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

Should you visit Puerto Vallarta or Guadalajara?

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

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Puerto Vallarta and Guadalajara can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Puerto Vallarta or Guadalajara?

Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta remains a popular tourist destination with Americans, particularly during spring break when students flock to the area. The area is quite beautiful and has many gorgeous beaches, interesting jungles and waterfalls nearby, and no shortage of luxury resorts and four star restaurants. Many of the locals speak English and are friendly and open to helping tourists with directions or general information. Puerto Vallarta's popularity means that its prices are some of the highest in Mexico, particularly during holidays when the area can get quite crowded.


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 place is cheaper, Guadalajara or Puerto Vallarta?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Puerto Vallarta is $112, while the average daily cost in Guadalajara is $114. 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 Puerto Vallarta and Guadalajara in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Puerto Vallarta $62
    Guadalajara $41
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Puerto Vallarta $124
    Guadalajara $82
Compare Hotels in Puerto Vallarta and Guadalajara

Looking for a hotel in Puerto Vallarta or Guadalajara? 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 Puerto Vallarta

Hotels in Guadalajara

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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: Puerto Vallarta Hotel Prices and Guadalajara Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Puerto Vallarta $19
    Guadalajara $38

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Puerto Vallarta

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Puerto Vallarta:

  • Private Transfer from Sayulita to Guadalajara: $242
  • Private Airport Transfer in Puerto Vallarta for 8 to 12 persons: $229
  • Puerto Vallarta Airport (PVR): Transfer to Puerto Vallarta: $211
  • Puerto Vallarta Airport (PVR) to Sayulita hotels - Private Roundtrip Transfer: $194
  • Transfer from the airport to punta mita: $171
  • Privat Transfer from Puerto Vallarta Airport PVR to Punta de Mita: $170
  • Mexico Private Transfer from Puerto Vallarta (PVR) Airport to Punta de Mita: $164
  • Puerto Vallarta Airport (PVR) to Puerto Vallarta - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $154
  • Mexico Private Transfer from Punta de Mita to Puerto Vallarta (PVR) Airport: $153
  • Private Transfer from Puerto Vallarta Airport to Nayarit: $144
  • Private AC Airport Transfer to Sayulita: $140
  • Airport Transfer Puerto Vallarta : $135

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: $26
  • Shared Arrival Transfer: Guadalajara Airport to Hotels: $26
  • Transfer by car to or from Guadalajara Airport: $29
  • Guadalajara Airport (GDL) to Tequila - Arrival Private Transfer: $39
  • Tequila to Guadalajara Airport (GDL): Departure Private Transfer: $39
  • Transfer Guadalajara Airport Metropolitan Area And More: $45
  • Guadalajara hotels to Guadalajara Airport (GDL) - Departure Private Transfer: $50
  • Guadalajara Airport (GDL) to Guadalajara hotels - Arrival Private Transfer: $50
  • Private Departure Transfer from Guadalajara, Tequila, Chapala hotels to Airport: $63
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Airport to Guadalajara, Chalapa & Tequila Hotels: $63
  • Private transfer: Guadalajara to Guadalajara Airport (GDL): $74
  • Private transfer: Guadalajara Airport (GDL) to Guadalajara: $74

Is it cheaper to fly into Puerto Vallarta or Guadalajara?

Prices for flights to both Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta 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
    Puerto Vallarta $36
    Guadalajara $47

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Puerto Vallarta

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Puerto Vallarta.

  • 3-Hour Guided Food Tour in Puerto Vallarta: $45
  • Taco102 - dinner taco walk - all inclusive: $45
  • Off The Beaten Path Food Tour, Breakfast in Pitillal: $55
  • Dinner Tacos Food Tour: $55
  • Puerto Vallarta 3-Hour Food Tour of Authentic Local Cuisine: $55
  • Off The Beaten Path Food Tour. Dinner in Pitillal : $55
  • Downtown Puerto Vallarta Food Tour with Vallarta Food Tours: $55
  • Taste of Pitillal Food Tour by Vallarta Food Tours : $55
  • Taco Adventure Evening Food Tour with Vallarta Food Tours: $55
  • Puerta Vallarta: Seafood Lover's Food Tour: $56
  • Seafood Lover's Tour with Vallarta Food Tours : $59
  • Signature Taco and Street Food Tour in Puerto Vallarta: $65

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Guadalajara

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

  • Guadalajara private food tour: $70
  • Mexican Cooking Classes and Market Visit in Guadalajara: $150

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Puerto Vallarta $18
    Guadalajara $27

Tours and Activities in Puerto Vallarta

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Puerto Vallarta are as follows:

  • 3-hr ATV Mountian Exclusive Tour to Sierra Madre: $65
  • Zip Line Adventure in the heights in Puerto Vallarta 10 zip lines: $66
  • 2 Hour Private Surfing Experience in Puerto Vallarta: $98
  • 2 Hour and 30 Minutes Walking Tour in 5 De Diciembre: $45
  • 3-Hour Exclusive Guided RZR Adventure Sierra Madre Mountains Tour: $125
  • 3-Hour Private Surf Safari Experience in Punta Mita: $120
  • 3-Hour Taco Tour Puerto Vallarta Electric Bikes with a Licensed Guide: $97
  • 360 Puerto Vallarta City Tour with Lunch: $65
  • 4 Hour Surf Experience in Corral Del Risco: $75
  • 4-Hour Whale Watching Cruise in Puerto Vallarta: $119
  • 5 Hour Jorullo Bridge RZR Tour in Puerto Vallarta: $280
  • 8 hour All Inclusive Tour in Catamaran Arcos Animas Quimixto: $82

Tours and Activities in Guadalajara

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

  • Guided Tour with Tasting in Tequilera Hacienda de Oro: $14
  • Guided Tour of the Historic Center of Guadalajara in French: $15
  • Private Tasting Tour Hacienda de Oro, Amatitan Jalisco: $18
  • Orendain Classic Tour: $20
  • Guadalajara City Tour: $20
  • Great Experience With A Tour Guide With Spark: $21
  • ticket to Michin Aquarium: $28
  • Michin Aquarium Guadalajara ticket: $28
  • Private Guadalajara City Tour Within Your Budget: $31
  • Culture, Architecture, and Market Walking Tour: $32
  • Private Tour with a Local Guide in Guadalajara: $34
  • Guadalajara Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $35

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Puerto Vallarta $23
    Guadalajara $17

Sample the Local Flavors in Puerto Vallarta

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

  • Fun Mexican Wine Tasting in Beautiful Garden of Puerto Vallarta: $40
  • Tequila Tasting and Tour at Puerto Vallarta Distillery: $48
  • Brewery Bus Tour from Mexico: $85
  • Brewery Bus Tour- Tacos y Cervezas: $85
  • Secret Agave Bar Crawl in Vallarta: $98
  • All you can drink Bar Crawl: $99
  • Mountains Route, visiting a traditional distillery: $270

Sample the Local Flavors in Guadalajara

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

  • Friday Night Bar Crawl in Guadalajara: $25
  • Cultural tour, city fields and distillery: $32
  • Guadalajara Arquitecture and Brewery Tour: $56
  • Tequila distillery experience, Jose Cuervo & Tequila Magic Town: $77
  • full day Tequila tour visiting artisanal distillery and downtown.: $79
  • Private One Day Adventure Tour in Tequila and La Fortaleza Distillery: $174
  • Sip & Savor Tequila Experience Distillery w/ Lunch fr Guadalajara: $180
  • Private Tour La Fortaleza Distillery and visit to Tequila: $190
  • Private Tour Cascahuin Distillery and visit to Tequila: $190
  • Private Tour to El Tequileño Distillery and visit to Tequila: $190
  • Private Tour to Distillery Tequila Ocho and Arandas : $200
  • Private Tour one day in Guachimontones and La Fortaleza Distillery: $210

When comparing the travel costs between Puerto Vallarta and Guadalajara, we can see that Guadalajara is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in North America, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.

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

Which is Bigger, Puerto Vallarta or Guadalajara?

Guadalajara has a larger population, and is about 9 times larger than the population of Puerto Vallarta. When comparing the sizes of Puerto Vallarta and Guadalajara, 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.