Mexico Travel Budget - Visit Mexico on a Budget or Travel in Style

How much does it cost to travel to Mexico?

You should plan to spend around $128 (MX$2,180) per day on your vacation in Mexico. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $30 (MX$504) on meals
  • $20 (MX$345) on local transportation
  • $101 (MX$1,708) on hotels

A one week trip to Mexico for two people costs, on average, $1,798 (MX$30,513). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Mexico cost?

A one week trip to Mexico usually costs around $899 (MX$15,257) for one person and $1,798 (MX$30,513) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Mexico on average costs around $1,798 (MX$30,513) for one person and $3,596 (MX$61,027) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Mexico will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Mexico on average costs around $3,852 (MX$65,386) for one person and $7,705 (MX$130,772) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

How much do package tours cost in Mexico?

Organized tours are usually more expensive than independent travel, but offer convenience and peace of mind that your trip has been planned by a travel expert.

The average price for an organized tour package in Mexico is $205 per day. While every tour varies by total price, length, number of destinations, and quality, this is the daily average price based on our analysis of available guided tours.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Mexico expensive to visit?

Mexico is a moderately priced destination to visit. It's about average with most other countries for travel costs. The prices for food, accommodation, and transportation are all fairly reasonable.

Within North America, which is known to be an expensive region, Mexico is very affordable compared to the other countries. It is in the top 10% of countries in North America for its affordability. Very few countries in the region are as affordable as Mexico.

For more details, see Is Mexico Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Mexico?

The average Mexico trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Mexico travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) MX$1,708 ($101)
Local Transportation 1 MX$345 ($20)
Food 2 MX$504 ($30)
Entertainment 1 MX$432 ($25)
Tips and Handouts 1 MX$34 - 103 ($2 - 6)
Alcohol 2 MX$150 - 451 ($9 - 27)
Accommodation Budget in Mexico
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Mexico is $50 (MX$854). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Mexico is $101 (MX$1,708). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Mexico

Looking for a hotel in Mexico? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options.

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Mexico based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $89. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Local Transportation Budget in Mexico
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Mexico is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $20 (MX$345) per person, per day, on local transportation in Mexico.

  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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What did other people spend on Local Transportation?

Typical prices for Local Transportation in Mexico are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the Local Transportation prices in Mexico, but your costs will vary based on your travel style and the place where the purchase was made.

  • Metro
  • Uber Ride
  • Taxi to Bus Station
  • Taxi from Bus Station
  • Short Taxi Ride
  • Local Bus (for 2)
  • Ferry to Isla de Mujeres (for 2)
  • Airport Shuttle (for 2)

Food Budget in Mexico
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • While meal prices in Mexico can vary, the average cost of food in Mexico is $30 (MX$504) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Mexico should cost around $12 (MX$202) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Mexico is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


What did other people spend on Food?

Typical prices for Food in Mexico are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the Food prices in Mexico, but your costs will vary based on your travel style and the place where the purchase was made.

  • Dinner for 2
  • Mexican Chips
  • Ice Cream
  • Lunch for Two
  • Lunch for Two
  • Coffee and Snacks
  • Lunch for Two
  • Lunch

Entertainment Budget in Mexico
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Mexico typically cost an average of $25 (MX$432) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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What did other people spend on Entertainment?

Typical prices for Entertainment in Mexico are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the Entertainment prices in Mexico, but your costs will vary based on your travel style and the place where the purchase was made.

  • Guide at Palenque
  • Edzna Entry (for 2)
  • Mayan Village Entrance (for 2)
  • Uxmal Entrance (for 2)
  • Train at the Zoo
  • Chichen Itza Entrance (for 2)
  • Seasick Pills
  • Whale Shark Tour (for 2)

Tips and Handouts Budget in Mexico
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Mexico is $4.05 (MX$69) per day. The usual amount for a tip in Mexico is 5% - 15%.

  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers

Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps Budget in Mexico
Average Daily Costs

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  • Unfortunately, bad things can happen on a trip. Well, you've just got to deal with it! The average price for a scam, robbery, or mishap in Mexico is $4.58 (MX$78), as reported by travelers.

  • Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps1

Alcohol Budget in Mexico
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $18 (MX$301) on alcoholic beverages in Mexico per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day


Water Budget in Mexico
Average Daily Costs

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  • On average, people spend $1.79 (MX$30) on bottled water in Mexico per day. The public water in Mexico is considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Last Updated: Feb 28, 2023
Mexico On a Budget
Mexico Isla Mujeres, Mexico
Mexico is a convenient destination for Americans and Canadians looking to find warm weather and tropical beaches. For decades, this country has been popular as a spring break destination. College kids head to its beaches to cut loose and have fun. Popular cities like Cancun, Cozumel and Acapulco have long been the destination for American youth looking to have a good time, but while Mexico is known for its beach resorts, there really is so much more. If you take the time to head inland, you can explore its villages and cities. From the mountains, to the tropical beaches, to the jungle, there are plenty of undiscovered areas still to be found. Hit up a festival. Drive through the countryside. Stop by an undiscovered restaurant. Get off the tourist trail and you'll see this country has so much more to offer.

Mexican food has spread throughout North America. Everyone craves tacos, burritos, and enchiladas, but nothing can top the experience of eating the food in the country where it originated. Food stands abound in most cities and towns. The food is typically quite fresh and delicious and when you're on the coast, seafood is the most common food of choice.

Mexico can be an expensive destination, particularly if you stick to the resorts and package tourism areas. If you venture a little farther off the beaten path then you'll likely save yourself a little money while you have a more adventurous experience. Stay at locally owned hotels and skip the large resort options and your money will go a lot farther and stay within the local economy. Likewise, restaurants that are targeted specifically at tourists are often far more expensive than local options. Stick to where the locals eat you you'll save yourself a good amount of money. Also try picking up some food in the markets. The food is often fresh and far cheaper than the options that are available in sit down restaurants.

Also remember to negotiate prices. This is particularly true with taxis. Drivers often refuse to use their meters, so you'll do better to agree on a set price before you even get in the vehicle.
At A Glance
  • If you're going to spend any time on the Caribbean coast you are better off avoiding the hurricane season, which is during the fall months. If a hurricane hits the area during your scheduled trip you'll almost guaranteed to have to cancel. If you do decide to travel during this time make sure you have good travel insurance.

  • Many of the best roads in Mexico are toll roads. These roads are usually in good condition and allow for the shortest travel time. You can expect to pay anywhere from 400 to 800 pesos to travel on a toll road with a private vehicle. If you're taking a bus, only the more expensive buses use the toll roads, as this fee is included in the price of your ticket.

  • If you're traveling between cities by bus, you want to take the express bus. These buses are called directo throughout the country and they are much faster and more efficient than the local options, which stop in all of the small towns along the way.

  • If you have money that you want to exchange for Mexican pesos it is best not to do this in your hotel. The rates in hotels are usually outrageously high. There are often places around town where you can exchange money. If you have a banking card, ATMs almost always give the best rate, but this does vary by bank.

  • There are any number of activities to do in Mexico. On the coast you can enjoy surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling and kayaking. It can be cheaper to wait until you arrive in the country as the prices will be a lot less, but you run the risk of some activities being sold out. Many hotels can organize activities and tours, but ask around because the rate is usually better outside of your hotel, particularly if you're staying at a resort.

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Top Tourist Attractions
Dias des los Muertos: Head to this festival in Oaxaca for one of the best examples of the Day of the Dead Festival in Mexico. It is celebrated at the end of October and is a time when Mexican families remember those who have died. Gifts are often left on graves and prayers are said for those who are deceased.

Palenque: This archaeological site in Chiapas, although smaller than some other sites throughout the country, is a wonderful example of Mayan architecture. It dates back to 100BC and is and impressive sight to see.

Copper Canyon: This is a network of canyons that, when combined, are larger than the Grand Canyon. They are located in the southwest portion of the state of Chihuahua and offer stunning views and breathtaking scenery.

Popular Foods
Mexican food has a lot of regional specialties which you will become familiar with as you travel through the area. In the north most dishes are meat based, and many of the options are influenced by American cuisine. In the central areas most dishes are corn based while in the southeast they are spicier and made with chicken and vegetables. Along the coast you will find a lot of seafood options. For yet even more information about the cuisine, make sure you read this authentic Mexican food guide which covers everything, or read on for a few highlights.

Tamales: Tamales are a corn and meat based dish that is either steamed or boiled in a leaf wrapper and served with sauce. It's popular in most Mexican restaurants and makes a good lunch or dinner option.

Quesadillas: Quesadillas are a flour or corn tortilla that is typically filled with cheese and a meat or vegetables. They're common throughout Mexican and are also available in most restaurants abroad as well. They're a simple dish to prepare but can be quite good.

Tacos: Perhaps the most popular food option, tacos are made with a corn or wheat shell that is filled with meat or beans and served with cheese and vegetables. You can typically pick up several at food stands anywhere in the country for a very low cost. They're a great option for a filling but cheap lunch.

We've been gathering travel costs from tens of thousands of actual travelers since 2010, and we use the data to calculate average daily travel costs for destinations around the world. We also systematically analyze the prices of hotels, hostels, and tours from travel providers such as Kayak, HostelWorld, TourRadar, Viator, and others. This combination of expenses from actual travelers, combined with pricing data from major travel companies, gives us a uniqe insight into the overall cost of travel for thousands of cities in countries around the world. You can see more here: How it Works.

1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.