A Travel Price Comparison for Brazil Rio de Janeiro vs. Buzios for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Rio de Janeiro or Buzios?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Rio de Janeiro and Buzios 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: Rio de Janeiro or Buzios?

Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is the most popular travel destination in Brazil. It is the second largest city in Brazil and the sixth largest in the Americas. A portion of the city has been designated a World Heritage Site. It's also famous for Carnival, it's gorgeous beaches, and world-famous landmarks. Rio's appeal as a travel destination is apparent year round due to the great weather and plenty of fun activities. The city has a wonderful natural harbor that is surrounded by Sugar Loaf Mountain, Corcovado Peak, and the hills of Tijuca, creating an absolutely breathtaking and awe-inspiring setting.


Initially a fishing village, Armação dos Buzios is a small beach resort town about three hours from Rio de Janeiro by bus. Buzios is a common weekend getaway destination for Cariocas. With 23 beaches, visitors from all over come to swim, snorkel, surf and enjoy sun and sand.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Contiki Tours to Brazil, The Best G Adventures Tours to Brazil, The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Rio de Janeiro, and The Best 3-Day Tours from Foz Do Iguacu.

Which place is cheaper, Buzios or Rio de Janeiro?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Rio de Janeiro is $108, while the average daily cost in Buzios is $79. 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 Rio de Janeiro and Buzios in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Rio de Janeiro $68
    Buzios $38
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Rio de Janeiro $136
    Buzios $76
Compare Hotels in Rio de Janeiro and Buzios

Looking for a hotel in Rio de Janeiro or Buzios? 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 Rio de Janeiro

Hotels in Buzios

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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: Rio de Janeiro Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Rio de Janeiro $8.15
    Buzios $19
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Rio de Janeiro

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Rio de Janeiro:

  • Taxi Ride

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Rio de Janeiro

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Rio de Janeiro:

  • From Private Transfer to São Paulo: $650
  • Rio Carnival 2025: Sambadrome Parade + Transfer (Sector 7): $475
  • 2025 Sambadrome Carnival Parade: Transfer Included Sector 5: $475
  • Rio Carnival 2025: Sambadrome Parade + Transfer Sector 5: $475
  • 2025: Rio Carnival Parade at Sapucaí with Transfer Sector 7: $475
  • Rio's 2025 Carnival Parade at Sapucaí + Transfer Sector 5: $475
  • Rio: Sambadrome Carnival Parade + transfer 2025 Sector 7: $475
  • Helicopter Ride for 25 to 30min with Transfer service: $300
  • TRANSFER VAN Rio de Janeiro x Búzios/Arraial/Cabo Frio/Angra: $272
  • Arrival Transfer: Rio GIG or SDU Airport to Angra dos Reis by Van: $246
  • From Private Transfer to Vila do Abraão: $246
  • Private Transfer Rio de Janeiro and Airports x Angra dos Reis (4 max): $242

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Buzios

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

  • Arraial do Cabo Shared Transfer to Rio de Janeiro: $52
  • Beach Resorts to Cabo Frio Airport (CFB) - Departure Transfer : $29
  • Beach Resorts to Cabo Frio Airport (CFB) - Private Transfer: $25
  • Departure Private Transfer Arraial do Cabo to GIG or SDU Airport by Sedan Car: $241
  • Departure Transfer from Buzios or to Rio Airports by Minivan: $219
  • Departure Transfer from Buzios to Rio Airports by Sedan Car: $129
  • Executive private transfer from GIG Rio Galeao airport up to 3 pax to Buzios: $100
  • Executive private transfer from GIG Rio Galeao airport up to 4 pax to Buzios: $109
  • Private Transfer Buzios to Rio de Janeiro: $91
  • Private Transfer from Buzios Cruise Port to Cabo Frio city hotels: $36
  • Private Transfer from Buzios Cruise Port to Cabo Frio hotels: $41
  • Private Transfer from Buzios Cruise Port to Rio de Janeiro hotels: $29

Is it cheaper to fly into Rio de Janeiro or Buzios?

Prices for flights to both Buzios and Rio de Janeiro 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
    Rio de Janeiro $21
    Buzios $24
Typical Food Prices in Rio de Janeiro

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Rio de Janeiro:

  • Popcorn
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Hamburger

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Rio de Janeiro

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Rio de Janeiro.

  • Waterfront Dinner & Live Music Experience: $46
  • Barra da Tijuca Food Tour with Drinks: $73
  • 9-Recipe Boozy Brazilian Cooking Class: $85
  • Dinner & Rio Scenarium Nightclub Admission with Transfer: $85
  • Copacabana Local Street Bars Food Tour: $91
  • Rio Bar Food Tour with a Local: $101
  • Rio Scenarium Entrance, Dinner, and Open Bar: $106
  • Rio Scenarium: Fast Track Entrance, Dinner & Open Bar: $115
  • Brazilian Cooking Class: $129
  • Samba Show Admission & Transfer with Dinner Option: $130
  • Rio: Ginga Tropical Folkloric Show & Optional Dinner: $142

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Rio de Janeiro $22
    Buzios $27

Tours and Activities in Rio de Janeiro

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

  • Favelas do Vidigal or Rocinha's experience: $51
  • Ilha Grande Tour Full day - Rio de Janeiro by Rio Eco Trip: $105
  • 03 - Guided Tour to the Grande Rio Academics Barracão: $120
  • 1 day tour Rio de Janeiro to Christ and Cable car and much more: $101
  • 14 - Guided Tour to Quadra Do Salgueiro with Samba Show: $75
  • 15 - Guided Tour to Santa Marta Favela: $150
  • 2 Days in Rio: Tijuca Forest & Two Brothers Hiking Tours: $283
  • 2 Hours Paradisiac Sailboat Tour in Rio de Janeiro: $283
  • 21 - Guided Tour to the Imperial City of Petrópolis with Lunch: $80
  • 25 - Full Day Tour to Angra dos Reis and Ilha Grande: $80
  • 27 -Guided Tour to Christ the Redeemer and City in Rio de Janeiro: $75
  • 3 Hour Boat Tour in Rio de Janeiro: $69

Tours and Activities in Buzios

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

  • Tour of the most beautiful beaches and islands of Buzios by Buziana Tour: $12
  • Buggy Ride in Buzios by Buziana Tour: $16
  • Tour of Bugre in Arraial (Buggy): $21
  • Catamaran Boat Tour in Búzios: $24
  • Boat Tour in Arraial do Cabo: $24
  • Half-Day Schooner Sightseeing Trip in Buzios Peninsula Beaches: $29
  •  Trolley Tour Through the City Buzios: $29
  • 3-hour Small Group Buzios Peninsula Open Air Trolley Tour: $33
  • Tour in Boat Tour in Buzios: $37
  • From Buzios To Arraial With Photos On A Private Tour!: $50
  • Schooner Tour in Buzios - Departure from Buzios: $51
  • Buggy Tour in Arraial do Cabo by Arraial Trips (For 2 People): $57

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Rio de Janeiro $12
    Buzios $18

Sample the Local Flavors in Rio de Janeiro

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Rio de Janeiro:

  • Pub Crawl in Lapa: $29
  • Rio: Pub Crawl in Lapa with Cachaça Tasting and Live Samba: $33
  • Petropolis City Tour with Imperial Museum and Optional Lunch & Bohemia Brewery: $40
  • Petropolis Bohemia: Historic tour and visit to the Bohemian Brewery: $57
  • Walking tour + Pub crawl + Samba in Lapa: $59
  • Petropolis City Tour + Bohemia Brewery + Lunch: $77
  • Brazilian Wine Tasting Evening: $110
  • Rio: Sitio Burle Marx and Cachaça Distillery Private Tour: $132

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

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Rio de Janeiro Expensive? and Is Buzios Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Rio de Janeiro or Buzios?

Rio de Janeiro has a larger population, and is about 260 times larger than the population of Buzios. When comparing the sizes of Rio de Janeiro and Buzios, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.