Should you visit Curitiba or Quito?
Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Curitiba and Quito can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.
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.
Nestled between two mountain ranges lies the world's highest capital city, Quito, Ecuador. For history lovers, Quito is a very desirable destination as it's home to the Quito Historic Center – one of the largest and best-preserved historic centers in the Americas.
Even though Quito is full of people – in fact, it's the second most populous city in the country – very few of its inhabitants speak English. Luckily, however, the citizens of Quito tend to speak a slower and more clear Spanish than surrounding areas. This is the perfect place to practice what you read in your Intro to Spanish book.
Before visiting Quito, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, give yourself a few days to grow accustomed to the elevation. Staying 9,350 feet above sea level takes some getting used to. Second, don't be fooled into thinking that just because you're visiting a town on the equator that you'll need all your summer clothes. Because of the city's elevation, the area keeps a relatively cool climate year round.
Which city is cheaper, Quito or Curitiba?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Curitiba is $54, while the average daily cost in Quito is $41. 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 Quito in more detail.
Travelers usually pay around $44 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 $18. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Quito the cost is $36 on average.
Curitiba food costs typically run travelers around $21 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.
In Quito travelers spend around $16 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.
Meals for one day
Typical Food prices in Curitiba
Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Curitiba:
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:
Curitiba Tour by Night with Dinner:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Quito
Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Quito.
Quito Like a Local Cooking Class:
Ecuadorian Cooking Classes Rooftop (English):
Quito Cooking Class:
Jacchigua Show Including Dinner + Transfer:
Ecuadorian Cooking Class in Quito + Local Market Tour & Exotic Fruit Tasting:
Quito Culinary Tour and Cooking Class:
Ecuadorian Cooking Class and Local Market Tour:
Gourmet Cooking Class in Historic Quito + Market Tour with Chef Pancho:
Cooking Class at the Andes & Roses (PRIVATE DAY TOUR):
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 Quito is $5.59 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.
Typical Local Transportation prices in Curitiba
Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Curitiba:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Curitiba
Also for Curitiba, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Private Airport Transfer: Afonso Pena Airport (CWB) to Curitiba:
Private Airport Transfer: from Curitiba to Afonso Pena Airport (CWB):
Private Transfer from Curitiba Airport:
Private Transfer from Curitiba City to Curitiba Airport (CWB):
Private Transfer: Afonso Pena International Airport (CWB) to Curitiba:
Private Transfer: Curitiba to Afonso Pena International Airport (CWB):
Typical Local Transportation prices in Quito
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Quito:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Quito
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Quito:
8-Day Tour of Galapagos and Quito Including Hotels and Transfers:
7-Day Tour of Galapagos and Quito Including Hotel and Transfers:
Private transfer: Quito to Quito International Airport (UIO):
Private transfer: Quito International Airport (UIO) to Quito:
2-Night Quito Experience: Transfer, Tour and Mariscal Accommodation:
transfer airport to hotel in Quito or from Quito to airport:
Quito Airport Private Transfer Service:
Private transfers To Mindo:
Private transfer in or out Quito airport. Bilingual guide-driver:
Transfer IN & OUT of Quito:
Transfer IN & OUT of Quito:
Round-Trip Transfer in Private Minivan from Quito Airport (UIO) to Quito City:
Is it cheaper to fly into Curitiba or Quito?
Prices for flights to both Quito 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.
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Curitiba can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $14 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
Quito's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $13 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.
Tours and Activities in Curitiba
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Curitiba.
Half Day Curitiba Sightseeing Tour:
Half-Day Tour of Curitiba City:
Curitiba City Tour:
Serra Verde Express: Rail Tour to Morretes and Antonina from Curitiba:
Serra Verde Express: Sunset Rail Tour from Curitiba:
Morretes: Full Day Colonial Town Tour from Curitiba:
Photo session in Curitiba sightseeing spots:
Touristic Train to Morretes from Curitiba:
Train Trip and City Tour in Paranagua:
Vila Velha City Tour:
Typical Entertainment prices in Quito
Here are a few typical costs in Quito for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:
Tours and Activities in Quito
Here are a few actual costs in Quito for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
10 days True Ecuador Experience:
12 Day Galapagos Snorkeling Tour:
15-Day Ecuador and Galapagos Highlights Tour from Quito:
15-day Adventure: Experiencing the Andes and Amazon of Ecuador:
16-Day Ecuador Adventure: Andes, Amazon & Galapagos:
2 Day Private Tour to Mindo Cloud Forest from Quito:
2 Day Private Tour to Otavalo Market & surroundings from Quito:
2 Full Days Exploring The Ecuadorian Amazon | Tour Start In Quito:
2-Day Avenue of the Volcanoes and Baños Tour from Quito -"Small Group":
2-Day Baños Full Adrenaline Tour from Quito:
2-Day Private Sightseeing Tour Cotopaxi and Quilotoa:
2-Day Private Tour to Quilotoa Lagoon and Baños Village from Quito:
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 $10.
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Quito may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $14 per day on alcoholic beverages.
Typical Alcohol prices in Curitiba
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Curitiba:
Typical Alcohol prices in Quito
Here are a few samples of the prices for alcohol and nightlife in Quito from other travelers:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Curitiba and Quito, we can see that Curitiba is more expensive. And not only is Quito much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Quito would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Quito 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 Quito.
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