A Travel Price Comparison for Brazil Foz do Iguacu vs. Brasilia for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Foz do Iguacu or Brasilia?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Foz do Iguacu and Brasilia 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: Foz do Iguacu or Brasilia?

Foz do Iguacu

Foz do Iguacu is a larger city in Brazil that is most famous for the Iguacu Falls. The city serves as an entry point for Paraguay and Argentina as well. The obvious reason to visit the city is to see the beautiful falls, and together with Ciudad del Este, Paraguay and Puerto Iguazu, Argentina, it makes up one of the largest tourism sights in South America.


The capital city of Brazil, Brasilia is a uniquely-planned city that was constructed in four years from 1956-1960 in the shape of a large bird or airplane. Renowned for its modern architecture, the city listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and attracts architecture aficionados worldwide.

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Which place is cheaper, Brasilia or Foz do Iguacu?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Foz do Iguacu is $66, while the average daily cost in Brasilia is $83. 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 Foz do Iguacu and Brasilia in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Foz do Iguacu $29
    Brasilia $35
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Foz do Iguacu $58
    Brasilia $70
Compare Hotels in Foz do Iguacu and Brasilia

Looking for a hotel in Foz do Iguacu or Brasilia? 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 Foz do Iguacu

Hotels in Brasilia

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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: Foz do Iguacu Hotel Prices and Brasilia Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Foz do Iguacu $13
    Brasilia $22

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Foz do Iguacu

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Foz do Iguacu:

  • Foz do Iguaçu Airport Private Transfer : $20
  • Foz do Iguaçu Airport Shared Transfer: $7.00
  • IGU Airport Transfers: $17
  • Private E Bike Tour Iguaçu Waterfalls + Transfers + Tickets: $131
  • Private Transfer to Foz do Iguaçu from the Airport: $161
  • Private transfer from Foz do Iguaçu airport and bus station: $22
  • Roundtrip Airport Transfer in Foz do Iguaçu: $50
  • Shared Roundtrip Transfers with Brazilian and Argentinian sides: $140
  • Transfer Cataratas Argentina: $19
  • Transfer IN IGU & Iguassu Falls Brazilian side & Macuco Boat Safari: $220
  • Transfer from Foz de Iguazu Airport to Hotels on the Argentine side: $42

Is it cheaper to fly into Foz do Iguacu or Brasilia?

Prices for flights to both Brasilia and Foz do Iguacu 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 Meals for one day
    Foz do Iguacu $22
    Brasilia $32

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Foz do Iguacu

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Foz do Iguacu.

  • Official Entrance: Dinner with Latin American Show at Rafain Steakhouse: $52
  • Rafain dinner Samba Show: $94
  • Transport to Acaray Casino + dinner (optional): $100
  • Dinner Show - Rafain Steakhouse : $100
  • Dinner Show at Rafain in Foz do Iguaçu: $113
  • Foz do Iguacu Dancing Musical Show with Dinner and Pickup: $208

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Foz do Iguacu $24
    Brasilia $19

Tours and Activities in Foz do Iguacu

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

  • Humming Bird Garden Experience in Iguazu: $5.00
  • Ciudad del Este Shopping Tour: $14
  • Iguazú Casino Tour : $17
  • Exclusive Bike Experience at Iguazu Falls: $25
  • Bird Park Tour: $25
  • Iguassu Falls Shopping Tour: $34
  • Foz Do Iguaçu City Tour: $34
  • Iguazu Falls National Park Tour - full day tour Argentinean side: $34
  • Tour Tour, pick up at Foz do Iguaçu airport (IGU): $40
  • Itaipu Dam Half-Day Sightseeing Panoramic Tour from Foz do Iguaçu: $42
  • Itaipu Hydroelectric Dam - Tickets Included: $43
  • City Tour with Buddhist Temple and Muslim Mosque: $48

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Foz do Iguacu $12
    Brasilia $14
Typical Alcohol Prices in Foz do Iguacu

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

  • Beer

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

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

Which is Bigger, Foz do Iguacu or Brasilia?

Brasilia has a larger population, and is about 8 times larger than the population of Foz do Iguacu. When comparing the sizes of Foz do Iguacu and Brasilia, 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.