Should you visit Tulum or Acapulco de Juarez?
Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Tulum and Acapulco de Juarez can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.
When you think of ancient ruins you probably picture dusty archaeological digs surrounded by sand and professors in khaki shorts. What if I told you there is a way to see ancient ruins and visit a tropical beach? That's exactly what you find in Tulum, Mexico.
Built near the end of Mayan era, the ruins of Tulum served as a port before the arrival of the Spanish. It may have been called Zama, meaning City of Dawn, given that these ruins face the sunrise. Because of Tulum's access to both land and sea routes, this spot was an important hub for the trade industry. It may have had another claim to fame, too. According to some murals and other works around the site, it seems this spot was an important site for the worship of the Diving or Descending God. Today, the area is the third most visited archaeological site in all of Mexico with daily tour buses dropping off visitors.
This area is usually packed with people looking to get a glimpse of the seaside ruins. To avoid crowds and capture the best view of the day, try to arrive as early as possible. Of course, Tulum is only one of several archaeological sites in the region, and you can see a comparison of Mayan Ruins in the Yucatan here.
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 city is cheaper, Acapulco de Juarez or Tulum?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Tulum is $80, while the average daily cost in Acapulco de Juarez is $53. 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 Tulum and Acapulco de Juarez in more detail.
The average price for accommodation for two people in Tulum is $78. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.
If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around $26. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Acapulco de Juarez the cost is $52 on average.
Food in Tulum costs travelers about $23 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.
In Acapulco de Juarez travelers spend around $19 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.
Meals for one day
Acapulco de Juarez $19
Typical Food prices in Tulum
Some typical examples of dining costs in Tulum are as follows:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Tulum
Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Tulum.
Tulum Local Walking Food Tour:
Mexican Cooking from Scratch and Mezcal Tasting in a Local Home:
Private transfer for 5 hours (go dinner,cenotes, shopping and more):
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 Show With Dinner Or Two Drinks At Acapulco:
The cost of a taxi ride in Tulum is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $19 per person, per day, on local transportation in Tulum.
While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $11 per day to get around in Acapulco de Juarez.
Typical Local Transportation prices in Tulum
Some typical examples of transportation costs in Tulum are as follows:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Tulum
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Tulum:
Airport Transfer Tulum:
Airport Transfers to Tulum - Private van (ROUND TRIP) FLAT RATE:
Cancun Airport private departure transfer (Tulum to Cancun Airport):
Cancun One Way Private Transfer Airport to Hotel / Hotel to Airport:
Departure Private Transfer from Tulum to Cancun Airport CUN by Minivan:
Mexico Private Transfer from Tulum to Cancun airport:
One Way Private Tulum Transfers to or from Cancun Airport:
Private Transfer From Cancun Airport To Tulum:
Roundtrip private AC Airport Transfer to Tulum:
Transfer from Cancun Airport to Tulum - ROUND TRIP:
Transfer in Private Vehicle from Tulum Riviera to Cancún Airport:
Tulum to Cancún Airport (CUN) - Private Departure Transfer:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Acapulco de Juarez
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Acapulco de Juarez:
Acapulco Airport Transfer:
Transfer in Private Car from Acapulco Airport (ACA) to Bahía de Acapulco:
Private Airport Transfer: Acapulco Int. Airport (ACA) to Acapulco de Juarez:
Transfer in private minivan from Acapulco Airport (ACA) to Bahía de Acapulco:
Acapulco Airport (ACA) to Acapulco hotels - Arrival Private Transfer:
Round trip transfer Private Car from-to Acapulco Airport-ACA-Bahía de Acapulco:
Acapulco Airport (ACA) to Acapulco hotels - Roundtrip Private Transfer:
Is it cheaper to fly into Tulum or Acapulco de Juarez?
Prices for flights to both Acapulco de Juarez and Tulum 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 and activities in Tulum typically cost an average of $21 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.
Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $12 per person, per day in Acapulco de Juarez. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.
Tours and Activities in Tulum
Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Tulum are as follows:
Discover the ancient Mayan city and its legends on an audio tour:
Skip the Line: Maya Ruins of Tulum Admission Ticket:
Tulum Taco Tour:
Tulum City Tour:
Tulum Street Art Tour:
Tulum Mural Tours:
Tulum Bike Art Tour:
Tour Cenote, Coba, Tulum & Playa del Carmen 4x1 VIP:
Tour VIP Coba, Tulum, Cenote & Playa del Carmen:
4 in 1 Tour - Coba, Cenote, Tulum & Playa del Carmen:
Four in One Tour - Coba, Tulum, Cenote & Playa del Carmen:
Tour 4 in 1 Tulum, Coba, Cenote and Playa del Carmen.:
Tours and Activities in Acapulco de Juarez
Here are a few actual costs in Acapulco de Juarez for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
Acapulco Acarey Yatch Cruise:
Acapulco Sightseeing &Best Taco Lunch+Baby Turtle Release(MINIMUM 2 PASSENGERS):
Acapulco City Tour:
Acapulco Historical & Cultural Tour:
LUCHA LIBRE WRESTLING TOUR + Buffete of Brazilian Steakhouse= BEST NIGHT EVER!:
Coyuca Town Tour and Baby Turtle Release:
Taxco Tour From Acapulco:
The average person spends about $17 on alcoholic beverages in Tulum 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 Acapulco de Juarez may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $7.16 per day on alcoholic beverages.
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Tulum and Acapulco de Juarez, we can see that Tulum 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 Tulum would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Tulum than you might in Acapulco de Juarez.
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