A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers San Carlos de Bariloche vs. Puerto Montt for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit San Carlos de Bariloche or Puerto Montt?

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the prices of travel for San Carlos de Bariloche and Puerto Montt. 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. So, let's dig into it.

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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Puerto Montt

The Lake District is a region of snow capped volcanoes, pale green lakes and endless miles of virgin and ancient forests. Found 1,016 km away from Santiago de Chile, Puerto Montt is famous for its beautiful lakes and its germanic architecture, old wooden houses and its legendary Iglesia Catedral, found on the town's main square, la Plaza de Armas. The monument, entirely built with alerce (cypress) wood, is the oldest building of the city. The capital of the Lake Region is a good starting point for many memorable excursions in the area.

Which city is cheaper, Puerto Montt 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 $52, while the average daily cost in Puerto Montt is $86. 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 San Carlos de Bariloche and Puerto Montt in more detail.



Accommodation

Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about $38 for a double occupancy room in San Carlos de Bariloche.

The average price for accommodation for two people in Puerto Montt is $118. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    San Carlos de Bariloche $19
    Puerto Montt $59
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    San Carlos de Bariloche $38
    Puerto Montt $118

Food

The average traveler spends about $20 per day in San Carlos de Bariloche for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.

The price of a meal in Puerto Montt can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $21 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $8.40 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
    San Carlos de Bariloche $20
    Puerto Montt $21
Typical Food prices in San Carlos de Bariloche

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


  • Pastries
    $0.12
  • Empanadas
    $0.28

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in San Carlos de Bariloche

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in San Carlos de Bariloche.

  • Night hiking in the woods with headlamps & Candlelit dinner: $70
  • Half-Day Bariloche Highlights with Cooking Class & Beer Tasting -Private Service: $274

Local Transportation

The average price of local transportation around San Carlos de Bariloche is $16 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.

The average price of local transportation around Puerto Montt is $6.22 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    San Carlos de Bariloche $16
    Puerto Montt $6.22

Hired Cars and Shuttles in San Carlos de Bariloche

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

  • Shared Arrival Transfer: Bariloche Airport to Hotel: $15
  • Bariloche Airport Arrival Shuttle Transfer: $16
  • Bariloche Airport Departure Shuttle Transfer: $16
  • Shared Departure Transfer: Hotel to Bariloche Airport: $26
  • Bariloche Airport Round Trip Shuttle Transfer: $32
  • Private Airport Transfer: San Carlos De Bariloche Airport (BRC) to Bariloche: $35
  • Private Airport Transfer: Bariloche to San Carlos De Bariloche Airport (BRC): $35
  • Shared Round-Trip Transfer: Bariloche Hotels to Cerro Catedral Ski Resort: $38
  • Private Transfer from Bariloche (BRC) Airport to Tambo Viejo: $41
  • Private Transfer from Bariloche (BRC) Airport to Bariloche City: $41
  • Private Transfer from Bariloche City to Bariloche (BRC) Airport: $41
  • San Carlos de Bariloche Airport Roundtrip Transfer: $48

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Puerto Montt

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Puerto Montt:

  • Puerto Montt Shuttle Transfer: $21
  • Private Airport Transfer: Puerto Montt to Puerto Montt - El Tepual Airport (PMC): $25
  • Puerto Montt Airport Private Transfer: $27
  • Transfer from Puerto Montt Airport to Puerto Varas: $32
  • Cruce Andino Office Private Transfer from Puerto Montt: $43
  • Transfer from Puerto Montt Airport to Frutillar: $53
  • Transfer Puerto Montt Airport to Castro: $227
  • Transfer from Puerto Montt Airport to Castro: $245

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

Prices for flights to both Puerto Montt 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.





Entertainment

San Carlos de Bariloche's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $22 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.

Puerto Montt's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $13 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    San Carlos de Bariloche $22
    Puerto Montt $13

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:

  • Bariloche Civic Center Walking Tour: $5.00
  • Bariloche Historic District Walking Tour: $16
  • German Footprint Shared Tour: $16
  • Cerro Catedral Sightseeing Tour: $22
  • Bariloche Scenic Circle Tour: $27
  • Half Day Small Circuit Tour: Mt Campanario and Llao Llao Peninsula: $35
  • Bariloche Sightseeing Tour: $40
  • German Footprint & Nazi presence - Walking Tour in Bariloche: $40
  • Nahuel Huapi National Park AdmissionTicket: $40
  • Mount Tronador and the Black Glacier Day Tour: $50
  • Bariloche Flavours Tasting Walking Tour: $60
  • San Martín de los Andes por 7 Lagos Full-Day Tour: $62

Tours and Activities in Puerto Montt

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

  • Frutillar Half Day Tour From Puerto Montt: $41
  • Private Tour: Puerto Montt Sightseeing: $44
  • Half day traditional city tour: $48
  • Chiloe Island Tour from Puerto Montt: $62
  • Full-Day Osorno Vulcano and Petrohue Falls Small-Group Tour: $70
  • Chiloe Island - Puñihuil Tour: $85
  • Frutillar Tour from Puerto Montt in Private: $95
  • Day Tour Frutillar, Puerto Varas and Puerto Montt: $113
  • Day tour Petrohue Falls, Osorno Volcano & Puerto Varas: $113
  • Shore Excursion: Private City Tour of Puerto Montt and Puerto Varas: $182
  • Private Shore Excursion Tour to Puerto Montt, Puerto Varas and Frutillar: $202
  • Puerto Montt Shore Excursion: City Tour and Frutillar Tour with German Colonial Museum: $232

Alcohol

The average person spends about $13 on alcoholic beverages in San Carlos de Bariloche per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

The average person spends about $4.35 on alcoholic beverages in Puerto Montt per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    San Carlos de Bariloche $13
    Puerto Montt $4.35
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
    $0.11

Sample the Local Flavors in San Carlos de Bariloche

Also in San Carlos de Bariloche, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • City Tour, Nature Hiking & visit to a Local Microbrewery in Bariloche: $281


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

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