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Mar del Plata, Provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina

How much does it cost to travel to Mar del Plata?

You should plan to spend around $9.13 (AR$7,581) per day on your vacation in Mar del Plata. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $3.96 (AR$3,290) on meals
  • $2.60 (AR$2,157) on local transportation
  • $6.56 (AR$5,445) on hotels

A one week trip to Mar del Plata for two people costs, on average, $128 (AR$106,127). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

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.
  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
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  • 2 Weeks Per person
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  • One Week For a couple
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  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Mar del Plata cost?

A one week trip to Mar del Plata usually costs around $64 (AR$53,064) for one person and $128 (AR$106,127) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Mar del Plata on average costs around $128 (AR$106,127) for one person and $256 (AR$212,254) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per 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 Mar del Plata will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Mar del Plata on average costs around $274 (AR$227,415) for one person and $548 (AR$454,831) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Mar del Plata has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Mar del Plata expensive to visit?

Mar del Plata is a very affordable place to visit. Located in Argentina, which is a very affordable country, visitors will appreciate the lower prices of this destination. It falls in the average range in the country for its prices. Budget travelers enjoy spending long periods of time exploring Mar del Plata in depth.

Within South America, Mar del Plata is a very affordable destination compared to other places. It is in the top 10% of cities in South America for its affordability. Very few cities in the region are as affordable as Mar del Plata.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Mar del Plata Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Mar del Plata?

The average Mar del Plata trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Mar del Plata travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) AR$5,445 ($7)
Local Transportation 1 AR$2,157 ($3)
Food 2 AR$3,290 ($4)
Entertainment 1 AR$1,960 ($2)
Alcohol 2 AR$767 - 2,301 ($1 - 3)
Accommodation Budget in Mar del Plata
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Mar del Plata is $3.28 (AR$2,722). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Mar del Plata is $6.56 (AR$5,445). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Mar del Plata

Looking for a hotel in Mar del Plata? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options.

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Mar del Plata based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $65. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Mar del Plata
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Mar del Plata is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $2.60 (AR$2,157) per person, per day, on local transportation in Mar del Plata.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

Flights to Mar del Plata
How much does it cost to go to Mar del Plata? Naturally, it depends on the dates. We recommend Kayak because they can find the best deals across all airlines.

Rental Cars in Mar del Plata
The price of renting a car in Mar del Plata will depends on dates, the type of car, the location, and your age. We recommend Kayak because they can find the best deals across all car rental companies.

Food Budget in Mar del Plata
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Mar del Plata can vary, the average cost of food in Mar del Plata is $3.96 (AR$3,290) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Mar del Plata should cost around $1.59 (AR$1,316) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Mar del Plata is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Mar del Plata
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Mar del Plata typically cost an average of $2.36 (AR$1,960) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

Alcohol Budget in Mar del Plata
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  • The average person spends about $1.85 (AR$1,534) on alcoholic beverages in Mar del Plata per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Mar del Plata On a Budget
Mar del Plata Mar del Plata, Argentina
Mar del Plata is found only 404 km southeast of the city of Buenos Aires, on the Atlantic coast. Today Mar Del Plata is Argentina‘s most well known beach resort. It has successfully married the two worlds of beach and city into a fun, cosmopolitan urban center with the presence of highly developed tourist infrastructure. Founded in 1874, Mar del Plata was at first mainly an industrial and commercial center before becoming a vacation destination for Argentinians. For a peaceful trip and intimate oceanfront promenades, avoid visiting Mar del Plata during summer time, as the gorgeous arced coastline will be crawling with visitors. But the city is more than just beaches. It also offers some culture, lively nightlife, and great food.
The popular Argentine beach destination and once a glamorous seaside resort is also known for its stunning architecture and cultural attractions. There are a few sights that you could visit as a family or during your romantic adventure in Mar del Plata. First, climb the water tower in Mar del Plata for the best views around the city. You will also find a free elevator to the top, which is powered by water, where you will get superb 360-degree views of the coast and the city. Another important sight in Mar del Plata is the Torreón del Monje, which looks like a castle with its lookout tower, red domes, and stone footbridge, though it has now been transformed into a restaurant and an event space. You will find this imposing medieval-style landmark, built during Mar del Plata's golden era by businessman Ernesto Tornquist in his attempts to beautify the town that surrounded his summer villa, along the rocks next to the ocean at Punta Piedras. Finally, Mar del Plata has a thriving fishing industry, so head down to the port to watch the red, orange, and yellow ships return with their daily catches. Step onto la Banquina de Pescadores, a charming wharf where you will have the chance to take scenic photos. Continue by strolling around the many souvenir stands and cheap, fresh seafood vendors where you can grab some great fried calamari.

The Museo de Arte Contemporaneo is an icon within the city. The MAR is a relatively new museum in a modern and shiny building which faces the sea. It features contemporary artwork, including pop art, sculptures, and various pieces by famous Argentine artists in bright spaces and rotating exhibits. You can also head to the Juan Carlos Castagnino Municipal Art Museum, situated on Stella Maris hill, which holds over 450 artworks housed in French chateaux-style building that dates from 1909.

However Mar Del Plata is mainly famous for its outdoor activities. This haven for sporty types has a long beach side where you can walk, run or rollerblade along, but also surf, sail and windsurf on the mad waters of the Atlantic. No matter what your taste in beach life, there is something for everyone in Mar del Plata. La Perla is set against the backdrop of the city skyline and has everything necessary to enjoy traditional day by the sea. Playa Varese is also a perfect spot for a relaxed beach vibe, where you can enjoy watersports and fishing. Head to Playa Grande for great day parties on the beach or in fabulous beach clubs. Further south you can find the dunes and forests for a real escape from the city and an hour away from Mar del Plata is the Playa Escondido or "Hidden Beach" for naturists.

For family fun, check out the AquaSol water park a short drive north of the city. You can rent lockers, floats, and umbrellas, and there is a wave pool, a big variety of water slides, a zip-line and a restaurant. The entrance fee is affordable. If you've had enough beach time, the Aquarium is the perfect place to spend an afternoon. Only a few miles out of the city, discover this impressive city aquarium with its colorful tanks of fish, natural lagoons and saltwater lake and learn more about the local flora and fauna by familiarizing yourself with the marine mammals, birds, sharks, and even a few rescued animals that they rehabilitate here. There's a touch pool so you can get up close and personal with the sea life and shows which feature performances by dolphins and sea lions. This is one of the most modern aquariums in South America.
Food and Dining
Mar del Plata is an amazing beach city offering many attractions; one of them being excellent food! From the most exquisite seafood (especially the calamaries!) to a classic Argentine bife de chorizo, you won't be disappointed by Mar del Plata's delicious restaurants with fabulous views of the ocean beyond.

There are numerous options for getting to Mar del Plata, which include by plane, bus, trains, and car. Most visitors planning a trip to Mar del Plata from outside of South America will choose to land at Buenos Aires Ezeiza Airport and then take a domestic flight to the Mar del Plata airport. Aerolineas Argentinas for example makes the 55 minute flight several times a day during high season. Otherwise, there are many rental car agencies in Buenos Aires, and driving to Mar del Plata will take from four to five hours. Another option is to take a train with the El Marplatense train company, which is also a five hours journey. The most popular transport used to get to Mar del Plata is the bus services, as they are faster than trains, cheap and incredibly clean.

We've been gathering travel costs from tens of thousands of actual travelers since 2010, and we use the data to calculate average daily travel costs for destinations around the world. We also systematically analyze the prices of hotels, hostels, and tours from travel providers such as Kayak, HostelWorld, TourRadar, Viator, and others. This combination of expenses from actual travelers, combined with pricing data from major travel companies, gives us a uniqe insight into the overall cost of travel for thousands of cities in countries around the world. You can see more here: How it Works.

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. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.