Cancun travel budget

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Sample budgets for a trip to Cancun

These example budgets assume a 2-week holiday in Cancun for 2 people.

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 32 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 7.6 per person
  • $ 2.4 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 723* (15008 MXN)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 95 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 15 per person
  • $ 10.3 per person
  • $ 3.2 per person

Total budget:

$ 2117* (43904 MXN)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 226 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 22 per person
  • $ 26 per person
  • $ 6.5 per person

Total budget:

$ 4649* (96446 MXN)

* estimated local budget for 2 people for 2 weeks (excluding plane tickets).


Cost of living in Cancun compared to Mexico in 2020

On average, the cost of living in Cancun in 2020 is 49% less than the average cost of living in the United States (USA).

See the graphic below for the price variation percentage by type of expense in Cancun in 2020 compared to average prices in the United States (USA):


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Local prices in Cancun by expense type

Restaurant budget in Cancun

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Cancun is 57% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 4.5/person
($ 3.7 to $ 9.1)

72% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 12/person
($ 8 to $ 20)

63% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 32
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 5.3/person
($ 3.7 to $ 7.3)

40% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.8
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1.7 for 500ml
($ 0.8 to $ 2.7)

69% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.5
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 1.7 for 330ml
($ 1 to $ 2.3)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.3
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2.2/cup
($ 1.4 to $ 3.2)

54% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.7
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 1/can
($ 0.7 to $ 1.6)

52% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.1
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.7/bottle
($ 0.5 to $ 1.4)

59% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7

Hotel and accommodation budget in Cancun

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Cancun is 22% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 41/night
($ 23 to $ 59)

62% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 109
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 58/night
($ 28 to $ 100)

54% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 133/night
($ 66 to $ 248)

26% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 180
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 320/night
($ 170 to $ 492)

22% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 262
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 557/night
($ 386 to $ 765)

10% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 510
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 49/month
($ 24 to $ 85)

63% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 136
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 173/month
($ 61 to $ 358)

3% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 169
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 188/month
($ 69 to $ 377)

14% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 165
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 87/month
($ 36 to $ 165)

61% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 223
Family room
Family room
$ 176/month
($ 76 to $ 335)

1% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 175

Supermarket food budget in Cancun

On average, the price of supermarket food in Cancun is 58% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 0.8/litre
($ 0.8 to $ 1)

8% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 1.4/500g
($ 1.2 to $ 1.7)

52% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3
Rice
Rice
$ 0.8/kg
($ 0.5 to $ 2.2)

80% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.5
Eggs
Eggs
$ 1.3/12 eggs
($ 0.8 to $ 1.4)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.6
Cheese
Cheese
$ 5.5/kg
($ 4.4 to $ 6.8)

54% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 5.9/kg
($ 5 to $ 7.2)

36% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.1
Apples
Apples
$ 1.9/kg
($ 1 to $ 2.7)

62% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.1
Oranges
Oranges
$ 0.7/kg
($ 0.5 to $ 1.4)

84% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.5
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 0.8/kg
($ 0.5 to $ 1.6)

81% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.7
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1.1/kg
($ 0.8 to $ 1.3)

64% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3
Salad
Salad
$ 0.6/salad
($ 0.4 to $ 1.3)

70% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.8
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.6
($ 0.5 to $ 1)

69% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.1
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 7.6/kg
($ 5.5 to $ 12)

42% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 14

Public and private transport budget in Cancun

On average, the price of transport in Cancun is 45% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.6/ticket
($ 0.5 to $ 0.7)

80% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 21/month
($ 14 to $ 26)

76% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 84
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 1.6/km
($ 1 to $ 1.8)

13% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1/litre
($ 0.8 to $ 1)

15% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 1.6
($ 1.4 to $ 2)

54% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.5
Car hire
Car hire
$ 15/24hrs
($ 1.2 to $ 137)

63% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40

Budget for living and housing in Cancun

On average, the cost of housing in Cancun is 68% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 48/month
($ 24 to $ 93)

73% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 177
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.1/min.
($ 0 to $ 0.1)

58% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 27/month
($ 23 to $ 38)

64% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 73
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 343/month
($ 206 to $ 457)

77% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1504
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 206/month
($ 138 to $ 321)

82% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1203
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 689/month
($ 504 to $ 959)

71% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2437
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 507/month
($ 321 to $ 685)

73% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1911
Gym
Gym
$ 35/month
($ 20 to $ 60)

17% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 42
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 165/month
($ 115 to $ 229)

84% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1048
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 3319/yr
($ 2283 to $ 4564)

81% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 18340

Leisure activity budget in Cancun

On average, budget for leisure activities in Cancun is 53% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 3.2/ticket
($ 2.5 to $ 5.5)

75% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 14
Tennis
Tennis
$ 12/hr
($ 9.1 to $ 12)

32% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 18

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Cancun

On average, shopping budget in Cancun is 41% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 2.5/pack
($ 2.4 to $ 2.5)

71% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.8
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 36
($ 12 to $ 55)

30% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 51
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 26
($ 17 to $ 38)

39% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40
Trainers
Trainers
$ 64
($ 42 to $ 93)

25% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 84
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 66
($ 47 to $ 97)

39% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 108

Plane ticket budget

Manchester → Cancun
Manchester → Cancun
Manchester → Cancun
$ 959
(fair price: $ 763)
Dublin → Cancun
Dublin → Cancun
Dublin → Cancun
$ 850
(fair price: $ 771)
Toronto (Ontario) → Cancun
Toronto (Ontario) → Cancun
Toronto (Ontario) → Cancun
$ 397
(fair price: $ 357)
Montreal → Cancun
Montreal → Cancun
Montreal → Cancun
$ 423
(fair price: $ 371)
London → Cancun
London → Cancun
London → Cancun
$ 1001
(fair price: $ 794)
Los Angeles → Cancun
Los Angeles  → Cancun
Los Angeles  → Cancun
$ 510
(fair price: $ 382)
Edinburgh → Cancun
Edinburgh → Cancun
Edinburgh → Cancun
$ 954
(fair price: $ 815)
Sydney → Cancun
Sydney → Cancun
Sydney → Cancun
$ 1420
(fair price: $ 1225)
Melbourne → Cancun
Melbourne → Cancun
Melbourne → Cancun
$ 1431
(fair price: $ 1256)
New York City → Cancun
New York City → Cancun
New York City → Cancun
$ 514
(fair price: $ 369)
Auckland → Cancun
Auckland → Cancun
Auckland → Cancun
$ 1467
(fair price: $ 1366)
Perth → Cancun
Perth → Cancun
Perth → Cancun
$ 2342
(fair price: $ 2105)

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About this information on the cost of living in Cancun

The information about the cost of living in Cancun shown on this page comes from multiple sources, including: Numbeo, Easyvoyage and Hotels.com.

The information about the cost of living in Cancun was updated on 21-05-2020.

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