A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Cordoba vs. Santiago for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Cordoba or Santiago?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Cordoba or Santiago, this travel comparison, which includes costs, can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison down below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Where Should I go: Cordoba or Santiago?

Cordoba

Cordoba is the capital of the Cordoba province and the second largest city in all of Argentina. The city is in a beautiful setting surrounded by valleys and hills. Within the city you will find many colonial buildings and beautiful architecture. Cordoba also has many universities and scientific institutes, giving it the nickname "La Docta." Because of the large number of students, Cordoba's population is young and active, which keeps the atmosphere light and fun.

Santiago

Santiago is the capital city of Chile. It is centrally located in the long and narrow country, making it a good jumping off point to explore everywhere else. It's convenient location means that you can go skiing in the Andes one day, and hang out at the beach the next.

Santiago has a cool semi-arid climate that is similar to Mediterranean climates. The summers, which are between November and March, are warm and dry. The temperatures climb to around 95 degrees Fahrenheit. The winters, between June and August, are humid with cold mornings. The daily highs are around 55 degrees Fahrenheit and the lows stay a few degrees above freezing. Rain is more common in the winter months and the dry season is between December and March.

Which city is cheaper, Santiago or Cordoba?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Cordoba is $40, while the average daily cost in Santiago is $114. 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 Cordoba and Santiago in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Cordoba $14
    Santiago $89
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Cordoba $28
    Santiago $178

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Cordoba $9.83
    Santiago $4.35
Typical Local Transportation prices in Cordoba

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


  • Taxi Ride
    $0.03

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cordoba

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

  • Transfer in Private Car from Cordoba to Ingeniero Ambrosio Taravella Airport-COR: $14
  • Private Airport Transfer: Cordoba to Ingeniero Ambrosio Taravella Airport (COR): $19
  • Transfer in private minivan from Cordoba to Ingeniero Ambrosio Taravella Airport: $56
  • Private transfer in Cordoba from Airport or Train Station: $75
  • Cordoba Private Arrival Transfer: $100
  • Private Transfer IN or OUT in Upscale Vehicle with Professional Driver: $100
  • Cordoba Private Departure Transfer: $100
  • Private transfer from/to Cordoba to/from Malaga: $261
  • Cordoba to Granada Private Transfer: $275
  • Private Transfer from Córdoba to Malaga (AGP) Airport: $336
  • Cordoba to Seville Private Transfer: $444
  • Private Transfer: Córdoba Airport (ODB) to Cordoba: $622

Typical Local Transportation prices in Santiago

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Santiago:


  • Metro Ride
    $1.14

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Santiago

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Santiago:

  • Private transfer: Santiago to Santiago Airport (SCL): $622
  • Private Scenic Transfer from Santiago to Mendoza: $283
  • Private Transfer from Santiago or Santiago Airport to Colchagua or Santa Cruz: $259
  • Premium Ski resort transfer: $250
  • Private transfer from San Antonio or Valparaiso Port + Santiago City Tour: $240
  • Private Transfer from Santiago Airport to Valparaíso,Viña del Mar or San Antonio: $236
  • Private transfers from the airport to hotels and private homes: $213
  • Transfer from Valparaiso or San Antonio Port + Condor Watching Tour: $203
  • Airport Transfer: $200
  • Transfer Santiago Airport to Valparaiso / Viña del Mar (Exclusive & Private): $165
  • Private Transfer: Santiago Hotel to San Antonio Pier: $164
  • Maipo Valley Wine Tour, Concha y Toro, Private Transfer from Santiago: $161

Is it cheaper to fly into Cordoba or Santiago?

Prices for flights to both Santiago and Cordoba 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
    Cordoba $18
    Santiago $10
Typical Food prices in Cordoba

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Cordoba:


  • Empanadas
    $0.08
  • Sandwich
    $0.03
  • Ice Cream
    $0.03

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cordoba

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

  • Cordoba Spanish Cooking Class & Market Tour: $118

Typical Food prices in Santiago

Some typical examples of dining costs in Santiago are as follows:


  • Empanada
    $1.89
  • Hamburger
    $2.51
  • Dinner
    $26

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Santiago

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

  • Dinner at a Typical Chilean Restaurant with a Traditional Dance Show in Santiago: $73
  • Chilean Dinner and Show Experience in Santiago: $77
  • ChileCooks - Food Tours: $91
  • Traditional Dinner Show in Santiago: $96
  • Bali Hai Dinner & Show Including Transport: $97
  • Traditional Chilean Show with Dinner and Private Transportation in Santiago: $107
  • Chilean Folklore Show and Dinner with Private Transport: $110
  • Small-Group Night City Tour: San Cristobal Hill and Dinner Show: $116
  • Small-Group Tour: Night City Tour with Santa Lucia Hill and Dinner Show: $116
  • Private Market Tour and Traditional Chilean Cooking Class in a Local Home: $117
  • Small group Night City Tour With dinner including wine pairing and National Food: $130
  • Bali Hai Dinner Show in Santiago de Chile: $130

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Cordoba $8.89
    Santiago $38

Tours and Activities in Cordoba

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

  • Private Walking Tour of the Patios of San Basilio in Cordoba: $12
  • Cordoba Jewish Quartier Guided Tour: $15
  • Patios of Cordoba Festival Tour: $15
  • Guided Tour of Medina Azahara at Night: $17
  • Alcazar Skip the Line Guided Tour: $19
  • Guided Tour to the Popular Patios of Cordoba: $19
  • Patios tour in Cordoba: $19
  • Alcázar Reyes Cristianos Guided Tour with Tickets & Priority Access: $19
  • Olive Oil tasting breakfast & Tour: $19
  • Patios of Cordoba Walking Tour in Spanish: $20
  • Medina Azahara Tour from Cordoba: $21
  • Cordoba's Authentic Patios: 2-Hour Tour with Tickets: $22

Tours and Activities in Santiago

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Santiago are as follows:

  • "Tour Tradicional" Viña Cousiño Macul Oficial español: $18
  • "Tour Tradicional" Viña Cousiño Macul Oficial portugués: $18
  • 13-Day Tour Chile from North to South: $2,330
  • 2-Day Private Hiking Tour to La Paloma Glacier: $363
  • 2-day tour: Santiago City Tour + Viña del Mar & Valparaiso: $180
  • 3-Day Chilean Andes Experience: $864
  • 3-in-1 Discovery Combo Tour: Chipitin Waterfall, Campfire Night + Tipi Lodging: $190
  • 4-Day Classic Tour of Santiago de Chile visiting Viña, Valparaiso and 1 winery: $686
  • 4-Day Tour Best of Santiago: $686
  • 4-Days Deluxe Culinary Experience at Santiago de Chile: $910
  • 6 days tour Don´t miss: $1,227
  • 7-Day Santiago & Easter Island Tour: $1,480

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Cordoba $7.01
    Santiago $6.75

Sample the Local Flavors in Cordoba

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Cordoba:

  • Evening Wine Tasting Córdoba: $25
  • Cordoba Mezquita Tour with Wine Tasting: $35
  • Córdoba Rooftop Experience with Wine Tasting: $107
  • Wine Tour Privado - Calamuchita: $130

Sample the Local Flavors in Santiago

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

  • Traditional Wine Tour in Viña Cousiño Macul Official English: $18
  • "Premium Wine Tour" Viña Cousiño Macul Oficial portugués: $30
  • Premium Wine Tour in Viña Cousiño Macul Spanish official: $30
  • "Premium Wine Tour" Viña Cousiño Macul Official english: $30
  • Half Day Trip to Undurraga Vineyard from Santiago - Wine Tasting Included: $40
  • Half Day Trip to Concha y Toro Vineyard from Santiago - Wine Tasting Included: $45
  • Concha y Toro Traditional Wine Tour from Santiago: $45
  • Half Day Trip to Santa Rita Vineyard from Santiago - Wine Tasting Included: $50
  • Half Day Trip to Cousiño Macul Vineyard from Santiago - Wine Tasting Included: $55
  • half day wine tour to concha y toro from Santiago seasonal offer: $57
  • Concha y Toro Marques Wine Tour from Santiago: $64
  • Premium Wine Tasting in Santiago de Chile: $71


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


When is the best time to visit Cordoba or Santiago?

Both places have a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. As both cities are in the southern hemisphere, summer is in January and winter is in July.

Should I visit Cordoba or Santiago in the Summer?

Both Santiago and Cordoba during the summer are popular places to visit.

In the summer, Cordoba is much colder than Santiago. Typically, the summer temperatures in Cordoba in January are around 10°C (50°F), and Santiago is about 21°C (70°F).

Cordoba usually gets more rain in January than Santiago. Cordoba gets 60 mm (2.4 in) of rain, while Santiago receives 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures January
    Cordoba 10°C (50°F) 
    Santiago 21°C (70°F)

Should I visit Cordoba or Santiago in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Cordoba and Santiago.

In April, Cordoba is generally around the same temperature as Santiago. Temperatures in Cordoba average around 16°C (61°F), and Santiago stays around 15°C (59°F).

In April, Cordoba usually receives more rain than Santiago. At this time of the year, Cordoba gets 50 mm (2 in) of rain, while Santiago receives 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures April
    Cordoba 16°C (61°F) 
    Santiago 15°C (59°F)

Should I visit Cordoba or Santiago in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Cordoba as well as Santiago.

Cordoba is much warmer than Santiago in the winter. The temperature in Cordoba is usually 27°C (81°F) in July, and Santiago stays around 9°C (48°F).

Cordoba usually gets less rain in July than Santiago. Cordoba gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Santiago receives 80 mm (3.1 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures July
    Cordoba 27°C (81°F) 
    Santiago 9°C (48°F)

Should I visit Cordoba or Santiago in the Spring?

Both Santiago and Cordoba are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities.

In the spring, Cordoba is a little warmer than Santiago. Typically, the spring temperatures in Cordoba in October are around 19°C (66°F), and Santiago is about 15°C (59°F).

In October, Cordoba usually receives more rain than Santiago. At this time of the year, Cordoba gets 60 mm (2.4 in) of rain, while Santiago receives 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain.


  • Spring Average Temperatures October
    Cordoba 19°C (66°F) 
    Santiago 15°C (59°F)

Typical Weather for Santiago and Cordoba

Cordoba Santiago
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 10°C (50°F) 60 mm (2.4 in) 21°C (70°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Feb 11°C (52°F) 50 mm (2 in) 20°C (68°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Mar 14°C (57°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 18°C (64°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Apr 16°C (61°F) 50 mm (2 in) 15°C (59°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
May 19°C (66°F) 30 mm (1.2 in) 12°C (54°F) 50 mm (2 in)
Jun 24°C (75°F) 20 mm (0.8 in) 9°C (48°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
Jul 27°C (81°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 9°C (48°F) 80 mm (3.1 in)
Aug 28°C (82°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 10°C (50°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
Sep 25°C (77°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 12°C (54°F) 20 mm (0.8 in)
Oct 19°C (66°F) 60 mm (2.4 in) 15°C (59°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Nov 14°C (57°F) 100 mm (3.9 in) 17°C (63°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Dec 11°C (52°F) 70 mm (2.8 in) 20°C (68°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)


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