Argentina Travel Budget

How much does it cost to travel to Argentina?

How much money will you need for your trip to Argentina? You should plan to spend around AR$2,665 ($37) per day on your vacation in Argentina, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, AR$466 ($6.39) on meals for one day and AR$353 ($4.84) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Argentina for a couple is AR$1,990 ($27). So, a trip to Argentina for two people for one week costs on average AR$37,303 ($512). All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

In recent years, the Argentine Peso has been very unstable. Therefore, travel cost estimates can sometimes be inaccurate for this country.
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  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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A vacation to Argentina for one week usually costs around AR$18,652 for one person. So, a trip to Argentina for two people costs around AR$37,303 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs AR$74,606 in Argentina. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Argentina can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

How expensive is Argentina?

How much does a trip to Argentina cost? Is Argentina expensive? The average Argentina trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Argentina prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

While meal prices in Argentina can vary, the average cost of food in Argentina is AR$466 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Argentina should cost around AR$186 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Argentina is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

The cost of a taxi ride in Argentina is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent AR$353 per person, per day, on local transportation in Argentina.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
  • Food2 Meals for one day
  • Water2 Bottled water for one day
  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers
  • Intercity Transportation1 Travel between cities
  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
Last Updated: Dec 18, 2019

Flights to Argentina

How much does it cost to go to Argentina? Naturally, it depends on the dates. We recommend SkyScanner or Kayak because they can find the best deals across all of the airlines.

How much money do I need for Argentina?

Typical travel prices in Argentina are listed below. These actual costs can give you an idea of the price of travel in Argentina. Please keep in mind that the cost of travel in Argentina can vary depending on your specific style of travel.

  • Taxi
  • Taxi
  • Powerade
  • Coffee
  • Cake and Coffee
  • Lunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Dinner
  • Dinner
  • Dinner
  • Chocolate
Typical tour prices for Argentina

How much do tours to Argentina cost? Multi-day tours can often be an effecient way to see the highlights of a country or region.

  • Contiki Tours for 18-35 year olds
    9 days
    $ 1650
  • G Adventures Adventure and cultural tours
    17 days
    $ 1990
  • Intrepid Small group tours for everyone
    12 days
    $ 1675
  • Trafalgar Award-winning tours
    9 days
    $ 1400
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Argentina On a Budget
Argentina Iguazu Falls
Argentina is a large, elongated country in South America. It's large size, impressive cities, popular festivals, and vibrant culture make it a top travel destination in South America. It is very diverse, and has both the highest and lowest points in South America. Cerro Aconcagua is the tallest mountain and Salinas Chicas (40m below sea level), is the lowest point in South America. Because of its large size, you can experience a wide variety of landscapes throughout the country that provide impressive beauty coupled with traditional towns.

Patagonia is a stunningly beautiful area in the southern part of the country. It is an area that is absolutely not to be missed. It has, perhaps, some of the most dramatic landscape in South America, if not the world. Argentina also has some captivating cities that are filled with life, culture, and festivities.

The country is relatively easy to travel around with an extensive bus system and a few trains connecting cities. It's possible to rent a car if you're looking for a more flexible travel experience, but it is definitely not necessary. You can also fly between most major cities, although during the peak seasons it is recommended that you book your plane tickets well in advance as they often sell out.

There are any number of activities and things you can do throughout the country. If you're in the area during the winter months, there are some great ski opportunities in the Andes Mountains. Las Lenas and San Carlos de Bariloche are probably the most popular places to go. Football, or soccer, is also very popular. If you can purchase tickets to a game it's definitely an experience to be had. Wine is also very popular in Argentina. You can visit the wine regions in either Mendoza are Salta, both of which are quite nice.

Although Argentina is one of the more expensive countries in South America there are some good tips you can use to save money. Many of the bus trips between cities are very long. If you take an overnight bus this will save you one night's accommodation. It can be a little uncomfortable however. Also look out for restaurants that have all you can eat buffets. These options are very filling and often a good deal for food. Also make sure you pay for everything in the local currency. This will help ensure you're not overcharged for your items.
At A Glance
  • Argentina has a range of landscapes, from jungle in the far northeast, to the rolling plateau of Patagonia in the south. The Andes Mountains run along the border with Chile and in the central part of the country is La Pampa, or the plain. Each area has something unique and interesting to offer travelers, so if you can visit every area it is well worth it.

  • Beginning in 2009 the government began charging "Airport Entry Fees", also known as "Reciprocity". Visitors arriving at the airport from certain countries are charged a fee based on their country of citizenship. At the time of writing this fee was only being collected at the two Buenos Aires Airports for incoming international flights. It was not collected at other airports in Argentina. It is also not collected for those arriving by land or sea. Citizens from the United States are charged US$160, Australia US$140, and Canada US$75.

  • Buses are convenient and efficient throughout the country. They are also not as cheap as they once were. You can expect to pay about four or five U.S. dollars for every hour of travel time. Still, this system is more affordable than flying and more far reaching than the train system.

  • Football is a popular activity and if you have the opportunity to go to a match then you should not pass this up. The five elite teams in the tournaments are referred to as the "Los 5 grandes" and include Boca Juniors, River Plate, Racing Club, Independiente, and San Lorenzo.

  • Fashion and art are of great popularity in Argentina. If you have the opportunity to do any shopping you'll find some great stores with high end fashion. If you're in the city, definitely take some time to wander through some of the top shopping areas.


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Top Tourist Attractions
Parque Nacional Iguazu: This park is on the Argentinian side of the Iguazu Falls. Exploring the area requires plenty of walking, but is well worth the effort. The park was established in 1939 and is one of the largest forest preservation areas in South America. In 1986 it was listed as a Natural Heritage Site of Humanity.

Eco Yoga Park: Near Buenos Aires, this park offers many unique features at a convenient location. Many visitors choose to spend some time volunteering here, which can be a unique experience.

Parque General San Martin: Located in the city of Mendoza, Argentina, this park offers both a lake and a beautiful rose garden that are very interesting to explore. It was created in 1986 and has continued to grow in popularity since then.

Popular Foods
Food in Argentina is heavily based on beef. It's one of the largest beef producing countries in the area and you can find delicious and hearty steaks and barbecue throughout the country. Although breakfast is usually a light meal, lunch is very hearty. Dinner is generally not served until 10PM at night, but there is also a tea that is prepared in the mid afternoon. Most restaurants do not begin serving dinner until late in the evening, so make sure you eat plenty at lunch.

Chorizo: This is a popular pork sausage dish. It is occasionally made with beef instead of pork. It's often grilled and served with a side of bread, although it can be prepared in a variety of styles.

Chimichurri: This is an herb, garlic and vinegar sauce that is often served with meat. It is most commonly found in the Patagonia area, although it is available elsewhere.

Sandwiches de miga: This is a popular light, crustless sandwich made with buttered bread, cured meat, and cheese. It's often served at parties and is similar to a tea-time sandwich in England.

1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

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