How much money do you need to travel in Kyrgyzstan? Not much, if you try hard enough. No visas are required for most Western nations, tasty food and simple accommodation can be had for a fistful of dollars.
Even though you can get by on a very low budget in Kyrgyzstan, please consider spending a bit extra in the right places to pump some foreign money into this tiny economy.
Bishkek prices have risen sharply in the past few years and the days of the 3$ dorm bed are over – expect to pay at least 8$. In the midrange there are some decent options in the main tourist draws, but more are needed. Since you probably will spend some of your time camping or in a cold yurt, you might want to enjoy a bit of extra comfort on the off-days – so budget for it if you are the type.
- Dorm bed: 5-15$/€
- Yurtstay/homestay: 5-12$/€
- Double in a cheap hotel: 10-30$/€
- Apartment: 15-40$/€
- Double in a nice/very nice hotel: 40-90$/€
- Double in a 5-star hotel: 200-300$/€
- Shared taxi Bishkek – Karakol: 6$/€
- Flight Bishkek – Osh: 35$/€
- Bus in Bishkek: 25 cents
- Taxi from the airport to the center of Bishkek: 8$/€
2 plates of lagman with bread and tea in a simple local restaurant will cost around 3$/€. Fast food sells for 1-2$/€. At the market you can expect prices to be around 60-90% of Western prices for basic foodstuff. Don’t be afraid to try a slightly fancier restaurant, prices for a meal will rarely go above 10$. Very upmarket restaurants charge 15 to 30$/€ for a meal.
Almost all mid-range restaurants offer a filling lunch special, which goes for 3-7$/€. Take advantage of it.
Tours and activities
Very affordable. For example, you can go on a guided horse trek with horse, guide, food and accommodation included, for around 100$/€ per day. If you are traveling solo, it pays to find a scheduled group tour to cut costs and increase the fun. Skiing is very affordable in Kyrgyzstan if you are around in winter.
Entrance to museums is negligible, say, 1$/€.
How much does it cost to get into Kyrgyzstan? Depends on your nationality. Westerners and some others get the visa for free. If you are not part of that crew, a visa will cost around 70$.
If you are flying in and out of the country, expect to pay around (this is a very rough estimate) 500$/€ for a return flight from Europe or Asia.