A Travel Price Comparison for Mexico Oaxaca de Juarez vs. Cancun for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Oaxaca de Juarez or Cancun?

Should I visit Oaxaca de Juarez or Cancun? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Oaxaca de Juarez

Officially known as Oaxaca de Juarez, Oaxaca is the capital and largest city in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. It's a beautiful colonial city in the foothills of the Sierra Madre. The city has beautiful architecture and a variety of festivals as well as a tree lined square called El Zocalo. Oaxaca's economy is heavily dependent on tourism and it is a wonderful place to see Mexican art and handicrafts. There are many artists and artisans in Oaxaca and the contemporary art scene is on the rise. The artists combine the area's rich indigenous culture and tradition with a modern twist. While you're in the area you should definitely make a point of experiencing the area's wonderful museums, interesting architecture, charming hotels and unique twist on Mexican cuisine.

Cancun

In the northeast corner of the Mexican Caribbean, Cancun is one of Mexico's most popular destinations. The area that is now Cancun was actually selected specifically by the Mexican government for development as a tourist destination. The area was chosen because it has fourteen miles of beautiful white beaches, nearby Mayan ruins, and turquoise blue water with nearby snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities. Prior to its development as a tourist destination, there were few inhabitants in the area.

Which city is cheaper, Cancun or Oaxaca de Juarez?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Oaxaca de Juarez is $31, while the average daily cost in Cancun is $99. 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 Oaxaca de Juarez and Cancun in more detail.



Accommodation

An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $26 in Oaxaca de Juarez For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.

Double occupancy rooms typically run around $132 in Cancun For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Oaxaca de Juarez $13
    Cancun $66
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Oaxaca de Juarez $26
    Cancun $132

Food

In Oaxaca de Juarez travelers spend around $9.59 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 Cancun can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $18 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $7.20 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
    Oaxaca de Juarez $9.59
    Cancun $18

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Oaxaca de Juarez

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

  • Oaxaca Street Food Tour: $13
  • Oaxacan Vegetarian Cooking Class: $51
  • OAXACA STREET FOOD TOUR, eat like a local.: $55
  • Flavors of Oaxaca: Cooking Class with No Set Menu and Local Market Tour: $77
  • MAIZ Cooking Class & Tour To The CASA Oaxaca: $77
  • Ancestral cooking class with market visit: $259

Typical Food prices in Cancun

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


  • Lunch for Two
    $18

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cancun

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

  • Captain Hook: Pirate Show and Dinner Cruise in Cancun: $35
  • Cancun Authentic Untouristed Food Tour: $43
  • Authentic Downtown Food Tour: Tacos and Local Flavors: $44
  • Dinner and Show on a Pirate Ship in Cancun with Open Bar: $50
  • Dinner-Show-Party on a Pirate Ship from Cancun! (Open bar included).: $55
  • Experience a Pirate Party Dinner Show at Cancun with Open Bar included!: $56
  • Dinner Show on a Pirate Ship from Cancun with Open Bar: $62
  • Mexican Dinner and Sprits Tasting in Cancun with transportation: $79
  • Captain Hook - Pirate Show and Dinner (Grilled Chicken) 2X1: $85
  • Captain Hook 2X1 - Pirate Show & Dinner with Open Bar: $85
  • Combo Capitan Hook chicken dinner + Isla Mujeres Catamaran: $86
  • Captain Hook - Pirate Show & Dinner (Grilled Chicken) 2X1: $89

Local Transportation

To get around in Oaxaca de Juarez, the average visitor spends $8.62 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Cancun than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $12 on transportation in Cancun on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Oaxaca de Juarez $8.62
    Cancun $12

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Oaxaca de Juarez

Also for Oaxaca de Juarez, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Oaxaca International Airport (OAX) to Oaxaca hotels -Round-Trip Private Transfer: $149
  • Oaxaca International Airport (OAX) to Oaxaca hotels - Arrival Private Transfer: $75

Typical Local Transportation prices in Cancun

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Cancun:


  • Taxi Around Town
    $1.41
  • Airport Shuttle (for 2)
    $12
  • Ferry to Isla de Mujeres (for 2)
    $14
  • Local Bus (for 2)
    $1.71

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cancun

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

  • Licenced Transfer - Cancun International Airport or Hotels to Merida Return: $895
  • Luxury SUV R/T Transfer-Airport-Isla Mujeres Ferry Dock-Airport W/ Ferry Tickets: $622
  • Private Roundtrip Transfer-Airport-Hotel-Airport- Cozumel Hotels W/Ferry Tickets: $606
  • Chichen Itza Private Transportation, Round Trip Transfer: $485
  • Licenced Transfer - Cancun International Airport or Hotels to Merida One-Way: $465
  • Luxury SUV Private Roundtrip Transfer- Airport-Hotel-Airport - Tulum Hotels: $459
  • Luxury SUV Private Roundtrip Transfer Airport-Hotel-Airport - Akumal Hotels: $459
  • Private R/T Transfer-Airport-Isla Mujeres Ferry Dock-Airport With Ferry Tickets: $439
  • Private VAN Roundtrip Transfer- Airport-Hotel-Airport - Tulum Hotels: $405
  • Cancun Airport Private Transfer One Way:To or From Holbox Ferry Up to 15 Pass.: $400
  • Private VAN Roundtrip Transfer- Airport-Hotel-Airport - Akumal Hotels: $352
  • Luxury SUV Private R/T Transfer- Airport-Hotel-Airport Playa del Carmen Hotel: $331

Is it cheaper to fly into Oaxaca de Juarez or Cancun?

Prices for flights to both Cancun and Oaxaca de Juarez 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

In Oaxaca de Juarez, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $8.60 per person, per day.

Sightseeing expenses in Cancun, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $24 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Oaxaca de Juarez $8.60
    Cancun $24

Tours and Activities in Oaxaca de Juarez

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Oaxaca de Juarez.

  • Gastronomy Experince with chef, Culture of Mezcal & Textiles. Private Tour.: $199
  • Mitla, Teotitlan and Santa Maria del Tule Sightseeing Tour from Oaxaca: $32
  • Monte Alban, Arrazola, Coyotepec and Cuilapam Full-Day Tour from Oaxaca: $48
  • Oaxaca City Sightseeing Tour: Temple of Santo Domingo de Guzman, Oaxaca Regional Museum and Benito Juarez Market: $47
  • Oaxaca City Tour: $15
  • Oaxaca City Tour: $24
  • Oaxaca Gallery Art Tour: $43
  • Oaxaca Private Foodies Delight Market Tour and Street Food: $48
  • Oaxaca Street Art Tour: $24
  • Private VIP Tour Oaxaca: $40
  • Romantic tour in Oaxaca: $449
  • The Best of Oaxaca Walking Tour & Mezcal Tasting: $462

Typical Entertainment prices in Cancun

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


  • Seasick Pills
    $0.50
  • Whale Shark Tour (for 2)
    $86

Tours and Activities in Cancun

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

  • (4x1) Tour Plus Coba,Tulum,Playa del Carmen & Cenote - from Riviera Maya: $67
  • (4x1) Tulum, Coba, Cenote and Playa del Carmen a complete tour from Cancún: $69
  • (4x1) Tulum, Coba, Cenote and Playa del Carmen in Our Full Day Tour: $75
  • (All inclusive) Catamaran Tour to Isla Mujeres from Cancun for the less: $65
  • 1 Day Tour to Bacalar, Cenotes and 7 color Lagoon with lunch from Cancun: $109
  • 1 Lagoon + 3 Cenotes Tour Plus from Cancun and Playa del Carmen: $85
  • 1 Lagoon and 3 Cenotes Tour Departure form Cancun: $81
  • 1-Day Coba-Tulum Tour (Cancun departure) EMC1T: $158
  • 1-day Chichen Itza Classic Tour ( Cancun departure) ( EMC1CE ): $122
  • 10-Day Wildlife Adventure Ecofriendly Tour from Cancun: $2,595
  • 10-Day Yucatan Heritage Ecofriendly Tour from Cancun: $2,495
  • 11 Day-Birdwatching Ecofriendly Tour from Cancun: $3,490

Alcohol

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Oaxaca de Juarez, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $9.94.

Typically, people visiting Cancun spend on average $9.01 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Oaxaca de Juarez $9.94
    Cancun $9.01

Sample the Local Flavors in Cancun

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

  • Cancun Private Mexican Wine Tasting: $161


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

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