A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Salvador vs. Lima for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Salvador or Lima?

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

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

Where Should I go: Salvador or Lima?

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.

Lima

Lima, the capital city of Peru, is likely to be your point of entry for the country. Lima was founded in 1535 and was the seat of the Spanish rule for 300 years. It's a surprisingly modern city despite its rich history, but many beautiful churches and colonial architecture remain today. There are also large slum areas that highlight the poverty that exists in the city. The city and its surrounding metropolitan area have a population of about 8.5 million people, many of whom came from the Andes Mountains in search of work. Unfortunately the work opportunities are limited and the poverty is obvious as you arrive in Lima.

Which city is cheaper, Lima or Salvador?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Salvador is $33, while the average daily cost in Lima is $58. 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. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Salvador and Lima in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Salvador $18
    Lima $37
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Salvador $36
    Lima $74
Compare Hotels in Salvador and Lima

Looking for a hotel in Salvador or Lima? 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 Salvador


Hotels in Lima


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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: Salvador Hotel Prices and Lima Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Salvador $4.55
    Lima $4.36
Typical Local Transportation prices in Salvador

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


  • Bus from Airport
    $1.11

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Salvador

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Salvador:

  • Shared Transfer from hotels to Salvador airport: $12
  • Round-Trip Airport Transfer (SSA) and City Tour: $14
  • Shared Transfer from Airport to hotels in Salvador: $15
  • 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 Transfer From airport to Salvador up to 3 people: $35
  • Salvador Airport Transfer to Salvador City Hotels: $37
  • SSA Airport to/from City Private Transfer: $38
  • Private Transfer: Salvador to Salvador International Airport (SSA): $41
  • Private Transfer: Salvador International Airport (SSA) to Salvador: $41

Typical Local Transportation prices in Lima

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


  • Taxi Ride
    $5.16
  • Taxi Ride
    $5.16
  • Short Taxi Ride
    $3.87

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Lima

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Lima:

  • Airport Transfer Service in Lima: $59
  • Airport transfer Lima / English speaking driver: $20
  • Departure Private Transfer from Lima City to Lima Airport LIM by Sedan Car: $30
  • From Palomino Islands Cruise & Swimming with Sea Lions with Transfers: $125
  • LIMA - PERÚ, 4 Days and 3 Nights + acommodation *** + Transfer + 4 tours IN LIMA: $559
  • LIMA CAR TRANSFER - Private Service: $25
  • Larco Museum Restaurant Dining Experience with Transfer: $59
  • Lima Airport Arrival Transfer: $24
  • Lima Airport Departure Transfer: $24
  • Lima Airport Transfers: Jorge Chavez Airport LIM to Lima City in Standard Car: $30
  • Lima Airport Transfers: Jorge Chavez Airport LIM to Lima City in Standard Van: $35
  • Lima Airport Transfers: Lima City to Jorge Chavez Airport LIM in Standard Car: $30

Is it cheaper to fly into Salvador or Lima?

Prices for flights to both Lima 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.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Salvador $9.74
    Lima $13
Typical Food prices in Salvador

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


  • Dinner for 2
    $1.29

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
  • Baiana Cooking Class with Market Visit & Lunch: $85
  • Private Cooking Experience in Salvador: $100
  • Bahia By Night: Dinner and Folkloric show: $114
  • Bahia By Night Dinner and Dance Show Ticket: $135

Typical Food prices in Lima

Some typical examples of dining costs in Lima are as follows:


  • Lunch for Two
    $4.13
  • Ice cream
    $3.35
  • Coffee
    $2.84
  • Donut
    $0.90

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Lima

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

  • Virtual Peruvian Cooking Class "Lomo Saltado": $18
  • Cooking Workshop and Water Circuit Tour: $45
  • #1 Lima Food Tour and Local Markets (Small Group): $46
  • #1 Peruvian Food Tour through Local Markets (Small Group): $46
  • Delicious Food Tour through Local Markets: $46
  • #1 Dancing Horse Show & Dinner Buffet & Barranco Night Tour: $46
  • Dancing Horse Show & Dinner Buffet & Barranco Night Tour: $46
  • Dinner at the Huaca Pucllana Restaurant: $49
  • Private Cooking Class With a Local Family in Lima: $52
  • Half-Day Fountains Tour with Dinner & Folklore Show: $53
  • Peruvian Food Tour Through Local Markets: $55
  • Dinner Show and Exhibition of Peruvian Horse including Pick up & drop off: $55

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Salvador $4.29
    Lima $6.59

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 CandomblĂ© (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
  • Half Day Panoramic City Tour in Salvador, Brazil: $40

Typical Entertainment prices in Lima

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


  • Entrance to Museo Larco (for 2)
    $15
  • Movie Tickets
    $2.19

Tours and Activities in Lima

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

  • MATE Admission Ticket: $4.00
  • Cathedral of Lima Admission Ticket: $6.35
  • Skip the Line: Peruvian Regional Dances Ticket: $8.99
  • Skip the Line: Larco Museum Admission Ticket: $10
  • Museo del Oro and Armas del Mundo Admission Tickets from Lima: $11
  • Half Day Panoramic City Tour Lima III: $15
  • Live online experience: Prepare cocktails with a Peruvian bartender: $19
  • Panoramic City Tour of Lima: $25
  • Half-Day Colonial and Modern Lima Tour: $25
  • Half Day City Tour: $27
  • Half Day Panoramic City Tour Lima II: $27
  • Barranco Walking tour - Art & Culture: $30

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Salvador $5.74
    Lima $4.28
Typical Alcohol prices in Salvador

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


  • Beers for 2
    $1.29

Typical Alcohol prices in Lima

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


  • Bottle of Wine
    $6.94
  • Beer
    $3.87
  • Cocktail
    $3.10

Sample the Local Flavors in Lima

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Lima:

  • Ballestas Islands + Huacachina Oasis + Wine Tour (Unique Experience): $226
  • Mysterious Nazca Lines, Overflight from Ica, Huacachina Oasis & Wine Tour!: $490


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Salvador and Lima, we can see that Lima 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 Lima would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Lima than you might in Salvador.


When is the best time to visit Salvador or Lima?

Salvador has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, but Lima experiences a tropical climate with fairly warm weather most of the year.

Should I visit Salvador or Lima in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Salvador and Lima. Plenty of visitors come to Lima because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year.

In the summer, Salvador is a little warmer than Lima. Typically, the summer temperatures in Salvador in January are around 27°C (81°F), and Lima is about 18°C (64°F)in July.

In Salvador, it's very sunny this time of the year. Salvador usually receives more sunshine than Lima during summer. Salvador gets 246 hours of sunny skies, while Lima receives 36 hours of full sun in the summer.

Salvador gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In January, Salvador usually receives more rain than Limain July. Salvador gets 138 mm (5.4 in) of rain, while Lima receives 12 mm (0.5 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures January and July
    Salvador 27°C (81°F) 
    Lima 18°C (64°F)

Should I visit Salvador or Lima in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Salvador as well as Lima. Lima attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate.

In April, Salvador is generally a little warmer than Limain October. Temperatures in Salvador average around 26°C (80°F), and Lima stays around 19°C (66°F).

In the autumn, Salvador often gets more sunshine than Limain October. Salvador gets 190 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Lima receives 60 hours of full sun.

Salvador receives a lot of rain in the autumn. Salvador usually gets more rain in April than Limain October. Salvador gets 310 mm (12.2 in) of rain, while Lima receives 7 mm (0.3 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures April and October
    Salvador 26°C (80°F) 
    Lima 19°C (66°F)

Should I visit Salvador or Lima in the Winter?

Both Lima and Salvador are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Lima throughout the year.

Salvador is around the same temperature as Lima in the winter. The temperature in Salvador is usually 24°C (75°F) in July, and Lima stays around 23°C (73°F)in January.

Salvador usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Lima during winter. Salvador gets 181 hours of sunny skies, while Lima receives 185 hours of full sun in the winter.

It's quite rainy in Salvador. In July, Salvador usually receives more rain than Limain January. Salvador gets 175 mm (6.9 in) of rain, while Lima receives 4 mm (0.2 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures July and January
    Salvador 24°C (75°F) 
    Lima 23°C (73°F)

Should I visit Salvador or Lima in the Spring?

Both Lima and Salvador during the spring are popular places to visit. Plenty of visitors come to Lima because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year.

In the spring, Salvador is a little warmer than Lima. Typically, the spring temperatures in Salvador in October are around 26°C (78°F), and Lima is about 22°C (72°F)in April.

It's quite sunny in Salvador. In the spring, Salvador often gets more sunshine than Limain April. Salvador gets 228 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Lima receives 182 hours of full sun.

It rains a lot this time of the year in Salvador. Salvador usually gets more rain in October than Limain April. Salvador gets 115 mm (4.5 in) of rain, while Lima receives 2 mm (0.1 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures October and April
    Salvador 26°C (78°F) 
    Lima 22°C (72°F)

Typical Weather for Lima and Salvador

Salvador Lima
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 27°C (81°F) 138 mm (5.4 in) 23°C (73°F) 4 mm (0.2 in)
Feb 27°C (81°F) 142 mm (5.6 in) 24°C (75°F) 2 mm (0.1 in)
Mar 27°C (81°F) 152 mm (6 in) 23°C (73°F) 3 mm (0.1 in)
Apr 26°C (80°F) 310 mm (12.2 in) 22°C (72°F) 2 mm (0.1 in)
May 26°C (78°F) 360 mm (14.2 in) 20°C (68°F) 5 mm (0.2 in)
Jun 25°C (76°F) 244 mm (9.6 in) 19°C (66°F) 11 mm (0.4 in)
Jul 24°C (75°F) 175 mm (6.9 in) 18°C (64°F) 12 mm (0.5 in)
Aug 24°C (75°F) 127 mm (5 in) 17°C (63°F) 15 mm (0.6 in)
Sep 25°C (77°F) 102 mm (4 in) 18°C (64°F) 13 mm (0.5 in)
Oct 26°C (78°F) 115 mm (4.5 in) 19°C (66°F) 7 mm (0.3 in)
Nov 26°C (79°F) 137 mm (5.4 in) 20°C (68°F) 5 mm (0.2 in)
Dec 26°C (80°F) 143 mm (5.6 in) 22°C (72°F) 3 mm (0.1 in)


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