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

Should you visit Merida or Guadalajara?

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

Merida

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.

Guadalajara

Guadalajara is the capital of the state of Jalisco in western Mexico, as well as one of the country's largest cities. It is best known for tequila and mariachi music, which both originate in Jalisco, as well as a thriving historic center with colonial architecture and landmarks.

Which city is cheaper, Guadalajara or Merida?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Merida is $57, while the average daily cost in Guadalajara 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 Merida and Guadalajara in more detail.



Accommodation

The prices for places to stay in Merida can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is $29, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around $58.

The prices for places to stay in Guadalajara can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is $28, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around $56.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Merida $29
    Guadalajara $28
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Merida $58
    Guadalajara $56

Food

Food in Merida costs travelers about $19 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.

On average, meal and food prices in Guadalajara cost around $31 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 $12.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Merida $19
    Guadalajara $31

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Merida

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

  • Traveling Spoon Yucatecan Sopa de Lima Private Online Cooking Class: $27
  • Merida Market Tour and Cooking Class: $69
  • Private Yucatecan Cooking Lesson in a Local Merida Home: $70
  • Taste of the Yucatan: Merida Cooking Class and Market Visit: $77
  • Private Market Tour and Authentic Mexican Cooking Class in Merida with Transfers: $95
  • Merida Cooking, Pottery, Classes Tour~Also An Accessible Tour: $99
  • Wonders of the Mayab: Chichen Itza, Yokdzonot Cenote & Cooking Class: $176

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Guadalajara

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

  • Guadalajara Street Food Tour: $15
  • Santa Tere Food Tour: $46

Local Transportation

Merida'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 $12 per person, per day on transportation in Merida.

Guadalajara'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 $26 per person, per day on transportation in Guadalajara.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Merida $12
    Guadalajara $26

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Merida

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

  • Transfer: MERIDA - CHIQUILA (HOLBOX ISLAND) or CHIQUILA (HOLBOX ISLAND) - MERIDA: $235
  • BEST PRICE Merida City round-trip transfer. Hotel Airport.: $100
  • Mérida International Airport (MID) to Merida hotels - Roundtrip Private Transfer: $72
  • BEST PRICE Merida City one-way transfer Hotel Airport.: $50
  • Mexico Private Transfer from Merida airport to central Merida: $46
  • Mexico Private Transfer from Merida hotels to Merida airport: $46
  • Private Departure Transfer: Hotels to Merida Airport: $38
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Merida Airport to Hotels: $38
  • Merida hotels to Mérida International Airport (MID) - Private Departure Transfer: $36
  • Mérida International Airport (MID) to Merida hotels - Arrival Private Transfer: $36
  • Shared Arrival Transfer: Merida Airport to Hotels: $12
  • Shared Departure Transfer: Hotel to Merida Airport: $12

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Guadalajara

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

  • Shared Departure Transfer: Hotels to Guadalajara Airport: $19
  • Shared Arrival Transfer: Guadalajara Airport to Hotels: $19
  • Private transfer: Guadalajara to Guadalajara Airport (GDL): $622
  • Private Departure Transfer from Guadalajara Center to Guadalajara Airport: $24
  • Private Airport Transfer: Guadalajara to Miguel Hidalgo Y Costilla Airport (GDL): $26
  • Private Airport Transfer until your Stay in Guadalajara: $21
  • Mexico Private Transfer from Guadalajara City to Guadalajara (GDL) Airport: $44
  • Guadalajara hotels to Guadalajara Airport (GDL) - Departure Private Transfer: $78
  • BEST PRICE Guadalajara transfer Hotel Airport, (in the city only): $50
  • BEST PRICE Guadalajara round-trip transfer Hotel Airport, (in the city only): $94
  • Airport-Chapala/Ajijic Transfer: $180
  • Airport Transfer to Guadalajara Hotels: $100

Is it cheaper to fly into Merida or Guadalajara?

Prices for flights to both Guadalajara 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.





Entertainment

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Merida can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $10 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Guadalajara can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $18 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Merida $10
    Guadalajara $18
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
    $0.10
  • Uxmal Entrance (for 2)
    $16
  • Mayan Village Entrance (for 2)
    $4.89

Tours and Activities in Merida

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

  • 2-Day Tour Chichen Itza: Overnight Stay at Mayaland Resort from Merida: $189
  • 2-Day Uxmal Tour from Merida with Overnight at Hacienda Uxmal: $169
  • 4 Day Best of Merida Tour in a 3 Star Hotel: $534
  • 4 Days of Ecotourism in Yucatán in a 3 Star Hotel: $748
  • 4 Days of Minitour in Yucatán in a 3 Star Hotel: $2,331
  • 5 Day Mayan Wonders of the Yucatan Tour in a 3 Star Hotel: $736
  • 5 Day Unforgettable Yucatan Tour in a 3 Star Hotel: $622
  • 6 Days Unforgettable Yucatan Tour: Merida to Cancun in a 3 Star Hotel: $740
  • 7 Days Discovering Yucatán Tour: Mérida, Izamal and Cancún in a 3 Star Hotel: $3,084
  • Adventure in the Mayab: Bike, Swim, Stroll in Cenotillo & Izamal: $121
  • Amazing Cenotes of Santa Bárbara Adventure Tour: $86
  • Between Mangroves and Crocodiles: Day & Night Coast Experiences: $252

Tours and Activities in Guadalajara

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

  • "T" Tour Traditional Food, History and Bike: $5.00
  • 3 Hours Private Tour Guide in Guadalajara, you choose!: $75
  • 6 Hours Private Tour Guide in Guadalajara, you choose!: $140
  • Bike Tour to the Historic Center: $27
  • City Tour Guadalajara: $32
  • City Tour in Electric Carriage: $25
  • Commercial vs Craft Tequila Experience: $87
  • Craft Tequila Tasting Tour by Mickey Marentes: $149
  • Day Tour to Tequila on Jose Cuervo Express from Guadalajara: $215
  • From Lake Chapala and Ajijic Tour: $79
  • From Tapalpa and Attaco Private Tour: $296
  • Full Day Jose Cuervo Express Diamond VIP Experience: $160

Alcohol

Typically, people visiting Merida spend on average $10 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Guadalajara, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $12.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Merida $10
    Guadalajara $12

Sample the Local Flavors in Guadalajara

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

  • Traditional Cantinas Pub Crawl: $29
  • Pub Crawl Guadalajara: $30
  • Tequila and Distillery Tour from Guadalajara: $79
  • Full-Day Tour to La Rojeña Distillery by Jose Cuervo Express: $193
  • Tequila and Mundo Cuervo Distillery Tour from Guadalajara: $513


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Merida and Guadalajara, we can see that Guadalajara 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 Guadalajara would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Guadalajara than you might in Merida.

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