A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Montevideo vs. Salvador for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Montevideo or Salvador?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Montevideo and Salvador 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: Montevideo or Salvador?

Montevideo

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.

Salvador

Salvador de Bahia was the first capital of Brazil, founded by the Portuguese in 1549. Also known as "Brazil's capital of happiness," Salvador is famous for its plentiful and spirited street festivals. The third most populous city in Brazil, Salvador is also well-known for its Afro-Brazilian culture and Portuguese colonial architecture.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Cultural Tours in Uruguay, The Best Adventure Tours to Uruguay, The Best Contiki Tours to Brazil, and The Best G Adventures Tours to Brazil.


Which place is cheaper, Salvador or Montevideo?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Montevideo is $62, while the average daily cost in Salvador is $42. 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 Montevideo and Salvador in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Montevideo $39
    Salvador $23
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Montevideo $78
    Salvador $46
Compare Hotels in Montevideo and Salvador

Looking for a hotel in Montevideo or Salvador? 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 Montevideo


Hotels in Salvador


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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: Montevideo Hotel Prices and Salvador Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Montevideo $7.22
    Salvador $5.73

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Montevideo

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

  • 1 - way - Transfer from Carrasco Interational Airport to Montevideo: $51
  • Airport-Hotel or Hotel-Airport Transfers: $36
  • Carrasco Airport MVD to Montevideo Hotels Round Trip Transfer: $99
  • Carrasco International Airport (MVD) to Montevideo hotels - Round-Trip Transfer: $99
  • Private 1-Way or Round Trip MVD Airport Transfer: $45
  • Shared 1-Way or Round Trip MVD Airport Transfer: $35
  • Private Transfer - Carrasco Airport (MVD) to Punta Del Este Port: $85
  • Private Transfer from Carrasco Airport (MVD) to Montevideo Port: $30
  • Private Transfer from Carrasco Airport MVD to Punta Del Este Port: $72
  • Private Transfer from Montevideo Cruise Port to Montevideo city: $30
  • Private Transfer from or to Carrasco Airport in Montevideo: $120
  • TRANSFER FROM OR TO THE AIRPORT (4 to 12 paxs): $80

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Salvador

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


  • Bus from Airport
    $1.12

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Salvador

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Salvador:

  • Transfer Salvador to Barra Grande Round Trip: $300
  • Transfers between Salvador and Barra Grande Maraú: $271
  • Private Transfer to/from Salvador Airport to/from Praia do Forte: $140
  • Costa de Sauipe Transfer - Private Executive Van: $134
  • Transfer in Salvador: $133
  • Private Transfer to/from Sauipe Resort By Minivan one way: $130
  • Private Transfer from Salvador Airport: $130
  • Transfer Grand Palladium - Private Executive Van: $130
  • Transfer: Salvador to/from Boipeba Island: $122
  • One-Way Private Transfer to Boipeba Island: $120
  • Private Transfer from/to Salvador Airport From/to Grand Palladium Imbassai: $115
  • Transfer Vila Galé Mares (Guarajuba) - Executive Van - Private: $114

Is it cheaper to fly into Montevideo or Salvador?

Prices for flights to both Salvador 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
  • Food Meals for one day
    Montevideo $13
    Salvador $12

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.: $85
  • El Milongon Dinner & Show: Candombe, Tango and Folklore: $98
  • El Milongon Dinner Show: $112

Typical Food Prices in Salvador

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Salvador:


  • Dinner for 2
    $1.30

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Salvador

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

  • 9-Recipe Boozy Cooking Class with Market Visit: $85
  • 9-Recipe Boozy Cooking Class in Salvador: $85
  • Folk Show - Bahia Night (Dinner Included) by Salvador Receptivo: $110
  • Private Bahian Cooking Class - An Amazing Experience!: $113
  • Culinary Afro-Brazilian Delights & Churrascaria dinner.: $122
  • Salvador by Night: Cultural Dinner and Show: $126
  • Private Cooking Experience with local in Salvador: $130
  • CITY ESCAPE: Relax on night in Paradies with Breakfast & Dinner: $137
  • Cultural Folkloric Show and Dinner in Salvador: $140
  • Baiana Cooking Class with Market Visit & Lunch: $145
  • Bahia By Night: Dinner and Folkloric show: $195

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Montevideo $20
    Salvador $5.40

Tours and Activities in Montevideo

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

  • Montevideo's Culture and History: A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $5.20
  • Museo Andes 1972 / Crash Memorial Admission Ticket: $8.00
  • Palacio Salvo Official Ticket with Guided Tour: $13
  • Walking tour of Montevideo with a true local guide.: $24
  • Half-day Regular City Tour at Montevideo : $25
  • Half-Day Sightseeing Tour: $25
  • Tourist Bus "Discover Montevideo": $25
  • Montevideo City Tour for Cruisers - AudioGuided: $26
  • City tour Montevideo: $27
  • Montevideo : Must-See Sites Walking Tour With A Guide: $30
  • Shared Montevideo Tour for Cruisers: $30
  • Old City Walking Tour with Private Photographer: $30

Tours and Activities in Salvador

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

  • Afro-Brazilian Roots city Tour in Salvador with lunch at Favela: $150
  • "Memories of Salvador" a 6 hour city tour thru times : $130
  • 3-Hour Private Tour of Salvador Capital Afro-Brazilian: $60
  • Afro-Brazilian Roots Private City Tour in Salvador": $97
  • Bahia 500 Years Historic Tour, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil: $25
  • Beach Daytour to Praia do Forte, get to know the Coconut Coast: $119
  • Bike Rentals and Bike Tours: $142
  • Cachoeira Countryside Flavor Private Tour from Salvador: $160
  • Candomblé Cerimony Tour: $58
  • Candomble Religion Mysteries Private Tour in Salvador: $80
  • City Tour in Salvador Discover the first capital of Brazil: $134
  • Coconut Beach Costal day tour with Lunch at the Jaquipe River: $173

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Montevideo -
    Salvador $5.12

Sample the Local Flavors in Montevideo

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

  • Half Day Tour at Pizzorno Winery with Lunch and Wine Tasting: $119
  • Juanico Wine Tour Lunch: $132
  • The best wine tour: $140
  • Wine tour - Lunch & Tasting with Wine Explorers: $198
  • Wine Tasting & Countryside Lunch Experience: $215

Typical Alcohol Prices in Salvador

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Salvador:


  • Beers for 2
    $1.30
  • Drinks
    $2.60

Sample the Local Flavors in Salvador

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

  • Tropical Night Samba Drinks Pub crawl in Salvador: $103


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Montevideo and Salvador, we can see that Montevideo is more expensive. And not only is Salvador much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Salvador would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Salvador 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 Salvador.

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


Which is Bigger, Montevideo or Salvador?

Salvador has a larger population, and is about 2 times larger than the population of Montevideo. When comparing the sizes of Montevideo and Salvador, 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 Montevideo or Salvador?

Both places have a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. As both cities are in the southern hemisphere, summer is in January and winter is in July.

Should I visit Montevideo or Salvador in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Montevideo as well as Salvador.

Montevideo is cooler than Salvador in the summer. The daily temperature in Montevideo averages around 24°C (75°F) in January, and Salvador fluctuates around 27°C (81°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Salvador. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Montevideo this time of the year. In the summer, Montevideo often gets more sunshine than Salvador. Montevideo gets 296 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Salvador receives 246 hours of full sun.

It's quite rainy in Salvador. Montevideo usually gets less rain in January than Salvador. Montevideo gets 90 mm (3.5 in) of rain, while Salvador receives 138 mm (5.4 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures January
    Montevideo 24°C (75°F) 
    Salvador 27°C (81°F)

Should I visit Montevideo or Salvador in the Autumn?

Both Salvador and Montevideo are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities.

In the autumn, Montevideo is much colder than Salvador. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Montevideo in April average around 17°C (63°F), and Salvador averages at about 26°C (80°F).

Montevideo usually receives less sunshine than Salvador during autumn. Montevideo gets 171 hours of sunny skies, while Salvador receives 190 hours of full sun in the autumn.

It rains a lot this time of the year in Salvador. It's quite rainy in Montevideo. In April, Montevideo usually receives less rain than Salvador. Montevideo gets 100 mm (3.9 in) of rain, while Salvador receives 310 mm (12.2 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures April
    Montevideo 17°C (63°F) 
    Salvador 26°C (80°F)

Should I visit Montevideo or Salvador in the Winter?

Both Salvador and Montevideo during the winter are popular places to visit.

In July, Montevideo is generally much colder than Salvador. Daily temperatures in Montevideo average around 11°C (52°F), and Salvador fluctuates around 24°C (75°F).

In the winter, Montevideo often gets less sunshine than Salvador. Montevideo gets 135 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Salvador receives 181 hours of full sun.

Salvador gets a good bit of rain this time of year. Montevideo usually gets less rain in July than Salvador. Montevideo gets 70 mm (2.8 in) of rain, while Salvador receives 175 mm (6.9 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures July
    Montevideo 11°C (52°F) 
    Salvador 24°C (75°F)

Should I visit Montevideo or Salvador in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Montevideo and Salvador.

Montevideo is much colder than Salvador in the spring. The daily temperature in Montevideo averages around 17°C (63°F) in October, and Salvador fluctuates around 26°C (78°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Salvador this time of the year. In Montevideo, it's very sunny this time of the year. Montevideo usually receives more sunshine than Salvador during spring. Montevideo gets 248 hours of sunny skies, while Salvador receives 228 hours of full sun in the spring.

Salvador receives a lot of rain in the spring. Montevideo gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In October, Montevideo usually receives less rain than Salvador. Montevideo gets 100 mm (3.9 in) of rain, while Salvador receives 115 mm (4.5 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures October
    Montevideo 17°C (63°F) 
    Salvador 26°C (78°F)

Typical Weather for Salvador and Montevideo

Montevideo Salvador
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 24°C (75°F) 90 mm (3.5 in) 27°C (81°F) 138 mm (5.4 in)
Feb 23°C (73°F) 80 mm (3.1 in) 27°C (81°F) 142 mm (5.6 in)
Mar 21°C (70°F) 110 mm (4.3 in) 27°C (81°F) 152 mm (6 in)
Apr 17°C (63°F) 100 mm (3.9 in) 26°C (80°F) 310 mm (12.2 in)
May 14°C (57°F) 80 mm (3.1 in) 26°C (78°F) 360 mm (14.2 in)
Jun 11°C (52°F) 60 mm (2.4 in) 25°C (76°F) 244 mm (9.6 in)
Jul 11°C (52°F) 70 mm (2.8 in) 24°C (75°F) 175 mm (6.9 in)
Aug 12°C (54°F) 70 mm (2.8 in) 24°C (75°F) 127 mm (5 in)
Sep 14°C (57°F) 70 mm (2.8 in) 25°C (77°F) 102 mm (4 in)
Oct 17°C (63°F) 100 mm (3.9 in) 26°C (78°F) 115 mm (4.5 in)
Nov 19°C (66°F) 90 mm (3.5 in) 26°C (79°F) 137 mm (5.4 in)
Dec 22°C (72°F) 100 mm (3.9 in) 26°C (80°F) 143 mm (5.6 in)