A detailed budget report about how much it costs to backpack in Kyrgyzstan. Includes a city-by-city breakdown, average costs for common expenses, and recommendations for budget accommodations.
Financial planning is boring and annoying. To save the world of a few unnecessary headaches, we tracked our expenses over 26 days, so you can see exactly how much it costs to backpack in Kyrgyzstan.
Exchange rate used for this trip: €1 = 76 som
Here’s how much it costs to backpack in Kyrgyzstan
Backpacking in Kyrgyzstan is relatively affordable. We traveled in (backpacker) comfort for the time that we were there, and could easily have traveled for less as hitchhiking and camping is extremely manageable in Kyrgyzstan.
It’s also worth noting that these are costs for traveling in summer—winter travel in Kyrgyzstan can get even cheaper when it comes to accommodation.
Total cost of backpacking for 26 days
- For two people: 77,241 som / €1,016 / $1,128
- Per person: 38,620.50 som / €508 / $564
Average cost per person
- Total per day: 1,486 som / €19.55 / $21.70
- Food and drinks per day: 400 – 600 som / €5.25 – 7.90 / $5.85 – 8.75
- Accommodation per day: 500- 700 som / €5.25 – 9.20 / $7.30 – 10.20
Note: travelers are most likely to stay in hostels or yurts. Prices mentioned are for one dorm bed, or one mat in a yurt.
- Long distance marshrutka: 200 – 500 som / €2.60 – 6.60 / $2.90 – 7.30
- Long shared taxi: 800 – 1,200 som / €10.50 – 15.80 / $11.70 – 17.50
- Taxi around town: 100 – 400 / €1.30 – 5.25 / $1.45 – 5.85
- Three day horse trek with accommodation: 6,000 – 10,000 / €79 – 132 / $88 – 146
Note: Make sure to be 100% clear on the price of any tour you book, and make sure you know what is and is not included. It’s common for less reputable tour agencies to try to squeeze more money out of you at the end of a tour!
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Average amount spent per day in each city, for one person. Includes transport to the city.
- Bishkek: 1,259 som / €19.15 / $21.25
- We recommend Apple Hostel – 650 som for a dorm bed – Book Apple Hostel now
- Min-Kush: 848 som/ €11.15 / $12.40
- We slept with a local family
- Kyzart/Song Kul: 2,220 som / €29.20 / $32.40
- We took a night bus back to Almaty
- Karakol: 1,663 som / €21.90 / $24.30
- We recommend Hostel Nice – 450 som for a dorm bed – Book Hostel Nice now
- Cholpon Ata: 1,674 som / €22 / $24.45
- We recommend Apple Hostel – 500 som for a dorm bed – Book Apple Hostel now
- Transit Bishkek to Arslanbob: 1,793 som / €23.60 / $26.20
- We stayed in a really crap hotel at the beginning of Bazar Korgon – 600 som for a double room
- Arslanbob: 826 som / €10.90 / $12.10
- We highly recommend CBT Homestay 11 (Zinaida Homestay) – 1,400 som for two people including breakfast
- Osh: 1,091 som / €14.35 / $15.95
- We stayed at Biy Ordo – 500 som for a dorm bed – Book Biy Ordo now
Check out this list of the top 10 places to visit in Kyrgyzstan for more itinerary inspiration!
A couple of things to consider:
- We only included costs we think are relevant to the average traveler. We doubt you care about the clothes we bought.
- We traveled in summer high season. If you travel in Kyrgyzstan in winter, prices will be lower.
- We tend to plan treks and tours ourselves. Expect to pay more if you book through tour operators such as CBT and Shepherd’s Way.
- We were stationary for a while to sort out visas in Bishkek, and to visit the World Nomad Games in Cholpon Ata. Traveling more usually means spending more.
Context/how we roll
We’re your typical wanderin’ backpacker duo:
- Always walk or take public transport… unless there is none. (Or we’re reeeally lost…)
- Usually eat cheap meals and fast food for at least 2 meals a day.
- Sleep in the cheapest accommodation we can find that isn’t crawling with bedbugs or covered with old vomit. Usually opt for a private double rather than dorms.
- We don’t like museums.
Going to Kyrgyzstan? Why not head to Kazakhstan for a bit, too? Here’s a two-week photo itinerary for southern Kazakhstan to tickle your wanderlust just so.
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