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

Should you visit Punta del Este or Valparaiso?

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

Valparaiso

Valparaiso, often referred to as Valpo, is an attractive city on the Pacific Coast in Chile. The city has a population of about 300,000 and is only 120 kilometers west of Santiago. The city's main industries aside from tourism include shipping and petroleum refining.

Valparaiso is popular with travelers because of its bohemian culture and brightly colored homes. It also offers some wonderful views of the Pacific Ocean. Although the city is short on specific sights, the atmosphere and beautiful setting make it a wonderful place to visit.

Valparaiso has a mild Mediterranean climate that is comparable to San Francisco or Santa Barbara. The summer is dry but fog is common year around. Rain can be heavy during the winter season and snow falls occasionally in the highest parts of the city. Winds can also be strong during the winter months.

Which city is cheaper, Valparaiso 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 Valparaiso is $67. 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 Valparaiso 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.

Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about $72 for a double occupancy room in Valparaiso.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Punta del Este $38
    Valparaiso $36
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Punta del Este $76
    Valparaiso $72

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.

On average, meal and food prices in Valparaiso cost around $23 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 $9.20.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Punta del Este $21
    Valparaiso $23

Typical Food prices in Valparaiso

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Valparaiso:


  • Empanada
    $2.40

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Valparaiso

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Valparaiso.

  • Chilean Cuisine Cooking Class with Traditional Market Tour: $85
  • A unique oportunity to take part in a Mapuche cooking class in Nature: $102

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 cost of a taxi ride in Valparaiso is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $4.93 per person, per day, on local transportation in Valparaiso.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Punta del Este $15
    Valparaiso $4.93

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

Typical Local Transportation prices in Valparaiso

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


  • Taxi Ride
    $4.01

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Valparaiso

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Valparaiso:

  • Private Transfer from Valparaíso to Arturo Merino Benítez (SCL) Airport: $270
  • Maipo Valley 'Concha y Toro' Wine Tour Private Transfer from Valparaiso: $254
  • Pick up at the Pier and Valparaiso -Viña del Mar and transfer to the Airport: $190
  • Private Transfer from San Antonio Port to Valparaiso or Viña del Mar.: $133
  • private transfer valparaiso pier to the airport: $125
  • Valparaiso Airport Private Transfer: $113
  • Private Transfer from Valparaiso Hotel or port To Santiago Airport or Hotel: $92
  • Transfer between Valparaiso and Santiago Hotels: $91
  • Transfers from Valparaiso or Viña del Mar to Santiago: $85
  • Transfer between Valparaiso and San Antonio port: $80
  • Transfer between Valparaiso and SCL Airport: $80

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

Prices for flights to both Valparaiso 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.

Entertainment and activities in Valparaiso typically cost an average of $19 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Punta del Este $7.38
    Valparaiso $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

Typical Entertainment prices in Valparaiso

Here are a few typical costs in Valparaiso for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:


  • Boat Tour
    $5.34

Tours and Activities in Valparaiso

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

  • Beer Tour in Valparaiso: $67
  • Build your own tour - enjoy 3 fun activities of your choice around Valparaiso.: $120
  • City Tour Valparaíso and Viña del Mar: $129
  • Enjoy the amazing Casablanca Valley, Horseback ride and Wineries Tour: $160
  • Famous Valparaíso! Premium Walking Tour with a Native Guide: $40
  • Full Day Tour: $102
  • Gastronomic Tour in Valparaiso: $115
  • Half-Day Chilean Pacific Coast Tour: Viña del Mar, Reñaca and Concón: $62
  • Half-Day Horseback Riding Tour from Valparaíso: $91
  • Half-Day Valparaiso City Highlights Tour: $54
  • Heritage Tour covering the monuments and buildings of the European colonies: $26
  • Hiking Cerro El Mauco + Horseriding + 4x4 Jorney Ritoque Sand Dunes PRIVATE TOUR: $198

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 Valparaiso may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $7.95 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Punta del Este $5.41
    Valparaiso $7.95

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 Valparaiso

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


  • Beer
    $1.27

Sample the Local Flavors in Valparaiso

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Valparaiso:

  • Verso Wine Tasting: $20
  • Half day private wine tour at Casablanca valley: $160
  • Isla Negra Neruda Museum Tour And Casa Blanca Valley Wine Tour (PRIVATE TOUR)): $179
  • Emiliana Vineyard Organic Wine Tour in Valparaiso: $194
  • Private Wine Tour in Valparaíso: $223


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