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

Should you visit Bern or Santiago?

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

Should I visit Bern or Santiago? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city has activities that align with your interests along with knowing which is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the details and the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Where Should I go: Bern or Santiago?


The capital city of Switzerland, Bern, is a surprisingly small city with a population of only about 130,000. It's located on a peninsula that is created by the turns of the River Aare. The city is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site because it has a wonderfully preserved old town area. There are about four miles worth of quaint walkways that are lined with clock towers and fountains.


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 Family-Friendly Tours to Switzerland, The Best Hiking & Trekking Tours in Switzerland, The Best One Week (7-Day) Tours in Chile, and The Best 2-Week Tours in Chile.

Which place is cheaper, Santiago or Bern?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Bern is $247, while the average daily cost in Santiago is $148. 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 Bern and Santiago in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Bern $160
    Santiago $115
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Bern $320
    Santiago $230
Compare Hotels in Bern and Santiago

Looking for a hotel in Bern 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 Bern

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: Bern Hotel Prices and Santiago Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Bern $33
    Santiago $5.68

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bern

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bern:

  • Private Car Departure Transfer from Bern to Bern Airport BRN: $73
  • Private Direct Transfer From Bern to Basel: $193
  • Private Transfer From Bern to Zurich, English Speaking Driver: $229

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:

  • Arturo Merino Benítez Intl Airport: Shared Transfer: $24
  • 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
  • Private Departure Transfer from Santiago- Santiago Airport (SCL): $28
  • Santiago Airport (SCL) to Santiago hotels - Arrival Transfer: $28
  • Private Transfer From The Hotel in Santiago City To the Airport: $29
  • Private Transfer: $31
  • Private Transfer from Santiago Hotel to SCL Airport: $32
  • Private Transfer from Santiago Airport to Santiago: $32
  • Private Santiago Airport to Santiago Transfer: $35
  • From Farellones Roundtrip Transfer: $35
  • Arrival Transfer - Santiago International Airport to Hotel in Santiago: $35

Is it cheaper to fly into Bern or Santiago?

Prices for flights to both Santiago and Bern 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
    Bern $59
    Santiago $14

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 Including Transport: $106
  • Traditional Dinner Show in Santiago: $107
  • Dinner Show in Bali Hai: $109
  • Casa del Bosque Winery with Tasting and Dinner: $117
  • 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 Tour: Santiago at Night with Dinner and Show: $131
  • Private Night City Tour with San Cristobal Hill And Dinner Show: $131
  • 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.
    Bern $33
    Santiago $50

Tours and Activities in Bern

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

  • Self-Guided Reading City Tour in Bern: $3.43
  • Bern Scavenger Hunt and Best Landmarks Self-Guided Tour: $4.40
  • Self-Guided Audio City Tour in Bern: $9.16
  • Self-Guided Tour of Bern's Fountains, Clocktowers, and Legends: $9.99
  • Fribourg Scavenger Hunt and Sights Self-Guided Tour: $16
  • Thun Scavenger Hunt and Sights Self-Guided Tour: $16
  • Bern Scavenger Hunt and Sights Self-Guided Tour: $16
  • Guided Walking Tour in Bern: $35
  • Bern : Private Walking Tour with a Local Guide (Private tour): $59
  • Bern Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $61
  • Highlights & Hidden Gems of Small Group Guided Walking Tour: $87
  • Lake Thun and Lake Brienz Day Pass Ticket for Lake Boat Cruises: $124

Tours and Activities in Santiago

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

  • Explore Santiago's Soul: Walking In-App Audio Tour: $5.00
  • Explore Santiago's Soul: Walking In-App Audio Tour: $5.00
  • Best of Santiago a Self-Guided Audio Tour in English: $8.11
  • Santiago Cathedral's Bell Tower Official Tour: $10
  • La Paz from the Heights: Down hill Walking tour & Cable Cars: $12
  • Cable Car Admission Ticket: $15
  • "Tour Tradicional" Viña Cousiño Macul Oficial español: $23
  • Cousiño Macul Official Winery Tour with Tasting: $23
  • Santiago : Highlights Walking Tour With A Guide: $24
  • Skip the Line: Concha y Toro Traditional Tour Ticket: $25
  • Walking tour through Santiago: $26
  • History Walking Tour in Chile: $29

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Bern $26
    Santiago $8.82

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
  • Concha y Toro Ticket and Tour with Wine Tasting: $50
  • Undurraga Winery Tour with Entry and Wine Tasting: $50
  • Half Day Trip to Concha y Toro Vineyard from Santiago - Wine Tasting Included: $50
  • Undurraga Wine tour: $70
  • Premium Wine Tasting in Santiago de Chile: $77
  • From Concha y Toro Marqués Half-Day Wine Tasting: $89
  • From Maipo Valley Wine Tour: $99
  • Maipo Valley Wine Tour with 4 vineyards from Santiago.: $99
  • Semi-Private Premium Wine Tour at Santa Rita Winery: $121
  • Private Tour: Viña del Mar and Valparaíso Tour with Wine Tasting in Casablanca Valley: $143
  • Premium Wine Tasting and Tour at Santa Rita with Transport: $145

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

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

Which is Bigger, Bern or Santiago?

Santiago has a larger population, and is about 40 times larger than the population of Bern. When comparing the sizes of Bern 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 Bern or Santiago?

Even though both destinations experience a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, they experience these seasons at different times of the year. Santiago is in the southern hemisphere and summer is in January and winter is in July, but Bern has summer in [NORTHERNSUMMERMONTH] and winter in [NORTHERNWINTERMONTH].

Should I visit Bern or Santiago in the Summer?

Both Santiago and Bern are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities. Most visitors come to Bern for the family-friendly experiences during these months.

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

In July, Bern usually receives more rain than Santiagoin January. Bern gets 63 mm (2.5 in) of rain, while Santiago receives 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain each month for the summer.

  • Summer Average Temperatures July and January
    Bern 21°C (70°F) 
    Santiago 21°C (70°F)

Should I visit Bern or Santiago in the Autumn?

Both Santiago and Bern during the autumn are popular places to visit. The autumn months attract visitors to Bern because of the shopping scene and the natural beauty of the area.

In October, Bern is generally cooler than Santiagoin April. Daily temperatures in Bern average around 13°C (55°F), and Santiago fluctuates around 15°C (59°F).

Bern usually gets more rain in October than Santiagoin April. Bern gets 49 mm (1.9 in) of rain, while Santiago receives 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain this time of the year.

  • Autumn Average Temperatures October and April
    Bern 13°C (55°F) 
    Santiago 15°C (59°F)

Should I visit Bern or Santiago in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Bern and Santiago. The museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine are the main draw to Bern this time of year.

It's quite cold in Bern in the winter. Bern is much colder than Santiago in the winter. The daily temperature in Bern averages around 3°C (37°F) in January, and Santiago fluctuates around 9°C (48°F)in July.

In January, Bern usually receives less rain than Santiagoin July. Bern gets 54 mm (2.1 in) of rain, while Santiago receives 80 mm (3.1 in) of rain each month for the winter.

  • Winter Average Temperatures January and July
    Bern 3°C (37°F) 
    Santiago 9°C (48°F)

Should I visit Bern or Santiago in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Bern as well as Santiago. Many travelers come to Bern for the natural beauty.

In the spring, Bern is cooler than Santiago. Typically, the spring temperatures in Bern in April average around 11°C (52°F), and Santiago averages at about 15°C (59°F)in October.

Bern usually gets more rain in April than Santiagoin October. Bern gets 59 mm (2.3 in) of rain, while Santiago receives 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain this time of the year.

  • Spring Average Temperatures April and October
    Bern 11°C (52°F) 
    Santiago 15°C (59°F)

Typical Weather for Santiago and Bern

Bern Santiago
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 3°C (37°F) 54 mm (2.1 in) 21°C (70°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Feb 4°C (40°F) 51 mm (2 in) 20°C (68°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Mar 8°C (46°F) 50 mm (2 in) 18°C (64°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Apr 11°C (52°F) 59 mm (2.3 in) 15°C (59°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
May 15°C (60°F) 76 mm (3 in) 12°C (54°F) 50 mm (2 in)
Jun 19°C (65°F) 74 mm (2.9 in) 9°C (48°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
Jul 21°C (70°F) 63 mm (2.5 in) 9°C (48°F) 80 mm (3.1 in)
Aug 20°C (69°F) 80 mm (3.1 in) 10°C (50°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
Sep 18°C (64°F) 55 mm (2.2 in) 12°C (54°F) 20 mm (0.8 in)
Oct 13°C (55°F) 49 mm (1.9 in) 15°C (59°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Nov 7°C (45°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 17°C (63°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Dec 4°C (38°F) 55 mm (2.2 in) 20°C (68°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)