A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Freeport vs. San Juan for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Freeport or San Juan?

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

Freeport

When you picture the Bahamas you likely picture the beaches, resorts and playgrounds of Nassau. Just to the northwest of this tourist paradise is a tropical city founded on industry. Freeport began as mostly swampland and is now the second most populous city in the Bahamas.

This city is less of a tourist attraction - a place where you'll find the true Bahaman culture mixed in with some relaxing spots to help you unwind and get into your island vacation.

San Juan

If you've ever set foot on a Caribbean cruise, you've probably spent a bit of time in San Juan, Puerto Rico. However, maybe you should consider spending more than just a port day in this beautiful and historically rich city.

As the capital and largest city in all of Puerto Rico, San Juan is home to approximately 400,000 people. Established in 1521, it is also the second oldest European-founded settlement in the Americas.

As this city fuses a historic paradise with modern day energy, it has absolutely everything to offer. Intellectual wanderers, beach bums, rainforest adventurers and radical surfers will all find plenty to do in San Juan.

Which city is cheaper, San Juan or Freeport?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Freeport is $195, while the average daily cost in San Juan is $153. 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 Freeport and San Juan in more detail.



Accommodation

Travelers usually pay around $226 for a double occupancy room in Freeport If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.

An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $198 in San Juan For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Freeport $113
    San Juan $99
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Freeport $226
    San Juan $198

Food

In Freeport travelers spend around $51 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 in San Juan costs travelers about $29 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Freeport $51
    San Juan $29

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Freeport

For Freeport, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Bahamian Culture and Cooking Lesson Tour: $71
  • A Taste of Bahamas Cultural Food Tour: $79
  • Around Town/Bahamian Cooking Experience: $120

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in San Juan

For San Juan, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Flavors of Old San Juan Food Tour: $112
  • Authenic Puerto Rican Food Tasting Cooking Lesson (Volunteer Option Available): $115
  • Old San Juan Sunset Walk & Taste Food Tour: $119
  • Puerto Rican Food Tour: $152

Local Transportation

Freeport'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 $47 per person, per day on transportation in Freeport.

To get around in San Juan, the average visitor spends $11 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.
    Freeport $47
    San Juan $11

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Freeport

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

  • Private Round-Trip Luxury Transfer: Freeport International Airport (1 - 10): $589
  • Private Departure Luxury Transfer: Freeport International Airport (1 - 10): $294
  • Private Arrival Luxury Transfer: Freeport International Airport (1 - 10): $294
  • Private Round-Trip Transfer: Freeport International Airport (5 - 8): $283
  • Private Round-Trip Transfer: Freeport International Airport (3 - 4): $189
  • Shared Round-Trip Limousine Transfer to the Port Lucaya Market: $160
  • Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Freeport International Airport (5 - 8): $141
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Freeport International Airport to Hotels (5 - 8): $141
  • Private Round-Trip Transfer: Freeport International Airport (1 - 2): $94
  • Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Freeport International Airport (3 - 4): $94
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Freeport International Airport to Hotels (3 - 4): $94
  • Private Airport Transfer: Freeport to Grand Bahama International Airport (FPO): $50

Hired Cars and Shuttles in San Juan

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

  • Private transfer: San Juan to San Juan Airport (SJU): $622
  • Roun Trip Transfer Zip Line Toro Verde: $300
  • Private Arrival Transfer from San Juan Cruise Port to Hotel in Ponce: $228
  • Private Arrival Transfer from San Juan Cruise Port to Hotel in Vieques: $151
  • Private Transfer San Juan SJU Airport to San Juan-Isla Verde-Condado by Van: $141
  • Transfers between Culebra, Vieques ferry port to SJU airport or San Juan hotels: $132
  • Private Arrival Transfer from San Juan Cruise Port to Hotel in Fajardo: $128
  • Transfers from San Juan (Rincón/Mayaguez/Aguadilla/Cabo Rojo) to the West Side: $125
  • Private San Juan, PR Transfer: Cruise Port to Airport or Hotel: $109
  • Private San Juan, PR Transfer: Hotel to Airport or Cruise Port: $109
  • Private Transfer San Juan, Isla Verde or Condado to San Juan SJU Airport by SUV: $107
  • Private Transfer San Juan-Isla Verde-Condado to San Juan SJU Airport by Town Car: $96

Is it cheaper to fly into Freeport or San Juan?

Prices for flights to both San Juan and Freeport 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.





Entertainment

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Freeport can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $32 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.

In San Juan, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $40 per person, per day.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Freeport $32
    San Juan $40
Typical Entertainment prices in Freeport

For Freeport, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:


  • 10 Dive Package
    $299
  • 4 Hr. Kayak Tour
    $70
  • 1/2 Day Snorkel Trip
    $75

Tours and Activities in Freeport

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

  • Best of the Grand Bahamas Tour: $50
  • Cave Tour and Gold Rock Beach: $75
  • CocoNutz Cruisers Electric Bicycle Tour: $123
  • Cycle City and Beach Tour: $128
  • East End Island Sightseeing Tour from Freeport: $160
  • Freeport 3-Hour City Tour: $30
  • Freeport 4-Hour Garden of the Groves Tour: $55
  • Freeport Reef Snorkeling Adventure with Beach Break and Shopping: $70
  • Freeport Shore Excursion: Garden of the Groves and City Tour: $76
  • Freeport Snorkeling Adventure: $55
  • Half-Day Motorized Bicycle Tour: $100
  • From 5-Hour Eco Tour to the Cay's: $120

Typical Entertainment prices in San Juan

For San Juan, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:


  • Horseback Riding Tour
    $40
  • Full Day Snorkeling Trip
    $100
  • 1 Hr Windsurfing Lesson
    $75

Tours and Activities in San Juan

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

  • (Cruise ship Travelers) Hike to a Hidden Waterfall: $85
  • (cruise ship travelers) Center of Puerto Rico Day tour: $85
  • 2.5-Hour Historical Walking Tour of Old San Juan: $65
  • ATV and Kioscos de Luquillo Experience!: $150
  • Aguas Buenas Agricultural Paradise Tour: $82
  • Aquafari Flight Tour Culebra Island from San Juan: $325
  • Arecibo Caves Experience!: $150
  • Arenales Caves and River Adventure in Puerto Rico: $94
  • Arte Boriken-Puerto Rican Urban Art Tour W/ Sip & Paint: $120
  • Be Happy Puerto Rico Hop On Hop Off Tour: $69
  • Beginners Scuba Diving Tour in San Juan: $99
  • Big Waterfall Hiking Adventure - Puerto Rico: $65

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 Freeport, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $24.

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In San Juan, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $9.83.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Freeport $24
    San Juan $9.83

Sample the Local Flavors in Freeport

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Freeport:

  • Sands Brewery 1.5-Hour Tour - All You Can Drink: $26
  • Freeport Shore Excursion: Bahamian Brewery Tour and Beer Tasting: $31
  • Freeport Bazaar and Brewery Tour: $44
  • Brewery Tour at Bahamian Brewery: $65

Sample the Local Flavors in San Juan

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in San Juan:

  • Bacardi Rum Distillery and Old San Juan Tour: $95
  • Private Old San Juan and Bacardí or Barrilito Distillery Experience: $195
  • Bacardi Rum Distillery with Cocktail Class and Old San Juan tour: $208
  • 3 Day Puerto Rico Extravaganza (Beach, Biobay, Rain Forest, Distillery & Old SJ): $902


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

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