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

Should you visit Rio de Janeiro 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 Rio de Janeiro 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: Rio de Janeiro or Ilha Grande?

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.

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 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, Ilha Grande 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 Ilha Grande is $70. 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 Ilha Grande in more detail.

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

Looking for a hotel in Rio de Janeiro 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 Rio de Janeiro

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: Rio de Janeiro Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Rio de Janeiro $8.15
    Ilha Grande $18
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:

  • Try find your better than us ! Airport transfer in Rio de Janeiro APT-HTL (SDU): $25
  • Try find your better than us ! Airport transfer in Rio de Janeiro APT-HTL (GIG): $52
  • Try find your better than us ! Airport transfer Rio de Janeiro HTL-APT (SDU): $25
  • Transfer to GIG or SDU International Airport in Rio de Janeiro: $40
  • Transfer service from/to Rio de Janeiro-Embarkation for Ilha Grande: $88
  • Transfer service from / to Rio de Janeiro / Paraty: $100
  • Transfer service from / to Rio - Barra da Tijuca Airports: $26
  • Transfer service from / to International Airport (GIG) - Zona Sul: $22
  • Transfer service from / to Buzios / Arraial do Cabo / Cabo Frio: $79
  • Transfer in Rio: $35
  • Transfer in Private Minivan from Rio de Janeiro City Center - Airport (GIG): $26
  • Transfer GIG SDU x Copacabana Ipanema Leblon Barra: $50

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Ilha Grande

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

  • Departure Transfer: Angra dos Reis to GIG or SDU Airport by Van: $246
  • From Angra dos Reis: Shared Transfer to Rio de Janeiro: $56
  • From Angra dos Reis: Speedboat Transfer to Araçatiba: $28
  • From Araçatiba: Speedboat Transfer to Angra dos Reis: $28
  • From Shared Transfer to Rio de Janeiro: $47
  • From Speedboat Transfer to Angra dos Reis: $28
  • From Rio de Janeiro:Shared Roundtrip Transfer to Araçatiba: $107
  • Private Transfer Angra dos Reis to Rio de Janeiro: $91
  • Private Transfer from GIG to anywhere in the City Angra dos Reis: $192
  • Regular Transfer Angra dos Reis x Rio de Janeiro and Airports: $38

Is it cheaper to fly into Rio de Janeiro or Ilha Grande?

Prices for flights to both Ilha Grande 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
    Ilha Grande $21
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
    Ilha Grande $6.77

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 Ilha Grande

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

  • From Abraão, Lopes Mendes Beach Tour & Trekking: $21
  • Boat Tour To The Beaches Of Angra Dos Reis: $21
  • Ilha Grande - From Abrãao: Lopes Mendes beach tour & trekking: $25
  • Half-Day Blue Lagoon Schooner Tour: $40
  • Half-Day Ilha Grande 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
  • Ilha Grande - Private Historical Walking Tour with Natural Pool.: $60

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Rio de Janeiro $12
    Ilha Grande $11

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 Ilha Grande, we can see that Rio de Janeiro 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 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 Ilha Grande.

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 Ilha Grande Expensive?.