A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Colonia del Sacramento vs. Rosario

Should you visit Colonia del Sacramento or Rosario?

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 Colonia del Sacramento and Rosario can help you decide which place is right for you.

Colonia del Sacramento

Colonia del Sacramento is in the Rio de la Plata region of Uruguay. It is filled with old colonial buildings and cobbled streets, and is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Colonia del Sacramento was founded in 1680 by the Portuguese, sandwiched in between the Portuguese colony of Brazil and the Spanish Viceroyalty of the River Plate, later Argentina, Uruguay and Southern Brazil. Its strategic position and use as a smuggling port meant that its sovereignty was constantly contested and the city changed hands several times between Spain and Portugal. The irresistibly picturesque town's charm and its proximity to Buenos Aires draw thousands of Argentine and other visitors on weekends and in summer. Prices rise in these periods and it can be difficult to find a room so make sure to book your trip well in advance.

Rosario

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.

Which city is cheaper, Rosario or Colonia del Sacramento?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Colonia del Sacramento is $48, while the average daily cost in Rosario is $66. 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. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Colonia del Sacramento and Rosario in more detail.




Accommodation

Double occupancy rooms typically run around $48 in Colonia del Sacramento For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.

Double occupancy rooms typically run around $46 in Rosario For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Colonia del Sacramento $24
    Rosario $23
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Colonia del Sacramento $48
    Rosario $46


Food

While meal prices in Colonia del Sacramento can vary, the average travelers spends about $13 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Colonia del Sacramento should cost around $5.20 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Colonia del Sacramento is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

While meal prices in Rosario can vary, the average travelers spends about $28 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Rosario should cost around $11 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Rosario is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Colonia del Sacramento $13
    Rosario $28


Local Transportation

To get around in Colonia del Sacramento, the average visitor spends $12 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.

Rosario's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend $19 per person, per day on transportation in Rosario.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Colonia del Sacramento $12
    Rosario $19

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Colonia del Sacramento

Also for Colonia del Sacramento, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Colonia Port Terminal Private Transfer: $15
  • Colonia Bus Terminal Private Transfer: $15

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Rosario

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

  • Transfer in private minivan from Rosario to Rosario Islas Malvinas Airport (ROS): $120
  • Transfer in private minivan from Rosario Islas Malvinas Airport (ROS) to Rosario: $120
  • Transfer in Private Car from Rosario to Rosario "Islas Malvinas" Airport (ROS): $36
  • Transfer in Private Car from Rosario Islas Malvinas Airport (ROS) to Rosario: $36
  • Round trip transfer in private minivan from-to Rosario Airport (ROS) to Rosario: $240
  • Round trip transfer in Private Car from-to Rosario Airport (ROS) to Rosario city: $72
  • Rosario Airport ROS Arrival Private Transfer to Rosario City Business Van: $14
  • Private Transfer from Rosario City or Airport ROS to Buenos Aires AEP by Minivan: $500
  • Private Transfer Rosario City or Airport to Buenos Aires Airport EZE by Minivan: $542


Entertainment

In Colonia del Sacramento, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $17 per person, per day.

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Rosario can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $23 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Colonia del Sacramento $17
    Rosario $23

Tours and Activities in Colonia del Sacramento

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

  • Colonia Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour: $26
  • Colonia del Sacramento City Tour: $63
  • Full Day Birdwatching and Nature Tour: $200
  • Half day city tour in Colonia de Sacramento, Uruguay: $65
  • Half day city tour in Montevideo: $52

Tours and Activities in Rosario

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

  • 2-Hour Private Walking Tour of Rosario: $42
  • Wine Experience in Rosario - Organic Wines and Vegan Snack Board: $65


Alcohol

Typically, people visiting Colonia del Sacramento spend on average $4.12 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Rosario, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $13.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Colonia del Sacramento $4.12
    Rosario $13



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

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