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Leon, Departamento de Leon, Nicaragua

How much does it cost to travel to Leon?

You should plan to spend around $59 (C$2,171) per day on your vacation in Leon. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $12 (C$444) on meals
  • $1.51 (C$55) on local transportation
  • $32 (C$1,178) on hotels

A one week trip to Leon for two people costs, on average, $827 (C$30,392). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

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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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Leon cost?

A one week trip to Leon usually costs around $413 (C$15,196) for one person and $827 (C$30,392) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Leon on average costs around $827 (C$30,392) for one person and $1,653 (C$60,784) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per 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 Leon will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Leon on average costs around $1,771 (C$65,126) for one person and $3,543 (C$130,251) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Leon has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Leon expensive to visit?

Leon is a reasonably affordable place to visit. Located in Nicaragua, which is a reasonably affordable country, visitors will appreciate the relatively low cost of this destination. It is in the top 10% of cities in the country for its overall travel expenses. If you're traveling on a budget, then this is a good destination with affordable accommodation, food, and transportation.

Within Central America, Leon is a reasonably affordable destination compared to other places. It is in the top 25% of cities in Central America for its affordability. You can find more affordable cities such as David, but there are also more expensive cities, such as Puerto Viejo.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Leon Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Leon?

The average Leon trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Leon travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) C$1,178 ($32)
Local Transportation 1 C$55 ($2)
Food 2 C$444 ($12)
Entertainment 1 C$214 ($6)
Tips and Handouts 1 C$13 - 38 ($0 - 1)
Alcohol 2 C$65 - 195 ($2 - 5)
Accommodation Budget in Leon
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Leon is $16 (C$589). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Leon is $32 (C$1,178). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

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

Hotel Prices in Leon

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Leon based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $99. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Leon
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Leon is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $1.51 (C$55) per person, per day, on local transportation in Leon.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

Flights to Leon
How much does it cost to go to Leon? Naturally, it depends on the dates. We recommend Kayak because they can find the best deals across all airlines.

Rental Cars in Leon
The price of renting a car in Leon will depends on dates, the type of car, the location, and your age. We recommend Kayak because they can find the best deals across all car rental companies.

Food Budget in Leon
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Leon can vary, the average cost of food in Leon is $12 (C$444) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Leon should cost around $4.83 (C$178) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Leon is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in Leon
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  • Entertainment and activities in Leon typically cost an average of $5.81 (C$214) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. 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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Tips and Handouts Budget in Leon
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  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Leon is $0.68 (C$25) per day. The usual amount for a tip in Leon is 5% - 15%.

  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers

Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps Budget in Leon
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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 Leon is $8.50 (C$313), as reported by travelers.

  • Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps1

Alcohol Budget in Leon
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  • The average person spends about $3.53 (C$130) on alcoholic beverages in Leon 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 Leon
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  • On average, people spend $0.63 (C$23) on bottled water in Leon per day. The public water in Leon is not usually considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Leon On a Budget
Leon Leon, Nicaragua
Leon is one of the oldest city's in Nicaragua and you can see hints of its colonial past in the architecture around town. Tourism is not a major part of the economy in Leon, but the city is gaining popularity with budget travelers and backpackers and more recently tour groups are including Leon in their itinerary.

With a population of just over 200,000, Leon is the second largest city in Nicaragua, after Managua. During the university season the population grows dramatically as there is a heavy presence of students in Leon. It is a popular university town, and this young population gives the city plenty of energy and entertainment.
There are thirteen colonial churches around town, each of which has it's own feel and is worth visiting for different reasons. Leon Cathedral is the largest cathedral in Central America and is definitely a must see if you're in Leon. Iglesia de San Juan Bautista de Subtiava is one of the oldest colonial churches and has an interesting rustic wooden interior. Fundacion Ortiz has some great Latin American art on display, and Centro de Arte Fundacion Ortiz Gurdian is one of the best museums in Nicaragua.
Leon's city center is where you will find the majority of the sights and attractions. There are many beautiful churches and interesting architecture throughout this area. It is most convenient to stay within the city center, as prices are quite cheap and it is helpful to be able to walk to most destinations.

Leon has many activities that visitors can enjoy. There are many good beaches nearby that can be reached with a 20 or 30 minutes taxi ride. Las Penitas is a convenient option with a mellow vibe and good surfing. Also close by is Oneloya.

There are many organizations that offer volcano treks to the nearby Maribios volcanic chain. SONATI is an environmental education nonprofit group that organizes volcano boarding trips to Cerro Negro. They also offer tours to the mangrove forest and between September and February they offer trips to see the turtles that are nesting and hatching.

You can take Spanish, yoga, or salsa lessons through La Isla Foundation. This is a nonprofit organization that supports sugarcane workers that are affected by chronic kidney disease. It's a fun and unique experience that supports a cause that is prolific in the area.
Food and Dining
There are some good restaurant options around town for all budgets. You should definitely make a point of trying the oldest restaurant in town, "El Sesteo", which is in the heart of the city. The restaurant has a diverse menu with plenty of local food as well as fast food and refreshing drinks.

If you're on a particularly tight budget you can pick up some good food at the market and enjoy making your own meals. The local market is located behind the main cathedral and there is a large food court that has everything including prepared food, beans, eggs, rice, and fried cheese. There are also cheap, fresh juices available.

There are also some decent mid range restaurants if you're looking for a good sit down meal. Burgers, seafood tapas, and even Polish and Sri Lankan food is available.

For a fancy meal, you can try the fillet mignon or churrasco at Montezerino. The meal won't set you back much more than US$10.

Managua is about an hour and a half drive from Leon, and it has the nearest commercial airport to the city. There is a private van service that offers direct transportation from the airport to Leon.

Leon's chicken bus terminal is found about one and half kilometers northeast of Parque Central on 6 Calle Norte. It can be reached on foot in twenty minutes and taxis are readily available through most hotels and hostels.

The easiest way to make your way around Leon is to walk, although the heat, particularly in the summer, may force you into a taxi or bus. Most of the city's residents travel by bicycle which is another fun way to explore. If you're planning to head outside of town to a nearby beach or sight, it's better to have access to a car or take a taxi. Ruletos are trucks that act as local buses and offer rides around town for about 3 cordobas.


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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. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.