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

Should you visit Cartagena or Sucre?

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

Where Should I go: Cartagena or Sucre?

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.

Sucre

Sucre is famous for its gorgeous town center and delightful climate, making it for many Bolivia's most beautiful city. Also considered the symbolic heart of the nation, 'La ciudad blanca' or the white city has preserved stunning whitewashed buildings sheltering pretty patios and other beauties of colonial architecture. The city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1991 and is under strict controls on development. It offers many attractions including historic buildings and a renowned theatre, but you can also wander around prehistoric sites and discover indigenous culture in the surrounding towns and countryside.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Adventure Tours to Colombia, The Best Eco Tours in Colombia, The Best 3-Day Tours from La Paz, and The Best Hiking & Trekking Tours in Bolivia.


Which place is cheaper, Sucre 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 Sucre is $44. 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 Sucre in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Cartagena $27
    Sucre $11
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Cartagena $54
    Sucre $22
Compare Hotels in Cartagena and Sucre

Looking for a hotel in Cartagena or Sucre? 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 Sucre


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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 Sucre Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Cartagena $7.55
    Sucre $12

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cartagena

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Cartagena:

  • Cartagena Tour Privado x8 horas con Transfers: $406
  • Cartagena to Tayrona Park (or vice versa) Private Transfer: $296
  • 15. Transfer to SANTA MARTA from Cartagena Private or vice versa.: $290
  • Cartagena Tour Privado x5 horas con Transfers: $270
  • Cartagena to Santa Marta Private Transfer Service: $268
  • Cartagena to Santa Marta (or vice versa) Private Transfer : $265
  • Cartagena Tour Privado x3 horas con Transfers: $193
  • 8. Transfer to BARRANQUILLA from Cartagena Private or vice versa: $160
  • Cartagena to or from Tayrona Park Private Transfer: $153
  • 20. Transfer Rafael N. Airport-HOTEL LAS ISLAS-CALABLANCA: $142
  • Cartagena to Barranquilla Transfer Service: $136
  • Cartagena to or from Tayrona Park Private Transfer: $136

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Sucre

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


  • Taxi Ride
    $1.45

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Sucre

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

  • Departure Transfer from Sucre to Sucre Airport by MiniVan or Bus: $27
  • Private MiniVan or Bus Transfer from Sucre Airport SRE to Sucre: $28
  • Private Transfer from Sucre Airport SRE to Sucre by SUV or Car: $23
  • Private transfer Sucre - Uyuni, stopover in Potosí Mines: $227

Is it cheaper to fly into Cartagena or Sucre?

Prices for flights to both Sucre 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
    Sucre $18

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: $43
  • Street Food Cooking Class, Mojito making & Fruit tasting: $50
  • Cooking class, Caribbean lunch at our place: $52
  • Cruise by the Bay with Dinner and Wine: $55
  • Dinner Cruise Along Cartagena's Bay: $60
  • Cooking class: Street Food & Mojito making: $60
  • Street food tour: $61
  • 2 hours Sibarita Express Dinner: $63

Typical Food Prices in Sucre

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


  • Dinner
    $4.49
  • Juice
    $0.87
  • Juice
    $1.01
  • Chocolate
    $1.74
  • Cappuccino
    $4.35

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Sucre

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

  • Traditional Bolivian Cooking Class w/ Cocktail Making by La Boca del Sapo, Sucre: $40

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Cartagena $21
    Sucre $16

Tours and Activities in Cartagena

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

  • Cartagena Efoil FliteBoard Experience in Fenix Beach 1H: $150
  • Playa Blanca Private tour : $148
  • Playa Morena Beach Club Whith Lunch And Walking tour of fort San Fernando: $39
  • Private Beach Tour in Barú and Optional Bird Aviary: $120
  • Private Tour & the best coffee of the world in Cartagena (Also for cruisers): $250
  • Private city tour: $197
  • Rosario Islands Full Day Tour: $156
  • Shore excursion Accessible sightseeing tour : $170
  • Tour around the Rosario Islands 4 islands: $65
  • Walking Tour of Cartagena Including a Colombian Cup of Coffee: $95
  • ¡The Zenú Weaving Tour!: $84
  • "Essential Cartagena" Private Tour. : $70

Tours and Activities in Sucre

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

  • Free Walking tour (History, culture and traditions): $0.40
  • Walking tour in History, Culture & Amazing Views: $16
  • Walking tour Sucre: $18
  • Guided Walking Tour in Sucre: $20
  • Private Cultural Tour in Sucre with Visit to 3 Museums: $45
  • Sucre - Walking City Tour - Half Day - English Speaking guide: $64
  • JATUN YAMPARA - Nucleo Indigena, Agroartesanal - Half Day Tours: $66
  • Private Half Day Tour: Sucre Walking Tour with Hotel Pick up: $67
  • JATUN YAMPARA - Agro-artisan Indigenous Nucleus -Full Day Tours + Lunch: $85
  • 2-Day Icla Canyon Tour from Sucre: $87
  • City Tour & Museums - Private Service: $106
  • Sucre City Tour With Visit to Cretaceous Park: $123

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Cartagena $9.28
    Sucre $13

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's Best Pub Crawl all included!: $23
  • Cartagena Pub Crawl: Let's Party & Matching in Getsemaní: $24
  • 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
  • Get the Nightlife Vibe & Bar crawl: $46
  • Pub Crawl: $70
  • Nightlife Pub crawl in Cartagena: $71


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


Which is Bigger, Cartagena or Sucre?

Cartagena has a larger population, and is about 4 times larger than the population of Sucre. When comparing the sizes of Cartagena and Sucre, 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.