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

Should you visit Piriapolis or Salvador?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Piriapolis or Salvador, 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 Salvador?

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.

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.

Which place is cheaper, Salvador or Piriapolis?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Piriapolis is $66, while the average daily cost in Salvador is $45. 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 Salvador in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Piriapolis $27
    Salvador $25
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Piriapolis $54
    Salvador $50
Compare Hotels in Piriapolis and Salvador

Looking for a hotel in Piriapolis 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 Piriapolis


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: Piriapolis Hotel Prices and Salvador Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Piriapolis $31
    Salvador $6.17

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Salvador

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


  • Bus from Airport
    $1.20

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Salvador

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Salvador:

  • Airport Transfer - Sauípe Resorts 05 to 10 people by Salvador Receptivo: $95
  • Airport Transfer - Sauipe Resorts 1 to 4 people by Salvador Receptivo: $65
  • Airport Transfer x Salvador Hotel - Sedan 1 to 4 people: $30
  • Airport Transfer-Grand Palladium Imbassai 1 to 4 people by Salvador Receptivo: $65
  • Airport Transfer-Grand Palladium Imbassai 5 to 10 people by Salvador Receptivo: $95
  • Arrival or Departure Shared Transfer from Airport to hotels in Salvador: $17
  • Costa de Sauipe Transfer - Private Executive Van: $165
  • Executive Transfer - Salvador International Airport to Hotels or Residencia: $33
  • Hotel Vila Galé Mares - Transfers In / Out: $82
  • Iberostar Bahia, Roundtrip Transfers: $91
  • Iberostar Praia do Forte, In/Out transfers: $103
  • One-Way Private Transfer to Boipeba Island: $120

Is it cheaper to fly into Piriapolis or Salvador?

Prices for flights to both Salvador 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
    Salvador $13

Typical Food Prices in Salvador

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


  • Dinner for 2
    $1.40

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Salvador

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

  • Bahia Noite - Folkloric Show and Dinner, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil: $68
  • 7-Recipe Boozy Cooking Class in Salvador: $75
  • Salvador by Night: Cultural Dinner and Show: $105
  • Folk Show - Bahia Night (Dinner Included) by Salvador Receptivo: $110
  • Private Bahian Cooking Class - An Amazing Experience!: $113
  • Bahia By Night: Dinner and Folkloric show: $114
  • Cultural Folkloric Show and Dinner in Salvador: $130
  • Private Cooking Experience with local in Salvador: $130
  • Baiana Cooking Class with Market Visit & Lunch: $157

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Piriapolis $5.82
    Salvador $5.82

Tours and Activities in Salvador

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

  • Salvador, Pelourinho: Scavenger Hunt and Self-Guided Tour: $7.95
  • Salvador, Vitória & Barra: Scavenger Hunt Self-Guided Tour: $7.95
  • Salvador Sights Self Guided Tour (Vitória and Barra): $8.12
  • Walking tour historic Pelourinho: $13
  • Panoramic City Tour - Half Day in Salvador: $19
  • Historic City Tour - Half Day in Salvador: $19
  • Full Day Tour to Frades Islands + Itaparica: $23
  • Regular Tour to Forte Beach - Leaving Salvador by Bahia Top Turismo: $25
  • Salvador Panoramic City Tour: $25
  • Salvador Historical City Center Tour: $25
  • Bahia 500 Years Historic Tour, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil: $25
  • Historic City Tour in Salvador: $25

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Piriapolis $8.01
    Salvador $5.52

Typical Alcohol Prices in Salvador

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


  • Beers for 2
    $1.40
  • Drinks
    $2.81

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: $72


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Piriapolis and Salvador, we can see that Piriapolis 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 Piriapolis would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Piriapolis 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 Piriapolis Expensive? and Is Salvador Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Piriapolis or Salvador?

Salvador has a larger population, and is about 340 times larger than the population of Piriapolis. When comparing the sizes of Piriapolis 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 Piriapolis or Salvador?

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 Salvador in the Summer?

Both Salvador and Piriapolis are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities.

Piriapolis is cooler than Salvador in the summer. The daily temperature in Piriapolis averages around 23°C (73°F) in January, and Salvador fluctuates around 27°C (81°F).

It's quite sunny in Salvador. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Piriapolis. Piriapolis usually receives more sunshine than Salvador during summer. Piriapolis gets 296 hours of sunny skies, while Salvador receives 246 hours of full sun in the summer.

It rains a lot this time of the year in Salvador. In January, Piriapolis usually receives less rain than Salvador. Piriapolis gets 75 mm (3 in) of rain, while Salvador receives 138 mm (5.4 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures January
    Piriapolis 23°C (73°F) 
    Salvador 27°C (81°F)

Should I visit Piriapolis or Salvador in the Autumn?

Both Salvador and Piriapolis during the autumn are popular places to visit.

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

In the autumn, Piriapolis often gets less sunshine than Salvador. Piriapolis gets 171 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Salvador receives 190 hours of full sun.

Salvador gets a good bit of rain this time of year. Piriapolis usually gets less rain in April than Salvador. Piriapolis gets 84 mm (3.3 in) of rain, while Salvador receives 310 mm (12.2 in) of rain this time of the year.


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

Should I visit Piriapolis or Salvador in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Piriapolis and Salvador.

In July, Piriapolis is generally much colder than Salvador. Daily temperatures in Piriapolis average around 10°C (50°F), and Salvador fluctuates around 24°C (75°F).

Piriapolis usually receives less sunshine than Salvador during winter. Piriapolis gets 135 hours of sunny skies, while Salvador receives 181 hours of full sun in the winter.

Salvador receives a lot of rain in the winter. In July, Piriapolis usually receives less rain than Salvador. Piriapolis gets 90 mm (3.5 in) of rain, while Salvador receives 175 mm (6.9 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures July
    Piriapolis 10°C (50°F) 
    Salvador 24°C (75°F)

Should I visit Piriapolis or Salvador in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Piriapolis as well as Salvador.

Piriapolis is much colder than Salvador in the spring. The daily temperature in Piriapolis averages around 16°C (61°F) in October, and Salvador fluctuates around 26°C (78°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Salvador. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Piriapolis this time of the year. In the spring, Piriapolis often gets more sunshine than Salvador. Piriapolis gets 248 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Salvador receives 228 hours of full sun.

It's quite rainy in Salvador. Piriapolis usually gets less rain in October than Salvador. Piriapolis gets 85 mm (3.3 in) of rain, while Salvador receives 115 mm (4.5 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures October
    Piriapolis 16°C (61°F) 
    Salvador 26°C (78°F)

Typical Weather for Salvador and Piriapolis

Piriapolis Salvador
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 23°C (73°F) 75 mm (3 in) 27°C (81°F) 138 mm (5.4 in)
Feb 22°C (72°F) 85 mm (3.3 in) 27°C (81°F) 142 mm (5.6 in)
Mar 20°C (68°F) 79 mm (3.1 in) 27°C (81°F) 152 mm (6 in)
Apr 17°C (63°F) 84 mm (3.3 in) 26°C (80°F) 310 mm (12.2 in)
May 14°C (57°F) 91 mm (3.6 in) 26°C (78°F) 360 mm (14.2 in)
Jun 11°C (52°F) 90 mm (3.5 in) 25°C (76°F) 244 mm (9.6 in)
Jul 10°C (50°F) 90 mm (3.5 in) 24°C (75°F) 175 mm (6.9 in)
Aug 11°C (52°F) 94 mm (3.7 in) 24°C (75°F) 127 mm (5 in)
Sep 13°C (55°F) 93 mm (3.7 in) 25°C (77°F) 102 mm (4 in)
Oct 16°C (61°F) 85 mm (3.3 in) 26°C (78°F) 115 mm (4.5 in)
Nov 19°C (66°F) 87 mm (3.4 in) 26°C (79°F) 137 mm (5.4 in)
Dec 21°C (70°F) 67 mm (2.6 in) 26°C (80°F) 143 mm (5.6 in)