By: Mahmuda Afreen / Read more about us.
Do you wish to travel to the world’s longest sea beach Cox’s Bazar? If the answer is yes, you should gather your tourist group and baggage to fly to Bangladesh and witness the natural scenery of the beach.
A single-day tour to Bangladesh can cost you $175 to $300 depending on where you are going, where you’re staying, and what you are eating. A lot of things, right? But being a foreigner, a tour guide will come as a blessing for you, and an extra $80 to $110 will be added to the total expense.
So, what else do you need? The tour guide will help you see whatever you need to see during the trip.
Also, he will make sure you return home safe after the trip. But you must keep a clear idea about the costs and today, we’re here for that.
The best tourist spots in Bangladesh
When you are in Bangladesh, you can never end up witnessing the natural beauty and historical places. So, why not suggest the top-most tourist spots to visit in Bangladesh?
- Cox’s Bazar, Chittagong
- Sundarbans, Khulna
- Bangladesh National Museum, Dhaka
- Sonargaon, Narayanganj
- Lalbagh Fort, Dhaka
- Sixty-Dome Mosque, Bagerhat
- Rabindranath Tagore’s Shilaidaha Kuthibari, Kushtia
- Sajek Valley, Rangamati
- Ahsan Manzil, Dhaka
- Mahasthangarh, Bogra.
Flight costs including other transportation
Are you flying from Los Angeles to Dhaka? Well, then you can expect to pay $1,150 or BDT 106,525 for the flight ticket.
Doesn’t it appear a bit expensive? Yes, it does when you are paying this during the off-season.
Meanwhile, during the on-season, even the return ticket can charge you a minimum of $930 or BDT 86,145.
Now, let’s check out the following chart that shows the average flight ticket cost of the popular states around the world.
|States||Ticket price (BDT)||Ticket price (USD)|
|New York City||৳87,998||$950|
You have reached the beautiful country of Bangladesh, but then what? Hiring any transportation is mandatory to roam around the country and see the historical places.
You can book flight tickets to move from one city to another by air. The flight cost within Bangladesh ranges from $65/ BDT 6,021 to $160/ BDT 14,821.
Check out the following chart before booking a flight ticket.
|Destination||Ticket price (BDT)||Ticket price (USD)|
|Dhaka to Cox’s Bazar||৳7,410 – ৳14,821||$80 – $160|
|Dhaka to Sylhet||৳6,021 – ৳10,190||$65 – $110|
|Dhaka to Chittagong||৳6,021 – ৳11,116||$65 – $120|
|Dhaka to Rajshahi||৳6,021 – ৳6,484||$65 – $70|
|Dhaka to Jessore||৳6,021 – ৳10,190||$65 – $110|
|Dhaka to Barisal||৳6,021 – ৳10,190||$65 – $110|
Meanwhile, to move around the city or the tourist spot, there are several options for transportation you can choose from.
Rickshaws, taxis, Uber, Public buses, City buses, ferries, trains, and so on.
Except for airplanes, the three best options you have to travel between the cities are Bus, train, and ferry where you can travel by ticket.
Ticket cost to travel between cities –
|Transportation type||Cost in BDT||Cost in USD|
|Bus||৳250 – ৳550||$2.70 – $5.94|
|Train||৳200 – ৳700||$2.16 – $7.56|
|Ferry or Launch||৳200 – ৳450||$2.16 – $4.86|
In the city, the traveling cost is way cheaper than you can think of as you have public transport like rickshaws, taxis, CNG, and public buses.
However, we’d suggest you not use the public bus even though it costs only BDT 10 or $0.11 per km. The problem with public buses is the extensive gathering.
|Public transport||Average cost (BDT)||Average cost (USD)|
|Rickshaw||৳15 per km.||$0.16 per km.|
|Taxi||৳30 per km.||$0.32 per km.|
|Public bus||৳10 per km.||$0.11 per km.|
|CNG||৳10 per km.||$0.11 per km.|
|Uber||৳20 per km.||$0.22 per km.|
Meanwhile, you may find places in Bangladesh where a normal vehicle can’t take you. Take Sajek valley, Khagrachari is a perfect example.
In places like these, tourists have to rent special Jeeps for the upcoming trip.
The shortest trip package is here for 2 days and 1 night, where the total expense can go up to BDT 10,000 or $108.
The jeeps used to take you to Sajek from Khagrachari are known as “Chander Gari” to locals.
Entrance ticket costs to tourist spots
There’s a tiny thing we missed, which is the ticket cost to visit the historical places. This is basically the entry permission ticket for foreign tourists costing BDT 350/ $3.78 on average.
One crucial thing to know about the ticket cost is that the foreigners basically have to pay 1.5 times or 2 times more than what the natives pay for the ticket.
|Tickets||Cost (BDT)||Cost (USD)|
|Tourist spot entry ticket||৳250 – ৳700||$2.70 – $7.56|
|Match ticket in the stadium||৳200 – ৳350||$2.16 – $3.78|
|Movie ticket (Normal)||৳300 – ৳400||$3.24 – $4.32|
|Movie ticket (Premium)||৳450 – ৳600||$4.86 – $6.48|
However, a lot more spots have free entrances that cost not a single cent.
It’s worth mentioning that religious spots like mosques and temples are mostly free to enter for any tourist.
Keep these things in mind before using any transport
- Don’t travel alone if you are in a group.
- Avoid using public buses to avoid crowds.
- Travel by bus, train, or ferry instead of flight.
- A shared rickshaw ride is something to try.
- If you can’t afford it, then rent the jeep along with some others.
Where will you stay and what’s the cost?
You can’t roam around the historical spots the entire time with the big baggage you have brought. What you need is to rent a room for the days you are staying in there.
Now, which type of hotel is right for you?
Of course, for the worst experience, you can try out the low-budget one that may not cost you more than $32.40 or BDT 3,000 per night.
But the budget-friendly one can let you relax in the best possible way. Meanwhile, during the long trip, you won’t love spending so much on accommodation.
In that case, go for a mid-range hotel.
The following task shows the per-night rental price for a single-person room.
|Type of hotel||Cost in BDT (Per night)||Cost in USD (Per night)|
|Budget-friendly (3-star)||৳5,500 to ৳8,500||$59.40 to $91.75|
|Mid-range (4-star)||৳9,600 to ৳30,500||$103.60 to $329.20|
|High-end (5-star)||৳11,000 to ৳36,900||$118.70 to 398.25|
However, whether you are visiting the country during the off-season or on-season has a great impact on the hotel price.
- September to February is called on-season
- March to August is called off-season
Typically, from the month of September to February is regarded as the on-season, when the hotels charge more than usual.
To be more specific, the room rental cost can rise up to 30% and sometimes double the original cost.
On average, a mid-range room rental cost is BDT 10,500 or $113.40 per night during the month from March to August. The same room will cost you BDT 14,000 or $151.10 to 20,000 or $215.85.
Meanwhile, there’s a distinguishable price difference between a double room and a single room.
|Room type||Cost in BDT (Per night)||Cost in USD (Per night)|
|Single room||৳9,500 to ৳11,000||$102.52 to $118.71|
|Double room||৳17,300 to ৳19,000||$186.70 to $205.05|
Top hotels in Cox’s Bazar
- Seagull Hotels
- Long Beach Hotel
- Best Western Heritage
- Mermaid Beach Resort
- Grace Cox Smart Hotel and so on.
Before choosing any hotel room to rent for a night or a few nights, you should keep certain things in mind.
- Low-budget hotels are worth avoidable.
- Check several rooms before selecting one.
- Do some bargaining before finalizing anything.
- Know about their service.
- Booking tickets physically is better than online.
- Ensure safety before renting any room.
Foods and drinks are affordable in Bangladesh
A variety of foods and drinks are available in Bangladesh at both cheap and expensive rates. BDT 900 or $9.72 is the average meal cost for a single person per day.
But the price is basically on which place you have chosen to eat. One of the interesting meals is roadside food, where you can find food for as low as 10 cents.
However, the roadside foods are unhygienic too, which can definitely ruin your entire trip.
|Food and drink||Cost in BDT||Cost in USD|
|Lunch and dinner (Affordable)||৳120 – ৳200||$1.30 – $2.16|
|Lunch and dinner (Luxurious)||৳250 – ৳600||$2.70 – $6.48|
|Mineral water||৳20 per liter||$0.22|
|Soft drinks||৳50 – ৳60 per liter||$0.54 – $0.65|
|Tea and coffee||৳5 – ৳50||$0.054 – $0.54|
|Snacks||৳20 – ৳100||$0.22 – $1.08|
|Street food||৳10 – ৳60||$0.11 – $0.65|
|Ice-cream||৳25 – ৳100||$0.27 – $1.08|
Of course, you can’t spend the whole day without eating. And the expenditure on food and drink is so low that it won’t impact the overall trip cost for sure.
Read this before you take any food or drink
- Street foods are always harmful to health.
- Have your lunch and dinner in mid-budget hotels.
- Always drink mineral water.
- At least tryout street tea from the tea stalls.
- Take suggestions from the tour guide if you are confused.
Buy a SIM card and ensure connectivity
What happens if you can’t contact anyone with the SIM card you brought? The only way you can get the connectivity is by purchasing a Bangladeshi SIM card for BDT 200 or $2.16.
Meanwhile, the SIM itself won’t provide you with data connections automatically. You have to purchase data packs for 3 days to 30 days.
Four SIM companies are available –
|SIM companies||SIM purchasing cost (BDT)||SIM purchasing cost (USD)|
|GrameenPhone||৳200 – ৳300||$2.16 – $3.24|
Meanwhile, add more BDT 100/ $1.08 to BDT 500/ $5.40 to purchase any data packs to get connected online.
|Data packages||Average cost (BDT)||Average cost (USD)|
However, if you are staying in a luxurious hotel, free WiFi service will be available there for sure. But the problem is you may not find a good connection speed.
Therefore, it is better to purchase a new SIM card and buy a data package depending on the number of days you are staying.
Do you need to buy any clothing?
Have you brought the right clothing for the trip? Or are you going to extend the trip duration? Then, you must be ready to spend more than $32.40 or BDT 3,000.
Compared to the USA, the clothing is cheap in Bangladesh as they have a vast amount of export quality clothing including jeans and shirts.
The following chart might help you get a good idea regarding the price of different clothing.
|Clothing||Price (BDT)||Price (USD)|
|T-shirt and Shirts||৳200 – ৳1,000||$2.16 – $10.80|
|Jeans||৳500 – ৳2,000||$5.40 – $21.59|
|Short pants||৳200 – ৳350||$2.16 – $3.78|
|Jacket||৳1,200 – ৳3,500||$12.95 – $37.79|
A comfortable tour with a tour guide
A perfect guide can make the entire trip more flexible, but will this cost you a huge amount? A tour guide can cost you $120 or BDT 11,115 on average for the entire trip guidance.
However, a few factors are there to decide the total guide cost during the tour.
- Duration of the trip
- The place you’re willing to go
- Type of transport used throughout the tour
- Number of members on the trip.
Meanwhile, the tour guides in Bangladesh decide the payment depending on the trip duration. Now, have a look at the following chart.
|Trip duration||Total cost in BDT||Total cost in USD|
|1-day||৳6,947 – ৳11,116||$75 – $120|
|2-day||৳12,968 – ৳16,673||$140 – $180|
|3-day||৳16,673 – ৳23,157||$180 – $250|
|4-day||৳25,010 – ৳37,052||$270 – $400|
|7-day||৳37,978 – ৳41,683||$410 – $450|
|10-day||৳42,609 – ৳46,315||$460 – $500|
Meanwhile, don’t get overwhelmed or confused seeing the above price list because it only shows the average price range for a tour guide.
For example, the costs of touring around Dhaka city for 3 days and touring Sundarbans for 3 days aren’t going to be the same.
Therefore, the guide will charge you a certain amount of money depending on the circumstance.
However, you can expect to spend $129 to $162 on the guide per day during the trip on average.
Advantages of having a tour guide on the trip –
- A better sightseeing guarantee
- Tells the tourists what to do after what
- Finding the best place for shopping
- A safe and perfect accommodation
- Experiencing popular street foods
- Having lunch and dinner in the best restaurants
- Works a map for the right direction.
Is it safe to travel to Bangladesh?
Yes, Bangladesh is one of the safest countries on the map to travel to. But what about traveling alone and in the meantime if you are a lady?
It’s a beautiful country and a poor country at the same time. Therefore, the crime rate is comparatively high here than in many other developed countries.
However, it doesn’t prove that Bangladesh isn’t a safe option for foreigners.
We’ve found some facts that will surely help any foreigner give a verdict on the safety of Bangladesh for traveling.
- Pickpocket, robbery, and snatching are common in the dark.
- Often uncomfortable traveling on public transport.
- Harassment of women wearing short outfits.
- Political imbalance.
- Natural disasters.
- Risky tracks like Chittagong Hill tracts.
- Traveling at night alone isn’t suggested.
But the people of the country are helpful as well. When you need help, they can come to your help as well.
Meanwhile, if you are enough wise, it’s possible to avoid the above risky situations.
Don’t ever travel alone at night and on public transport. Avoid politically crowded places as many times as possible.
If you are a woman, then try wearing long outfits that go with their culture.
And last but not the least, take a tour guide and let him decide which transport is right for you to cross the risky Chittagong hill tracts.
Knowing about the historical places to travel in Bangladesh
Even though Bangladesh is a small and undeveloped country, people often love traveling here to witness the beauty. From Lalbagh fort to Cox’s Bazar, each spot holds a perfect environment for tourists.
Let’s start with the capital city Dhaka
Basically, it’s not about Dhaka city; but rather about the entire Dhaka division.
You have 14 districts under the Dhaka division, where the Capital city of Dhaka is included as well.
Any tourist group might love to know the names first before traveling there.
Top 10 tourist spots in Dhaka
- Lalbagh Fort, Dhaka
- National Parliament House, Dhaka
- National Martyr’s Monument, Dhaka
- Central Shaheed Minar, Dhaka
- Bangladesh National Museum, Dhaka
- Nuhash Polli, Gazipur
- Mirpur Botanical Garden, Dhaka
- Ahsan Manzil, Dhaka
- Baitul Mukarram, Dhaka
- Sonargaon, Narayanganj.
The second-largest city is Chittagong
It’s impossible to remove the name of the Chittagong division from the list when traveling to Bangladesh.
World’s longest sea beach Cox’s Bazar falls under this division and many more.
A total of 11 districts are here –
- Cox’s Bazar
Top 10 tourist spots in Chittagong –
- Inani Beach + Laboni Beach, Cox’s Bazar
- Saint Martin’s Island, Cox’s Bazar
- Patenga Sea Beach, Chittagong
- Risang Waterfall, Khagrachhari
- Amiakum Waterfall, Bandarban
- Sajek Valley, Rangamati
- Nilachal, Bandarban
- Shalban Bihar, Cumilla
- Maynamati War Cemetery, Cumilla
- Foy’s Lake Amusement Park, Chittagong.
Sylhet has some topmost tourist spots in Bangladesh
The number of tourist spots available in Sylhet is divided into four districts. The city is known as the city of the saints.
The districts in Sylhet are –
Top 10 tourist spots in Sylhet
- Hazrat Shah Jalal (R) And Hazrat Shah Paran (R) Mazar Sharif, Sylhet
- Srimangal Tea Gardens, Maulvibazar
- Hason Raja Museum, Sunamganj
- Jaflong, Sylhet
- Ratargul Forest Swamp, Sylhet
- Lawachara National Park, Maulvibazar
- Hakaluki Haor, Maulvibazar
- Tanguar Haor, Sunamganj
- Bisanakandi, Sylhet
- Madhabkunda Waterfall, Maulvibazar.
Khulna is one of the four oldest cities
Khulna is another division having several tourist spots. It had 16 districts in the past, but now the number has been reduced to 10.
Here are the 10 districts –
Top 10 tourist spots in Khulna –
- Sixty-Dome Mosque, Bagerhat
- Rabindranath Tagore’s Shilaidaha Kuthibari, Kushtia
- Khan Jahan Ali Bridge, Khulna
- Meherun Children Park And Mini Zoo, Chuadanga
- Mujib Nagar Memorial, Meherpur
- Lalon Academy And Shrine, Kushtia
- Michael Madhusudan Dutt Memorial, Jessore
- Sundarbans, Khulna And Satkhira
- Khan Jahan Dighi, Bagerhat
- 1971 Genocide Torture Archive and Museum, Khulna.
Barisal with the second-highest literacy rate after Dhaka
Barisal is one of the eight divisions in Bangladesh with 6 districts. Here are the six districts –
Top 10 tourists spots in Barisal –
- Kuakata Sea Beach, Patuakhali
- Lakutia Zamindar Bari, Barisal
- Bibichini Shahi Mosque, Barguna
- Birshreshtho Captain Mohiuddin Jahangir Memorial Museum, Barisal
- Bhandaria Shishu Park, Pirojpur
- Monpura Island, Bhola
- Guthia Baitul Aman Mosque, Barisal
- Floating Market And Guava Garden, Jhalokati
- Ilish Park, Patuakhali
- Royerkathi Palace, Priojpur.
Rajshahi is known for its mango
Rajshahi is one of the administrative and travel-friendly divisions in Bangladesh. Eight districts are there, and they are –
Top 10 tourist spots in Rajshahi
- Mahasthangarh, Bogra
- Sompur Mahavihara, Naogaon
- Varendra Research Museum, Rajshahi
- Rajshahi Central Zoo, Rajshahi
- Lakshindar Behula Basar Ghar, Bogra
- Choto Sona Mosque, Chapainawabganj
- Bagha Shahi Masjid, Rajshahi
- Kusumba Masjid, Naogaon
- Chalan Beel, Natore
- Bangabandhu Bridge, Sirajganj.
Rangpur is one of the new divisions in Bangladesh
The northernmost point of Bangladesh, Tetulia is located in Rangpur. Before the declaration of Rangpur as a division in 2010, it used to be a district under Rajshahi.
However, it has eight districts now that are –
Top 10 tourist spots in Rangpur –
- Kantejaw Temple, Dinajpur
- Tajhat Palace, Rangpur
- Thakurgaon Sugar Mill, Thakurgaon
- Vinnya Jagat, Rangpur
- Fancity Amusement Park, Thakurgaon
- Changamuri Mosque, Kurigram
- Teesta Barrage And Irrigation Project, Nilphamari
- Carmichael College, Rangpur
- Nilasagar, Nilphamari
- Mirzapur Shahi Jame Masjid, Panchagarh.
The newest division Mymensingh
Mymensingh is one of the oldest cities in Bangladesh with several historical events. Meanwhile, the administrative division is divided into four districts.
The four districts are –
Top 10 tourist spots of Mymensingh –
- Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin Shangrahashala, Mymensingh
- Hasan Manzil, Mymensingh
- Ghazni Leisure Center, Sherpur
- Bijoypur China Matir Pahar, Netrokona
- Botanical Garden, Mymensingh
- Fish Museum And Biodiversity Center, Mymensingh
- Someswari River, Netrokona
- Madhutila Eco-Park, Sherpur
- Muktagachara Palace, Mymensingh
- Narapara Fort, Jamalpur.
What’s the total cost to travel to Bangladesh?
If you keep the arrival flight cost aside and don’t use flights to travel between cities, the total cost of a single-day trip will be $190 or BDT 17,605.
However, if you wish to make the trip a bit luxurious, the total cost can reach its peak and charge you $280 or BDT 25,940.
So, now let’s take a look at the expenditure during the entire trip to Bangladesh at a glance.
|A trip to Bangladesh||Cost in USD||Cost in BDT|
|Flight cost from other countries||$550 – $1,500||৳50,946 – ৳138,944|
|Flight cost within Bangladesh||$70 – $120||৳6,484 – ৳11,116|
|Travel between cities (Bus, train, launch)||$2.20 – $7.50||৳204 – ৳695|
|Public transports||$0.10 – $0.30 per km.||৳10 – ৳28|
|Entrance tickets||$3.30 – $6.50||৳306 – ৳603|
|Hotel cost||$105 – $330||৳9,730 – ৳30,578|
|Food and drink||$6 – $11||৳556 – ৳1,019|
|Connectivity||$2.5 – $4||৳232 – ৳371|
|Outfit||$12 – $35||৳1,112 – ৳3,242|
|Tour guide cost||$80 – $150||৳7,410 – ৳13,895|
So, when you know everything about the travel costs all you need to do is pack your luggage and fly to Bangladesh.
Wish you a happy trip.
*Note – The dollar rate can change anytime, and the cost given in the article depends on the present dollar exchange rate with BDT.