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.
  • $ 8.4 per person
  • $ 2.9 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 750* (12698 MXN)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 97 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 16 per person
  • $ 13 per person
  • $ 3.9 per person

Total budget:

$ 2267* (38374 MXN)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 227 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 26 per person
  • $ 32 per person
  • $ 7.9 per person

Total budget:

$ 4970* (84140 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 41% 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 50% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 5.5/person
($ 4.7 to $ 8.2)

66% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 14/person
($ 9.7 to $ 21)

49% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 5/person
($ 4.4 to $ 7.2)

39% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.2
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1.9 for 500ml
($ 1.1 to $ 2.7)

64% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.5
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 1.9 for 330ml
($ 1.2 to $ 2.5)

38% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.1
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2.5/cup
($ 1.9 to $ 3.3)

44% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.6
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 1.1/can
($ 0.8 to $ 1.7)

45% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.7/bottle
($ 0.5 to $ 1.7)

57% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6

Hotel and accommodation budget in Cancun

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Cancun is 18% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 41/night
($ 22 to $ 59)

62% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 108
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 63/night
($ 28 to $ 121)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 125
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 132/night
($ 66 to $ 249)

27% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 181
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 322/night
($ 167 to $ 507)

23% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 262
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 559/night
($ 384 to $ 774)

10% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 508
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 51/month
($ 24 to $ 87)

62% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 133
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 205/month
($ 60 to $ 476)

21% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 170
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 199/month
($ 67 to $ 419)

19% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 168
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 85/month
($ 36 to $ 159)

62% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 224
Family room
Family room
$ 190/month
($ 71 to $ 400)

9% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 176

Supermarket food budget in Cancun

On average, the price of supermarket food in Cancun is 49% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 1.1/litre
($ 1 to $ 1.1)

16% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 1.7/500g
($ 1.6 to $ 2)

41% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.9
Rice
Rice
$ 0.8/kg
($ 0.6 to $ 1.1)

79% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.2
Eggs
Eggs
$ 1.3/12 eggs
($ 1 to $ 1.8)

45% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.5
Cheese
Cheese
$ 6.6/kg
($ 5.4 to $ 8.2)

43% 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
$ 2.3/kg
($ 1.9 to $ 2.7)

53% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.9
Oranges
Oranges
$ 0.8/kg
($ 0.7 to $ 1.1)

79% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.1/kg
($ 0.8 to $ 1.3)

75% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.4
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1.3/kg
($ 1 to $ 1.6)

55% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Salad
Salad
$ 0.6/salad
($ 0.6 to $ 0.8)

62% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.7
($ 0.6 to $ 1.1)

62% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 9.2/kg
($ 6.7 to $ 15)

26% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13

Public and private transport budget in Cancun

On average, the price of transport in Cancun is 36% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.7/ticket
($ 0.6 to $ 0.7)

72% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.5
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 24/month
($ 17 to $ 30)

69% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 78
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 1.9/km
($ 1.2 to $ 2.3)

4% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.1/litre
($ 1.1 to $ 1.2)

36% 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)
$ 1.9
($ 1.7 to $ 2.3)

49% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.8
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 61% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 54/month
($ 29 to $ 95)

68% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 168
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.1/min.
($ 0.1 to $ 0.1)

54% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 32/month
($ 23 to $ 40)

56% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 70
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 391/month
($ 223 to $ 554)

72% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1426
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 241/month
($ 167 to $ 333)

79% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1139
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 814/month
($ 499 to $ 1107)

64% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2297
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 593/month
($ 388 to $ 830)

67% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1808
Gym
Gym
$ 41/month
($ 23 to $ 57)

1% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 188/month
($ 112 to $ 278)

81% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 995
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 3979/yr
($ 2654 to $ 5529)

77% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17403

Leisure activity budget in Cancun

On average, budget for leisure activities in Cancun is 49% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 3.9/ticket
($ 3.1 to $ 5.5)

69% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 14
Tennis
Tennis
$ 12/hr
($ 12 to $ 29)

28% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Cancun

On average, shopping budget in Cancun is 26% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 3/pack
($ 2.9 to $ 3.1)

63% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.2
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 44
($ 26 to $ 57)

11% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 48
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 28
($ 23 to $ 46)

28% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 39
Trainers
Trainers
$ 79
($ 57 to $ 112)

3% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 82
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 78
($ 57 to $ 112)

25% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 104

Plane ticket budget

Manchester → Cancun
Manchester → Cancun
Manchester → Cancun
$ 934
(fair price: $ 753)
Dublin → Cancun
Dublin → Cancun
Dublin → Cancun
$ 852
(fair price: $ 788)
Toronto (Ontario) → Cancun
Toronto (Ontario) → Cancun
Toronto (Ontario) → Cancun
$ 391
(fair price: $ 354)
Montreal → Cancun
Montreal → Cancun
Montreal → Cancun
$ 418
(fair price: $ 365)
London → Cancun
London → Cancun
London → Cancun
$ 999
(fair price: $ 815)
Los Angeles → Cancun
Los Angeles  → Cancun
Los Angeles  → Cancun
$ 500
(fair price: $ 380)
Edinburgh → Cancun
Edinburgh → Cancun
Edinburgh → Cancun
$ 954
(fair price: $ 823)
Sydney → Cancun
Sydney → Cancun
Sydney → Cancun
$ 1438
(fair price: $ 1241)
Melbourne → Cancun
Melbourne → Cancun
Melbourne → Cancun
$ 1440
(fair price: $ 1263)
New York City → Cancun
New York City → Cancun
New York City → Cancun
$ 500
(fair price: $ 363)
Auckland → Cancun
Auckland → Cancun
Auckland → Cancun
$ 1481
(fair price: $ 1375)
Perth → Cancun
Perth → Cancun
Perth → Cancun
$ 2348
(fair price: $ 2083)

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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 11-02-2020.

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