A Travel Price Comparison for Argentina San Carlos de Bariloche vs. Mendoza for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit San Carlos de Bariloche or Mendoza?

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

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for San Carlos de Bariloche and Mendoza. We'll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Where Should I go: San Carlos de Bariloche or Mendoza?

San Carlos de Bariloche

Set in the foothills of the Andes Mountains in Argentina, San Carlos de Bariloche is the biggest city in the Lake District. Bariloche is popular for skiing and snowboarding in the winter and trekking, swimming, fishing and horseback riding in the summertime.

No matter the time of year, there is something for everyone in Bariloche. Skiing season begins from June to October while fishing season is from November to April. Summer is from December to March, but visiting during low seasons (Spring in October to December and Autumn in late-April to mid-June) also has its benefits when it comes to saving cash and avoiding crowds.

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Mendoza

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 San Carlos de Bariloche?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in San Carlos de Bariloche is $7.01, while the average daily cost in Mendoza is $6.97. 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 San Carlos de Bariloche and Mendoza in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    San Carlos de Bariloche $2.54
    Mendoza $2.65
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    San Carlos de Bariloche $5.08
    Mendoza $5.30
Compare Hotels in San Carlos de Bariloche and Mendoza

Looking for a hotel in San Carlos de Bariloche 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 San Carlos de Bariloche


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: San Carlos de Bariloche Hotel Prices and Mendoza Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    San Carlos de Bariloche $2.16
    Mendoza $1.38

Hired Cars and Shuttles in San Carlos de Bariloche

Some specific examples of transportation prices in San Carlos de Bariloche:

  • Visit to Piedras Blancas Bariloche with transfers: $85
  • Transfers to and from Villa La Angostura: $175
  • Transfers to and from San Martín de los Andes: $295
  • Transfers in Bariloche: $29
  • Transfer from the Airport to Bariloche: $26
  • Shared Transfer One Way - Bariloche Airport to Hotel or v.v.: $24
  • Shared Departure Transfer: Hotel to Bariloche Airport: $23
  • Private Transfer from Tom Wesley to Bariloche (BRC) Airport: $55
  • Private Transfer from Puerto Pañuelo to Bariloche (BRC) Airport: $74
  • Private Transfer from Playa Bonita to Bariloche (BRC) Airport: $47
  • Private Transfer from Lago Moreno to Bariloche (BRC) Airport: $47
  • Private Transfer from Hotel Catedral to Bariloche (BRC) Airport: $47

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Mendoza

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

  • Shared 1-Way or Round Trip MDZ Airport Transfer: $10
  • Private Transfer Mendoza to Mendoza Airport MDZ by Car or Minibus: $17
  • One-Way Private Transfer from Airport: $25
  • Shared Transfer Mendoza Bus Station / Downtown Hotel: $27
  • Mendoza to Mendoza Intl Airport (MDZ)- Departure Private Transfer: $28
  • Private Transfer Lujan de Cuyo or Maipu to Mendoza Airport MDZ : $30
  • Private 1-Way or Round-Trip MDZ Airport Transfer: $34
  • Mendoza Private Airport Transfers: $35
  • One Way Shared Transfer Mendoza Airport/Downtown Hotel: $40
  • Las Leñas to Mendoza Int Airport (MDZ)-Departure Private Transfer: $44
  • Arrival Private Transfer from Mendoza Airport MDZ to Valle de Uco: $80
  • Departure Private Transfer Valle de Uco to Mendoza Airport MDZ : $80

Is it cheaper to fly into San Carlos de Bariloche or Mendoza?

Prices for flights to both Mendoza and San Carlos de Bariloche 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
    San Carlos de Bariloche $2.64
    Mendoza $3.11
Typical Food Prices in San Carlos de Bariloche

Some typical examples of dining costs in San Carlos de Bariloche are as follows:


  • Pastries
    $0.01
  • Empanadas
    $0.03

Typical Food Prices in Mendoza

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


  • Empanadas
    $0.01

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: $93
  • Argentinian Cooking class in Grazie Mille Winery in Valle de Uco: $95
  • Sunset Horseback Riding Tour in Lunlunta with Dinner Included: $120
  • Horseback Riding at Sunset and Dinner at an Estancia in Mendoza: $150
  • Horseback Riding at Sunset and Dinner in Mendoza: $160
  • Trip to the Marañon Art Park from Mendoza. Dinner in Uspallata: $170
  • Empanadas Cooking Class in a local's kitchen: $200

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    San Carlos de Bariloche $2.89
    Mendoza $1.97

Tours and Activities in San Carlos de Bariloche

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for San Carlos de Bariloche are as follows:

  • 2-Days Experience Bariloche with Airfare from Buenos Aires: $1,460
  • 4-Hour Guided Tour of the Small Circuit: $160
  • Bariloche Horseback Riding & Traditional Argentine Barbecue Tour: $140
  • Bariloche San Martin de los Andes and Seven Lakes Road Tour: $130
  • Bariloche: Blest Port and Cantaros Waterfall Tour : $158
  • Bariloche: Full-Day El Bolsón and Puelo Lake Tour: $48
  • Bariloche: Half Day Small Circuit Tour - Mt Campanario and Llao Llao Peninsula: $28
  • Bariloche: Private Enchanted Valley Tour with Lunch: $560
  • Canopy Half-Day Tour in Bariloche: $61
  • Classic Bariloche: Half-Day Sightseeing Excursion: $32
  • Day Tour to Cerro Tronador from Bariloche: $105
  • From Bariloche: Victoria Island & the Arrayanes Forest Tour: $124

Tours and Activities in Mendoza

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

  • Mendoza Walking Tour: The history of the City and main Park!: $14
  • Un walking tour de la fascinante historia del vino mendocino: $15
  • Tour autoguiado en bicicleta por Luján de Cuyo (Mendoza): $19
  • Mendoza City Tour: $20
  • Malbec Experience in Bodega Tierras Altas: $20
  • Renacer Winery Experience: $25
  • City tour with visit to General San Martin Park: $29
  • Half-Day Sightseeing City Tour: $29
  • Mendoza City Tour: $33
  • Historical City Walking Tour: $33
  • Half-Day Sightseeing Tour: $36
  • 3 Wineries Tour Half Day: $36

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    San Carlos de Bariloche $1.74
    Mendoza $1.18
Typical Alcohol Prices in San Carlos de Bariloche

Here are a few samples of the prices for alcohol and nightlife in San Carlos de Bariloche from other travelers:


  • Beer
    $0.01

Typical Alcohol Prices in Mendoza

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


  • Beer
    $0.01

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: $34
  • Private Wine Tasting in the Vineyards Facing the Andes: $35
  • Half-Day Wine Tour with Tastings: $42
  • Premium Wine Tasting: $52
  • Vineyards with Wine Tasting in Mendoza: $53
  • Argentinean Asado with Local Host and Wine Tasting: $99
  • Wine Tour with Lunch and Transport in Mendoza: $100
  • Full Day Wine Tour with 3 Course Lunch: $107
  • Full-Day Private Luján De Cuyo Wine Tour from Mendoza: $145
  • Private Wine Tour, Tastings and Lunch with Pairings: $180
  • All Day, Small Group, Luxury Wine Tour with Gourmet Lunch: $180
  • Full Day Private Uco Valley Wine Tour from Mendoza: $181


When comparing the travel costs between San Carlos de Bariloche and Mendoza, we can see that San Carlos de Bariloche is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in South America, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.

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


Which is Bigger, San Carlos de Bariloche or Mendoza?

Mendoza has a larger population, and is about 9 times larger than the population of San Carlos de Bariloche. When comparing the sizes of San Carlos de Bariloche 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.