Merida – Mexico – GRANDPAcking Costs

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My costs start in Progreso and include:

  • Public transport from Progreso to Merida
  • 8 nights in GRANDPAcking Standard accommodation
  • Food & Drink
  • Mobile Data / Communications


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Cost Of Existence (COE):

My costs are purely provided for information purposes. I do not always follow ‘GRANDPAcking Standards’. In fact, I deviate from them all of the time! But, my costs are real costs and they may help you formulate your own budget.

In Merida I was GRANDPAcking.

Accommodation: My accommodation (the Doralba Inn) met ‘GRANDPAcking Standard’; It was a good sized room with a Double Bed, a Single Bed, furniture, a small wardrobe, good in-room wifi, Mexican Cable TV, aircon, and hot water ensuite. A simple buffet Breakfast was included.

I paid a ‘deep’ discounted rate of MXP469 / night (58% off the rack rate).

Transport: In the Centro Historica area of Merida you can walk everywhere. You don’t need any transport.

Communications & Fees: I had a 1 month AT&T Package with unlimited calls & texts and 450MBs of data (150Mb of that was free on promotion). AT&T have a good signal in Merida. Free WiFi is available around town.

Food & Drink:

I averaged MXP82 / day.

I had the free Breakfast each morning at my accommodation. This was sufficient to allow me just to snack at Lunchtime. I ate a decent Dinner each night at a budget restaurant.

My ‘Cost of Existing / Day’ was MXP489 / NZ$38 / US$27 / €24 / £22.


My available ‘LIVING Funds’ each day were MXP535 / NZ$42 / US$29 / €27 / £24. This was more than enough to LIVE on.

Visa: There is no Visa Apportionment. The 180 Day Visitor’s Visa is free.

Getting There: It cost me MXP16 to get from my Progreso accommodation to my Merida accommodation (walking at both ends to / from the Colectivo Station). This consisted of 1 Colectivo.

Drink / Partying: I averaged MXP70 / night. I had a couple of drinks when out for Dinner.

Personal: I had a haircut (MXP15) and washed all of my clothes (MXP80).

Entertainment / Trips: I joined in the Festival of Souls and visited a few local attractions.

Shopping: I had to buy a new pair of ‘Crocs’ and a couple of other small items.

Other / Gifts: Tips have been included in the meal prices.

My actual GRANDPAcking costs came in at MXP624 / NZ$49 / US$34 / €31 / £28 per day. This was 61% of my total budget … I had 39% left to play with.


GRANDPAcking Standard accommodation is generally available in Merida.

I suggest that you start looking for Hotel ‘specials’ online (with someone like BOOKING.COM or EXPEDIA.COM or AGODA.COM) well in advance and compare them with the Holiday Rentals found on TRIPADVISOR and AirBnB. Then, you can pick the best deal for you.

Alternatively, wait until the last minute and see who is doing a ‘deal’.

You can afford to come to Merida any time of year.

Cost Of Existence (COE):

Accommodation: In Mexico, it is hard to find a decent ‘GRANDPAcking Standard’ Double Fan Room with Hot Water Ensuite online for less than MXP500 / night. Under MXP500 you are usually looking at below GRANDPAcking Standard rooms in Hostels and / or rooms with Shared Bathrooms and / or Cold Water Ensuites.

This is not so in Merida. Accommodation here is cheaper than elsewhere in Mexico.

I have budgeted for you to stay in the Double Room at somewhere like the Doralba Inn.

Transport: I have budgeted for 2 people to take a weekly Day Trip on Public Transport to Progreso.

Communications: I have included a prepaid 1 Month ‘unlimited’ calls & texts MXP150 Package with 300MBs of data from any of the 3 main service providers.

Food: You should get Breakfast included in your Hotel price. This should mean that you will only need a simple (cheap) snack-type Lunch. There are many places that sell freshly squeezed fruit juice for only MXP10 / litre. Dinner will be something from the lower quartile of a budget restaurant menu.

The ‘Cost Of Existence’ of 2 GRANDPAckers is about MXP725 / NZ$57 / US$40 / €36 / £33 per day.


This leaves you MXP299 / day to LIVE on (i.e. 29% of your GRANDPAcking budget).


Merida is more of a place to live than to visit.

A 1 month ‘Holiday’ in Merida will prove much too long for most people. For a ‘Visit’, 1 week is enough.

I suggest that you stay in or close to the Centro Historica to get the best experience.

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