How Much Does it Cost to go to Brazil?

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Brazil is the largest country in South America, with a vast range of sights, cities, and landscapes full of wildlife to visit. From the amazon jungle to the beaches of the coast, the powerful Iguassu Falls to the lively streets of Rio de Janeiro. The question is, how much does it cost to go to Brazil?

You could easily spend months exploring Brazil and everything it has to offer, but, of course, that isn’t an option for most of us. But, if you are eyeing Brazil as a vacation destination, then this guide is for you. I will share how much it costs to go to Brazil based on a 2-week itinerary.  

For the purpose of this article, I’m going to suggest two weeks in Brazil (14 days, 13 nights). The costs are based on a single person. If you are travelling as a couple, you will need to double these estimates. 

ExpensesEstimated cost
Airfare$800
Accommodations$910
Local transportation$500
Food and drink$560
Random spending$200
Total$3,470

The above estimate is in American dollars, so please use xe.com to find out the average costs in your home currency.

Also, keep in mind that this is just an estimate. Brazil can be both a budget travel as well as an expensive destination depending on your travel style. Savvy travellers will be able to reduce their costs by using some of the tips and suggestions shared in this article. 

One thing to note. The above estimate does not factor in getting a Brazillian tourist visa, which is required for many travellers.

Airfare 

Airfare to Brazil will depend on where you are flying from, but those coming from North America can budget about $800 for roundtrip flights. It’s worth keeping in mind that some times of the year will be more expensive than others. For example, if you plan to visit in February for Carnival or December around the Christmas holidays, prices do go up. It’s also worth noting that January is the high tourist season as well since it’s the summer there.

It’s also worth noting that this is a roundtrip fare starting and ending in Rio de Janeiro. You may want to arrive or depart from Sao Paolo instead in which case you will have to either book a multi-city ticket or book a separate ticket to take you back to where you started.  

Cost to go to Brazil

Accommodations 

Brazil has a varied range of accommodation options across the country. It can be incredibly affordable for budget backpackers looking to stay in hostels. Or, if you would like something higher-end, you can spend quite a bit more. 

For the purpose of this article, I recommend budgeting about $70 a night as that’s what it should average out to for modest accommodations across the country.. Here are some ideas for some of the most popular places in Brazil: 

Accommodation in Rio de Janeiro

Accommodation on Ilha Grande

Accommodation Near Iguassu Falls 

Local transportation

Getting around Brazil isn’t necessarily hard, but chances are this is where you will spend a lot of money. Especially if you want to save time and be comfortable. The major cities do offer public transportation and a metro system. However, it can get a bit confusing when you don’t speak the Language and very hot. For this reason, a lot of tourists prefer to use Uber which is readily available and very reasonably priced by North American standards. For example, I paid $8 for a 30-minute ride from my hotel in Copacabana Beach to the airport (Uber is much cheaper than what most taxi drivers or transfer companies will charge you). While these rates are very reasonable, they can add up incredibly quickly.  

For travel around the country, if you are not renting a car, you will likely be relying on local buses (you can book semi-private ones), the train, or domestic flights. After all, Brazil is huge. Flights will be the fastest but also the most expensive. However, if you book early enough, you can get a one-way ticket for around $100 for some routes. A budget of $500 should cover some of the major routes using a combination of domestic flights, buses and inter-city travel if you plan and book in advance. 

Note that if you plan on flying from Rio or São Paulo to Manaus to get to the Amazon rainforest, you will have to budget more.  

How much does it cost to go to Brazil

Attractions

Brazil has quite a few tourist attractions and activities that you will likely want to take part in. Some examples of attractions in Brazil include:

  • Iguazu Falls
  • Christ the Redeemer in Rio
  • Sugar Loaf in Rio de Janiero 
  • Island hopping boat rides
  • Scuba diving or snorkelling tours
  • Paragliding or hang-gliding
  • Jungle tours 
  • Catch a soccer game
  • Guided tours of certain areas (e.g. a favela tour or amazon tour) 

Of course, on top of all these paid activities, there are also a number of free things to do in Brazil, including exploring its beaches and cities. It’s best to do a little advance research depending on your interest to have a better idea of how much attractions will cost (for example, someone who wants to scuba dive will budget more). But, I recommend putting aside about $500 for attractions and activities during your two weeks in Brazil. 

Food and drink

You will not be disappointed by Brazilian cuisine when it comes to food and drink. The country is known for its Brazilian BBQ and sushi (fun fact, Brazil has the second-largest Japanese population in the world!). There is also acai, fresh fruit, caipirinha cocktails, and of course tons of delicious Brazilian street foods such as coxinha (chicken croquettes) and kibe (meat patties). You can get some really good meals for a fraction of the cost of what you would pay at home.  

Chances are you’ll do a mix of street food options and dining out but a day of food and drink will look something like this: 

  • Breakfast – $5
  • Lunch – $10
  • Dinner – $25.00 for a nice meal out with a cocktail 

This averages to about $40 per day, but you can cut down costs quite significantly if you stick to street food or buy your own groceries.  

Please note that tap water is ok to drink in some areas, but not everywhere. If you aren’t sure it’s best to buy. Also, a service charge of 10% is usually automatically built into any bill when you dine out. If you are somewhere playing live music, there will be an additional fee for that as well. This is normal and part of their culture. 

Cost to go to Brazil beach

Random spending

As with all travel, it’s always a good idea to have some extra money on hand for random spending. This could be something as simple as souvenirs, an extra activity, a night out, or even just more cash on hand if you spend more money on taxis or meals than expected. For two weeks in Brazil, I suggest having an extra $200 on hand just in case.

Brazil cost for two weeks

So, how much does it cost to go to Brazil? For a two-week itinerary, you can expect to pay about $3,470 in expenses. 

Brazil is a beautiful country that is jam-packed with things to see and do, which is why it can get pretty expensive pretty quickly. The pricing in this two-week itinerary is based on my visit to Brazil, which took me from Iguassu Falls in the south up the coast to Rio de Janeiro. As I’ve noted, if you plan to venture further north, especially into the Amazon, you will have to pay more. 

I have shared a few tips here where you can cut back on these costs, especially when it comes to food, accommodation, and activities. You can further reduce costs by staying in a smaller area and not travelling so far. That being said, if you think this is the one time you will go to Brazil, it’s worth saving a bit longer to see more or heading over to Bueones Aires, Argentina. Brazil was one of my favourite countries.

About Hannah Logan

Hannah Logan is a freelance writer based in Ottawa, Canada. She specializes in finance and travel writing and has bylines at Fodor's Travel, O Magazine, and more. She also runs two travel blogs, Eat Sleep Breathe Travel and Ireland Stole My Heart. You can find her on Instagram and Twitter @hannahlogan21.

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