A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Antigua Guatemala vs. Liberia for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Antigua Guatemala or Liberia?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Antigua Guatemala or Liberia, this travel comparison, which includes costs, can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison down below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Where Should I go: Antigua Guatemala or Liberia?

Antigua Guatemala

Before a disastrous earthquake in 1773, Antigua was the colonial capital of Guatemala. For 200 years it had reigned as so and today shows remnants of its glorious past with Spanish colonial buildings and other architectural landmarks still standing. Due to this large amount of preserved architecture, Antigua was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is now the most touristed city of Guatemala.


Liberia is a town in northwestern Costa Rica. It is the capital of the Guanacaste province, which is about 140 miles away from Costa Rica's capital, San Jose. The town has a population of about 56,000 and is one of the tourism centers of the country.

Which place is cheaper, Liberia or Antigua Guatemala?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Antigua Guatemala is $62, while the average daily cost in Liberia is $110. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Antigua Guatemala and Liberia in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Antigua Guatemala $21
    Liberia $59
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Antigua Guatemala $42
    Liberia $118
Compare Hotels in Antigua Guatemala and Liberia

Looking for a hotel in Antigua Guatemala or Liberia? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Antigua Guatemala

Hotels in Liberia

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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Antigua Guatemala Hotel Prices and Liberia Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Antigua Guatemala $12
    Liberia $42

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Antigua Guatemala

Also for Antigua Guatemala, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Private Ground Transfer From Antigua To Guatemala City Airport: $23
  • Transfer from Antigua Guatemala to La Aurora Airport: $25
  • Private Transfer from Antigua Guatemala to Puerto Quetzal Port: $28
  • Shared Departure Transfer: Antigua Hotels to Guatemala City Airport: $56
  • Transfer from Antigua to the Airport: $80
  • Transfer Ciudad Guatemala a la Aurora a la Antigua Guatemala: $130
  • Transfer from La Antigua Guatemala to Monterrico (One Way): $260

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Liberia

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Liberia are as follows:

  • Bike Rental

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Liberia

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Liberia:

  • Transfer Dreams Las Mareas from Airports ROUND TRIP: $300
  • Private transfer from Guanacaste to Hotels in San Jose or the Airport: $299
  • Private Transfer Liberia Airport to Arenal Hotels : $296
  • Round Trip Transfer Liberia Airport (LIR) to Dreams Las Mareas Hotel: $295
  • Transfer Service From Liberia Airport To Playa Nosara & Guiones Guanacaste: $295
  • Private Transfer From Liberia Airport To Dreams Las Mareas: $285
  • Punta Islita Hotel to/from Liberia Airport - Shuttle & Transfers Service: $279
  • Liberia Airport (LIR)to Malpais / Montezuma - Raund-Trip Transfer: $276
  • Liberia Airport To Rio Perdido & Thermal River - PRIVATE TRANSFER: $275
  • Private Transfer From Liberia Airport To Playas del Coco and Playa Hermosa: $265
  • Liberia Airport To Nandel Beach Resort, Private Transfer: $265
  • Private Transfer Int. Airport Liberia To La Fortuna From 7 to 10 passengers: $262

Is it cheaper to fly into Antigua Guatemala or Liberia?

Prices for flights to both Liberia and Antigua Guatemala change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.

  • Food Meals for one day
    Antigua Guatemala $14
    Liberia $21
Typical Food Prices in Antigua Guatemala

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Antigua Guatemala:

  • Lunch
  • Lunch

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Antigua Guatemala

For Antigua Guatemala, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Private Street Food Tour in Antigua Guatemala: $65
  • Make your own Mayan Pepian - Cooking class: $69
  • Antigua: Cooking Class with Local Family: $74
  • Street Food Tour Around Antigua: $75
  • Market food tour and tortilla workshop: $79
  • Market and Mayan Cooking Class: $80
  • Guatemalan Cooking Class & Market Tour: $85
  • Foodie & street food tour: $85
  • Authentic Guatemalan Cooking Class in Antigua: $90
  • Private Cooking Class of Typical Guatemalan Dishes: $95
  • Guatemalan Cooking Class and Market Tour: $98
  • From Guatemala City: Guatemala Cooking Class Tour: $100

Typical Food Prices in Liberia

Some typical examples of dining costs in Liberia are as follows:

  • Snacks
  • Lunch at The Shack (for 1)
  • Lunch
  • Coffee & Tres Leches (for 2)
  • Ginger Ale

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Liberia

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Liberia.

  • 2-Hour Cooking Class in Nosara : $65
  • Private Local Cooking Class in Nosara: $85
  • Private Sunset Dinner at the Beach with Chef : $190

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Antigua Guatemala $15
    Liberia $25

Tours and Activities in Antigua Guatemala

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Antigua Guatemala.

  • Artisan Shoemaking & Leather Craft Tour: $10
  • Antigua Private Cultural Walking Tour: $15
  • Historical and Cultural Walking Tour of Antigua Guatemala : $20
  • Half-Day Walking Tour: $20
  • City Highlights Guided Walking Tour: $20
  • La Antigua Horror Stories Night Walking Tour: $20
  • Walking Tour of the Wonders of La Antigua Guatemala: $20
  • Express tour in Antigua: $20
  • Guided Walking Tour in Antigua Guatemala: $20
  • Guided Walking Tour Legends of Antigua Guatemala: $20
  • Chicken Bus Experience to San Juan del Obispo : $22
  • Antigua Walking Tour: $23

Tours and Activities in Liberia

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Liberia are as follows:

  • ATV Tour Guanacaste the Beach Excursion & Trail: $110
  • Birdwatching Experience private tour : $275
  • National Park Adventure day: $195
  • Nicaragua one day tour from Costa Rica, Discover it: $250
  • Private ATV Tour Off Road Adventure beaches & Towns: $89
  • 2 Hour ATV Experience From Guanacaste: $180
  • 2 Hour ATV Private Tour in Costa Rica: $81
  • 2 In 1 Jet Sky & Buggy Private Tour: $300
  • 2-Hour ATV Tour: $110
  • 2-Hour Horseback Riding Tour in Guanacaste: $65
  • 2-Hours UTV Tour: $110
  • 3 Hour ATV Adventure Tour in El Jobo: $120

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Antigua Guatemala $11
    Liberia $12

Sample the Local Flavors in Antigua Guatemala

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Antigua Guatemala:

  • Antigua Bar Crawl: $26
  • Macadamia Chocolate and Wine Tour on ATV or UTV: $85

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Antigua Guatemala and Liberia, we can see that Liberia is more expensive. And not only is Antigua Guatemala much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Antigua Guatemala would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Antigua Guatemala and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Liberia would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Liberia than you might in Antigua Guatemala.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Antigua Guatemala Expensive? and Is Liberia Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Antigua Guatemala or Liberia?

Liberia has a larger population, and is about 15% larger than the population of Antigua Guatemala. When comparing the sizes of Antigua Guatemala and Liberia, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.