A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Piriapolis vs. Puerto Montt for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Piriapolis or Puerto Montt?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Piriapolis or Puerto Montt, this travel comparison, which includes costs, can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison down below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Where Should I go: Piriapolis or Puerto Montt?

Piriapolis

Piriapolis is a small beach town between Montevideo and Punta del Este in Uruguay. It is a more laid back version of Punta del Este with fewer fancy restaurants and clubs but it has perhaps more charm, with its grand old hotel and beachfront promenade backed by small mountains. The rather old-school coastal resort is vaguely reminiscent of a Mediterranean beach town.

Puerto Montt

The Lake District is a region of snow capped volcanoes, pale green lakes and endless miles of virgin and ancient forests. Found 1,016 km away from Santiago de Chile, Puerto Montt is famous for its beautiful lakes and its germanic architecture, old wooden houses and its legendary Iglesia Catedral, found on the town's main square, la Plaza de Armas. The monument, entirely built with alerce (cypress) wood, is the oldest building of the city. The capital of the Lake Region is a good starting point for many memorable excursions in the area.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Adventure Tours to Uruguay, The Best Cultural Tours in Uruguay, The Best Vineyard & Wine Tours in Chile, and The Best Food and Culinary Tours in Chile.


Which place is cheaper, Puerto Montt or Piriapolis?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Piriapolis is $67, while the average daily cost in Puerto Montt is $89. 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 Piriapolis and Puerto Montt in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Piriapolis $27
    Puerto Montt $61
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Piriapolis $54
    Puerto Montt $122
Compare Hotels in Piriapolis and Puerto Montt

Looking for a hotel in Piriapolis or Puerto Montt? 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 Piriapolis


Hotels in Puerto Montt


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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: Piriapolis Hotel Prices and Puerto Montt Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Piriapolis $31
    Puerto Montt $6.43

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Puerto Montt

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Puerto Montt:

  • 4 Days Tour Los Lagos Region with Transfer Chiloe and Peulla: $177
  • Cruce Andino Office Private Transfer from Puerto Montt: $44
  • Private Transfer from Puerto Airport (PMC) to Puerto Montt Port: $31
  • Private Transfer from Puerto Montt Port to Puerto Airport (PMC): $27
  • Private Transfer from Puerto Montt Port to Puerto Airport (PMC): $31
  • Puerto Airport (PMC) to Frutillar - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $42
  • Puerto Montt Airport (PMC) to Frutillar: Roundtrip Transfer: $46
  • Puerto Montt Airport (PMC) to Puerto Varas - Round-Trip Transfer: $66
  • Puerto Montt Airport (PMC) to Puerto Varas City- Arrival Transfer: $33
  • Puerto Montt Airport Arrival Transfer to Hotel in Puerto Varas: $24
  • Puerto Montt Airport to Puerto Varas - RoundTrip Private Transfer: $42
  • Puerto Montt Airport(PMC) to Frutillar - Arrival Private Transfer: $23

Is it cheaper to fly into Piriapolis or Puerto Montt?

Prices for flights to both Puerto Montt and Piriapolis 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
    Piriapolis $23
    Puerto Montt $21

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Piriapolis $5.89
    Puerto Montt $14

Tours and Activities in Puerto Montt

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

  • Frutillar Tour: $31
  • Half day Llanquihue and Frutillar City tour : $44
  • Private Tour: Puerto Montt Sightseeing: $47
  • Frutillar & Llanquihue Tour from Puerto Montt: $56
  • Osorno Volcano and Petrohué Falls Guided Tour: $62
  • Osorno Volcano Tour+Petrohue Falls / Cruises / Spanish: $68
  • Alerce Andino National Park/Alerce Millenario/Cruises: $77
  • Excursion City tour Puerto Varas / Llanquihue and Frutillar: $77
  • Private. City Tour Puerto Montt and Puerto Varas: $92
  • Austral / Hornopiren Road Tour: $102
  • Frutillar & Llanquihue Private Tour from Puerto Montt: $128
  • 6 Hours Shared Tour in Calbuco and Millennial Forest : $130

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Piriapolis $8.11
    Puerto Montt $4.49


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Piriapolis and Puerto Montt, we can see that Puerto Montt is more expensive. And not only is Piriapolis much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Piriapolis would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Piriapolis 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 Puerto Montt would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Puerto Montt than you might in Piriapolis.

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


Which is Bigger, Piriapolis or Puerto Montt?

Puerto Montt has a larger population, and is about 20 times larger than the population of Piriapolis. When comparing the sizes of Piriapolis and Puerto Montt, 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 Piriapolis or Puerto Montt?

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 Piriapolis or Puerto Montt in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Piriapolis and Puerto Montt.

In January, Piriapolis is generally a little warmer than Puerto Montt. Daily temperatures in Piriapolis average around 23°C (73°F), and Puerto Montt fluctuates around 16°C (60°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Puerto Montt this time of the year. In Piriapolis, it's very sunny this time of the year. Piriapolis usually receives more sunshine than Puerto Montt during summer. Piriapolis gets 296 hours of sunny skies, while Puerto Montt receives 204 hours of full sun in the summer.

In January, Piriapolis usually receives less rain than Puerto Montt. Piriapolis gets 75 mm (3 in) of rain, while Puerto Montt receives 90 mm (3.5 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures January
    Piriapolis 23°C (73°F) 
    Puerto Montt 16°C (60°F)

Should I visit Piriapolis or Puerto Montt in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Piriapolis as well as Puerto Montt.

Piriapolis is much warmer than Puerto Montt in the autumn. The daily temperature in Piriapolis averages around 17°C (63°F) in April, and Puerto Montt fluctuates around 11°C (51°F).

In the autumn, Piriapolis often gets more sunshine than Puerto Montt. Piriapolis gets 171 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Puerto Montt receives 104 hours of full sun.

It's quite rainy in Puerto Montt. Piriapolis usually gets less rain in April than Puerto Montt. Piriapolis gets 84 mm (3.3 in) of rain, while Puerto Montt receives 143 mm (5.6 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures April
    Piriapolis 17°C (63°F) 
    Puerto Montt 11°C (51°F)

Should I visit Piriapolis or Puerto Montt in the Winter?

Both Puerto Montt and Piriapolis are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities.

In the winter, Piriapolis is a little warmer than Puerto Montt. Typically, the winter temperatures in Piriapolis in July average around 10°C (50°F), and Puerto Montt averages at about 7°C (45°F).

Piriapolis usually receives more sunshine than Puerto Montt during winter. Piriapolis gets 135 hours of sunny skies, while Puerto Montt receives 67 hours of full sun in the winter.

It rains a lot this time of the year in Puerto Montt. In July, Piriapolis usually receives less rain than Puerto Montt. Piriapolis gets 90 mm (3.5 in) of rain, while Puerto Montt receives 229 mm (9 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures July
    Piriapolis 10°C (50°F) 
    Puerto Montt 7°C (45°F)

Should I visit Piriapolis or Puerto Montt in the Spring?

Both Puerto Montt and Piriapolis during the spring are popular places to visit.

In October, Piriapolis is generally much warmer than Puerto Montt. Daily temperatures in Piriapolis average around 16°C (61°F), and Puerto Montt fluctuates around 11°C (51°F).

It's quite sunny in Piriapolis. In the spring, Piriapolis often gets more sunshine than Puerto Montt. Piriapolis gets 248 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Puerto Montt receives 151 hours of full sun.

Puerto Montt gets a good bit of rain this time of year. Piriapolis usually gets less rain in October than Puerto Montt. Piriapolis gets 85 mm (3.3 in) of rain, while Puerto Montt receives 121 mm (4.8 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures October
    Piriapolis 16°C (61°F) 
    Puerto Montt 11°C (51°F)

Typical Weather for Puerto Montt and Piriapolis

Piriapolis Puerto Montt
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 23°C (73°F) 75 mm (3 in) 16°C (60°F) 90 mm (3.5 in)
Feb 22°C (72°F) 85 mm (3.3 in) 15°C (59°F) 93 mm (3.7 in)
Mar 20°C (68°F) 79 mm (3.1 in) 13°C (55°F) 99 mm (3.9 in)
Apr 17°C (63°F) 84 mm (3.3 in) 11°C (51°F) 143 mm (5.6 in)
May 14°C (57°F) 91 mm (3.6 in) 9°C (49°F) 234 mm (9.2 in)
Jun 11°C (52°F) 90 mm (3.5 in) 8°C (46°F) 224 mm (8.8 in)
Jul 10°C (50°F) 90 mm (3.5 in) 7°C (45°F) 229 mm (9 in)
Aug 11°C (52°F) 94 mm (3.7 in) 8°C (46°F) 209 mm (8.2 in)
Sep 13°C (55°F) 93 mm (3.7 in) 9°C (47°F) 146 mm (5.7 in)
Oct 16°C (61°F) 85 mm (3.3 in) 11°C (51°F) 121 mm (4.8 in)
Nov 19°C (66°F) 87 mm (3.4 in) 12°C (54°F) 110 mm (4.3 in)
Dec 21°C (70°F) 67 mm (2.6 in) 14°C (58°F) 103 mm (4.1 in)