A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Johannesburg vs. Asuncion for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Johannesburg or Asuncion?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Johannesburg and Asuncion 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: Johannesburg or Asuncion?


Johannesburg is the largest city in South Africa with a population of over 3 million people. Most of the population is made up of South Africa's black residents, who predominately reside in the Soweto area. There are approximately half a million white residents and 300,000 residents of other descent. Half of the population live in the Soweto area as well as the nearby suburbs.


Asuncion is a vastly underrated city. It is the capital but also the administrative economic and cultural center of Paraguay. It is located in the south central part of the country, near the border with Argentina and it is one of the oldest cities in South America, with people living here since almost 500 years. The city has a beautiful and simple center, with a few unique colonial and beaux arts buildings, international cuisine, shady plazas and friendly people. Its handful of historic buildings around the Plaza de los Heroes, Plaza Uruguaya and Manzana de la Ribera, two or three small museums, old bars and cafes, but also smart suburbs, ritzy shopping malls and fashionable nightclubs will keep you entertained for a day or two. It is a very charming city for travellers and apart from the sights, the city boasts a good tourist infrastructure with hotels and restaurants.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Adventure Tours to South Africa, and The Best Eco Tours in South Africa.

Which place is cheaper, Asuncion or Johannesburg?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Johannesburg is $93, while the average daily cost in Asuncion is $69. 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 Johannesburg and Asuncion in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Johannesburg $53
    Asuncion $23
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Johannesburg $106
    Asuncion $46
Compare Hotels in Johannesburg and Asuncion

Looking for a hotel in Johannesburg or Asuncion? 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 Johannesburg

Hotels in Asuncion

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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: Johannesburg Hotel Prices and Asuncion Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Johannesburg $16
    Asuncion $8.88
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Johannesburg

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

  • Taxi Ride

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Johannesburg

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Johannesburg:

  • Try find your better than us ! Airport transfer in Johannesburg APT-HTL (JNB): $38
  • Transfers Between OR Tambo and Pilanesburg : $175
  • Tour operator. airport and hotels transfers chauffeur and safari tours services.: $30
  • Shuttle Transfer from Johannesburg Airport to Hazyview: $66
  • Private Van Airport Transfers : Johannesburg, Sandton, Pretoria: $71
  • Private Transfer: Tambo Airport JNB to Johannesburg in Sedan Car: $61
  • Private Transfer: Tambo Airport JNB to Johannesburg in Luxury Van: $72
  • Private Transfer: Tambo Airport JNB to Johannesburg in Luxury Car: $103
  • Private Transfer: Johannesburg to Tambo Airport JNB in Sedan Car: $61
  • Private Transfer: Johannesburg to Tambo Airport JNB in Luxury Car: $103
  • Private Transfer from Johannesburg O.R.Tambo Airport(JNB) to Johannesburg hotels: $115
  • Private Transfer JNB Airport to Johannesburg Pretoria or SunCity by Business Car: $76

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Asuncion

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

  • Transfer in private car from Asuncion City - Asuncion Airport (ASU): $20
  • Transfer in Private Car from Asuncion Airport (ASU) - Asuncion City: $21
  • Transfer in private minivan from Asuncion Airport (ASU) - Asuncion City: $29
  • Transfer in private minivan Asuncion City - Silvio Pettirosi Airport (ASU): $29
  • RoundTrip Private Transfer Asuncion Airport (ASU) - Asuncion City: $52
  • RoundTrip Transfer in Private Minivan Asuncion Airport (ASU) - Asuncion City: $59

Is it cheaper to fly into Johannesburg or Asuncion?

Prices for flights to both Asuncion and Johannesburg 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
    Johannesburg $16
    Asuncion $17

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Johannesburg

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Johannesburg.

  • Maboneng Street Art and Street Food Tour: $40
  • Unique street food tour from at least 6 different cultures!: $48
  • Taste of Africa Food Tour: $50
  • Johannesburg Culture and food tour: $98
  • Amapiano & Afrobeats Nightlife Experience with Dinner : $134
  • Pan-African Cooking & Dinning Experience: $191

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Johannesburg $20
    Asuncion $16

Tours and Activities in Johannesburg

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Johannesburg are as follows:

  • Golf Tour, Sun City , Gary Player Course - Rated the Best: $224
  • Half-Day Safari Tour of the Magaliesberg Mountains by Zipline: $120
  • Private Full Day Johannesburg Historical Tour : $191
  • Rhino and Lion Park Safari Tour : $96
  • (Meet the Artist)Art Gallery & Street Art tour with lunch: $30
  • 10 Days Overland Tour-Johannesburg and Cape Town: $2,653
  • 15 Days Johannesburg, Kruger National Park – Cape Town Tour: $3,979
  • 3 Day Kruger National Park Tour from Johannesburg: $844
  • 3 Days 2 Nights Panorama Tour & Kruger National park Safari: $817
  • 3 Days Big 5 Kruger National Park Tour from Johannesburg: $1,205
  • 4-Days Overnight Experience in The Panorama Route & Safari: $1,704
  • 6 Days Johannesburg and Kruger National Park Tour: $1,592

Tours and Activities in Asuncion

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

  • Private Custom Walking Tour with a Local Guide in Asuncion: $34
  • Walking Tour with a Local in Asuncion "The Mother of Cities": $35
  • Asunción Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $35
  • Asuncion Birding Tour: $70
  • Golden Triangle Tour: $110
  • Crystal Fall - day tour in a reduced group: $120
  • Birding and Nature Chaco Tour: $140
  • Paraguay River Nature and Wildlife Boat Tour from Asunción: $160
  • Half-Day Yparacai Lake Tour from Asuncion with Pick Up: $185
  • Full day Paraguay River Nature and Wildlife Boat Tour: $207
  • Day tour “Circuito San Bernardino”: $214
  • Day tour “Circuito Sapucai”: $221

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Johannesburg $4.60
    Asuncion $10

Sample the Local Flavors in Johannesburg

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Johannesburg:

  • Wine Tasting Experience in Johannesburg: $8.20
  • Experience Johannesburg Wine Tour Views and Luxury: $225

Typical Alcohol Prices in Asuncion

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

  • Beer

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Johannesburg and Asuncion, we can see that Johannesburg is more expensive. And not only is Asuncion much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Johannesburg is in Africa and Asuncion is in South America, this is one of the main reasons why the costs are so different, as different regions of the world tend to have overall different travel costs. So, traveling to Asuncion would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Asuncion 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 Johannesburg would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Johannesburg than you might in Asuncion.

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

Which is Bigger, Johannesburg or Asuncion?

Johannesburg has a larger population, and is about 37% larger than the population of Asuncion. When comparing the sizes of Johannesburg and Asuncion, 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.