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

Should you visit Foz do Iguacu or Buzios?

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 Buzios 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 Buzios?

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.


Initially a fishing village, Armação 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.

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Which place is cheaper, Buzios 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 $65, while the average daily cost in Buzios is $76. 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 Buzios in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Foz do Iguacu $29
    Buzios $37
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Foz do Iguacu $58
    Buzios $74
Compare Hotels in Foz do Iguacu and Buzios

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

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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.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Foz do Iguacu $13
    Buzios $19

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Foz do Iguacu

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Foz do Iguacu:

  • Transfer IN IGU & Iguassu Falls Brazilian side & Macuco Boat Safari: $220
  • Private E Bike Tour Iguaçu Waterfalls + Transfers + Tickets: $133
  • Shared Roundtrip Transfers with Brazilian and Argentinian sides: $120
  • Private Transfer from IGU to Any Point within Foz Do Iguaçu City: $80
  • Roundtrip Airport Transfer in Foz do Iguaçu: $48
  • Transfer from Foz de Iguazu Airport to Hotels on the Argentine side: $42
  • Foz do Iguaçu Round-Trip Airport Transfer: $37
  • Transfer Cataratas Argentina: $18
  • Private transfer from Foz do Iguaçu airport and bus station: $17
  • Foz do Iguaçu Airport Shared Transfer: $7.00

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Buzios

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

  • Arraial do Cabo Shared Transfer to Rio de Janeiro: $52
  • Beach Resorts to Cabo Frio Airport (CFB) - Departure Transfer : $29
  • Beach Resorts to Cabo Frio Airport (CFB) - Private Transfer: $25
  • Executive private transfer from GIG Rio Galeao airport up to 3 pax to Buzios: $117
  • Executive private transfer from GIG Rio Galeao airport up to 4 pax to Buzios: $117
  • Private Transfer Buzios to Rio de Janeiro: $91
  • Private Transfer from Buzios Cruise Port to Cabo Frio city hotels: $36
  • Private Transfer from Buzios Cruise Port to Cabo Frio hotels: $41
  • Private Transfer from Buzios Cruise Port to Rio de Janeiro hotels: $32
  • Private Transfer from Buzios Cruise Port to Rio de Janeiro hotels: $29
  • Private Transfer from Buzios Cruise Port to Santos Dumont (SDU): $29
  • Private Transfer from Buzios Port to Cabo Frio Airport (CFB): $43

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

Prices for flights to both Buzios 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
    Buzios $24

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: $50
  • Transport to Acaray Casino + dinner (optional): $100
  • Dinner Show - Rafain Steakhouse : $100
  • Rafain Steakhouse Show - Dinner and Show Included: $103
  • Dinner Show at Rafain in Foz do Iguaçu: $107
  • Dinner Show Rafain Steakhouse Belmond Hotel Cataratas : $135
  • Rafain dinner Samba Show: $135
  • Foz do Iguacu Dancing Musical Show with Dinner and Pickup: $208

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Foz do Iguacu $24
    Buzios $26

Tours and Activities in Foz do Iguacu

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

  • Private Day Tour to Two Sides of the Iguassu Falls : $110
  • 2 Days Private Tour Argentinean & Brazilian Side of Iguazu Falls: $173
  • 2-Day Private Tour Iguaçu Falls Brazil and Argentina: $223
  • 2-Days Private Brasil & Argentina Iguassu Falls Experience : $155
  • Airport IGU Round Trip & Iguassu Falls Argentinean side & Great Adventure: $295
  • Argentina Bike Experience: Interact with indigenous communities: $87
  • Argentinean Side Iguassu Falls - Private Tour: $120
  • Argentinian Side of the Falls and Boat Tour Gran Aventura - All Tickets Included: $287
  • Bird Park General Admission Ticket and Tour: $71
  • Bird Park Tour: $25
  • Brazil Adventure Tour - Complete Brazilian Falls: $287
  • Brazilian Side of the Cataratas and Parque Das Aves with tickets: $103

Tours and Activities in Buzios

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

  • Tour of the most beautiful beaches and islands of Buzios by Buziana Tour: $12
  • Buggy Ride in Buzios by Buziana Tour: $16
  • Tour of Bugre in Arraial (Buggy): $21
  • Boat Tour in Arraial do Cabo: $23
  • Catamaran Boat Tour in Búzios: $24
  • Half-Day Schooner Sightseeing Trip in Buzios Peninsula Beaches: $29
  • Buzios Trolley City Tour: $29
  • Buggy Tour in Arraial do Cabo by Arraial Viagens: $31
  • 3-hour Small Group Buzios Peninsula Open Air Trolley Tour: $33
  • Tour in Boat Tour in Buzios: $37
  • From Buzios To Arraial With Photos On A Private Tour!: $48
  • Schooner Tour in Buzios - Departure from Buzios: $51

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Foz do Iguacu $12
    Buzios $17
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 Buzios, we can see that Buzios 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 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 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 Buzios Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Foz do Iguacu or Buzios?

Foz do Iguacu has a larger population, and is about 10 times larger than the population of Buzios. When comparing the sizes of Foz do Iguacu and Buzios, 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.