A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Adelaide vs. Santiago for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Adelaide or Santiago?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Adelaide and Santiago can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Adelaide or Santiago?


Adelaide is the often overlooked capital city of the State of South Australia. It's also the fifth largest city in the country. Despite being skipped by most travelers, Adelaide is an interesting city to explore and has a decent amount to offer open minded travelers. It has some fascinating architecture, unique shopping, and wonderful cafes and restaurants. Part of the appeal of Adelaide is its location in the midst of Australia's wine regions, including McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley, and Clare Valley. Any of these destinations could be visited as a day trip from Adelaide.


Santiago is the capital city of Chile. It is centrally located in the long and narrow country, making it a good jumping off point to explore everywhere else. It's convenient location means that you can go skiing in the Andes one day, and hang out at the beach the next.

Santiago has a cool semi-arid climate that is similar to Mediterranean climates. The summers, which are between November and March, are warm and dry. The temperatures climb to around 95 degrees Fahrenheit. The winters, between June and August, are humid with cold mornings. The daily highs are around 55 degrees Fahrenheit and the lows stay a few degrees above freezing. Rain is more common in the winter months and the dry season is between December and March.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best 10-Day Tours in Australia, The Best 2-Week Tours in Australia, The Best One Week (7-Day) Tours in Chile, and The Best 2-Week Tours in Chile.

Which place is cheaper, Santiago or Adelaide?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Adelaide is $111, while the average daily cost in Santiago is $147. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Adelaide and Santiago in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Adelaide $66
    Santiago $114
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Adelaide $132
    Santiago $228
Compare Hotels in Adelaide and Santiago

Looking for a hotel in Adelaide or Santiago? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Adelaide

Hotels in Santiago

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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Adelaide Hotel Prices and Santiago Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Adelaide $19
    Santiago $5.64
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Adelaide

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Adelaide are as follows:

  • Shuttle from the Train Station

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Adelaide

Also for Adelaide, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Adelaide Airport: One-Way Private Transfer to Adelaide: $28
  • Adelaide Airport(ADL)to Adelaide city - Arrival Private Transfer: $39
  • Private One way Transfer from Adelaide Airport(ADL) to Adelaide: $39
  • Departure Private Transfers: Adelaide to Adelaide Airport ADL in Business Car: $63
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Adelaide Airport to Hotel: $68
  • Adelaide Airport (ADL) to Adelaide - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $77
  • Departure Private Transfers: Adelaide to Adelaide Airport ADL in Luxury Van: $93
  • Adelaide Airport Transfers : Adelaide City to Airport ADL in Luxury Car: $107
  • Adelaide Private Airport and City Transfer: $110
  • ADL Airport Private Transfer to Downtown: $119
  • Adelaide Airport (ADL): Private Transfer to Adelaide hotels: $218
  • One Day Kangaroo Island Sip & See tour with return ferry transfers from Adelaide: $252

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Santiago

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Santiago:

  • Metro Ride

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Santiago

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Santiago:

  • Visit Montes Winery (7th World Best Wine) & Transfer to Hotel: $300
  • Try find your better than us! Airport transfer service in Santiago APT-HTL (SCL): $51
  • Transfer in Private Vehicle from Santiago de Chile City - Santiago Airport (SCL): $28
  • Transfer in Private Vehicle Santiago Airport (SCL) - Santiago de Chile City: $28
  • Transfer from or to the airport or hotel in Santiago de Chile: $35
  • Transfer from or to the airport in Santiago, Chile: $60
  • Transfer from Valparaiso or San Antonio Port + Condor Watching Tour: $230
  • Transfer from Santiago to Portillo Ski Center: $160
  • Transfer from Santiago Airport to Santiago Centro Commune: $52
  • Transfer To Valle Nevado Private for small groups: $250
  • Transfer Santiago to Cruise Port in Valparaiso or San Antonio: $250
  • Transfer Santiago Airport to the commune of Providencia: $56

Is it cheaper to fly into Adelaide or Santiago?

Prices for flights to both Santiago and Adelaide change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.

  • Food Meals for one day
    Adelaide $31
    Santiago $14

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Adelaide

For Adelaide, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • HandleBar Bike Tour with Pub Stops & Dinner Option: $30
  • Local Food Tour and Tastings with Guide: $79
  • Four Hours Cooking Class in Adelaide Hills: $125
  • Small-Group River Murray Dark Sky and Sunset Tour with Dinner: $196
  • Pipi Catching and Cooking Experience in Goolwa : $236

Typical Food Prices in Santiago

Some typical examples of dining costs in Santiago are as follows:

  • Empanada
  • Hamburger
  • Dinner

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Santiago

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Santiago.

  • Dinner Show in Bali Hai with Wine refill and transportation: $96
  • Traditional Chilean Show with Dinner and Private Transportation in Santiago: $107
  • Traditional Dinner Show in Santiago: $107
  • Small-Group Tour: Night City Tour with Santa Lucia Hill and Dinner Show: $116
  • Small-Group Night City Tour: San Cristobal Hill and Dinner Show: $120
  • Sunset Alyan + 6 wines + savory board + rustic dinner + dessert: $130
  • Sunset Winery Tour with Wine Tastings and Dinner: $130
  • Private Night City Tour with San Cristobal Hill And Dinner Show: $131
  • Casa del Bosque Winery with Tasting and Dinner: $135
  • 4-Hour Private Night Tour with Dinner and Show: $150
  • Private Dinner and Show with Transfers: $158
  • Traditional Chilean Cooking Class with a Local in Her Santiago Countryside Home: $168

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Adelaide $14
    Santiago $49

Tours and Activities in Adelaide

For Adelaide, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Adelaide Self-Guided Audio Tour: $1.00
  • Queer Adelaide History: A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $12
  • Self-guided adventure hunt: Discover Adelaide's Gems: $13
  • Hosted Wine Discovery Journey Tour: $17
  • River Torrens Popeye Sightseeing Cruise: $17
  • Adelaide Oval Stadium Guided Tour: $19
  • Adelaide Oval Stadium Tour: $19
  • An exciting, Tree Top Adventure for Our Littlest Adventurers : $24
  • River Torrens Popeye Devonshire Tea Cruise: $26
  • Adelaide Gaol Adults Ghost Tour & Investigation: $28
  • Adelaide Gaol Ghost Tour and Paranormal Investigation: $29
  • City Highlights Walking Tour with Guide: $29

Tours and Activities in Santiago

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Santiago are as follows:

  • Colchagua Valley Tour & Tasting: $270
  • Experience Wildlife Encounter in Provincia Mountain of Chile.: $235
  • "Tour Tradicional" Viña Cousiño Macul Oficial español: $23
  • 2 days tours /City Tour-Concha y Toro/Valle nevado y Farellones: $285
  • Andean Horse Ride Yerba Loca Sanctuary - Private tour from Santiago: $240
  • Andes Day Lagoon: Embalse El Yeso Tour from Santiago: $120
  • Andes Day Volcano 8k Private Tour : $230
  • Andes Half-Day Private Tour with Wine and Cheese Tasting: $190
  • Andes Tour to Portillo Inca Lagoon with San Esteban Vineyard Empanada & Wine: $95
  • Andes Whitewater Rafting Adventure plus Winery Tour and Tasting: $259
  • Authentic Andes Adventure: Private Horse Riding and Cheese & Wine: $150
  • Be a winemaker Private Experience Lunch included: $240

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Adelaide $23
    Santiago $8.76

Sample the Local Flavors in Adelaide

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Adelaide:

  • Private Pinot Noir Wine Tasting & Platter in Adelaide Hills: $30
  • River Torrens Desserts And Wine Tour: $43
  • McLaren Vale and Glenelg Wine Tasting Tour: $52
  • McLaren Vale and Glenelg Wine Tasting and Sightseeing (Half-day Afternoon): $53
  • Highlights, Hahndorf, & McLaren Vale Wine Tastings: $79
  • Adelaide Highlights, Hahndorf & McLaren Vale Wine Tasting and Sightseeing Tour: $80
  • From Barossa Valley Food and Wine Tour: $112
  • From Barossa Valley Full-Day Wine Tasting Tour: $112
  • The Barossa Valley Premium Wine Tour with Lunch: $112
  • Barossa Valley Full-Day Wine Tasting & Maggie Beers Farm Join Us: $114
  • Barossa Valley Wine Tours - Small Private Groups : $128
  • Barossa Full Day Wine Tour: $135

Sample the Local Flavors in Santiago

Also in Santiago, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Premium Wine Tour in Viña Cousiño Macul Spanish official: $37
  • Undurraga Winery Tour with Entry and Wine Tasting: $50
  • Concha y Toro Ticket and Tour with Wine Tasting: $50
  • Half Day Trip to Undurraga Vineyard from Santiago - Wine Tasting Included: $50
  • Half Day Trip to Concha y Toro Vineyard from Santiago - Wine Tasting Included: $50
  • Undurraga Wine tour: $70
  • Private Tour: Santa Rita Vineyard with Wine Tastings: $72
  • Premium Wine Tasting in Santiago de Chile: $77
  • From Concha y Toro Marqués Half-Day Wine Tasting: $89
  • Private Tour: Undurraga Vineyard Experience with Premium Wine Tasting: $92
  • Maipo Valley Wine Tour with 4 vineyards from Santiago.: $99
  • From Maipo Valley Wine Tour: $99

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Adelaide and Santiago, we can see that Santiago is more expensive. And not only is Adelaide much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Adelaide is in Pacific and Santiago is in South America, this is one of the main reasons why the costs are so different, as different regions of the world tend to have overall different travel costs. So, traveling to Adelaide would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Adelaide and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Santiago would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Santiago than you might in Adelaide.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Adelaide Expensive? and Is Santiago Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Adelaide or Santiago?

Santiago has a larger population, and is about 5 times larger than the population of Adelaide. When comparing the sizes of Adelaide and Santiago, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.

When is the best time to visit Adelaide or Santiago?

Both places have a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. As both cities are in the southern hemisphere, summer is in January and winter is in July.

Should I visit Adelaide or Santiago in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Adelaide as well as Santiago. The beaches, the hiking, and the family-friendly experiences are the main draw to Adelaide this time of year.

In the summer, Adelaide is around the same temperature as Santiago. Typically, the summer temperatures in Adelaide in January average around 22°C (72°F), and Santiago averages at about 21°C (70°F).

Adelaide usually gets more rain in January than Santiago. Adelaide gets 19 mm (0.7 in) of rain, while Santiago receives 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain this time of the year.

  • Summer Average Temperatures January
    Adelaide 22°C (72°F) 
    Santiago 21°C (70°F)

Should I visit Adelaide or Santiago in the Autumn?

Both Santiago and Adelaide are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities. Many travelers come to Adelaide for the hiking trails and the shopping scene.

In April, Adelaide is generally a little warmer than Santiago. Daily temperatures in Adelaide average around 18°C (64°F), and Santiago fluctuates around 15°C (59°F).

In April, Adelaide usually receives more rain than Santiago. Adelaide gets 38 mm (1.5 in) of rain, while Santiago receives 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain each month for the autumn.

  • Autumn Average Temperatures April
    Adelaide 18°C (64°F) 
    Santiago 15°C (59°F)

Should I visit Adelaide or Santiago in the Winter?

Both Santiago and Adelaide during the winter are popular places to visit. Many visitors come to Adelaide in the winter for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine.

Adelaide is a little warmer than Santiago in the winter. The daily temperature in Adelaide averages around 11°C (52°F) in July, and Santiago fluctuates around 9°C (48°F).

Adelaide usually gets less rain in July than Santiago. Adelaide gets 67 mm (2.6 in) of rain, while Santiago receives 80 mm (3.1 in) of rain this time of the year.

  • Winter Average Temperatures July
    Adelaide 11°C (52°F) 
    Santiago 9°C (48°F)

Should I visit Adelaide or Santiago in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Adelaide and Santiago. Most visitors come to Adelaide for the beaches during these months.

In the spring, Adelaide is around the same temperature as Santiago. Typically, the spring temperatures in Adelaide in October average around 16°C (61°F), and Santiago averages at about 15°C (59°F).

In October, Adelaide usually receives more rain than Santiago. Adelaide gets 37 mm (1.5 in) of rain, while Santiago receives 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain each month for the spring.

  • Spring Average Temperatures October
    Adelaide 16°C (61°F) 
    Santiago 15°C (59°F)

Typical Weather for Santiago and Adelaide

Adelaide Santiago
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 22°C (72°F) 19 mm (0.7 in) 21°C (70°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Feb 23°C (73°F) 20 mm (0.8 in) 20°C (68°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Mar 21°C (69°F) 22 mm (0.9 in) 18°C (64°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Apr 18°C (64°F) 38 mm (1.5 in) 15°C (59°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
May 15°C (58°F) 57 mm (2.2 in) 12°C (54°F) 50 mm (2 in)
Jun 12°C (54°F) 50 mm (2 in) 9°C (48°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
Jul 11°C (52°F) 67 mm (2.6 in) 9°C (48°F) 80 mm (3.1 in)
Aug 12°C (54°F) 51 mm (2 in) 10°C (50°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
Sep 13°C (56°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 12°C (54°F) 20 mm (0.8 in)
Oct 16°C (61°F) 37 mm (1.5 in) 15°C (59°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Nov 18°C (65°F) 22 mm (0.9 in) 17°C (63°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Dec 21°C (69°F) 25 mm (1 in) 20°C (68°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)