A Travel Price Comparison for Nicaragua Leon vs. Granada for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Leon or Granada?

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

Leon

Leon is one of the oldest city's in Nicaragua and you can see hints of its colonial past in the architecture around town. Tourism is not a major part of the economy in Leon, but the city is gaining popularity with budget travelers and backpackers and more recently tour groups are including Leon in their itinerary.

With a population of just over 200,000, Leon is the second largest city in Nicaragua, after Managua. During the university season the population grows dramatically as there is a heavy presence of students in Leon. It is a popular university town, and this young population gives the city plenty of energy and entertainment.

Granada

Granada is Nicaragua's oldest colonial city, and arguably, the most beautiful city in the country. It sits on the northern edge of Lake Nicaragua (Lago Cocibolca) and has many beautifully colored buildings and nice churches. The city's beauty and colonial architecture, along with its relative safety and accessibility, make it one of Nicaragua's top tourist destinations. The city has long been a center for commerce, but today its economy depends heavily on tourism. The city is the sixth largest in Nicaragua and a real estate boom in the early 2000's brought a large number of expats to the town.

Which city is cheaper, Granada or Leon?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Leon is $50, while the average daily cost in Granada is $33. 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 Leon and Granada in more detail.



Accommodation

The average price for accommodation for two people in Leon is $28. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.

Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about $28 for a double occupancy room in Granada.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Leon $14
    Granada $14
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Leon $28
    Granada $28

Food

Leon food costs typically run travelers around $10 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.

Granada food costs typically run travelers around $12 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Leon $10
    Granada $12

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Leon

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

  • Tlakualli Food Tour: $12

Typical Food prices in Granada

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


  • Pizza
    $2.41

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Granada

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

  • Middle Eastern 6-course dinner in Granada with a professional chef: $49
  • Albaicín & Sacromonte Guided Walking Tour with Flamenco & Tapas Dinner: $81
  • Small Group Food Tour in Granada: $88
  • Spanish Tapas Cooking Class in Granada: $116

Local Transportation

The cost of a taxi ride in Leon is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $1.27 per person, per day, on local transportation in Leon.

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $7.22 per day to get around in Granada.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Leon $1.27
    Granada $7.22

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Leon

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Leon:

  • León hotels to Del Bajio Airport (BJX) - Departure Private Transfer: $138
  • Reliable one-way transfer Guanajuato Leon International Airport to Hotel: $161

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Granada

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Granada:

  • Granada Airport Private Arrival Transfer: $51
  • Granada Airport Private Departure Transfer: $51
  • Granada Private Departure Transfer: $51
  • Granada Private Transfer from the city centre to Granada Airport: $62
  • Granada Private Transfer to Seville with a Visit to Cordoba: $348
  • Granada airport private arrival transfer, Mercedes Sedan: $81
  • Granada airport private arrival transfer, Mercedes minivan: $107
  • Granada to Cordoba Private Transfer: $275
  • Granada to Malaga Airport Private Transfer: $216
  • Granada to Seville Private Transfer: $388
  • Private Transfer IN or OUT in Upscale Vehicle with Professional Driver: $93
  • One-Way Private Transfer from Granada to Managua: $83

Is it cheaper to fly into Leon or Granada?

Prices for flights to both Granada and Leon 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

Entertainment and activities in Leon typically cost an average of $4.90 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $8.77 per person, per day in Granada. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Leon $4.90
    Granada $8.77

Tours and Activities in Leon

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

  • León 3-Hour Guided City Tour Including Entrance Fees: $25
  • León: 5-Hour Volcano Boarding Tour on Cerro Negro: $35
  • Volcano Board Adventure on Cerro Negro: $39
  • Leon City Walking Private Tour: $41
  • León: Flor de Caña Rum Factory 4-Hour Tour: $45
  • Leon City Tour: $46
  • León City tour and Mud pools of San Jacinto: $54
  • plant-based friendly tapas tour: $57
  • Volcano Boarding Private Tour: $62
  • Rum Tour & Chorotega Museum Experience: $62
  • Private: León City Walking Tour from León: $63
  • Hike El Hoyo Volcano "Private Tour": $67

Typical Entertainment prices in Granada

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Granada are as follows:


  • Lago de Nicaragua Boat Tour
    $8.60

Tours and Activities in Granada

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

  • Self-guided Virtual Tour of Alhambra Palace: The Highlights: $11
  • Albaicin and Sacromonte Walking Tour: $12
  • Jewish and Christian Neighborhoods Guided Tour: $13
  • Illustration Walking Tours in Albayzin Granada: $15
  • Granada Walking Tour: $15
  • Granada Walking Tour: Albaicin and Sacromonte Quarters: $16
  • Albaicin & Sacromonte regular tour: $17
  • Albaicin & Sacromonte nigth tour: $17
  • Tour De Misterios Y Leyendas Por Granada: $17
  • Tour Albaicín y Sacromonte: $17
  • Tour Albaicín & Sacromonte: $17
  • Albayzin and Sacromonte Guided Walking Tour in Granada: $19

Alcohol

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Leon may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $2.98 per day on alcoholic beverages.

The average person spends about $6.32 on alcoholic beverages in Granada per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Leon $2.98
    Granada $6.32

Typical Alcohol prices in Granada

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Granada:


  • Tequila
    $1.43

Sample the Local Flavors in Granada

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

  • Wine Tasting in Granada: $57
  • Granada Tapas and wine tour!: $67
  • Granada Traditional Tapas and Wine Tour - by Oh My Good Guide!: $81
  • Small-Group Granada Tapas Bar Crawl Evening Tasting Experience: $83
  • BEST OF Flamenco, Tapas and Wine Tour - by OhMyGoodGuide!: $106


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

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