A Travel Price Comparison for Mexico Cancun vs. Guadalajara for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Cancun or Guadalajara?

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

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Cancun and Guadalajara can help you decide which place is right for you.

Cancun

In the northeast corner of the Mexican Caribbean, Cancun is one of Mexico's most popular destinations. The area that is now Cancun was actually selected specifically by the Mexican government for development as a tourist destination. The area was chosen because it has fourteen miles of beautiful white beaches, nearby Mayan ruins, and turquoise blue water with nearby snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities. Prior to its development as a tourist destination, there were few inhabitants in the area.

Guadalajara

Guadalajara is the capital of the state of Jalisco in western Mexico, as well as one of the country's largest cities. It is best known for tequila and mariachi music, which both originate in Jalisco, as well as a thriving historic center with colonial architecture and landmarks.

Which city is cheaper, Guadalajara or Cancun?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Cancun is $100, while the average daily cost in Guadalajara is $78. 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. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Cancun and Guadalajara in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Cancun $67
    Guadalajara $28
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Cancun $134
    Guadalajara $56

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Cancun $12
    Guadalajara $26
Typical Local Transportation prices in Cancun

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Cancun:


  • Taxi Around Town
    $1.40
  • Airport Shuttle (for 2)
    $12
  • Ferry to Isla de Mujeres (for 2)
    $14
  • Local Bus (for 2)
    $1.70

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cancun

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

  • Licenced Transfer - Cancun International Airport or Hotels to Merida Return: $895
  • Luxury SUV R/T Transfer-Airport-Isla Mujeres Ferry Dock-Airport W/ Ferry Tickets: $622
  • Private Roundtrip Transfer-Airport-Hotel-Airport- Cozumel Hotels W/Ferry Tickets: $606
  • Chichen Itza Private Transportation, Round Trip Transfer: $485
  • Licenced Transfer - Cancun International Airport or Hotels to Merida One-Way: $465
  • Luxury SUV Private Roundtrip Transfer- Airport-Hotel-Airport - Tulum Hotels: $459
  • Luxury SUV Private Roundtrip Transfer Airport-Hotel-Airport - Akumal Hotels: $459
  • Private R/T Transfer-Airport-Isla Mujeres Ferry Dock-Airport With Ferry Tickets: $439
  • Private VAN Roundtrip Transfer- Airport-Hotel-Airport - Tulum Hotels: $405
  • Cancun Airport Private Transfer One Way:To or From Holbox Ferry Up to 15 Pass.: $400
  • Private VAN Roundtrip Transfer- Airport-Hotel-Airport - Akumal Hotels: $352
  • Luxury SUV Private R/T Transfer- Airport-Hotel-Airport Playa del Carmen Hotel: $331

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Guadalajara

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

  • Shared Departure Transfer: Hotels to Guadalajara Airport: $19
  • Shared Arrival Transfer: Guadalajara Airport to Hotels: $19
  • Private transfer: Guadalajara to Guadalajara Airport (GDL): $622
  • Private Departure Transfer from Guadalajara Center to Guadalajara Airport: $24
  • Private Airport Transfer: Guadalajara to Miguel Hidalgo Y Costilla Airport (GDL): $26
  • Private Airport Transfer until your Stay in Guadalajara: $21
  • Mexico Private Transfer from Guadalajara City to Guadalajara (GDL) Airport: $44
  • Airport to City Transfer: $60
  • Guadalajara hotels to Guadalajara Airport (GDL) - Departure Private Transfer: $78
  • BEST PRICE Guadalajara transfer Hotel Airport, (in the city only): $50
  • BEST PRICE Guadalajara round-trip transfer Hotel Airport, (in the city only): $94
  • Airport-Chapala/Ajijic Transfer: $180

Is it cheaper to fly into Cancun or Guadalajara?

Prices for flights to both Guadalajara and Cancun 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
  • Food Meals for one day
    Cancun $18
    Guadalajara $32
Typical Food prices in Cancun

For Cancun, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Lunch for Two
    $18

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cancun

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

  • Captain Hook: Pirate Show and Dinner Cruise in Cancun: $35
  • Cancun Authentic Untouristed Food Tour: $43
  • Authentic Downtown Food Tour: Tacos and Local Flavors: $44
  • Dinner and Show on a Pirate Ship in Cancun with Open Bar: $50
  • Dinner-Show-Party on a Pirate Ship from Cancun! (Open bar included).: $55
  • Experience a Pirate Party Dinner Show at Cancun with Open Bar included!: $56
  • Dinner Show on a Pirate Ship from Cancun with Open Bar: $62
  • Mexican Dinner and Sprits Tasting in Cancun with transportation: $79
  • Captain Hook - Pirate Show and Dinner (Grilled Chicken) 2X1: $85
  • Captain Hook 2X1 - Pirate Show & Dinner with Open Bar: $85
  • Combo Capitan Hook chicken dinner + Isla Mujeres Catamaran: $86
  • Captain Hook - Pirate Show & Dinner (Grilled Chicken) 2X1: $89

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Guadalajara

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

  • Guadalajara Street Food Tour: $15
  • Santa Tere Food Tour: $46

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Cancun $24
    Guadalajara $19
Typical Entertainment prices in Cancun

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Cancun's activities, tours, and tickets:


  • Seasick Pills
    $0.50
  • Whale Shark Tour (for 2)
    $85

Tours and Activities in Cancun

For Cancun, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • (4x1) Tour Plus Coba,Tulum,Playa del Carmen & Cenote - from Riviera Maya: $67
  • (4x1) Tulum, Coba, Cenote and Playa del Carmen a complete tour from Cancún: $69
  • (4x1) Tulum, Coba, Cenote and Playa del Carmen in Our Full Day Tour: $75
  • (All inclusive) Catamaran Tour to Isla Mujeres from Cancun for the less: $65
  • 1 Day Tour to Bacalar, Cenotes and 7 color Lagoon with lunch from Cancun: $109
  • 1 Lagoon + 3 Cenotes Tour Plus from Cancun and Playa del Carmen: $85
  • 1 Lagoon and 3 Cenotes Tour Departure form Cancun: $81
  • 1-Day Coba-Tulum Tour (Cancun departure) EMC1T: $158
  • 1-day Chichen Itza Classic Tour ( Cancun departure) ( EMC1CE ): $122
  • 10-Day Wildlife Adventure Ecofriendly Tour from Cancun: $2,595
  • 10-Day Yucatan Heritage Ecofriendly Tour from Cancun: $2,495
  • 11 Day-Birdwatching Ecofriendly Tour from Cancun: $3,490

Tours and Activities in Guadalajara

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

  • "T" Tour Traditional Food, History and Bike: $5.00
  • 3 Hours Private Tour Guide in Guadalajara, you choose!: $75
  • 6 Hours Private Tour Guide in Guadalajara, you choose!: $140
  • Bike Tour to the Historic Center: $27
  • City Tour Guadalajara: $32
  • City Tour in Electric Carriage: $25
  • Commercial vs Craft Tequila Experience: $87
  • Craft Tequila Tasting Tour by Mickey Marentes: $149
  • Day Tour to Tequila on Jose Cuervo Express from Guadalajara: $215
  • From Lake Chapala and Ajijic Tour: $64
  • Full Day Jose Cuervo Express Diamond VIP Experience: $160
  • Full experience Entre Charros: $30

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Cancun $8.96
    Guadalajara $12

Sample the Local Flavors in Cancun

Also in Cancun, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Cancun Private Mexican Wine Tasting: $161

Sample the Local Flavors in Guadalajara

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

  • Traditional Cantinas Pub Crawl: $29
  • Pub Crawl Guadalajara: $30
  • From Tequila and Distillery Tour with Tastings: $68
  • Tequila and Distillery Tour from Guadalajara: $79
  • From Jose Cuervo Distillery & Tequila Town Tour: $93
  • Full-Day Tour to La Rojeña Distillery by Jose Cuervo Express: $193
  • Tequila and Mundo Cuervo Distillery Tour from Guadalajara: $513


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Cancun and Guadalajara, we can see that Cancun is more expensive. And not only is Guadalajara much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Guadalajara would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Guadalajara 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 Cancun would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Cancun than you might in Guadalajara.

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