A Travel Price Comparison for Brazil Salvador vs. Brasilia for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Salvador or Brasilia?

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Salvador or Brasilia, this travel cost comparison can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Salvador

Salvador de Bahia was the first capital of Brazil, founded by the Portuguese in 1549. Also known as "Brazil's capital of happiness," Salvador is famous for its plentiful and spirited street festivals. The third most populous city in Brazil, Salvador is also well-known for its Afro-Brazilian culture and Portuguese colonial architecture.

Brasilia

The capital city of Brazil, Brasilia is a uniquely-planned city that was constructed in four years from 1956-1960 in the shape of a large bird or airplane. Renowned for its modern architecture, the city listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and attracts architecture aficionados worldwide. For more information about this, check out this guide to architecture in Brasilia.

Which city is cheaper, Brasilia or Salvador?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Salvador is $34, while the average daily cost in Brasilia is $64. 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 Salvador and Brasilia in more detail.



Accommodation

A hotel room in Salvador is about $38 This assumes double occupancy and modest accommodations.

Brasilia's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is $54. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is $27.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Salvador $19
    Brasilia $27
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Salvador $38
    Brasilia $54

Food

In Salvador travelers spend around $10 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.

The price of a meal in Brasilia can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $25 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $10 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Salvador $10
    Brasilia $25
Typical Food prices in Salvador

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Salvador:


  • Dinner for 2
    $1.33

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Salvador

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Salvador.

  • Pelourinho By Night - Dinner & Show: $70
  • Pelourinho By Night With Folkloric Show and Dinner: $80
  • Private Tour to Cultural Show and Dinner in Salvador: $80
  • Private Cooking Experience in Salvador: $100
  • Salvador by Night: Cultural Dinner and Show: $110
  • Bahia By Night: Dinner and Folkloric show: $114
  • Cooking Class with a Local and Spice Gift: $125
  • Bahia By Night Dinner and Dance Show Ticket: $135

Local Transportation

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $4.68 per day to get around in Salvador.

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $17 per day to get around in Brasilia.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Salvador $4.68
    Brasilia $17
Typical Local Transportation prices in Salvador

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Salvador:


  • Bus from Airport
    $1.14

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Salvador

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Salvador:

  • Grand Palladium Imbassai Private Transfer 4 to 12 Pax: $114
  • Iberostar Praia do Forte or Bahia Private Transfer 4 to 12 Pax: $107
  • Ivan Bahia, Private Transfer Lençois (Chapada Diamantina) to / from Salvador BA: $280
  • Morro de São Paulo Shared Transfer From/To Salvador: $100
  • Praia do Forte Private Transfer From Salvador: $103
  • Praia do Forte Shared Transfer From Salvador: $43
  • Private Airport Round-Trip Transfer: Salvador de Bahia Airport to Salvador City: $62
  • Private Airport Transfer: Salvador Int. Airport (SSA) to Salvador de Bahia: $21
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Salvador de Bahia to Salvador Int. Airport (SSA): $21
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Salvador de Bahia Airport to Salvador City: $31
  • Private Departure Transfer from Salvador City to Salvador de Bahia Airport: $31
  • Private One Way Airport Transfer - Morro de São Paulo: $366

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Brasilia

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Brasilia:

  • Private Airport Transfer: Brasilia International Airport (BSB) to Brasilia: $37
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Brasilia to Brasilia International Airport (BSB): $37
  • Private Transfer: Brasilia to International Airport of Brasilia (BSB): $68
  • Private Transfer: International Airport of Brasilia (BSB) to Brasilia: $68

Is it cheaper to fly into Salvador or Brasilia?

Prices for flights to both Brasilia and Salvador 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

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $4.42 per person, per day in Salvador. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $15 per person, per day in Brasilia. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Salvador $4.42
    Brasilia $15

Tours and Activities in Salvador

Here are a few actual costs in Salvador for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova Guided Tour Including Entrance Ticket: $9.53
  • Discover the Ancient Deities of Brazil's Candomblé (Online Experience): $15
  • Salvador Panoramic City Tour: $21
  • Salvador Historical City Center Tour: $21
  • Panoramic Salvador Half Day City Tour: $25
  • Historical Salvador City Tour: $25
  • Shared Salvador City Tour: $27
  • Half Day Historical City Tour (Private): $28
  • Historic City Tour in Salvador: $33
  • Panoramic Sightseeing City Tour: $37
  • Schooner Tour to Ilha dos Frades and Itaparica from Salvador: $37
  • North Beach Praia do Forte and Guarajuba Tour: $40

Tours and Activities in Brasilia

Here are a few actual costs in Brasilia for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • City Tour Brasilia Noturna: $91
  • Half Day city Tour: $138
  • Half Day Cultural Tour: $138

Alcohol

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Salvador may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $5.91 per day on alcoholic beverages.

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Brasilia may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $11 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Salvador $5.91
    Brasilia $11
Typical Alcohol prices in Salvador

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


  • Beers for 2
    $1.33


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

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