How Much Money Should You Budget for a Trip to Colombia?

How much it cos to travel to Colombia

Last updated on May 13th, 2021 at 04:52 pm

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My name is Frank and I run a travel agency in Bogota, Colombia. Have fun while reading!

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:
    COP 80.000
  • Bogotá – Cartagena:
    COP 120.000
  • Bogota – Yopal:
    COP 150.000
  • San Andrés – Providencia:
    COP 250.000
  • Medellín – Bahía Solano:
    COP 200.000
  • Bogotá – Pereira:
    COP 90.000

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.

Accommodation costs

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:
    COP 15.000
  • Hostel in major cities from:
    COP 20.000
  • Hostel in peripheral regions from:
    COP 15.000
  • Premium Hostel from:
    COP 35.000
  • Cheap hotels from:
    COP 35.000
  • Medium and good hotels from:
    COP 100.000
  • Expensive hotels from:
    COP 150.000

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:
    COP 350.000
  • Private transportation from Bogotá Airport to City:
    COP 120.000
  • Taxi Bogotá airport to the city:
    COP 20.000-30.000
  • Public transport Bogotá per trip:
    COP 2.000
  • Bus Bogotá to Medellín:
    COP 50.000
  • Taxi within Bogotá:
    COP 10.000-20.000
  • Mototaxi:
    COP 5.000

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:
    COP 500
  • Coffee with milk on the street:
    COP 1.000
  • Coffee in chic coffee:
    COP 4.000
  • Dish in public market:
    COP 7.000
  • Dish in restaurant:
    COP 20.000
  • Dish in a good restaurant:
    COP 35.000
  • Menu in the best restaurant of Bogotá:
    COP 150.000

Prices in the supermarket

  • Coffee 500g:
    COP 7.000
  • Premium coffee 500g:
    COP 20.000
  • Milk 1l:
    COP 1.700
  • Minced meat 500g:
    COP 10.000
  • Flour 500g:
    COP 3.400

Alcohol prices

  • Bottle of wine in the restaurant:
    COP 60.000
  • Beer in the supermarket 0.33ml:
    COP 1.300
  • Beer on the street:
    COP 2.000
  • Beer at Club:
    COP 4.000
  • Cocktail in bar:
    COP 20.000
  • Bottle of booze at the club:
    COP 60.000

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):
    COP 6.500
  • Entry into El Peñol:
    COP 18.000
  • Tayrona National Park Native:
    COP 31.000
  • Tayrona National Park Foreigners:
    COP 66.000
  • Gold Museum Bogota:
  • Botero Museum Bogota:
  • Tourist tax for San Andres and Providencia:
    COP 120.000
  • Lost City:
    COP 1.150.000
  • Sim card & 1GB:
    COP 20.000


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.

Colombia Travel Guides

There is much more to see in Colombia, you can find everything in my travel guides.

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