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Recife, Estado de Pernambuco, Brazil

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How much money will you need for your trip to Recife? You should plan to spend around R$849 ($174) per day on your vacation in Recife, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, R$359 ($74) on meals for one day and R$43 ($8.90) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Recife for a couple is R$900 ($185). So, a trip to Recife for two people for one week costs on average R$11,885 ($2,442). All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • 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 Recife for one week usually costs around R$5,942 for one person. So, a trip to Recife for two people costs around R$11,885 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs R$23,769 in Recife. 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 Recife can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

How expensive is Recife? How much money do I need for Recife?

How much does a trip to Recife cost? Is Recife cheap or expensive? The average Recife trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Recife prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers to find the price of travel in the area.

Accommodation Budget in Recife
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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Recife is R$450. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Recife is R$900. 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 Recife

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Recife based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $36. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Recife
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Recife is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent R$43 per person, per day, on local transportation in Recife.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Flights to Recife
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Rental Cars in Recife
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Food Budget in Recife
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  • While meal prices in Recife can vary, the average cost of food in Recife is R$359 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Recife should cost around R$144 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Recife is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Recife
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  • Entertainment and activities in Recife typically cost an average of R$58 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.

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Water Budget in Recife
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  • On average, people spend R$3.13 on bottled water in Recife per day. The public water in Recife is considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Recife On a Budget
Recife Recife
One of the largest cities on Brazil's northeast coast, Recife is also the capital of the state of Pernambuco. The city gets its name from the Portuguese word for "reef," as it was built around a landscape of natural reef beaches. Many people visit to enjoy these beaches, experience the culture, and explore the history of this important Brazilian city.
Having been built around its beaches, Recife is home to one of the world's best urban beaches, Boa Viagem Beach. Blanketed in white sands, this beach is lined with 8 kilometers of hotels and restaurants as well as a beach road and walkway dotted with food and drink stands and other vendors selling beach necessities. The waters offshore from the beach are, however, known for sharks so swimming is not always recommended. Other beach options include Brasilia Teimosa Beach, which is smaller and less crowded located near the port, and Pina Beach, which is well-developed and popular just north of the main beach.

As far as historic sights go, one of the best known is Kahal Zur Israel Synagogue, which was built in the first half of the 17th century by Jews who settled during Dutch occupation. The structure was restored to its original form in the early 2000s and today serves as a museum and cultural archive as well as an active place of worship for the Jewish faith. As far as other religious landmarks go, the most important church of the city is the Church of São Salvador do Mundo, which was built by the Dutch in the early 16th century as a Catholic church. Another popular site is the Convento Franciscano de Santo Antonio (Franciscan Convent of Saint Anthony), known for its extravagant gold-covered engravings and elaborate ceiling paintings.
Recife can be generally divided into four major zones: Centro (Center), Zona Sul (South Zone), Zona Oeste (West Zone), and Zona Norte (North Zone). The historic and governmental Center consists of a number of neighborhoods-both on islands and the mainland-connected by a series of bridges over the Capibaribe River. The South Zone, as the most modern part of the city, is the hub for tourism. Here visitors will find beautiful natural reef beaches as well as hotels, restaurants, bars, the airport, and the city's largest shopping mall. The West Zone has two well-known museums (Instituto Ricardo Brennand and Museu-Oficina Francisco Brennand), a university, military school, and the remnants of the Atlantic forest that once covered Brazil's east coast. And finally, the North Zone is largely residential, known for its schools, hospitals, parks, and bars.

In addition to beaches and historical sight-seeing, Recife also has opportunities for experiencing the modern culture of the city. The Caixa Cultural Recife, for example, is a modern venue for exhibitions, shows, cinema, and recitals. Other events, workshops, and lectures for both children and adults are also held here. Another neat venue for modern art is the Parque de Esculturas de Francisco Brennand where visitors can observe 90 exhibits of varying sculptures by plastics artist Francisco Brennand, all installed on a harbor dock. A museum and workshop of the artist can also be visited at the Museu-Oficina Francisco Brennand. Other museums throughout the city cover topics including natural history, archaeology, abolition, military, trains, and other aspects of local history.

Additional opportunities for entertainment include a zoo, botanical gardens, Mirabilandia theme park, tours of all kinds (both offshore and on the mainland), an annual Carnival festival with music and dancing, and much more.
Food and Dining
Cuisine of Brazil varies greatly by region, usually a mix of indigenous, European, and African influences. As one of the largest cities in Brazil, Recife has a full range of flavors from traditional dishes to international fare, and some of the best quality restaurants in the country. Brazil's northeastern coastline is also renowned for the seafood. As a result, there are plenty of seafood restaurants as well as seafood markets where patrons can choose from a wide selection of shrimp, lobster, squid, and much more. Other common ingredients include things like manioc flour (main ingredient of tapioca), cuscuz (corn flour), pumpkin, yam, palm oil, coconut sauce, native fruits, jerked beef, goat, and lamb. There are even specialties specific to the city including desserts such as Bolo de Rolo and Bolo Sousa Leão, which are both varieties of cake. Another favorite throughout the city is a soup known as caldinho, which comes in an assortment of flavors. Additional dishes include caldeirada (seafood stew), buchada (goat stew), dobradinha (bean stew), cozido pernambucano (beef stew), rice and beans, and many more.

Recife is served by Guararapes International Airport, also known as Gilberto Freyre International Airport, which is located in the city's southern outskirts. From the airport, travelers can take a subway, bus, or taxi to the downtown area. Some cruise ships also arrive at the port of Recife.
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.

Budget Your Trip is all about finding out how much everything costs so that you can travel cheaper and longer. Created by avid travelers Laurie and Bryan, our goal is to help you plan your next trip on the right budget. With average daily travel costs that are calculated from the budgets of real travelers, plus an analysis of hotel and tour prices, you can find out how much money you need to plan your next adventure. We also have plenty of travel advice, accommodation reviews, and activity suggestions.

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