A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers La Ceiba vs. La Fortuna for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit La Ceiba or La Fortuna?

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

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between La Ceiba and La Fortuna can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: La Ceiba or La Fortuna?

La Ceiba

La Ceiba is the third largest city in Honduras, situated on the north Caribbean coast. The city has a population of about a quarter million people. Many people who visit this city do so before heading into Pico Bonito National Park. It hasn't had the best infrastructure for tourists in the past but is developing fast. It is about 200 kilometers from San Pedro Sula, another large city in Honduras.

La Fortuna

La Fortuna is in San Carlos, in the province of Alajuela. It is the closest town to Arenal Volcano, and the area is often simply refered to as Arenal. The volcano itself is active and has been constantly erupting since 1968. It erupts on average 41 times a day. This area of northern Costa Rica is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the country.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Adventure Tours to Honduras, The Best Adventure Tours to Honduras, The Best Adventure Tours to Costa Rica, and The Best Eco Tours in Costa Rica.


Which place is cheaper, La Fortuna or La Ceiba?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in La Ceiba is $65, while the average daily cost in La Fortuna is $104. 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 La Ceiba and La Fortuna in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    La Ceiba $24
    La Fortuna $51
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    La Ceiba $48
    La Fortuna $102
Compare Hotels in La Ceiba and La Fortuna

Looking for a hotel in La Ceiba or La Fortuna? 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 La Ceiba


Hotels in La Fortuna


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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: La Ceiba Hotel Prices and La Fortuna Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    La Ceiba $32
    La Fortuna $21

Hired Cars and Shuttles in La Ceiba

Some specific examples of transportation prices in La Ceiba:

  • Private Transfer from Goloson Airport (LCE) to Banana Coast Port: $78
  • Private Transfer from La Ceiba hotels to Banana Coast Cruise Port: $78

Hired Cars and Shuttles in La Fortuna

Some specific examples of transportation prices in La Fortuna:

  • La Fortuna or Monteverde: One-Way Boat Transfer: $39
  • Private Transfer From Liberia Airport to Arenal La Fortuna: $42
  • White Water Tubing Tour with Guide and Transfers: $55
  • Scenic Transfer to Monteverde via Arenal Lake: $56
  • One-Way Transfer from La Fortuna to Monteverde through Arenal Lake: $57
  • Arenal lake boat transfer from to Monteverde from La Fortuna: $60
  • Arenal La Fortuna to Liberia Airport (LIR) - Departure Transfer : $63
  • Sloth Watching Tour with Transfer and Snacks: $68
  • La Fortuna de Arenal: Transfer to Liberia or LIR Airport: $70
  • From Lake Arenal Kayaking Trip with Transfer: $90
  • Direct Transfer From La Fortuna to San Jose, English Speaking Driver: $152
  • La Fortuna de Arenal: Transfer to Liberia or LIR Airport: $187

Is it cheaper to fly into La Ceiba or La Fortuna?

Prices for flights to both La Fortuna and La Ceiba 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
    La Ceiba $18
    La Fortuna $27

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in La Fortuna

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in La Fortuna.

  • Sloth Tour in La Fortuna and Tortillas Cooking Class: $35
  • Organic Farm Visit & Farm-to-Table Cooking Class: $45
  • Cooking Class and Sugar Cane Experience: $45
  • Typical Costa Rican Cooking Classes in La Fortuna: $48
  • Costa Rica Cooking, El Fogon de Chela: $50
  • Costa Rican cuisine Cooking Class at Rancho Don Lelo: $60
  • Cooking Class "Cook Like a Local" La Fortuna: $63
  • Rainforest Night Walk and Authentic Costa Rican Dinner from La Fortuna: $65
  • 3-Hour Costa Rican Cooking Class with Dinner: $68
  • Cooking and Salsa Dance Lesson Combo : $74
  • Private cooking class in organic farm at La Fortuna: $75
  • Ceviche & Empanadas Cooking Class: $77

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    La Ceiba $22
    La Fortuna $44

Tours and Activities in La Ceiba

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

  • ATV Tour : $110

Tours and Activities in La Fortuna

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

  • Skip-the-Line La Fortuna Waterfall Admission Ticket: $20
  • Arenal Volcano Hike Experience (not guide included): $23
  • Arenal Observatory Trails Admission Ticket: $29
  • arenal fortuna city tour: $30
  • Rainforest Chocolate Tour from La Fortuna: $30
  • Rainforest Chocolate Tour: $30
  • Don Olivo Chocolate Tour: $30
  • 1-Hour Private Sloth Tour in the Rainforest from Costa Rica: $30
  • Night tour through the Tropical Forest at Tifakara : $32
  • Ticket to Rio Celeste Waterfall & Tenorio Volcano National Park: $32
  • Místico Arenal Hanging Bridges Admission Ticket: $32
  • Arenal 1968 Trail Park Admission Ticket: $35

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    La Ceiba $5.16
    La Fortuna $11


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

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


Which is Bigger, La Ceiba or La Fortuna?

La Ceiba has a larger population, and is about 40 times larger than the population of La Fortuna. When comparing the sizes of La Ceiba and La Fortuna, 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.