A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Punta del Este vs. Foz do Iguacu for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Punta del Este or Foz do Iguacu?

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Punta del Este or Foz do Iguacu, this travel cost comparison can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Punta del Este

Punta del Este with its many beaches, elegant seaside homes, yacht harbor, high-rise apartment buildings, pricey hotels, ardent night scene and glitzy restaurants is a chic beach resort town in Uruguay. Many tourists come from Brazil and Argentina, on the other side of the Rio de la Plata, to get some nice sun and lay on the beach for a weekend getaway. Punta del Este is more expensive than other areas in Uruguay and has been called the Monaco of South America. Tourist season varies wildly from totally deserted in the winter to very crowded in the summer.

Foz do Iguacu

Foz do Iguacu is a larger city in Brazil that is most famous for the Iguacu Falls. The city serves as an entry point for Paraguay and Argentina as well. The obvious reason to visit the city is to see the beautiful falls, and together with Ciudad del Este, Paraguay and Puerto Iguazu, Argentina, it makes up one of the largest tourism sights in South America.

Which city is cheaper, Foz do Iguacu or Punta del Este?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Punta del Este is $69, while the average daily cost in Foz do Iguacu is $51. 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 Punta del Este and Foz do Iguacu in more detail.



Accommodation

The prices for places to stay in Punta del Este can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is $38, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around $76.

The average price for accommodation for two people in Foz do Iguacu is $44. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Punta del Este $38
    Foz do Iguacu $22
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Punta del Este $76
    Foz do Iguacu $44

Food

The price of a meal in Punta del Este can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $21 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $8.40 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.

Food in Foz do Iguacu costs travelers about $17 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Punta del Este $21
    Foz do Iguacu $17

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Foz do Iguacu

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Foz do Iguacu.

  • Churrascaria Rafain - Show And Dinner: $50
  • Dinner and Show at Rafain Churrascaria with round trip transfer included: $52
  • Argentinian Ice Bar, Wine and Dinner Experience: $79
  • Dinner Show at Rafain in Foz do Iguaçu: $88
  • Dinner Show - Rafain Steakhouse: $110

Local Transportation

Punta del Este's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend $15 per person, per day on transportation in Punta del Este.

The average price of local transportation around Foz do Iguacu is $10 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Punta del Este $15
    Foz do Iguacu $10

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Punta del Este

Also for Punta del Este, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Private Arrival Transfer: Punta del Este Airport to Hotel: $40
  • Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Punta del Este Airport: $40
  • Private Transfer to Garzon Restaurant by Francis Mallmann: $269
  • Punta del Este Airport Private Transfer: $45
  • Punta del Este Wine Tour, Bodega Garzon, Private Transfer: $338

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Foz do Iguacu

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Foz do Iguacu:

  • Iguazu Falls Panoramic Helicopter Flight With Optional Transfers: $225
  • Shared Roundtrip Transfers with Brazilian and Argentinian sides: $90
  • Iguazu: Transfer from Brazil Side: $59
  • Private Transfer: Foz do Iguaçu International Airport (IGU) to Foz do Iguacu: $56
  • Private Transfer: Foz do Iguacu to Foz do Iguaçu International Airport (IGU): $56
  • Bird Park Tickets with Round Trip Transfer Included: $45
  • Private Airport Transfer: Cataratas International Airport (IGU) to Iguazu: $42
  • Foz do Iguaçu Round-Trip Airport Transfer: $35
  • Foz do Iguaçu Airport Private Transfer: $23
  • Foz do Iguaçu Airport Shared Transfer: $14
  • Transfer Paraguay Shopping (CDE): $9.00

Is it cheaper to fly into Punta del Este or Foz do Iguacu?

Prices for flights to both Foz do Iguacu and Punta del Este 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.





Entertainment

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Punta del Este can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $7.38 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.

Foz do Iguacu's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $19 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Punta del Este $7.38
    Foz do Iguacu $19

Tours and Activities in Punta del Este

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Punta del Este.

  • La Vista 360 Admission Ticket: $10
  • Punta del Este City Tour Clasico con Puesta del Sol en Casapueblo: $25
  • Punta del Este City Sightseeing Tour: $33
  • Art Studio Tour in Punta del Este: $75
  • Punta del Este City Tour: $93
  • Wine Lovers - Punta Wine Experience: $150
  • Punta del Este Special Art Tour: $185
  • Punta del Este Shore Excursion: Private Sightseeing Tour of Punta del Este: $188

Tours and Activities in Foz do Iguacu

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

  • 3-Day Tour of Iguassu Falls National Park: $390
  • 4-Day Iguassu Falls Tour: $480
  • Argentinean Falls Great Adventure with Boat Ride from Foz do Iguaçu: $112
  • Argentinean Side Iguassu Falls - Private Tour Belmond Exclusive: $177
  • Beer experience 277 Craftbeer: $31
  • Bird Park Admission Ticket: $20
  • Bird Park General Admission Ticket and Tour: $63
  • Bird Park Tour: $21
  • Blue Park Tour: $73
  • Boat Ride and Walking Tour of Iguazu Falls in Argentina: $85
  • Brazilian Side of the Falls - All Tickets Included: $62
  • Brazilian Side of the Falls and Boat Tour Macuco Safari - All Tickets Included: $167

Alcohol

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Punta del Este, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $5.41.

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Foz do Iguacu may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $9.29 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Punta del Este $5.41
    Foz do Iguacu $9.29

Sample the Local Flavors in Punta del Este

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Punta del Este:

  • Wine Tasting from Punta del Este: $128

Typical Alcohol prices in Foz do Iguacu

Here are a few samples of the prices for alcohol and nightlife in Foz do Iguacu from other travelers:


  • Beer
    $0.86


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

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