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

Should you visit Copan or Liberia?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Copan and Liberia can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Copan or Liberia?


If you are a lover of history, or just really want to tap into your inner Indiana Jones, a trip to Copan, Honduras is right up your alley. Located in western Honduras, the cobblestone lined streets and white adobe buildings topped with red roofs provide the beautiful backdrop to this once powerful city.

Occupied by the Maya for 2,000 years, Copan was the ruling city in the southern Mayan kingdom. Settled nicely in a fertile river valley among rolling hills, this city is absolutely fascinating and the perfect place to explore history.


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 Copan?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Copan is $90, 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 Copan and Liberia in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Copan $22
    Liberia $59
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Copan $44
    Liberia $118
Compare Hotels in Copan and Liberia

Looking for a hotel in Copan 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 Copan

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: Liberia Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Copan $78
    Liberia $42

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:

  • Private Transfer ATO LIR to Westin Conchal Standar: $210
  • Airport Shuttle Transfer to Andaz Peninsula Papagayo: $90
  • Airport Transfer to Azura Beach Resort, Round-Trip: $135
  • Airport transfer Liberia from and to Tamarindo (One way) : $145
  • Costa Rica Private Airport Transfer : $4.50
  • Costa Rica Private transfer with driver By Red Eyed Tours : $50
  • Deluxe Liberia airport transfer to hotels in Guanacaste area : $80
  • Deluxe Transfer: Liberia International Airport to Hotels (1 - 4): $185
  • Departure Private Transfer Arenal to San Jose Airport by Minivan: $175
  • Direct Transfer Guanacaste Hotel to Liberia Airport: $28
  • Direct Transfer Liberia Airport to Guanacaste Hotels: $35
  • Guanacaste Airport Transfer to Playa Tamarindo: $105

Is it cheaper to fly into Copan or Liberia?

Prices for flights to both Liberia and Copan 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
    Copan $21
    Liberia $21

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.
    Copan $25
    Liberia $25

Tours and Activities in Liberia

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

  • Jet Ski Rentals, Banana Boat Rides, Jet Ski & Banana Boat Combo, Jet Ski Tours: $22
  • La Leona Waterfall Adventure Hike (Group Tour) : $35
  • La Leona Waterfall Hiking Tour: $40
  • Private La Leona Waterfall Adventure Hike: $41
  • Bird-Watching and Wildlife Tour: $42
  • Night Tour in Nuevo Arenal: $43
  • La Leona waterfall adventure hike half day : $45
  • La leona Waterfall adventure hike: $45
  • La Leona Waterfall Adventure Hike (Private Tour): $45
  • Skip the Line: Diamante Eco Adventure Park: Animal Sanctuary Discovery Ticket: $49
  • Zip-line Adventure: $53
  • Private Horseback Tour in Playa Conchal: $55

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Copan $7.21
    Liberia $12

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Copan and Liberia, we can see that Liberia is more expensive. And not only is Copan much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Copan would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Copan 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 Copan.

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

Which is Bigger, Copan or Liberia?

Liberia has a larger population, and is about 7 times larger than the population of Copan. When comparing the sizes of Copan 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.