A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Pretoria vs. Asuncion for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Pretoria or Asuncion?

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

Should I visit Pretoria or Asuncion? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city has activities that align with your interests along with knowing which is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the details and the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Where Should I go: Pretoria or Asuncion?


Located in Gauteng Province, Pretoria is the administrative capital city of South Africa, making it home to many government buildings and three universities. It is actually one of three capital cities, being home to the executive branch, with Cape Town as the legislative capital and Bloemfontein as the judicial capital. Within South Africa, Pretoria is also known as the "Jacaranda City" due to the thousands of jacaranda trees lining its streets, parks, and gardens.


Asuncion is a vastly underrated city. It is the capital but also the administrative economic and cultural center of Paraguay. It is located in the south central part of the country, near the border with Argentina and it is one of the oldest cities in South America, with people living here since almost 500 years. The city has a beautiful and simple center, with a few unique colonial and beaux arts buildings, international cuisine, shady plazas and friendly people. Its handful of historic buildings around the Plaza de los Heroes, Plaza Uruguaya and Manzana de la Ribera, two or three small museums, old bars and cafes, but also smart suburbs, ritzy shopping malls and fashionable nightclubs will keep you entertained for a day or two. It is a very charming city for travellers and apart from the sights, the city boasts a good tourist infrastructure with hotels and restaurants.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Eco Tours in South Africa, and The Best Sightseeing Tours in South Africa.

Which place is cheaper, Asuncion or Pretoria?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Pretoria is $49, while the average daily cost in Asuncion is $68. 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 Pretoria and Asuncion in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Pretoria $25
    Asuncion $22
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Pretoria $50
    Asuncion $44
Compare Hotels in Pretoria and Asuncion

Looking for a hotel in Pretoria or Asuncion? 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 Pretoria

Hotels in Asuncion

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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: Asuncion Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Pretoria $12
    Asuncion $8.82

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Pretoria

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

  • Sun City Private Transfer: $250

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Asuncion

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

  • Transfer in private minivan from Asuncion Airport (ASU) - Asuncion City: $29
  • Transfer in private minivan Asuncion City - Silvio Pettirosi Airport (ASU): $29
  • Transfer in private car from Asuncion City - Asuncion Airport (ASU): $20
  • Transfer in Private Car from Asuncion Airport (ASU) - Asuncion City: $21
  • RoundTrip Transfer in Private Minivan Asuncion Airport (ASU) - Asuncion City: $59
  • RoundTrip Private Transfer Asuncion Airport (ASU) - Asuncion City: $52

Is it cheaper to fly into Pretoria or Asuncion?

Prices for flights to both Asuncion and Pretoria 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 Meals for one day
    Pretoria $15
    Asuncion $17

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Pretoria

For Pretoria, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Pan African Cooking Class & Organic food experience: $196

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Pretoria $14
    Asuncion $16

Tours and Activities in Pretoria

For Pretoria, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Pilanesberg National Park Full Day Guided Tour( Safari Experience) : $179
  • Pretoria Tour - Voortrekker Monument, Union Buildings, Pretoria : $54
  • 2 Hours Bicycle Tour in Soweto(Johannesburg): $90
  • 4-Hours Pretoria Private History Tour : $82
  • Aerial Cableway Private Tour from Johannesburg : $81
  • Ann Van Dyk Cheetah Centre Half-Day Tour from Johannesburg: $196
  • Apartheid Museum Tour in Johannesburg from Pretoria, every FRIDAY afternoon: $50
  • Apartheid Museum Tour in Johannesburg, every FRIDAY afternoon: $51
  • Cheer on the Cheetah Run for Conservation Adventure: $161
  • Cradle of Humankind Caves Half Day Tour: $130
  • Cradle of Humankind Half Day Tour with Lunch : $86
  • Cullinan Diamond Mine Surface Guided Tour from Pretoria, every MONDAY: $60

Tours and Activities in Asuncion

For Asuncion, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Asunción Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $35
  • Asuncion Birding Tour: $70
  • Birding and Nature Chaco Tour: $140
  • Crystal Fall - day tour in a reduced group: $120
  • Day Tour “Cerrito”: $231
  • Day tour “Circuito San Bernardino”: $214
  • Day tour “Circuito Sapucai”: $221
  • Day tour “Pai Pukú”: $230
  • Day tour to “National Park Ybycuí”: $265
  • Full day Paraguay River Nature and Wildlife Boat Tour: $207
  • Golden Triangle Tour: $110
  • Half-Day Yparacai Lake Tour from Asuncion with Pick Up: $185

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Pretoria $31
    Asuncion $10

Typical Alcohol Prices in Asuncion

Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Asuncion are as follows:

  • Beer

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Pretoria and Asuncion, we can see that Asuncion is more expensive. And not only is Pretoria much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Pretoria is in Africa and Asuncion is in South America, this is one of the main reasons why the costs are so different, as different regions of the world tend to have overall different travel costs. So, traveling to Pretoria would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Pretoria 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 Asuncion would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Asuncion than you might in Pretoria.

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

Which is Bigger, Pretoria or Asuncion?

Pretoria has a larger population, and is about 9% larger than the population of Asuncion. When comparing the sizes of Pretoria and Asuncion, 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.