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Money and costs

Pesos ($)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated September 21, 2017 2:23PM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Dorm bed: US$15–20
  • Double room in good, budget hotel: US$50
  • Cheap main dish: under US$11
  • Three-star hotel room: US$80–150
  • Average main dish: US$11–16
  • Four-hour bus ticket: US$30
Top end (more than)
  • Five-star hotel room: US$150+
  • Fine main dish: over US$16
  • Taxi trip across town: US$10

  • 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 few pesos for a drink or good cocktail.

Bus porters A few pesos.

Delivery persons A few pesos.

Hotel cleaning staff A few small bills per day (only at fine, upscale hotels).

Hotel porters A few pesos.

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 the nearest peso.

Tour guides 10% to 15%.