A Travel Price Comparison for Argentina Salta vs. Mendoza for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Salta or Mendoza?

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 Salta and Mendoza can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Salta or Mendoza?


Located in the heart of the famous Northwest region of Argentina, at 1200m of elevation and at the foot of the Cerro San Bernardo, Salta is the largest city of the region and perhaps the most beautiful colonial city of Argentina. Founded in 1582 by the Spanish, Salta was an important stop for merchants who followed the usual trade road through Bolivia and Peru. Argentines call this city nestled in the foothills of the Andes and surrounded by mountains, of just over half a million inhabitants, Salta La Linda (Salta the Beautiful) and it's easy to see why. Young and traditional at the same time, Salta and its renowned museums, plaza side cafes and live musica folklorica of its bustling penas, is a sophisticated and lively city day and night.


Mendoza is a city in western Argentina and more precisely in the desertic Cuyo region. Mendoza is the center of the Argentinian wine industry and is famed around the world for its vineyards and wine production. Spread across the valley of the Rio Mendoza and in the foothills of the Andean mountain range, Mendoza is also near the Aconcagua, the highest mountain outside of the Himalayas. The bustling and scenic city of wide, leafy avenues, atmospheric plazas and cosmopolitan cafes spoils visitors with unique natural attractions and historical landmarks. If you can, visit Mendoza during the harvest festival at the end of February. There are many events and festivals in Mendoza and they are usually free. Each has a different theme, and they usually have a stage with singing and dancing and booths that sell food around a plaza. Seventy percent of Argentina's wines are produced here, and Mendoza is especially known for its world-famous malbecs.

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Which place is cheaper, Mendoza or Salta?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Salta is $9.34, while the average daily cost in Mendoza is $7.15. 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 Salta and Mendoza in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Salta $3.37
    Mendoza $2.71
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Salta $6.74
    Mendoza $5.42
Compare Hotels in Salta and Mendoza

Looking for a hotel in Salta or Mendoza? 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 Salta

Hotels in Mendoza

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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: Salta Hotel Prices and Mendoza Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Salta $3.89
    Mendoza $1.41
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Salta

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Salta are as follows:

  • Taxi Ride

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Salta

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

  • Yungas : full day with gauchos - transfer inc. from Salta: $240
  • One-Way or Round Trip Airport Transfer: $5.50
  • Salta Airport One-Way or Round-Trip Transfers: $20
  • Round Trip Shared Transfer Salta Airport/Downtown Hotel: $9.00
  • Full Day Tour Cafayate + Humahuaca + Transfer in/out: $136
  • From Salinas and Hornocal 2-Day Tour with Transfer: $99
  • From Cafayate and Hornocal 2-Day Tour with Transfer: $88
  • 3-Day:Cafayate, Cachi, Salinas Grandes Including Transfer In/Out : $178

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Mendoza

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

  • Visit Trapiche+Lunch El Enemigo (Michelin). Private transfer: $300
  • Trapiche Winery + Laur + Antigal Winery Lunch.Transfer included: $200
  • Transfer to Salentein Uco Valley with Lunch and Visit: $260
  • Transfer from the Airport to your Hotel in Mendoza: $40
  • Top Winery and Gourmet Experience in Uco Valley.Transfer included: $230
  • Shared Transfer Mendoza Bus Station / Downtown Hotel: $23
  • Private transfers to Vinicolas de Lujan and Maipú: $150
  • Private transfer to 2 wineries in Valle de Uco: $70
  • Private Transfer Vinicolas Valle de Uco: $190
  • Private Transfer Mendoza to Mendoza Airport MDZ by Car or Minibus: $17
  • Private Transfer Mendoza Airport MDZ to Mendoza by Car or Minibus: $17
  • Private Transfer Lujan de Cuyo or Maipu to Mendoza Airport MDZ : $30

Is it cheaper to fly into Salta or Mendoza?

Prices for flights to both Mendoza and Salta 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
    Salta $3.17
    Mendoza $3.19
Typical Food Prices in Salta

For Salta, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:

  • Emplanadas
  • Ice Cream
  • Lunch
  • Coffee

Typical Food Prices in Mendoza

For Mendoza, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:

  • Empanadas

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Mendoza

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

  • Bar Safari: 4 Best Mendoza’s Bars in 1 night. + Full Dinner: $116
  • Horseback Riding at Sunset and Dinner in Mendoza: $160
  • Full-Day Small-Group Mendoza Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch or Dinner: $184
  • Empanadas Cooking Class in a local's kitchen: $200

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Salta $3.30
    Mendoza $2.02
Typical Entertainment Prices in Salta

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Salta's activities, tours, and tickets:

  • Gondola Ride
  • Pool
  • Wine and Cheese night

Tours and Activities in Salta

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

  • From City Tour and San Lorenzo on a half-day tour: $16
  • Full-Day Tour to Salinas Grandes and Purmamarca From Salta: $36
  • Train Tour to the Clouds Salta Bus Train Bus- Foreigners: $170
  • 2 Day Tour from Salta to Humahuaca and Salinas Grandes: $79
  • 4 Day Tour to Cafayat Cachi Salinas and Humahuaca: $119
  • 4-Day Tour of Salta Cafayate and Humahuaca: $2,028
  • Best of Guided City Tour: $31
  • Bungee Jumping Adrenaline Experience on Cabra Corral Dam: $128
  • Cachi Full Day Tour from Salta: $64
  • Cafayate, Vineyards and Calchaquies Valleys Tour from Salta: $64
  • Exclusive day-long private tour of Cafayate vineyards: $281
  • From Cachi and Los Cardones National Park Tour: $27

Tours and Activities in Mendoza

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

  • 3 Wineries Tour Half Day: $36
  • Aconcagua short hike, and high mountain tour with barbecue.: $185
  • Adrenaline Canopy Tour on the Mendoza River: $101
  • Adventure Park - Unforgettable Challenge!: $75
  • Andes High Mountain Tour in Mendoza: $121
  • Andes High Mountain full day Tour: $78
  • Andes Hiking Experience Full Day: $175
  • Andes Mountain Tour Circuit Mt Aconcagua: $220
  • Asado em Casa Mendocina Experience with Friends: $150
  • Bike Tour - Meet San Martín Park: $58
  • Charms of Mendoza Private Tour 3 Wineries with Paired Lunch: $380
  • Choose your Wine Adventure at Uco Valley: $158

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Salta $1.33
    Mendoza $1.21
Typical Alcohol Prices in Salta

Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Salta are as follows:

  • Beer
  • Alcohol

Sample the Local Flavors in Salta

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Salta:

  • From Cafayate Day Trip with Wine Tasting: $30
  • Full-day Cafayate, Lerma Valley, and Wine Tasting from Salta: $30
  • From Full-Day Tour to Cafayate with Wine Tasting: $33
  • Full-Day Private Calchaquí Valley & Cafayate Wine Tour from Salta: $202

Typical Alcohol Prices in Mendoza

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Mendoza:

  • Beer

Sample the Local Flavors in Mendoza

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Mendoza:

  • Classic Wine Tasting: $30
  • Half-Day Wine Tour with Tastings: $36
  • Premium Wine Tasting: $48
  • Vineyards with Wine Tasting in Mendoza: $51
  • Full Day Wine Tour with 3 Course Lunch: $96
  • Argentinean Asado with Local Host and Wine Tasting: $99
  • Wine Tour with Lunch and Transport in Mendoza: $100
  • Private Wine Tour, Tastings and Lunch with Pairings: $150
  • wine tours in wine country mendoza Argentina: $160
  • Wine Tour with Lunch from Mendoza: $167
  • All Day, Small Group, Luxury Wine Tour with Gourmet Lunch: $180
  • Intimate Wine Tour with Wine Pairing Lunch: $215

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

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

Which is Bigger, Salta or Mendoza?

Mendoza has a larger population, and is about 71% larger than the population of Salta. When comparing the sizes of Salta and Mendoza, 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.