A Travel Price Comparison for Argentina Ushuaia vs. Mendoza for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Ushuaia or Mendoza?

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

Should I visit Ushuaia or Mendoza? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city has activities that align with your interests along with knowing which is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the details and the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Where Should I go: Ushuaia or Mendoza?


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.


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 Ushuaia?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Ushuaia is $11, while the average daily cost in Mendoza is $7.36. 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 Ushuaia and Mendoza in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Ushuaia $5.64
    Mendoza $2.79
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Ushuaia $11
    Mendoza $5.58
Compare Hotels in Ushuaia and Mendoza

Looking for a hotel in Ushuaia 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 Ushuaia

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: Ushuaia Hotel Prices and Mendoza Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Ushuaia -
    Mendoza $1.46
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Ushuaia

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Ushuaia are as follows:

  • Taxi Ride

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Ushuaia

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

  • Shared One-way Airport Transfer: $10
  • Escondido and Fagnano Lakes with transfer: $97
  • Ushuaia to Ushuaia Airport (USH) - Departure Private Transfer: $32
  • Ushuaia city to Ushuaia Airport(USH) - Departure Private Transfer: $23
  • Ushuaia Airport(USH) to Ushuaia hotels - Arrival Private Transfer: $23
  • Ushuaia Airport(USH) to Ushuaia city - RoundTrip Private Transfer: $46
  • Ushuaia Airport Shared Transfer: $7.48
  • Ushuaia Airport (USH) to Ushuaia - Roundtrip Private Transfer: $63
  • Transfer from/to the airport: $89
  • Transfer from the airport to the hotel in shared service: $19
  • Transfer Ushuaia Airport - Hotel in Ushuaia - Ushuaia Airport : $35
  • Transfer Cerro Castor (Round Trip): $25

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Mendoza

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

  • Mendoza Bodega Tempus Alba + Trapiche + Transfer incluido: $550
  • Visit Trapiche+Lunch El Enemigo (Michelin). Private transfer: $290
  • Transfer to Salentein Uco Valley with Lunch and Visit: $260
  • Chandon Winery + Enemigo Lunch (Michelin Guide). Transfer included: $250
  • Vistalba Winery + Susana Balbo Lunch. (Michelin Guide) Transfer inc: $230
  • Visita Achaval F+Almuerzo Lagarde(Guia Michelin).Transfer privado: $230
  • Visita Decero+Almuerzo S Balbo (Guia Michelin). Transfer privado: $230
  • Desgustación Pulenta Estate + Almuerzo en Ruda. Transfer privado: $220
  • Private Transfer Vinicolas Valle de Uco: $190
  • 3 Wineries+Lunch with Unlimited Wine+Transfer included: $180
  • Trapiche Winery + Laur + Antigal Winery Lunch.Transfer included: $180
  • Zuccardi Santa Julia+Lunch at Antigal Winery.Transfer included: $150

Is it cheaper to fly into Ushuaia or Mendoza?

Prices for flights to both Mendoza and Ushuaia 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 Meals for one day
    Ushuaia $2.18
    Mendoza $3.29
Typical Food Prices in Ushuaia

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Ushuaia:

  • Lunch for Two

Typical Food Prices in Mendoza

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

  • Empanadas

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Mendoza

For Mendoza, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Cooking class - Gastronomic Experience - 12 classes per year: $150
  • Full-Day Small-Group Mendoza Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch or Dinner: $181
  • Visit Los Toneles + Saffron Dinner (Michelin Star). With Transfer: $240
  • Food Tour: $250
  • Night Visit to Bodega Toneles + Dinner at El Enemigo. Transport: $270
  • Cooking class at Bodega Lamadrid Winery in Luján de Cuyo: $270

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Ushuaia $13
    Mendoza $2.08

Tours and Activities in Ushuaia

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

  • 2-day tour: Tierra del Fuego National Park + Fagnano and Escondido Lakes: $115
  • 2-day tour:Tierra del Fuego NP + Beagle Channel Navigation + Fagnano & Escondido: $190
  • 3-Hour Navigation Tour in the Beagle Channel with Isla de Lobos: $145
  • 3-Hour Tour Sailing through the Beagle Channel: $105
  • 4×4 Off Road Tour to Escondido and Khami Lakes: $230
  • 4-Hour National Park - USHUAIA (Shared tour): $75
  • 4WD Off-Road Lakes Adventure in Tierra del Fuego: $156
  • 5.5-Hour Nat Park w/ Hiking *Shore Excursion* USHUAIA (Shared tour for cruises): $115
  • 5.5-Hour National park w/ hiking Shore excursion - USHUAIA (Private Tour): $280
  • 5hrs of Trekking Experience in Martial Glacier: $95
  • 7-Hour Lakes Escondido & Fagnano - USHUAIA (Shared tour): $105
  • Adventure 360º in Quads with Lunch: $160

Tours and Activities in Mendoza

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

  • 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: $77
  • Adventure Park - Unforgettable Challenge!: $75
  • Amazing High mountain tour to Aconcagua: $140
  • Andes Day Horseback Riding Tour and BBQ: $189
  • Andes High Mountain Tour in Mendoza: $99
  • Andes High Mountain full day Tour: $76
  • Andes Hiking Experience Full Day: $175
  • Asado em Casa Mendocina Experience with Friends: $150
  • Choose your Wine Adventure at Uco Valley: $148
  • City Tour And Wines With Lunch: $137

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Ushuaia -
    Mendoza $1.25
Typical Alcohol Prices in Ushuaia

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

  • Wine
  • Beer

Typical Alcohol Prices in Mendoza

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

  • Beer

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: $22
  • Half-Day Wine Tour with Tastings: $28
  • Premium Wine Tasting: $45
  • Vineyards with Wine Tasting in Mendoza: $49
  • Argentinean Asado with Local Host and Wine Tasting: $99
  • Full-Day Private Luján De Cuyo Wine Tour from Mendoza: $143
  • Private Wine Tour, Tastings and Lunch with Pairings: $150
  • Private Maipu Valley Wine Tour from Mendoza: $157
  • Wine Tour with Lunch from Mendoza: $164
  • Full Day Wine Tour with 3 Course Lunch: $165
  • Wine Tour with Lunch and Transport in Mendoza: $170
  • Full Day Private Uco Valley Wine Tour from Mendoza: $178

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Ushuaia and Mendoza, we can see that Ushuaia 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 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 Mendoza.

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

Which is Bigger, Ushuaia or Mendoza?

Mendoza has a larger population, and is about 20 times larger than the population of Ushuaia. When comparing the sizes of Ushuaia 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.