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:

  • $ 28 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 6.8 per person
  • $ 1.4 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 616* (3892 BOB)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 56 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 16 per person
  • $ 9.6 per person
  • $ 7.8 per person

Total budget:

$ 1710* (10794 BOB)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 97 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 22 per person
  • $ 25 per person
  • $ 16 per person

Total budget:

$ 3087* (19474 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 2020

Cost of living: Bolivia VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Bolivia in 2020 is essentially the same as in the United States (USA)

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices United States in in the United States (USA) 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) 24% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Santa Cruz (Bolivia)
La Paz 3% moreTravel budget and cost of living in La Paz
Cochabamba 6% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Cochabamba
Sucre 15% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Sucre
Oruro 24% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Oruro

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Local prices in Bolivia by expense type

Bolivia: Restaurant budget

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Bolivia costs 48% less than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 3.2/person
($ 1.6 to $ 5.5)

80% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 11/person
($ 6.3 to $ 21)

63% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 30
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 6.5/person
($ 4.8 to $ 7.9)

26% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.7
Local beer
Local beer
$ 2.3 for 500ml
($ 1.4 to $ 3.2)

58% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.4
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 3 for 330ml
($ 2.4 to $ 4.8)

8% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.2
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2.6/cup
($ 1.6 to $ 3.2)

42% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.6
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 1/can
($ 0.7 to $ 1.3)

56% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.8/bottle
($ 0.7 to $ 1.1)

51% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7

Bolivia: Hotel and accommodation budget

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Bolivia costs 59% less than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 29/night
($ 27 to $ 33)

73% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 109
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 42/night
($ 30 to $ 58)

66% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 70/night
($ 46 to $ 94)

62% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 185
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 134/night
($ 118 to $ 149)

49% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 263
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 159/night
($ 159 to $ 159)

68% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 512
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 36/month
($ 23 to $ 52)

72% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 133
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 58/month
($ 46 to $ 71)

66% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 173
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 103/month
($ 79 to $ 125)

38% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 168
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 60/month
($ 51 to $ 72)

73% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 224
Family room
Family room
$ 130/month
($ 88 to $ 182)

27% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 177

Bolivia: Supermarket food budget

On average, the price of supermarket food in Bolivia costs 50% less than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 1.1/litre
($ 0.8 to $ 1.4)

15% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 1.6/500g
($ 0.8 to $ 2.4)

47% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.9
Rice
Rice
$ 1.4/kg
($ 0.8 to $ 1.8)

68% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.4
Eggs
Eggs
$ 1.7/12 eggs
($ 1 to $ 2.2)

35% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.6
Cheese
Cheese
$ 4.5/kg
($ 2.4 to $ 6)

61% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 3.5/kg
($ 2.9 to $ 5.5)

61% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.1
Apples
Apples
$ 2.6/kg
($ 1.6 to $ 3.5)

48% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5
Oranges
Oranges
$ 1.3/kg
($ 0.6 to $ 2.4)

69% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.5
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.2/kg
($ 0.8 to $ 1.9)

73% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.6
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1.2/kg
($ 0.8 to $ 1.4)

60% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3
Salad
Salad
$ 0.8/salad
($ 0.4 to $ 1.6)

55% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.8
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.2
($ 1 to $ 1.6)

40% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 6.8/kg
($ 3.2 to $ 9.6)

47% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13

Bolivia: Public and private transport budget

On average, the price of transport in Bolivia costs 43% less than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.4/ticket
($ 0.4 to $ 0.5)

88% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.7
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 40/month
($ 24 to $ 49)

52% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 83
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 1.6/km
($ 1.2 to $ 2.7)

21% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2
Petrol
Petrol
$ 0.6/litre
($ 0.6 to $ 0.8)

22% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 1.6
($ 1.1 to $ 2.4)

58% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.8
Car hire
Car hire
$ 34/24hrs
($ 9.6 to $ 95)

15% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40

Bolivia: Budget for living and housing

On average, the cost of housing in Bolivia costs 49% less than in the United States (USA).
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 44/month
($ 24 to $ 81)

75% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 174
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.2/min.
($ 0.1 to $ 0.2)

34% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 66/month
($ 38 to $ 128)

8% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 72
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 380/month
($ 272 to $ 555)

74% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1477
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 272/month
($ 159 to $ 445)

77% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1185
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 659/month
($ 476 to $ 1109)

72% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2402
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 561/month
($ 349 to $ 952)

70% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1884
Gym
Gym
$ 51/month
($ 33 to $ 72)

18% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 42
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 216/month
($ 128 to $ 349)

79% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1038
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 2862/yr
($ 1518 to $ 6084)

84% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 18345

Bolivia: Leisure activity budget

On average, budget for leisure activities in Bolivia costs 32% less than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 7.8/ticket
($ 6.3 to $ 9.6)

40% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 14
Tennis
Tennis
$ 13/hr
($ 7.9 to $ 16)

25% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 18

Bolivia: Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes

On average, shopping budget in Bolivia costs 16% less than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 2.4/pack
($ 2.4 to $ 3.2)

72% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.7
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 54
($ 24 to $ 81)

10% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 49
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 47
($ 33 to $ 72)

18% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40
Trainers
Trainers
$ 78
($ 57 to $ 120)

6% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 83
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 76
($ 48 to $ 128)

30% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 107

Plane ticket budget

London → La Paz
London → La Paz
London → La Paz
$ 1222
(fair price: $ 1075)
New York City → La Paz
New York City → La Paz
New York City → La Paz
$ 960
(fair price: $ 829)
Los Angeles → La Paz
Los Angeles  → La Paz
Los Angeles  → La Paz
$ 990
(fair price: $ 887)
Montreal → La Paz
Montreal → La Paz
Montreal → La Paz
$ 1275
(fair price: $ 1094)
Toronto (Ontario) → La Paz
Toronto (Ontario) → La Paz
Toronto (Ontario) → La Paz
$ 1146
(fair price: $ 978)
Dublin → La Paz
Dublin → La Paz
Dublin → La Paz
$ 1427
(fair price: $ 1249)
Manchester → La Paz
Manchester → La Paz
Manchester → La Paz
$ 1496
(fair price: $ 1332)

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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 02-04-2020.

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