Should you visit Mar del Plata or Ushuaia?
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 Ushuaia can help you decide which place is right for you.
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.
Ushuaia is a city on the Tierra del Fuego island of Argentina on the Beagle Strait. The city is considered to be one of the southernmost cities in the world and is often used as a base for cruises to Antarctica. Ushuaia's close proximity to Antarctica and their amazing hiking trails have made it a popular tourist destination over the past few decades.
Which city is cheaper, Ushuaia 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 $62, while the average daily cost in Ushuaia is $81. 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 Mar del Plata and Ushuaia in more detail.
Double occupancy rooms typically run around $44 in Mar del Plata For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.
An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $80 in Ushuaia For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.
In Mar del Plata travelers spend around $27 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.
On average, meal and food prices in Ushuaia cost around $15 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around $6.00.
Meals for one day
Mar del Plata $27
Typical Food prices in Ushuaia
Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Ushuaia:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Ushuaia
For Ushuaia, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Meeting with Beavers and Lagoon Tour with Dinner:
To get around in Mar del Plata, the average visitor spends $18 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.
Typical Local Transportation prices in Ushuaia
Some typical examples of transportation costs in Ushuaia are as follows:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Ushuaia
Also for Ushuaia, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Overnight Ushuaia - Airport transfers, Tierra del Fuego National Park and Lakes!:
Ushuaia Combo: Tierra del Fuego National Park & Round Trip Transfers to airport:
Private Transfer Airport-Port or Port-Airport (Ushuaia):
Private Transfer Airport-Hotel-Airport (Ushuaia):
Shared Round-Trip Airport Transfer:
Transfer Ushuaia Airport - Hotel in Ushuaia - Ushuaia Airport:
Transfer Ushuaia Airport - Hotel in Ushuaia - Ushuaia Airport:
Private Transfer Hotel-Bus Station or Bus Station-Hotel (Ushuaia):
Shared Transfer Airport-Hotel-Airport (Ushuaia):
Transfer Cerro Castor (Round Trip):
Ushuaia Airport Departure Transfer:
Ushuaia Airport Arrival Transfer:
Is it cheaper to fly into Mar del Plata or Ushuaia?
Prices for flights to both Ushuaia 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.
In Mar del Plata, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $16 per person, per day.
In Ushuaia, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $89 per person, per day.
Tours and Activities in Ushuaia
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Ushuaia.
2-Day Ushuaia Trekking and Rowing Small-Group Tour:
2-Days and 1 Night Experience Ushuaia with Airfare from Buenos Aires:
2-day tour: Tierra del Fuego National Park + Fagnano and Escondido Lakes:
2-day tour:Tierra del Fuego NP + Beagle Channel Navigation + Fagnano & Escondido:
3-Day Adventure Tour of Hiking, Canoeing and Sailing at the End of the World:
3-Days Unique Adventure at the End of the World - Ushuaia:
4 hours Tierra del Fuego National Park Tour with Chinese Guide:
4-Day Ushuaia Overland adventure - Lake Fagnano, Lake Escondido & San Pablo Cape:
4-Days Experience for Nature Lovers at Ushuaia:
4WD Off-Road Lakes Tierra del Fuego Adventure From Ushuaia:
5-Day Adventure Trip in Ushuaia:
5-Day Ushuaia Overland adventure - Lake Fagnano, San Pablo Cape & Beagle Channel:
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Mar del Plata, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $13.
Typical Alcohol prices in Ushuaia
Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Ushuaia are as follows:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Mar del Plata and Ushuaia, we can see that Ushuaia is more expensive. And not only is Mar del Plata much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Mar del Plata would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Mar del Plata 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 Ushuaia would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Ushuaia than you might in Mar del Plata.
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