Should you visit Flores or Leon?
Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Flores and Leon can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.
The town of Flores is located in Peten, Guatemala. The main hub is located on an island on Lago Peten Itza, which is connected to the mainland by a causeway. On the other side of the causeway are the towns of Santa Elena and San Benito, however, all three are often referred to as Flores. Most people visit the area for its proximity to the ancient Mayan ruins of Tikal, though the town itself is also charming with colonial buildings and historic churches lining the cobbled streets.
Leon is one of the oldest city's in Nicaragua and you can see hints of its colonial past in the architecture around town. Tourism is not a major part of the economy in Leon, but the city is gaining popularity with budget travelers and backpackers and more recently tour groups are including Leon in their itinerary.
With a population of just over 200,000, Leon is the second largest city in Nicaragua, after Managua. During the university season the population grows dramatically as there is a heavy presence of students in Leon. It is a popular university town, and this young population gives the city plenty of energy and entertainment.
Which city is cheaper, Leon or Flores?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Flores is $26, while the average daily cost in Leon is $49. 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 Flores and Leon in more detail.
Travelers usually pay around $14 for a double occupancy room in Flores If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.
The average price for accommodation for two people in Leon is $26. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.
While meal prices in Flores can vary, the average travelers spends about $10 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Flores should cost around $4.00 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Flores is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.
Leon food costs typically run travelers around $10 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.
Meals for one day
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Leon
Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Leon.
To get around in Flores, the average visitor spends $6.32 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.
The cost of a taxi ride in Leon is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $1.26 per person, per day, on local transportation in Leon.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Flores
Also for Flores, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Round-Trip Private Transfer to Tikal from Flores:
Tikal National Park Tour with Guide and Transfer:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Leon
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Leon:
Reliable one-way transfer Guanajuato Leon International Airport to Hotel:
León hotels to Del Bajio Airport (BJX) - Departure Private Transfer:
Is it cheaper to fly into Flores or Leon?
Prices for flights to both Leon and Flores 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.
In Flores, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $16 per person, per day.
Entertainment and activities in Leon typically cost an average of $4.87 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.
Typical Entertainment prices in Flores
Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Flores's activities, tours, and tickets:
Tikal Entrance (for 2)
Map of Tikal
Tours and Activities in Flores
For Flores, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
Tikal Ruins Day Tour from Flores:
Tikal National Park Full-Day Guided Tour from Flores:
Tikal Early Experience !:
Tikal Day Tour:
Tikal Day Tour with Lunch from Flores:
Uaxactun Day Tour from Flores:
Sunset in Tikal Park and Archeological Tour from Flores:
Day Trip from Flores with Sunrise in Tikal and Archeology Tour:
Tikal Private Sunset Tour with transportation:
Tikal Private Day Tour from Flores with transportation:
Yaxha Private Day Tour with transportation:
Yaxha Private Sunset Tour with transportation:
Tours and Activities in Leon
Here are a few actual costs in Leon for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
3-Day Tour to Ometepe Island from León:
7-Day Tour: Learn to Surf in Nicaragua:
7-Days Tour: Punta Miramar Surf Camp:
Best of Leon and Granada *Private Tour*:
Charming Nicaragua "9 days Private Tour":
Hike El Hoyo Volcano "Private Tour":
Horseback Riding Private Tour:
Kayak Private tour at Juan Venado Island:
León 3-Hour Guided City Tour Including Entrance Fees:
León: 5-Hour Volcano Boarding Tour on Cerro Negro:
León: Flor de Caña Rum Factory 4-Hour Tour:
Leon City Tour:
Typically, people visiting Flores spend on average $17 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Leon may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $2.96 per day on alcoholic beverages.
Typical Alcohol prices in Flores
Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Flores are as follows:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Flores and Leon, we can see that Leon is more expensive. And not only is Flores much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Flores would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Flores 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 Leon would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Leon than you might in Flores.
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