A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Brussels vs. Montevideo for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Brussels or Montevideo?

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 Brussels and Montevideo. 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: Brussels or Montevideo?

Brussels

Brussels is the capital of Belgium and also the sight of the headquarters of the European Union. Generally speaking, it's an expensive city that sees a good amount of travelers. It is also a highly political city that has an air of importance and power. It's an incredibly international city, with people from all over the world flocking to it due to its political, economical, and cultural significance.

Montevideo

As the morning sun tinges the calm waters of the Rio de la Plata with a golden hue, the Rambla and its city awakens to life with new adventures for those near and far. From tanning on the luxurious beaches to peering into Uruguayan history at local museums, one can be far from bored while staying in Montevideo. Combining the quaintness of the countryside with the excitement of urban life, this city holds a unique trait that cannot easily be replicated.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Luxury Tours to Belgium, The Best Tours for Seniors to Belgium, The Best Cultural Tours in Uruguay, and The Best Adventure Tours to Uruguay.


Which place is cheaper, Montevideo or Brussels?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Brussels is €137, while the average daily cost in Montevideo is €57. 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 Brussels and Montevideo in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Brussels 73
    Montevideo 36
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Brussels 146
    Montevideo 72
Compare Hotels in Brussels and Montevideo

Looking for a hotel in Brussels or Montevideo? 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 Brussels


Hotels in Montevideo


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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: Brussels Hotel Prices and Montevideo Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Brussels 17
    Montevideo 6.65
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Brussels

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Brussels are as follows:


  • Subway Pass
    4.50
  • Atomium train ticket (2)
    8.00

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Brussels

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Brussels:

  • Brussels Charleroi Airport: Bus Transfer from/to Antwerp: $108,829
  • Private Transfer from Brussels to Amsterdam: $510
  • Brussels Airport (BRU) To Amsterdam: VIP Transfer: $501
  • Private Direct Transfer from Brussels to Amsterdam: $262
  • VIP Transfer between Brussels Airport (BRU) and Antwerp: $250
  • Private VIP Transfer to/from Bruges: $249
  • Private Transfer from Brussels to Luxembourg with Luxury car: $239
  • Private Transfer From Brussels To Circuit SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS Belgium Luxury car : $195
  • Transfer Shuttle Leuven <-> Amsterdam (1 to 8 Places): $178
  • Transfer from Antwerp <-> Amsterdam Shuttle (1 to 8 Places): $178
  • Transfer Shuttle Leuven <-> Schipol Airport Amsterdam (1 to 8 Places): $178
  • Private Transfert from Bruges to Brussels Airport By Business car: $166

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Montevideo

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

  • Airport transfer in/out to your home!: $20
  • Airport-Hotel or Hotel-Airport Transfers: $36
  • Carrasco Airport (MVD) to Montevideo - Arrival Private Transfer: $50
  • Carrasco Airport MVD to Montevideo Hotels Round Trip Transfer: $100
  • Carrasco International Airport (MVD) to Montevideo hotels - Round-Trip Transfer: $100
  • Private 1-Way or Round Trip MVD Airport Transfer: $45
  • Shared 1-Way or Round Trip MVD Airport Transfer: $35
  • Private Transfer - Carrasco Airport (MVD) to Punta Del Este Port: $87
  • Private Transfer from Carrasco Airport (MVD) to Montevideo Port: $30
  • Private Transfer from Montevideo Cruise Port to Montevideo city: $30
  • Private Transfer from Montevideo Port to Carrasco Airport (MVD): $27
  • Private Transfer from Montevideo Port to Carrasco Airport (MVD): $30

Is it cheaper to fly into Brussels or Montevideo?

Prices for flights to both Montevideo and Brussels 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
    Brussels 38
    Montevideo 12
Typical Food Prices in Brussels

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Brussels:


  • Ice Cream & Macaroons
    4.60
  • Dessert (Turkish Delights)
    4.75
  • Cheese
    5.60
  • Olives and Snacks
    6.98
  • Waffle
    3.00

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Brussels

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Brussels.

  • Hard Rock Cafe with Set Menu for Lunch or Dinner: $29
  • Hard Rock Cafe Brussels with Set Lunch or Dinner : $30
  • City Center Guided Food Tour with Tastings: $62
  • Experience Authentic Belgian Cuisine: Cooking Lesson and Meal with a Ghent Local: $90
  • Food Tour in Brussels - Do Eat Better Experience: $108
  • Brussels Walking Food Tour With Secret Food Tours: $133
  • Secret Food Tours Brussels: $142
  • Brussels Private Custom Food Tour with a Local Foodie : $197

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Montevideo

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

  • The best Montevideo Dinner Show. Tango and Candombe. El Milongon.: $85
  • Show + Dinner - El Milongon (No Transport): $86
  • El Milongon Dinner & Show: Candombe, Tango and Folklore: $98
  • El Milongon Dinner Show: $112

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Brussels 23
    Montevideo 19

Tours and Activities in Brussels

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

  • Beer Tasting Tour in Brussels: $25
  • Walking Tour with Audio Guide on App: $7.42
  • Christmas Gems of Brussels - Walking Tour: $266
  • 2 Hours Walking Tour in Brussel: $33
  • A Self-Guided Tour of Brussels' Secret Places and Untold Stories: $5.99
  • A Self-Guided Tour of From Medieval to Modern Times: $8.99
  • A Self-Guided Tour of Medieval to Modern Times: $8.99
  • A day in the life of Brussels - Private tour with a local: $151
  • Architecture Tour of Brussels: $28
  • Beer Tasting Experience in Brussels: $27
  • Best intro tour of Brussels with a Local: $144
  • Bruges Unveiled: A Private Full-Day Tour from Brussels: $1,174

Tours and Activities in Montevideo

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

  • Montevideo's Culture and History: A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $5.20
  • Museo Andes 1972 / Crash Memorial Admission Ticket: $8.00
  • Palacio Salvo Official Ticket with Guided Tour: $13
  • Half-Day Sightseeing Tour: $25
  • Tourist Bus "Discover Montevideo": $25
  • Half-day Regular City Tour at Montevideo : $25
  • Montevideo City Tour for Cruisers - AudioGuided: $26
  • Shared Montevideo Tour for Cruisers: $27
  • City tour Montevideo: $27
  • Walking tour of Montevideo with a true local guide.: $30
  • Old City Walking Tour with Private Photographer: $30
  • Montevideo : Must-See Sites Walking Tour With A Guide: $31

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Brussels 13
    Montevideo -
Typical Alcohol Prices in Brussels

Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Brussels are as follows:


  • Bottle of Wine
    10
  • Beer
    6.00

Sample the Local Flavors in Brussels

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Brussels:

  • Brussels Pub Crawl - Nightlife & Party Experience: $18
  • Pub Crawl and Nightlife Party Experience: $18
  • Beer Yoga at Tipsy Tribe Brewery & Distillery: $23

Sample the Local Flavors in Montevideo

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Montevideo:

  • Half Day Tour at Pizzorno Winery with Lunch and Wine Tasting: $119
  • Juanico Wine Tour Lunch: $132
  • The best wine tour: $140
  • Montevideo Wine Tour with Tasting and Lunch: $191
  • Wine tour - Lunch & Tasting with Wine Explorers: $198
  • Wine Tasting & Countryside Lunch Experience: $215


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

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


Which is Bigger, Brussels or Montevideo?

Montevideo has a larger population, and is about 25% larger than the population of Brussels. When comparing the sizes of Brussels and Montevideo, 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 Brussels or Montevideo?

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

Should I visit Brussels or Montevideo in the Summer?

Both Montevideo and Brussels during the summer are popular places to visit. Most visitors come to Brussels for the city activities and the family-friendly experiences during these months.

In July, Brussels is generally cooler than Montevideoin January. Daily temperatures in Brussels average around 18°C (65°F), and Montevideo fluctuates around 24°C (75°F).

In Montevideo, it's very sunny this time of the year. In the summer, Brussels often gets less sunshine than Montevideoin January. Brussels gets 186 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Montevideo receives 296 hours of full sun.

Brussels usually gets less rain in July than Montevideoin January. Brussels gets 75 mm (3 in) of rain, while Montevideo receives 90 mm (3.5 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July and January
    Brussels 18°C (65°F) 
    Montevideo 24°C (75°F)

Should I visit Brussels or Montevideo in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Brussels and Montevideo. The autumn months attract visitors to Brussels because of the city's sights and attractions and the shopping scene.

Brussels is cooler than Montevideo in the autumn. The daily temperature in Brussels averages around 12°C (54°F) in October, and Montevideo fluctuates around 17°C (63°F)in April.

Brussels usually receives less sunshine than Montevideo during autumn. Brussels gets 114 hours of sunny skies, while Montevideo receives 171 hours of full sun in the autumn.

Montevideo receives a lot of rain in the autumn. In October, Brussels usually receives less rain than Montevideoin April. Brussels gets 70 mm (2.8 in) of rain, while Montevideo receives 100 mm (3.9 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October and April
    Brussels 12°C (54°F) 
    Montevideo 17°C (63°F)

Should I visit Brussels or Montevideo in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Brussels as well as Montevideo. The museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine are the main draw to Brussels this time of year.

It's quite cold in Brussels in the winter. In the winter, Brussels is much colder than Montevideo. Typically, the winter temperatures in Brussels in January average around 3°C (38°F), and Montevideo averages at about 11°C (52°F)in July.

In the winter, Brussels often gets less sunshine than Montevideoin July. Brussels gets 49 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Montevideo receives 135 hours of full sun.

Brussels usually gets around the same amount of rain in January as Montevideoin July. Brussels gets 67 mm (2.6 in) of rain, while Montevideo receives 70 mm (2.8 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January and July
    Brussels 3°C (38°F) 
    Montevideo 11°C (52°F)

Should I visit Brussels or Montevideo in the Spring?

Both Montevideo and Brussels are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities. Many travelers come to Brussels for the activities around the city.

In April, Brussels is generally much colder than Montevideoin October. Daily temperatures in Brussels average around 10°C (49°F), and Montevideo fluctuates around 17°C (63°F).

It's quite sunny in Montevideo. Brussels usually receives less sunshine than Montevideo during spring. Brussels gets 147 hours of sunny skies, while Montevideo receives 248 hours of full sun in the spring.

It rains a lot this time of the year in Montevideo. In April, Brussels usually receives less rain than Montevideoin October. Brussels gets 57 mm (2.2 in) of rain, while Montevideo receives 100 mm (3.9 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April and October
    Brussels 10°C (49°F) 
    Montevideo 17°C (63°F)

Typical Weather for Montevideo and Brussels

Brussels Montevideo
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 3°C (38°F) 67 mm (2.6 in) 24°C (75°F) 90 mm (3.5 in)
Feb 4°C (39°F) 53 mm (2.1 in) 23°C (73°F) 80 mm (3.1 in)
Mar 6°C (43°F) 72 mm (2.8 in) 21°C (70°F) 110 mm (4.3 in)
Apr 10°C (49°F) 57 mm (2.2 in) 17°C (63°F) 100 mm (3.9 in)
May 14°C (57°F) 71 mm (2.8 in) 14°C (57°F) 80 mm (3.1 in)
Jun 17°C (62°F) 79 mm (3.1 in) 11°C (52°F) 60 mm (2.4 in)
Jul 18°C (65°F) 75 mm (3 in) 11°C (52°F) 70 mm (2.8 in)
Aug 18°C (65°F) 63 mm (2.5 in) 12°C (54°F) 70 mm (2.8 in)
Sep 16°C (60°F) 59 mm (2.3 in) 14°C (57°F) 70 mm (2.8 in)
Oct 12°C (54°F) 70 mm (2.8 in) 17°C (63°F) 100 mm (3.9 in)
Nov 7°C (45°F) 76 mm (3 in) 19°C (66°F) 90 mm (3.5 in)
Dec 4°C (40°F) 76 mm (3 in) 22°C (72°F) 100 mm (3.9 in)