Daily Travel Costs in Mexico on a Shoestring Budget
US$35 | 650 Mexican Pesos
Mexico is a large and generally fairly cheap country to travel in although there are a few notable exceptions. These are mostly the tourist resorts such as Cancun, where prices for almost everything are significantly higher than you’ll find in the rest of the country. If you avoid them then there is no reason why you can’t get by on something like $35/day and still have a really good time.
It is a country with lots of excellent local dishes and drinks so eating and drinking out is one of the highlights of a visit to Mexico and is generally very good value as even the fussiest of eaters won’t struggle to find something that grabs their fancy. Travelling around is reasonably priced if you can put up with long hours on buses but if you do want to visit the North as well as the South then you might want to allow for a bit more than this as it’s a lot of miles you will need to cover. Flying between destinations is considerably more expensive in Mexico with few budget airlines running domestic routes.
Accommodation though is very cheap particularly if you’re willing to stick to dorms and won’t take up a large chunk of this budget leaving you with plenty left over for other things.
See where Mexico ranks on our World Budget Travel Table.
More Comfortable Mexico Backpacker Budget
US$45 | 850 Pesos
Adding $10 will give you a bit more freedom to take trips or try a few more different activities out. You afford to do quite a bit of partying even on our shoestring Mexico backpacking budget and an extra $10 could go towards that if you so wished although nights out aren’t particularly expensive if you avoid the swankier places and in the more traveller-orientated towns girls can often get free entry and free drinks in many nightspots.
If you want to see most of the country as opposed to sticking in one region for a longer period of time then US$45 might be a better budget particularly if you are restricted by time more than money.
Check out our backpacking route for Mexico, for a suggested itinerary.
Sample Prices in Mexico
Flight from Mexico City to Cancun (2 hours 15 mins) – from 1200 Pesos ($65)
Bus from Playa del Carmen to Chetumal (4 hours) – from 175 Pesos ($9.50)
Meal at an inexpensive local restaurant – 80 Pesos ($4.50)
Local beer at a non-touristy bar or restaurant – 20 Pesos ($1)
Dorm bed in Mexico City or San Cristobal – from 80 Pesos ($4.50)
Dorm bed in Playa del Carmen or Tulum – from 140 Pesos ($7.50)
Budget private double or twin room in Mexico City – from 170 Pesos ($9)
Entrance to Chichén Itzá – 200 Pesos (including tax) ($11)
Currency – Mexican Peso
£1 = 26.74 Pesos
€1 = 21.06 Pesos
US$1 = 18.56 Pesos
(All exchange rates are correct as of June 2016)
Some businesses in tourist destinations like Cancun may still accept US Dollars despite a law aimed at banishing the Dollar from the Mexican economy. However it is still advantageous to pay for things in Mexican Pesos and in most parts of the country Dollars are not accepted.
Be sure to visit Tulum which is one of the few places that both those interested in Mexico’s archaeological wonders and wonderful beaches will enjoy. The Hostal Chalupa is one of the best places to stay on a budget.
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This article was published in June 2016