Is Brazil Expensive?

Is Brazil expensive to visit?

Brazil is not only a popular destination, but it is also fairly affordable. Compared to the rest of South America, it is a somewhat more expensive country to visit. It's ranked in the top 25% of countries in South America for its overall travel costs, and is comparable to destinations such as Uruguay and Chile.

Because Brazil is a fairly popular destination, there are a number of great detstinations in the country that attract visitors. Some of the more expensive places to visit in Brazil include Buzios, Rio de Janeiro, and Recife. For more affordable options, you can visit Salvador, Sao Paulo, and Manaus.

Average daily price of selected cities in Brazil, by affordability
City Average Daily Cost
Recife $158
Rio de Janeiro $99
Buzios $73
Curitiba $69
Fortaleza $65
Foz do Iguacu $62
Florianopolis $58
Manaus $56
Sao Paulo $49
Salvador $41

Paraty, Brazil

How expensive is Brazil?

On average, visitors spend about $81 per day during their visit to Brazil (U.S. Dollars). Prices vary dramatically by travel style and length of trip, but if you stay at moderately priced hotels, eat at affordable restaurants, and use public transportation when possible, you can expect to stay close to this budget. See more travel costs for Brazil here.

How expensive is a one week trip to Brazil?

Based on the travel expenses of others, a one week trip to Brazil costs around $566 on average, per person. This includes food, sightseeing, local transportation, accommodation, and nightlife. For two people, a one week trip costs $1,131.

How expensive is a two week trip to Brazil?

Based on our calculations from previous travelers, a two week trip to Brazil will cost around $1,131 per person. This amount includes sightseeing activities, hotels, restaurants, local transportation, and other travel expenses. For two people, a two week trip would cost $2,263.

How expensive is a month long trip to Brazil?

On average, a one month trip to Brazil costs about $2,424 per person. This is based on the previous expenses of actual travelers, and includes accommodation, food, activities, local transportation, and more. For two people, a one month trip costs $4,849.

The beach of Buzios, Brazil

Is it expensive to backpack in Brazil?

Brazil is a popular backpacker destination with more than 410 hostels around the country. Hostels cost, on average, $13 per night for a dorm. (See hostel prices in Brazil here.) In particular, many backpackers head to Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, and Florianopolis. You'll find the most expensive hostels in Vitoria, Rio de Janeiro, and Sao Paulo, which average $16, $15, and $14 a night. The cheapest hostels are in Curitiba, Salvador, and Natal which average $10, $8, and $7 per night.

Here are a few sample prices from popular hostels in Brazil.

  • $14 for a dorm bed at Books Hostel in Rio de Janeiro
  • $17 for a dorm bed at O de Casa Hostel Bar in Sao Paulo
  • $14 for a dorm bed at Tucano House Summer Hostel in Florianopolis

Where to find affordable hostels in Brazil
City Number of Hostels Average Price for a Dorm
Rio de Janeiro 67 $15
Sao Paulo 56 $14
Florianopolis 49 $13
Salvador 21 $8
Paraty 19 $11
Ubatuba 14 $13
Ilha Grande 12 $12
Itacare 12 $11
Belo Horizonte 11 $11
Buzios 11 $10
Arraial do Cabo 10 $11
Foz do Iguacu 10 $10
Sao Luis 8 $12
Fortaleza 7 $11
Natal 6 $7
Ilhabela 5 $11
Vitoria 5 $16
Ouro Preto 5 $12
Manaus 5 $11
Porto Alegre 5 $13
Maceio 5 $13
Recife 5 $10
Curitiba 5 $10

Are hotels expensive in Brazil?

When analyzing the price of hotels in Brazil, they're very affordable compared to the rest of the world. The average price is $56 per night for a decent hotel room. Keep in mind that places like Ilha Grande are more expensive, averaging around $79 per night. But fear not, there are budget-friendly destinations like Curitiba where you can book a room for an average of $32 per night.

Where to find affordable hotels in Brazil
City Average Hotel Price
Ilha Grande $79
Rio de Janeiro $59
Florianopolis $45
Fortaleza $42
Sao Paulo $39
Salvador $38
Brasilia $38
Recife $36
Foz do Iguacu $32
Curitiba $32

Santa Cristina, 132, Rio de Janeiro
Overall Rating 9.6
Rua Augusta, 129, Sao Paulo
Overall Rating 9.1


How expensive are sightseeing activities in Brazil?

Activities and things to do in Brazil can vary in price depending on the type of activity, length, and location. Below are a number of popular activities to give you an idea of what to expect when visiting. Generally, previous travelers have spent $14 per day on sightseeing activities and things to do when visiting.

    • Cação Beach Sunset with Photos Included by Zimbros Ecotour: $22
    • Praia do Cação with possible sighting of Sea Lions By Zimbros Ecotour: $22
    • Private City Tour in Porto Seguro: $119
    • Discover Sao Paulo History Guided Tour: $30
    • Quadricycle Tour to the Hills with Off Road - 2 people in Quadri: $81
    • Bike Rentals and Bike Tours: $144
    • Little Africa Walking Tour in Rio de Janeiro Small-Group trip: $57
    • Rio Favela Tour: $35

    Is food expensive in Brazil?

    Food in Brazil can vary in price depending on the restaurant and food options available. Generally, other travelers have spent $19 on food per person per day. To save money, eat at less expensive restaurants, try street food, or cook your own meals when possible.

    • Food Tour Rio de Janeiro - The Best Typical Brazilian Dishes: $92
    • Brazilian Meats and Snacks + South American Wines Guided Dinner: $89
    • Brazilian Cooking Class in Copacabana with Hotel Pickup: $140
    • Bahia Noite - Folkloric Show and Dinner, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil: $68
    • Authentic Brazilian Cooking Experience in SP: Feijoada & Moqueca: $189
    • On the Beach Seafood BBQ Cooking Class: $85

    The beaches of Rio

    Is transportation expensive in Brazil?

    Local transportation in Brazil can vary in price depending on the type of transit used. Generally, other travelers have spent $12 on local transportation per person per day. To save money, take public transit whenever possible, as it will almost always be cheaper than a taxi or private driver.

    Intercity transportation in Brazil can vary widely in price depending on the type of transit used and the distance traveled. Generally, other travelers have spent $72 on intercity transportation per person per day. To save money, take long distance buses or trains instead of flying, as it will almost always be cheaper, even if it's slower.

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