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

Should you visit Rio de Janeiro or Manaus?

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 Manaus 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 Manaus?

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.

Manaus

Manaus is a Brazilian city, capital of the state of Amazonas, and is located on the Rio Negro a few miles before it meets the Rio Solimões to form the Amazon River. The city is a major departure point for those visiting the Amazon Rainforest, though there are a few sights worth seeing within the city itself as well.

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, Manaus 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 $105, while the average daily cost in Manaus is $59. 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 Manaus in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Rio de Janeiro $66
    Manaus $42
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Rio de Janeiro $132
    Manaus $84
Compare Hotels in Rio de Janeiro and Manaus

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


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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 and Manaus Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Rio de Janeiro $7.97
    Manaus $7.94
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
    $2.93

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Rio de Janeiro

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Rio de Janeiro:

  • Visit to Madureira Park in Rio de Janeiro with Transfer: $66
  • 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: $99
  • Transfer service from / to Rio - Barra da Tijuca Airports: $26
  • Transfer service from / to Porto Maravilha - Zona Sul: $19
  • 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

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Manaus

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

  • Manaus to Ponta Pelada Airport (PLL) -Departure Private Transfer: $21
  • 24-hour hotel transfer - airport in Manaus: $17
  • 24-hour private group transfer service airport -> hotel: $97
  • Manaus Airport (MAO) to Manaus hotels - Arrival Private Transfer: $24
  • Manaus Airport(MAO) to Manaus hotels- Round-Trip Private Transfer: $48
  • Manaus hotels to Manaus Airport(MAO) - Departure Private Transfer: $24
  • Manaus private Airport transfer: $30
  • Manaus to Ponta Pelada Airport (PLL) - Departure Private Transfer: $23
  • Ponta Pelada Airport (PLL) to Manaus - Arrival Private Transfer: $23
  • Ponta Pelada Airport (PLL) to Manaus -Round-Trip Private Transfer: $46
  • Private 24-hour transfer from the Hotel to the Airport in Manaus: $18
  • Private Transfer - Airport - Hotel / Hotel - Airport: $35

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

Prices for flights to both Manaus 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
  • Food Meals for one day
    Rio de Janeiro $20
    Manaus $12
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
    $0.59
  • Corn on the Cob
    $0.78
  • Hamburger
    $0.98

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: $72
  • THE BEST FOOD TOUR: $79
  • Rio Bar Food Tour with a Local: $82
  • Dinner & Rio Scenarium Nightclub Admission with Transfer: $85
  • 9-Recipe Boozy Brazilian Cooking Class: $85
  • Brazilian Meats and Snacks + South American Wines Guided Dinner: $89
  • Copacabana Local Street Bars Food Tour: $90
  • Food Tour Rio de Janeiro - The Best Typical Brazilian Dishes: $92
  • Rio Scenarium Entrance, Dinner, and Open Bar: $105
  • Rio Scenarium: Fast Track Entrance, Dinner & Open Bar: $115
  • Brazilian Cooking Class: $129

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Manaus

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

  • Folklore Amazonian Dinner Show: $42
  • Food Tour: $50

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Rio de Janeiro $22
    Manaus -

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: $50
  • 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
  • 16 - Guided Tour to Favela da Rocinha: $75
  • 19 - Guided Tour to the Museum of Tomorrow and Olympic Boulevard: $90
  • 2 Days in Rio: Tijuca Forest & Two Brothers Hiking Tours: $281
  • 2 Hours Paradisiac Sailboat Tour in Rio de Janeiro: $283
  • 2 Hours Tour with Parasailing in Rio de Janeiro: $110
  • 21 - Guided Tour to the Imperial City of Petrópolis with Lunch: $80

Tours and Activities in Manaus

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

  • Walking Tours in Manaus: $15
  • Like a Local Customized Guided Welcome Tour: $30
  • City Tour in Manaus at Teatro Amazonas and Praça da Matriz: $50
  • MUSA and INPA Museums with Observation Tower Tour: $50
  • Manaus City Tour e Musa: $50
  • Half-Day City Tour: $54
  • Full-Day Tour on the Amazon River: $55
  • Amazon Negro River Half-Day Expedition Tour: $55
  • Manaus Sightseeing Tour: $64
  • Solimoes River Piranha Fishing and Alligator Watching Tour: $66
  • Amazon Waterfalls Tour: $70
  • Tour to Presidente Figueiredo Waterfalls: $70

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Rio de Janeiro $12
    Manaus $2.84

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: $56
  • Walking tour + Pub crawl + Samba in Lapa: $57
  • Petropolis City Tour + Bohemia Brewery + Lunch: $77
  • Brazilian Wine Tasting Evening: $110
  • Rio: Sitio Burle Marx and Cachaça Distillery Private Tour: $131


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Rio de Janeiro and Manaus, we can see that Rio de Janeiro is more expensive. And not only is Manaus much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Manaus would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Manaus 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 Manaus.

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 Manaus Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Rio de Janeiro or Manaus?

Rio de Janeiro has a larger population, and is about 4 times larger than the population of Manaus. When comparing the sizes of Rio de Janeiro and Manaus, 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.


When is the best time to visit Rio de Janeiro or Manaus?

Both places have a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. As both cities are in the southern hemisphere, summer is in January and winter is in July.

Should I visit Rio de Janeiro or Manaus in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Rio de Janeiro as well as Manaus.

In January, Rio de Janeiro is generally around the same temperature as Manaus. Daily temperatures in Rio de Janeiro average around 26°C (79°F), and Manaus fluctuates around 27°C (81°F).

It's quite rainy in Manaus. Rio de Janeiro receives a lot of rain in the summer. Rio de Janeiro usually gets less rain in January than Manaus. Rio de Janeiro gets 114 mm (4.5 in) of rain, while Manaus receives 264 mm (10.4 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures January
    Rio de Janeiro 26°C (79°F) 
    Manaus 27°C (81°F)

Should I visit Rio de Janeiro or Manaus in the Autumn?

Both Manaus and Rio de Janeiro are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities.

Rio de Janeiro is around the same temperature as Manaus in the autumn. The daily temperature in Rio de Janeiro averages around 25°C (77°F) in April, and Manaus fluctuates around 28°C (82°F).

It rains a lot this time of the year in Manaus. It's quite rainy in Rio de Janeiro. In April, Rio de Janeiro usually receives less rain than Manaus. Rio de Janeiro gets 137 mm (5.4 in) of rain, while Manaus receives 311 mm (12.3 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures April
    Rio de Janeiro 25°C (77°F) 
    Manaus 28°C (82°F)

Should I visit Rio de Janeiro or Manaus in the Winter?

Both Manaus and Rio de Janeiro during the winter are popular places to visit.

In the winter, Rio de Janeiro is cooler than Manaus. Typically, the winter temperatures in Rio de Janeiro in July average around 21°C (70°F), and Manaus averages at about 28°C (82°F).

Rio de Janeiro usually gets less rain in July than Manaus. Rio de Janeiro gets 56 mm (2.2 in) of rain, while Manaus receives 85 mm (3.4 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures July
    Rio de Janeiro 21°C (70°F) 
    Manaus 28°C (82°F)

Should I visit Rio de Janeiro or Manaus in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Rio de Janeiro and Manaus.

In October, Rio de Janeiro is generally cooler than Manaus. Daily temperatures in Rio de Janeiro average around 23°C (73°F), and Manaus fluctuates around 29°C (84°F).

Manaus receives a lot of rain in the spring. In October, Rio de Janeiro usually receives less rain than Manaus. Rio de Janeiro gets 88 mm (3.5 in) of rain, while Manaus receives 113 mm (4.4 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures October
    Rio de Janeiro 23°C (73°F) 
    Manaus 29°C (84°F)

Typical Weather for Manaus and Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro Manaus
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 26°C (79°F) 114 mm (4.5 in) 27°C (81°F) 264 mm (10.4 in)
Feb 27°C (81°F) 105 mm (4.1 in) 27°C (81°F) 290 mm (11.4 in)
Mar 26°C (79°F) 103 mm (4.1 in) 27°C (81°F) 335 mm (13.2 in)
Apr 25°C (77°F) 137 mm (5.4 in) 28°C (82°F) 311 mm (12.3 in)
May 23°C (73°F) 86 mm (3.4 in) 27°C (81°F) 279 mm (11 in)
Jun 22°C (72°F) 80 mm (3.1 in) 28°C (82°F) 115 mm (4.5 in)
Jul 21°C (70°F) 56 mm (2.2 in) 28°C (82°F) 85 mm (3.4 in)
Aug 22°C (72°F) 51 mm (2 in) 28°C (83°F) 47 mm (1.9 in)
Sep 22°C (72°F) 87 mm (3.4 in) 29°C (84°F) 73 mm (2.9 in)
Oct 23°C (73°F) 88 mm (3.5 in) 29°C (84°F) 113 mm (4.4 in)
Nov 24°C (75°F) 96 mm (3.8 in) 28°C (83°F) 174 mm (6.8 in)
Dec 25°C (77°F) 169 mm (6.7 in) 28°C (82°F) 220 mm (8.6 in)