My name is Frank and I run a travel agency based in Bogota, Colombia. If you have any comments or suggestions, please write them in our comments section below. Thank you, and have a fantastic trip to Colombia!
Is Colombia a cheap travel destination?
Colombia was and still is a relatively cheap travel destination. As a backpacker you can get by on a low budget for a long time and thereby extend the travel time considerably. Prices and costs in Colombia vary widely and you can travel from cheap to very cheap but also expensive.
You can also travel very cheaply if you don’t want to stay in luxury hotels. Many good standard hotels can already be booked cheaply.
In the following I will give all prices in COP (Colombian Pesos) because the exchange rates fluctuate strongly. The COP exchange rate has dropped 30% against the USD in the past 3 months. However, to find a timely exchange rate, easy enter “USD COP” in Google and you get straight to a conversion machine with current rates. For other currencies, simply replace the “USD” with the abbreviation of the corresponding currency, for example “EUR COP”.
However, if we assume a target price for USD/COP of 1/4,000, then the following applies:
10,000 pesos = USD 2.5
Cost of flights to Colombia
Flights from the USA to Colombia can already be booked for USD 200.—. Flights from Europe are available from EUR 500.—. A list of all flight connections to Colombia can also be found in my Colombia Travel Guide.
Cost of flights within Colombia
The flight connections within the country are extremely good. There are numerous flights by various airlines between the country’s major cities every day. There are also low-cost airlines with reduced services. These generally have cheaper airfares, but not always. It is therefore advisable to always check the prices of the other airlines and do this directly on the corresponding company website. Bargain hunters should compare the prices on their cell phones and computers as well as in different browsers. The following prices are the cheapest guide prices. Depending on the season and demand, these can of course also multiply. Connections between major cities are usually cheaper than flights to smaller destinations.
- Bogotá – Medellin:
- Bogotá – Cartagena:
- Bogota – Yopal:
- San Andrés – Providencia:
- Medellín – Bahía Solano:
- Bogotá – Pereira:
All connections with the corresponding airlines can also be found in my various travel guides from different regions. Be aware that through Skyscanner or other platforms you do not find all airlines flying in Colombia.
As already mentioned, accommodations in Colombia are generally cheap. There are also destinations where hotels are cheaper than hostels, with a private room, private bathroom and breakfast. There are also premium hostels in some destinations where a bed in a dormitory is expensive.
It is important to mention here that in some hotels there is no advantage in booking directly on site. I have been there several times and then booked through a booking platform because negotiations did not lead to lower prices and the prices through a booking platform were ultimately 10-30% cheaper.
- Hammock in La Guajira from:
- Hostel in major cities from:
- Hostel in peripheral regions from:
- Premium Hostel from:
- Cheap hotels from:
- Medium and good hotels from:
- Expensive hotels from:
Terrestrial transportation costs
Costs of terrestrial transportation in Colombia are expensive and cheap. Public transport in the cities, as well as collectivos and taxis as well as bus connections are generally cheap. However, as soon as you want to move outside of these routes in a private transport, the costs increase massively. This has to do with the topography on the one hand, and the lack of infrastructure on the other. In some areas you need a potent 4×4. In addition, there are road tariffs in many regions of Colombia.
In any case, you should always ask the price in advance.
- Private transportation including driver per day:
- Private transportation from Bogotá Airport to City:
- Taxi Bogotá airport to the city:
- Public transport Bogotá per trip:
- Bus Bogotá to Medellín:
- Taxi within Bogotá:
You can also buy tickets online directly via RedBus.
Food, meal and alcohol costs
Colombia is an absolute paradise and food is generally cheap. As a backpacker, you sometimes have to ask yourself whether it is worth shopping in the supermarket to cook yourself. For fruits and vegetables you should also go to the public market. For COP 30,000 you get a huge carrier bag full with a considerable weight.
Various food prices
- Black coffee (Tinto) on the street:
- Coffee with milk on the street:
- Coffee in chic coffee:
- Dish in public market:
- Dish in restaurant:
- Dish in a good restaurant:
- Menu in the best restaurant of Bogotá:
Prices in the supermarket
- Coffee 500g:
- Premium coffee 500g:
- Milk 1l:
- Minced meat 500g:
- Flour 500g:
- Bottle of wine in the restaurant:
- Beer in the supermarket 0.33ml:
- Beer on the street:
- Beer at Club:
- Cocktail in bar:
- Bottle of booze at the club:
Costs for various activities
The prices vary depending on the location and activity. In some places, prices for Colombian residents are also somewhat cheaper than for foreigners. Generally, the prices for not too exclusive activities are not that high, but there are exceptions as well.
- Travel on Monserrate Bogota (prices vary):
- Entry into El Peñol:
- Tayrona National Park Native:
- Tayrona National Park Foreigners:
- Gold Museum Bogota:
COP 4.000/SUNDAY FREE
- Botero Museum Bogota:
- Tourist tax for San Andres and Providencia:
- Lost City:
- Sim card & 1GB:
In the larger cities there are free tours that work on tip basis. Otherwise, local travel agencies usually offer group tours, which are cheap. However, you should keep in mind that you get what you pay for.
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