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

Should you visit San Carlos de Bariloche or Salta?

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 Salta. 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 Salta?

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.

Check out our ultimate guide to Hiking in Patagonia.

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.

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Which place is cheaper, Salta 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 $7.19, while the average daily cost in Salta is $9.34. 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 Salta in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    San Carlos de Bariloche $2.60
    Salta $3.37
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    San Carlos de Bariloche $5.20
    Salta $6.74
Compare Hotels in San Carlos de Bariloche and Salta

Looking for a hotel in San Carlos de Bariloche or Salta? 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 Salta


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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 Salta Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    San Carlos de Bariloche $2.22
    Salta $3.89

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 to and from El Bolsón: $196
  • Transfers in Bariloche: $22
  • Transfer from the Airport to Bariloche: $26
  • Shared Transfer One Way - Bariloche Airport to Hotel or v.v.: $22
  • Shared Departure Transfer: Hotel to Bariloche Airport: $22
  • Private transfer Bariloche Airpot- Hotels: $13
  • 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

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Salta

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


  • Taxi Ride
    $0.01

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Salta

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

  • One-Way or Round Trip Airport Transfer: $5.50
  • Round Trip Shared Transfer Salta Airport/Downtown Hotel: $9.00
  • Salta Airport One-Way or Round-Trip Transfers: $20
  • From Cafayate and Hornocal 2-Day Tour with Transfer: $88
  • From Salinas and Hornocal 2-Day Tour with Transfer: $99
  • Full Day Tour Cafayate + Humahuaca + Transfer in/out: $136
  • 3-Day:Cafayate, Cachi, Salinas Grandes Including Transfer In/Out : $178
  • Yungas : full day with gauchos - transfer inc. from Salta: $240

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

Prices for flights to both Salta 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 $2.70
    Salta $3.17
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 Salta

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


  • Emplanadas
    $0.01
  • Ice Cream
    $0.01
  • Lunch
    $0.65
  • Coffee
    $0.14

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    San Carlos de Bariloche $2.96
    Salta $3.30

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: $1,457
  • 4-Hour Guided Tour of the Small Circuit: $160
  • Bariloche Horseback Riding & Traditional Argentine Barbecue Tour: $147
  • Bariloche San Martin de los Andes and Seven Lakes Road Tour: $130
  • Bariloche: 4-Hour Cerro Catedral Base Tour: $15
  • Bariloche: Blest Port and Cantaros Waterfall Tour : $136
  • Bariloche: Full-Day El Bolsón and Puelo Lake Tour: $42
  • Bariloche: Half Day Small Circuit Tour - Mt Campanario and Llao Llao Peninsula: $23
  • Bariloche: Private Enchanted Valley Tour with Lunch: $495
  • Classic Bariloche: Half-Day Sightseeing Excursion: $38
  • Discovering Cerro Catedral: A Sightseeing Tour: $63
  • From Bariloche: Half-Day Circuito Chico Sightseeing Tour: $67

Typical Entertainment Prices in Salta

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


  • Gondola Ride
    $0.02
  • Pool
    $0.06
  • Wine and Cheese night
    $4.03

Tours and Activities in Salta

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

  • 4-Hour Guided Highlights City Tour: $15
  • From City Tour and San Lorenzo on a half-day tour: $16
  • From City Tour of the city on a half-day ride: $18
  • Salta City Half Day Tour: $20
  • Half-Day City Tour of Salta: $23
  • From Full-day tour to Cachi and Los Cardones National Park: $27
  • From Full-Day Tour to Cafayate, Land of Wines: $27
  • From Cachi and Los Cardones National Park Tour: $27
  • City Tour and sorroundings: $28
  • Best of Guided City Tour: $31
  • Guided Half-Day City Tour with Cathedral and Museum: $31
  • Full-Day Tour Cafayate Calchaqui Valleys with Wine: $32

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    San Carlos de Bariloche $1.78
    Salta $1.33
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 Salta

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


  • Beer
    $0.01
  • Alcohol
    $0.34

Sample the Local Flavors in Salta

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Salta:

  • From Cafayate Day Trip with Wine Tasting: $30
  • Full-day Cafayate, Lerma Valley, and Wine Tasting from Salta: $30
  • From Full-Day Tour to Cafayate with Wine Tasting: $33
  • Full-Day Private Calchaquí Valley & Cafayate Wine Tour from Salta: $202


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between San Carlos de Bariloche and Salta, we can see that Salta 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 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 San Carlos de Bariloche.

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 Salta Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, San Carlos de Bariloche or Salta?

Salta has a larger population, and is about 5 times larger than the population of San Carlos de Bariloche. When comparing the sizes of San Carlos de Bariloche and Salta, 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.