A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Buzios vs. Rosario for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Buzios or Rosario?

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

Should I visit Buzios or Rosario? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city has activities that align with your interests along with knowing which is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the details and the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Where Should I go: Buzios or Rosario?


Initially a fishing village, Armação dos Buzios is a small beach resort town about three hours from Rio de Janeiro by bus. Buzios is a common weekend getaway destination for Cariocas. With 23 beaches, visitors from all over come to swim, snorkel, surf and enjoy sun and sand.


Rosario is the third largest city in Argentina. Located at the Parana river and known for its rich architectural heritage and beautiful riverside scenery, Rosario is the birthplace of the Argentinian flag as well as two of the nation's most famous icons, Che Guevara and Lionel Messi. Rosario is still an important river port but has done a great job of regenerating its center, which now has a vibrant cultural and night life. The abandoned buildings of the long riverbank have been converted into galleries, restaurants, skateparks and river beaches, which buzz with life in summer. Dynamic and confident without being showy, culturally rich and the best urban location to cool off in the boiling summers, Rosario is easily overlooked but not to be missed.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Hiking & Trekking Tours in Brazil, The Best 10-Day Tours in Brazil, The Best Hiking & Trekking Tours in Argentina, and The Best Adventure Tours to Argentina.

Which place is cheaper, Rosario or Buzios?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Buzios is $78, while the average daily cost in Rosario is $8.90. 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 Buzios and Rosario in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Buzios $38
    Rosario $3.06
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Buzios $76
    Rosario $6.12
Compare Hotels in Buzios and Rosario

Looking for a hotel in Buzios or Rosario? 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 Buzios

Hotels in Rosario

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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: Rosario Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Buzios $19
    Rosario $2.62

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Buzios

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

  • Private transfer Buzios in Rio to the SDU Airport : $190
  • Private transfer from Buzios to the GIG Airport : $190
  • Private Transfer from GIG Airport to City Buzios in Rio : $170
  • Private transfer Minivan from GIG Rio Galeao airport up to 6 pax to Buzios: $112
  • Executive private transfer from GIG Rio Galeao airport up to 4 pax to Buzios: $108
  • Executive private transfer from GIG Rio Galeao airport up to 3 pax to Buzios: $99
  • Private Transfer Buzios to Rio de Janeiro: $91
  • Private Transfer from Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro: $91
  • Tour in Buzios City Tour, Lunch and Transfer: $60
  • Arraial do Cabo Shared Transfer to Rio de Janeiro: $52
  • Private Transfer from Buzios Port to Cabo Frio Airport (CFB): $48
  • Private Transfer from Buzios Cruise Port to Cabo Frio hotels: $41

Is it cheaper to fly into Buzios or Rosario?

Prices for flights to both Rosario and Buzios 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
    Buzios $24
    Rosario $3.78

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Buzios $27
    Rosario $3.03

Tours and Activities in Buzios

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

  • Buzios Trolley City Tour: $29
  • 3-hour Small Group Buzios Peninsula Open Air Trolley Tour: $33
  • 7 Beaches In Búzios With Photos On A Private Tour!: $35
  • Búzios Full day: Boat and Trolley Tour with Lunch from Arraial do Cabo: $128
  • Búzios Full day: Boat and Trolley Tour with Lunch from Búzios: $99
  • Búzios Full day: Boat and Trolley Tour with Lunch from Cabo Frio: $116
  • Boat Tour in Arraial do Cabo: $24
  • Boat Tour in Arraial do Cabo Panoramic City Tour in Cabo Frio: $96
  • Boat Tour in Arraial do Cabo from Buzios with Lunch: $60
  • Buggy Ride in Buzios by Buziana Tour: $16
  • Buggy Tour in Arraial do Cabo by Arraial Viagens: $32
  • Cabo Frio Full-Day Tour From Buzios with Lunch: $68

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Buzios $17
    Rosario $1.74

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

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

Which is Bigger, Buzios or Rosario?

Rosario has a larger population, and is about 50 times larger than the population of Buzios. When comparing the sizes of Buzios and Rosario, 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.