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

Should you visit San Miguel de Tucuman or Mendoza?

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

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between San Miguel de Tucuman and Mendoza can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: San Miguel de Tucuman or Mendoza?

San Miguel de Tucuman

The capital of the Tucuman Province in Argentina, San Miguel de Tucuman is the largest city in the country's northwest. The city is probably most well known as the sight where the Declaration of Independence from Spain took place on July 9, 1816. The location of this event, a colonial-style house called "Casa Historica" or "Casita de Tucuman", remains an important landmark in the city.

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 Miguel de Tucuman?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in San Miguel de Tucuman is $11, 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 Miguel de Tucuman and Mendoza in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    San Miguel de Tucuman $4.59
    Mendoza $2.65
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    San Miguel de Tucuman $9.18
    Mendoza $5.30
Compare Hotels in San Miguel de Tucuman and Mendoza

Looking for a hotel in San Miguel de Tucuman 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 Miguel de Tucuman


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 Miguel de Tucuman Hotel Prices and Mendoza Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    San Miguel de Tucuman $2.91
    Mendoza $1.38
Typical Local Transportation Prices in San Miguel de Tucuman

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in San Miguel de Tucuman:


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Hired Cars and Shuttles in Mendoza

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

  • Wineries + Lunch and Private Transfer , all Inclusive.: $140
  • Wine + Gin + Lunch.Transfer included: $160
  • Visit Trapiche+Lunch El Enemigo (Michelin). Private transfer: $300
  • Visit Family Wineries with Lunch and Private Transfer: $100
  • Transfer to Salentein Uco Valley with Lunch and Visit: $260
  • Tasting in two wineries + full lunch. Transfer included: $160
  • Shared Transfer Mendoza Bus Station / Downtown Hotel: $27
  • Private transfers to Vinicolas de Lujan and Maipú: $150
  • Private Transfer Vinicolas Valle de Uco: $190
  • Private Transfer Vinicolas Lujan de Cuyo / Maipu: $120
  • Private Transfer Lujan de Cuyo or Maipu to Mendoza Airport MDZ : $30
  • One Way Shared Transfer Mendoza Airport/Downtown Hotel: $40

Is it cheaper to fly into San Miguel de Tucuman or Mendoza?

Prices for flights to both Mendoza and San Miguel de Tucuman 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 Miguel de Tucuman $3.80
    Mendoza $3.11
Typical Food Prices in San Miguel de Tucuman

For San Miguel de Tucuman, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


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Typical Food Prices in Mendoza

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


  • Empanadas
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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
  • 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 Miguel de Tucuman $3.12
    Mendoza $1.97

Tours and Activities in San Miguel de Tucuman

For San Miguel de Tucuman, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Discover Tafí del Valle and Quilmes Ruins in a Day Tour: $105
  • Entrance ticket to Aerial Park, Zip Line and Palestra: $27
  • Rio Hondo Hot Springs Full Day Tour from Tucuman: $105
  • Yungas Half-Day Tour from Tucuman: $67

Tours and Activities in Mendoza

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

  • 3 Wineries Tour Half Day: $36
  • Aconcagua short hike, and high mountain tour with barbecue.: $185
  • Admire the majesty of the Cordillera: AltaMontaña Experience: $250
  • Adrenaline Canopy Tour on the Mendoza River: $124
  • Adventure Park - Unforgettable Challenge!: $75
  • Andes Day Hiking Tour Experience : $155
  • Andes High Mountain Tour in Mendoza: $121
  • Andes High Mountain full day Tour: $77
  • Andes Hiking Experience Full Day: $175
  • Andes Mountain Tour Circuit Mt Aconcagua: $220
  • Asado em Casa Mendocina Experience with Friends: $150
  • Bike Tour - Meet San Martín Park: $58

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    San Miguel de Tucuman $1.96
    Mendoza $1.18

Typical Alcohol Prices in Mendoza

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


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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
  • 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: $144
  • Private Maipu Valley Wine Tour from Mendoza: $159
  • wine tours in wine country mendoza Argentina: $160
  • All Day, Small Group, Luxury Wine Tour with Gourmet Lunch: $180
  • Private Wine Tour, Tastings and Lunch with Pairings: $180


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

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


Which is Bigger, San Miguel de Tucuman or Mendoza?

Mendoza has a larger population, and is about 12% larger than the population of San Miguel de Tucuman. When comparing the sizes of San Miguel de Tucuman 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.