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

Should you visit Brasilia or San Juan?

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 San Juan can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Brasilia or San Juan?


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.

San Juan

If you've ever set foot on a Caribbean cruise, you've probably spent a bit of time in San Juan, Puerto Rico. However, maybe you should consider spending more than just a port day in this beautiful and historically rich city.

As the capital and largest city in all of Puerto Rico, San Juan is home to approximately 400,000 people. Established in 1521, it is also the second oldest European-founded settlement in the Americas.

As this city fuses a historic paradise with modern day energy, it has absolutely everything to offer. Intellectual wanderers, beach bums, rainforest adventurers and radical surfers will all find plenty to do in San Juan.

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

Which place is cheaper, San Juan or Brasilia?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Brasilia is $79, while the average daily cost in San Juan is $192. 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 San Juan in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Brasilia $33
    San Juan $124
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Brasilia $66
    San Juan $248
Compare Hotels in Brasilia and San Juan

Looking for a hotel in Brasilia or San Juan? 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 San Juan

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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 San Juan Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Brasilia $21
    San Juan $14

Hired Cars and Shuttles in San Juan

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

  • Arrival Private Transfer SJU Airport to Old San Juan by SUV: $125
  • Carabali Rain Forest Round Trip Private Taxi Transfer: $210
  • HandyCap Transfer Airport to Dorado, Rio Grande or Luquillo: $270
  • One-way transfer from SJU Airport to Cruise Port or Vice Versa: $55
  • Oneway Transfer from San Juan (SJU, hotel, airbnb, port) to Ponce: $125
  • Oneway Transfer- San Juan (SJU,hotel,airbnb,port) to Dorado City: $68
  • Oneway Transfer- San Juan from/to Rio Grande or Loiza: $68
  • Private Airport Transfers to Ceiba Ferry Terminal and Airport: $155
  • Private Taxi Transfer from San Juan Airport (SJU) to Dorado PR: $110
  • Private Transfer from SJU Airport to San Juan / Rio Grande: $105
  • Private Transfer from San Juan Airport (SJU) to Ponce Cruise Port: $79
  • Puerto Rico Island Wide Private Transfers, 11Pax Lux Sprinter Van: $103

Is it cheaper to fly into Brasilia or San Juan?

Prices for flights to both San Juan 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 Meals for one day
    Brasilia $30
    San Juan $36

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in San Juan

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

  • Piñones Bar Crawl and Beach Hop Food Tour with Drinks: $50
  • Savor the Sunset: Old San Juan Walk and Food Tour: $159
  • City Lights Sky High Dinner Experience: $165
  • Authentic Flavors of San Juan Food Tour: $170

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Brasilia $19
    San Juan $49

Tours and Activities in Brasilia

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

  • Brasilia Tour: $43

Typical Entertainment Prices in San Juan

For San Juan, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:

  • Horseback Riding Tour
  • Full Day Snorkeling Trip
  • 1 Hr Windsurfing Lesson

Tours and Activities in San Juan

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for San Juan.

  • Guided Tour of My Old San Juan in Spanish: $30
  • Old San Juan City Walking Tour: $39
  • Old San Juan Walking Tour: $39
  • Legacy Tour at Casa BacardÍ in Puerto Rico: $45
  • Walking tour of Oaxaca City: $48
  • San Juan Guided Snorkel Tour with Videos: $56
  • San Juan Done Right! - Walking Tour: $60
  • San Juan Done Right! - Driving Tour : $65
  • Small-Group El Yunque Rainforest Vivid Day Tour with Transport: $65
  • LED Kayak Night Glow Tour in Condado Lagoon: $65
  • Photography and Historical Walking Tour in Old San Juan: $65
  • El Yunque Waterslide and Waterfall Tour with Food and Photos: $69

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Brasilia $14
    San Juan $12

Sample the Local Flavors in San Juan

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in San Juan:

  • The Pinones Pub crawl Bar crawl : $70

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

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

Which is Bigger, Brasilia or San Juan?

Brasilia has a larger population, and is about 5 times larger than the population of San Juan. When comparing the sizes of Brasilia and San Juan, 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.

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