Should you visit Sao Paulo or Curitiba?
If you're trying to decide where to visit between Sao Paulo or Curitiba, this travel cost comparison can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.
With a population of around 11 million, and 20 million in the metropolitan area, Sao Paulo is the largest city in Brazil. It's also one of the wealthiest cities in the southern hemisphere, although you don't have to look far to see the income disparities and inequalities that exist. The city is diverse and culturally rich, with excellent food, music, and entertainment.
Curitiba is a relatively large city that is convenient to visit if you're traveling to Iguazu Falls from either Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paulo. It is worth a day or two stop over because it has a great old city that has been restored. It's also the capital of Parana, Brazil. Curitiba is one of the more wealthy cities in the southern region of Brazil. It has a diverse population with many immigrants and some interesting cultural events.
Which city is cheaper, Curitiba or Sao Paulo?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Sao Paulo is $40, while the average daily cost in Curitiba is $55. 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 Sao Paulo and Curitiba in more detail.
The prices for places to stay in Sao Paulo can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is $23, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around $46.
Travelers usually pay around $46 for a double occupancy room in Curitiba If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.
The average traveler spends about $11 per day in Sao Paulo 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.
Curitiba food costs typically run travelers around $22 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.
Meals for one day
Sao Paulo $11
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Sao Paulo
For Sao Paulo, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Sao Paulo - Pinheiros Gourmet Food Tour (4 hours tour + 3 dishes included):
Brazilian Cooking Class:
Cooking Class in São Paulo:
Private Food Tour in São Paulo:
Typical Food prices in Curitiba
Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Curitiba:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Curitiba
For Curitiba, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Curitiba Pub Food Tour:
4-Hour City-By-Night Tour with Dinner:
Curitiba Tour by Night with Dinner:
Sao Paulo's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend $4.50 per person, per day on transportation in Sao Paulo.
Curitiba's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend $12 per person, per day on transportation in Curitiba.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Sao Paulo
Also for Sao Paulo, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Creative & Natural Transfer São Paulo-Paraty:
Private São Paulo Airport - Hotels Transfer In or Out:
Private Transfer from Congonhas Airport (CGH) to Campinas Airport (VCP):
Private Transfer from Sao Paulo City to Campinas Airport (VCP):
Private Transfer from Congonhas Airport (CGH) to Viracopos Airport (VCP):
Private Transfer from Congonhas Airport (CGH) to Santos Port:
Private Arrival Transfer: São Paulo Airport to Santos Cruise Terminal:
Private Departure Transfer from Santos Cruise Terminal to São Paulo Airport:
Private Transfer from Congonhas Airport (CGH) to Jundiai:
Private Transfer from Gru Airport to Port or City of Santos:
Low Cost Private Transfer From Governador André Franco Montoro International Airport to Guarulhos City - One Way:
Low Cost Private Transfer From Governador André Franco Montoro International Airport to São Paulo City - One Way:
Typical Local Transportation prices in Curitiba
Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Curitiba:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Curitiba
Also for Curitiba, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Private Transfer from Curitiba Airport:
Curitiba Airport PrivateTransfers Round Trip or One Way:
Private Transfer: Afonso Pena International Airport (CWB) to Curitiba:
Private Transfer: Curitiba to Afonso Pena International Airport (CWB):
Private Transfer from Curitiba City to Curitiba Airport (CWB):
Private Airport Transfer: Afonso Pena Airport (CWB) to Curitiba:
Private Airport Transfer: from Curitiba to Afonso Pena Airport (CWB):
Is it cheaper to fly into Sao Paulo or Curitiba?
Prices for flights to both Curitiba and Sao Paulo 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.
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Sao Paulo can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $3.09 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Curitiba can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $15 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
Tours and Activities in Sao Paulo
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Sao Paulo.
2-Hour Boat and Stand Up Paddle Board Adventure in São Paulo, Brazil:
3 Beaches Hiking Santo Amaro Island - Paradise Route Tour from São Paulo:
4 Hour Customized "Private Tour" Drinking, Dining and Entertainment:
4-Day Private Guided Tour From São Paulo To Rio de Janeiro – Coastal Trip:
4-hour Private Tour - Hidden Gems and Top Sights of São Paulo:
4-hour Sum-up Private Tour Of São Paulo Including Its Major Attractions:
4WD One Day Tour visiting Water Fall and the Big Stone from Sao Paulo:
5-hour Private Street Art Tour Of São Paulo – The Coolest Urban Art Scenes:
5-hour Private Tour Of São Paulo With Its Main Sights – Optional Airport Pickup:
5h City Tour (pick up & delivery within SaoPaulo city):
7-hour Private Tour Overview Of São Paulo – Optional For GRU Airport Pickup:
8-Day São Paulo Tour: From City to Beaches, Waterfalls & Caves:
Tours and Activities in Curitiba
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Curitiba.
Curitiba City Tour:
Half Day Curitiba Sightseeing Tour:
Half-Day Tour of Curitiba City:
Photo session in Curitiba sightseeing spots:
Serra Verde Express: Rail Tour to Morretes and Antonina from Curitiba:
Serra Verde Express: Sunset Rail Tour from Curitiba:
Touristic Train to Morretes from Curitiba:
Train Trip and City Tour in Paranagua:
Urban Tales: 3-Hour Curitiba by Night Tour:
Vila Velha City Tour:
Vila Velha State Park Full-Day Group Tour from Curitiba:
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Sao Paulo, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $2.69.
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Curitiba, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $11.
Sample the Local Flavors in Sao Paulo
Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Sao Paulo:
4 Hours Pub Crawl in Vila Madalena:
Typical Alcohol prices in Curitiba
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Curitiba:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Sao Paulo and Curitiba, we can see that Curitiba is more expensive. And not only is Sao Paulo much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Sao Paulo would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Sao Paulo 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 Curitiba would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Curitiba than you might in Sao Paulo.
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