Travel budget and cost of living in Bolivia how much does a trip cost?

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Travel budget in Bolivia

Bolivia: calculate your travel budget

Bolivia: sample budgets by traveller type

These example budgets assume a 2-week holiday in Bolivia for 2 people.

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 27 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 6.6 per person
  • $ 1.4 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 603* (3948 BOB)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 77 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 15 per person
  • $ 9.6 per person
  • $ 6.9 per person

Total budget:

$ 1947* (12726 BOB)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 94 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 22 per person
  • $ 25 per person
  • $ 14 per person

Total budget:

$ 2988* (19530 BOB)

* Estimated local budget for 2 people for 2 weeks. This represents an average across the country (budget may vary depending on the city or region visited).


Cost of living in Bolivia in 2019

Cost of living: Bolivia VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Bolivia in 2019 is 43% less than United States.

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices in Bolivia in 2019 and United States by types of expenses:

Cost of living in Bolivia by city

See the table below for the variation in the cost of living in different cities in Bolivia compared to the national average.

Cities /Bolivia View Details
Santa Cruz (Bolivia) 13% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Santa Cruz (Bolivia)
La Paz 6% moreTravel budget and cost of living in La Paz
Cochabamba 13% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Cochabamba
Oruro 26% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Oruro
Sucre 25% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Sucre

Local prices in Bolivia by expense type

Restaurant budget in Bolivia

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Bolivia costs 47% less than in United States.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 3.7/person
($ 2.3 to $ 4.5)

75% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 15
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 10.5/person
($ 6.1 to $ 16)

59% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 27
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 5.4/person
($ 4.5 to $ 6.9)

27% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.3
Local beer
Local beer
$ 2.3 for 500ml
($ 1.6 to $ 3.1)

47% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 2.4 for 330ml
($ 2 to $ 3.1)

21% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2.4/cup
($ 1.6 to $ 3.1)

43% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.8/can
($ 0.6 to $ 1.2)

54% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Bouteille d'eau
Bouteille d'eau
$ 0.7/bottle
($ 0.6 to $ 1.6)

50% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.5

Hotel and accommodation budget in Bolivia

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Bolivia costs 58% less than in United States.
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 28/night
($ 27 to $ 30)

74% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 107
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 79/night
($ 67 to $ 94)

34% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 120
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 75/night
($ 47 to $ 102)

57% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 175
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 131/night
($ 116 to $ 141)

49% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 259
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 164/night
( $ 44)

66% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 496
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 39/month
($ 23 to $ 58)

68% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 122
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 52/month
($ 40 to $ 63)

68% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 163
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 103/month
($ 81 to $ 124)

38% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Gîte ou maison d'hôte
Gîte ou maison d'hôte
$ 57/month
($ 48 to $ 66)

73% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 211

Supermarket food budget in Bolivia

On average, the price of supermarket food in Bolivia costs 54% less than in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 1/litre
($ 1 to $ 1.2)

12% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 1.3/500g
($ 0.7 to $ 2.3)

51% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.7
Rice
Rice
$ 1.3/kg
($ 0.7 to $ 1.8)

69% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 1.6/12 eggs
($ 1.2 to $ 2.2)

37% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 4.8/kg
($ 3.5 to $ 6.1)

56% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 3.2/kg
($ 2.3 to $ 4.5)

64% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 8.9
Apples
Apples
$ 1.8/kg
($ 1.1 to $ 3.1)

59% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.6
Oranges
Oranges
$ 1/kg
($ 0.5 to $ 2.3)

76% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.1/kg
($ 0.7 to $ 1.7)

74% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1/kg
($ 0.7 to $ 1.4)

63% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.6
Salad
Salad
$ 0.6/salad
($ 0.4 to $ 0.7)

63% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6
Bouteille d'eau
Bouteille d'eau
$ 1
($ 0.7 to $ 1.2)

46% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 5/kg
($ 3.8 to $ 7.3)

57% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13

Public and private transport budget in Bolivia

On average, the price of transport in Bolivia costs 40% less than in United States.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.4/ticket
($ 0.4 to $ 0.4)

86% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 38/month
($ 26 to $ 39)

50% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 75
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 1.6/km
($ 1 to $ 2.3)

12% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 0.6/litre
($ 0.6 to $ 0.7)

22% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 1.6
($ 0.7 to $ 1.8)

55% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.4
Car hire
Car hire
$ 34/24hrs
($ 9.6 to $ 76)

15% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40

Budget for living and housing in Bolivia

On average, the cost of housing in Bolivia costs 45% less than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 40/month
($ 24 to $ 63)

75% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 161
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.2/min.
($ 0.1 to $ 0.2)

67% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 61/month
($ 32 to $ 108)

8% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 66
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 342/month
($ 230 to $ 459)

74% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1329
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 241/month
($ 124 to $ 383)

77% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1042
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 630/month
($ 383 to $ 843)

70% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2163
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 508/month
($ 322 to $ 733)

69% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1686
Gym
Gym
$ 47/month
($ 32 to $ 70)

21% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 39
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 151/month
($ 73 to $ 284)

83% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 921
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 2485/yr
($ 1027 to $ 5340)

86% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 18099

Leisure activity budget in Bolivia

On average, budget for leisure activities in Bolivia costs 39% less than in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 6.9/ticket
($ 5.5 to $ 7.6)

45% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 10.5/hr
($ 7.6 to $ 16)

34% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 16

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Bolivia

On average, shopping budget in Bolivia costs 14% less than in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 2.2/pack
($ 1.6 to $ 2.3)

70% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.3
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 52
($ 24 to $ 77)

12% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 46
Robe d'été
Robe d'été
$ 47
($ 32 to $ 70)

24% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 38
Trainers
Trainers
$ 77
($ 54 to $ 115)

2% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 78
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 69
($ 47 to $ 108)

32% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 101

Plane ticket budget

London → La Paz
London → La Paz
London → La Paz
$ 1268
(fair price: $ 1128)

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About the information on the cost of living in Bolivia

The information about the cost of living in Bolivia shown on this page comes from multiple sources, including : Numbeo, Easyvoyage and Hotels.com.

Information about cost of living in Bolivia updated on 19-03-2019.

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