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Punta del Este, Departamento de Maldonado, Uruguay

How much does it cost to travel to Punta del Este?

You should plan to spend around $97 ($U3,799) per day on your vacation in Punta del Este. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $30 ($U1,178) on meals
  • $21 ($U833) on local transportation
  • $108 ($U4,207) on hotels

A one week trip to Punta del Este for two people costs, on average, $1,362 ($U53,191). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Punta del Este cost?

A one week trip to Punta del Este usually costs around $681 ($U26,596) for one person and $1,362 ($U53,191) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Punta del Este on average costs around $1,362 ($U53,191) for one person and $2,724 ($U106,383) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Punta del Este will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Punta del Este on average costs around $2,918 ($U113,982) for one person and $5,837 ($U227,963) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Punta del Este has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Punta del Este expensive to visit?

Prices in Punta del Este are reasonable and comparable to your average travel destination. Hotels, food, and sightseeing are generally within normal price ranges.

Within South America, Punta del Este is a somewhat more expensive destination compared to other places. It is in the top 25% of cities in South America for its travel costs. While some cities in the region are more expensive, Punta del Este is generally more expensive than most.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Punta del Este Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Punta del Este?

The average Punta del Este trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Punta del Este travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) $U4,207 ($108)
Local Transportation 1 $U833 ($21)
Food 2 $U1,178 ($30)
Entertainment 1 $U406 ($10)
Alcohol 2 $U149 - 446 ($4 - 11)
Accommodation Budget in Punta del Este
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Punta del Este is $54 ($U2,104). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Punta del Este is $108 ($U4,207). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Punta del Este

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Punta del Este based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $84. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Punta del Este
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Punta del Este is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $21 ($U833) per person, per day, on local transportation in Punta del Este.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Flights to Punta del Este
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Rental Cars in Punta del Este
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Food Budget in Punta del Este
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Punta del Este can vary, the average cost of food in Punta del Este is $30 ($U1,178) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Punta del Este should cost around $12 ($U471) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Punta del Este is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Punta del Este
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Punta del Este typically cost an average of $10 ($U406) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Alcohol Budget in Punta del Este
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $7.61 ($U297) on alcoholic beverages in Punta del Este per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day


Punta del Este On a Budget
Punta del Este Punta del Este, Uruguay
Punta del Este with its many beaches, elegant seaside homes, yacht harbor, high-rise apartment buildings, pricey hotels, ardent night scene and glitzy restaurants is a chic beach resort town in Uruguay. Many tourists come from Brazil and Argentina, on the other side of the Rio de la Plata, to get some nice sun and lay on the beach for a weekend getaway. Punta del Este is more expensive than other areas in Uruguay and has been called the Monaco of South America. Tourist season varies wildly from totally deserted in the winter to very crowded in the summer.
One of the most iconic images of Punta del Este is the famous hand sculpture, with fingers rising out of the sand. La Mano or Los Dedos is a sculpture made by Chilean artist Mario Irarrazabal, that emerges from the beach on Playa Brava. Another popular sight is Punta del Este lighthouse, on the tip of the peninsula. Built in 1860, the location and height provide great panoramic views of Punta del Este. While access inside the lighthouse is not always possible, the walk here is worth it both for the picturesque lighthouse and the views along the peninsula. If you have already enjoyed Punta del Este scenery for a few days, head to the small but chic resort town of La Barra for new beaches, restaurants and fun bars. It is only a short drive north of Punta del Este, over the undulated suspension bridge Puente de la Barra. You can also drive north to another laid-back beach town on the outskirts of Punta del Este, Jose Ignacio, the chicest beach town in Uruguay with a paradisiac beach. Jose Ignacio is home to the very popular restaurant, La Huella.

The number one reason to visit Punta is to enjoy the beaches. Choose between the calmer coast at Playa Mansa, or the windier side at Playa Brava; perfect for surfers. If you want to follow the model crowd, head to Bikini Beach in La Barra. However there are many other activities that will keep you busy on rainy and sunny days in Punta del Este. Visit the Museo del Mar, which is a fascinating place to learn more about the natural and social history of Uruguay's coastline. The Museum of the Sea holds a large collection of whale skeletons, a vast shell collection, a pirate room and more. Or you can head to the unique Casapueblo designed by Carlos Paez Vilaro, a Uruguayan abstract artist. This sprawling white compound has a unique design meant to resemble the mud nests of the local Hornero birds. Today, the "house-village" is a hotel, but it also has a museum, the Museo Taller de Casapueblo, an art gallery and cafe. It is also a spectacular spot to watch the sunset. Check out the most popular shopping area in Punta del Este, El Remanso or "Little Paris," which runs along Avenida Gorlero and Calle 20. For art lovers, stop at the Pablo Atchugarry Foundation, which consists of three gallery spaces and an impressive sculpture park dedicated to Pablo Atchugarry, a famous contemporary Uruguayan sculptor. You can see moving exhibitions, a permanent collection of his sculptures, and the tastefully curated sculpture park, which balances the styles of the sculptures by artists from all over the world with the spectacular natural setting. You can also head to Punta Shopping for plenty of shopping options or to Plaza Artigas, also called Plaza de los Artesanos, to pick up souvenirs and handcrafted goods. Take a break from the glitzy people and shoreline with a boat tour to Isla de Lobos, an island home to a large colony of sea lions, located 8.5 km from Punta del Este. Get a close up view of the colony on the island and sail past the Isla de Lobos Lighthouse. Finally do not forget to experience Punta del Este's exciting nightlife. Whether you go to the city's finest hotspots, chilled bars, or one of the casinos, the nightlife in Punta del Este over the summer months will not disappoint you.
Food and Dining
Excellent beaches, great surf, vibrant nightlife, cultural activities and delicious food make Punta del Este and its surroundings the perfect summer destination. Its continuous rise in popularity has led to the rapid development of amazing restaurants to keep up with the demand for great food. Uruguayan cuisine is particularly known for its tasty meat. Asado is the quintessential Uruguayan food. It consists of a massive grill called parrilla, where the asador grills different meats, sausages, vegetables, and cheese using the embers from a wood fire. You will also find great seafood in Punta del Este.

Punta del Este is linked to Montevideo by a well-maintained four-lane divided highway. Regular buses come back and forth from Montevideo in 2 hours for around USD$8 one way, making Punta del Este a convenient day trip. If for whatever reason you get off the bus at Maldonado Terminal which is a few kilometers north of Punta del Este you can easily catch a local bus, marked "Punta del Este" in top front, at the stop just behind the bus terminal for USD$0.60.

If you are in Buenos Aires, you can take a short direct flight of less than 1 hour to Punta del Este. Alternatively, you can take the ferry, which is about 3 hours, from Buenos Aires to Montevideo. There are several ferry companies that offer services to and from Buenos Aires. Another option is to jump on a ferry that will take you from Buenos Aires to Colonia, then you will take a bus to Punta Del Este. The complete journey is a bit long, about 7 to 8 hours, but is not obscenely expensive when compared to air travel and significantly shorter than the overland option. If you need a transfer from the airport you can use the bus or get a taxi located in front of the airport. However rates in taxi are very expensive, so you can pre-book online a remise or a private transfer with Airport Transfer Uruguay.

We've been gathering travel costs from tens of thousands of actual travelers since 2010, and we use the data to calculate average daily travel costs for destinations around the world. We also systematically analyze the prices of hotels, hostels, and tours from travel providers such as Kayak, HostelWorld, TourRadar, Viator, and others. This combination of expenses from actual travelers, combined with pricing data from major travel companies, gives us a uniqe insight into the overall cost of travel for thousands of cities in countries around the world. You can see more here: How it Works.

1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.