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

Should you visit Sao Paulo or Bogota?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Sao Paulo 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: Sao Paulo or Bogota?

Sao Paulo

With a population of around 11 million, and 20 million in the metropolitan area, Sao Paulo is the largest city in Brazil. It's also one of the wealthiest cities in the southern hemisphere, although you don't have to look far to see the income disparities and inequalities that exist. The city is diverse and culturally rich, with excellent food, music, and entertainment.

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 Tours for Outdoor and Nature Lovers in Brazil, The Best Adventure Tours to Brazil, Tours for Outdoor and Nature Lovers in Colombia, and The Best Adventure Tours to Colombia.


Which place is cheaper, Bogota or Sao Paulo?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Sao Paulo is $53, while the average daily cost in Bogota is $52. 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 Sao Paulo and Bogota in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Sao Paulo $30
    Bogota $26
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Sao Paulo $60
    Bogota $52
Compare Hotels in Sao Paulo and Bogota

Looking for a hotel in Sao Paulo 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 Sao Paulo


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: Sao Paulo Hotel Prices and Bogota Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Sao Paulo $5.96
    Bogota $8.61

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Sao Paulo

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

  • airport transfer: $114
  • Viracopos Airport VCP to Poços de Caldas Thermal Arrival Transfer: $81
  • Viracopos Airport (VCP) to Águas de Lindoia-RoundTrip Transfer: $77
  • Try find your better than us! Airport transfer service in Sao Paulo APT-HTL(GRU): $61
  • Try find your better than us! Airport transfer service in São Paulo HTL-APT(GRU): $61
  • Transfer from São Paulo to Port of Santos: $138
  • Transfer VCP airport Viracopos <> GRU airport / Sao Paulo city: $130
  • Transfer GRU airport Guarulhos <> Sao Paulo / Hotel / CGH airport: $64
  • Transfer CGH Airport Congonhas <> Sao Paulo city / Hotel: $36
  • Sao Paulo to Campinas Viracopos Airport (VCP) - Private Transfer: $39
  • Sao Paulo hotels to Campinas Airport (VCP) - Departure Transfer: $39
  • Sao Paulo Airport to Beach Resorts - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $177

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Bogota

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


  • Taxi from Airport
    $7.42
  • Taxi Ride
    $0.39
  • 2 Bus Passes
    $0.87

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bogota

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

  • Bogotá to or from Barichara or San Gil Private Transfer: $167
  • Layover Bogotá Private Tour + Transfer in & Out (4 Hrs.) : $149
  • Arrival Private Transfer Bogota Airport BOG to Bogota City in a Luxury Van: $134
  • Departure Private Transfer Bogota City to Bogota Airport BOG in Luxury Van: $134
  • Arrival Private Transfer from Bogota Airport BOG to Bogota City by Minibus: $124
  • Departure Private Transfer Bogota City to Bogota Airport BOG in Business Car: $119
  • El Dorado International Airport (BOG) - Private Round trip transfer Bogota: $80
  • Arrival Transfer from Bogota Airport BOG to Bogota by MiniSuv: $66
  • Bogota Airport BOG to Downtown Hotels Round Trip Private Transfer: $49
  • Bogota Airport (BOG) to Downtown Round-Trip Private Transfer: $49
  • Roundtrip Transfer Private Minivan Bogota City Airport (BOG) - Bogota City: $40
  • Salt Cathedral Zipaquira • Premium Private Transfer: $39

Is it cheaper to fly into Sao Paulo or Bogota?

Prices for flights to both Bogota and Sao Paulo 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
    Sao Paulo $15
    Bogota $13

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Sao Paulo

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

  • Private Traditional Brazilian or Paulistano Cooking Class with a Chef: $130
  • Authentic Brazilian Cooking Experience in SP: Feijoada & Moqueca: $189

Typical Food Prices in Bogota

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


  • Breakfast
    $1.54
  • Hot Dog
    $0.90

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bogota

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

  • Peruvian cooking workshop: $26
  • Street Food Tour in Bogotá with Tastings: $45
  • Viejo Bogota Food Tour with 12+ 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
  • Private Street Food Tour in Candelaria Bogota: $132

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Sao Paulo $4.08
    Bogota $13

Tours and Activities in Sao Paulo

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

  • 2 Hours Private São Paulo Museum of Modern Art Tour: $240
  • 3 Beaches Hiking Santo Amaro Island - Paradise Route Tour from São Paulo: $125
  • 3H CITY TOUR (pick up / delivery within Sao Paulo city limits): $150
  • 4-Hour Private Tour in Sao Paulo: $300
  • 4-hour Sum-up Private Tour Of São Paulo Including Its Major Attractions : $134
  • 5 Hour City Tour in São Paulo: $90
  • 5-hour Pelé Private Tour: The King of Football : $162
  • 5-hour Private Tour Of São Paulo With Its Main Sights – Optional Airport Pickup: $162
  • 5-hour private tour in São Paulo (departures from hotels and airport): $153
  • 5h City Tour (pick up & delivery within SaoPaulo city): $250
  • 6 Hour Ayrton Senna Tour – The Greatest Formula 1 Drivers of all Time: $182
  • 6-Hour Classic Half-Day Private Tour of São Paulo – Optional Airport Pickup : $178

Typical Entertainment Prices in Bogota

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


  • Beer
    $1.29

Tours and Activities in Bogota

For Bogota, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Bogota Zipaquira Salt Cathedral Private Tour + Lunch: $80
  • La Candelaria and Monserrate Walking Half Day Tour: $187
  • Lake Guatavitá Private Day Tour: $204
  • Salt Cathedral Zipaquira - Group tour and daily departure: $80
  • Zipaquira Salt Cathedral group tour Daily Departures: $80
  • *Private tour* to Guatavita sacred lagoon + Nemocon salt mine: $155
  • 3 Day Desert of the Tatacoa, an unforgettable experience closer to the stars: $299
  • 3h 30 -Hour StopOver—Walking Tour: Bogota Historical Center: $54
  • 4 Hour Bogota Bike Tour: $36
  • 4 Hours Private Tour to Monserrate from Bogotá: $69
  • 4-Hour Private Tour of Bogotá with Guide and Transportation: $77
  • 4-Hours E-Bike Tour in Bogotá City, Colombia: $43

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Sao Paulo $3.55
    Bogota $14

Sample the Local Flavors in Sao Paulo

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Sao Paulo:

  • São Paulo Nightlife: Pub Crawl in the City that Never Sleeps!: $49
  • Half Day Private Wine Tour from São Roque: $54
  • 4 Hours Pub Crawl in Vila Madalena: $150
  • Fine wine tastings in São Roque - Tour with local guides: $180

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
  • Saturday Bar Crawl in La Candelaria, Bogotá: $25
  • Pub Crawl in Bogotá: $40
  • Pub Crawl in Bogota - Ancient Brews : $103


When comparing the travel costs between Sao Paulo and Bogota, we can see that Sao Paulo 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 Sao Paulo Expensive? and Is Bogota Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Sao Paulo or Bogota?

Sao Paulo has a larger population, and is about 41% larger than the population of Bogota. When comparing the sizes of Sao Paulo 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 Sao Paulo or Bogota?

Sao Paulo 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 Sao Paulo or Bogota in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Sao Paulo and Bogota. Bogota attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate.

In the summer, Sao Paulo is much warmer than Bogota. Typically, the summer temperatures in Sao Paulo in January average around 25°C (77°F), and Bogota averages at about 14°C (57°F)in July.

Sao Paulo gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In January, Sao Paulo usually receives more rain than Bogotain July. Sao Paulo gets 170 mm (6.7 in) of rain, while Bogota receives 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures January and July
    Sao Paulo 25°C (77°F) 
    Bogota 14°C (57°F)

Should I visit Sao Paulo or Bogota in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Sao Paulo as well as Bogota. The warm climate attracts visitors to Bogota throughout the year.

In April, Sao Paulo is generally much warmer than Bogotain October. Daily temperatures in Sao Paulo average around 22°C (72°F), and Bogota fluctuates around 14°C (57°F).

It's quite rainy in Bogota. Sao Paulo usually gets less rain in April than Bogotain October. Sao Paulo gets 50 mm (2 in) of rain, while Bogota receives 110 mm (4.3 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures April and October
    Sao Paulo 22°C (72°F) 
    Bogota 14°C (57°F)

Should I visit Sao Paulo or Bogota in the Winter?

Both Bogota and Sao Paulo are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities. Plenty of visitors come to Bogota because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year.

Sao Paulo is a little warmer than Bogota in the winter. The daily temperature in Sao Paulo averages around 19°C (66°F) in July, and Bogota fluctuates around 14°C (57°F)in January.

In July, Sao Paulo usually receives less rain than Bogotain January. Sao Paulo gets 20 mm (0.8 in) of rain, while Bogota receives 30 mm (1.2 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures July and January
    Sao Paulo 19°C (66°F) 
    Bogota 14°C (57°F)

Should I visit Sao Paulo or Bogota in the Spring?

Both Bogota and Sao Paulo during the spring are popular places to visit. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Bogota year-round.

In the spring, Sao Paulo is a little warmer than Bogota. Typically, the spring temperatures in Sao Paulo in October average around 21°C (70°F), and Bogota averages at about 15°C (59°F)in April.

Sao Paulo usually gets around the same amount of rain in October as Bogotain April. Sao Paulo gets 90 mm (3.5 in) of rain, while Bogota receives 90 mm (3.5 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures October and April
    Sao Paulo 21°C (70°F) 
    Bogota 15°C (59°F)

Typical Weather for Bogota and Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo Bogota
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 25°C (77°F) 170 mm (6.7 in) 14°C (57°F) 30 mm (1.2 in)
Feb 25°C (77°F) 170 mm (6.7 in) 13°C (55°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
Mar 24°C (75°F) 120 mm (4.7 in) 15°C (59°F) 50 mm (2 in)
Apr 22°C (72°F) 50 mm (2 in) 15°C (59°F) 90 mm (3.5 in)
May 21°C (70°F) 30 mm (1.2 in) 15°C (59°F) 80 mm (3.1 in)
Jun 19°C (66°F) 20 mm (0.8 in) 14°C (57°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
Jul 19°C (66°F) 20 mm (0.8 in) 14°C (57°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
Aug 19°C (66°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 14°C (57°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
Sep 21°C (70°F) 60 mm (2.4 in) 14°C (57°F) 70 mm (2.8 in)
Oct 21°C (70°F) 90 mm (3.5 in) 14°C (57°F) 110 mm (4.3 in)
Nov 23°C (73°F) 110 mm (4.3 in) 14°C (57°F) 70 mm (2.8 in)
Dec 24°C (75°F) 150 mm (5.9 in) 12°C (54°F) 50 mm (2 in)