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

Should you visit Punta del Este or Ushuaia?

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

Ushuaia

Ushuaia is a city on the Tierra del Fuego island of Argentina on the Beagle Strait. The city is considered to be one of the southernmost cities in the world and is often used as a base for cruises to Antarctica. Ushuaia's close proximity to Antarctica and their amazing hiking trails have made it a popular tourist destination over the past few decades.

Which city is cheaper, Ushuaia 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 Ushuaia is $81. 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 Ushuaia 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.

An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $80 in Ushuaia For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Punta del Este $39
    Ushuaia $40
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Punta del Este $78
    Ushuaia $80

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.

On average, meal and food prices in Ushuaia cost around $15 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around $6.00.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Punta del Este $22
    Ushuaia $15

Typical Food prices in Ushuaia

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Ushuaia:


  • Lunch for Two
    $0.52

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Ushuaia

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

  • Meeting with Beavers and Lagoon Tour with Dinner: $176

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.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Punta del Este $16
    Ushuaia -

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Punta del Este

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

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

Typical Local Transportation prices in Ushuaia

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Ushuaia are as follows:


  • Taxi Ride
    $0.31

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Ushuaia

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

  • Overnight Ushuaia - Airport transfers, Tierra del Fuego National Park and Lakes!: $339
  • Ushuaia Combo: Tierra del Fuego National Park & Round Trip Transfers to airport: $114
  • Private Transfer Airport-Port or Port-Airport (Ushuaia): $55
  • Private Transfer Airport-Hotel-Airport (Ushuaia): $54
  • Shared Round-Trip Airport Transfer: $38
  • Transfer Ushuaia Airport - Hotel in Ushuaia - Ushuaia Airport: $35
  • Transfer Ushuaia Airport - Hotel in Ushuaia - Ushuaia Airport: $35
  • Private Transfer Hotel-Bus Station or Bus Station-Hotel (Ushuaia): $27
  • Shared Transfer Airport-Hotel-Airport (Ushuaia): $22
  • Transfer Cerro Castor (Round Trip): $19
  • Ushuaia Airport Departure Transfer: $18
  • Ushuaia Airport Arrival Transfer: $15

Is it cheaper to fly into Punta del Este or Ushuaia?

Prices for flights to both Ushuaia 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.

In Ushuaia, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $89 per person, per day.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Punta del Este $7.60
    Ushuaia $89

Tours and Activities in Punta del Este

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

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

Tours and Activities in Ushuaia

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Ushuaia.

  • 2-Day Ushuaia Trekking and Rowing Small-Group Tour: $606
  • 2-Days and 1 Night Experience Ushuaia with Airfare from Buenos Aires: $1,046
  • 2-day tour: Tierra del Fuego National Park + Fagnano and Escondido Lakes: $115
  • 2-day tour:Tierra del Fuego NP + Beagle Channel Navigation + Fagnano & Escondido: $190
  • 3-Day Adventure Tour of Hiking, Canoeing and Sailing at the End of the World: $425
  • 3-Days Unique Adventure at the End of the World - Ushuaia: $485
  • 4 hours Tierra del Fuego National Park Tour with Chinese Guide: $80
  • 4-Day Ushuaia Overland adventure - Lake Fagnano, Lake Escondido & San Pablo Cape: $1,085
  • 4-Days Experience for Nature Lovers at Ushuaia: $718
  • 4WD Off-Road Lakes Tierra del Fuego Adventure From Ushuaia: $125
  • 5-Day Adventure Trip in Ushuaia: $675
  • 5-Day Ushuaia Overland adventure - Lake Fagnano, San Pablo Cape & Beagle Channel: $1,644

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.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Punta del Este $5.57
    Ushuaia -

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 Ushuaia

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


  • Wine
    $0.46
  • Beer
    $0.10


When comparing the travel costs between Punta del Este and Ushuaia, we can see that Ushuaia 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.

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