Argentina was the last stop of the South America backpacking trip of 28-year-old Floris from the Netherlands. Argentina is relatively expensive for backpackers, but still a popular destination. It has beef, tango, wine and breathtaking scenery in Patagonia and the Andes. But, how much money do you need for backpacking in Argentina? 

This article is part of the Money Matters series in which we ask travelers to keep their expenses for Bunch of Backpackers. Real travelers, real expenses.  


*These daily travel expenses are per one person per day.  Including all tours, domestic flights, souvenirs, lodging, food, drinks, entrance fees, tips etc. Excluding international flights.

Argentina. ©Floris.
Argentina. ©Floris.


These prices are per person unless stated otherwise.

Standard Argentina expenses

One night in a hostel dormitory: 10,71 euro (12,86 USD)
A short 10-minute taxi ride: 3,4 euro (4,9 USD)
A beer in a (fancy) club: 3,5 euro (5 USD)
Dinner at a local restaurant (steak): 15,58 euro (18,71 USD) 

Notable Argentina expenses 

Raften in Salta: 54,52 euro (65,50 USD)
Tour naar Cafayate: 22,4 euro (26,9 USD)
Bus Salta to Mendoza: 53,08 (63,74 USD)
Bicycle hire in Maipu for a wine tour: 6,8 euro (8,19 USD)
Souvenirs (including 100% alpaca scarfs): 200 euro (1 scarf was 45,77 euro (54,97 USD))

Argentina. ©Floris.
Argentina. ©Floris.


About the backpackers: Floris, the Netherlands, 28 years
Destination and travel period: Argentina in October 2014 for 14 days 
Visited places: Salta, Mendoza, Buenos Aires
Type of trip: Solo, independently
Accommodation*: budget (mainly hostels and guesthouses)
Transportation*: budget (cheapest available mode of transportation) 
Food*: standard (local restaurants and western places. Argentina has the best steak, so it was worth spending a bit more on food according to Floris)
Currency rate: 1 euro = 10,4 Argentine Peso. Unofficial currency rate: 1 euro = 17,2 Argentine Peso.

*4 options: basic, budget, standard and luxury

Argentina. ©Floris.
Argentina. ©Floris.


  • Bring plenty of euro’s or US dollars. In Argentina there is an official and unofficial currency rate. Officially 1 euro is worth about 10 peso, but unofficially 1 euro is worth more than 17 peso, which is 70% profit! You can find ‘cambio’ on the street (people will approach you) and here you can exchange your euro’s or USD’s. An example: an original soccer t-shirt is about 750 peso, which is about 70 euro and the same price as in the Netherlands. However, when you exchange your euro’s or USD’s via the unofficial way, the same shirt is about 40 euro’s. This way Argentina becomes much cheaper.
  • Argentina became more expensive for me, because I bought all my souvenirs here. In Peru and Bolivia the same gifts would have probably been much cheaper.

Floris also kept his expenses for Peru, Bolivia and Chili! Find the costs of his total 58-day South America trip here. 

Jannet and her boyfriend Ralf also traveled in Argentina and visited Torres del Paine and Iguazu. Find out how much money they spent here!

Have you been to Argentina? Can you relate to these travel costs? 


  1. Oh dat valt me best wel tegen.. mmm wij willen misschien volgend jaar naar Argentine maar even rekening houden in budget want we zouden wel luxer reizen.

  2. Hoi Tikva, hebben jullie ook naar het budget van de reis van Jannet en Ralf gekeken (staat een link onderaan in het artikel). Zij hebben iets luxer gereisd, maar komen rond hetzelfde bedrag uit. Ik denk dat je op zo’n 55-65 euro per dag moet rekenen! En leuk Argentinie!!


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