A Travel Price Comparison for Chile Temuco vs. Puerto Montt for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Temuco or Puerto Montt?

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 Temuco and Puerto Montt. 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: Temuco or Puerto Montt?

Temuco

Temuco is a large and modern city found 680 km south of Santiago. While the city is dynamic, it does not have any particular charm with the exception of being a great point of departure for many excursions around the lake region and the many national parks found in the surrounding area. Temuco is also well known for its Mapuche culture, a proud and rebellious community of around 20 000 in the area today, who has fought continuously against every invaders in the past.

Puerto Montt

The Lake District is a region of snow capped volcanoes, pale green lakes and endless miles of virgin and ancient forests. Found 1,016 km away from Santiago de Chile, Puerto Montt is famous for its beautiful lakes and its germanic architecture, old wooden houses and its legendary Iglesia Catedral, found on the town's main square, la Plaza de Armas. The monument, entirely built with alerce (cypress) wood, is the oldest building of the city. The capital of the Lake Region is a good starting point for many memorable excursions in the area.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Food and Culinary Tours in Chile, The Best Romantic Tours for Couples in Chile, The Best Luxury Tours to Chile, and The Best Budget Tours to Chile.


Which place is cheaper, Puerto Montt or Temuco?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Temuco is $78, while the average daily cost in Puerto Montt is $87. 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 Temuco and Puerto Montt in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Temuco $43
    Puerto Montt $60
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Temuco $86
    Puerto Montt $120
Compare Hotels in Temuco and Puerto Montt

Looking for a hotel in Temuco or Puerto Montt? 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 Temuco


Hotels in Puerto Montt


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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: Temuco Hotel Prices and Puerto Montt Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Temuco $23
    Puerto Montt $6.28

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Temuco

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

  • Transfers from or to Temuco - Araucanía Airport: $35
  • Temuco Airport (ZCO) to Pucon Resorts - Arrival Private Transfer: $50
  • Transfer Araucanía Airport - Temuco: $50
  • Temuco Airport (ZCO) to Pucon Thermal Resorts-Round-Trip Transfer: $98
  • Transfer from Temuco Airport to Pucon: $140

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Puerto Montt

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Puerto Montt:

  • Transfer from Puerto Montt Airport to Castro: $300
  • Transfer Puerto Montt Airport to Castro: $277
  • 4 Days Tour Los Lagos Region with Transfer Chiloe and Peulla: $177
  • Puerto Montt El Tepual Airport (PMC) to Pucon - Arrival Transfer: $115
  • Transfer from Puerto Montt Airport to Frutillar: $80
  • Puerto Montt Airport (PMC) to Puerto Varas - Round-Trip Transfer: $66
  • Transfer from Puerto Montt Airport to Puerto Varas: $50
  • Puerto Montt Airport (PMC) to Frutillar: Roundtrip Transfer: $46
  • Cruce Andino Office Private Transfer from Puerto Montt: $44
  • Puerto Montt Airport to Puerto Varas - RoundTrip Private Transfer: $42
  • Puerto Airport (PMC) to Frutillar - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $42
  • Puerto Montt Shuttle Transfer: $34

Is it cheaper to fly into Temuco or Puerto Montt?

Prices for flights to both Puerto Montt and Temuco 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
    Temuco $22
    Puerto Montt $21

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Temuco $7.68
    Puerto Montt $13

Tours and Activities in Temuco

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Temuco.

  • Tour Mapuche Community Araucanía: $582

Tours and Activities in Puerto Montt

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Puerto Montt are as follows:

  • 6 Hours Shared Tour in Calbuco and Millennial Forest : $130
  • Alerce Andino National Park/Alerce Millenario/Cruises: $77
  • Austral / Hornopiren Road Tour: $102
  • Excursion City tour Puerto Varas / Llanquihue and Frutillar: $77
  • Frutillar & Llanquihue Private Tour from Puerto Montt: $128
  • Frutillar & Llanquihue Tour from Puerto Montt: $56
  • Frutillar Tour: $31
  • Osorno Volcano Tour+Petrohue Falls / Cruises / Spanish: $68
  • Private Day tour Petrohue Falls, Osorno Volcano & Puerto Varas: $250
  • Private Shore Excursion Tour to Puerto Montt, Puerto Varas and Frutillar: $143
  • Private Tour: Puerto Montt Sightseeing: $47
  • Private Tour: Puerto Montt, Puerto Varas and Vicente Peres Rosales National Park: $164

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Temuco $5.02
    Puerto Montt $4.39


When comparing the travel costs between Temuco and Puerto Montt, we can see that Puerto Montt is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in South America, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Temuco Expensive? and Is Puerto Montt Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Temuco or Puerto Montt?

Temuco has a larger population, and is about 49% larger than the population of Puerto Montt. When comparing the sizes of Temuco and Puerto Montt, 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.


When is the best time to visit Temuco or Puerto Montt?

Both places have a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. As both cities are in the southern hemisphere, summer is in January and winter is in July.

Should I visit Temuco or Puerto Montt in the Summer?

Both Puerto Montt and Temuco during the summer are popular places to visit.

In January, Temuco is generally around the same temperature as Puerto Montt. Daily temperatures in Temuco average around 17°C (62°F), and Puerto Montt fluctuates around 16°C (60°F).

In Puerto Montt, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Temuco. In the summer, Temuco often gets more sunshine than Puerto Montt. Temuco gets 290 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Puerto Montt receives 204 hours of full sun.

Temuco usually gets less rain in January than Puerto Montt. Temuco gets 42 mm (1.7 in) of rain, while Puerto Montt receives 90 mm (3.5 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures January
    Temuco 17°C (62°F) 
    Puerto Montt 16°C (60°F)

Should I visit Temuco or Puerto Montt in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Temuco and Puerto Montt.

Temuco is a little warmer than Puerto Montt in the autumn. The daily temperature in Temuco averages around 12°C (53°F) in April, and Puerto Montt fluctuates around 11°C (51°F).

Temuco usually receives more sunshine than Puerto Montt during autumn. Temuco gets 150 hours of sunny skies, while Puerto Montt receives 104 hours of full sun in the autumn.

Puerto Montt receives a lot of rain in the autumn. In April, Temuco usually receives less rain than Puerto Montt. Temuco gets 80 mm (3.1 in) of rain, while Puerto Montt receives 143 mm (5.6 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures April
    Temuco 12°C (53°F) 
    Puerto Montt 11°C (51°F)

Should I visit Temuco or Puerto Montt in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Temuco as well as Puerto Montt.

In the winter, Temuco is a little warmer than Puerto Montt. Typically, the winter temperatures in Temuco in July average around 8°C (46°F), and Puerto Montt averages at about 7°C (45°F).

In the winter, Temuco often gets more sunshine than Puerto Montt. Temuco gets 78 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Puerto Montt receives 67 hours of full sun.

It's quite rainy in Puerto Montt. Temuco receives a lot of rain in the winter. Temuco usually gets less rain in July than Puerto Montt. Temuco gets 169 mm (6.7 in) of rain, while Puerto Montt receives 229 mm (9 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures July
    Temuco 8°C (46°F) 
    Puerto Montt 7°C (45°F)

Should I visit Temuco or Puerto Montt in the Spring?

Both Puerto Montt and Temuco are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities.

In October, Temuco is generally a little warmer than Puerto Montt. Daily temperatures in Temuco average around 12°C (54°F), and Puerto Montt fluctuates around 11°C (51°F).

Temuco usually receives more sunshine than Puerto Montt during spring. Temuco gets 193 hours of sunny skies, while Puerto Montt receives 151 hours of full sun in the spring.

It rains a lot this time of the year in Puerto Montt. In October, Temuco usually receives less rain than Puerto Montt. Temuco gets 86 mm (3.4 in) of rain, while Puerto Montt receives 121 mm (4.8 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures October
    Temuco 12°C (54°F) 
    Puerto Montt 11°C (51°F)

Typical Weather for Puerto Montt and Temuco

Temuco Puerto Montt
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 17°C (62°F) 42 mm (1.7 in) 16°C (60°F) 90 mm (3.5 in)
Feb 17°C (63°F) 41 mm (1.6 in) 15°C (59°F) 93 mm (3.7 in)
Mar 15°C (59°F) 46 mm (1.8 in) 13°C (55°F) 99 mm (3.9 in)
Apr 12°C (53°F) 80 mm (3.1 in) 11°C (51°F) 143 mm (5.6 in)
May 10°C (50°F) 176 mm (6.9 in) 9°C (49°F) 234 mm (9.2 in)
Jun 9°C (47°F) 177 mm (7 in) 8°C (46°F) 224 mm (8.8 in)
Jul 8°C (46°F) 169 mm (6.7 in) 7°C (45°F) 229 mm (9 in)
Aug 9°C (48°F) 135 mm (5.3 in) 8°C (46°F) 209 mm (8.2 in)
Sep 10°C (50°F) 94 mm (3.7 in) 9°C (47°F) 146 mm (5.7 in)
Oct 12°C (54°F) 86 mm (3.4 in) 11°C (51°F) 121 mm (4.8 in)
Nov 14°C (57°F) 59 mm (2.3 in) 12°C (54°F) 110 mm (4.3 in)
Dec 16°C (61°F) 53 mm (2.1 in) 14°C (58°F) 103 mm (4.1 in)