A Travel Price Comparison for Guatemala Guatemala City vs. Antigua Guatemala for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Guatemala City or Antigua Guatemala?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Should I visit Guatemala City or Antigua Guatemala? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city has activities that align with your interests along with knowing which is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the details and the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Where Should I go: Guatemala City or Antigua Guatemala?

Guatemala City

Referred to by the locals as "Guate," Guatemala City is the largest and most modern city in Guatemala, as well as its capital. While the atmosphere of the place is big, dirty, and dangerous with city fumes and skyscrapers, it is the hub of the country. It is the place where travelers first step foot into Guatemala and, though it is a place of modern chaos, it does have some of the best galleries and museums as well as a selection of bars, cafes, and restaurants.

Antigua Guatemala

Before a disastrous earthquake in 1773, Antigua was the colonial capital of Guatemala. For 200 years it had reigned as so and today shows remnants of its glorious past with Spanish colonial buildings and other architectural landmarks still standing. Due to this large amount of preserved architecture, Antigua was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is now the most touristed city of Guatemala.

Which place is cheaper, Antigua Guatemala or Guatemala City?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Guatemala City is $44, while the average daily cost in Antigua Guatemala is $62. 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 destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Guatemala City and Antigua Guatemala in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Guatemala City $24
    Antigua Guatemala $21
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Guatemala City $48
    Antigua Guatemala $42
Compare Hotels in Guatemala City and Antigua Guatemala

Looking for a hotel in Guatemala City or Antigua Guatemala? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Guatemala City


Hotels in Antigua Guatemala


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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Guatemala City Hotel Prices and Antigua Guatemala Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Guatemala City $6.14
    Antigua Guatemala $12

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Guatemala City

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Guatemala City:

  • Guatemala Airport to San Felipe de Lara RoundTrip PrivateTransfer: $154
  • Private Ground Transfer Guatemala City To Panajachel, LakeAtitlan: $150
  • Guatemala City Airport(GUA) to Quetzaltenango-Round-Trip Transfer: $132
  • Private Transfer from La Aurora Airport to Antigua Guatemala: $120
  • Transfer from Airport to Antigua: $80
  • Guatemala City Airport GUA to San Felipe de Lara-Arrival Transfer: $77
  • Guatemala City Airport (GUA) to Quetzaltenango-Arrival Transfer: $66
  • Guatemala Airport Roundtrip Transfer to Antigua Guatemala: $56
  • Private Transfer from La Aurora Airport to Puerto Quetzal Port: $46
  • Shared Arrival Transfer: Guatemala City Airport to Hotels: $43
  • Shared Departure Transfer: Guatemala City Hotels to Airport: $40
  • Private one way transfer in Guatemala: $38

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Antigua Guatemala

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

  • Private Ground Transfer From Antigua To Guatemala City Airport: $23
  • Transfer from Antigua Guatemala to La Aurora Airport: $25
  • Private Transfer from Antigua Guatemala to Puerto Quetzal Port: $28
  • Shared Departure Transfer: Antigua Hotels to Guatemala City Airport: $56
  • Transfer from Antigua to the Airport: $80
  • Transfer Ciudad Guatemala a la Aurora a la Antigua Guatemala: $130
  • Transfer from La Antigua Guatemala to Monterrico (One Way): $260

Is it cheaper to fly into Guatemala City or Antigua Guatemala?

Prices for flights to both Antigua Guatemala and Guatemala City 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.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Guatemala City $15
    Antigua Guatemala $14

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Guatemala City

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Guatemala City.

  • Cooking class/Pepian Workshop: $35
  • Taste Antigua Guatemala Walking Food Tour : $75
  • Small-Group Cooking Class in Antigua from Guatemala City: $120
  • Antigua Market, Cooking Class and Choco Museum from Guatemala City: $178
  • Climb Active Pacaya Volcano and Eat Pizza Made Under Volcanic Rocks: $180

Typical Food Prices in Antigua Guatemala

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Antigua Guatemala:


  • Lunch
    $3.20
  • Lunch
    $7.69

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Antigua Guatemala

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

  • Private Street Food Tour in Antigua Guatemala: $65
  • Antigua, Guatemala: Antigua Street Food Tour: $68
  • Make your own Mayan Pepian - Cooking class: $69
  • Antigua: Cooking Class with Local Family: $74
  • Street Food Tour Around Antigua: $75
  • Market food tour and tortilla workshop: $79
  • Market and Mayan Cooking Class: $80
  • Guatemalan Cooking Class & Market Tour: $85
  • Foodie & street food tour: $85
  • Authentic Guatemalan Cooking Class in Antigua: $90
  • Private Cooking Class of Typical Guatemalan Dishes: $95
  • Guatemalan Cooking Class and Market Tour: $98

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Guatemala City $1.20
    Antigua Guatemala $15

Tours and Activities in Guatemala City

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Guatemala City are as follows:

  • 2-Day Chichicastenango and Lake Atitlan Tour from Guatemala City or Antigua: $265
  • 2-Hour Culture and Historical Tour From Guatemala: $29
  • 2in1 Tour: Avocado Farm + Private Tour in Antigua Guatemala: $130
  • 3 Days Tour in Acatenango Volcano: $240
  • 3 Hour Bike Tour Guatemala City South: $55
  • 4-Hour BiciTour Guatemala City South Center: $65
  • Acatenango Volcano Overnight Adventure from Guatemala City : $300
  • Antigua + Guatemala City Full Day Tour - History Lovers Favorite: $155
  • Antigua City Tour from Guatemala City: $75
  • Antigua Guatemala , Full-Day Shared Tour from Guatemala City: $68
  • Antigua Guatemala Full Day Tour: $58
  • Antigua Guatemala Half Day Tour: $85

Tours and Activities in Antigua Guatemala

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

  • Artisan Shoemaking & Leather Craft Tour: $10
  • Antigua Private Cultural Walking Tour: $15
  • Half-Day Walking Tour: $20
  • Historical and Cultural Walking Tour of Antigua Guatemala : $20
  • City Highlights Guided Walking Tour: $20
  • Guided Walking Tour in Antigua Guatemala: $20
  • Walking Tour of the Wonders of La Antigua Guatemala: $20
  • Express tour in Antigua: $20
  • Guided Walking Tour Legends of Antigua Guatemala: $20
  • La Antigua Horror Stories Night Walking Tour: $20
  • Chicken Bus Experience to San Juan del Obispo : $22
  • Antigua Walking Tour: $23

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Guatemala City $6.81
    Antigua Guatemala $11

Sample the Local Flavors in Antigua Guatemala

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

  • Antigua Bar Crawl: $26
  • Macadamia Chocolate and Wine Tour on ATV or UTV: $85


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

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Guatemala City Expensive? and Is Antigua Guatemala Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Guatemala City or Antigua Guatemala?

Guatemala City has a larger population, and is about 30 times larger than the population of Antigua Guatemala. When comparing the sizes of Guatemala City and Antigua Guatemala, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.