Should you visit Antigua Guatemala or Panama City?
If you're trying to decide where to visit between Antigua Guatemala or Panama City, this travel cost comparison can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.
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.
Panama City is the cosmopolitan capital city of the country of Panama. With a population of almost 900,000 and almost 1.5 million in the metropolitan area, it's a very diverse city with expat residents from all over the world. You don't have to search far to find someone who speaks English, and many Panamanians are quite helpful and friendly.
Which city is cheaper, Panama City or Antigua Guatemala?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Antigua Guatemala is $50, while the average daily cost in Panama City is $68. 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 city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Antigua Guatemala and Panama City in more detail.
The prices for places to stay in Antigua Guatemala can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is $17, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around $34.
Double occupancy rooms typically run around $56 in Panama City For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.
The price of a meal in Antigua Guatemala can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $11 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $4.40 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.
In Panama City travelers spend around $17 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.
Meals for one day
Antigua Guatemala $11
Panama City $17
Typical Food prices in Antigua Guatemala
Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Antigua Guatemala:
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:
Short Cooking Class in Antigua, Guatemala:
Guatemalan Food Cooking Class:
Food Tour in Antigua Traditional Market:
Market and Mayan Cooking Class:
Guatemalan Mestizo and Gourmet Food Tour in Antigua:
Authentic Guatemalan Cooking Class:
Guatemalan Cooking Class and Market Tour:
Food Tour in the lovely town of Antigua, Guatemala:
Guatemala City Market and Food Tour from Antigua:
Typical Food prices in Panama City
Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Panama City:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Panama City
For Panama City, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Panama Evening Food Tour:
Panama City Food Tour: Taste of Panama Walking Tour:
Food Tour - Panama Gastronomy:
Casco Antiguo Sunset Walking Tour with Dinner:
The 'Real' Panamanian Private Food Tour:
Whale Watching + Beach + Seafood Dinner - BEST VALUE IN PANAMA:
Antigua Guatemala's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend $9.88 per person, per day on transportation in Antigua Guatemala.
To get around in Panama City, the average visitor spends $8.54 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Panama City
Also for Panama City, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
San Blas Island-Hopping Day Trip from Panama City(Private Transfer):
Round trip transfer in private minivan from-to Tocumen Airport in Playa Blanca:
Private Departure Transfer from Playa Bonita Hotels to Rio Hato Airport 1-3:
Private Departure Transfer from Panama City Hotels to Rio Hato Airport 1-3:
Private Arrival Transfer: Tocumen International Airport to Coronado Hotels 1-3:
Embera Indian Village Tour w/ Airport Transfer:
Half-Day City & Canal Tour w/ Airport Transfer:
Private Departure Transfer from Playa Bonita Hotels to Tocumen Airport 1-3:
Private Arrival Transfer Tocumen International Airport to Playa Bonita Hotels1-3:
Private Arrival Transfer Tocumen International Airport to Colon Hotels (1-3):
Private Arrival Transfer Tocumen International Airport to Playa Blanca Hotels1-3:
Shared Departure Transfer: Playa Bonita Hotels to Rio Hato International Airport:
Is it cheaper to fly into Antigua Guatemala or Panama City?
Prices for flights to both Panama City 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.
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Antigua Guatemala can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $12 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
In Panama City, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $53 per person, per day.
Tours and Activities in Antigua Guatemala
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Antigua Guatemala.
2-Day Kayak and Hike Adventure Package from Antigua:
3-Day Tour of Lake Atitlan & Chichicastenango Market:
Antigua ATV Coffee Tour:
Antigua ATV Cultural Adventure:
Antigua ATV Mountain Adventure:
Antigua ATV Sunset Tour:
Antigua ATV Villages Tour:
Antigua Guatemala Walking Group Tour:
Antigua Market Culture and Cuisine Tour:
Antigua Walking Tour:
Antigua Walking Tour Morning and Afternoon:
Antigua old city Walking tour:
Tours and Activities in Panama City
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Panama City.
2 Nights in San Blas Islands! Beach & Community Tour includes La casa de papel:
2-day San Blas Islands in Shared Cabin with Tour, Meals and Transport Included:
2D/1N Private Cabin (min 2 Guests) in San Blas INCLUDING Day Tour + Transport:
3.5-Hour Discover Panama City Tour:
5-Day Tour to Bocas del Toro from Panama City:
5-Hour City Tour & The Panama Canal Including Ticket:
5-Hour Tour of Panama City, Panama from Tocumen Airport:
6-Hour Panama Canal Ship Cruise:
A Volcano adventure: Hiking, Waterfall and more:
Adventure and relaxing at the Caribbean:
AfroLatino Travel - AfroPanama in Focus City Day Tour:
All Inclusive Full-Day Taboga Island Catamaran Tour from Panama City, Panama:
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Antigua Guatemala, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $9.10.
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Panama City, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $15.
Sample the Local Flavors in Panama City
Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Panama City:
Panama Bar Crawl (private):
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Antigua Guatemala and Panama City, we can see that Panama City 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 Panama City would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Panama City than you might in Antigua Guatemala.
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