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Money and costs

Pesos ($)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated December 01, 2015 3:12AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Dorm bed: US$15–20
  • Double room in good budget hotel: US$70
  • Cheap main dish: under US$12
  • Three star–hotel room: US$90–175
  • Average main dish: US$12–16
  • Four-hour bus ticket: US$25
Top end (more than)
  • Five star–hotel room: US$200
  • Fine main dish: over US$17
  • Taxi trip across town: US$13

The Argentine unit of currency is the peso (AR$).

Carrying cash and an ATM card is the way to go in Argentina.


In restaurants and cafes it’s customary to tip about 10% of the bill for decent service. An interesting note: when your server is taking your bill with payment away, saying ‘gracias’ usually implies that the server should keep the change as a tip. If you want change back, don’t say ‘gracias’ – say ‘cambio, por favor’ instead.

Note that tips can’t be added to credit-card bills, so carry cash for this purpose. Also note that the cubierto that some restaurants charge is not a tip; it's a sort of 'cover charge' for the use of utensils and bread.

Bartenders they don’t expect a tip, but it's OK to give a small bill for a drink or good cocktail.

Bus porters a small bill

Delivery persons a small bill

Hotel cleaning staff Ten pesos per day (only at fine, upscale hotels)

Hotel porter a small bill

Restaurant servers 10%; 15% for fine restaurants with great service

Spas 15%

Taxi drivers no tip unless they help with luggage; many people round up to nearest peso

Tour guides 10% to 15%