Travel Budget for Tulum

Estado de Quintana Roo, Mexico

How much does it cost to travel to Tulum?

How much money will you need for your trip to Tulum? You should plan to spend around M$560 ($24) per day on your vacation in Tulum, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, M$197 ($8.54) on meals for one day and M$81 ($3.52) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Tulum for a couple is M$423 ($18). So, a trip to Tulum for two people for one week costs on average M$7,837 ($340). 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
    M$560
  • One Week Per person
    M$3,918
  • 2 Weeks Per person
    M$7,837
  • One Month Per person
    M$16,793
  • One Week For a couple
    M$7,837
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
    M$15,673
  • One Month For a couple
    M$33,586
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A vacation to Tulum for one week usually costs around M$3,918 for one person. So, a trip to Tulum for two people costs around M$7,837 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs M$15,673 in Tulum. 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 Tulum can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.



How expensive is Tulum?

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

While meal prices in Tulum can vary, the average cost of food in Tulum is M$197 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Tulum should cost around M$79 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Tulum is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

The cost of a taxi ride in Tulum is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent M$81 per person, per day, on local transportation in Tulum.


  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
    M$211
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
    M$423
  • Food2 Meals for one day
    M$197
  • Water2 Bottled water for one day
    M$11
  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    M$81
  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    M$137
  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers
    M$8.00
  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
    M$62
Flights to Tulum

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How much money do I need for Tulum?

Typical travel prices in Tulum are listed below. These actual costs can give you an idea of the price of travel in Tulum. Please keep in mind that the cost of travel in Tulum can vary depending on your specific style of travel.


  • Bottled Water
    M$13
  • Lunch
    M$50
  • Scooter Rental
    M$300
Typical tour prices for Tulum

How much do tours to Tulum cost? Multi-day tours can often be an effecient way to see the highlights of a country or region.

  • Contiki Tours for 18-35 year olds
    6 days
    $ 1175
    ($196/day)
  • Intrepid Small group tours for everyone
    15 days
    $ 1135
    ($76/day)
  • Contiki Tours for 18-35 year olds
    8 days
    $ 1475
    ($184/day)
  • G Adventures Adventure and cultural tours
    16 days
    $ 1150
    ($72/day)
  • G Adventures Adventure and cultural tours
    16 days
    $ 1115
    ($70/day)
  • Intrepid Small group tours for everyone
    15 days
    $ 1150
    ($77/day)
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Tulum The beach of Tulum, Mexico
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. Of course, Tulum is only one of several archaeological sites in the region, and you can see a comparison of Mayan Ruins in the Yucatan here.
Sights
Once you've visited the ruins of Tulum, there are other things to see and do in this area. For example, the Coba Ruins are not far. These ruins may not be as cleaned up as Tulum, but it is home to "El Castillo," the tallest Mayan ruin. Climb to the top of this ruin just above the treetops of the jungle for a magnificent view.

The Sian Ka'an Biosphere is acres of wetlands and swamp for a tour of some of the native flora and fauna. Ask about a guided tour of the area - especially later in the afternoon.
Neighborhoods
Before visiting travelers should know that there are actually three different sections of Tulum. The Tulum Pueblo, also known as "El Pueblo" to the locals, is where most of the workers and stores are located. Here is where you'll find the bus stations, hotels and hostels. Don't expect to find much local culture, as this section of town feels like it only exists to serve the tourists.

The Tulum Playa is for those seeking a more chic getaway. It's nestled right along the coastline of white Caribbean beaches, and includes the fancier boutiques in town.

The Tulum Ruinas is the archaeological site where the actual ruins are. There are a handful of hotels, restaurants, a small bus station and one huge parking lot.

Activities
It's not difficult to find your typical Caribbean activities in Tulum - snorkeling, kite surfing, sunbathing, jet skiing, etc. - but a popular activity in this area involves cenotes. As rainwater collects in underground caves and tunnels, it reaches the surface and forms what is known as a cenote. Take a dip or a dive in one of these freshwater pools for a close up look at fish, turtles and even bats. With some more open surfaces and others under the rock covering, there's a cenote for every level of adventure. Some of the more popular cenotes in Tulum include El Gran Cenote, Casa Cenote, Cenote Calavera, Cenotes Cristal and Escondido, Dos Ojos Cenote and Zacil-Ha. Plus, if you'd rather not dive under the rock formations, there are diving, snorkeling and eco tours available around the coast of Tulum.
Food and Dining
Given that this area caters very much to the tourists visiting the ruins, there is every type of food you could crave. While a pizza may look appetizing, try to sample the tastes of Mexico while you're there. Try a tamale from a street stand or some chicken and rice for dinner. It's also advised that if you want to keep your meal under your budget, avoid the beachside resorts. If you do find yourself beachside, find a restaurant in Tulum, or visit one of the two big supermarkets to pack your own cooler for a day in the sand.

Transportation
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If you plan on staying within the Pueblo, walking the most convenient and efficient way to get around. However, when traveling between the beach, the pueblo and the ruins, a taxi is the best option. Bikes are also a convenient way to get around. Be sure to use extra caution if riding on the highway, and bring a headlamps if you're going to ride at night.
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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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