A Travel Price Comparison for Mexico Tulum vs. Oaxaca de Juarez for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Tulum or Oaxaca de Juarez?

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 Oaxaca de Juarez 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 Oaxaca de Juarez?

Tulum

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.

Oaxaca de Juarez

Officially known as Oaxaca de Juarez, Oaxaca is the capital and largest city in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. It's a beautiful colonial city in the foothills of the Sierra Madre. The city has beautiful architecture and a variety of festivals as well as a tree lined square called El Zocalo. Oaxaca's economy is heavily dependent on tourism and it is a wonderful place to see Mexican art and handicrafts. There are many artists and artisans in Oaxaca and the contemporary art scene is on the rise. The artists combine the area's rich indigenous culture and tradition with a modern twist. While you're in the area you should definitely make a point of experiencing the area's wonderful museums, interesting architecture, charming hotels and unique twist on Mexican cuisine.

Which place is cheaper, Oaxaca de Juarez or Tulum?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Tulum is $119, while the average daily cost in Oaxaca de Juarez is $45. 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 Oaxaca de Juarez in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Tulum $58
    Oaxaca de Juarez $20
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Tulum $116
    Oaxaca de Juarez $40
Compare Hotels in Tulum and Oaxaca de Juarez

Looking for a hotel in Tulum or Oaxaca 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 Tulum


Hotels in Oaxaca de Juarez


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Our Analysis
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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Tulum $27
    Oaxaca de Juarez $13
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Tulum

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


  • Scooter Rental
    $18

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Tulum

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Tulum:

  • Round-trip Private Transfer Cancun Airport to TULUM - up to 9 pax: $299
  • Roundtrip Transfer from Cancun Airport to Tulum: $269
  • Roundtrip Private Transfer from Cancun Airport to Tulum: $256
  • Private Luxury Transfer Tulum to Cancun Airport: $220
  • Private Transfer From Tulum to Mahahual With a 2 Hour Stop: $220
  • Private Transfer From Tulum to Chetumal With a 2 Hour Stop: $220
  • Private Transfer Tulum-Bacalar with optional 2h in Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve: $212
  • Private Transfer From Cancun Airport - Tulum: $208
  • Cancun Airport Departure transfer from Akumal, Tulum: $192
  • One-Way Private or Luxury Airport Transfer Tulum Cancun Airport: $185
  • Airport Transfer Tulum: $185
  • Tulum to Chetumal - Private Transfer with Optional Sightseeing: $183

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Oaxaca de Juarez

Also for Oaxaca de Juarez, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Shared Transfer from Downtown Oaxaca to the Airport: $13
  • Transfer from your Hotel in Oaxaca to the Oaxaca Airport: $14
  • Transfer Airport Hotel n Oaxaca: $16
  • Transfer Private Vehicle from Huatulco City - Huatulco Airport (HUX): $27
  • Oaxaca de Juárez to Xoxocotlan Airport (OAX)-Departure Transfer: $27
  • Xoxocotlan Airport (OAX) to Oaxaca de Juárez-Arrival Transfer: $27
  • Roundtrip Private/Shared Airport Transfer: $29
  • Oaxaca Hotels to Oaxaca Airport OAX Departure Private Transfer: $36
  • Oaxaca Airport OAX to Oaxaca Hotels Arrival Private Transfer: $36
  • Oaxaca hotels to Oaxaca Xoxocotlan Airport (OAX) - Departure Private Transfer: $36
  • Oaxaca Xoxocotlan Airport (OAX) to Oaxaca hotels - Arrival Private Transfer: $36
  • Shared Departure Transfer: Hotels to Oaxaca Airport: $46

Is it cheaper to fly into Tulum or Oaxaca de Juarez?

Prices for flights to both Oaxaca 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.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Tulum $33
    Oaxaca de Juarez $14
Typical Food Prices in Tulum

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


  • Lunch
    $2.93

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: $78
  • Vegan Walking Food Tour with Tasting: $79
  • Tulum Vegan Food Tour: $81
  • Mexican Cooking from Scratch and Mezcal Tasting in a Local Home in Tulum: $87
  • Dinner in the Tulum Jungle with Premium Wine Tasting: $120
  • Authentic Mexican Food Tour in Tulum: $146
  • Gourmet Experience: 5 Course Dinner, Cocktail Class and Wine Pairing: $149
  • Private transfer for 5 hours (go dinner,cenotes, shopping and more) : $219
  • Private Mayan Food Cooking Class and Cenote: $289

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Oaxaca de Juarez

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

  • Oaxaca Night Street Food Tour with Transfers and Tastings: $50
  • Oaxaca: Night Street Food Tour with Transfers and Tastings: $53
  • Tour with Legends Night Walk and Dinner Included: $57
  • Oaxaca: Vegetarian Cooking Class: $70
  • Oaxacan Vegetarian Cooking Class: $71
  • Flavors of Oaxaca: Cooking Class with No Set Menu and Local Market Tour: $77
  • Casa Crespo Afternoon Cooking Class with Market Visit: $77
  • Traditional Oaxacan Cooking Class (includes transportation): $87
  • AUTHENTIC OAXACA FOOD TOUR, eat like a local.: $89
  • Traditional Oaxaqueña Cooking with Grandma's Recipes: $90
  • Food tour to the Tlacolula Market: $90
  • Cooking classes from the Isthmus with a Tehuana: $92

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Tulum $31
    Oaxaca de Juarez $12

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: $144
  • Sian Ka'an Boat Tour: Full Day Experience: $179
  • 2 Cenotes Adventure from Tulum - Small Group - All Inclusive: $159
  • 2 Cenotes Guided Snorkeling Adventure in Tulum: $149
  • 2 tanks Cenote Diving Adventure in Tulum for Certified Divers: $180
  • 4-Hour Cenotes Tour with Hotel Pickup in Riviera Maya: $109
  • 4x1 Mayan Experience! Tulum Ruins, Coba, Cenote + Transportation from Tulum City: $78
  • 5 Hours Mayan Snorkeling Experience in Tulum: $90
  • 5x1 Deluxe Tour Tulum, Coba, Cenote Transportation from Tulum: $88

Tours and Activities in Oaxaca de Juarez

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Oaxaca de Juarez.

  • Guided Tour to know the trades of Oaxaca: $18
  • 2 Hours tour Walking around Oaxaca: $24
  • Private Mexican Engraving Workshop Experience: $24
  • Oaxaca Walking Tour: Beyond the Surface: $26
  • Montealban Tour: $28
  • Monte Alban Walking Tour: $29
  • Half day tour Monte Alban: $32
  • Monte Alban Guided Half Day Tour: $33
  • Oaxaca: Monte Alban Guided Archaeological Tour: $33
  • Tour Monte Albán: $33
  • Oaxaca: Ocotlan de Morelos Cultural Experience and Tour: $34
  • Walking Tour in the Historic Center of Oaxaca: $35

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Tulum $25
    Oaxaca de Juarez $14

Sample the Local Flavors in Tulum

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Tulum:

  • 30 Minutes Brewery Tour in Tulum: $39
  • Beer Tasting and Brewery Tour: $69

Sample the Local Flavors in Oaxaca de Juarez

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Oaxaca de Juarez:

  • Hierve el Agua, Tule Tree, Mitla and Mezcal Distillery Tour: $45
  • Only Hierve el Agua and Mezcal Distillery tour: $50
  • Only Hierve el Agua and Mezcal Distillery Tour: $50
  • From Hierve el Agua and Mezcal Distillery: $53
  • Tour to Hierve el Agua and Mezcal Distillery (Small groups): $66
  • Mezcal distillery guided tour: $88
  • Personalized Tour to Hierve el Agua and Mezcal Distillery: $108
  • Mezcal Distillery Day Trip: $144
  • Artisanal Mezcal distillery in an authentic Zapotec village : $150


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Tulum and Oaxaca de Juarez, we can see that Tulum is more expensive. And not only is Oaxaca de Juarez much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Oaxaca de Juarez would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Oaxaca 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 Oaxaca de Juarez.

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


Which is Bigger, Tulum or Oaxaca de Juarez?

Oaxaca de Juarez has a larger population, and is about 30 times larger than the population of Tulum. When comparing the sizes of Tulum and Oaxaca 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.