A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Leon vs. Quepos for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Leon or Quepos?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Leon and Quepos 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.

Quepos

Quepos is both a district and the capital of Aguirre canton in the Puntareanas Province of Costa Rica. The town is quite small, and the district has a population of about 22,000 people. Quepos is a popular tourist destination in Costa Rica due to its close proximity to Manuel Antonio National Park on the Pacific Coast. The town's economy is centered around tourism and there is no shortage of bars and restaurants in the area. The town also has a lively nightlife for such a small community.

Which city is cheaper, Quepos 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 Quepos is $76. 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 Quepos 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.

Double occupancy rooms typically run around $98 in Quepos For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Leon $14
    Quepos $49
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Leon $28
    Quepos $98

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.

The average traveler spends about $20 per day in Quepos for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Leon $10
    Quepos $20

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 Quepos

For Quepos, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Lunch
    $12
  • Seafood Dinner (for 1)
    $16

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.

Quepos'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 $6.26 per person, per day on transportation in Quepos.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Leon $1.27
    Quepos $6.26

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Leon

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Leon:

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

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Quepos

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

  • Manuel Antonio to SJO International Airport - Private Transfer: $209
  • One-Way Private Transfer from Quepos - Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna: $333
  • One-Way Private Transfer from Quepos - Manuel Antonio to Puerto Jiménez: $333
  • One-Way Private Transfer from Uvita to Quepos - Manuel Antonio: $140
  • Private Transfer From Manuel Antonio To La Fortuna From 1 to 6 passengers: $275
  • Private Transfer From Manuel Antonio To La Fortuna From 11 to 15 passengers: $453
  • Private Transfer From Manuel Antonio To La Fortuna From 7 to 10 passengers: $289
  • Private transfer from Manuel Antonio Quepos to Hotels in San Jose or the Airport: $201
  • Private transfer from Uvita to Hotels in San Jose or the Airport: $234
  • Transfer from Manuel Antonio to Puerto Viejo Limón: $490

Is it cheaper to fly into Leon or Quepos?

Prices for flights to both Quepos 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.

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Quepos can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $11 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Leon $4.90
    Quepos $11

Tours and Activities in Leon

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

  • 3-Day Tour to Ometepe Island from León: $500
  • 7-Day Tour: Learn to Surf in Nicaragua: $1,436
  • 7-Days Tour: Punta Miramar Surf Camp: $1,179
  • Best of Leon and Granada *Private Tour*: $626
  • Charming Nicaragua "9 days Private Tour": $1,080
  • Hike El Hoyo Volcano "Private Tour": $67
  • Horseback Riding Private Tour: $87
  • Kayak Private tour at Juan Venado Island: $92
  • León 3-Hour Guided City Tour Including Entrance Fees: $25
  • León: 5-Hour Volcano Boarding Tour on Cerro Negro: $35
  • León: Flor de Caña Rum Factory 4-Hour Tour: $45
  • Leon City Tour: $46

Tours and Activities in Quepos

For Quepos, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Manuel Antonio National Park Tour with pick up included: $25
  • Private Hiking, Nature and Discovery Tour in Quepos: $28
  • Private Tour to Manuel Antonio Park and it's Amazing Wildlife: $33
  • Manuel Antonio with Mauro / FULLY PRIVATE TOUR: $35
  • Espadilla Private Reserve jungle night tour with pick up included: $39
  • Manuel Antonio Jungle Night Research Experience in Costa Rica: $50
  • Sloth Tour Manuel Antonio National Park: $50
  • guided community tour (certified): $54
  • Manuel Antonio National Park Tour: $55
  • Manuel Antonio National Park Tour: $56
  • Damas Island Boat tour: $56
  • Manuel Antonio Park Nature Guided Tour: $56

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.

Typically, people visiting Quepos spend on average $9.59 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Leon $2.98
    Quepos $9.59


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

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