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

Should you visit Tulum or Guadalajara?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Tulum and Guadalajara can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Tulum or Guadalajara?


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.


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.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Family-Friendly Tours to Mexico, The Best Historical Tours in Mexico, The Best 2-Week Tours in Mexico, and Tours for Outdoor and Nature Lovers in Mexico.

Which place is cheaper, Guadalajara or Tulum?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Tulum is $122, while the average daily cost in Guadalajara is $117. 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 Tulum and Guadalajara in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Tulum $60
    Guadalajara $42
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Tulum $120
    Guadalajara $84
Compare Hotels in Tulum and Guadalajara

Looking for a hotel in Tulum 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 Tulum

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: Tulum Hotel Prices and Guadalajara Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Tulum $28
    Guadalajara $39
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Tulum

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Tulum are as follows:

  • Scooter Rental

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Tulum

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Tulum:

  • Roundtrip Transfer from Cancun Airport to Tulum: $269
  • Transfer from Tulum airport to Bacalar: $234
  • Private Luxury Transfer Tulum to Cancun Airport: $220
  • Private Transfer From Tulum to Chetumal With a 2 Hour Stop: $217
  • Roundtrip Private Transfer from Cancun Airport to Tulum: $202
  • Cancun Airport Departure transfer from Akumal, Tulum: $190
  • Tulum to Chetumal - Private Transfer with Optional Sightseeing: $181
  • Private Transfer Tulum Zone - Cancun International Airport: $160
  • Tulum to Bacalar - Private Transfer with Optional Sightseeing: $152
  • Departure Private Transfer from Tulum to Cancun Airport CUN by Minivan - Minibus: $117
  • Horseback Riding in the Jungle w/ Transfers and Lunch: $100
  • Private Transfer in Vehicle from Tulum to Cancun Airport : $91

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
  • Guadalajara Airport (GDL) to Tequila - Arrival Private Transfer: $38
  • Transfer Guadalajara Airport Metropolitan Area And More: $45
  • Guadalajara hotels to Guadalajara Airport (GDL) - Departure Private Transfer: $49
  • Private transfer: Guadalajara Airport (GDL) to Guadalajara: $72
  • Private Transfer from Guadalajara Airport(GDL) to Manzanillo Port: $76
  • Guadalajara Airport(GDL) to Tequila - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $76
  • Guadalajara Airport (GDL) to Guadalajara hotels - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $98
  • Guadalajara to Tequila - Private Transfer with English-speaking driver: $98
  • Tequila to Guadalajara - Private Transfer with English-speaking driver: $98
  • Airport Transfer to Guadalajara Hotels: $119
  • Airport to City Transfer: $151

Is it cheaper to fly into Tulum or Guadalajara?

Prices for flights to both Guadalajara 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.

  • Food Meals for one day
    Tulum $34
    Guadalajara $48
Typical Food Prices in Tulum

Some typical examples of dining costs in Tulum are as follows:

  • Lunch

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: $86
  • Vegan Walking Food Tour with Tasting: $87
  • Mexican Cooking from Scratch and Mezcal Tasting in a Local Home in Tulum: $87
  • Tulum Vegan Food Tour: $89
  • Mayan Night Guided Tour, Cenote Swim and Mayan Dinner: $210
  • Private Mayan Food Cooking Class and Cenote: $289
  • Private transfer for 5 hours (go dinner,cenotes, shopping and more) : $299

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

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Tulum $32
    Guadalajara $28

Tours and Activities in Tulum

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

  • Full Day Tour from Tulum to Rio Lagartos: $179
  • Luxury Tour to Chichen Itza and 2 Cenotes Only From Tulum: $128
  • Private Tour - The best Cenotes in Yucatan - Suytun & Oxman: $195
  • Romantic tour in Tulum: $169
  • 2 Cenotes Guided Snorkeling Adventure in Tulum: $149
  • 5 Hours Mayan Snorkeling Experience in Tulum: $90
  • 5x1 Deluxe Tour Tulum, Coba, Cenote Transportation from Tulum: $88
  • 5x1: Tulum, Coba, Cenote and Mayan Village Full Day Tour: $75
  • ATV Adventure and Horseback Ride with Ziplines, Cenote from Tulum: $105
  • ATV Extreme Adventure Single with Ziplines and Cenote Swim: $140
  • ATV Extreme Adventure Single with Ziplines and Cenote Swim: $137
  • ATV Tour with Ziplines and Cenote Swim Experience in Quintana Roo: $59

Tours and Activities in Guadalajara

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

  • Guadalajara Unique Highlights Walking Tour: $10
  • KidZania Entrance Ticket: $12
  • 10-Day Audio Guide Tour of Guadalajara: $12
  • Downtown Mexico City: App guided tacos and market tour: $18
  • Guadalajara City Tour: $20
  • Great Experience With A Tour Guide With Spark: $21
  • ticket to Michin Aquarium: $28
  • Private Guadalajara City Tour Within Your Budget: $31
  • Culture, Architecture, and Market Walking Tour: $32
  • Guadalajara Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $35
  • Private Walking Tour of Guadalajara: $36
  • Private City Sightseeing Tour: $36

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Tulum $25
    Guadalajara $18

Sample the Local Flavors in Tulum

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Tulum:

  • 30 Minutes Brewery Tour in Tulum: $39
  • Wine Tasting at Pan y Vino Tulum: $58
  • Beer Tasting and Brewery Tour: $69

Sample the Local Flavors in Guadalajara

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

  • Guadalajara Arquitecture and Brewery Tour: $56
  • Tequila distillery experience, Jose Cuervo & Tequila Magic Town: $77
  • full day Tequila tour visiting artisanal distillery and downtown.: $85
  • Private One Day Adventure Tour in Tequila and La Fortaleza Distillery: $175
  • Private Adventure to El Tequileño Distillery and visit to Tequila: $175
  • 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: $211
  • Private Tour to Tequila Ocho Distillery and the Town of Arandas: $211

When comparing the travel costs between Tulum and Guadalajara, we can see that Tulum 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 Tulum Expensive? and Is Guadalajara Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Tulum or Guadalajara?

Guadalajara has a larger population, and is about 200 times larger than the population of Tulum. When comparing the sizes of Tulum 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.