Should you visit Montevideo or Banos?
Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Montevideo and Banos can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.
As the morning sun tinges the calm waters of the Rio de la Plata with a golden hue, the Rambla and its city awakens to life with new adventures for those near and far. From tanning on the luxurious beaches to peering into Uruguayan history at local museums, one can be far from bored while staying in Montevideo. Combining the quaintness of the countryside with the excitement of urban life, this city holds a unique trait that cannot easily be replicated.
Banos (de Agua Santa) is a small city in the Andean highlands of Ecuador under volcano Tungurahua. Its name, which is Spanish for "Baths (of sacred water)," comes from the famous hydrothermal springs in the area. It's equally popular with foreigners as with Ecuadorians, and is known as the adventure capital of Ecuador. The streets are lined with hotels, restaurants, souvenir shops, and tour agencies. Although it is very touristy, lots of people love it, more for the activities and surroundings than for the city itself. It is an important hub for outdoor sports and jungle tours.
Which city is cheaper, Banos or Montevideo?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Montevideo is $48, while the average daily cost in Banos is $37. 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 Montevideo and Banos in more detail.
Travelers usually pay around $60 for a double occupancy room in Montevideo If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.
Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about $24 for a double occupancy room in Banos.
Montevideo's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend $5.57 per person, per day on transportation in Montevideo.
The average price of local transportation around Banos is $8.27 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Montevideo
Also for Montevideo, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Airport-Hotel or Hotel-Airport Transfers:
Best Private Arrival or Departure Airport Transfer in Montevideo:
Departure Private Transfer Montevideo to Montevideo Airport MVD in Business Car:
Departure Private Transfer Montevideo to Montevideo Airport MVD in Sedan Car:
Departure Private Transfer Montevideo to Montevideo Airport MVD in a Minibus:
Jose Ignacio: Private Transfer to Montevideo:
Montevideo Airport Transfers:
Private 1-Way or Round Trip MVD Airport Transfer:
Shared 1-Way or Round Trip MVD Airport Transfer:
Transfer to Punta del Este or Jose Ignacio:
PACK 1: Transfer in - Tour Montevideo - Transfer out:
PACK 2: Transfer in - Tour Montevideo - Punta del Este - Transfer out:
Is it cheaper to fly into Montevideo or Banos?
Prices for flights to both Banos and Montevideo 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 in Montevideo costs travelers about $10 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.
Food in Banos costs travelers about $12 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.
Meals for one day
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Montevideo
For Montevideo, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
The best Montevideo Dinner Show. Tango and Candombe.:
El Milongon Dinner & Show: Candombe, Tango & Folklore in Montevideo:
Typical Food prices in Banos
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Banos:
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Montevideo can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $16 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
Banos's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $15 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.
Tours and Activities in Montevideo
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Montevideo.
Ramble through Montevideo's culture and history with this audio walking tour:
Palacio Salvo Official Ticket with Guided Tour:
Skip the Line: Museo Andes 1972 Crash Memorial Admission Ticket:
Half-Day Shared City Tour of Montevideo AM:
Tour Montevideo Panoramico:
Walking Tour Parque Rodo: Idiosyncrasy and art of Uruguay:
City Tour Montevideo:
City Tour Montevideo:
Montevideo Tourist Bus:
Full-Day City Tour of Punta del Este from Montevideo:
The Best Montevideo City Tour:
3-Hour Bike Tour:
Typical Entertainment prices in Banos
Here are a few typical costs in Banos for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:
Tours and Activities in Banos
Here are a few actual costs in Banos for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
Adventure in Baños 3 Days 2 Nights:
Baños's Top Attractions Pass (Save 10% on tickets):
Chimborazo Volcano from Baños private day Tour:
Fishing Tour & Local Life in Baños:
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Banos may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $7.79 per day on alcoholic beverages.
Sample the Local Flavors in Montevideo
Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Montevideo:
Wine Tasting Tour - from Montevideo:
Private Winery Tour + Wine Tasting (Minimum 4 people):
Montevideo and Wine Tasting Tour - for cruise passengers:
Wine tasting - Uruguayan Tannat in Montevideo:
Private Visit to Uruguayan Winery + Lunch + Wine tasting (minimum 5 people):
Juanico Wine Tour Lunch:
Pack 5: Tour Montevideo, Punta del Este & Wine Tasting Tour:
Guided Private Wine Tour with Tasting and Lunch:
Wine Tasting & Countryside Lunch Experience:
Full-Day Wine Tasting and Vineyard Tour:
Private Wine Tours by Wine Explorers Uruguay:
Private Montevideo Wine Tour & Flight Tour:
Typical Alcohol prices in Banos
Here are a few samples of the prices for alcohol and nightlife in Banos from other travelers:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Montevideo and Banos, we can see that Montevideo is more expensive. And not only is Banos much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Banos would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Banos 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 Montevideo would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Montevideo than you might in Banos.
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