A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Brasilia vs. La Serena for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Brasilia or La Serena?

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 Brasilia and La Serena can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Brasilia or La Serena?

Brasilia

The capital city of Brazil, Brasilia is a uniquely-planned city that was constructed in four years from 1956-1960 in the shape of a large bird or airplane. Renowned for its modern architecture, the city listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and attracts architecture aficionados worldwide.

La Serena

La Serena is a charming town in Northern Chile. It is Chile's second-oldest city and the thriving capital of Region IV. With its beautiful architecture, its long golden shoreline, dignified stone churches, tree-shaded avenues and pretty plazas, La Serena has everything you could ask for!

Chileans on holidays flood in the city in January and February, though it is fairly peaceful outside the summer rush. Some of the city's architecture is from the colonial era, but most is actually neocolonial thanks to president Gabriel Gonzalez Videla, born in La Serena, and her 'Plan Serena' of the late 1940s.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best One Week (7-Day) Tours in Brazil, The Best 2-Week Tours in Brazil, The Best Sightseeing Tours in Chile, and The Best Vineyard & Wine Tours in Chile.


Which place is cheaper, La Serena or Brasilia?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Brasilia is $82, while the average daily cost in La Serena is $91. 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 Brasilia and La Serena in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Brasilia $35
    La Serena $44
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Brasilia $70
    La Serena $88
Compare Hotels in Brasilia and La Serena

Looking for a hotel in Brasilia or La Serena? 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 Brasilia


Hotels in La Serena


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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: Brasilia Hotel Prices and La Serena Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Brasilia $22
    La Serena $21

Is it cheaper to fly into Brasilia or La Serena?

Prices for flights to both La Serena and Brasilia 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
    Brasilia $32
    La Serena $28

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Brasilia $19
    La Serena $25

Tours and Activities in Brasilia

Here are a few actual costs in Brasilia for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Brasilia Tour: $44

Tours and Activities in La Serena

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

  • Full Day History and Flavors Tour in the Elqui Valley: $50
  • La Serena and Coquimbo City Tour (SIB): $66
  • La Serena and Coquimbo Guided City Tour: $76
  • Elqui Valley Full Day Tour: magical towns, pisco and mountains: $80
  • Full day Tour to Elqui Valley : $80
  • Elqui Valley Tour from La Serena: $120
  • La Serena & Coquimbo City Tour - Short excursion for cruise ships: $128
  • Dama Island or Chañaral Navigation Tour Humboldt Penguin Reserve: $135
  • Tour to the internationally renowned Pangue Observatory: $139
  • Tour to Valle del Encanto Archeology, Petroglyphs, Flora, Fauna and Springs: $140
  • Elqui Valley Grand-Tour: $150
  • Elqui Valley: Pisco Tour, Wine, Beer: $174

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Brasilia $14
    La Serena $24


When comparing the travel costs between Brasilia and La Serena, we can see that La Serena is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in South America, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.

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


Which is Bigger, Brasilia or La Serena?

Brasilia has a larger population, and is about 10 times larger than the population of La Serena. When comparing the sizes of Brasilia and La Serena, 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.