A Travel Price Comparison for Chile Puerto Montt vs. Pucon for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Puerto Montt or Pucon?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Puerto Montt and Pucon 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: Puerto Montt or Pucon?

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.

Pucon

A popular hub for adventure tourism, Pucon is a town in the Lake District of the South American nation of Chile. Located on Lake Villarirca with the snowcapped Villarrica volcano looming above and plenty of forested valleys below, the town has become a home base year-round for a full range of outdoor activities.

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Which place is cheaper, Pucon or Puerto Montt?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Puerto Montt is $89, while the average daily cost in Pucon is $100. 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 Puerto Montt and Pucon in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Puerto Montt $61
    Pucon $43
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Puerto Montt $122
    Pucon $86
Compare Hotels in Puerto Montt and Pucon

Looking for a hotel in Puerto Montt or Pucon? 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 Puerto Montt


Hotels in Pucon


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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: Puerto Montt Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Puerto Montt $6.43
    Pucon $19

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

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Pucon

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Pucon:

  • Private Transfer Pucon Thermal Resorts to Temuco Airport: $49
  • Pucon to Puerto Montt El Tepual Airport (PMC) -Departure Transfer: $114
  • Pucon Temuco Airport Private Transfer: $130

Is it cheaper to fly into Puerto Montt or Pucon?

Prices for flights to both Pucon and Puerto Montt 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
    Puerto Montt $21
    Pucon $38

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Puerto Montt $14
    Pucon $37

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

Tours and Activities in Pucon

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

  • 3-Hour Rafting Experience in Pucon: $60
  • Private 3-Hour Canyoning Experience on the Correntoso River: $68
  • Sightseeing Tour in Pucon and Villarica: $93
  • Half Day Tour to The Eyes Of Caburgua from Pucon: $93
  • Private Half Day Andean Lakes Experience with pickup: $110
  • Full Day Private Tour Ascending Sollipulli Volcano: $140
  • Local Chile-Bavarian Culinary Pretzel Baking Experience n Sausage: $149
  • Full Day Excursion Tour to Quetrupillán Volcano: $177

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Puerto Montt $4.49
    Pucon $27


When comparing the travel costs between Puerto Montt and Pucon, we can see that Pucon is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in South America, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.

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


Which is Bigger, Puerto Montt or Pucon?

Puerto Montt has a larger population, and is about 6 times larger than the population of Pucon. When comparing the sizes of Puerto Montt and Pucon, 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 Puerto Montt or Pucon?

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 Puerto Montt or Pucon in the Summer?

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

In January, Puerto Montt is generally around the same temperature as Pucon. Daily temperatures in Puerto Montt average around 16°C (60°F), and Pucon fluctuates around 16°C (61°F).

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

In January, Puerto Montt usually receives more rain than Pucon. Puerto Montt gets 90 mm (3.5 in) of rain, while Pucon receives 54 mm (2.1 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures January
    Puerto Montt 16°C (60°F) 
    Pucon 16°C (61°F)

Should I visit Puerto Montt or Pucon in the Autumn?

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

Puerto Montt is around the same temperature as Pucon in the autumn. The daily temperature in Puerto Montt averages around 11°C (51°F) in April, and Pucon fluctuates around 11°C (52°F).

In the autumn, Puerto Montt often gets less sunshine than Pucon. Puerto Montt gets 104 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Pucon receives 132 hours of full sun.

It's quite rainy in Pucon. Puerto Montt receives a lot of rain in the autumn. Puerto Montt usually gets around the same amount of rain in April as Pucon. Puerto Montt gets 143 mm (5.6 in) of rain, while Pucon receives 133 mm (5.2 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures April
    Puerto Montt 11°C (51°F) 
    Pucon 11°C (52°F)

Should I visit Puerto Montt or Pucon in the Winter?

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

In the winter, Puerto Montt is around the same temperature as Pucon. Typically, the winter temperatures in Puerto Montt in July average around 7°C (45°F), and Pucon averages at about 7°C (45°F).

Puerto Montt usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Pucon during winter. Puerto Montt gets 67 hours of sunny skies, while Pucon receives 66 hours of full sun in the winter.

It rains a lot this time of the year in Pucon. It's quite rainy in Puerto Montt. In July, Puerto Montt usually receives less rain than Pucon. Puerto Montt gets 229 mm (9 in) of rain, while Pucon receives 312 mm (12.3 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures July
    Puerto Montt 7°C (45°F) 
    Pucon 7°C (45°F)

Should I visit Puerto Montt or Pucon in the Spring?

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

In October, Puerto Montt is generally around the same temperature as Pucon. Daily temperatures in Puerto Montt average around 11°C (51°F), and Pucon fluctuates around 11°C (52°F).

In the spring, Puerto Montt often gets less sunshine than Pucon. Puerto Montt gets 151 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Pucon receives 198 hours of full sun.

Pucon gets a good bit of rain this time of year. It rains a lot this time of the year in Puerto Montt. Puerto Montt usually gets more rain in October than Pucon. Puerto Montt gets 121 mm (4.8 in) of rain, while Pucon receives 109 mm (4.3 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures October
    Puerto Montt 11°C (51°F) 
    Pucon 11°C (52°F)

Typical Weather for Pucon and Puerto Montt

Puerto Montt Pucon
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 16°C (60°F) 90 mm (3.5 in) 16°C (61°F) 54 mm (2.1 in)
Feb 15°C (59°F) 93 mm (3.7 in) 17°C (62°F) 55 mm (2.2 in)
Mar 13°C (55°F) 99 mm (3.9 in) 14°C (57°F) 71 mm (2.8 in)
Apr 11°C (51°F) 143 mm (5.6 in) 11°C (52°F) 133 mm (5.2 in)
May 9°C (49°F) 234 mm (9.2 in) 9°C (48°F) 295 mm (11.6 in)
Jun 8°C (46°F) 224 mm (8.8 in) 8°C (46°F) 297 mm (11.7 in)
Jul 7°C (45°F) 229 mm (9 in) 7°C (45°F) 312 mm (12.3 in)
Aug 8°C (46°F) 209 mm (8.2 in) 8°C (46°F) 247 mm (9.7 in)
Sep 9°C (47°F) 146 mm (5.7 in) 9°C (48°F) 162 mm (6.4 in)
Oct 11°C (51°F) 121 mm (4.8 in) 11°C (52°F) 109 mm (4.3 in)
Nov 12°C (54°F) 110 mm (4.3 in) 13°C (55°F) 73 mm (2.9 in)
Dec 14°C (58°F) 103 mm (4.1 in) 16°C (60°F) 63 mm (2.5 in)