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

Should you visit Curitiba or Ushuaia?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Curitiba and Ushuaia can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Curitiba or Ushuaia?

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.

Ushuaia

Ushuaia is a city on the Tierra del Fuego island of Argentina on the Beagle Strait. The city is considered to be one of the southernmost cities in the world and is often used as a base for cruises to Antarctica. Ushuaia's close proximity to Antarctica and their amazing hiking trails have made it a popular tourist destination over the past few decades.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Wildlife Tours to Brazil, The Best Hiking & Trekking Tours in Brazil, The Best Wildlife Tours to Argentina, and The Best Eco Tours in Argentina.


Which place is cheaper, Ushuaia or Curitiba?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Curitiba is $69, while the average daily cost in Ushuaia is $11. 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 destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Curitiba and Ushuaia in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Curitiba $29
    Ushuaia $5.41
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Curitiba $58
    Ushuaia $11
Compare Hotels in Curitiba and Ushuaia

Looking for a hotel in Curitiba or Ushuaia? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Curitiba


Hotels in Ushuaia


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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Curitiba Hotel Prices and Ushuaia Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Curitiba $15
    Ushuaia -
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Curitiba

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


  • Taxi Ride
    $1.86

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Curitiba

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

  • Private Transfer from Curitiba Airport: $106
  • Curitiba Airport PrivateTransfers Round Trip or One Way: $105
  • Afonso Pena Airport (CWB) to Beach Resorts - Round-Trip Transfer: $87
  • Private Transfer from Curitiba City Hotels to Porto Belo Port: $75
  • Private Transfer from Curitiba Airport (CWB) to Porto Belo Port : $75
  • Shared transfer between Curitiba Airport and Hotels: $71
  • Afonso Pena Airport CWB to Beach Resorts : Arrival Transfer: $44
  • Shared Transfer: Curitiba International Airport: $39
  • Private Transfer from Curitiba City to Curitiba Airport (CWB): $35
  • Curitiba Airport (CWB) to Downtown - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $33
  • Curitiba to Afonso Pena Airport (CWB)- Departure Private Transfer: $17
  • Curitiba Airport CWB to Downtown hotels- Arrival Private Transfer: $16

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Ushuaia

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


  • Taxi Ride
    $0.03

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Ushuaia

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

  • Private Airport and Hotel Transfer in Ushuaia: $139
  • Private Embarkation Debarkation Transfer: $129
  • Private Transfer Airport-Hotel-Airport (Ushuaia): $120
  • Escondido and Fagnano Lakes with transfer: $84
  • Private Transfer Airport-Port or Port-Airport (Ushuaia): $55
  • Transfer Ushuaia Airport - Hotel in Ushuaia - Ushuaia Airport : $35
  • Ushuaia to Ushuaia Airport (USH) - Departure Private Transfer: $32
  • Private Transfer from Ushuaia Airport(USH) to Ushuaia Cruise Port: $28
  • Private Transfer from Ushuaia Cruise Port to Ushuaia Airport(USH): $28
  • Private Transfer Hotel-Bus Station or Bus Station-Hotel (Ushuaia): $27
  • Transfer Cerro Castor (Round Trip): $25
  • Private Transfer from Ushuaia Airport (USH) to Ushuaia Port : $25

Is it cheaper to fly into Curitiba or Ushuaia?

Prices for flights to both Ushuaia 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.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Curitiba $27
    Ushuaia $2.10
Typical Food Prices in Curitiba

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


  • Chips
    $0.83

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Curitiba

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

  • Bar-hopping and Food Tour in Curitiba: $29
  • Curitiba's History Food Tour: $70
  • Curitiba's History Food Tour: $72
  • 4-Hour City-By-Night Tour with Dinner: $94
  • Curitiba Tour by Night with Dinner: $94

Typical Food Prices in Ushuaia

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


  • Lunch for Two
    $0.06

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Ushuaia

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

  • The Martial Glacier at Night with Dinner Included: $118
  • Tierra del Fuego National Park PM - with Dinner included: $179
  • Ushuaia at night: A Snow and Fire dinner, sledding and adventure: $290

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Curitiba $18
    Ushuaia $12

Tours and Activities in Curitiba

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

  • Full Day Tour to Vila Velha and Buraco do Padre: $150
  • 2-Day Rafting and Rappelling Adventure in Tibagi: $181
  • 4-Hour Private Tour of Curitiba City: $67
  • Arte Bike Tour - Bike Tour with Kuritbike: $24
  • CRAFT BREWERS TOUR By Jens Tours: $69
  • Complete Tour to Ilha do Mel: $141
  • Curitiba City Tour: $58
  • A complete city tour: $101
  • A private 4 hour city tour: $68
  • Tour in Barigui Park: $116
  • Walking tour from past to present: $12
  • From Vila Velha State Park Full-Day Group Tour: $141

Tours and Activities in Ushuaia

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

  • 2-day tour: Tierra del Fuego National Park + Fagnano and Escondido Lakes: $115
  • 2-day tour:Tierra del Fuego NP + Beagle Channel Navigation + Fagnano & Escondido: $190
  • 3-Hour Tour Sailing through the Beagle Channel: $105
  • 4×4 Off Road Tour to Escondido and Khami Lakes: $122
  • 4-Hour National Park - USHUAIA (Shared tour): $75
  • 5-hour adventure in Panorama Blanco: $179
  • 5.5-Hour Nat Park w/ Hiking *Shore Excursion* USHUAIA (Shared tour for cruises): $130
  • 5hrs of Trekking Experience in Martial Glacier: $115
  • 7-Hour Lakes Escondido & Fagnano - USHUAIA (Shared tour): $165
  • Adventure 360º in Quads with Lunch: $219
  • An Hour Tour in the City of Ushuaia: $32
  • Andean Silence Adventure in the night: $190

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Curitiba $13
    Ushuaia -
Typical Alcohol Prices in Curitiba

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


  • Beer
    $0.42

Typical Alcohol Prices in Ushuaia

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


  • Wine
    $0.05
  • Beer
    $0.01


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

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Curitiba Expensive? and Is Ushuaia Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Curitiba or Ushuaia?

Curitiba has a larger population, and is about 30 times larger than the population of Ushuaia. When comparing the sizes of Curitiba and Ushuaia, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.