the average daily cost in Bogota is $43. 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 Cali and Bogota in more detail.



Accommodation

Travelers usually pay around $9.96 for a double occupancy room in Cali If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.

The prices for places to stay in Bogota can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is $21, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around $42.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Cali $4.98
    Bogota $21
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Cali $9.96
    Bogota $42

Food

Cali food costs typically run travelers around $7.13 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 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.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Cali $7.13
    Bogota $11

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cali

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

  • Culinary Journeys: Cooking Workshop + Dinner Party: $50
  • Night City Tour in Cali + Dinner: $110
  • Dinner Show in Cali: $189

Typical Food prices in Bogota

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


  • Breakfast
    $1.59
  • Hot Dog
    $0.93

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

Local Transportation

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Cali than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $4.66 on transportation in Cali on average per day.

To get around in Bogota, the average visitor spends $7.10 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.
    Cali $4.66
    Bogota $7.10
Typical Local Transportation prices in Cali

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


  • Short Taxi Ride
    $1.03

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cali

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

  • Transfer in Private Minivan from Cali City to Cali Airport (CLO): $31
  • Transfer in Cali: $13
  • Private transfer: Cali to Cali International Airport (CLO): $54
  • Private Transfer to / from Buenaventura: $60
  • Private Transfer from Cali City to Cali Airport (CLO): $19
  • Private Arrival or Departure Transfer: Alfonso Bonilla Aragón Airport: $15
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Cali to Alfonso B. Aragon Airport (CLO): $34
  • Departure Private Transfer from Cali City to Cali Airport CLO by Minivan: $105
  • Departure Private Transfer from Cali City to Cali Airport CLO by Minibus: $179
  • Departure Private Transfer from Cali City to Cali Airport CLO by 2x4 Vehicle: $75
  • Cali to Popayan Private Transfer: $255
  • Cali to Popayan Private Transfer: $255

Typical Local Transportation prices in Bogota

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


  • Taxi from Airport
    $7.65
  • Taxi Ride
    $0.40
  • 2 Bus Passes
    $0.90

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

Entertainment

Sightseeing expenses in Cali, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $8.80 per day, per person.

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


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Cali $8.80
    Bogota $11

Tours and Activities in Cali

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

  • Alameda Market Fruit Tour: $55
  • Cali ATV tour - Recorrido en Cuatrimoto por ríos y cañaduzales: $125
  • Cali City Tour: $98
  • Cali City Tour: $29
  • Cali City Tour - The Best Of Cali In Comfort: $47
  • Cali Salsa Tour: $167
  • City Tour Cali: $97
  • Coffee Tour - Taste And Live The Authentic Colombian Coffee Experience: $132
  • Cristo Rey + Tertulia Museum + Downtown Cali City Tour 7H: $80
  • Experience Salsa Dance Class in Cali: $78
  • Historical Walking Cali City Tour 3H: $41
  • Nature adventure (3 days, all-included): $293

Typical Entertainment prices in Bogota

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


  • Beer
    $1.33

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

Alcohol

Typically, people visiting Cali spend on average $7.02 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.

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


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Cali $7.02
    Bogota $11

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

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