A Travel Price Comparison for Brazil Recife vs. Ilha Grande for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Recife or Ilha Grande?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Recife and Ilha Grande 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: Recife or Ilha Grande?


One of the largest cities on Brazil's northeast coast, Recife is also the capital of the state of Pernambuco. The city gets its name from the Portuguese word for "reef," as it was built around a landscape of natural reef beaches. Many people visit to enjoy these beaches, experience the culture, and explore the history of this important Brazilian city.

Ilha Grande

Ilha Grande is a large, beautiful, island located off the southeast coast of Brazil. The island has few inhabitants, resulting in mostly unadulterated beaches and landscapes. There are over a dozen trails and beaches to explore, some of which have been called the best beaches in Brazil. Due to the limited number of inhabitants, ATMs are sparse on the island, so be sure to have cash with you before getting there.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Eco Tours in Brazil, The Best Romantic Tours for Couples in Brazil, The Best Luxury Tours to Brazil, and The Best Budget Tours to Brazil.

Which place is cheaper, Ilha Grande or Recife?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Recife is $167, while the average daily cost in Ilha Grande is $69. 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 Recife and Ilha Grande in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Recife $89
    Ilha Grande $37
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Recife $178
    Ilha Grande $74
Compare Hotels in Recife and Ilha Grande

Looking for a hotel in Recife or Ilha Grande? 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 Recife

Hotels in Ilha Grande

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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: Recife Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Recife $8.54
    Ilha Grande $18

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Recife

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Recife:

  • Shared Transfer from Recife to Cabo de Santo Agostinho: $33
  • Airport to Porto de Galinhas Transfer: $65
  • Airport to Maragogi Hotels Private Transfer: $85
  • Recife Boat Tour with Transfers: $72
  • Private Transfer from Recife to Tamandare Beach: $114
  • Private Transfer from Recife to Serrambi Beach: $101
  • Private Transfer from Recife to Olinda: $46
  • Private Transfer from Recife to Carneiros Beach: $114
  • Private Transfer from Olinda to Recife (REC) Airport: $47
  • Private Transfer from Igarassu to Recife (REC) Airport : $103
  • Instituto Ricardo Brennand with transfers from Recife: $45
  • Departure Transfer from Olinda to Recife Airport: $100

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Ilha Grande

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

  • From Angra dos Reis: Speedboat Transfer to Araçatiba: $27
  • From Speedboat Transfer to Angra dos Reis: $27
  • From Araçatiba: Speedboat Transfer to Angra dos Reis: $27
  • Regular Transfer Angra dos Reis x Rio de Janeiro and Airports: $38
  • From Shared Transfer to Rio de Janeiro: $47
  • From Angra dos Reis: Shared Transfer to Rio de Janeiro: $56
  • Private Transfer Angra dos Reis to Rio de Janeiro: $91
  • From Rio de Janeiro:Shared Roundtrip Transfer to Araçatiba: $106
  • Private Transfer from GIG to anywhere in the City Angra dos Reis: $191
  • Private Transfer from Angra dos Reis to Airport GIG in Rio : $191
  • All Private Transfer from Ilha Grande to Rio de Janeiro: $275

Is it cheaper to fly into Recife or Ilha Grande?

Prices for flights to both Ilha Grande and Recife 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 Meals for one day
    Recife $71
    Ilha Grande $21

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Recife $11
    Ilha Grande $6.67

Tours and Activities in Recife

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

  • City Tour Recife with Catamaran included: $150
  • Colonial North Coast beaches - Full-Day Tour: $35
  • Olinda City Tour and Instituto Ricardo Brennand: $94
  • Olinda Scavenger Hunt and Sights Self-Guided Tour: $7.87
  • Recife (Historic Centre) Scavenger Hunt and Self-Guided Tour: $7.70
  • Carneiros Beach Day Tour: $42
  • City Tour Recife & Olinda: $27

Tours and Activities in Ilha Grande

For Ilha Grande, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Boat Tour To The Beaches Of Angra Dos Reis: $21
  • From Abraão, Lopes Mendes Beach Tour & Trekking: $21
  • Ilha Grande - From Abrãao: Lopes Mendes beach tour & trekking: $25
  • Walking Abraão Historical Tour and Natural Pool: $33
  • Half-Day Ilha Grande Schooner Tour: $40
  • Half-Day Blue Lagoon Schooner Tour: $40
  • Six hour speedboat tour of Ilha Grande. Be amazed by the Blue and Green Lagoons: $40
  • Tour Of The Motorboat The Paradisiac Islands Of Angra Dos Reis: $43
  • Rio de Janeiro: Ilha Grande with Boat Tour & Optional Lunch: $48
  • Schooner Cruise with Caipirinha drinks by the Blue Lagoon: $50
  • From Ilha Grande - Paradise Island 7 h - Speedboat tour: $55
  • Angra dos Reis with Speedboat Tour and Paradise Islands: $58

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Recife -
    Ilha Grande $11

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

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