A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Guadalajara vs. Ensenada

Should you visit Guadalajara or Ensenada?

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Guadalajara or Ensenada, this travel cost comparison can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Guadalajara

Guadalajara is the capital of the state of Jalisco in western Mexico, as well as one of the country's largest cities. It is best known for tequila and mariachi music, which both originate in Jalisco, as well as a thriving historic center with colonial architecture and landmarks.

Ensenada

Ensenada is on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, south of Tijuana. It's the only deep water port in the state of Baja California and as such, it is an important commerical fishing port as well as a cruise ship destination. The city has a population of almost 500,000 and is located just 78 miles south of San Diego. The city sits between the ocean and a small mountain range. The surrounding area is known for its wine production, which produces some of the best wine in Mexico.

Which city is cheaper, Ensenada or Guadalajara?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Guadalajara is $75, while the average daily cost in Ensenada is $27. 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 Guadalajara and Ensenada in more detail.



Accommodation

The prices for places to stay in Guadalajara can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is $27, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around $54.

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around $20. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Ensenada the cost is $40 on average.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Guadalajara $27
    Ensenada $20
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Guadalajara $54
    Ensenada $40

Food

On average, meal and food prices in Guadalajara cost around $31 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around $12.

While meal prices in Ensenada can vary, the average travelers spends about $5.33 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Ensenada should cost around $2.13 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Ensenada is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Guadalajara $31
    Ensenada $5.33

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Guadalajara

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

  • Guadalajara Street Food Tour: $15
  • Santa Tere Food Tour: $46

Local Transportation

Guadalajara'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 $25 per person, per day on transportation in Guadalajara.

The average price of local transportation around Ensenada is $2.67 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Guadalajara $25
    Ensenada $2.67

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Guadalajara

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

  • Airport - Hotel transfer: $48
  • Airport - Tequila Transfer: $180
  • Airport Transfer to Guadalajara Hotels: $100
  • Airport-Chapala/Ajijic Transfer: $180
  • BEST PRICE Guadalajara round-trip transfer Hotel Airport, (in the city only): $94
  • BEST PRICE Guadalajara transfer Hotel Airport, (in the city only): $50
  • Guadalajara hotels to Guadalajara Airport (GDL) - Departure Private Transfer: $78
  • Mexico Private Transfer from Guadalajara City to Guadalajara (GDL) Airport: $44
  • Private Airport Transfer until your Stay in Guadalajara: $21
  • Private Airport Transfer: Guadalajara to Miguel Hidalgo Y Costilla Airport (GDL): $26
  • Private Departure Transfer from Guadalajara Center to Guadalajara Airport: $24
  • Private transfer: Guadalajara to Guadalajara Airport (GDL): $622

Entertainment

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Guadalajara can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $18 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.

Ensenada's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $2.39 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Guadalajara $18
    Ensenada $2.39

Tours and Activities in Guadalajara

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

  • "T" Tour Traditional Food, History and Bike: $5.00
  • Guadalajara City Tour: $20
  • Private Guadalajara City Tour Within Your Budget: $25
  • City Tour in Electric Carriage: $25
  • Street Art Guadalajara tour: $26
  • TourTequilaTradicional - Visitando Jalisco: $26
  • Bike Tour to the Historic Center: $27
  • Street Art Tour of Guadalajara: $27
  • Guadalajara History & Muralism Walking Tour: $29
  • Full experience Entre Charros: $30
  • Private Bike Tour to historic Center: $30
  • Guadalajara Private City Tour with drinks: $31

Tours and Activities in Ensenada

Here are a few actual costs in Ensenada for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • 4 days Dirt Bike Tour at Baja North: $2,515
  • Dirt Bike One Day Tour from Ensenada to San Felipe (Point to Point): $875
  • Ensenada Shore Excursion: Blowhole and La Bufadora Tour with Horseback Riding: $132
  • Ensenada Shore Excursion: City Tour & La Bufadora: $68
  • Ensenada Shore Excursion: Entre Santos and El Cielo Winery Tours with Lunch: $160
  • Ensenada Shore Excursion: Wine and Cheese Tour with Lunch in Ojos Negros Valley: $225
  • Ensenada Travels Tours: $64
  • Tuk Tuk, Beach and Bar Tour: $90
  • Ensenadas Ziplines , Pai Pai Zoo and Bufadora Private tour.: $300
  • Family-Friendly Baja Wine and Food Adventure: $425
  • Ford model T tours: $100
  • Guadalupe Valley Wine Route Tour in Baja California: $77

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 Guadalajara, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $11.

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Ensenada may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $2.00 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Guadalajara $11
    Ensenada $2.00

Sample the Local Flavors in Guadalajara

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

  • Traditional Cantinas Pub Crawl: $29
  • Pub Crawl Guadalajara: $30
  • Tequila and Distillery Tour from Guadalajara: $79
  • Full-Day Tour to La RojeƱa Distillery by Jose Cuervo Express: $193
  • Tequila and Mundo Cuervo Distillery Tour from Guadalajara: $513

Sample the Local Flavors in Ensenada

Also in Ensenada, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Private wine tour: $65
  • Private Full-Day Wine Tour in Valle de Guadalupe: $89
  • Valle de Guadalupe Wine Tour, All Inclusive by AKA Expeditions.: $140
  • Valle de Guadalupe Off The Beaten Path Wine Tasting: $505


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

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