A Travel Price Comparison for Argentina Mar del Plata vs. Cordoba for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Mar del Plata or Cordoba?

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

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Mar del Plata and Cordoba can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Mar del Plata or Cordoba?

Mar del Plata

Mar del Plata is found only 404 km southeast of the city of Buenos Aires, on the Atlantic coast. Today Mar Del Plata is Argentina‘s most well known beach resort. It has successfully married the two worlds of beach and city into a fun, cosmopolitan urban center with the presence of highly developed tourist infrastructure. Founded in 1874, Mar del Plata was at first mainly an industrial and commercial center before becoming a vacation destination for Argentinians. For a peaceful trip and intimate oceanfront promenades, avoid visiting Mar del Plata during summer time, as the gorgeous arced coastline will be crawling with visitors. But the city is more than just beaches. It also offers some culture, lively nightlife, and great food.

Cordoba

Cordoba is the capital of the Cordoba province and the second largest city in all of Argentina. The city is in a beautiful setting surrounded by valleys and hills. Within the city you will find many colonial buildings and beautiful architecture. Cordoba also has many universities and scientific institutes, giving it the nickname "La Docta." Because of the large number of students, Cordoba's population is young and active, which keeps the atmosphere light and fun.

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Which place is cheaper, Cordoba or Mar del Plata?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Mar del Plata is $8.78, while the average daily cost in Cordoba is $8.40. 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 Mar del Plata and Cordoba in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Mar del Plata $3.15
    Cordoba $3.05
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Mar del Plata $6.30
    Cordoba $6.10
Compare Hotels in Mar del Plata and Cordoba

Looking for a hotel in Mar del Plata or Cordoba? 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 Mar del Plata


Hotels in Cordoba


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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: Mar del Plata Hotel Prices and Cordoba Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Mar del Plata $2.50
    Cordoba $2.08

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Cordoba

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


  • Taxi Ride
    $0.01

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cordoba

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

  • Transfer in private minivan from Cordoba to Ingeniero Ambrosio Taravella Airport: $61

Is it cheaper to fly into Mar del Plata or Cordoba?

Prices for flights to both Cordoba and Mar del Plata 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
    Mar del Plata $3.81
    Cordoba $3.83

Typical Food Prices in Cordoba

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


  • Empanadas
    $0.01
  • Sandwich
    $0.00
  • Ice Cream
    $0.00

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Mar del Plata $2.27
    Cordoba $1.88

Tours and Activities in Cordoba

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

  • Alta Gracia: Unveiling Cordoba's Cultural Heritage Tour: $50
  • Córdoba CityTour FULLDAY x 2 pax: $60
  • Córdoba: Villa Carlos Paz Tour: $59
  • Caroya WineTour x 2 Pax: $60
  • Cordoba City Tour: $50
  • Cordoba City Tour with Optional Jesuitic Square: $62
  • Cordoba Cumbrecita Tour with Spanish Speaking Guide: $88
  • Cordoba Jesuit Legacy Tour: $87
  • Cumbrecita Tour: $88
  • El Inicio WineTour x 2 Pax (History and Wines): $85
  • Exploring Villa Carlos Paz: Guided Sightseeing Tour: $50
  • Full Day Jesuit Legacy Tour from Cordoba: $80

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Mar del Plata $1.78
    Cordoba $1.48

Sample the Local Flavors in Cordoba

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Cordoba:

  • Full-Day Private Colonia Caroya Wine Tour from Córdoba: $119
  • Wine Tour Privado - Colonia Caroya: $120
  • Wine Tour Privado - Calamuchita: $140


When comparing the travel costs between Mar del Plata and Cordoba, we can see that Mar del Plata is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in South America, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.

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


Which is Bigger, Mar del Plata or Cordoba?

Cordoba has a larger population, and is about 3 times larger than the population of Mar del Plata. When comparing the sizes of Mar del Plata and Cordoba, 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.


When is the best time to visit Mar del Plata or Cordoba?

Both destinations experience a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. And since both cities are in the southern hemisphere, summer is in January and winter is in July.

Should I visit Mar del Plata or Cordoba in the Summer?

Both Cordoba and Mar del Plata are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities.

Mar del Plata is much warmer than Cordoba in the summer. The daily temperature in Mar del Plata averages around 20°C (69°F) in January, and Cordoba fluctuates around 10°C (50°F).

It's quite sunny in Cordoba. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Mar del Plata. Mar del Plata usually receives less sunshine than Cordoba during summer. Mar del Plata gets 221 hours of sunny skies, while Cordoba receives 277 hours of full sun in the summer.

In January, Mar del Plata usually receives more rain than Cordoba. Mar del Plata gets 96 mm (3.8 in) of rain, while Cordoba receives 60 mm (2.4 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures January
    Mar del Plata 20°C (69°F) 
    Cordoba 10°C (50°F)

Should I visit Mar del Plata or Cordoba in the Autumn?

Both Cordoba and Mar del Plata during the autumn are popular places to visit.

In the autumn, Mar del Plata is around the same temperature as Cordoba. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Mar del Plata in April average around 15°C (59°F), and Cordoba averages at about 16°C (61°F).

Mar del Plata usually gets more rain in April than Cordoba. Mar del Plata gets 67 mm (2.6 in) of rain, while Cordoba receives 50 mm (2 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures April
    Mar del Plata 15°C (59°F) 
    Cordoba 16°C (61°F)

Should I visit Mar del Plata or Cordoba in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Mar del Plata and Cordoba.

In July, Mar del Plata is generally much colder than Cordoba. Daily temperatures in Mar del Plata average around 9°C (47°F), and Cordoba fluctuates around 27°C (81°F).

In July, Mar del Plata usually receives more rain than Cordoba. Mar del Plata gets 63 mm (2.5 in) of rain, while Cordoba receives 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures July
    Mar del Plata 9°C (47°F) 
    Cordoba 27°C (81°F)

Should I visit Mar del Plata or Cordoba in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Mar del Plata as well as Cordoba.

Mar del Plata is cooler than Cordoba in the spring. The daily temperature in Mar del Plata averages around 13°C (56°F) in October, and Cordoba fluctuates around 19°C (66°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Cordoba. In the spring, Mar del Plata often gets less sunshine than Cordoba. Mar del Plata gets 175 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Cordoba receives 243 hours of full sun.

Mar del Plata usually gets more rain in October than Cordoba. Mar del Plata gets 78 mm (3.1 in) of rain, while Cordoba receives 60 mm (2.4 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures October
    Mar del Plata 13°C (56°F) 
    Cordoba 19°C (66°F)

Typical Weather for Cordoba and Mar del Plata

Mar del Plata Cordoba
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 20°C (69°F) 96 mm (3.8 in) 10°C (50°F) 60 mm (2.4 in)
Feb 20°C (68°F) 70 mm (2.8 in) 11°C (52°F) 50 mm (2 in)
Mar 18°C (65°F) 97 mm (3.8 in) 14°C (57°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
Apr 15°C (59°F) 67 mm (2.6 in) 16°C (61°F) 50 mm (2 in)
May 12°C (53°F) 71 mm (2.8 in) 19°C (66°F) 30 mm (1.2 in)
Jun 9°C (48°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 24°C (75°F) 20 mm (0.8 in)
Jul 9°C (47°F) 63 mm (2.5 in) 27°C (81°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Aug 9°C (49°F) 66 mm (2.6 in) 28°C (82°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Sep 11°C (51°F) 56 mm (2.2 in) 25°C (77°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Oct 13°C (56°F) 78 mm (3.1 in) 19°C (66°F) 60 mm (2.4 in)
Nov 16°C (61°F) 75 mm (3 in) 14°C (57°F) 100 mm (3.9 in)
Dec 19°C (66°F) 88 mm (3.5 in) 11°C (52°F) 70 mm (2.8 in)