From the hand of Sebastiaan: a detailed budget guide for backpacking in Bangladesh. This guide gives a breakdown of how much it costs to go backpacking in Bangladesh, with tips on budget accommodation in Bangladesh.
Bangladesh sees very few tourists. Whether it’s because of the lack of blockbuster sights—or a bad reputation—few adventurers make it here.
This is a shame, as Bangladesh has a lot to offer to the intrepid soul. Like its more famous neighbor India, Bangladesh is very easy on the wallet, and people are extremely friendly.
Below you can find my budget guide, composed over nearly a month of solo backpacking in Bangladesh in January and February of 2018.
Here’s how much it costs to go solo backpacking in Bangladesh
Exchange rate used for this trip: $1 = 80 Tk and €1 = 95 Tk
Total spent backpacking in Bangladesh for 27 days
Total spent by one person: 44,650 Tk / $580/ $470
Average cost for one person
- Total per day: 1,654 Tk / €17.37 / $21.50
- Food and drinks per day: 300 – 600 Tk / €3.16 – 6.30 / $3.75 – 7.50
- Accommodation per day: 400- 800 Tk / €4.20 – 8.40 / $5 – 10
- Long distance bus ride: 200 – 500 Tk / €2.10 – 5.25 / $2.50 – 6.25
- Boat ride between cities: 300 – 700 Tk / €3.16 – 7.40 / $3.75 – 8.75
Average cost per day by city
Averages are for one person, including transportation to the city.
- Khulna: 3,603 Tk / €37.90 / $45 – This includes a one time visa fee of $50, which I included here because Khulna was my first stop. Otherwise, Khulna is not more or less expensive than other places in Bangladesh
- I stayed in Arcadia Hotel, which charges 900 Tk for a double. I recommend checking out Hotel Jalico, which is cheaper, but was full when I arrived in Khulna.
- Rajshahi: 1,450 Tk / €15.30 / $18.15
- I stayed in Hotel Nice, which charges 2,000 Tk for a double (shared it with a fellow traveler). If you are a solo traveler, try searching for a budget hotel in the bazar area
- Bogra: 1,070 Tk / €11.20 / $13.30
- I recommend staying in the YMCA guesthouse, which charges 400 Tk for a single
- Mymensingh: 1,380 Tk / €14.50 / $17.25
- I stayed in Nirala Guesthouse, which charges 300 Tk for a single. Very basic.
- Sylhet: 1,875 Tk / €19.75 / $23.45
- I recommend Golden City Hotel, which charges 650 Tk for a single with hot shower
- Sreemangal: 1,275 Tk / €13.40 / $15.90
- I stayed in Green Leaf Guest House, which charges 750 Tk for a single. Lots of atmosphere.
- Chittagong: 1,680 Tk / €17.70/ $21
- There are plenty of hotels on Station Road, ranging from bare budget to passable mid-range. Have your pick, as none of them are particularity recommended.
- Cox’s Bazar: 1,330 Tk / €14/ $16.70
- I stayed in Hotel MS Guest Care, which charges 800 Tk for a double. There are several other cheap hotels in the area, so it pays to shop around.
- Barisal: 1,350 Tk / €14.20 / $16.90
- I recommend Athena Hotel, which charges 500 Tk for a single room.
- Dhaka: 2,175 Tk / €22.90/ $27.20
- I recommend Hotel Garden International, which charges 700 Tk for a single room (get a room away from the street!).
Know before you go to Bangladesh
- As you can see, Bangladesh is a fairly cheap country. However, if you plan to visit the Sundarbans or the Chittagong Hill Tracts, expect to pay more, as you’ll be required to go with a guide or on a tour.
- Bangladesh sees few foreigners, and outside main tourist places like the Sundarbans, there is little tourist infrastructure. This makes things cheaper, but more difficult.
- Not all hotels and guest houses allow foreigners to stay. Solo female travelers in Bangladesh can find it hard to get a room in budget places.
- Most people are honest… but the dishonest people are incredibly dishonest. Always double check the price of things like bus tickets and meals, some people will try to rip you off.
- Rickshaw drivers, on the other hand, are very open to bargaining, and it’s easy to get a decent price for a rickshaw ride.
Context: my travel style in Bangladesh
- I always used public transport, unless there was none.
- I don’t have FOMO, so I’ll happily skip something if I think the price isn’t right.
- I preferred budget hotels… unless I really needed a hot shower.