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

Should you visit San Miguel de Tucuman or Salta?

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 Salta can help you decide which place is right for you.

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

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.

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 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 Salta is $9.11. 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 Salta in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    San Miguel de Tucuman $4.59
    Salta $3.28
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    San Miguel de Tucuman $9.18
    Salta $6.56
Compare Hotels in San Miguel de Tucuman and Salta

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


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 Miguel de Tucuman Hotel Prices and Salta Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    San Miguel de Tucuman $2.91
    Salta $3.79
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:


  • Taxi Ride
    $0.01

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:

  • Yungas : full day with gauchos - transfer inc. from Salta: $240
  • Train to the Clouds Experience with Transfers from Salta Hotels: $235
  • One-Way or Round Trip Airport Transfer: $5.50
  • Salta City Tour & Round Trip Transfers airport - hotel: $115
  • Salta Airport One-Way or Round-Trip Transfers: $45
  • Round Trip Shared Transfer Salta Airport/Downtown Hotel: $9.00
  • Full Day Tour Cafayate + Humahuaca + Transfer in/out: $160
  • From Salinas and Hornocal 2-Day Tour with Transfer: $99
  • From Cafayate and Hornocal 2-Day Tour with Transfer: $88
  • 3-Day:Cafayate, Cachi, Salinas Grandes Including Transfer In/Out : $209

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

Prices for flights to both Salta 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
    Salta $3.09
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:


  • Sandwich
    $0.01

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
    $0.64
  • Coffee
    $0.13

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    San Miguel de Tucuman $3.12
    Salta $3.22

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

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
    $0.05
  • Wine and Cheese night
    $3.93

Tours and Activities in Salta

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

  • From City Tour and San Lorenzo on a half-day tour: $22
  • Full-Day Tour to Salinas Grandes and Purmamarca From Salta: $44
  • 2 Day Tour from Salta to Humahuaca and Salinas Grandes: $84
  • 3 Day Tour from Salta to Cachi, Humahuaca and Salinas Grandes: $120
  • 4 Day Tour to Cafayat Cachi Salinas and Humahuaca: $119
  • 4-Day Tour of Salta Cafayate and Humahuaca: $2,028
  • Best of Guided City Tour: $36
  • Bungee Jumping Adrenaline Experience on Cabra Corral Dam: $120
  • Cafayate, Vineyards and Calchaquies Valleys Tour from Salta: $76
  • City Tour Salta and San Lorenzo: $33
  • Exclusive day-long private tour of Cafayate vineyards: $287
  • From Cachi and Los Cardones National Park Tour: $31

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    San Miguel de Tucuman $1.96
    Salta $1.29

Typical Alcohol Prices in Salta

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


  • Beer
    $0.01
  • Alcohol
    $0.33

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


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between San Miguel de Tucuman and Salta, we can see that San Miguel de Tucuman is more expensive. And not only is Salta much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Salta would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Salta 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 Salta.

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 Salta Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, San Miguel de Tucuman or Salta?

San Miguel de Tucuman has a larger population, and is about 52% larger than the population of Salta. When comparing the sizes of San Miguel de Tucuman 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.