A Travel Price Comparison for Mexico Veracruz vs. Mexico City for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Veracruz or Mexico City?

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

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Veracruz and Mexico City can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Veracruz or Mexico City?


Veracruz is the name of both a state and city in the country of Mexico. Locals often call the city "Puerto" (port) in order to differentiate the city from the state. The general area runs along the Gulf of Mexico and encompasses ruins, old colonial cities, lush green mountains, and delicious seafood.

Mexico City

Mexico City is one of the largest and most populated cities in the world. There are an estimated 26 million people living in the greater Mexico City metropolitan area. The area is about 60 kilometers by 40 kilometers and is surrounded by tall mountains and volcanoes on three sides. Mexico City proper has about 8.8 million people and is the capital of the country. More than a third of the country's economy is based here, making it the wealthiest city in all of Latin America.

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Which place is cheaper, Mexico City or Veracruz?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Veracruz is $121, while the average daily cost in Mexico City is $213. 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 Veracruz and Mexico City in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Veracruz $54
    Mexico City $41
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Veracruz $108
    Mexico City $82
Compare Hotels in Veracruz and Mexico City

Looking for a hotel in Veracruz or Mexico City? 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 Veracruz

Hotels in Mexico City

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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: Veracruz Hotel Prices and Mexico City Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Veracruz $28
    Mexico City $13

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Veracruz

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

  • Airport Transfer: $25
  • Transfer from Veracruz Airport to Hotel in Veracruz Port: $33
  • Shared Arrival Transfer: General Heriberto Jara International Airport to Veracruz Hotels: $23
  • Colima Airport (CLQ) to Colima - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $29
  • Colima Airport (CLQ) to Colima - Arrival Private Transfer: $14

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Mexico City

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Mexico City:

  • Metro
  • Uber Ride

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Mexico City

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

  • Mexico City → San Miguel de Allende - Private Transfer with Optional Sightseeing: $291
  • Mexico City to Guanajuato - Private Transfer with Optional Sightseeing: $272
  • Transfer from Mexico City Airport to Puebla: $245
  • Mexico City to Guanajuato - Private transfer, 2 Sightseeing hours, local driver: $239
  • Mexico City Private Transfer to or from Airport: $198
  • Roundtrip Transfer Private Minivan Mexico City Airport (MEX) - Mexico City: $187
  • RoundTrip Transfer Private Minivan Mexico City Airport (MEX) -Tlalnepantla: $167
  • Mexico City - Intl Airport Felipe Angeles (NLU) Private Round trip transfer: $165
  • Mexico City to Puebla - Private Transfer with Optional Sightseeing: $154
  • Mexico City Airport MEX Tecozautla Thermal Round-Trip Transfer: $143
  • One-way transfer + City Tour: $143
  • San Miguel De Allende City Tour with Transfer from Mexico City: $133

Is it cheaper to fly into Veracruz or Mexico City?

Prices for flights to both Mexico City and Veracruz 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
    Veracruz $49
    Mexico City $27

Typical Food Prices in Mexico City

For Mexico City, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:

  • Lunch for Two
  • Coffee and Snacks
  • Dinner for 2

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Mexico City

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

  • Veracruz and Boca del Rio Food Tour with Mangroves Boat Trip: $50
  • Virtual Mexican Cooking Class (private and personalized): $50
  • Local Markets & Food Tour in Mexico City: $50
  • Tortilla Crawl: Food Tour in Mexico City: $55
  • Uruapan Food Tour: $61
  • Muchos moles: Multi-variety mole cooking class and feast: $72
  • Mexico City Vegan & Veggie Market Explorer plus Cooking Lesson: $73
  • MEXICO CITY FOOD TOUR: flavors on two wheels: $78
  • La Roma Authentic Downtown Food Tour: Tacos and Local Flavors: $78
  • Food Tour with Ride an Electric Bike in Mexico: $80
  • Flamenco Live Show and Dinner in Mexico City: $83
  • Flamenco Tablao Live Show & dinner: $83

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Veracruz $15
    Mexico City $15

Tours and Activities in Veracruz

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

  • 1 day tour of Tlacotalpan and Alvarado from Veracruz: $105
  • 3-hour tour to the San Juan de Ulúa Fortress: $26
  • Adventure through the Chachalacas Beach and Dunes from Veracruz: $127
  • Alvarado And Tlacotalpan Tour From Veracruz Or Boca Del Rio: $112
  • Antigua and Zempoala Tour from Veracruz: $86
  • Aquatico Inbursa Waterpark: Veracruz - Ticket: $28
  • Bird Watching Adventure in La Mancha Ecological Reserve: $140
  • Catemaco And Los Tuxtlas Tour From Veracruz Or Boca Del Rio: $112
  • City Tour en Veracruz y Acuario: $100
  • From Veracruz or Boca del río: Coffee Tour in Coatepec: $99
  • From Alvarado, Tlacotalpan and Agustín Lara Tour: $103
  • From Catemaco, Nature, Waterfalls & Monkeys Tour: $103

Tours and Activities in Mexico City

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

  • Mexico City Tour and Visit Chapultepec Castle. Private service: $119
  • Mixology, Food, Wine and Beer Experience in Xochimilco: $99
  • Monarch Butterfly Tour from Mexico City: $220
  • Private Tour GROUPS and FAMILIES through Museo Soumaya: $246
  • Private Tour Teotihuacan Essentials: $129
  • Romantic Walking tour in Mexico City: $150
  • Romantic tour in San Andrés Mixquic: $150
  • Teotihuacan Half-Day Tour with Tequila tasting: $42
  • VIP - FULL DAY - Mexico City Private Tour : $209
  • 2 Day tour Teotihuacan pyramids +City tour & Xochimilco : $132
  • 2 Days Private Tour with Hiking in Malinche from Puebla: $213
  • 2-Hour Private Tour of Teotihuacan City of the Gods: $49

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Veracruz $17
    Mexico City $21

Sample the Local Flavors in Mexico City

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

  • CDMX Pub Crawl: Mexico City Bar Crawl: $29
  • Mexico City Pub Crawl: $31
  • Mexico City Bar Crawl: $40
  • Best Bar Crawl at Downtown: $49
  • Nightly Historic Center From Above© Rooftop Bar Crawl +Taco Snack: $129
  • 2 Hours Private Mexican Wine Tasting in Polanco: $155
  • Third Largest Monolith in the World:Bernal with wine tasting: $235
  • Cavas Freixenet Wine Tour from Mexico City: $255

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

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Veracruz Expensive? and Is Mexico City Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Veracruz or Mexico City?

Mexico City has a larger population, and is about 20 times larger than the population of Veracruz. When comparing the sizes of Veracruz and Mexico City, 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.