A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Curitiba vs. Medellin for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Curitiba or Medellin?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Curitiba and Medellin can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Curitiba

Curitiba is a relatively large city that is convenient to visit if you're traveling to Iguazu Falls from either Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paulo. It is worth a day or two stop over because it has a great old city that has been restored. It's also the capital of Parana, Brazil. Curitiba is one of the more wealthy cities in the southern region of Brazil. It has a diverse population with many immigrants and some interesting cultural events.

Medellin

In addition to big improvements in public safety, Medellin has witnessed a huge surge in urban development projects, including Colombia's first metro system and cable cars to service poorer neighborhoods located high on the mountain sides. There is an abundance of parks, libraries, museums and public spaces with many cultural events taking place. Many travelers also enjoy visiting the surrounding villages, where life is simple and landscapes and nature reserves are wonderful. Medellin has now become one of the "it" cities in the world, with tons of tourists visiting and foreigners settling and retiring here. Beautiful mountains, warm weather, friendly locals, and a vibrant culture are just a few of the reasons why you should visit Medellin.

Which city is cheaper, Medellin or Curitiba?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Curitiba is $57, while the average daily cost in Medellin is $16. 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 Curitiba and Medellin in more detail.



Accommodation

Travelers usually pay around $48 for a double occupancy room in Curitiba If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around $3.62. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Medellin the cost is $7.24 on average.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Curitiba $24
    Medellin $3.62
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Curitiba $48
    Medellin $7.24

Food

Curitiba food costs typically run travelers around $22 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.

Food in Medellin costs travelers about $6.40 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Curitiba $22
    Medellin $6.40
Typical Food prices in Curitiba

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


  • Chips
    $0.86

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Curitiba

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

  • Curitiba Pub Food Tour: $20
  • 4-Hour City-By-Night Tour with Dinner: $109
  • Curitiba Tour by Night with Dinner: $117

Typical Food prices in Medellin

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Medellin:


  • Lunch
    $2.09

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Medellin

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

  • Medellin Local Flavours: Night Street Private Food Tour: $50
  • Half-day Medellín Street Food tour with a local guide: $65
  • Homemade Paisa Dinner at a Local's Home in Medellín: $69
  • Homemade Paisa Dinner at a Local's Home in Medellín: $69
  • Community project cooking class and Medellin social transformation tour: $70
  • Private Market Tour and Colombian Cooking Lesson With a Local Family in Medellin: $80
  • Withlocals LIVE Meditation and Online Cooking for a Healthy Mind and Body: $93
  • Medellín Food Tour: $94
  • food tour: $97
  • Sabaneta and Envigado Best Local Food Tour from Medellin: $99
  • Full Day Private Medellin City, Street Art and Food Tour: $104
  • Private Market Tour & Colombian Cooking Lesson with a Local in her Medellín Home: $111

Local Transportation

Curitiba'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 $12 per person, per day on transportation in Curitiba.

The average price of local transportation around Medellin is $2.39 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Curitiba $12
    Medellin $2.39
Typical Local Transportation prices in Curitiba

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


  • Taxi Ride
    $1.91

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Curitiba

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

  • Curitiba Airport PrivateTransfers Round Trip or One Way: $109
  • Private Airport Transfer: Afonso Pena Airport (CWB) to Curitiba: $28
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Curitiba to Afonso Pena Airport (CWB): $28
  • Private Transfer from Curitiba Airport: $109
  • Private Transfer from Curitiba City to Curitiba Airport (CWB): $40
  • Private Transfer: Afonso Pena International Airport (CWB) to Curitiba: $78
  • Private Transfer: Curitiba to Afonso Pena International Airport (CWB): $78

Typical Local Transportation prices in Medellin

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


  • Taxi
    $1.64

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Medellin

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Medellin:

  • Private Transfer: Medellin to José María Córdova International Airport (MDE): $622
  • Private Transfer: Medellin to Olaya Herrera International Airport (EOH): $622
  • Private Transfer: Olaya Herrera International Airport (EOH) to Medellin: $622
  • Private Round Transfer to Guatape lakes and Penol rock!: $239
  • Departure Private Transfer from Medellin City to Medellin Airport MDE by Minibus: $188
  • Departure Private Transfer from Medellin City to Medellin Airport MDE by Minivan: $188
  • Medellin Coffee Tour with transfer: $123
  • Transfer Jose Maria Cordoba Airport -Hotel or Accommodation: $82
  • Departure Private Transfer from Medellin City to Medellin Airport MDE by 2x4 Car: $82
  • Private Airport Round-Trip Transfer: MDE Medellin Airport to Medellin City: $55
  • Medellín Private Transfer to / from Guatapé: $55
  • Private Arrival Transfer : From Airport to Medellín Hotels: $55

Is it cheaper to fly into Curitiba or Medellin?

Prices for flights to both Medellin and Curitiba 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.





Entertainment

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Curitiba can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $15 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.

Medellin's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $10 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Curitiba $15
    Medellin $10

Tours and Activities in Curitiba

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

  • Urban Tales: 3-Hour Curitiba by Night Tour: $15
  • Half Day Curitiba Sightseeing Tour: $49
  • Half-Day Tour of Curitiba City: $72
  • Curitiba City Tour: $79
  • Serra Verde Express: Rail Tour to Morretes and Antonina from Curitiba: $91
  • Serra Verde Express: Sunset Rail Tour from Curitiba: $95
  • Photo session in Curitiba sightseeing spots: $136
  • Touristic Train to Morretes from Curitiba: $143
  • Vila Velha State Park Full-Day Group Tour from Curitiba: $151
  • Train Trip and City Tour in Paranagua: $165
  • Vila Velha City Tour: $178

Tours and Activities in Medellin

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

  • "Tradicion Paisa": Silleteros and Santa Elena tour from Medellin: $73
  • 3 Element Tour - ATV 1hr + PARAGLIDING + RAFTING 3hr from MEDELLIN: $344
  • 3 Element Tour - ATV 2hr + PARAGLIDING + RAFTING 3hr from MEDELLIN: $379
  • 3-Day Great Pablo Tour: $900
  • 4-hour Paragliding Adventure from Medellin: $157
  • 9-Hour Full Day Tour of Pablo Escobar Including C13, Museum and Barrio PE: $165
  • ATV Tours: $133
  • ATV | Medellín: Quad Tour: $75
  • ATVs Private Tour Medellin: $172
  • ATVs experience on the outskirts: $112
  • Advanced package Pablo Escobar tour including C13 and barrio PE aprox 8 hrs: $125
  • Adventure Motorcycle Rental in Medellin: $103

Alcohol

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Curitiba, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $11.

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Medellin may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $5.75 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Curitiba $11
    Medellin $5.75
Typical Alcohol prices in Curitiba

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Curitiba:


  • Beer
    $0.43

Sample the Local Flavors in Medellin

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

  • Live the Nightlife Rooftop Pub Crawl: $20
  • Medellin private bar crawl: $94
  • Medellin Pub Crawl Including Food and City Tour: $145


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

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