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

Should you visit Veracruz or Oaxaca de Juarez?

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 Oaxaca de Juarez can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Veracruz or Oaxaca de Juarez?

Veracruz

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.

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 Veracruz?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Veracruz 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 Veracruz and Oaxaca de Juarez in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Veracruz $53
    Oaxaca de Juarez $20
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Veracruz $106
    Oaxaca de Juarez $40
Compare Hotels in Veracruz and Oaxaca de Juarez

Looking for a hotel in Veracruz 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 Veracruz


Hotels in Oaxaca de Juarez


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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 Oaxaca de Juarez Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Veracruz $28
    Oaxaca de Juarez $13

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Veracruz

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

  • Transfer from Veracruz Airport to Hotel in Veracruz Port: $32
  • Colima Airport (CLQ) to Colima - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $29
  • Airport Transfer: $25
  • Shared Arrival Transfer: General Heriberto Jara International Airport to Veracruz Hotels: $23
  • Colima Airport (CLQ) to Colima - Arrival Private Transfer: $14

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Oaxaca de Juarez

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

  • From Oaxaca: Private Transfer to Huatulco: $409
  • From Oaxaca: Transfer to Puerto Escondido: $403
  • 4 Day Oaxaca Excursion with Transfer included: $300
  • Private transfer from Oaxaca to Puerto Escondido - new highway: $299
  • Safe transfer, City of Oaxaca to the airport: $199
  • Transfer to Salina Cruz Surf Camps from Huatulco International Airport (HUX): $120
  • Oaxaca Airport: Private Transfer Service: $90
  • Private Transfer from the Airport to your Hotel/house .: $89
  • Xoxocotlan Airport: Private Transfer to Oaxaca City: $88
  • Private Luxury Transfer from the Oaxaca Airport to your Hotel: $81
  • Oaxaca Airport OAX to Oaxaca Hotels Round Trip Private Transfer: $73
  • Oaxaca Xoxocotlan Airport (OAX) to Oaxaca hotels -Round-Trip Private Transfer: $73

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

Prices for flights to both Oaxaca de Juarez 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
  • Food Meals for one day
    Veracruz $48
    Oaxaca de Juarez $14

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:

  • Food tour in Mercado de Abastos (Vegetarian an Vegan Friendly): $33
  • 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
  • Mexican Cooking Classes in Oaxacan : $77
  • 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
  • Food tour to the Tlacolula Market: $90

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Veracruz $14
    Oaxaca de Juarez $12

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: $102
  • 3-hour tour to the San Juan de Ulúa Fortress: $25
  • Adventure through the Chachalacas Beach and Dunes from Veracruz: $124
  • Alvarado And Tlacotalpan Tour From Veracruz Or Boca Del Rio: $98
  • Antigua and Zempoala Tour from Veracruz: $86
  • Aquatico Inbursa Waterpark: Veracruz - Ticket: $19
  • Bird Watching Adventure in La Mancha Ecological Reserve: $137
  • Catemaco And Los Tuxtlas Tour From Veracruz Or Boca Del Rio: $107
  • City Tour en Veracruz y Acuario: $100
  • Coffee Route, an adventure of aroma and flavor to Veracruz: $150
  • From Veracruz or Boca del río: Coffee Tour in Coatepec: $96
  • From Alvarado, Tlacotalpan and Agustín Lara Tour: $100

Tours and Activities in Oaxaca de Juarez

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

  • Full Day Waterfall Adventure in Sierra Madre Mountains of Oaxaca: $80
  • Romantic tour in Oaxaca: $134
  • 3-hour MTB Bike Tour to the Tule Tree: $54
  • 6-Hour Bike Tour from Oaxaca to the Tule Tree: $80
  • A Piece Of Oaxaca: Guided Tour with Crafts Elaboration: $144
  • Amazing Monte Alban and City tour Private Tour: $200
  • Amazing experience in the mountain of San Jose del Pacifico: $80
  • Ancestral Carnival Tour 2024: $199
  • Ancestral Mezcal Experience + ceramics + Alebrijes + Market: $199
  • Archaeological sites Tour and Red Pottery in Tlacolula : $100
  • Artisanal Mezcal Culture Tour for Tasting and History: $108
  • Boil the water tour: $48

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Veracruz $17
    Oaxaca de Juarez $14

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 Veracruz and Oaxaca de Juarez, we can see that Veracruz 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 Veracruz would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Veracruz 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 Veracruz Expensive? and Is Oaxaca de Juarez Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Veracruz or Oaxaca de Juarez?

Veracruz has a larger population, and is about 2 times larger than the population of Oaxaca de Juarez. When comparing the sizes of Veracruz 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.