There are many things to consider when planning a vacation. How much do you want to spend? What is your destination? What kind of activities would you like to participate in? One of the most important factors for many people is how much the trip will cost.
Here are some travel tips Tulum in the budget. In our guide, we break down the costs of traveling in Tulum so you can plan your dream vacation without breaking the bank.
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But first let’s see how expensive Tulum is.
Is Tulum expensive?
It is not clear that Mexico is the cheapest destination. In fact, many people believe that traveling here is very expensive. However, this is not always the case. It all depends on your destination in Mexico and how you plan to spend your vacation.
If you’re looking for an affordable place to stay in Tulum, there are plenty of options.
There are hostels, Airbnbs and hotels that are all suitable. The average price of a hotel room in Tulum is $85 per night. Airbnbs start at around $50 per night.
And if you’re looking for a real bargain, there are hostels that cost as little as $10 a night.
When it comes to food, you will find that the prices in Tulum are very reasonable. An average restaurant meal costs about $15 per person. And, if you’re on a tight budget, you can always find street food for less than $5 a meal.
As for activities, there are plenty of things to do in Tulum that won’t cost you much. For example, you can explore the ruins, swim in one of the many reefs or walk on the beach.
Of course, if you want to participate in activities that are a little more expensive, such as swimming or diving, you can always find discounts and deals.
So, as you can see, it is possible to travel to Tulum on a budget. You can find accommodation, food and activities with careful planning and careful research.
Keep reading for more tips on how to travel to Tulum on a budget.
Is Tulum Budget Friendly?
As we mentioned above, Tulum can be an affordable destination. In fact, it is one of the most budget-friendly destinations in Mexico.
That said, if you’ve been staying in Tulum for a long time as an expat or digital nomad, and if hostels aren’t your cup of tea, you might be surprised by the rental prices.
Long-term rental prices in Tulum start at around $500 for a studio apartment. And if you want something bigger or more luxurious, be prepared to pay up to $1,000 a month.
Of course, the cost of living in Tulum is still lower than in other parts of the world. However, it should be remembered that it is not as cheap as some people think.
If you’re looking for a budget-friendly option, consider Playa del Carmen. It is a neighboring city, but with lower prices.
Tips for traveling in Tulum on a budget
Now, if you’re just passing through Tulum during your backpacking trip in Mexico, or if you’re planning an extended stay, here are some tips on how to travel to Tulum on a budget.
1. Find an affordable location
As we mentioned above, there are many affordable housing options in Tulum.
If you’re on a tight budget, consider staying in a hostel or Airbnb. You can also find deals on hotels if you book in advance or during the holiday season. Read our guide to the best hostels in Tulum.
2. Eating local food
Eating like a local is one of the best ways to save money while traveling.
In Tulum this means eating street food and eating in average restaurants. You can find affordable food options everywhere in the city.
Alternatively, rent an apartment with a kitchen so you can prepare your own meals. That said, remember that if you don’t buy food at the local market, you may end up paying more for groceries at supermarkets.
3. Do free activities
There are many free or cheap activities in Tulum.
For example, you can explore the ruins, swim in one of the many reefs or walk on the beach.
If you want to explore around Tulum, do it yourself instead of organizing a guided tour. It’s usually cheaper and it gives you more flexibility.
4. Find discounts and deals
If you want to participate in activities that are a little more expensive, such as swimming or diving, you can always find discounts and deals. Tulum has many operators and travel agencies that offer special prices for activities.
For example, booking multiple divers may be cheaper than booking a single diver.
When booking flights, be flexible with your dates to get a better deal.
5. Travel during the season
If you want to avoid the crowds and get cheaper prices, consider traveling during the off season. The best time to visit Tulum on a budget is from mid-April to June and from September to mid-December.
That’s when you’ll find cheaper accommodation – provided you avoid the high season from December to April.
Note that some businesses, such as tour operators, may be closed during the high season. So before you travel, make sure you do your research.
6. Traveling by bus
The cheapest and most convenient way to get around Mexico is by bus (or if you’re on a tight budget). You can find a bus that goes to almost any destination in Mexico.
7. Use your legs
Tulum is a small town and very easy to walk around. If you are staying in the city center, you can walk almost anywhere. If you’re staying further afield, consider renting a bicycle or electric scooter.
Alternatively, choose accommodation in the city center so you can easily walk around the city.
8. Use public transport to reach Tulum
If you are coming from Cancun airport, the best way to get to Tulum is by public transportation. You can get ADO bus that goes directly from the airport to the city of Tulum. The trip takes about 2.5 hours and costs about $24.
Don’t book a private transfer because it’s too expensive.
Tulum travel expenses
Determining your budget for traveling in Tulum depends on several things:
- Travel Dates: If you want to save money, travel during the off-season or mid-week. You will find cheaper flights and accommodation.
- Length of stay: The longer you stay, the cheaper it is. This is because you can take advantage of discounts on accommodation.
- Accommodation: Book a hostel or Airbnb instead of a hotel if you want to save money on your accommodation.
- Transportation: The best way to get around Tulum is by bus, bike or on foot.
- Activities: There are many free things to do in Tulum. However, if you want to attend more expensive events, look for discounts and deals.
Here are some sample budgets for different travelers:
- Tourist budget: $20-80 per day
- Average budget: $80-$200 per day
- Luxury Budget: $200+ USD per day
We recommend that you make a list of the activities you want to do and look at the prices to determine your budget for the activities. Then, look at your travel dates and see the accommodation prices.
Finally, book a bus to Tulum and check the fares if you plan to travel to nearby areas.
At the end of this exercise, you will know exactly how much you have to pay. Add a budget for food and you have your entire travel budget!
A real life example of Tulum’s budget
Let’s say you want to go to Tulum for 5 days. You decide to travel during the holiday season (September) and find a round-trip flight from Los Angeles to Cancun for $350.
For accommodation, you can find a shared room in a hostel for 10 USD per night, which comes to 50 USD for your 5-day stay.
For transportation, you can take the ADO bus from the airport to Tulum, which costs $24. You also need a ticket to get to your next stop in Mexico, which costs $24. You also plan to rent a bike for $5 a day, which comes to $25 for 5 days.
For food, you’ve budgeted $20 per day for a total of $100 over 5 days.
For activities, you budgeted $75 for your 5 days in Tulum as you will be focusing on free activities.
This leaves you with a total budget of US$298 for your 5 days in Tulum, not counting flights. In fact, you can count on a total of $350. That said, you can cut costs by walking instead of renting a bike.
Tulum travel costs may vary depending on the type of traveler you are. Remember that this budget is only an estimate and the actual cost of your trip may be higher or lower.
We also recommend purchasing travel insurance before your trip.
Final thoughts on Tulum backpacking
Tulum is a fantastic place to travel, especially if you’re on a budget. With its beautiful beaches, clear waters and Mayan ruins, Tulum has something for everyone.
Remember that the best time to visit Tulum on a budget is during the shoulder or off-season, as this is when you’ll find the best deals on flights and accommodation.
We hope you found this travel guide useful and that it gives you a better idea of what to expect when you ride to Tulum.
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