A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Copan vs. Panama City

Should you visit Copan or Panama City?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Copan and Panama City can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Copan

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.

Panama City

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 Copan?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Copan is $17, 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 Copan and Panama City in more detail.




Accommodation

The average price for accommodation for two people in Copan is $12. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.

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.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Copan $5.81
    Panama City $28
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Copan $12
    Panama City $56


Food

The price of a meal in Copan can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $9.01 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $3.60 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.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Copan $9.01
    Panama City $17

Typical Food prices in Panama City

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Panama City:


  • Sandwich
    $8.25

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: $60
  • Panama City Food Tour: Taste of Panama Walking Tour: $76
  • Food Tour - Panama Gastronomy: $102
  • Casco Antiguo Sunset Walking Tour with Dinner: $170
  • The 'Real' Panamanian Private Food Tour: $200
  • Whale Watching + Beach + Seafood Dinner - BEST VALUE IN PANAMA: $205


Local Transportation

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.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Copan -
    Panama City $8.54

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Panama City

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

  • Airport Private Transfer Tocumen Direct to Panama City: $18
  • Airport Transfer Service: $25
  • Departure Private Business Transfer: Panama City to Panama PTY or PAC Airport: $63
  • Departure Private Transfer Panama City to Panama Airport BLB by SUV: $104
  • Departure Private Transfer Panama City to Panama Airport BLB by Sedan Car: $58
  • Departure Private Transfer Panama City to Panama PTY or PAC Airport by Sedan Car: $40
  • Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport One Way Transfer: $80
  • Panama City Private Arrival Transfer: $43
  • Panama City Private Departure Transfer: $43
  • Panama City Tour Full or Half Day with Lunch and Transfers: $121
  • Embera Indian Village Tour w/ Airport Transfer: $192
  • Half-Day City & Canal Tour w/ Airport Transfer: $162


Entertainment

Entertainment and activities in Copan typically cost an average of $8.24 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

In Panama City, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $53 per person, per day.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Copan $8.24
    Panama City $53

Tours and Activities in Panama City

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

  • Casco Antiguo Virtual Live Tour: $12
  • Skip the Line: Panama La Vieja Admission Ticket: $15
  • Dolphin Sightseeing Tour on The Footloose Catamaran from Panama City Beach: $25
  • Sea Breeze Champagne Adventure: $28
  • Welcome to Private Tour with a Local: $30
  • Panama City and Canal Tour ( Centro de Visitante de Miraflores): $31
  • Day Tour Panama Hop-On & Hop-off Sightseeing Bus: $33
  • Private Panama Canal Tour: $41
  • Tour Colonial Panama: $42
  • Shopping Tour in Panama: $42
  • Panama Viejo Ruins Sightseeing Tour: $43
  • Panama City Tour highlight: $45


Alcohol

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.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Copan -
    Panama City $15

Sample the Local Flavors in Panama City

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Panama City:

  • Panama Bar Crawl (private): $33



When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Copan and Panama City, we can see that Panama City 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 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 Copan.

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