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

Should you visit Cartagena or Bogota?

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 Cartagena and Bogota can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Cartagena or Bogota?

Cartagena

The capital of the Bolivar Department of Colombia, Cartagena is one of the most visited cities in the country. It sits on Colombia's northern coast by the Caribbean Sea. It's a port city with a population of almost 900,000, making it the fifth largest city in Colombia. The city has a rich history and was the first Spanish colony on the American continent. It was also one of the first sanctuaries for freed African slaves in the Americas.

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.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Adventure Tours to Colombia, The Best Eco Tours in Colombia, The Best Food and Culinary Tours in Colombia, and The Best Luxury Tours to Colombia.


Which place is cheaper, Bogota or Cartagena?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Cartagena is $48, while the average daily cost in Bogota is $52. 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 Cartagena and Bogota in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Cartagena $27
    Bogota $26
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Cartagena $54
    Bogota $52
Compare Hotels in Cartagena and Bogota

Looking for a hotel in Cartagena or Bogota? 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 Cartagena


Hotels in Bogota


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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: Cartagena Hotel Prices and Bogota Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Cartagena $7.49
    Bogota $8.61

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cartagena

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Cartagena:

  • luxury private Vehicle, airport/hotel transfer or viceversa: $28
  • Walking Tour with Transfers - Gabriel García Márquez & Cartagena Walled City: $110
  • Try find your better than us! Airport transfer service in Cartagena HTL-APT(CTG): $17
  • Try find your better than us! Airport transfer service in Cartagena APT-HTL(CTG): $17
  • Transportation / Transfers: $27
  • Transfer in Private Vehicle from Manzanillo del Mar - Cartagena Airport (CTG): $23
  • Transfer in Private Vehicle from Cartagena Airport (CTG) - Manzanillo del Mar: $23
  • Transfer in Private Vehicle from Cartagena Airport (CTG) - City Center: $13
  • Transfer in Private Minivan from Manzanillo del Mar - Cartagena Airport (CTG): $29
  • Transfer in Private Minivan from City Center - Cartagena Airport (CTG): $20
  • Transfer in Private Minivan from Cartagena Airport (CTG) - City Center: $20
  • Transfer in Private Minivan Cartagena Airport (CTG) - Manzanillo del Mar: $18

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 in a Luxury Van: $134
  • Arrival Private Transfer from Bogota Airport BOG to Bogota City by Minibus: $124
  • Arrival Transfer from Bogota Airport BOG to Bogota by MiniSuv: $66
  • Bogotá to or from Barichara or San Gil Private Transfer: $167
  • Bogota Airport (BOG) to Downtown Round-Trip Private Transfer: $49
  • Bogota Airport BOG to Downtown Hotels Round Trip Private Transfer: $49
  • Departure Private Transfer Bogota City to Bogota Airport BOG in Business Car: $119
  • Departure Private Transfer Bogota City to Bogota Airport BOG in Luxury Van: $134
  • El Dorado International Airport (BOG) - Private Round trip transfer Bogota: $80
  • Layover Bogotá Private Tour + Transfer in & Out (4 Hrs.) : $149
  • Premium Private Transfer from El Dorado Airport to Bogota Hotels: $21
  • Private Arrival Transfer : From Airport to Bogotá Hotels : $31

Is it cheaper to fly into Cartagena or Bogota?

Prices for flights to both Bogota and Cartagena 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
    Cartagena $9.82
    Bogota $13

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cartagena

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

  • Featured in NYTimes > Arepas and Dancing: Danceable Cooking Class in Cartagena: $32
  • Cooking class of typical food at the beach and sunset view: $39
  • Taste Cartagena Food tour: $40
  • Street Food Tour in Cartagena: $42
  • Guided Street Food Tour with Tastings: $45
  • Cooking Class: Street food & Mojito making: $50
  • Local Flavors Food Tour with Native Chef: $50
  • Cooking class, Caribbean lunch at our place: $55
  • Cruise by the Bay with Dinner and Wine: $55
  • Private Dinner at a Local Chef's House in Cartagena: $58
  • Dinner Cruise Along Cartagena's Bay: $60
  • Cartagena Island Dinner (Island of Tierra Bomba): $60

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:

  • Peruvian cooking workshop: $26
  • Street Food Tour in Bogotá with Tastings: $45
  • Viejo Bogota Food Tour with 12+ 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
  • Private Street Food Tour in Candelaria Bogota: $132

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Cartagena $21
    Bogota $13

Tours and Activities in Cartagena

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

  • Beach Buggy ATV Adventure Tour CARTAGENA: $135
  • Eco cultural Historical Tour beyond Old City! + Pool: $98
  • Exciting Beach Buggy ATV Tour in Cartagena : $165
  • Palenque Native Guide, free entrance tickets, dance show & lunch: $110
  • Private Beach Tour in Barú and Optional Bird Aviary: $120
  • Private Tour & the best coffee of the world in Cartagena (Also for cruisers): $250
  • Rosario Islands Full Day Tour: $124
  • Walking Tour of Cartagena Including a Colombian Cup of Coffee: $95
  • "Luxury Day in Tierra Bomba Exclusive Tour to the best Beach Club": $103
  • 1 Hour Efoil FliteScooter Experience in Fenix Beach Cartagena : $96
  • 16. Punta Arena Tour (Tierra Bomba Island): $25
  • 17. Transportation for private CITY TOURS CARTAGENA: $105

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: $2.95
  • Colonial Bogotá: A Self-Guided Audio Tour of La Candelaria: $5.99
  • Self-Guided Audio Tour - El Dorado Expedition, Part II: $6.99
  • Self-Guided Audio Tour - El Dorado Expedition, Part I : $6.99
  • Bike Tour in La Candelaria Bogotá: $12
  • Graffiti Tour: a fascinating walk through a street art City: $13
  • Tour of the Colombian Armed Conflict: war, drug trafficking and peace: $13
  • Graffiti Tour in La Candelaria Bogotá: $13
  • Walking Tour in La Candelaria Bogotá: $14
  • Walking tour La Candelaria bogotá: $15
  • Ghost Tour Bogotá/ Tour de fantasmas bogotá : $16
  • Cycling tour in Simon Bolivar Park and Virgilio Barco Library: $17

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Cartagena $9.21
    Bogota $14

Sample the Local Flavors in Cartagena

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

  • Pub Crawl with Dancing Lessons and Free Shots: $20
  • Cartagena Pub Crawl: Let's Party & Matching in Getsemaní: $25
  • Pub Crawl-Last Call For Alcohol-Cartagena Night Tour (Bar/Club) : $27
  • Pub Crawl Only Locals Have Fun In The Walled City: $35
  • Pub Crawl Nightlife in Cartagena : $44
  • Nightlife Pub crawl in Cartagena: $74

Sample the Local Flavors in Bogota

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Bogota:

  • Thursday Bar Crawl in Bogotá: $25
  • Friday Night Bar Crawl in Bogotá : $25
  • Saturday Bar Crawl in La Candelaria, Bogotá: $25
  • Pub Crawl in Bogotá: $40
  • Pub Crawl in Bogota - Ancient Brews : $103


When comparing the travel costs between Cartagena and Bogota, we can see that Bogota 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 Cartagena Expensive? and Is Bogota Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Cartagena or Bogota?

Bogota has a larger population, and is about 7 times larger than the population of Cartagena. When comparing the sizes of Cartagena and Bogota, 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.


When is the best time to visit Cartagena or Bogota?

Both destinations experience a warmer climate most of the year. Instead of summer and winter seasons, they usually have a rainy season and a dry season. Although in the rainy season, it doesn't necessarily rain every day.

Should I visit Cartagena or Bogota in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Cartagena as well as Bogota. Cartagena attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate. The warm climate attracts visitors to Bogota throughout the year.

Cartagena usually gets more rain in July than Bogota. Cartagena gets 60 mm (2.4 in) of rain, while Bogota receives 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain this time of the year.

In July, Cartagena is generally much warmer than Bogota. Daily temperatures in Cartagena average around 29°C (84°F), and Bogota fluctuates around 14°C (57°F).


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Cartagena 29°C (84°F) 
    Bogota 14°C (57°F)

Should I visit Cartagena or Bogota in the Autumn?

Both Bogota and Cartagena are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities. The warm climate attracts visitors to Cartagena throughout the year. Plenty of visitors come to Bogota because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year.

It rains a lot this time of the year in Bogota. It's quite rainy in Cartagena. In October, Cartagena usually receives more rain than Bogota. Cartagena gets 150 mm (5.9 in) of rain, while Bogota receives 110 mm (4.3 in) of rain each month for the autumn.

Cartagena is much warmer than Bogota in the autumn. The daily temperature in Cartagena averages around 27°C (81°F) in October, and Bogota fluctuates around 14°C (57°F).


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Cartagena 27°C (81°F) 
    Bogota 14°C (57°F)

Should I visit Cartagena or Bogota in the Winter?

Both Bogota and Cartagena during the winter are popular places to visit. Plenty of visitors come to Cartagena because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Bogota year-round.

Cartagena usually gets less rain in January than Bogota. Cartagena gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Bogota receives 30 mm (1.2 in) of rain this time of the year.

In the winter, Cartagena is much warmer than Bogota. Typically, the winter temperatures in Cartagena in January average around 27°C (81°F), and Bogota averages at about 14°C (57°F).


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Cartagena 27°C (81°F) 
    Bogota 14°C (57°F)

Should I visit Cartagena or Bogota in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Cartagena and Bogota. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Cartagena year-round. Bogota attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate.

In April, Cartagena usually receives less rain than Bogota. Cartagena gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Bogota receives 90 mm (3.5 in) of rain each month for the spring.

In April, Cartagena is generally much warmer than Bogota. Daily temperatures in Cartagena average around 28°C (82°F), and Bogota fluctuates around 15°C (59°F).


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Cartagena 28°C (82°F) 
    Bogota 15°C (59°F)

Typical Weather for Bogota and Cartagena

Cartagena Bogota
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 27°C (81°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 14°C (57°F) 30 mm (1.2 in)
Feb 27°C (81°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 13°C (55°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
Mar 27°C (81°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 15°C (59°F) 50 mm (2 in)
Apr 28°C (82°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 15°C (59°F) 90 mm (3.5 in)
May 29°C (84°F) 50 mm (2 in) 15°C (59°F) 80 mm (3.1 in)
Jun 29°C (84°F) 70 mm (2.8 in) 14°C (57°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
Jul 29°C (84°F) 60 mm (2.4 in) 14°C (57°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
Aug 28°C (82°F) 80 mm (3.1 in) 14°C (57°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
Sep 29°C (84°F) 80 mm (3.1 in) 14°C (57°F) 70 mm (2.8 in)
Oct 27°C (81°F) 150 mm (5.9 in) 14°C (57°F) 110 mm (4.3 in)
Nov 28°C (82°F) 60 mm (2.4 in) 14°C (57°F) 70 mm (2.8 in)
Dec 27°C (81°F) 30 mm (1.2 in) 12°C (54°F) 50 mm (2 in)