A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Cartagena vs. Castro for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Cartagena or Castro?

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 Castro can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Cartagena or Castro?

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.

Castro

The capital of Chiloe, modern and dynamic, has succeeded in keeping its authenticity even though it now has many gigantic supermarkets, hotels and other touristic infrastructures. It is located on the island's eastern coast, halfway between Ancud in the north and Quellon in the south, and is a convenient base for exploring the stunning sites in the region of Chiloe Island. The tourist information is located on the town square in front of the church.

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


Which place is cheaper, Castro 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 Castro is $92. 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 Castro in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Cartagena $27
    Castro $39
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Cartagena $54
    Castro $78
Compare Hotels in Cartagena and Castro

Looking for a hotel in Cartagena or Castro? 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 Castro


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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 Castro Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Cartagena $7.55
    Castro $21

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cartagena

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Cartagena:

  • Private Transfer from Bocagrande to Port of Cartagena: $25
  • 18.Transfer (Rafael N-Hotel Decameron Baru Airport) or vice versa: $90
  • 2. Transfer from the Airport to the Cartagena Hotel (or vice versa): $29
  • 20. Transfer Rafael N. Airport-HOTEL LAS ISLAS-CALABLANCA: $142
  • 6.Transfer (Airport-Manzanillo KARIBANA-ESTELAR) Or Vice Versa: $40
  • 8. Transfer to BARRANQUILLA from Cartagena Private or vice versa: $160
  • Air Conditioning Bus transfer: $10
  • Airport Transfer - Hotel Cartagena: $24
  • Airport Transfers Cartagena: $38
  • Arrival Transfer Cartagena Airport CTG to Cartagena by MiniSuv: $105
  • Baru: Rafael Nunez International Airport Private Transfer: $86
  • Cartagena Airport (CTG) to Cartagena - Arrival Private Transfer: $24

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Castro

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Castro:

  • Chiloe Airport Private Transfer: $43

Is it cheaper to fly into Cartagena or Castro?

Prices for flights to both Castro 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 $9.90
    Castro $38

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: $44
  • Street Food cooking class, Mojito making & Fruit tasting: $50
  • Local Flavors Food Tour with Native Chef: $50
  • Cooking class, Caribbean lunch at our place: $54
  • Cruise by the Bay with Dinner and Wine: $55
  • Private Dinner at a Local Chef's House in Cartagena: $58
  • Cooking class: Street Food & Mojito making: $60
  • Cartagena Gourmet: Cooking Class with a View, Elegance & Flavor: $60

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Cartagena $21
    Castro $22

Tours and Activities in Cartagena

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

  • Emeralds Tour: $0.03
  • Cartagena de Indias: A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $5.99
  • Into the Walls of The City: A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $5.99
  • Self-Guided Audio Tour - The Great Battle: Fort of San Felipe: $6.99
  • Old Town & Getsemani Quarter Self-guided Tour: $8.57
  • Artists' Quarter Getsemani Self-guided Tour: $8.57
  • Old Town Highlights Self-guided Tour: $8.57
  • Tour the city on a rumba in a typical bus: $9.44
  • Barù Island Playa Blanca with tourist guide: $9.93
  • Self-Guided Audio Tour - Legends of the Streets of Downtown : $10
  • Self-Guided Audio Tour: The Rise of the Wall City Part I: $10
  • Historic Free Tour Slavery and Gethsemane Heritage: $10

Tours and Activities in Castro

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

  • Private Half Day Tour in Patrimonial Castro: $30
  • Castro Sightseeing Tour in Chiloe: $57
  • From Puerto Varas: Chiloe Island Full-day Tour: $65
  • Bosque Piedra Reserve Tour: $106
  • Dalcahue and Quinchao Island Full Day Tour in Chiloe: $118
  • Pier of Light Full Day Tour in Chiloe: $142
  • Lemuy Island Tour from Castro: $178
  • Full Day Private Chiloe National Park Tour Following "The Darwin´s Route" : $179
  • Lemuy Island in Chiloe Full Day Private Tour: $181
  • Dock of Souls Trekking in Chiloe Private Tour: $188

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Cartagena $9.28
    Castro $18

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 Getsemaní: $18
  • Pub Crawl with Dancing Lessons and Free Shots: $19
  • Cartagena Pub Crawl: Let's Party & Matching in Getsemaní: $24
  • Nightlife Pub crawl in Cartagena: $72


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Cartagena and Castro, we can see that Castro is more expensive. And not only is Cartagena much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Cartagena would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Cartagena 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 Castro would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Castro than you might in Cartagena.

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


Which is Bigger, Cartagena or Castro?

Cartagena has a larger population, and is about 30 times larger than the population of Castro. When comparing the sizes of Cartagena and Castro, 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.