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

Should you visit Puerto Iguazu or Brasilia?

Should I visit Puerto Iguazu or Brasilia? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Puerto Iguazu

Puerto Iguazu is located in the northeastern part of Argentina at the border with Paraguay and Brazil. It is a tourist city and travel destination because of its close proximity to Iguazu Falls, which is only 18 kilometers away. Much of the city's infrastructure has grown to maintain the tourist crowds that come to see the falls. The town itself has a population of slightly over 80,000.

Brasilia

The capital city of Brazil, Brasilia is a uniquely-planned city that was constructed in four years from 1956-1960 in the shape of a large bird or airplane. Renowned for its modern architecture, the city listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and attracts architecture aficionados worldwide. For more information about this, check out this guide to architecture in Brasilia.

Which city is cheaper, Brasilia or Puerto Iguazu?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Puerto Iguazu is $48, while the average daily cost in Brasilia is $69. 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 Puerto Iguazu and Brasilia in more detail.



Accommodation

An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $38 in Puerto Iguazu For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.

Brasilia's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is $58. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is $29.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Puerto Iguazu $19
    Brasilia $29
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Puerto Iguazu $38
    Brasilia $58

Local Transportation

To get around in Puerto Iguazu, the average visitor spends $15 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $18 per day to get around in Brasilia.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Puerto Iguazu $15
    Brasilia $18

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Puerto Iguazu

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

  • Iguazu Airport Private Transfer: $63
  • Iguazu Falls Pass: Transfers in/out + Visit to Iguazu Falls Argentininan Side: $110
  • Iguazu Falls: Day Tour including transfers and guided tour: $245
  • Iguazu: Transfer from Argentina Side: $95
  • Puerto Iguazu Airport Shuttle Transfer: $30
  • One-Way or Round Trip Airport Transfer: $4.98

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Brasilia

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Brasilia:

  • Private Transfer: International Airport of Brasilia (BSB) to Brasilia: $68
  • Private Transfer: Brasilia to International Airport of Brasilia (BSB): $68
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Brasilia to Brasilia International Airport (BSB): $37
  • Private Airport Transfer: Brasilia International Airport (BSB) to Brasilia: $37

Is it cheaper to fly into Puerto Iguazu or Brasilia?

Prices for flights to both Brasilia and Puerto Iguazu 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

The average traveler spends about $18 per day in Puerto Iguazu for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.

The price of a meal in Brasilia can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $27 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $11 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Puerto Iguazu $18
    Brasilia $27

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Puerto Iguazu

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

  • El Quincho Del Tio Querido - Dinner And Show: $27
  • Foz do Iguaçu Folkloric Show with Dinner from Puerto Iguazú: $30
  • Skip the Line: Dinner Tango Show in Iguazu Falls Ticket: $59
  • Folkloric Show with Dinner at Rafain Churrascaria: $63
  • Rafain Steakhouse Show - Dinner and Show Included: $69
  • Dinner Tango Show in Iguazú Falls: $85
  • Creative Cooking Class and Dinner with Wine in Iguazu: $87
  • Tio Querido Dinner and Folk Show in Puerto Iguazú: $90
  • Skip the Line: Dinner Samba Show Ticket in Rafain (brazilian side): $99
  • Full day Iguazu Falls Argentinian side + Tango Show (no dinner): $110
  • Full day Iguazu Falls Argentinian Side + Dinner Tango Show: $125
  • Visit to Iguazu Falls Brazilian Side + Dinner Samba Show in Rafain: $134

Entertainment

In Puerto Iguazu, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $16 per person, per day.

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $16 per person, per day in Brasilia. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Puerto Iguazu $16
    Brasilia $16

Tours and Activities in Puerto Iguazu

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

  • Iguazú Biocenter Tour: $10
  • Guira Oga Wild Animals Shelter Admission Ticket: $10
  • Ciudad del Este Shopping Tour: $17
  • Brazilian Side of Iguassu Falls Half-Day Sightseeing Tour from Puerto Iguazú: $20
  • From Foz do Iguaçu: Ciudad del Este Shopping Tour: $20
  • Visit to San Ignacio Ruins and Wanda Mines Full day Tour: $21
  • Sightseeing Tour of the Argentinian and Brazilian Sides of Iguassu Falls: $23
  • Iguazu Falls Argentinian Side Full Day Tour with optional Boat Ride: $24
  • Iguazu Falls Brazilian Side Half Day Trip with Itaipu Dam Tour Option: $24
  • Parque Das Aves from Puerto Iguazu with optional Iguazú Falls Tour: $26
  • Brazilian Side of Iguassu Falls and Itaipu Dam Full-Day Sightseeing Tour from Puerto Iguazú: $29
  • Iguazu Falls Full Day Tour Argentine Side: $32

Tours and Activities in Brasilia

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

  • Half Day Cultural Tour: $138
  • Half Day city Tour: $138
  • City Tour Brasilia Noturna: $91

Alcohol

Typically, people visiting Puerto Iguazu spend on average $7.52 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Brasilia may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $12 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Puerto Iguazu $7.52
    Brasilia $12


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

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