A Travel Price Comparison for Argentina Rosario vs. Puerto Madryn for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Rosario or Puerto Madryn?

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

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Rosario and Puerto Madryn can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Rosario or Puerto Madryn?

Rosario

Rosario is the third largest city in Argentina. Located at the Parana river and known for its rich architectural heritage and beautiful riverside scenery, Rosario is the birthplace of the Argentinian flag as well as two of the nation's most famous icons, Che Guevara and Lionel Messi. Rosario is still an important river port but has done a great job of regenerating its center, which now has a vibrant cultural and night life. The abandoned buildings of the long riverbank have been converted into galleries, restaurants, skateparks and river beaches, which buzz with life in summer. Dynamic and confident without being showy, culturally rich and the best urban location to cool off in the boiling summers, Rosario is easily overlooked but not to be missed.

Puerto Madryn

Puerto Madryn is mostly known as the gateway to Peninsula Valdes, welcoming tourists who come for whale watching. The Peninsula Valdes is a nature reserve designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site; 97 km long and 63 km wide, it is connected to the continent by an isthmus of 35 km from which we can see both gulfs, San Jose at north and the Nuevo at south.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Hiking & Trekking Tours in Argentina, The Best Adventure Tours to Argentina, The Best Family-Friendly Tours to Argentina, and The Best Wildlife Tours to Argentina.


Which place is cheaper, Puerto Madryn or Rosario?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Rosario is $8.68, while the average daily cost in Puerto Madryn is $13. 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 Rosario and Puerto Madryn in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Rosario $2.98
    Puerto Madryn $5.04
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Rosario $5.96
    Puerto Madryn $10
Compare Hotels in Rosario and Puerto Madryn

Looking for a hotel in Rosario or Puerto Madryn? 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 Rosario


Hotels in Puerto Madryn


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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: Rosario Hotel Prices and Puerto Madryn Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Rosario $2.56
    Puerto Madryn $3.14

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Puerto Madryn

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Puerto Madryn:

  • From Punta Tombo Day Trip with Hotel Transfer: $105
  • Trelew Airport Shuttle Transfer To Puerto Madryn : $47

Is it cheaper to fly into Rosario or Puerto Madryn?

Prices for flights to both Puerto Madryn and Rosario 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
    Rosario $3.68
    Puerto Madryn $5.46

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Rosario $2.96
    Puerto Madryn $5.54

Typical Entertainment Prices in Puerto Madryn

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Puerto Madryn are as follows:


  • Whale Watching for Two
    $0.33

Tours and Activities in Puerto Madryn

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

  • 4 x 4 experience around Puerto Madryn: $100
  • Cruise Shore Excursion Ea San Lorenzo Peninsula Valdes - Patagonia - Argentina: $245
  • Cruise Shore Excursion Peninsula Valdes - Pto Madryn - Patagonia - Argentina: $139
  • Cruise Shore Excursion Punta Tombo - Tickets included - Puerto Madryn Patagonia: $129
  • Cruise excursion to Punta Tombo from Puerto Madryn: $130
  • From City and Punta Loma Tour: $97
  • From Florentino Ameghino Dam Day Tour: $231
  • From Penguin Tour & Península Valdés Day Trip: $152
  • From Valdes Peninsula Full-Day Tour: $155
  • Full Day Peninsula Valdes Experience: $90
  • Full Day Peninsula Valdes Experience - optional Whale Watching : $87
  • Full Day Punta Tombo - Walking Among Penguins Experience - Madryn: $105

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Rosario $1.69
    Puerto Madryn $3.00


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

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


Which is Bigger, Rosario or Puerto Madryn?

Rosario has a larger population, and is about 20 times larger than the population of Puerto Madryn. When comparing the sizes of Rosario and Puerto Madryn, 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.