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

Should you visit Copan or Managua?

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 Managua 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 Managua?


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.


Managua is the capital, and largest city in Nicaragua. The economy is generally centered around the trade of coffee, cotton, and other types of agriculture. It also is a textile capital for the area. Managua is also a very reasonably priced destination in Central America. Restaurants and hotels are quite affordable and you'll find all kinds of international cuisine around the city. Transportation is also incredibly affordable and you'll find yourself pleasantly surprised at the cost of intercity bus rides.

Which place is cheaper, Managua 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 Managua is $55. 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 Managua in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Copan $22
    Managua $23
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Copan $44
    Managua $46
Compare Hotels in Copan and Managua

Looking for a hotel in Copan or Managua? 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 Managua

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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: Managua Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Copan $78
    Managua $20

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Managua

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

  • Granada Transfer: $44
  • Transfer from and To Poneloya or Las Peñitas Beach- Leon, Nicaragua: $68
  • Managua Augusto Airport (MGA) to Managua-Round-Trip Transfer: $66
  • Managua Augusto Sandino Airport(MGA) to Managua- Arrival Transfer: $33
  • Managua to Managua Augusto Airport (MGA) - Departure Transfer: $33
  • PRIVATE San Juan Del Sur Transfer: $56
  • Popoyo Beach Transfer: $90
  • Private Transfer from Managua Augusto Airport to Corinto Port: $71
  • Private Transfer from Managua City Hotels to Corinto Cruise Port: $71
  • Private Transfer in Nicaragua: $110
  • San Jorge Rivas Transfer: $47
  • Transfer From Managua International Airport: $66

Is it cheaper to fly into Copan or Managua?

Prices for flights to both Managua 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
    Managua $17

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Copan $25
    Managua $16

Tours and Activities in Managua

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

  • Nicaragua Private Guide and Transportation Service: Customized Tours: $47
  • Private lava tour-Masaya Volcano from Managua: $49
  • Masaya Volcano Night Tour: $53
  • Laguna de Apoyo Day pass plus Masaya Volcano Night Tour: $60
  • PRIVATE Day trip Granada Isletas +Colonial City tour from Managua: $64
  • PRIVATE Boat ride + Colonial city tour at Granada+Catarina lookout: $64
  • Granada Isletas and City tour: $68
  • PRIVATE TOUR at Granada +Lake boar ride + Lava tour at Masaya volcano: $70
  • PRIVATE Laguna de apoyo day pass + masaya volcano lava tour: $70
  • PRIVATE Boat tour+Granada City and Catarina lookout from Managua: $70
  • Amazing Masaya Volcano at Night "Private Tour" : $75
  • PRIVATE Granada+Apoyo Lagoon and Masaya volcano night tour: $77

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Copan $7.21
    Managua $11

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

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

Which is Bigger, Copan or Managua?

Managua has a larger population, and is about 150 times larger than the population of Copan. When comparing the sizes of Copan and Managua, 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.