A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Montego Bay vs. Havana for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Montego Bay or Havana?

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

Montego Bay

As with most places around the tropical oasis of Jamaica, Montego Bay (or "MoBay") is an ideal place to visit for a Caribbean getaway. It is Jamaica's second largest city and the capital of St. James parish on the northern coast. Montego Bay is considered to be the tourist capital of the country and is where the largest airport is located, bringing in many international travelers.

Havana

The city of Havana is at the top of most peoples' bucket list - mostly because of the allure of a forbidden land. Before the Communist revolution, Cuba was a popular tourist destination. Since it has reopened in the 1990s, it has drawn tourists from all over the world (except the US).

This capital city is a land trapped in the past. With 50 years of neglect, when you step off the plane, prepare to step back in time. A trip to Havana is meant for those with truly open minds - and when they arrive they'll be swept away.

Recently, Cuba has become open to travelers from the U.S., but only through specific travel agencies and tour companies. One of the best ways to get here is to take a cruise to Havana. This way you can have a terrific experience on the boat while also enjoying the culture and history of Havana.

And here's everything you need to know if you're traveling to Cuba as an American.

Which city is cheaper, Havana or Montego Bay?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Montego Bay is $162, while the average daily cost in Havana is $52. 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 Montego Bay and Havana in more detail.



Accommodation

The average price for accommodation for two people in Montego Bay is $166. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.

Havana's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is $64. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is $32.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Montego Bay $83
    Havana $32
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Montego Bay $166
    Havana $64

Food

In Montego Bay travelers spend around $67 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.

The price of a meal in Havana can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $8.18 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $3.27 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Montego Bay $67
    Havana $8.18

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Montego Bay

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

  • Night cruise and swim the Falmouth Mystic Lagoon, Dinner and Rum Punch Inclusive: $85
  • Dinner or lunch at pier one Montego bay Food Tour: $144

Typical Food prices in Havana

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Havana:


  • Pizza
    $0.03

Local Transportation

The average price of local transportation around Montego Bay is $12 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $15 per day to get around in Havana.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Montego Bay $12
    Havana $15

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Montego Bay

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Montego Bay:

  • (Roundtrip) Private Airport Transfer to Hotels in Montego Bay: $41
  • 24 Hour Airport Transfer (Select your destination/hotel): $42
  • Ahhh Ras Natango Gallery and Garden Private Transfer: $95
  • Airport - Ocho Rios Hotels Transfers and Returns: $260
  • Airport Montego Bay To Montego Bay Hotels Shared Transfers: $8.00
  • Airport Montego Bay To Negril Hotels Shared Transfers: $19
  • Airport Montego Bay to RoseHall Hotels Shared Transfers: $9.34
  • Airport Private Transfers from Montego Bay to Hilton Rose Hall: $21
  • Airport Round Trip Transfer To Montego Bay Hotels: $43
  • Airport Round Trip Transfer in Montego Bay: $37
  • Airport Round Trip Transfer to Negril: $107
  • Airport Transfer: $54

Typical Local Transportation prices in Havana

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Havana:


  • Short Taxi Ride
    $0.68

Is it cheaper to fly into Montego Bay or Havana?

Prices for flights to both Havana and Montego Bay 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

Montego Bay's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $26 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $8.98 per person, per day in Havana. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Montego Bay $26
    Havana $8.98
Typical Entertainment prices in Montego Bay

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


  • Admission to Doctor's Cave Beach
    $2.73
  • Snorkeling Trip
    $19
  • One Tank Dive
    $38
  • 1.5 Hr Horseback Ride
    $44

Tours and Activities in Montego Bay

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

  • Shopping Tour for Whitter Village Mall Private / Charted Air Conditioned Taxi: $10
  • Montego Bay Half-Day Shopping Tour: $10
  • Montego Bay Walking Tour: $18
  • Greenwood Great House Entry Ticket: $20
  • Montego Bay Private Shopping Tour with Hotel Pickup: $21
  • Montego Bay Private Shopping Tour (HipStrip): $22
  • ATV AdVENTURE FROM OCHO RIOS: $25
  • City Tour and Shopping in Montego Bay: $26
  • The AMAZING Montego Bay Tour: $34
  • Day Tour to Dunn's River Falls and Park with Pick Up: $35
  • Skip the Line: Ahhh Ras Natango Gallery and Garden Admission Tickets: $35
  • Rose Hall Great House Private Day Tour: $36

Alcohol

The average person spends about $11 on alcoholic beverages in Montego Bay per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Havana may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $4.61 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Montego Bay $11
    Havana $4.61

Sample the Local Flavors in Montego Bay

Also in Montego Bay, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Hampden Rum Distillery / Montego Bay Highlight Tour & 876 Beach Club: $82
  • Montego Bay Jamaica Rum Distillery Tour Private Driver: $215
  • Montego Bay Pub Crawl To Negril and Rick's Cafe: $255

Typical Alcohol prices in Havana

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


  • Mojito
    $0.15


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

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