Currency

Real (R$)

Daily Costs

Budget: Less than R$200

  • Dorm bed: R$40–80
  • Sandwich and drink in a juice bar: R$18–25
  • Long-distance buses: around R$15–18 per hour of travel

Midrange: R$200–400

  • Standard double room in a hotel: R$160–300
  • Dinner for two in a midrange restaurant: R$80–160
  • Jungle trip: R$150–350 per day
  • Admission to nightclubs and live-music venues: R$20–50
  • One-way flight from Rio to Salvador/Iguaçu/Manaus: from R$470/500/550

Top end: More than R$400

  • Boutique hotel: from R$500
  • Upscale jungle lodges outside Manaus: R$600–1200 per night
  • Dinner for two at top restaurants: R$200–500

Bargaining

A little bargaining for hotel rooms should become second nature. Before you agree to take a room, ask for a better price: ‘Tem desconto?’ (Is there a discount?) and ‘Pode fazer um melhor preço?’ (Can you give a better price?) are the phrases to use. There’s sometimes a discount for paying à vista (cash).

You should also bargain when shopping in markets. And if you’re about to ride in unmetered taxis, be sure to agree on the price before departing.

Money

There are plenty of banks with ATMs that can be used all over Salvador. Banco do Brasil and Brandesco are typically the most reliable for use with foreign cards. You can usually count on the banks at the bus station and airport to be well stocked and safe. Most places – even many of the street vendors – accept credit and debit cards.