A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Florianopolis vs. Buzios

Should you visit Florianopolis or Buzios?

Should I visit Florianopolis or Buzios? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Florianopolis

With a population of almost 500,000, Florianopolis is the capital city of the state of Santa Catarina in southern Brazil. The city is split between mainland Brazil and Santa Catarina Island.

Florianopolis has grown in popularity with tourists recently because of its wonderful scenery, beautiful beaches, and fascinating culture. Many Brazilians have also moved here, leaving behind the big cities of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

Florianopolis has a warm humid subtropical climate. There are summer, winter, spring and fall seasons. Frosts are rare but do occur occasionally. Highs during the warmest months are usually in the high 70s Fahrenheit. Rain is evenly distributed throughout the year and there is no distinct dry season.

Buzios

Initially a fishing village, Arma玢o dos Buzios is a small beach resort town about three hours from Rio de Janeiro by bus. Buzios is a common weekend getaway destination for Cariocas. With 23 beaches, visitors from all over come to swim, snorkel, surf and enjoy sun and sand.

Which city is cheaper, Buzios or Florianopolis?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Florianopolis is $48, while the average daily cost in Buzios is $60. 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 Florianopolis and Buzios in more detail.




Accommodation

An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $40 in Florianopolis For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.

An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $58 in Buzios For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Florianopolis $20
    Buzios $29
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Florianopolis $40
    Buzios $58


Food

The average traveler spends about $17 per day in Florianopolis for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.

The price of a meal in Buzios can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $19 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $7.60 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Florianopolis $17
    Buzios $19
Typical Food prices in Florianopolis

For Florianopolis, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • A Quick Snack
    $0.43

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Florianopolis

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

  • Floripa Cooking Class: $72


Local Transportation

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Florianopolis than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $10 on transportation in Florianopolis on average per day.

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Buzios than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $15 on transportation in Buzios on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Florianopolis $10
    Buzios $15

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Florianopolis

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

  • Private transfer: Cali International Airport (CLO) to Cali: $54
  • Private transfer: Florianopolis to Florianopolis International Airport (FLN): $45
  • Private transfer: Florianopolis International Airport (FLN) to Florianopolis: $45
  • Shared transfer from Florian贸polis airport to Balne谩rio Cambori煤: $35
  • Private Airport Transfer: Hercilio Luz Int. Airport (FLN) to Florianopolis: $30
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Florianopolis to Hercilio Luz Int. Airport (FLN): $30


Entertainment

Sightseeing expenses in Florianopolis, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $20 per day, per person.

Sightseeing expenses in Buzios, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $21 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Florianopolis $20
    Buzios $21
Typical Entertainment prices in Florianopolis

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Florianopolis's activities, tours, and tickets:


  • Internet
    $0.57

Tours and Activities in Florianopolis

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

  • Balne谩rio Cambori煤 City Tour from Florian贸polis: $35
  • Blumenau City Tour - departing from Florian贸polis: $40
  • Blumenau City Tour from Florian贸polis: $40
  • Campeche Island day tour - Transport and boat crossing: $52
  • Florian贸polis Full Day City Tour: $26
  • North Florian贸polis Bike Tour: Mozambique, Santinho and Ingleses Beaches: $51
  • Private Day Tour: Florian贸polis Island with Professional Pictures: $154
  • Private Guided Tour in Florianopolis: $79
  • Roteiro Regular - Floripa City Tour Sul e Leste em grupo: $45
  • Shared Shuttle between Florian贸polis Airport and Hotel with optional City Tour: $26
  • Southern Beaches of Florian贸polis Bike Tour: $51

Tours and Activities in Buzios

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

  • Half-Day Schooner Sightseeing Trip in Buzios Peninsula Beaches: $28
  • Tour in Boat Tour in Buzios: $14


Alcohol

Typically, people visiting Florianopolis spend on average $6.80 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 Buzios, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $14.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Florianopolis $6.80
    Buzios $14
Typical Alcohol prices in Florianopolis

Here are a few samples of the prices for alcohol and nightlife in Florianopolis from other travelers:


  • Beer
    $0.57



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

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