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If you’re planning on travelling to Mexico, you’re probably wondering how much you need to budget for your trip. While your travel costs will depend on your travel style, generally speaking Mexico is perfect for a budget trip.
Accommodation costs are generally really low and food and drinks are very cheap. Many of Mexico’s best attractions are very affordable or even free and, while some activities could set you back a fair amount, there’s plenty to do at lower price points too.
A reasonable budget for two for a week in Mexico is around MX$18,387.
The above cost is based on staying in good, mid-range accommodation and having a few meals out per week, while preparing some yourself. It makes allowances for a couple of sightseeing activities, but doesn’t take into account expensive activities like adventure sports or private tours.
Generally speaking, the longer you travel, the cheaper it costs per day, while fly-in, fly-out trips can be more expensive.
You can expect to spend between MX$700-MX$1,600 a night, per couple, on accommodation in Mexico. This will get you a private room with your own bathroom in a 3-4-star hotel or apartment rental.See latest hotel deals in Mexico
Hostels are, of course, cheaper, but a private room with a shared bathroom will still cost around MX$580 per night. A bed in a dorm room also averages around MX$220 per night, per person, although there are definitely cheaper options out there.See the highest rated hostels in Mexico
Budget to spend around MX$6,847 for two for a week in Mexico. This assumes you’re cooking some of the time and drinking some alcohol.
If you enjoy eating out, you can expect to pay around MX$705 for a nice dinner for two, including an alcoholic drink. A meal at a pub is likely to be around MX$323 for two, with cheaper meals available (especially for lunch) for around MX$244 each.
Assuming that you’ll be eating out some of the time, budget at least MX$754 a week for groceries. If you enjoy a few drinks, you’ll need to increase this amount – beer costs around MX$25 for a 500ml bottle and good bottle of wine is around MX$248, from a shop, although there are cheaper options available. Milk typically costs around MX$22 for a two-litre bottle and you can expect to pay around MX$74 for a cappuccino from a local café.
Getting around Mexico is easiest with a bus. Transport costs fluctuate depending how much you travel, but budgeting around MX$1,140 for two per week is a good starting point. This should allow you to take a couple of longer bus trips. If you’re planning on doing any tours or using hop-on hop-off buses, you’ll need to up your budget a bit.
Buses in Mexico are generally safe, comfortable and convenient. If you're looking to travel between cities in Mexico, the long-distance buses called camiones are also an efficient and common option.
A lot of the best things to do in Mexico are free. However, there definitely are some attractions that cost money – entry fees to a museum or an art gallery are usually around MX$300 - MX$1,000 per person. If you want to do organised day trips or join smaller tour groups to learn more about some of the sites, budget around MX$2,100 per activity per person.
Mexico is a beautiful destination to visit and is a great place for a cheap trip. Cooking your own meals, carefully selecting accommodation or limiting meals out will definitely help you to reduce your travel costs. Slow travel is another great way to help your budget to stretch further, while exploring a place in more depth.
Travelling through Mexico is definitely possible on a budget – just pick your priorities and compromise on the rest or consider travelling in the off-season and avoiding school holidays to cut down on costs. And, if you’re on the luxury end of the scale or wanting to treat yourself, the sky’s the limit.
Last Updated 16 December 2021