A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Punta del Este vs. Puerto Montt for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Punta del Este or Puerto Montt?

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Punta del Este or Puerto Montt, 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.

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.

Which city is cheaper, Puerto Montt 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 $71, while the average daily cost in Puerto Montt is $86. 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 Puerto Montt 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 $39, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around $78.

The average price for accommodation for two people in Puerto Montt is $118. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Punta del Este $39
    Puerto Montt $59
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Punta del Este $78
    Puerto Montt $118

Food

The price of a meal in Punta del Este can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $22 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $8.80 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.

The price of a meal in Puerto Montt 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 Meals for one day
    Punta del Este $22
    Puerto Montt $21

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 $16 per person, per day on transportation in Punta del Este.

The average price of local transportation around Puerto Montt is $6.22 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 $16
    Puerto Montt $6.22

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

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Puerto Montt

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Puerto Montt:

  • Transfer from Puerto Montt Airport to Castro: $245
  • Transfer Puerto Montt Airport to Castro: $227
  • Transfer from Puerto Montt Airport to Frutillar: $53
  • Cruce Andino Office Private Transfer from Puerto Montt: $43
  • Transfer from Puerto Montt Airport to Puerto Varas: $32
  • Puerto Montt Airport Private Transfer: $27
  • Private Airport Transfer: Puerto Montt to Puerto Montt - El Tepual Airport (PMC): $25
  • Puerto Montt Shuttle Transfer: $21

Is it cheaper to fly into Punta del Este or Puerto Montt?

Prices for flights to both Puerto Montt 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 $7.60 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.

Puerto Montt's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $13 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 $7.60
    Puerto Montt $13

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 Puerto Montt

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Puerto Montt are as follows:

  • 5-Day Tour Chile & North Patagonia: $500
  • Chiloe Island - Puñihuil Tour: $85
  • Chiloe Island Tour from Puerto Montt: $62
  • Chiloe Island Tour from Puerto Montt in Private: $323
  • Day Tour Frutillar, Puerto Varas and Puerto Montt: $113
  • Day tour Petrohue Falls, Osorno Volcano & Puerto Varas: $113
  • Frutillar Half Day Tour From Puerto Montt: $41
  • Frutillar Tour from Puerto Montt in Private: $95
  • Full-Day Osorno Vulcano and Petrohue Falls Small-Group Tour: $70
  • Private Cruise Shore Excursion from Land of Volcanos: $550
  • Private Shore Excursion Tour to Puerto Montt, Puerto Varas and Frutillar: $202
  • Private Tour: Puerto Montt Sightseeing: $44

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 $5.57.

The average person spends about $4.35 on alcoholic beverages in Puerto Montt per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Punta del Este $5.57
    Puerto Montt $4.35

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


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

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