A Travel Price Comparison for Mexico Merida vs. Cozumel for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Merida or Cozumel?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Merida or Cozumel, this travel comparison, which includes costs, can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison down below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Where Should I go: Merida or Cozumel?


Merida is the largest city on the Yucatan Peninsula, which separates the Gulf of Mexico from the Caribbean Sea. It is also the capital of the state of Yucatan as a whole. There is a population of 750,000 and is very rich in diversity and culture.


Cozumel is a Caribbean island just off the Yucatan Peninsula. It'as a popular tourist destination because of its beautiful beaches and excellent snorkeling and scuba diving. With crystal clear waters and vibrant colored coral, Cozumel is one of the most popular dive destinations in the area. The island's economy is centered around tourism, and as such, you'll find plenty of amenities for visitors. The prices are comparable to other coastal towns in the area and there is no shortage of activities or attractions nearby.

Which place is cheaper, Cozumel or Merida?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Merida is $85, while the average daily cost in Cozumel is $115. 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 Merida and Cozumel in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Merida $43
    Cozumel $68
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Merida $86
    Cozumel $136
Compare Hotels in Merida and Cozumel

Looking for a hotel in Merida or Cozumel? 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 Merida

Hotels in Cozumel

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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: Merida Hotel Prices and Cozumel Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Merida $18
    Cozumel $23

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Merida

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

  • Merida Rejon Airport (MID) to Tulum hotels - Round Trip Transfer: $228
  • One-way Airport Transfers to Merida Hotels: $120
  • Merida Rejon Airport(MID)to Tulum hotels-Arrival Private Transfer: $114
  • Private Transfer From Merida to Uxmal, English Speaking Driver: $73
  • Private Transfer From Uxmal to Merida, English Speaking Driver: $73
  • Mérida International Airport (MID) to Merida hotels - Roundtrip Private Transfer: $66
  • Private Transfer from Merida Rejon Airport (MID) to Progreso Port: $62
  • Private Transfer from Merida city hotels to Progreso Cruise Port: $62
  • Private Transfer from Airport to Hotel in Merida One Way: $52
  • Mexico Private Transfer from Merida airport to central Merida: $41
  • Mexico Private Transfer from Merida hotels to Merida airport: $41
  • Mérida International Airport (MID) to Merida hotels - Arrival Private Transfer: $33

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cozumel

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

  • Wild Jade Cavern Private ATV Tour With Transfer: $86
  • Private Transfer from Cozumel hotels to Cozumel Cruise Port: $44
  • Private Transfer from Cozumel Airport: $110
  • Private Transfer between Cozumel Airport or Ferry, and Hotels: $40
  • Private One Way Transfer in Cozumel Airport To/From Cozumel: $29
  • Private Cozumel Transfer from Airport/Ferry to Hotel: $30
  • Mexico Cozumel Airport (CZM) to Cozumel Cruise Port - Arrival Private Transfer: $44
  • Mexico Cozumel Airport (CZM) to Cozumel -Arrival Private Transfer: $44
  • Mexico Cozumel Airport (CZM) Cozumel - Roundtrip Private Transfer: $88
  • Cuban Cigar Master Class & Beach Break® with transfer: $153
  • Shared Transfer from Airport to Hotel: $30
  • Cozumel to Mexico Cozumel Airport (CZM)Departure Private Transfer: $44

Is it cheaper to fly into Merida or Cozumel?

Prices for flights to both Cozumel and Merida 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 Meals for one day
    Merida $29
    Cozumel $23

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Merida

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

  • Private Nandayo Food Tour: $39
  • Walking food tour with secret places to discover: $39
  • Traveling Spoon Yucatecan Sopa de Lima Private Online Cooking Class: $40
  • Merida Walking Food Tour. Authentic & Local Cuisine: $56
  • Taste of the Yucatan: Merida Cooking Class and Market Visit: $89
  • Private Yucatecan Cooking Lesson in a Local Merida Home: $90
  • Private Market Tour and Authentic Mexican Cooking Class in Merida with Transfers: $126
  • Wonders of the Mayab: Chichen Itza, Yokdzonot Cenote & Cooking Class: $237

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cozumel

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

  • Mexican Cooking Class Guacamole Pico De Gallo and Margaritas Ready for Fiesta: $29
  • Authentic Mayan Cooking Class in Cozumel: $61
  • Private Mexican Trompitos Cooking Class in Cozumel: $78
  • Cozumel Food Tour: $90
  • Cozumel Food Tour: $110
  • Cozumel Cooking Class: $115

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Merida $16
    Cozumel $43
Typical Entertainment Prices in Merida

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Merida's activities, tours, and tickets:

  • Train at the Zoo
  • Uxmal Entrance (for 2)
  • Mayan Village Entrance (for 2)

Tours and Activities in Merida

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

  • Adventure in Coloradas and Ría Lagartos and Cancunito: $120
  • From Mérida Tour Plus: Chichen Itza Ruins and Cenote Ik-kil: $195
  • Romantic tour in Izamal: $135
  • Romantic tour in Merida: $111
  • 2-hour Temazcal experience in the Mayan world: $180
  • 3 Hour Tour in The Sotuta de Peón Live Museum: $60
  • 3 Hours Private Tour in Merida, you choose!: $125
  • 4 Cenotes Full Day Tour from Merida: $110
  • 4x1 Tour Chichen Itza Magic Towns Valladolid & Izamal from Merida: $95
  • 6-hour Guided Tour to Uxmal and Kabah Express: $89
  • Adventure in the Mayab: Bike, Swim, Stroll in Cenotillo & Izamal: $171
  • Adventure to Mayapan Ruins & Swim at Cenotes Homun from Merida: $105

Tours and Activities in Cozumel

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

  • Cheapest Private Shuttle Cruise Terminals 2 any point in Cozumel: $269
  • Cozumel Shore Excursion: 3 Reefs Snorkel & El Cielo Experience: $60
  • Island Tour With Private Driver : $53
  • Private Cozumel Jeep Tour & Jade Caverns Cenote: All-Inclusive: $85
  • Romantic tour in Cozumel: $114
  • 1 Hour and Half Private Tropical Fitness Experience in Cozumel: $6.01
  • 2 Hour Diving Experience in San Miguel de Cozumel: $88
  • 2 Hours ATV Jungle, Caverns and Mayan Ruins Tour: $85
  • 3 Hour Mermaid Experience with Buffet Lunch and Drinks: $45
  • 4 Hours Experience in La Chula Catamarán : $62
  • 4-Hour Jeep and ATV Tour with Snorkel in Cozumel with Lunch: $99
  • 4-Hour Private Tour in Cozumel with Pickup: $70

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Merida $15
    Cozumel $11

Sample the Local Flavors in Cozumel

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Cozumel:

  • Chocolate Seaside Workshop & Wine Tasting: $49
  • Cozumel 5-Hour Private Bar Crawl Tour: $110

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

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

Which is Bigger, Merida or Cozumel?

Merida has a larger population, and is about 10 times larger than the population of Cozumel. When comparing the sizes of Merida and Cozumel, 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.