Should you visit Sao Paulo or Ushuaia?
If you're trying to decide where to visit between Sao Paulo or Ushuaia, 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.
Ushuaia is a city on the Tierra del Fuego island of Argentina on the Beagle Strait. The city is considered to be one of the southernmost cities in the world and is often used as a base for cruises to Antarctica. Ushuaia's close proximity to Antarctica and their amazing hiking trails have made it a popular tourist destination over the past few decades.
Which city is cheaper, Ushuaia or Sao Paulo?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Sao Paulo is $41, while the average daily cost in Ushuaia is $81. 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 Ushuaia 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.
An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $80 in Ushuaia For the most convenient locations and nicer 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.
On average, meal and food prices in Ushuaia cost around $15 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around $6.00.
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 Ushuaia
Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Ushuaia:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Ushuaia
For Ushuaia, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Meeting with Beavers and Lagoon Tour 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 $4.61 per person, per day on transportation in Sao Paulo.
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 Ushuaia
Some typical examples of transportation costs in Ushuaia are as follows:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Ushuaia
Also for Ushuaia, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Overnight Ushuaia - Airport transfers, Tierra del Fuego National Park and Lakes!:
Ushuaia Combo: Tierra del Fuego National Park & Round Trip Transfers to airport:
Private Transfer Airport-Port or Port-Airport (Ushuaia):
Private Transfer Airport-Hotel-Airport (Ushuaia):
Shared Round-Trip Airport Transfer:
Transfer Ushuaia Airport - Hotel in Ushuaia - Ushuaia Airport:
Transfer Ushuaia Airport - Hotel in Ushuaia - Ushuaia Airport:
Private Transfer Hotel-Bus Station or Bus Station-Hotel (Ushuaia):
Shared Transfer Airport-Hotel-Airport (Ushuaia):
Transfer Cerro Castor (Round Trip):
Ushuaia Airport Departure Transfer:
Ushuaia Airport Arrival Transfer:
Is it cheaper to fly into Sao Paulo or Ushuaia?
Prices for flights to both Ushuaia 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 $3.16 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
In Ushuaia, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $89 per person, per day.
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 Ushuaia
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Ushuaia.
2-Day Ushuaia Trekking and Rowing Small-Group Tour:
2-Days and 1 Night Experience Ushuaia with Airfare from Buenos Aires:
2-day tour: Tierra del Fuego National Park + Fagnano and Escondido Lakes:
2-day tour:Tierra del Fuego NP + Beagle Channel Navigation + Fagnano & Escondido:
3-Day Adventure Tour of Hiking, Canoeing and Sailing at the End of the World:
3-Days Unique Adventure at the End of the World - Ushuaia:
4 hours Tierra del Fuego National Park Tour with Chinese Guide:
4-Day Ushuaia Overland adventure - Lake Fagnano, Lake Escondido & San Pablo Cape:
4-Days Experience for Nature Lovers at Ushuaia:
4WD Off-Road Lakes Tierra del Fuego Adventure From Ushuaia:
5-Day Adventure Trip in Ushuaia:
5-Day Ushuaia Overland adventure - Lake Fagnano, San Pablo Cape & Beagle Channel:
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 $2.75.
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 Ushuaia
Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Ushuaia are as follows:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Sao Paulo and Ushuaia, we can see that Ushuaia 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 Ushuaia would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Ushuaia than you might in Sao Paulo.
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