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

Should you visit Medellin or Bogota?

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

Should I visit Medellin or Bogota? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city has activities that align with your interests along with knowing which is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the details and the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Where Should I go: Medellin or Bogota?


In addition to big improvements in public safety, Medellin has witnessed a huge surge in urban development projects, including Colombia's first metro system and cable cars to service poorer neighborhoods located high on the mountain sides. There is an abundance of parks, libraries, museums and public spaces with many cultural events taking place. Many travelers also enjoy visiting the surrounding villages, where life is simple and landscapes and nature reserves are wonderful. Medellin has now become one of the "it" cities in the world, with tons of tourists visiting and foreigners settling and retiring here. Beautiful mountains, warm weather, friendly locals, and a vibrant culture are just a few of the reasons why you should visit Medellin.


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 Medellin?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Medellin is $23, 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 Medellin and Bogota in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Medellin $4.75
    Bogota $26
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Medellin $9.50
    Bogota $52
Compare Hotels in Medellin and Bogota

Looking for a hotel in Medellin 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 Medellin

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: Medellin Hotel Prices and Bogota Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Medellin $4.14
    Bogota $8.77
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Medellin

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Medellin:

  • Taxi

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Medellin

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Medellin:

  • Transfer in private minivan Guatape- Medellin airport (MDE): $42
  • Transfer from or to Medellin's airport: $55
  • Transfer Private Car from Medellin city - Medellin Airport (MDE): $23
  • Transfer Private Car from Medellin Airport (MDE) - Medellin city: $23
  • Transfer Jose Maria Cordoba Airport -Hotel or Accommodation: $79
  • Transfer José María Córdova Airport - Medellin - Private Ride Airport .. !!: $45
  • Santa Marta Airport to Santa Marta (or vice versa) Private Transfer : $16
  • RoundtripTransfer Privatecar Medellin Airport (MDE) Medellin City: $40
  • Private Transfer from MDE Airport to Hotels and City of Medellín: $120
  • Private Transfer Jose Marie Cordova Airport to Medellin Bello: $100
  • Private Round Transfer to Guatape lakes and Penol rock!: $239
  • Private Medellin Airport Transfer with English-Speaking Driver: $50

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Bogota

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

  • Taxi from Airport
  • Taxi Ride
  • 2 Bus Passes

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
  • Bogotá Private Luxury Transfer - Airport Pick Up or Drop Off - SUV Mercedes Benz: $97
  • Bogotá to or from Villa de Leyva Private Transfer: $80
  • Bogota Airport (BOG) to Downtown Round-Trip Private Transfer: $48
  • Bogota Airport BOG to Downtown Hotels Round Trip Private Transfer: $48
  • Departure Private Transfer Bogota City to Bogota Airport BOG in Business Car: $118
  • Departure Private Transfer from Bogota City to Bogota Airport BOG in Minibus: $124
  • Downtown to Bogota Airport (BOG) Departure Private Transfer: $24
  • El Dorado International Airport (BOG) - Private Round trip transfer Bogota: $80
  • Premium Private Transfer from Bogota Hotels to El Dorado Airport: $17
  • Premium Private Transfer from El Dorado Airport to Bogota Hotels: $21

Is it cheaper to fly into Medellin or Bogota?

Prices for flights to both Bogota and Medellin 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
    Medellin $9.61
    Bogota $14
Typical Food Prices in Medellin

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

  • Lunch

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Medellin

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

  • Homemade Paisa Dinner at a Local's Home in Medellín: $71
  • Half-Day Food Tour Visiting the Best Viewpoints in Medellín!: $75
  • Sabor Colombiano Cooking Studio: $75
  • Food Tour in An Authentic Culinary Experience: $109
  • Combo Tour: Street Art, Christmas Lights and Food Tour in Medellin: $131
  • Medellin tour with Fernando Botero´s, street art and food tour: $138
  • Medellin City Tour Including The History of Tango and Lunch or Dinner: $138
  • Full Day Private Medellin City, Street Art and Food Tour: $145
  • Private tour: Medellin City – Pablo Escobar and Food Tour: $166
  • Combo Tour: Metro System, Christmas Lights and Food Tour of Medellin: $166
  • Combo Tour: Dark days & Christmas tour Including Lunch or Dinner: $166
  • A Night Out in Medellin with Dinner and Drinks Included: $175

Typical Food Prices in Bogota

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

  • Breakfast
  • Hot Dog

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
  • 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 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Medellin $13
    Bogota $13

Tours and Activities in Medellin

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

  • Medellin City Private Tour: $83
  • Private Full Day Tour in Guatape: $40
  • Private Tour to Explore Comuna 13 in Medellín: $65
  • Private tour Guatapé Peñol stone and coffee farm: $139
  • 2 Hour Medellin Off Road ATV Experiences: $160
  • 3 Hours City Tour in Medellin Colombia: $27
  • 4 hours Private Pablo Escobar Dark days Tour of Medellin: $60
  • 5-Hour Coffee and Pablo Express Mix Tour in Medellín: $110
  • ATV Quad Tour from Medellin with Transportation : $132
  • ATV Tour 3 Mountains Medellin: $170
  • ATV | Medellín: Quad Tour : $155
  • Amazing Arvi natural reserve private tour: $118

Typical Entertainment Prices in Bogota

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

  • Beer

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 Drinks for one day
    Medellin $7.21
    Bogota $14

Sample the Local Flavors in Medellin

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

  • Medellin Pub Crawl Including Food and City Tour: $139

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 Medellin and Bogota, we can see that Bogota is more expensive. And not only is Medellin much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Medellin would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Medellin 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 Bogota would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Bogota than you might in Medellin.

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

Which is Bigger, Medellin or Bogota?

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