A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Kathmandu vs. Bangkok for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Kathmandu or Bangkok?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Kathmandu and Bangkok can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Kathmandu or Bangkok?


Kathmandu is the capital and largest city in the country of Nepal. Its metropolitan area forms one large urban area that includes the area of Patan to the south. As of 2011 there were 2.5 million residents in the Kathmandu metropolis and over 3 million in the entire metropolitan area. Kathmandu is likely to be your entry point into Nepal and is a great place to pick up supplies and arrange the details for any treks you hope to do. Many travelers rush through Kathmandu, turned off by the pollution and crowds, but to skip Kathmandu is to miss a major cultural, financial, and influential part of what defines the country of Nepal. The city itself is quite fun to explore if you allow it enough time and an open mind.


Bangkok: a name synonymous with all things exotic. The vibrant and exciting capital of Thailand is not just a hub for Southeast Asia, but also a destination into itself. Known for an active nightlife and party scene, as well as great food, historic temples, and busy markets, Bangkok offers a diversity to entertain even the most experienced travelers.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Hiking & Trekking Tours in Nepal, The Best 10-Day Tours in Nepal, The Best Family-Friendly Tours to Thailand, and The Best Wildlife Tours to Thailand.

Which place is cheaper, Bangkok or Kathmandu?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Kathmandu is $57, while the average daily cost in Bangkok is $77. 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 Kathmandu and Bangkok in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Kathmandu $40
    Bangkok $42
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Kathmandu $80
    Bangkok $84
Compare Hotels in Kathmandu and Bangkok

Looking for a hotel in Kathmandu or Bangkok? 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 Kathmandu

Hotels in Bangkok

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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: Kathmandu Hotel Prices and Bangkok Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Kathmandu $6.95
    Bangkok $5.83
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Kathmandu

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Kathmandu:

  • Taxi Ride

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Kathmandu

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Kathmandu:

  • Deluxe Toyota Coaster Mini Bus Transfer From Kathmandu to Pokhara or V. V. : $22
  • From Bungee Jump over Bhotekosi River & Transfer: $160
  • From One-Way Private Transfer to Pokhara: $148
  • Kathmandu - Private departure transfer from Hotel to Airport : $15
  • Kathmandu Airport Arrival Transfer(Airport-Hotel): $22
  • Kathmandu Airport Arrival transfer: $20
  • Kathmandu Airport Meet And Greet Services with Private Transfer: $80
  • Kathmandu Airport Private Transfer Service: $17
  • Kathmandu Airport Private Transfers: $14
  • Kathmandu Airport Transfer: $16
  • Kathmandu Airport Transfer: $30
  • Kathmandu Ramechhap Airport Transfer: $28

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Bangkok

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

  • Tuk Tuk to bus station
  • Skytrain Ticket
  • Chao Phraya River Express Ticket
  • Ferry Ride
  • Taxi From Airport
  • Short Taxi Ride
  • Boat Taxi
  • Trains to airport

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bangkok

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bangkok:

  • Suvarnabhumi Airport Bus transfer to/from Bangkok: $4.12
  • Bus transfer from/to Suvarnabhumi Airport: $5.06
  • Try find your better than us ! Airport transfer service in Bangkok APT-HTL (BKK): $14
  • Bangkok Private Airport (BKK And DMK) Transfer: $14
  • Try find your better than us ! Airport transfer service in Bangkok HTL- APT(BKK): $14
  • Bangkok Airport Arrival – Shared Transfer: $14
  • Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) Departure Transfer (Shared or Private): $15
  • Private Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Transfer To City Hotels Or Hotel To Airport: $15
  • Arrival Private Transfer Bangkok Airport BKK or DMK to Bangkok City by Sedan Car: $17
  • Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Shared Departure Transfer : $17
  • Private Bangkok Airport Transfer: $17
  • Bangkok International Airport - Arrival Transfer: $17

Is it cheaper to fly into Kathmandu or Bangkok?

Prices for flights to both Bangkok and Kathmandu 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 Meals for one day
    Kathmandu $8.30
    Bangkok $18
Typical Food Prices in Kathmandu

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

  • Dessert
  • Dinner for Two

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Kathmandu

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

  • Half Day cooking class in Kathmandu by Local Chefs & Pickup: $9.37
  • Momo Making & Cooking class in Thamel with Pickup: $9.37
  • Best Half-Day Nepali Cooking Class & Hotel Pickup: $9.50
  • Best Half day cooking class in Thamel Kathmandu with Pickup: $10
  • Dinner with Cultural Show Kathmandu : $12
  • Half-Day Immersive Nepali Cooking Class in Thamel with pickup: $15
  • Cultural Dinner Show with Traditional Dance: $17
  • Half Day Cooking Class in Thamel with Local Market Visit: $23
  • Cooking Class in Thamel Kathmandu by Local Chef with pickup: $25
  • Momo, Dhalbhat & Thukpa Cooking Class, Nepal: $25
  • Private Cooking Class with Transfers and Lunch: $27
  • Kathmandu Culinary Adventure: A Cooking Class Experience: $27

Typical Food Prices in Bangkok

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Bangkok:

  • Dinner at Hard Rock Cafe (for Two)
  • Casual Lunch of Prawns (for Two)
  • 2 Rotis (Bread)
  • Mango & Sticky Rice
  • Lunch at KFC (for Two)
  • Pad Thai
  • Airport Lunch for 2
  • Lunch for 2

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bangkok

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

  • Bangkok Food Tour and Sightseeing with Tuktuk: $17
  • White Orchid Chao Phraya Dinner Cruise: $19
  • Chao Phraya Princess Dinner Cruise Ticket: $21
  • Baiyoke Observation Deck with Lunch/Dinner Buffet: $21
  • River Dinner Cruise on the Chao Phraya Princess: $23
  • Meridian Sunset Dinner Cruise - Floating Paradise From ICONSIAM Bangkok: $24
  • Twilight Dinner Cruise Along Chao Phraya River in Bangkok: $25
  • Viva Alangka Chao Phraya Dinner Cruise: $27
  • Alangka Luxury Buffet Dinner Cruise With Live Music: $27
  • Chao Phraya Buffet Dinner Viva Alangka Cruise: $27
  • Riverside Dinner Buffet Cruise On Chao Phraya: $27
  • Nopparat Thai Dinner with Classical Dance: $28

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Kathmandu $8.03
    Bangkok $16
Typical Entertainment Prices in Kathmandu

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

  • Monkey Temple for Two
  • Patan Durbar Square Entrance for Two
  • Swayambhunath Stupa

Tours and Activities in Kathmandu

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

  • 4 UNESCO World Heritage Site Tour Nepal: $0.43
  • Old A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $5.40
  • City Highlights Bus Tour: $9.56
  • Sarngkot Sunrise Himalayas Tour in Pokhara: $10
  • Skywalk Adventure in Nepal: $11
  • Nepal: Kathmandu City Flavors Guided Walking Tour: $12
  • Discovering Full-Day City Highlights Bus Tour: $12
  • Nepali Nightlife Experience in Kathmandu's Vibrant Thamel: $12
  • Tourist Bus Intercity Hassle free Shuttle all over Nepal: $12
  • Bandipur Tourist Bus Ticket: $12
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara Tourist Bus- MNS: $12
  • Chitwan To Kathmandu Tourist Bus: $13

Typical Entertainment Prices in Bangkok

Here are a few typical costs in Bangkok for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:

  • Movie Ticket
  • Grand Palace Entrance Ticket
  • Wat Pho (Reclining Buddha) Ticket
  • Dusit Zoo Entrance Fee (for Two)
  • Club Cover Charge
  • Thai Boxing Tickets (for Two)
  • Fish Pedicure
  • Wat Pho entrance ticket
  • Siriraj Museum (2)

Tours and Activities in Bangkok

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

  • Thailand's Road to Democracy: A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $1.99
  • Bangkok's Wireless Road: A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $6.99
  • Chinatown and Wat Traimit Self-Guided Walking Tour: $8.00
  • Skip the Line Admission Ticket of Ayothaya Floating Market: $8.41
  • Pororo Aqua Park Entry Ticket: $9.58
  • Skip the Line: Patpong Museum Guided Tour : $9.82
  • Wat Pho Reclining Buddha Self-Guided Audio Tour (entry not incl.): $10
  • Grand Palace Self-Guided Walking Tour: $10
  • Wat Arun Self-Guided Audio Tour: $10
  • Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho) Self-Guided Audio Tour: $10
  • Chinatown & Golden Buddha Self-Guided Audio Tour (entry not incl): $10
  • Grand Palace Self-Guided Walking Tour (entry not incl.): $10

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Kathmandu $5.77
    Bangkok $6.03

Typical Alcohol Prices in Bangkok

Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Bangkok are as follows:

  • Beer

Sample the Local Flavors in Bangkok

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Bangkok:

  • Pub Crawl and Club Night With Shots & VIP Entrance: $22

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

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

Which is Bigger, Kathmandu or Bangkok?

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