A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Bali vs. Sao Paulo for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Bali or Sao Paulo?

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

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Bali and Sao Paulo can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Bali or Sao Paulo?

Bali

Known as the "Island of the Gods," it's not difficult to see why the Gods would want to set up shop in Bali. With a beautifully diverse landscape of hills, mountains, coastlines, beaches, vibrant rice fields and volcanic hillsides, you'll easily go into sensory overload.

Bali is home to 4 million people who all hold true to a deeply spiritual and unique culture. With champion surfing, world class resorts and challenging hiking trails, this Indonesian island accommodates travelers from every walk of life. It's often called, "paradise on earth, " and no one disagrees.

Sao Paulo

With a population of around 11 million, and 20 million in the metropolitan area, Sao Paulo is the largest city in Brazil. It's also one of the wealthiest cities in the southern hemisphere, although you don't have to look far to see the income disparities and inequalities that exist. The city is diverse and culturally rich, with excellent food, music, and entertainment.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Tours for Seniors to Indonesia, The Best G Adventures Tours to Indonesia, Tours for Outdoor and Nature Lovers in Brazil, and The Best Adventure Tours to Brazil.


Which place is cheaper, Sao Paulo or Bali?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Bali is $71, while the average daily cost in Sao Paulo is $50. 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 Bali and Sao Paulo in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Bali $41
    Sao Paulo $29
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Bali $82
    Sao Paulo $58
Compare Hotels in Bali and Sao Paulo

Looking for a hotel in Bali or Sao Paulo? 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 Bali


Hotels in Sao Paulo


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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: Bali Hotel Prices and Sao Paulo Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Bali $8.83
    Sao Paulo $5.62
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Bali

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


  • Motorbike Rental
    $3.03

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bali

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bali:

  • Bali Spiritual: Blessing Ceremony, Pristine Nature and Transfer: $109
  • BALI PARAGLIDING Fly, Swing and Soaring above the sea with private transfer: $103
  • West Beach Nusa Penida Tour with Speedboat Transfer from Sanur: $99
  • Mount Agung Guided Sunrise Hike with Hotel Transfers: $88
  • Drive Your Own Jet Ski Without Instructor With Private Transfer: $85
  • Bali Quad and Buggy Discovery Tour, Including Round-Trip Transfer: $76
  • Horse Riding on the Black Sand Beach and Free Hotel Transfers: $74
  • Nusa Penida All-Inclusive Full-Day Tour with Transfers: $65
  • Bali Water Sport : Sea Walker,Donut Boat and Banana Boat with Hotel Transfers: $64
  • Bali Gili Fast Boat Transfer Ticket All Inclusive: $60
  • Bali Parasailing Adventure,Banana Boat,Jet Ski and Donut Boat with Transfers: $59
  • Bali to/from Gili Gede: Fast Boat (Optional Bali Transfer): $59

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Sao Paulo

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

  • Private Transfer from Sao Paulo City - Sao Paulo Airport (GRU): $22
  • Private One Way Transfer from Sao Paulo Airport to Sao Paulo: $27
  • Private Transfer from Sao Paulo hotels to Santos Cruise Port: $32
  • Transfer CGH Airport Congonhas <> Sao Paulo city / Hotel: $34
  • Private Transfer from Sao Paulo City Center to Guarulhos Airport: $36
  • Campinas Viracopos Airport (VCP) to Sao Paulo - Private Transfer: $38
  • Viracopos Airport (VCP) to Águas de Lindoia-Arrival Transfer: $38
  • Campinas Airport (VCP) to Sao Paulo hotels - Arrival Transfer: $38
  • Sao Paulo hotels to Campinas Airport (VCP) - Departure Transfer: $38
  • Sao Paulo to Campinas Viracopos Airport (VCP) - Private Transfer: $38
  • Viracopos Airport (VCP) to São Pedro Thermal Arrival Transfer: $38
  • Receptive and Transfer Airports, Cities and Coast: $42

Is it cheaper to fly into Bali or Sao Paulo?

Prices for flights to both Sao Paulo and Bali 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
  • Food Meals for one day
    Bali $20
    Sao Paulo $14
Typical Food Prices in Bali

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


  • Coffee
    $1.21
  • Lunch for Two
    $13
  • Bali Cafe for Two
    $26
  • Lunch for Two
    $7.89
  • Lunch for 2
    $8.73
  • Dinner for 2
    $9.58

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bali

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

  • Private Tour Rafting Uluwatu Kecak Dance Sunset and Dinner in Jimbaran Bay: $28
  • Romantic Seafood Dinner under sunset in the Beach: $30
  • Private Tour Uluwatu Sunset Kecak Dance and Dinner at Jimbaran: $31
  • Ubud: Balinese Cooking Class at an Organic Farm: $32
  • Pirate Dinner Cruise with Shows, Games, and Music: $32
  • Amazing Private Tour-Uluwatu Kecak Dance and Romantic Seafood Dinner: $33
  • Bali Night Market Food Tour From Ubud: $35
  • From Ubud: Authentic Cooking Class in a Local Village: $35
  • Bali Private tour Beach,Traditional dance, Uluwatu Temple, Sunset, Dinner: $45
  • Seminyak: Balinese Cooking Class & Market Tour: $45
  • Bali Street Food Tour: $45
  • Bali's Best Sunset: Uluwatu Kecak Dance & Dinner Jimbaran Beach: $50

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Sao Paulo

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

  • Private Traditional Brazilian or Paulistano Cooking Class with a Chef: $130
  • Authentic Brazilian Cooking Experience in SP: Feijoada & Moqueca: $189

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Bali $11
    Sao Paulo $3.85
Typical Entertainment Prices in Bali

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Bali are as follows:


  • Spa for Two
    $53
  • Snorkelling Trip
    $12
  • Cooking School
    $27

Tours and Activities in Bali

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

  • Lembongan Snorkeling and Island Tour: $80
  • Nusa Penida Snorkeling Adventure (Private & All-Inclusive): $129
  • Private Tours Tegenungan Waterfall Ubud Palace & Market: $80
  • Sightseeing to Ulundanu temple, banyumala waterfall & Tanah lot: $57
  • (BCR Rafting) Rafting Adventure in Telaga Waja River 18km: $55
  • 2 Day Tours Ubud Art Village, Dance And Other Tourist Attractions: $186
  • 3-Days Lombok,Gili island Tour Hopping around departure from Bali island: $300
  • 30 minutes tandem Paragliding tours in Bali with free photo/video: $185
  • Adventure Canyoning in Tamata: $247
  • Adventure Rafting Journey With Us! And Ubud Tours : $123
  • All Inclusive Tour to Tanah Lot Temple and Monkey Forest: $56
  • Amazing Day Tour: Highlights of Ubud Village Hidden Waterfall: $29

Tours and Activities in Sao Paulo

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Sao Paulo.

  • São Paulo Paulista Avenue City Sights Self-Guided Tour: $8.02
  • Walking Tour Historic Center in São Paulo: $12
  • Sao Paulo 360 Guided Tour: $26
  • Discover Sao Paulo History Guided Tour: $29
  • São Paulo: 2 Hour Immersion Waling Tour in Paulista Avenue: $31
  • Night Walking Tour through the Bars of São Paulo : $33
  • Night Walking Tour through the Bars of Augusta street: $33
  • Breakfast Tour in Bom Retiro: $43
  • Sao Paulo, Pinheiros - Food & Graffiti Tour (2,5hr Food included): $53
  • São Paulo: 2 Hours - Liberdade "Street Food" Tour: $53
  • City Tour Meet São Paulo Half-Day: $64
  • Bixiga Walking Tour: $67

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Bali $3.13
    Sao Paulo $3.35

Sample the Local Flavors in Sao Paulo

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Sao Paulo:

  • São Paulo Nightlife: Pub Crawl in the City that Never Sleeps!: $49
  • Wine Tour in São Roque by car - tour with local guides: $93
  • 4 Hours Pub Crawl in Vila Madalena: $150
  • Fine wine tastings in São Roque - Tour with local guides: $172


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Bali and Sao Paulo, we can see that Bali is more expensive. And not only is Sao Paulo much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Bali is in Asia and Sao Paulo 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 Sao Paulo would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Sao Paulo 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 Bali would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Bali than you might in Sao Paulo.

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


Which is Bigger, Bali or Sao Paulo?

Sao Paulo has a larger population, and is about 20 times larger than the population of Bali. When comparing the sizes of Bali and Sao Paulo, 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 Bali or Sao Paulo?

Sao Paulo has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, but Bali experiences a warm climate with fairly sunny weather most of the year.

Should I visit Bali or Sao Paulo in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Bali as well as Sao Paulo. Bali attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate.

In the summer, Bali is around the same temperature as Sao Paulo. Typically, the summer temperatures in Bali in July average around 27°C (81°F), and Sao Paulo averages at about 25°C (77°F)in January.

It's quite rainy in Sao Paulo. Bali usually gets less rain in July than Sao Pauloin January. Bali gets 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain, while Sao Paulo receives 170 mm (6.7 in) of rain this time of the year. Also, April to September in Bali is the dry season.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July and January
    Bali 27°C (81°F) 
    Sao Paulo 25°C (77°F)

Should I visit Bali or Sao Paulo in the Autumn?

Both Sao Paulo and Bali are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities. The warm climate attracts visitors to Bali throughout the year.

In October, Bali is generally a little warmer than Sao Pauloin April. Daily temperatures in Bali average around 27°C (81°F), and Sao Paulo fluctuates around 22°C (72°F).

In October, Bali usually receives more rain than Sao Pauloin April. Bali gets 60 mm (2.4 in) of rain, while Sao Paulo receives 50 mm (2 in) of rain each month for the autumn. The rainy season in Bali is October to March.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October and April
    Bali 27°C (81°F) 
    Sao Paulo 22°C (72°F)

Should I visit Bali or Sao Paulo in the Winter?

Both Sao Paulo and Bali during the winter are popular places to visit. Plenty of visitors come to Bali because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year.

Bali is a little warmer than Sao Paulo in the winter. The daily temperature in Bali averages around 26°C (79°F) in January, and Sao Paulo fluctuates around 19°C (66°F)in July.

Bali usually gets more rain in January than Sao Pauloin July. Bali gets 90 mm (3.5 in) of rain, while Sao Paulo receives 20 mm (0.8 in) of rain this time of the year. October to March is the rainy season in Bali.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January and July
    Bali 26°C (79°F) 
    Sao Paulo 19°C (66°F)

Should I visit Bali or Sao Paulo in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Bali and Sao Paulo. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Bali year-round.

In the spring, Bali is a little warmer than Sao Paulo. Typically, the spring temperatures in Bali in April average around 27°C (81°F), and Sao Paulo averages at about 21°C (70°F)in October.

In April, Bali usually receives less rain than Sao Pauloin October. Bali gets 70 mm (2.8 in) of rain, while Sao Paulo receives 90 mm (3.5 in) of rain each month for the spring. April to September in Bali is the dry season.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April and October
    Bali 27°C (81°F) 
    Sao Paulo 21°C (70°F)

Typical Weather for Sao Paulo and Bali

Bali Sao Paulo
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 26°C (79°F) 90 mm (3.5 in) 25°C (77°F) 170 mm (6.7 in)
Feb 26°C (79°F) 90 mm (3.5 in) 25°C (77°F) 170 mm (6.7 in)
Mar 27°C (81°F) 90 mm (3.5 in) 24°C (75°F) 120 mm (4.7 in)
Apr 27°C (81°F) 70 mm (2.8 in) 22°C (72°F) 50 mm (2 in)
May 28°C (82°F) 70 mm (2.8 in) 21°C (70°F) 30 mm (1.2 in)
Jun 27°C (81°F) 50 mm (2 in) 19°C (66°F) 20 mm (0.8 in)
Jul 27°C (81°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 19°C (66°F) 20 mm (0.8 in)
Aug 27°C (81°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 19°C (66°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Sep 27°C (81°F) 50 mm (2 in) 21°C (70°F) 60 mm (2.4 in)
Oct 27°C (81°F) 60 mm (2.4 in) 21°C (70°F) 90 mm (3.5 in)
Nov 27°C (81°F) 70 mm (2.8 in) 23°C (73°F) 110 mm (4.3 in)
Dec 27°C (81°F) 90 mm (3.5 in) 24°C (75°F) 150 mm (5.9 in)