Travel Budget for Guatemala City

Departamento de Guatemala, Guatemala

How much does it cost to travel to Guatemala City?

How much money will you need for your trip to Guatemala City? You should plan to spend around Q274 ($35) per day on your vacation in Guatemala City, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, Q95 ($12) on meals for one day and Q38 ($4.91) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Guatemala City for a couple is Q299 ($38). So, a trip to Guatemala City for two people for one week costs on average Q3,839 ($492). All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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A vacation to Guatemala City for one week usually costs around Q1,920 for one person. So, a trip to Guatemala City for two people costs around Q3,839 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs Q7,679 in Guatemala City. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Guatemala City can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

How expensive is Guatemala City? How much money do I need for Guatemala City?

How much does a trip to Guatemala City cost? Is Guatemala City expensive? The average Guatemala City trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Guatemala City prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Accommodation Budget in Guatemala City
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The average price for one person for accommodation in Guatemala City is Q150. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price for a hotel room in Guatemala City is Q299.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

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Transportation Budget in Guatemala City
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Guatemala City is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent Q38 per person, per day, on local transportation in Guatemala City.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Flights to Guatemala City
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Rental Cars in Guatemala City
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Food Budget in Guatemala City
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  • While meal prices in Guatemala City can vary, the average cost of food in Guatemala City is Q95 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Guatemala City should cost around Q38 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Guatemala City is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in Guatemala City
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  • Entertainment and activities in Guatemala City typically cost an average of Q7.50 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps Budget in Guatemala City
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  • Unfortunately, bad things can happen on a trip. Well, you've just got to deal with it! The average price for a scam, robbery, or mishap in Guatemala City is Q186.

  • Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps1

Alcohol Budget in Guatemala City
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  • The average person spends about Q43 on alcoholic beverages in Guatemala City per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Water Budget in Guatemala City
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  • On average, people spend Q6.00 on bottled water in Guatemala City per day. The public water in Guatemala City is not usually considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Guatemala City On a Budget
Guatemala City Guatemala City
Referred to by the locals as "Guate," Guatemala City is the largest and most modern city in Guatemala, as well as its capital. While the atmosphere of the place is big, dirty, and dangerous with city fumes and skyscrapers, it is the hub of the country. It is the place where travelers first step foot into Guatemala and, though it is a place of modern chaos, it does have some of the best galleries and museums as well as a selection of bars, cafes, and restaurants.
Two of the most impressive architectural sights of Guatemala City lie at its center in the vicinity of Parque Central. The National Palace of Culture is one of these sights with a history dating back its construction from 1939 to 1943. The second of these sights is the Cathedral of Guatemala City, decorated in baroque and classical elements that have survived several earthquakes since its construction began in 1783. In addition to these grandiose examples of architecture, Guatemala City is also known for its museums. Some of the best include the Ixchel Museum of traditional costumes located at the campus of Universidad Francisco Marroquín, a museum of modern art, and a natural history museum, amongst others. There are also a handful of museums dedicated to the archaeology of the Mayan civilization, some of which include Popol Vuh Museum, Archaeology and Ethnology Museum, and the Museo Miraflores. There is even an early Maya ruin right in the heart of the city called Kaminaljuyu.

Other highlights include La Aurora Zoo (Zone 13) and a relief map of Guatemala (Zone 2) from 1902 that is so extensive it needs to be viewed from an observation tower.
Guatemala City's Parque Central marks the central plaza of activity. The square is always bustling with people and vendors going about business beneath the shadows of the imposing National Palace of Culture and the Cathedral of Guatemala City. This area of the city marks Zone 1 out of 22 in all. Also in Zone 1 are a number of museums, the downtown historic district, and many streets and markets to explore. Zone 2 is home to a park and baseball stadium, Zone 3 includes Guatemala City General Cemetery, and Zone 13 is home to the La Aurora Zoo as well as the airport. Each zone has its own defining characteristics, for example, Zone 10 (aka Zona Viva) is known as a more affluent district with a high concentration of bars, restaurants, and hotels as well as shopping malls and office buildings. Beyond zones, there are a number of pedestrian squares and parks scattered throughout the city in addition to Parque Central.

Guatemala City is a place where you can get lost in a chaotic culture, taking in the sights and sounds and flavors of it all. There are a number of impressive historic structures as well as museums to occupy days of activity. The nightlife in Zona Viva is especially lively, while the daytime center lies at Parque Central. There are also a number of shopping malls and plazas to venture into as well as a handful of markets to explore. If you wish to take a break from the bustle, you can escape to any other Guatemalan destination easily as Guatemala City is a hub for transportation. There are also opportunities to get out and hike the volcanoes of the area, the nearest being Volcan Pacaya.
Food and Dining
Being Guatemala's capital city, Guatemala City has just about every kind of food you could ask for, from international fare to American fast food chains. Sampling street food can be risky, but also is a great way to experience a variety of local flavors. Guatemalan cuisine prominently features corn, chilies, and beans as key ingredients as well as dishes with rice, pork, beef, chicken, cheese, and tortillas. Tamales are a common local favorite. They come in a variety of ways, but basically consist of a dish made of masa (or maize), which is steamed in a corn husk or banana leaf and usually filled with meat, fruits, and/or nuts. Other main dishes include a seafood soup with plantain slices called tapado, a variety of stews made with meat, vegetables, and spices, as well as a kind of stuffed pepper dish called chiles rellenos. Desserts typically consist of banana bread, a Spanish rice pudding called arrroz con leche, and chick peas in syrup, amongst many others.

The airport serving Guatemala City is La Aurora International Airport located in the city's southern part in Zone 13. There are daily arrivals from the USA, Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Panama. The only flight available within the country is between Guatemala City and Flores.

By car, Central American highways CA-1 and CA-9 run through Guatemala City.

By bus, there are "chicken buses" available from almost any place in Guatemala to Guatemala City. Be aware that these buses are poorly maintained recycled school buses with drivers who do not always adhere to speed limits, and sometime carry suspicious passengers. The safest method of travel is to make arrangements with a cab or shuttle company ahead of time.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

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