A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Buenos Aires, Argentina vs. Mexico City for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Buenos Aires, Argentina or Mexico City?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Buenos Aires, Argentina and Mexico City can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Buenos Aires, Argentina or Mexico City?

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires, federal capital of Argentina, also known as "The City of Tango", is best known for its energetic and unpredictable character. Like a restless child, Buenos Aires is a dynamic and modern city full of surprises. While its French-style palaces, rooftop restaurants, wide avenues and green plazas resemble European-style architecture, Buenos Aires preserves its musical, literary and culinary traditions. You can't miss dining in front of a Tango show, walking around the colourful streets of La Boca and visiting the renowned Recoleta Cemetery, designed by Argentina's most important architects and home to hundreds of illustrious corpses.

Mexico City

Mexico City is one of the largest and most populated cities in the world. There are an estimated 26 million people living in the greater Mexico City metropolitan area. The area is about 60 kilometers by 40 kilometers and is surrounded by tall mountains and volcanoes on three sides. Mexico City proper has about 8.8 million people and is the capital of the country. More than a third of the country's economy is based here, making it the wealthiest city in all of Latin America.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Vineyard & Wine Tours in Argentina, The Best Photography Tours in Argentina, The Best 2-Week Tours in Mexico, and Tours for Outdoor and Nature Lovers in Mexico.


Which place is cheaper, Mexico City or Buenos Aires, Argentina?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Buenos Aires, Argentina is $9.87, while the average daily cost in Mexico City is $193. 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 Buenos Aires, Argentina and Mexico City in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Buenos Aires, Argentina $3.97
    Mexico City $37
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Buenos Aires, Argentina $7.94
    Mexico City $74
Compare Hotels in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Mexico City

Looking for a hotel in Buenos Aires, Argentina or Mexico City? 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 Buenos Aires, Argentina


Hotels in Mexico City


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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: Buenos Aires, Argentina Hotel Prices and Mexico City Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Buenos Aires, Argentina $1.51
    Mexico City $12
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Buenos Aires, Argentina:


  • Taxi from Airport
    $0.13
  • Local Bus
    $0.00
  • Metro Ride
    $0.00
  • Taxi to airport
    $0.03
  • Taxi
    $0.09

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Buenos Aires, Argentina:

  • Transfer from Ezeiza Airport to Buenos Aires City - ROUND TRIP: $262
  • Transfer from EZEIZA or AEP Airport + Private City Tour: $210
  • Transfer from Buenos Aires Int Airport (EZE) to Buenos Aires Port: $51
  • Transfer between airports (EZE-AEP): $75
  • Transfer Buenos Aires Downtown Hotel to Domestic (AEP) or Cruise Terminal: $44
  • Transfer Airports-City Tours-Connections between airports-Airport Transfers //: $110
  • Tango Show in Aljibe - No transfers: $75
  • Tango Show La Ventana only show exclusive with transfer: $76
  • Tango Porteño Show With Private Transfers From Port & Hotels In Buenos Aires: $70
  • Soccer Match in Buenos Aires with Transfers and Local Guide: $201
  • Small Group Buenos Aires City Tour and Airport Transfer Combo: $170
  • Shore Excursion: Rojo Tango Show Including Private Transfers: $250

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Mexico City

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Mexico City:


  • Metro
    $1.08
  • Uber Ride
    $3.79

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Mexico City

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

  • Aguascalientes Airport (AGU) Aguascalientes - RoundTrip Transfer: $48
  • Aguascalientes Airport (AGU) to Aguascalientes - Arrival Transfer: $24
  • Aguascalientes to Silao Del Bajio Airport BJX: Departure Transfer: $38
  • Airport Transfer: Mexico Airport MEX to Mexico by Business Car: $86
  • Airport Transfer: Mexico Airport MEX to Mexico by Luxury SUV/Van: $90
  • Airport Transfer: Mexico to Mexico Airport MEX by Business Car: $86
  • Airport Transfer: Mexico to Mexico Airport MEX by Luxury SUV: $91
  • Airport Transfer: Mexico to Mexico Airport MEX by Luxury SUV/Van: $90
  • Arrival Transfer: Mexico Airport MEX to Mexico by Business Car: $86
  • Arrival Transfer: Mexico Airport MEX to Mexico by Luxury SUV: $90
  • Arrival Transfer: Mexico Airport MEX to Mexico by Luxury SUV/Van: $90
  • Departure Transfer: Mexico to Mexico Airport MEX by Business Car: $86

Is it cheaper to fly into Buenos Aires, Argentina or Mexico City?

Prices for flights to both Mexico City and Buenos Aires, Argentina 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
    Buenos Aires, Argentina $3.12
    Mexico City $25
Typical Food Prices in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Buenos Aires, Argentina:


  • Lunch
    $0.02
  • Cup of Coffee
    $0.01
  • Empandas
    $0.02
  • Espresso
    $0.01
  • Dinner (Pizza)
    $0.01
  • Ice Cream
    $0.01
  • Breakfast at Airport
    $0.04
  • Dinner (Sandwiches)
    $0.01
  • Sweets
    $0.01
  • Hot Dog
    $0.01
  • Breakfast (Take-Away)
    $0.01
  • Lunch for 2
    $0.16
  • Cake and Coffee
    $0.51
  • Dinner
    $1.81
  • Powerade
    $0.11
  • Lunch
    $0.80
  • Dinner
    $1.16
  • Chocolate
    $2.99

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

  • Tango Porteño Show in Buenos Aires (with optional dinner): $35
  • 3-Hour Buenos Aires Empanadas and Alfajores Cooking Class: $35
  • Premium Empanadas & Alfajores Cooking Experience in Buenos Aires: $39
  • Esquina Homero Manzi Tango Show Ticket Including Optional Dinner in Buenos Aires: $39
  • Empanadas and Alfajores Cooking Experience in Buenos Aires: $39
  • Tango Show and Optional Dinner at Esquina Homero Manzi: $40
  • Catulo Tango: Tango Show & Folklore with Optional Dinner: $41
  • Tango Dinner Show Homero Manzi menu Sur: $45
  • Piazzolla Tango Show with Optional Dinner: $45
  • Private tour Argentinian Flavours food tours on foot : $46
  • La Ventana Tango Show in Buenos Aires (with optional dinner): $49
  • Small Group Empanadas Cooking Class & Wine Tasting: $49

Typical Food Prices in Mexico City

For Mexico City, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Lunch for Two
    $12
  • Coffee and Snacks
    $4.22
  • Dinner for 2
    $25

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Mexico City

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

  • Virtual Mexican Cooking Class (private and personalized): $50
  • Local Markets & Food Tour in Mexico City: $50
  • Private Half-Day Traditional Markets Street Food Tour in Mexico City: $57
  • 3 Hours Food Tour Best Vegan Tacos in Mexico City: $61
  • Muchos moles: Multi-variety mole cooking class and feast: $66
  • Private Market Tour and Authentic Mexican Cooking Class with Fer: $68
  • Street Food Tour with Friends: $75
  • La Roma Authentic Downtown Food Tour: Tacos and Local Flavors: $78
  • Mexico City Origins: Archeology, History, Art & Food Tour: $80
  • Flamenco Tablao Live Show & dinner: $83
  • Private Mexican Cooking Lesson in a Coyoacan Apartment: $86
  • Home-Cooked Dinner: Taste of Mexico: $87

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Buenos Aires, Argentina $3.20
    Mexico City $14
Typical Entertainment Prices in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Here are a few typical costs in Buenos Aires, Argentina for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:


  • Entry to Japanese Gardens (for 2)
    $0.04
  • Movie Ticket
    $0.02
  • Tango Class
    $0.03
  • Bar entrance
    $0.56

Tours and Activities in Buenos Aires, Argentina

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

  • 2x1: Día de Campo + Tour Nocturno en Buenos Aires: $220
  • Experience the Night of Buenos Aires with electric bikes: $47
  • Premium Buenos Aires by Night Small-Group City Tour: $59
  • Unmissable City Tour of the City of Buenos Aires: $48
  • 2 Hours Football and Street Art Walking Tour in Buenos Aires : $30
  • 3 hours Private La Boca Street Art Walking Tour: $127
  • 3-Hour Bike Tour Getting to Know the Best of Buenos Aires: $35
  • 3-Hour Private Street Art Tour in La Boca and Barraca: $45
  • 4-Hour Private Night Tour of the Most Exclusive Places: $70
  • 5hs Small Group City Tour of Buenos Aires (optional street food): $35
  • @argentinahighlights Private City Tour in Buenos Aires: $97
  • A Back-Street Beer Brewing Tour of Buenos Aires: $137

Tours and Activities in Mexico City

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

  • MUCHO Museum of Chocolate Entrance Ticket: $4.42
  • Franz Mayer Museum Regular Admission Ticket: $5.52
  • Bike tour in the Chapultepec Forest and Roma Condesa : $5.57
  • Double Decker Bus Night Tour: $6.62
  • Self-Guided Audio Tour - Mexico for Beginners: $6.99
  • Self-Guided Audio Tour-Moctezuma and the Zocalo:The Aztec Empire : $6.99
  • Memory and Tolerance Museum Entry Ticket: $7.73
  • Explore Mexico City a Self-Guided Audio Tour in English: $7.93
  • La Roma's Famous Sights and Local Lore: A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $7.99
  • Mexico City (Historic Centre) City Sights Self-Guided Tour: $8.95
  • Mexico City (Coyoacan) City Sights Self-Guided Tour: $8.95
  • Mexico City (Coyoacan) Scavenger Hunt and Sights Self-Guided Tour: $9.25

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Buenos Aires, Argentina $1.73
    Mexico City $19
Typical Alcohol Prices in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Here are a few samples of the prices for alcohol and nightlife in Buenos Aires, Argentina from other travelers:


  • Beer
    $0.01
  • Beer (0.66L)
    $0.02
  • Cocktail
    $0.03
  • Alcohol
    $0.64

Sample the Local Flavors in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Also in Buenos Aires, Argentina, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Argentine Wine Tasting in Caminito with Appetizers Included: $30
  • Wine Tasting and Tapas with Expert Sommelier in Buenos Aires: $40
  • Wine Tasting of Argentina's Most Classic and Popular Wines: $42
  • Wine Tasting at Downtown Buenos Aires Ego Experience: $42
  • Wine Tasting in Palermo, City of Buenos Aires.: $42
  • Tango Lesson and Wine Tasting in Buenos Aires, Argentina: $48
  • Wine Tasting and Blending Experience: $55
  • Buenos Aires Small-Group Wine Tasting: $55
  • Small Group Wine Tasting and Blending Experience: $55
  • Wine tasting in OASIS Palermo: $55
  • Buenos Aires Premium Wine Tasting: $58
  • Wine Tasting Boutique in Buenos Aires: $62

Sample the Local Flavors in Mexico City

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

  • CDMX Pub Crawl: Mexico City Bar Crawl: $23
  • Mexico City Pub Crawl: $23
  • Mexico City Bar Crawl: $37
  • Best Bar Crawl at Downtown: $49
  • Zona Rosa Pub Crawl Experience: $95
  • Nightly Historic Center From Above© Rooftop Bar Crawl +Taco Snack: $129
  • 2 Hours Private Mexican Wine Tasting in Polanco: $155
  • Polanco: Private Wine Tasting in with Cheese: $161
  • Polanco: Private Tacos and Wine Tour: $197
  • Polanco: Premium Foodie Tour with Wine Tasting: $215
  • Third Largest Monolith in the World:Bernal with wine tasting: $235
  • Cavas Freixenet Wine Tour from Mexico City: $255


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

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Buenos Aires, Argentina Expensive? and Is Mexico City Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Buenos Aires, Argentina or Mexico City?

Buenos Aires, Argentina has a larger population, and is about 16% larger than the population of Mexico City. When comparing the sizes of Buenos Aires, Argentina and Mexico City, 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.