Mexico trip cost: how much budget do you need for Mexico (Yucatán)?

An important question many travelers have: Mexico trip cost: how much budget do you need for Mexico Yucatan? This partly determines your choice whether you are going to travel to this country. Mexico is a country that is not expensive to travel to. However, the Yucatán province is a bit more expensive to travel to compared to other parts of Mexico because of its popularity. Apart from this fact, Mexico and the province of Yucatán remain a very affordable country to travel through. The amounts we mention in this article are based on our itinerary through Yucatán, which you can read Yucatán travel route. If you also going to visit other places in Mexico, you can assume that the prices there are even lower. In this article “Mexico trip cost” you can read how much budget you need and how much you can expect to spend on different cost categories.

Tip: it is possible to use US dollars at certain places. We advise you not to do this because they calculate with a bad exchange rate. Pin your money yourself at the ATM so you always have the best exchange rate.

Isla Holbox viewpoint

How much budget do you need for Mexico (Yucatán) per day?

Budget traveler: if you have a tight budget and you pay close attention to what you spend, $35 – $50 per day may be sufficient.
Mid-range traveler: If you want it a bit more luxurious where you do a few more expensive activities or stay at nicer accommodations, plan a budget of $50 – $100 per day.
The amounts don’t include airline tickets. Flight costs are very diverse. We ourselves always use Skyscanner and really recommend it!

Sleep Food Transport Activities Miscellaneous
Dorm:
$6 – $18
Street food:
$1 – $3
Taxi:
$2 – $4
Chichen Itza:
$25
Travel guide:
$24
Budget room:
$24 – $42
Mid-range food:
$5-$8
Bus 6 hours:
$18 – $30
Tulum ruins:
$4
Travel insurance
3 weeks:
$122
Mid-range:
$70 – $140
Local beer:
$1 – $3
 Tour whale sharks:
$129
Water bottle:
$79
Luxury hotel:
+$140
   Sailing excursion:
$36
Dry bag:
$19
       Sleeping bag:
$30

Below you can read each part in more detail.

Mexico trip cost: Sleep

To keep the costs of your trip low, there are several options for budget travelers. First of all, you have the choice between staying in hostels and hotels. If you travel alone, we always recommend staying in hostels so that you can meet new people there. If you travel as a couple, it is sometimes nice to stay in a hotel and enjoy some luxury. Not saying that you should skip hostels. We always love to stay in a hostel even though we travel as a couple. We always enjoy meeting other travelers, this is difficult in a hotel.

Hostels and hotels are comparable in price to other countries in Central America and Southeast Asia. A dormitory will cost you about $6 to $18, a double budget room $24 to $42 and if you want more luxury, you will spend more than $70 per night. Are you curious about our favorite places to sleep in Mexico? Read then our article about the best places to stay in Mexico.

Mexico Hotel

Mexico trip cost: Food

It is important to say that the food in Mexico is delicious! You have enough choices, from very simple and cheap to culinary delights, but which is of course more expensive. Also, be aware that the more popular places are more expensive. On average you pay about $6 for a burrito at a restaurant. At a local taco tent, this costs about $1. If you want to eat more elaborately with a bit more luxury, this will cost you around $12 to $18. If you want to keep costs low, you can easily buy your own food in a supermarket. We often buy vegetables, snacks, and drinks in the supermarket.

You should definitely try the following products: cochinita pibil, tacos, and Mezcal. Cochinita pibil is a pulled pork that is prepared by slow cooking in annatto, orange juice, and lime. It is served with some pickled onions on top giving you an incredible dish. Tacos can be found everywhere in the province of Yucatán, they are cheap and delicious. Burritos are more difficult to find because this is a dish from northern Mexico. Finally, you must have tried Mezcal. This is tequila’s little sister and definitely worth a try.

bacalar best food

Mexico trip cost: Transport

Transport in Mexico consists of buses, cars, ‘colectivos’ and taxis. Our favorite way of traveling through a country is using public transport (buses). These are very good in Mexico and our opinion, the bus company ADO is the best. You can find the prices on their site. If you want more detailed information about traveling by bus in Yucatán, read this article. For smaller distances, the best option is to use colectivo. This is a small minivan that travels short distances between places. If you want to use this, ask at your accommodation on the spot where you can find it. If you really want to bridge very short distances and want to get to a specific place, you should take a taxi. With a taxi in Yucatán, there is no possibility to haggle the price, they work with a fair fixed price.

If you are going to do a road trip through Mexico we recommend reading this article: road trip Mexico.

Mexico trip cost: Activities

In Yucatán, excursion and activity costs will vary widely. For example, swimming with whale sharks is $129, which is relatively expensive. For us, this was acceptable in terms of amount, because we saw this as a “once in the lifetime moment”. The entrance to Chichen Itza is also relatively expensive because you pay $24. In contrast, for example, visiting ruins in Tulum is very cheap with an amount of $4. Or sailing in Bacalar where you have a boat excursion for a few hours for $36.

Usually, the more expensive excursions are very special, which makes them relatively expensive. We always advise not to cut on activities, because the activities make a trip incredibly fun and ensure that you see and do a lot.

Chichen Itza

Mexico trip cost: Miscellaneous

A travel guide provides you detailed information about the country itself, weather, culture, travel routes, advice on where to eat and sleep. We always use Lonely Planet and we love it! You can combine this with our articles. It is best to order this book for Mexico.

In our opinion, travel insurance is extremely important. We will not travel without travel insurance. The risk that you run when something happens and you are uninsured is not manageable in amounts. Imagine that you are in the middle of the jungle of Mexico and you break your foot. The costs that you ultimately have to pay are not reimbursed and can increase the 6-digit. So assure yourself to exclude eventual surprises.
We use World Nomads for all our trips. Fill in the widget below with your details to see how much it costs to insure during your trip through Mexico. Or simply open this link to book your travel insurance.

A water bottle is always handy to have with you. We use a Crazycap, this is a water bottle that kills all bacteria in the water using UV. This allows us to drink tap water anywhere in the world through this bottle. So we never have to buy water and can always drink tap water safely without bothering our stomachs. It is a one-time amount, but in the longer term you have this out.

If you are in Yucatán and you would like to do a lot around the water, we advise you to buy a drybag. We ourselves don’t want to risk that our valuables items get wet and damage. This bag will often save you, we speak from our own experience.

Finally, you can also buy a sleeping bag, the advantage of this is that you always sleep in “your own bed”. If you find it annoying to sleep in unknown beds and do you like hygiene, sleeping in a sleeping bag is a good solution. 

How much did Mexico cost us per day

  • Sleep $17
  • Food $19
  • Transport $7
  • Activities $17

Total: $60 per day (amounts have been rounded). This doesn’t include the airline tickets and miscellaneous costs. The airline tickets were $920 for us. In total our trip costs per person: 25 (days) x $60 + $920 = $2420.

Conclusion

Mexico isn’t expensive to travel to. Now that you know this, you come to the next point in preparation for your trip: drawing up your travel route through Mexico. To help you on your way, we have put together a travel route through Mexico in which you will see all the highlights. For each destination, there is an article in which you can read everything in detail if you want to know more. Click here to open it: Mexico itinerary.

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