A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Istanbul vs. Bogota for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Istanbul or Bogota?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Istanbul or Bogota, this travel comparison, which includes costs, can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison down below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Where Should I go: Istanbul or Bogota?

Istanbul

Istanbul is strategically located on the Bosphorus and is split between Europe and Asia. It truly is a city where east meets west. Istanbul is the cultural and financial hub of Turkey, and also the most populous city. The sites are countless and there's something for everybody, whether you're interested in art, music, food, or adventure. You can pass many days exploring both the residential and commercial pockets of this city. Much of the appeal is hidden away along back alleys or within corner shops.

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 Budget Tours to Turkey, The Best Tours for Seniors to Turkey, Tours for Outdoor and Nature Lovers in Colombia, and The Best Adventure Tours to Colombia.


Which place is cheaper, Bogota or Istanbul?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Istanbul is $126, while the average daily cost in Bogota is $53. 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 Istanbul and Bogota in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Istanbul $47
    Bogota $26
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Istanbul $94
    Bogota $52
Compare Hotels in Istanbul and Bogota

Looking for a hotel in Istanbul 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 Istanbul


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: Istanbul Hotel Prices and Bogota Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Istanbul $55
    Bogota $8.77
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Istanbul

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


  • Ferry
    $0.09
  • Local Bus
    $0.09

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Istanbul

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Istanbul:

  • İstanbul: Bosphorus Sunset Cruise on Luxury Yacht W/Transfer: $47
  • İstanbul Vip Airport Transfer : $50
  • İstanbul Private Arrival Transfer : $56
  • İstanbul Airport Transfer : Your reliable & Stress-Free ride: $55
  • VIP Transfer from Hotel to Airport in Istanbul: $27
  • Two Ways Istanbul Airport VIP Transfer: $98
  • Try find your better than us! Airport transfer service in Istanbul APT-HTL (IST): $43
  • Transfer from Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport(SAW)to Istanbul Port: $31
  • Transfer from Istanbul Port to Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport(SAW: $31
  • Transfer from Hotels to Airports in Istanbul by Private Minivan : $60
  • Transfer from Hotels to Airports in Istanbul by Private Eco-Sedan: $49
  • Transfer for Istanbul Airport(EUROPEAN SIDE): $82

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Bogota

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


  • Taxi from Airport
    $7.56
  • Taxi Ride
    $0.39
  • 2 Bus Passes
    $0.89

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bogota

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

  • Private Transfer from the Airport to Hotels in Bogota: $12
  • Private Arrival or Departure Transfer: El Dorado Airport (One Way): $13
  • Transfer from El Dorado Airport to Hotels in Bogota (one way): $15
  • Premium Private Transfer from Bogota Hotels to El Dorado Airport: $17
  • Private Hotel to Airport Transfer service in Bogota: $17
  • Transfer in private SUV from Bogota City - Bogota Airport (BOG): $18
  • Private Bogota airport pick up transfer service: $20
  • Private Transfer El Dorado Airport to Hotels in Bogotá: $20
  • Premium Private Transfer from El Dorado Airport to Bogota Hotels: $21
  • Downtown to Bogota Airport (BOG) Departure Private Transfer: $24
  • Private Transfer from Bogotá-El Dorado (BOG) Airport to Bogotá City: $33
  • Bogota Airport (BOG) to Downtown Round-Trip Private Transfer: $48

Is it cheaper to fly into Istanbul or Bogota?

Prices for flights to both Bogota and Istanbul 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
    Istanbul $31
    Bogota $14
Typical Food Prices in Istanbul

Some typical examples of dining costs in Istanbul are as follows:


  • Juice
    $0.06
  • Turkish Delight
    $0.02
  • Dessert
    $0.26
  • Pastries
    $0.05

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Istanbul

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

  • Dinner Cruise and Entertainment with Private Table: $17
  • Bosphorus Dinner Cruise , Unlimited Drinks, & Show: $21
  • Bosphorus Luxury Catamaran Cruise with Dinner Show: $25
  • Bosphorus Dinner Cruise and Turkish Night Show: $26
  • Bosphorus Dinner Cruise & Show with Private Table: $26
  • Bosphorus Boat Cruise with Dinner & Entertainment: $27
  • Istanbul Bosphorus Dinner Cruise with Unlimited Drinks and Shows: $28
  • Istanbul Bosphorus Dinner Cruise: $28
  • Istanbul Bosphorus Dinner Cruise and Turkish Night Show: $29
  • Half Day Sunset Luxury Yacht Dinner Cruise Tour in Istanbul: $29
  • 3 Hour Ottoman Dinner Cruise in Istanbul : $29
  • Turkish Night on the Bosphorus Dinner Cruise: $30

Typical Food Prices in Bogota

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


  • Breakfast
    $1.57
  • Hot Dog
    $0.92

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bogota

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

  • Bogota Local Food Tour in the City Center: $13
  • Peruvian cooking workshop: $26
  • Street Food Tour in Bogota with 10+ Tastings: $45
  • Viejo Bogota Food Tour with 13+ 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
  • Carimañola Cooking Class in Bogota: $60
  • Bogotá Food Tour - La Candelaria: $61
  • Private Colombian Cooking Class and Market Tour In Bogota: $90
  • Dinner and party at Andres Carne de Res DC: $100
  • Private Street Food Tour in Candelaria Bogota: $130
  • Gastronomy & Cooking Class Private Tour (6 Hrs.): $229

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Istanbul $79
    Bogota $13
Typical Entertainment Prices in Istanbul

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Istanbul are as follows:


  • Bosphurus Boat (for 2)
    $0.62
  • Yerebatan Cistern for Two
    $0.62
  • Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts for Two
    $0.31
  • Hagia Sofia entrance
    $0.93

Tours and Activities in Istanbul

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Istanbul are as follows:

  • 2 Hours Ultimate Kebab Experience in Galata, Istanbul: $128
  • 4 Hours Private Highlights Tour Of Istanbul: $273
  • All in One Day Istanbul - Historical Tour of Istanbul with Bosphorus Cruise: $164
  • Full Day Private Guided Istanbul Tour: $42
  • Green Bursa ~ Uludag Mountain, private Tour;Solo ;Groups: $60
  • Istanbul City Tour Full Day (ASIA AND EUROPE) and Bosphorus Tour: $120
  • Istanbul Customized Daily Tour: $200
  • Istanbul Half Day City Tour (Ottoman Relics): $55
  • City Highlights Tour w/Hagia Sophia & Blue Mosque: $35
  • Must - See Istanbul Stops 1: Half Day Morning Tour: $139
  • 1 Day Private Istanbul Guided Tour: $68
  • 1-Day Private Istanbul Layover Tour : $220

Typical Entertainment Prices in Bogota

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


  • Beer
    $1.31

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
  • Graffiti Tour in La Candelaria Bogotá: $13
  • Shared Tour of the Historic Candelaria in Bogotá: $13
  • Graffiti Tour: a fascinating walk through a street art City: $13
  • Walking Tour in La Candelaria Bogotá: $14
  • Walking Tour through Candelaria: $14
  • Walking tour La Candelaria bogotá: $15
  • Ghost Tour Bogotá/ Tour de fantasmas bogotá : $15
  • Full Day Tour to the Colonial Town of Villa de Leyva: $15

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Istanbul $15
    Bogota $14

Sample the Local Flavors in Istanbul

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Istanbul:

  • Istanbul 7-Hour Pub Crawl: Big Night Out: $27
  • Party Pub Crawl with Party Bus: $29
  • Wine Tasting Experience in Istanbul : $45
  • Istanbul Wine Tasting at Home with Local Family: $84
  • Istanbul Private Wine Tasting Tour Through 3 City Wineries : $246
  • Istanbul Private and Guided, Food and Wine Tasting Tour: $430
  • Luxury Wine Tasting on a Private Yacht: $840

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
  • Pub Crawl in Bogotá: $40
  • Pub Crawl in Bogota - Ancient Brews : $103


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

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


Which is Bigger, Istanbul or Bogota?

Istanbul has a larger population, and is about 57% larger than the population of Bogota. When comparing the sizes of Istanbul 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 Istanbul or Bogota?

Istanbul has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, but Bogota experiences a warm climate with fairly sunny weather most of the year.

Should I visit Istanbul or Bogota in the Summer?

Both Bogota and Istanbul during the summer are popular places to visit. The summer months attract visitors to Istanbul because of the city activities and the family-friendly experiences. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Bogota year-round.

Istanbul is much warmer than Bogota in the summer. The daily temperature in Istanbul averages around 24°C (74°F) in July, and Bogota fluctuates around 14°C (57°F).

Istanbul usually gets less rain in July than Bogota. Istanbul gets 19 mm (0.7 in) of rain, while Bogota receives 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Istanbul 24°C (74°F) 
    Bogota 14°C (57°F)

Should I visit Istanbul or Bogota in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Istanbul and Bogota. The city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area are the main draw to Istanbul this time of year. Bogota attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate.

In the autumn, Istanbul is a little warmer than Bogota. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Istanbul in October average around 16°C (61°F), and Bogota averages at about 14°C (57°F).

Bogota receives a lot of rain in the autumn. In October, Istanbul usually receives less rain than Bogota. Istanbul gets 71 mm (2.8 in) of rain, while Bogota receives 110 mm (4.3 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Istanbul 16°C (61°F) 
    Bogota 14°C (57°F)

Should I visit Istanbul or Bogota in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Istanbul as well as Bogota. Many travelers come to Istanbul for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine. The warm climate attracts visitors to Bogota throughout the year.

In January, Istanbul is generally much colder than Bogota. Daily temperatures in Istanbul average around 6°C (43°F), and Bogota fluctuates around 14°C (57°F).

Istanbul usually gets more rain in January than Bogota. Istanbul gets 99 mm (3.9 in) of rain, while Bogota receives 30 mm (1.2 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Istanbul 6°C (43°F) 
    Bogota 14°C (57°F)

Should I visit Istanbul or Bogota in the Spring?

Both Bogota and Istanbul are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities. Many visitors come to Istanbul in the spring for the activities around the city and the natural beauty. Plenty of visitors come to Bogota because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year.

Istanbul is cooler than Bogota in the spring. The daily temperature in Istanbul averages around 13°C (55°F) in April, and Bogota fluctuates around 15°C (59°F).

In April, Istanbul usually receives less rain than Bogota. Istanbul gets 49 mm (1.9 in) of rain, while Bogota receives 90 mm (3.5 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Istanbul 13°C (55°F) 
    Bogota 15°C (59°F)

Typical Weather for Bogota and Istanbul

Istanbul Bogota
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 6°C (43°F) 99 mm (3.9 in) 14°C (57°F) 30 mm (1.2 in)
Feb 6°C (44°F) 67 mm (2.6 in) 13°C (55°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
Mar 8°C (47°F) 62 mm (2.4 in) 15°C (59°F) 50 mm (2 in)
Apr 13°C (55°F) 49 mm (1.9 in) 15°C (59°F) 90 mm (3.5 in)
May 17°C (63°F) 31 mm (1.2 in) 15°C (59°F) 80 mm (3.1 in)
Jun 21°C (71°F) 21 mm (0.8 in) 14°C (57°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
Jul 24°C (74°F) 19 mm (0.7 in) 14°C (57°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
Aug 24°C (74°F) 26 mm (1 in) 14°C (57°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
Sep 20°C (69°F) 41 mm (1.6 in) 14°C (57°F) 70 mm (2.8 in)
Oct 16°C (61°F) 71 mm (2.8 in) 14°C (57°F) 110 mm (4.3 in)
Nov 12°C (54°F) 89 mm (3.5 in) 14°C (57°F) 70 mm (2.8 in)
Dec 9°C (47°F) 122 mm (4.8 in) 12°C (54°F) 50 mm (2 in)