Should you visit Cozumel or Mexico City?
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 Cozumel and Mexico City can help you decide which place is right for you.
Cozumel is a Caribbean island just off the Yucatan Peninsula. It'as a popular tourist destination because of its beautiful beaches and excellent snorkeling and scuba diving. With crystal clear waters and vibrant colored coral, Cozumel is one of the most popular dive destinations in the area. The island's economy is centered around tourism, and as such, you'll find plenty of amenities for visitors. The prices are comparable to other coastal towns in the area and there is no shortage of activities or attractions nearby.
Mexico City is one of the largest and most populated cities in the world. There are an estimated 26 million people living in the greater Mexico City metropolitan area. The area is about 60 kilometers by 40 kilometers and is surrounded by tall mountains and volcanoes on three sides. Mexico City proper has about 8.8 million people and is the capital of the country. More than a third of the country's economy is based here, making it the wealthiest city in all of Latin America.
Which city is cheaper, Mexico City or Cozumel?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Cozumel is $63, while the average daily cost in Mexico City is $137. 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 Cozumel and Mexico City in more detail.
Double occupancy rooms typically run around $62 in Cozumel For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.
An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $44 in Mexico City For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.
Cozumel food costs typically run travelers around $16 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.
While meal prices in Mexico City can vary, the average travelers spends about $18 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Mexico City should cost around $7.20 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Mexico City is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.
Meals for one day
Mexico City $18
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cozumel
For Cozumel, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Typical Food prices in Mexico City
For Mexico City, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:
Lunch for Two
Coffee and Snacks
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Mexico City
For Mexico City, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Traveling Spoon Mexican Tacos and Tortillas Private Online Cooking Class:
Withlocals The 10 Tastings: Mexico City Private Food Tour:
Private Contemporary Mexican Cooking Class Inspired by Family Recipes:
Mexico City Private Traditional Pre-Hispanic Cooking Class:
Private Mexican Cooking Lesson in a Coyoacan Apartment:
Wrestling show and a Mexican dinner:
Private Market Tour and Authentic Mexican Cooking Class with a Local in Coyoacan:
Mexican Cooking Lesson in a Local Home:
Authentic Mexican Cooking Lesson With a Gastronomic Historian in Mexico City:
Taco Night Private Food Tour in Mexico City:
Traditional Mexican Cooking Class in a Beautiful Home:
Private Market Tour and Hands-On Home Cooking With a Local in Mexico City:
To get around in Cozumel, the average visitor spends $16 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.
Mexico City'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 $8.83 per person, per day on transportation in Mexico City.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cozumel
Also for Cozumel, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Cozumel International Airport 5 - 8:
Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Cozumel International Airport (1 - 6):
Private Arrival Transfer: Cozumel International Airport to Hotels (1 - 6):
Typical Local Transportation prices in Mexico City
Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Mexico City:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Mexico City
Also for Mexico City, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Private Business Transfer from Mexico City Airport (MEX) to Mexico City Center:
Private Business Transfer from Mexico City Center to Mexico City Airport (MEX):
Private Airport Transfer between Chiang Mai to/from Chiang Rai:
Private Departure Transfer from Mexico City hotels to Mexico City airport:
Departure Private Transfer Mexico City to Mexico City Airport MEX in an SUV:
Private Departure Transfer Mexico City to Mexico City Airport:
Sedan Car Private MX Airport Transfer:
Private Round Transfer from Mexico City Airport:
Mexico Airport Transfers : Mexico City to Mexico Airport MEX in Luxury Van:
Mexico Airport Transfers : Mexico City to Mexico Airport MEX in Luxury SUV:
Departure Private Transfers: Mexico City to Mexico Airport MEX in Luxury Van:
Mexico City Airport Round Shared Transfer:
In Cozumel, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $30 per person, per day.
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Mexico City can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $10 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
Tours and Activities in Cozumel
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Cozumel.
Amazing Cozumel Race: Scavenger Hunt/Sightseeing Tour:
Amazing Private Jeep Adventure in Cozumel:
Cozumel City Tour with Lunch:
Cozumel Dune Buggy Off-Road Adventure to Punta Sur:
Cozumel Historical Walking Tour with Lunch:
Cozumel Island Tour by Open-Top Safari Bus Including Tequila Tasting:
Cozumel Island: Half-Day Private Jeep Tour and Eco Park:
Cozumel Motorcycle Tour Aboard a Harley-Davidson or KTM 1290:
Cozumel Private Jeep Tour with Lunch and Snorkeling:
Cozumel Shore Excursion: ATV, Ziplines and Cenote Tour Extreme Adventure Park:
Tours and Activities in Mexico City
For Mexico City, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
15-Day Trip in Mexico: North 2 South Adventures:
2 Days Private Guided Tour: City of the Gods, Xochimilco:
6-Night Best of Central Mexico Tour: Teotihuacan Pyramids, Taxco, Cuernavaca and Puebla from Mexico City:
7 Day-Monarch Butterfly Ecofriendly Tour in Mexico:
8-Day Best of Mexico Tour: Mexico City to Cancun:
Afternoon Private Tour: Teotihuacan:
Amazing 5 day Cycling & Adventure trip in Veracruz with NOMAD Adventures:
Anthropology Museum Teotihuacan Pyramids and Mexico City Private Tour:
Artist Studio Tour in Mexico City:
Atvforestal Special 2 to 3 hour Tour (2 Atv´s, 2 Riders):
Best of Mexico City Private Tour:
Buenos Aires by Night Private City Tour with Tango Show:
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Cozumel, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $7.60.
Typically, people visiting Mexico City spend on average $14 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Sample the Local Flavors in Mexico City
Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Mexico City:
Full-Day Peña de Bernal Wine Tours:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Cozumel and Mexico City, we can see that Mexico City is more expensive. And not only is Cozumel much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Cozumel would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Cozumel 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 Mexico City would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Mexico City than you might in Cozumel.
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