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

Should you visit Beirut or Santiago?

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

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Beirut and Santiago. We'll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Where Should I go: Beirut or Santiago?


Some travelers are seeking the hustle, bustle and posh atmosphere that only comes from a big city. Those travelers should have Beirut, Lebanon at the top of their list. The capital city is jam packed with 2.1 million people that are constantly on the go. As the commercial and financial hub of Lebanon, this city is fast-paced, fashion conscious and always ready for a night on the town.


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 One Week (7-Day) Tours in Chile, and The Best 2-Week Tours in Chile.

Which place is cheaper, Santiago or Beirut?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Beirut is $2.26, while the average daily cost in Santiago is $144. 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 Beirut and Santiago in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Beirut $1.26
    Santiago $112
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Beirut $2.52
    Santiago $224
Compare Hotels in Beirut and Santiago

Looking for a hotel in Beirut 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 Beirut

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: Beirut Hotel Prices and Santiago Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Beirut $0.44
    Santiago $5.54

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Beirut

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

  • Beirut Arrival Airport Transfer Pickup: $9.89
  • Departure Transfer:From Hotel To Beirut-Rafic Hariri International Airport (BEY): $10
  • BEY Airport to Hotel, Private Arrival Transfer: $10
  • Airport Departure Transfer From Your Beirut Hotel: $10
  • Private Departure Transfer: From your hotel in Beirut to Airport: $10
  • Airport Arrival Transfer to Your Beirut Hotel: $10
  • Private Transfer from Beirut Hotels to the Beirut Airport: $10
  • Airport Transfer and Pickup Services in Beirut: $12
  • Beirut Arrival Airport Transfer: $13
  • Beirut Airport one Way Private Transfer to the hotel: $15
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Beirut International Airport to Hotel: $18
  • Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Beirut International Airport: $18

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:

  • Try find your better than us! Airport transfer service in Santiago APT-HTL (SCL): $51
  • Transfer from or to the airport in Santiago, Chile: $60
  • Transfer from Santiago To Valle Nevado, Farellones, Colorado or La Parva ski: $83
  • Transfer from Santiago Airport to Santiago Centro Commune: $52
  • Transfer To Valle Nevado Private for small groups: $250
  • Transfer Santiago Airport to the commune of Providencia: $56
  • Transfer Santiago - Viña del Mar: $210
  • Transfer Privado Entre Santiago Y El Aeropuerto: $52
  • Transfer Airport Hotel: $55
  • Valle Nevado Ski Day Trip with Hotel Transfers: $31
  • Private Transfer: $31
  • Private Scenic Transfer to Mendoza.: $539

Is it cheaper to fly into Beirut or Santiago?

Prices for flights to both Santiago and Beirut 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
    Beirut $0.71
    Santiago $13

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Beirut

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

  • Authentic Lebanese Virtual Cooking Class Live from Lebanon: $30
  • Traveling Spoon Lebanese Mezze Private Online Cooking Class : $40
  • Motorbike Tour with Local Street Food Dinner: $50
  • Private Lebanese Home Cooking Class in Byblos with a Local Family: $86
  • Beirut Street Food Tour, Lebanon: $93
  • Authentic Lebanese Cooking Lesson and Meal with Tania's Family in Beirut: $100

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.

  • Bali Hai Dinner & Show, Transport and Wine refill: $106
  • Dinner Show in Bali Hai with Wine refill and transportation: $109
  • Small-Group Tour: Night City Tour with Santa Lucia Hill and Dinner Show: $116
  • Sunset Winery Tour with Wine Tastings and Dinner: $130
  • Private Tour: Santiago at Night with Dinner and Show: $131
  • Private Night City Tour with San Cristobal Hill And Dinner Show: $131
  • Viña Concha y Toro Nocturno: Dinner Show: $137
  • 4-Hour Private Night Tour with Dinner and Show: $150
  • Casa del Bosque Winery with Tasting and Dinner: $150
  • Private Dinner and Show with Transfers: $158
  • Traditional Chilean Cooking Class with a Local in Her Santiago Countryside Home: $168
  • Chilean Cooking Class in Santiago with Wine Pairings : $168

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Beirut $0.26
    Santiago $48

Tours and Activities in Beirut

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

  • Small Group Tour to Jeita Grotto, Harisa & Byblos with Hotel pickup: $10
  • Uncover Beirut's Divided Past: In-App Audio Tour: $11
  • Discovering Lebanon: Jeita Grotto, Harissa, and Byblos Tour: $15
  • City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour: $25
  • Beirut Walking Tour - Discover Beirut by foot: $25
  • City Sightseeing Beirut Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour: $25
  • New Cost Saver Small-Group Tour to Jeita Grotto, Harissa & Byblos: $27
  • Beirut : Private Custom Walking Tour With A Guide (Private tour): $34
  • Private Tour - Explore Anjar Lebanon: $35
  • Lebanon's Treasures: Jeita Grotto and Harissa Private Tour: $35
  • Beirut Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $35
  • Downtown Beirut Walking Tour Including Lunch: $35

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
  • Private Half-Day Guided Tour of the City of Santiago.: $280
  • "Ultimate Andes Adventure: Luxury Helicopter Ski Experience": $2,219
  • 2-Hour Walking Tour of Yungay The Coolest Neighborhood in Chile: $35
  • A Fabulous Walking tour by the Old Santiago of Chile -small group: $25
  • A Private Tour of Santiago with an Experienced Local Guide: $134
  • Andes Day Lagoon: Embalse El Yeso Tour from Santiago: $120
  • Andes Half-Day Private Tour with Wine and Cheese Tasting: $190
  • Andes Tour to Portillo Inca Lagoon with San Esteban Vineyard Empanada & Wine: $99
  • Authentic Andes Adventure: Private Horse Riding and Cheese & Wine: $150
  • Best of Santiago a Self-Guided Audio Tour in English: $7.97

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Beirut $0.23
    Santiago $8.61

Sample the Local Flavors in Beirut

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

  • Private Wine Tasting Day Tour from Beirut: $50
  • Bekaa Valley Wine Tour: Savour Lebanon's Finest: $50
  • Full-Day Private Wine Tasting Tour: $56
  • Uncorking Splendor: A Journey Through Private Wine Tasting Tours: $60
  • Byblos & Chateau Musar: History and Wine Tour: $65
  • Wine Tasting and Culture : $69
  • Wine Tasting and Hiking in the Cedars forest : $69
  • Half-Day Private Chateau Musar and Ixsir Wine Tour from Beirut: $82
  • Fabulous Wine Tour in Central Bekaa Valley: $88
  • From Full Day Wine Tasting in the Bekaa Valley Tour: $90
  • Lebanon Wine Tasting Tour From Beirut: $91
  • Full-Day Private Wine Tasting Tour to Chateau Musar and Ixsir Winery: $100

Sample the Local Flavors in Santiago

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

  • Concha y Toro Ticket and Tour with Wine Tasting: $50
  • Undurraga Winery Tour with Entry and Wine Tasting: $50
  • Half Day Trip to Undurraga Vineyard from Santiago - Wine Tasting Included: $50
  • Undurraga Wine Tasting Tour from Santiago: $62
  • Undurraga Wine tour: $70
  • Private Tour: Santa Rita Vineyard with Wine Tastings: $72
  • Portillo Andes Mountain Range Inca lagoon and wine tasting: $79
  • Valparaiso Port and Viña del Mar with wine tasting in Casablanca: $79
  • Inca Lagoon and Vineyard Visit with Wine Tasting: $85
  • From Concha y Toro Marqués Half-Day Wine Tasting: $89
  • Portillo Andes Mountain Range with Inca Lagoon and Wine Tasting: $89
  • Private Tour: Undurraga Vineyard Experience with Premium Wine Tasting: $92

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Beirut and Santiago, we can see that Santiago is more expensive. And not only is Beirut much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Beirut is in Middle East 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 Beirut would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Beirut 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 Beirut.

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

Which is Bigger, Beirut or Santiago?

Santiago has a larger population, and is about 3 times larger than the population of Beirut. When comparing the sizes of Beirut 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 Beirut or Santiago?

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

Should I visit Beirut or Santiago in the Summer?

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

Beirut is a little warmer than Santiago in the summer. The daily temperature in Beirut averages around 27°C (81°F) in July, and Santiago fluctuates around 21°C (70°F)in January.

Beirut usually gets around the same amount of rain in July as Santiagoin January. Beirut gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Santiago receives 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain this time of the year.

  • Summer Average Temperatures July and January
    Beirut 27°C (81°F) 
    Santiago 21°C (70°F)

Should I visit Beirut or Santiago in the Autumn?

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

In the autumn, Beirut is much warmer than Santiago. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Beirut in October average around 25°C (77°F), and Santiago averages at about 15°C (59°F)in April.

In October, Beirut usually receives more rain than Santiagoin April. Beirut gets 60 mm (2.4 in) of rain, while Santiago receives 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain each month for the autumn.

  • Autumn Average Temperatures October and April
    Beirut 25°C (77°F) 
    Santiago 15°C (59°F)

Should I visit Beirut or Santiago in the Winter?

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

In January, Beirut is generally a little warmer than Santiagoin July. Daily temperatures in Beirut average around 13°C (55°F), and Santiago fluctuates around 9°C (48°F).

It rains a lot this time of the year in Beirut. Beirut usually gets more rain in January than Santiagoin July. Beirut gets 130 mm (5.1 in) of rain, while Santiago receives 80 mm (3.1 in) of rain this time of the year.

  • Winter Average Temperatures January and July
    Beirut 13°C (55°F) 
    Santiago 9°C (48°F)

Should I visit Beirut or Santiago in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Beirut and Santiago. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Beirut year-round.

Beirut is a little warmer than Santiago in the spring. The daily temperature in Beirut averages around 17°C (63°F) in April, and Santiago fluctuates around 15°C (59°F)in October.

In April, Beirut usually receives more rain than Santiagoin October. Beirut gets 50 mm (2 in) of rain, while Santiago receives 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain each month for the spring.

  • Spring Average Temperatures April and October
    Beirut 17°C (63°F) 
    Santiago 15°C (59°F)

Typical Weather for Santiago and Beirut

Beirut Santiago
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 13°C (55°F) 130 mm (5.1 in) 21°C (70°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Feb 13°C (55°F) 110 mm (4.3 in) 20°C (68°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Mar 15°C (59°F) 60 mm (2.4 in) 18°C (64°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Apr 17°C (63°F) 50 mm (2 in) 15°C (59°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
May 22°C (72°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 12°C (54°F) 50 mm (2 in)
Jun 25°C (77°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 9°C (48°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
Jul 27°C (81°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 9°C (48°F) 80 mm (3.1 in)
Aug 28°C (82°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 10°C (50°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
Sep 27°C (81°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 12°C (54°F) 20 mm (0.8 in)
Oct 25°C (77°F) 60 mm (2.4 in) 15°C (59°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Nov 19°C (66°F) 50 mm (2 in) 17°C (63°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Dec 15°C (59°F) 130 mm (5.1 in) 20°C (68°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)