A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Brasilia vs. Manaus

Should you visit Brasilia or Manaus?

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 Manaus can help you decide which place is right for you.

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. For more information about this, check out this guide to architecture in Brasilia.

Manaus

Manaus is a Brazilian city, capital of the state of Amazonas, and is located on the Rio Negro a few miles before it meets the Rio Soliműes to form the Amazon River. The city is a major departure point for those visiting the Amazon Rainforest, though there are a few sights worth seeing within the city itself as well.

Which city is cheaper, Manaus or Brasilia?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Brasilia is $65, while the average daily cost in Manaus is $46. 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 city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Brasilia and Manaus in more detail.




Accommodation

Brasilia's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is $54. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is $27.

An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $66 in Manaus For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Brasilia $27
    Manaus $33
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Brasilia $54
    Manaus $66


Food

The price of a meal in Brasilia can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $25 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $10 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.

Food in Manaus costs travelers about $9.72 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Brasilia $25
    Manaus $9.72

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Manaus

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

  • Folklore Themed Dinner - Jantar Folcl√≥rico Tem√°tico: $42


Local Transportation

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $17 per day to get around in Brasilia.

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Manaus than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $6.22 on transportation in Manaus on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Brasilia $17
    Manaus $6.22

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Brasilia

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Brasilia:

  • Private Transfer: International Airport of Brasilia (BSB) to Brasilia: $68
  • Private Transfer: Brasilia to International Airport of Brasilia (BSB): $68
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Brasilia to Brasilia International Airport (BSB): $37
  • Private Airport Transfer: Brasilia International Airport (BSB) to Brasilia: $37

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Manaus

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

  • Manaus Airport: 1-Hour Shared Transfer to Manaus Hotels: $76
  • Manaus Transfer/Sightseeing with an English Speaking Tour Guide: $25
  • Manaus Transfers: $16
  • Private Transfers in Manaus Amazon: $30
  • Shared Round-Trip Transfer: Eduardo Gomes International Airport: $115
  • Shared Transfer from Airport to hotels in Manaus: $26
  • Shared Transfer from hotels to Manaus airport: $26
  • Transfers from the airport to any place in Manaus City: $40


Entertainment

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $15 per person, per day in Brasilia. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Brasilia $15
    Manaus -

Tours and Activities in Brasilia

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

  • Half Day Cultural Tour: $138
  • Half Day city Tour: $138
  • City Tour Brasilia Noturna: $91

Tours and Activities in Manaus

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

  • Amazon Theater Tickets Delivered to Your Manaus Hotel: $12
  • Manaus walking tour: $15
  • Manaus Historic City Center Half-Day Walking Tour: $20
  • Like a Local Customized Guided Welcome Tour: $30
  • Like a Local Customized Guided Welcome Tour: $31
  • Amazon River Stand Up Paddling Tour: $34
  • Manaus City Tour: $40
  • Historical City Tour: $40
  • Botanical City Tour: $50
  • City Tour - The Best of Manaus: $50
  • Full-Day Tour on the Amazon River: $55
  • Amazon Negro River Half-Day Expedition Tour: $55


Alcohol

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Brasilia may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $11 per day on alcoholic beverages.

Typically, people visiting Manaus spend on average $2.22 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Brasilia $11
    Manaus $2.22



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

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