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

Should you visit Guatemala City or Liberia?

Should I visit Guatemala City or Liberia? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

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.

Liberia

Liberia is a town in northwestern Costa Rica. It is the capital of the Guanacaste province, which is about 140 miles away from Costa Rica's capital, San Jose. The town has a population of about 56,000 and is one of the tourism centers of the country.

Which city is cheaper, Liberia or Guatemala City?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Guatemala City is $36, while the average daily cost in Liberia is $41. 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 Guatemala City and Liberia in more detail.




Accommodation

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around $19. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Guatemala City the cost is $38 on average.

Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about $16 for a double occupancy room in Liberia.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Guatemala City $19
    Liberia $7.90
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Guatemala City $38
    Liberia $16


Food

On average, meal and food prices in Guatemala City cost around $12 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 $4.80.

In Liberia travelers spend around $11 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 Meals for one day
    Guatemala City $12
    Liberia $11

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Guatemala City

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

  • Taste Antigua Guatemala Walking Food Tour: $70
  • Guatemala Food Tour from Guatemala City: $117
  • Small-Group Cooking Class in Antigua from Guatemala City: $118
  • Antigua Market, Cooking Class and Choco Museum from Guatemala City: $178

Typical Food prices in Liberia

Some typical examples of dining costs in Liberia are as follows:


  • Snacks
    $1.62
  • Lunch at The Shack (for 1)
    $4.06
  • Lunch
    $9.38
  • Coffee & Tres Leches (for 2)
    $11
  • Ginger Ale
    $1.05


Local Transportation

The average price of local transportation around Guatemala City is $4.96 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.

The cost of a taxi ride in Liberia is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $15 per person, per day, on local transportation in Liberia.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Guatemala City $4.96
    Liberia $15

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Guatemala City

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Guatemala City:

  • Shared Arrival Transfer: Guatemala City Airport to Hotels: $14
  • Shared Departure Transfer: Guatemala City Hotels to Airport: $14
  • Shared Arrival Transfer: Guatemala City Airport to Antigua: $16
  • Collective Transfer From Guatemala City to La Aurora Airport: $20
  • Airport transfer from Guatemala City airport to Antigua: $26
  • Private Transfer from La Aurora Airport to Antigua Guatemala: $28
  • Private Airport Transfer: Guatemala to La Aurora International Airport (GUA): $38
  • Transfer from Airport to Antigua: $70
  • Private Transfer from Guatemala City to Lake Atitl├ín: $120
  • Ground Transfer Guatemala City To Panajachel, Lake Atitlan: $128
  • Private Transfer from Guatemala City to Coban: $155

Typical Local Transportation prices in Liberia

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Liberia are as follows:


  • Bike Rental
    $20

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Liberia

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Liberia:

  • Private Airport Transfer: from Liberia to Liberia Airport (LIR): $27
  • Private Airport Transfer: Liberia Airport (LIR) to Liberia: $27
  • Transfer from Liberia Airport (LIR) to Riu Palace Hotel in Guanacaste: $65
  • Transfer from Liberia Airport (LIR) to Playas del Coco Guanacaste: $67
  • Transfer from Liberia Airport (LIR) to Planet Hollywood Beach Resort: $76
  • Private Airport Transfer to Andaz Peninsula Papagayo: $80
  • Transfer from Liberia Airport (LIR) to Riu Guanacaste Hotel in Guanacaste: $85
  • Transfer from Liberia Airport (LIR) to El Mangroove Hotel: $85
  • Transfer from Liberia Airport (LIR) to Bosque del Mar Hotel: $85
  • Transfer from Liberia Airport (LIR) to Playa Hermosa Guanacaste: $85
  • Transfer from Liberia Airport (LIR) to Andaz Papagayo Resort: $85
  • Liberia Airport Transfer from/to Playa Tamarindo: $85


Entertainment

Guatemala City's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $0.97 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 and activities in Liberia typically cost an average of $48 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Guatemala City $0.97
    Liberia $48

Tours and Activities in Guatemala City

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

  • Walking tour Guatemala City Downtown: $15
  • Half Day Antigua Guatemala Tour: $17
  • La Aurora Zoo Admission Ticket: $18
  • Half Day Guatemala City Tour: $27
  • Half Day Experience in Guatemala City: $30
  • Guatemala City Tour: $32
  • Guatemala City Afternoon Sightseeing Tour: $34
  • Private Tour: Antigua Guatemala Walking Tour from Antigua Guatemala: $35
  • Guatemala city walking tour: $37
  • UNESCO JEWELS: Antigua Half Day Tour from Guatemala City: $38
  • Crafted BEER Tour , Guatemala City.: $50
  • Full Day Experience in Guatemala City: $50

Tours and Activities in Liberia

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

  • Eco-Adventure Park Day Pass: $82
  • Palo Verde National Park Boat Tour and Liberia City Sightseeing: $95
  • Nosara river guided kayak mangrove and environment watching tour in Guanacaste: $100
  • La Vieja Waterfalls Hike - All in ONE experience: $100
  • Guachipelin Adventure Volcano Zipline Horseback River Tubing Combo: $113
  • Sloth and Rainforest Adventure with Lunch: $120
  • Palo Verde National Park boat tour: $120
  • Rincon de la Vieja National Park Hike - All in ONE experience: $125
  • Water Tubing Adventure and Hot Springs at Rincon de la Vieja from Liberia: $128
  • Dino Park and Blue River Resort Adventure in Rincon de la Vieja from Playa Del Coco: $128
  • Zipline, Tarzan Swing, and Blue River Adventure from Liberia: $128
  • Blue Volcanic River Waterfalls and Hot Springs Mud Bath Adventure in Rincon de la Vieja from Liberia: $128


Alcohol

The average person spends about $5.50 on alcoholic beverages in Guatemala City per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

The average person spends about $9.89 on alcoholic beverages in Liberia per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Guatemala City $5.50
    Liberia $9.89



When comparing the travel costs between Guatemala City and Liberia, we can see that Liberia is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in Central America, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.

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Guatemala City vs. Liberia Travel Comparison

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