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Submitted on Jul 09, 2020 Useful Info

How much money to budget per day visiting Buenos Aires

  • Buenos Aires is very affordable by international standards. Most travelers should find it very easy to budget for, but of course there's a huge range of travel styles and corresponding costs
  • Generally speaking, and excluding things like flights to Buenos Aires, transportation to other cities, and shopping:
  • If you're a budget traveler, you should budget around USD$30-$45 per day
  • A more comfortable, "normal" travel style, will cost USD$90-$120 per day
  • For luxury travel, sky is the limit. But if you budget USD$180-$250 per day you will basically be able to travel extremely nicely
  • These are the more specific details by expense category:
  • Accommodation: this is likely your biggest travel expense aside from airfare. It varies quite a bit depending on which neighborhood you stay and obviously class of accommodation
  • Hostels: in Buenos Aires a decent hostel will cost you about $10-$15 per person per night. This would be for a bed in a dorm-shared room. But they can be as cheap as USD$5-$6 per night on the low end. On the high end, you can get private rooms at hostels for $20-$40 per night. Websites like Hostelworld are good for searching and booking these
  • Hotels: In Buenos Aires, 3 stars hotels cost USD$50-$100 per night, 4 stars cost USD$90-$200, and 5 stars are priced around USD$200-$400. I would not suggest going below 3 stars but you can certainly get even cheaper ones
  • Airbnb: entire apartment units average about $45 per night, but there's a huge range from as low as $20 per night to over $100 on the high end. Anything over USD$120 are extremely good units, think penthouse and duplexes in nice neighborhoods like Recoleta and Palermo. Private rooms are even cheaper, ranging from USD$10-$40 per night
  • Food:
  • Supermarkets are the cheapest place to get food. However, if you buy pre-made foods from posh supermarkets the price be about the same as fast food joints. But if you're staying for more than a few days in Buenos Aires, you can absolutely save some money bulk buying ingredients and make food yourself, with average cost of USD$1-$2 per meal. If you're looking for discount supermarkets, go for Día or Coto. If you're looking for a large selection, "normal" supermarket, go for Carrefour. If you're looking for high-end, premium, and imported items, go to Jumbo
  • Fast food: these are great for lunches when you're sightseeing around and they're affordable. Meals cost USD$3-$6 per person
  • Mid-range restaurants: USD$10-$17 per meal, plus 10-20% in tips
  • High end restaurants: easily USD$20+ per meal but there's a huge range and they can be as high as USD$50-$80 for some places especially when you include alcohol
  • Transportation: Buenos Aires is a sprawling city but we have a surprisingly good network of public transportation network, so I highly encourage making use of them to cut down on transportation costs. I've written a very detailed post about how to get around Buenos Aires
  • Subte (our metro system): six lines connecting most of the city, this is in my opinion the best way to get around BA. Flat fare of USD$0.27 per ride (19 pesos, but price in pesos will likely increase frequently due to our terrible inflation)
  • Taxi: these are great for places that are not served by the metro, or if you have a lot of things. They are much more expensive but honestly still very cheap by world standards. Most trips within the city will cost you no more than USD$3-$5 during the day and USD$4-$7 overnight. Uber and Cabify are also available here if you want to use app-based taxi services. They're priced similar to street taxis
  • Bus: they are harder to navigate but very cheap indeed. You can get to most places within the city for less than USD$0.3-$0.5
  • Sightseeing: admissions to tourist attractions like museums and the Recoleta Cemetery are usually very low, costing no more than a few USD
  • Alcohol and nightlife: if you're planning to go out to bars and nightclubs, they can add up pretty fast. Drinks at bars cost USD$4-$8. Some establishment collect entrada, or entrance fees or cover charges, that ranges from USD$3-$10. But entrada usually includes a set number of drinks. Alcohol from supermarkets are much cheaper, domestic beer is about USD$1 per 500ml bottle while imported ones cost USD$2. Wine costs USD$3-5 per bottle