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

Should you visit San Cristobal de Las Casas or Merida?

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

Should I visit San Cristobal de Las Casas or Merida? 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 Merida?

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.

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.

Which place is cheaper, Merida 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 Merida is $85. 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 Merida in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    San Cristobal de Las Casas $45
    Merida $43
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    San Cristobal de Las Casas $90
    Merida $86
Compare Hotels in San Cristobal de Las Casas and Merida

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


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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 Merida Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    San Cristobal de Las Casas $31
    Merida $18

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 Merida

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

  • Private Transfer from Merida city hotels to Progreso Cruise Port: $62
  • Private Transfer from Merida Rejon Airport (MID) to Progreso Port: $62
  • Private Transfer from Airport to Hotel in Merida One Way: $47
  • Private Transfer From Uxmal to Merida, English Speaking Driver: $74
  • Private Transfer From Merida to Uxmal, English Speaking Driver: $74
  • Mexico Private Transfer from Merida hotels to Merida airport: $41
  • Mexico Private Transfer from Merida airport to central Merida: $41
  • One-way Airport Transfers to Merida Hotels: $120
  • Merida hotels to Mérida International Airport (MID) - Private Departure Transfer: $33
  • Merida Rejon Airport(MID)to Tulum hotels-Arrival Private Transfer: $115
  • Merida Rejon Airport (MID) to Tulum hotels - Round Trip Transfer: $229
  • Mérida International Airport (MID) to Merida hotels - Roundtrip Private Transfer: $66

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

Prices for flights to both Merida 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
    Merida $29

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 Merida

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

  • Private Nandayo Food Tour: $39
  • Walking food tour with secret places to discover: $39
  • Traveling Spoon Yucatecan Sopa de Lima Private Online Cooking Class: $40
  • Merida Walking Food Tour. Authentic & Local Cuisine: $55
  • Taste of the Yucatan: Merida Cooking Class and Market Visit: $89
  • Private Yucatecan Cooking Lesson in a Local Merida Home: $90
  • Private Market Tour and Authentic Mexican Cooking Class in Merida with Transfers: $126
  • Wonders of the Mayab: Chichen Itza, Yokdzonot Cenote & Cooking Class: $237

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    San Cristobal de Las Casas $14
    Merida $16

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:

  • 2 Days Tour Sumidero Canyon+Montebello lakes & Chiflon waterfalls: $211
  • 2 Days tour Sumidero Canyon & Chiapa de Corzo+Indian communities : $171
  • Adventure Drops: Chiflón Waterfall and Montebello Lakes Tour: $48
  • Adventure on Motorcycle to a Hidden Waterfall! : $120
  • Adventure through the Arcotete, Mamut and Rancho Nuevo Caves: $59
  • Agua Azul, Misol Hà Waterfalls and Palenque Ruins Tour: $44
  • Bicycle rental - tour included: $9.00
  • Bike Tour Chiapas Indigenous Peoples: $58
  • Chamula and Zinacantan Indigenous Villages Tour: $18
  • City Tour Walk through San Cristobal: $20
  • Food Walking Tour in San Cristobal : $71
  • From San Cristóbal Tour to Agua Azul, Misol Ha and Palenque with Guide 1 day: $62

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
    $0.12
  • Uxmal Entrance (for 2)
    $19
  • Mayan Village Entrance (for 2)
    $5.85

Tours and Activities in Merida

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

  • Adventure in Coloradas and Ría Lagartos and Cancunito: $120
  • From Mérida Tour Plus: Chichen Itza Ruins and Cenote Ik-kil: $195
  • Romantic tour in Izamal: $135
  • Romantic tour in Merida: $111
  • 2-hour Temazcal experience in the Mayan world: $180
  • 3 Hour Tour in The Sotuta de Peón Live Museum: $60
  • 3 Hours Private Tour in Merida, you choose!: $125
  • 4 Cenotes Full Day Tour from Merida: $110
  • 4x1 Tour Chichen Itza Magic Towns Valladolid & Izamal from Merida: $95
  • 6-hour Guided Tour to Uxmal and Kabah Express: $89
  • Adventure in the Mayab: Bike, Swim, Stroll in Cenotillo & Izamal: $171
  • Adventure to Mayapan Ruins & Swim at Cenotes Homun from Merida: $105

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    San Cristobal de Las Casas $29
    Merida $15


When comparing the travel costs between San Cristobal de Las Casas and Merida, we can see that San Cristobal de Las Casas 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 San Cristobal de Las Casas Expensive? and Is Merida Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, San Cristobal de Las Casas or Merida?

Merida has a larger population, and is about 6 times larger than the population of San Cristobal de Las Casas. When comparing the sizes of San Cristobal de Las Casas and Merida, 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.