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

Should you visit Buzios or Salta?

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

Should I visit Buzios or Salta? 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 Salta?

Buzios

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.

Salta

Located in the heart of the famous Northwest region of Argentina, at 1200m of elevation and at the foot of the Cerro San Bernardo, Salta is the largest city of the region and perhaps the most beautiful colonial city of Argentina. Founded in 1582 by the Spanish, Salta was an important stop for merchants who followed the usual trade road through Bolivia and Peru. Argentines call this city nestled in the foothills of the Andes and surrounded by mountains, of just over half a million inhabitants, Salta La Linda (Salta the Beautiful) and it's easy to see why. Young and traditional at the same time, Salta and its renowned museums, plaza side cafes and live musica folklorica of its bustling penas, is a sophisticated and lively city day and night.

Which city is cheaper, Salta or Buzios?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Buzios is $60, while the average daily cost in Salta is $45. 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. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Buzios and Salta in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Buzios $29
    Salta $16
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Buzios $58
    Salta $32
Compare Hotels in Buzios and Salta

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Hotels in Buzios


Hotels in Salta


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Buzios $15
    Salta $19

Typical Local Transportation prices in Salta

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


  • Taxi Ride
    $0.03

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Salta

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

  • Humahuaca, 7-color Hill & round trip transfers airport - hotel in Salta: $127
  • Salta City Tour & Round Trip Transfers airport - hotel: $62
  • Salta Airport Private Transfer: $50
  • Private Airport Transfer: Salta to Martin Miguel de Guemes Int. Airport (SLA): $30
  • Private Airport Transfer: Martin Miguel de Guemes Int. Airport (SLA) to Salta: $30
  • Shared Departure Transfer: Salta Hotels to Martín Miguel de Güemes International Airport: $27
  • Shared Arrival Transfer: Martín Miguel de Güemes International Airport to Salta: $19
  • Salta Airport Shuttle Transfer: $9.97
  • Shared 1-Way or Round Trip SLA Airport Transfer: $6.85
  • One-Way or Round Trip Airport Transfer: $5.50

Is it cheaper to fly into Buzios or Salta?

Prices for flights to both Salta 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
  • Food Meals for one day
    Buzios $19
    Salta $15

Typical Food prices in Salta

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


  • Emplanadas
    $0.03
  • Ice Cream
    $0.04
  • Lunch
    $3.97
  • Coffee
    $0.82

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Buzios $21
    Salta $16

Tours and Activities in Buzios

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

  • Half-Day Schooner Sightseeing Trip in Buzios Peninsula Beaches: $28
  • Tour in Boat Tour in Buzios: $14

Typical Entertainment prices in Salta

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Salta's activities, tours, and tickets:


  • Gondola Ride
    $0.10
  • Pool
    $0.34
  • Wine and Cheese night
    $25

Tours and Activities in Salta

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

  • 2-Day Calchaquí Valley Tour to Cachi and Cafayate: $318
  • 2-day tour: Humahuaca Canyon + Cachi and Calchaquies Valleys: $165
  • 2-day tour: Humahuaca Canyon + Cafayate Wine Country: $165
  • 3-Days Salta, Purmamarca & Salinas Grandes Private Experience: $625
  • 3-day Overland Adventure in Tolar Grande, Salta: $1,240
  • 4 x 4 Safari Tour to Puna, Salt Falts and Purmamarca from Salta: $120
  • 4-Days Discovering Amazing Salta - Nature & Adventure: $645
  • 4-Days Tour of Salta Cafayate and Humahuaca: $808
  • 5-Day Adventure Trip in Salta: $527
  • 6-Day Tour in Salta, Purmamarca, Humahuaca, Tolar Grande & Salt flats!: $1,813
  • 6-day Tour in Salta y Jujuy - Best of The Northwest: $1,095
  • 7-Day Tour in Salta, the Calchaqui Valley and Cafayate and San Pedro de Atacama: $1,292

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Buzios $13
    Salta $6.46

Typical Alcohol prices in Salta

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


  • Beer
    $0.07
  • Alcohol
    $2.05

Sample the Local Flavors in Salta

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Salta:

  • Full-day Cafayate, Lerma Valley, and Wine Tasting from Salta: $24
  • Luxury Colome wine tour: $806


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Buzios and Salta, we can see that Buzios is more expensive. And not only is Salta much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Salta would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Salta 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 Salta.

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