A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Salta vs. Sucre for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Salta or Sucre?

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 Sucre can help you decide which place is right for you.

Salta

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.

Sucre

Sucre is famous for its gorgeous town center and delightful climate, making it for many Bolivia's most beautiful city. Also considered the symbolic heart of the nation, 'La ciudad blanca' or the white city has preserved stunning whitewashed buildings sheltering pretty patios and other beauties of colonial architecture. The city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1991 and is under strict controls on development. It offers many attractions including historic buildings and a renowned theatre, but you can also wander around prehistoric sites and discover indigenous culture in the surrounding towns and countryside. Tourists love Sucre for its relaxed atmosphere. It's definitely on the list of top places to visit in Bolivia.

Which city is cheaper, Sucre or Salta?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Salta is $68, while the average daily cost in Sucre is $35. 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 city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Salta and Sucre in more detail.



Accommodation

Double occupancy rooms typically run around $48 in Salta For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.

An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $18 in Sucre For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Salta $24
    Sucre $9.03
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Salta $48
    Sucre $18

Food

While meal prices in Salta can vary, the average travelers spends about $23 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Salta should cost around $9.20 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Salta is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

Sucre food costs typically run travelers around $15 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Salta $23
    Sucre $15
Typical Food prices in Salta

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


  • Emplanadas
    $0.05
  • Ice Cream
    $0.06
  • Lunch
    $5.92
  • Coffee
    $1.22

Typical Food prices in Sucre

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Sucre:


  • Dinner
    $4.50
  • Juice
    $0.87
  • Juice
    $1.02
  • Chocolate
    $1.74
  • Cappuccino
    $4.35

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Sucre

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

  • Traditional Bolivian cooking class with cocktail making by La Boca del Sapo: $32

Local Transportation

To get around in Salta, the average visitor spends $28 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.

To get around in Sucre, the average visitor spends $9.49 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Salta $28
    Sucre $9.49
Typical Local Transportation prices in Salta

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


  • Taxi Ride
    $0.05

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Salta

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

  • Humahuaca, 7-color Hill & round trip transfers airport - hotel in Salta: $127
  • Salta City Tour & Round Trip Transfers airport - hotel: $62
  • Salta Airport Private Transfer: $50
  • Private Airport Transfer: Martin Miguel de Guemes Int. Airport (SLA) to Salta: $30
  • Private Airport Transfer: Salta to Martin Miguel de Guemes Int. Airport (SLA): $30
  • Shared Departure Transfer: Salta Hotels to Martín Miguel de Güemes International Airport: $27
  • Shared Arrival Transfer: Martín Miguel de Güemes International Airport to Salta: $19
  • Salta Airport Shuttle Transfer: $9.97
  • One-Way or Round Trip Airport Transfer: $5.50

Typical Local Transportation prices in Sucre

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


  • Taxi Ride
    $1.45

Is it cheaper to fly into Salta or Sucre?

Prices for flights to both Sucre 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.





Entertainment

In Salta, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $24 per person, per day.

In Sucre, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $13 per person, per day.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Salta $24
    Sucre $13
Typical Entertainment prices in Salta

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


  • Gondola Ride
    $0.15
  • Pool
    $0.51
  • Wine and Cheese night
    $37

Tours and Activities in Salta

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

  • 2-Day Calchaquí Valley Tour to Cachi and Cafayate: $318
  • 2-day tour: Humahuaca Canyon + Cachi and Calchaquies Valleys: $165
  • 2-day tour: Humahuaca Canyon + Cafayate Wine Country: $165
  • 3-Days Salta, Purmamarca & Salinas Grandes Private Experience: $625
  • 3-day Overland Adventure in Tolar Grande, Salta: $1,240
  • 4 x 4 Safari Tour to Puna, Salt Falts and Purmamarca from Salta: $120
  • 4-Days Discovering Amazing Salta - Nature & Adventure: $645
  • 4-Days Tour of Salta Cafayate and Humahuaca: $808
  • 5-Day Adventure Trip in Salta: $527
  • 6-Day Tour in Salta, Purmamarca, Humahuaca, Tolar Grande & Salt flats!: $1,813
  • 6-day Tour in Salta y Jujuy - Best of The Northwest: $1,095
  • 7-Day Tour in Salta, the Calchaqui Valley and Cafayate and San Pedro de Atacama: $1,292

Tours and Activities in Sucre

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

  • Full-Day Tour from Sucre to Potosi and Uyuni: $227
  • Private Half Day Tour: Sucre Walking Tour with Hotel Pick up: $67
  • Romantic tour in Sucre: $498
  • Sucre - Walking City Tour - Half Day - English Speaking guide: $42
  • Sucre City Tour With Visit to Cretaceous Park: $123
  • Sucre walking tour: $45
  • The Best of Sucre Walking Tour: $498

Alcohol

Typically, people visiting Salta spend on average $9.62 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Sucre, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $10.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Salta $9.62
    Sucre $10
Typical Alcohol prices in Salta

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


  • Beer
    $0.10
  • Alcohol
    $3.06

Sample the Local Flavors in Salta

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Salta:

  • Full-day Cafayate, Lerma Valley, and Wine Tasting from Salta: $24
  • From Cafayate Day Trip with Wine Tasting: $25
  • From Full-Day Tour to Cafayate with Wine Tasting: $27
  • Luxury Colome wine tour: $806


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

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