A Travel Price Comparison for Mexico San Cristobal de Las Casas vs. Acapulco de Juarez for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit San Cristobal de Las Casas or Acapulco de Juarez?

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

Should I visit San Cristobal de Las Casas or Acapulco de Juarez? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city has activities that align with your interests along with knowing which is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the details and the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Where Should I go: San Cristobal de Las Casas or Acapulco de Juarez?

San Cristobal de Las Casas

Far away from the luxuries of Cancun and Cabo, Mexico's San Cristobal de las Casas is a stunning colonial city located in the southern state of Chiapas. Due to its strategic location, the town is commonly used as a transfer point for travelers looking to cross the border between Guatemala and Mexico. San Cristobal also has an immensely strong appeal among budget-minded travelers as it's one of Mexico's most affordable cities.

Acapulco de Juarez

Located on the southwestern Pacific Coast of Mexico is the beautiful beach city of Acapulco de Juarez. Acapulco is one of the original travel and resort destinations in Mexico, and it's still considered a popular spring break destination for Americans. Known as simply "Acapulco" to many travelers, this region is a popular spot for cruise lines to stop and timeshares to grow. Thanks to those cruise lines and timeshares, tourist activities like water parks and jet skis have experienced considerable growth.

Which place is cheaper, Acapulco de Juarez or San Cristobal de Las Casas?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in San Cristobal de Las Casas is $98, while the average daily cost in Acapulco de Juarez is $78. 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 San Cristobal de Las Casas and Acapulco de Juarez in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    San Cristobal de Las Casas $45
    Acapulco de Juarez $38
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    San Cristobal de Las Casas $90
    Acapulco de Juarez $76
Compare Hotels in San Cristobal de Las Casas and Acapulco de Juarez

Looking for a hotel in San Cristobal de Las Casas or Acapulco de Juarez? 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 San Cristobal de Las Casas


Hotels in Acapulco de Juarez


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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: San Cristobal de Las Casas Hotel Prices and Acapulco de Juarez Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    San Cristobal de Las Casas $31
    Acapulco de Juarez $16

Hired Cars and Shuttles in San Cristobal de Las Casas

Also for San Cristobal de Las Casas, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Transfer Hotel in San Cristobal de las Casas to TGZ Airport: $51

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Acapulco de Juarez

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Acapulco de Juarez:

  • Transfer in private minivan from Bahía de Acapulco -Acapulco Airport (ACA): $32
  • Transfer in Private Vehicle from Bahía de Acapulco - Acapulco Airport (ACA): $24
  • Transfer in Private Vehicle from Acapulco Airport (ACA) -Bahía de Acapulco: $24
  • Shared transfer from Acapulco Airport (ACA) - Acapulco: $6.00
  • Roundtrip Transfer Private Vehicle Acapulco Airport (ACA) - Bahia de Acapulco: $49
  • Roundtrip Transfer Private Minivan Acapulco Airport (ACA) - Bahia de Acapulco: $64
  • Private Airport Transfer &on 2nd Day 4Hr TourAll AttractionsCombo: $76
  • Airport Transfer in Suburban: $65
  • Acapulco hotels to Acapulco Airport (ACA) – Departure Private Transfer : $20
  • Acapulco Airport Transfer: $10
  • Acapulco Airport (ACA) to Acapulco hotels - Roundtrip Private Transfer: $40
  • Acapulco Airport (ACA) to Acapulco hotels - Arrival Private Transfer: $20

Is it cheaper to fly into San Cristobal de Las Casas or Acapulco de Juarez?

Prices for flights to both Acapulco de Juarez and San Cristobal de Las Casas 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
  • Food Meals for one day
    San Cristobal de Las Casas $23
    Acapulco de Juarez $28

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in San Cristobal de Las Casas

For San Cristobal de Las Casas, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Mexican cooking classes with Toñita: $12
  • City Tour with Dinner Pizza and Wine: $71

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Acapulco de Juarez

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Acapulco de Juarez.

  • Cliff Divers Exhibition 2 Drinks + Tacos al Pastor Dinner & Beer: $44
  • High Divers DeLuxe Three Course Dinner +Three Drinks plus SUNSET: $49
  • Cliff Diver De Luxe 3 Course Dinner at "La Quebrada" in Acapulco: $50
  • High Cliff Divers Dinner at "La Quebrada" & Two or Three Drinks: $54
  • Cliff Diver Show and Dinner in Acapulco: $60
  • Lucha Libre-Wrestling Experience Taco Dinner Beer ONLY on SUNDAYS: $63
  • Cliff Divers Show With Dinner At Acapulco: $72
  • Mexican Wrestling &Lucha Libre Experience Beer Dinner Only SUNDAY: $75
  • Off the Beaten Path Mexican Cooking Class Lagoon Boatride &Lunch: $77
  • Hands ON - Mex Cooking Class Experience - City Market & Lunch : $85
  • Hands On Mexican Cooking Class with Food Tasting & Market Visit: $90
  • Sunset Dinner and Cliff Divers in Acapulco: $91

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    San Cristobal de Las Casas $14
    Acapulco de Juarez $18

Tours and Activities in San Cristobal de Las Casas

For San Cristobal de Las Casas, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Bicycle rental - tour included: $9.00
  • Chamula and Zinacantan Indigenous Villages Tour: $18
  • Tour of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan: $19
  • City Tour Walk through San Cristobal: $20
  • Tzotzil charm Unique tour of Zinacantán and San Juan Chamula: $24
  • Tour to San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan (Indigenous Peoples): $24
  • Tour to Grutas de Rancho Nuevo and El Arcotete Ecotourism Park: $24
  • Rancho Nuevo Caves and Arcotete Ecotourism Center: $27
  • Montebello Lakes and Chiflon Waterfalls Tour: $28
  • Sumidero Canyon and Chiapa de Corzo Combo Tour: $33
  • Tour to the Chiflón Waterfalls and Montebello Lagoons: $33
  • Tour Sumidero Canyon and Magic Town of Chiapa de Corzo: $35

Tours and Activities in Acapulco de Juarez

Here are a few actual costs in Acapulco de Juarez for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • 4Hrs City Tour Exclusively for Hotels, Divers, Chapel & Mural.: $39
  • 6Hr Walking Tour San Diego Fort Museum Cliff Divers Zocalo: $55
  • Culture Tour Museums Municipal & Witch Doctor Market & LUNCH: $99
  • High Diver Optional Lunch + Shopping Tour Flea Market & Shops: $100
  • Small-Group or Private All Inclusive 4 Hours City Tour & Divers: $36
  • 4 Hrs Exclusive to Cruise Ship Passengers Sightseeing Experience : $55
  • 4 in 1 Combo tours for visitors in their first time: $192
  • 4-6Hrs Acapulco City Tour With a Fun Guide. Diver Show, Mex Lunch: $40
  • 4Hr City Tour for Cruisers or Hotels Mural, Chapel & High Divers: $49
  • 4Hrs Small Group Half Day City Tour with Lunch at High Divers: $85
  • 4hr City Tour For Cruises or Hotels Diver Peace Chapel & Mural: $29
  • 6Hr City Tour Cruise or Hotel Turtle Nesting High Diver & Market: $42

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    San Cristobal de Las Casas $29
    Acapulco de Juarez $11


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

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is San Cristobal de Las Casas Expensive? and Is Acapulco de Juarez Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, San Cristobal de Las Casas or Acapulco de Juarez?

Acapulco de Juarez has a larger population, and is about 5 times larger than the population of San Cristobal de Las Casas. When comparing the sizes of San Cristobal de Las Casas and Acapulco de Juarez, 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.